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Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
September 2012

The Parish of the Good Shepherd has had an active summer. On the third Saturday in July we held our annual yard sale as part of the Charlestown’s community-wide event. It is well advertised, and many attend from other towns up and down the Connecticut Valley from as far away as Connecticut. This year we had a steady stream of visitors and were able to sell all but a few boxes of items which we will keep for next year’s sale. Charlestown Yard SaleWe are very grateful to Phil Turner who provided his sales expertise, a number of large squashes (given away as bonuses to worthy purchasers), and a delicious lunch of sandwiches made with homemade bread. Jeanne Moody served as cashier. Dee Blanchard, who knows everybody in Charlestown, made sure that no item on the table went unseen. Finally, Gary Freeman helped Deacon David put up our tent and take it down at the end of the day. During the day we also had a number of people take us up on our offer to come inside the Church and rest a while in our sanctuary and let the quiet permeate their souls.

Yard Sale

On the third weekend of August, the parish of the Good Shepherd had a busy weekend. On Saturday, Good Shepherd hosted the St. Mary's Deanery picnic at Beaver Wood Tree Farm, the home of Deacon David and Jeanne Moody in Alstead. St. Mary Deanery PicnicWe were blessed by the presence of our Dean Fr. Tutor and Bishop Marsh and families from some of our deanery parishes.


It was a picture-perfect day for fellowship and renewing friendships with people that we do not often see. Five-year-old Neal Rugg from All Saints Anglican Church in Concord took Bishop Marsh on an impromptu tour of the local woodlands and announced that he had discovered “where the dinosaurs live.”






On Sunday after Morning Prayer at the Fort at No. 4, Fr. Art Bennett, Deacon David Moody, and Wendy Baker, Director of the Fort, were joined by Bishop Marsh to bless leather-bound facsimiles of an 18th century Bible, Isaac Watt's Hymnal (1767), and John Playford's Psalter (1697). beautiful volumes are a gift to the Fort at No. 4 from, a private organization devoted to preserving the historical accuracy of the great Christian literature of the 18th century and to make this literature available to as many living history enthusiasts as possible. The originals are scanned electronically, cleaned of blemishes, printed onto laid paper, and bound in tooled leather with marbled end papers. They will be well used in support of our services and educational efforts at the Fort. The organization also has a FaceBook page, mainly for those portraying 18th century pastors ( ). The site contains some wonderful pictures.

Preaching the Good News at the Fort at No. 4

Our weekly Bible discussion group has taken on the topic of Science and Religion, on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. This Teaching Company course consists of 12 30-minute lectures by Prof. Lawrence Principe of the Johns Hopkins University and addresses several controversies ranging from the Galileo affair to creationism. The lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion period that takes us over a broad landscape of ideas and challenges. Sometimes it is difficult to get a word (let along a thought) in edgewise.

In July we celebrated Independence Day and St. James the Apostle with Morning Prayer in addition to our regular Sunday and Wednesday morning services. Likewise, in August we commemorated the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Bartholomew the Apostle, and St. Michael of All Angels.

We look forward to seeing all our friends at Synod in Ellsworth, Me. in September.

Submitted by The Rev. Mr. David W. Moody