GOOD (SHEPHERD) NEWS BULLETIN FOR DECEMBER, 2006
We’ll probably get a proper newsletter up and running for January, but in the
meantime, here’s a round-up for the month of December and a peek ahead
into next year.
Unless otherwise indicated, Sunday services are:
8 am, Rite I Said Communion; and 10 am, Rite II Communion with music,
choir, childcare, and Sunday school.
2 Fr. Michael preaches at Resurrection Anglican Church
at their 5 pm service
3 First part of the Joy of Giving stewardship sermon series.
A letter went out on Nov. 30th announcing the Stewardship Drive.
Please contact us if you didn’t get one. 760.445.4378
3 Student Ministries continue with their Eragon study and discussion series.
3 Lessons and Carols Service
St. John’s Anglican Church
434 N. IOWA • FALLBROOK, CA
(760) 728.2908 •
The program for this classic Advent service is identical to the one that
has been celebrated at St. John’s, Cambridge for centuries. It starts at
6 pm. If you need transportation, please call 760.445.4378. Priests
and representatives from all the newly Anglican congregations in the
area will be attending and participating. It should be a wonderful
3 6-8 pm SOLID youth group at Resurrection Anglican
9 Starting at 4 pm, at the Nee family’s home: pizza party, St. Nicholas
Cookie Bake, and possibly the silliest holiday film you’ve ever seen.
Address: 6429 La Vanco Court Carlsbad
10 Stewardship series: Joy of Giving,
Special visit at the 10 am
service from St. Nicholas!
“Secret St. Nick” program
starts up. Those who want to participate
enter their names. Then each
participant picks a name at random for
whom they will be the “Secret St.
Nick” and buy goodies of not more than
$10. “Secret St. Nick” gifts will
be exchanged at the Christmas Eve
service. We’ll have a special
name pool for kids 1st grade to 9th.
AM Lunch buffet
and visit from
members of Glory
Albert Lin and
members of his
mission team will
their mission trip
to China last
Gee Lowe will
join us as well. We plan on joining them on their next mission trip in
the summer of 2007. This has many exciting possibilities for our
church and we hope it will provide a point of attraction for people
outside our church who will want to join us on the mission trip.
11 A second stewardship letter should arrive on the 11th or 12th. It will include
a pledge card and envelope. Please bring them to church on the 17th, Harvest
Sunday, for the ingathering. If you can’t make it that Sunday, then please mail it
by Wednesday the 13th. If you forget to mail it in time, and you realize you can’t
make it to church on the 17th, then email Tom Snodgrass, our Treasurer, so we
can include your pledge in the count. An important aspect of getting all the
pledges accounted for is so that we can have a realistic idea of what our financial
resources will be for 2007. Without that, we can’t shape our budget for the
coming year and make plans for the future.
12 Vestry meeting, 7 pm, at Lisa and Colin Black’s home.
15 Movie Night: outing to see Eragon in the early evening.
We’ll probably be going to Edwards Cinemas, San Marcos. Of
course, we’ll have pizza. Before or after? Not sure. They don’t
publish showtimes this far in advance. So—please reserve
early evening on the 15th for now. We’ll let you know more
details as soon as the theatre makes its showtimes known.
We’ll rendezvous and eat at the Nee Family’s. If you can
volunteer for transportation, please call Fr. Michael at
17 Harvest Sunday—ingathering of our pledges for 2007.
“Secret St. Nick” program—not too late to get in on it
if you couldn’t the week before.
3 pm—Christmas Concert with Singchronicity—
and a special appearance by Santa!
24 A very
unusual day on
the 4th Sunday
of Advent, and
of the usual
4th Sunday of Advent observed. Simple communion service. We won’t
have a choir, but we will provide music for congregational singing.
4 pm Christmas Eve service. Communion with festive music and choir.
25 Christmas Day, 9 am, said Mass
31 Masses at 8 am and 10 am as usual
JANUARY BREAK + EPIPHANY - CHRISTMAS
BUSYNESS= PLAY ON JANUARY 7TH
Did you think we wouldn’t have a Christmas Play? We
will—but we’ll be doing it on January 7th, 2007, when we
will celebrate Epiphany. Many churches have their
“Christmas” play on that occasion because it commemorates the visit of the
Magi. We were thinking it might be helpful for families to do it then because of all
the busyness leading up to Christmastime. Also, we understand that a number of
the public schools have a break time in the first week of January. We hope to
provide some relief for parents by providing an activity for the kids during that
Starting in January—FORTY DAYS OF
PURPOSE—This will launch our
congregation like nothing else. It involves
youth (they will have their own version) and
adults alike. It will build a common faith
within families and among the members of
our congregation. You will have so much to
talk about with your kids, spouses and
friends. We will grow in faith together as a
community. It’s based on The Purpose Driven Life. If we commit to this and do it
in earnest, faith will come alive and a vibrant community will grow up among us.
Small groups will emerge, old bonds will be strengthened, and new friendships
will be formed. We are laying the foundation of Good Shepherd and this is what
we need to do as much as anything else. This will bring us together as one in
Christ. After this program, we will be able to live out the unity that we are called
to. We will truly share our faith. We will be united in one Spirit with “one Lord,
one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all
and in all.” (Eph. 4:5)