New Stole Created and Donated by Barbara Berg

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A new green stole, created, woven and and donated by congregation member, Barbara Berg, is currently being worn by Pastor Amy during the Time After Epiphany. The stole is a complement to the green paraments woven by Berg several years ago since the same yarns were used in the process. It also complements the weavings which hang above the altar. Green vestments and paraments are used for lengthy periods several times during the liturgical year but especially during the Time after Epiphany and the Time After Pentecost, which lasts all summer and into the fall.

Merry Christmas!


IMG_2448At the Christmas Day Worship service, a special reading from Isaiah, the 52nd chapter, said:  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”   A low brass quartet helped celebrate the message of rejoicing in the birth of Jesus.

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Christmas Eve at Good Shepherd


The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Good Shepherd featured many Christmas carols, special selections by the choir, clarinets, flute, and guitar, and an offertory composed by Music Director, Brooke Joyce.


Children processed into the sanctuary with white and gold streamers, laying them in front of the altar, and played bells during the well-known hymn, “Hark the Harold Angels Sing.”   Candles were lit by congregation members while singing, “Silent Night.”  Luminaries lined the sidewalk and entry way. Old and new friends gathered to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.IMG_2434IMG_2437   IMG_3033IMG_2442

Christmas Program

Full Creche

The Good Shepherd children presented a Christmas Program on Sunday, December 20. The program included special music as well as scripture readings and hymns.  Children processed into the sanctuary in costume, then read Bible passages and narrated a short poem.  The program sequence was News for Mary: Luke 1:26-28; The Family Arrives: Luke 2:1-7; The Angels and Shepherds Arrive: Luke 2:8-16; The Magi Arrive: Matthew 2:9-11; and The Sending: Isaiah 9:6.   The program concluded with a live creche scene in the the front of the sanctuary.


After the program, a simple supper was enjoyed in the Fellowship Hall.


Simple Supper



Gender-Free Bathrooms at Good Shepherd


In keeping with our welcome to all, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Good Shepherd has added signage signifying the availability of gender free bathrooms. These single-stall bathrooms are also ADA accessible and have infant changing tables.

Using the restroom is a multi-daily issue for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Good Shepherd is glad to take this additional step to create a sense of belonging for transgender members and visitors to our congregation.

Our two gender-free bathrooms are located in the east hallway at Good Shepherd.

The new signs for our restrooms were donated by the company that makes them. Schools, churches, and nonprofits may be eligible for free signs by contacting the company.

Good Shepherd is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, affirming our welcome to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to participate fully in the life of our congregation.