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Good Shepherd parish has had a busy summer and fall. In July we had three guest preachers. Fr. Amos Mukiza Mihanda, a native of Rwanda, visited us from Portland, Maine, where he is assisting at St. Paul's Anglican Church. We were delighted to meet him. The following Sunday, Fr. Jim Hurd, Canon Missioner for the Diocese of the Northeast, joined us to preach and to lead a workshop on our parish's missions and outreach. Finally, at the end of July, Archdeacon Alan Koller from New York paid us a visit.

 

In late August, our postulant, Scott Chase read Morning Prayer and preached. Throughout the summer and fall, Deacon David, accompanied by his wife, Jeanne, led an 18th century version of Morning Prayer at the Fort at No. 4. On the Revolutionary War Encampment weekend, our service was well attended by British officers and their ladies. The prayer for the King in the service from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer seemed very appropriate. Our last service for the season at the fort was on the last Sunday in October.

 

September found a number of our parishioners travelling to the Anglican Church in America's National Synod held at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Illinois, and shortly afterwards attending our Diocesan Synod in Rochester, NH.

 

On October 1, the Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh ordained the Rev. Mr. Arthur Bennett, a resident of Unity, NH, to the Sacred Priesthood at Trinity Anglican Pro Cathedral in Rochester, NH. Fr. Bennett was born in Washington, DC, is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a former policeman in Fairfax, VA. He has a Bachelor's degree from American University and undertook his ministerial education at the Logos House of Theological Studies in Brooksville, ME. He was a missionary schoolteacher in Honduras and assisted in the development of a girl's home in that country. Since 2005, Fr. Bennett has served as a deacon at Good Shepherd, clergy on call for the Charlestown Police Department, and has held regular services at nursing homes in Claremont. Fr. Bennett will serve as Vicar of Christ Church Anglican in St. Johnsbury, VT, where he has been Deacon in Charge for the past year.

 

In October, we were delighted to join the Charlestown Ecumenical Network and the Congregational Church on the 2011 Harvest Walk around Charlestown for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.In October, we were delighted to join the Charlestown Ecumenical Network and the Congregational Church on the 2011 Harvest Walk around Charlestown for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Good Shepherd made up 24 percent of the walkers for this event!

In October, we were delighted to join the Charlestown Ecumenical Network and the Congregational Church on the 2011 Harvest Walk around Charlestown for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

 

 

 

Deacon David, accompanied by Dee Blanchard and her dog Midnight, was the last to complete the walk, but Pastor Susan Rosen made sure he got a bottle of water and an apple.

 

 

 

 

It was a glorious day for a walkabout. The walkers made $1,415 in pledges, enough for the Food Shelf to purchase 7,500 pounds of food from the New Hampshire Food Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a glorious day for a walkabout. The walkers made $1,415 in pledges, enough for the Food Shelf to purchase 7,500 pounds of food from the New Hampshire Food Bank.

 

Our 9 a.m. Wednesday Bible study group completed its study of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine in mid-October and has taken up an examination of the Feasts of the Bible as they reveal God's redemptive plan for us. Coffee and snacks are provided for those who join us. The welcome mat is out.

 

 

Finally, on the brick and mortar side of the ledger, we are grateful to Stephen King for overseeing installation of a new hot water heater and seeing that the church chimney got cleaned. Phil Turner and Aare Ilves saw to scraping and painting windowsills around the church and parish hall.

 

Submitted by The Rev. Mr. David W. Moody