Category: Latest Happenings

Our new Candlesticks!

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Today, Bishop Iker blessed the wonderful new Retable and Altar Candlesticks for our Historic Chapel next to Acton Cemetery. (3600 Fall Creek Hwy., Granbury, TX 76049)
One of our assisting priest, Fr. Bill Bloodgood handcrafted these wonderful items. 
First picture is of Fr. Stuart Smith, Rector of Good Shepherd
with Bishop Iker, and Fr. Bill Bloodgood.
The final photo is the candlesticks sitting in their new home in our chapel. Let’s give Fr. Bill a big “Shout Out” for the wonderful job he did creating these beautiful works of art.
Soon, we hope to begin having our Morning Prayer Services and Wednesday Mass return this beautiful little building.

Friday Fanfare 8/1/19

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DREAMING:  A SPECIAL EDITION OF FRIDAY FANFARE” 

Dear Good Shepherd Parish Family-

This edition of “Friday Fanfare” is a bit special.

Instead of simply presenting what’s happening in our parish family, or introduce some unique event or opportunity, today I want to offer an invitation to Dream and to Give to the life of your parish family Good Shepherd Anglican Church.

After the “Dreaming” presentation, I will drop in a ‘plug’ for an Inventory (B)  and for a  series of presentations on the Sundays of August which relate to the “Dreaming” (C).

  (A)  A Season for Dreaming and for Giving

When was the last time you gave yourself permission to dream about the future of our parish?

One of God’s prophets once proclaimed: “Without a vision, the People perish”.

I’d like to share a dream…a vision if you will… about the future for Good Shepherd Anglican Church.

I dream of a parish that is so committed to Jesus Christ and His Love that it just won’t die a peaceable death.  In the face of shrinking to the size of a mission (not self-supportive; dependent on the Diocese), this parish wakes up to say instead, ‘I am going to give until this parish thrives!  Give of my time and effort, give of my spiritual and natural gifts, give of my precious finances, even!’  This parish I’m dreaming of sees Giving as a hilarious opportunity to see God move…not Giving as a heavy burden of guilt.  What I see is a bright future, a vibrant community of Christians seeking to learn new tricks…even by us “old dogs”!  Christians learning how to tell the story of Christ (“TELET, anyone?”) and welcome the stranger with kindness and Good News.

What’s your dream?  What’s your vision?

Your Vestry will be circulating a “Basic Church Profile Inventory”, which will give each member of our parish an opportunity to begin this envisioning work by looking at Who we now are, and leaning forward to consider, “what more…what else” might we want to do…to BE?  I’m asking you to go the extra mile and fill out this inventory and return all but the cover page to the Vestry member who gives it to you, or drop it off at the Church next time you stop in.  (Your responses are anonymous.) Let’s think together, pray together, dream together for the future of Good Shepherd.  We know that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Church.  We know that the Church is His blood-bought Bride.  So:  What is the Dream that Christ Jesus is giving to us for our future life?

The first sermon I ever gave at GSAC began this way, “the only lasting value in my ministry together with you will be those things that are soaked in prayer”.

Therefore:  Let us Pray for our Future Life together.  Let us Dream…and Let us GIVE.

Fr. Stuart Smith

(B)  A CHURCH PROFILE TO BEGIN OUR DREAMING PROCESS

CHURCH PROFILE INVENTORY

As we look toward the future of Good Shepherd, this moment provides an important opportunity for us all to share together in assessing who we are and where we see ourselves going.  Please take a few thoughtful moments to fill out the survey that will be handed to you, starting this Sunday.  A member of the vestry should contact you about the importance of this project.  Your responses are anonymous.  Just remove the cover page and return pages 2-15 that are stapled together in the basket at the back of the Church or the basket in Parish Hall before August 17th

(C)  SPECIAL AUGUST SUNDAYS:  4 WAYS TO RESPOND TO OUR MISSION

During the Christian Formation time (after refreshments), GSAC will be blessed with presentations from 4 representatives of outreach missions.  Each of them is a  ministry  to which our Parish sends monthly financial contributions.  As we envision our future, we want to be aware of and responsive to the needs of these excellent missions.

Here they are, Sunday-by-Sunday:

August 4thMrs. Kim Erwin will speak about the mission and ministry of Brazos Pregnancy Center.

August 11thMrs. Janet Craig will bring with her a young person involved in the Camp Crucis Equestrian Program to describe that vital diocesan Ministry.

August 18thFr. Robert Gresser and his family will give us a report on their challenging and exciting mission to the Diocese of Northern Malawi.

August 25thMrs. Brenda King and her husband will share with us the exciting reading mentoring program known as “BEAM”  (“Baccus Elementary Adult Mentors”), a ministry in which 8-10 members of our parish have participated over the past 5 years.

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As you can see, we have much to do over the next month.  Our diocese will be consecrating a New Bishop in September.  Our parish is embarking on a season of reflection, planning and…yes…Dreaming together.  I can’t wait to see what God (and you, the members of GSAC) have in store for the year(s) to come!

Love in Christ,

Fr. Stuart Smith

Fr. Tom Hightower visited Good Shepherd

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Last Sunday, the 23rd of June our Parish was blessed to have guest preacher and celebrant, Fr. Tom Hightower. Father Tom, long-time rector of the Church of Saint Peter & Saint Paul in Arlington, Texas (now retired), assists, as his availability allows, the Sunday services and teaching Adult Christian Education classes.  He has been active in a number of diocesan positions, not the least of which has been his leadership of the Ft. Worth Diocesan Commission on Ministry.  It was a delight to have him with us, and we hope he will return again. Thank you, Fr. Hightower. It was a true joy and blessing to have you as our supply priest.

Camp Crucis

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Summer Camp Schedule

Summer Camp 2018 Schedule
June 24 – June 30                Sr. High                              9th – 12th
July 1 – July 4                      Family Camp                        All Ages
July 8 – July 13                    Confetti 1                                K – 5th
July 15 – July 20                  Confetti 2                                K – 5th
July 22 – July 28                    Jr High                                6th – 8th
​July 29 – August 4                Sr Confetti                          6th – 12th

Each week our Congregation will Pray for the Campers at Camp Crucis, especially campers from our Parish.

This Week (July 1 – July 4) – Emma and her Mother, Natalie Campbell will be participating in Family Camp. Remember, Emma and Natalie in your prayers. May God shower them with His Love, Grace, and Blessings as they explore camp and fellowship with other families in Christ.

1st Annual English Tea – A Great Success

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Fun was had by all at our English Tea. If you did not get a chance to come, you missed a good time. Hope to see all of you next spring when we do this again. Thank you, Stuff N Nonsense for a wonderful style show and a real big shout out to Tea Punk Teas that provided the tea and several of the sweet treats. Thank you to all the people that worked real hard to make this a great success. Thank you for everyone and every business that donated to this great cause. Thank you everyone that attended. I love you all, Kat.