September Good Shepherd Messenger Deadline August 15th OFFICE: 508 366-7095 Please E-Mail your articles to FAX: 508 366-3879 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Church office. E-Mail: email@example.com WEB Page & Devotional E-ministry: www.goodshepherdcares.org Senior Pastor – Pastor Dr. Kathryn Baines - X2 ECUMENICAL VBS Intern Pastor – Vicar Sandi - X3 2008 Office - X4 Music Director – Claire Paquette - X6 Christian Ed. Dir. – Suzanne Gillam - X7 “The Pirates who don’t do anything” IT & Financial Services – Tom Olson August 11-15 Parish Nurse – Kristen McCordick – Friday Custodian – David Golden Ages 4 – Kindergarten at First United Methodist Church st th 1 – 6 Grade at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Congregation on Retreat Summer Schedule “It’s Not Easy Being Green” th – For June 8 September 7th Singles, Couples & Families 8:30 AM Traditional Service 10:00 AM Contemporary Service Camp Calumet, West Ossipee, NH Friday to Sunday, September 19- 21 The church office is short staffed this summer but we are available. Please call or email the office with RALLY DAY your questions and concerns or contact Pastor Baines directly. We are closed every Friday. September 14th After a morning of three worship services and The Rev. Dr. Kathryn B. Baines Sunday School classes, we’ll celebrate the 86 Ruggles Street, Westborough, MA 01581 beginning of a new year with a Home: 508-898-0492 Church Wide Picnic at 11:30 a.m. Cell Phone: 508-320-6020 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We will also be saying goodbye to Dear Partners in Ministry, another important member of our ministry team. Cindy Brissman has How can we say been the chair of our Council since goodbye to someone January 2007. Cindy and her family who has been so important to us as will soon be moving to New Jersey. Carolyn Bergemann? For the last 27 Mark has been working in New York years, she has been more than a City for some time now and traveling secretary. She has been a minister back and forth. Cindy has provided of welcome and a faithful friend who dedicated and careful leadership for has always wanted the best for Good our Council. She has kept us well Shepherd and found ways to make organized and stayed on top of things ministry happen here. Her warmth that need to happen. Cindy always is has drawn many people to the careful to thank all the people who do congregation. She held the so much for Good Shepherd. Her corporate memory by remembering gracious leadership will be missed. all those who have passed through Thank you Cindy for a job well done. our doors. She has been immensely We wish the very best for your family helpful to me as I have come to know in a new place where you and Mark and love this congregation. The will have much more time together. office does not look the same with most of the penguins gone. We In the midst of all this change, things thank God for Carolyn and trust her continue at a very busy pace. to God’s unfailing love. Children’s Sunday and the end of another Sunday School year was a I would like to thank all of you who wonderful event. Thank you to our have been so important to the life of teachers and helpers. The Learning this congregation as we cope with Committee is a very hard-working Carolyn’s death. The services down and faithful group. Suzanne and in Rhode Island and here at Good Celeste provide excellent leadership. Shepherd were both witnesses to Our children are wonderful, Carolyn’s faith and our love for her. enthusiastic learners. We are Thank you to everyone who blessed. Be sure to sign up for VBS participated. Many were involved in coming up soon. We will have a preparing the services and providing whole church full of Pirates from music and altar care. The collation August 11 through 15. following the service here was a gracious time of remembering. Office Thank you for your partnership in volunteers have been very generous ministry. Thank God for this with their time and talents. Thank community of faith. you for continuing to keep Carolyn’s family and many friends in your In Christ, prayers. Pastor Baines In my first month here at So - Bishop Payne’s message to you and to Good Shepherd, I have me is to “take this as a personal assignment for been honored to observe this next year – to be an active participant in the and listen to the hearts holy listening of praying unceasingly in and minds of a faithful everything that we do. … And as you listen … congregation, to an you will hear what the spirit is saying to and insightful pastor. And through you to our Church.” From our Vicar recently I was reminded that listening is one of May this summer be a time of rest for you, a the most important things I can do. Not only as time to listen gently with ears that hear how a vicar, but just like you, as a child of God. dearly you are loved by God. May it be a time where your ears may hear another with the love Recently, GSLC attended the New England of holy listening. Synod Assembly. Lay people and clergy from all over New England gather to discern what we In Christ’s service, in New England are doing together as God’s people in the world. At this year’s assembly, Vicar Sandi our Bishop Margaret Payne called all churches to spiritual growth together in Called to Listen. Called to Live. The past year was a time of Council News thinking about what it means to listen. Listening to each other. To God. To our own hearts. Listening to those who may be different and to those who are difficult. Listening with God’s ears and Christ’s heart. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” How glorious have We are now beginning the second year of these days been? I love hearing the birds and “Called to Listen” and this year we will consider seeing everything in bloom. As school ends for what it means to Pray Unceasingly. Now you the summer and schedules change, hopefully may be thinking: Pray Unceasingly? Where the loads will lighten and you will take time to will we find the time? What if we are shy about relax and enjoy a change of scenery but still be praying? Pray for what? And those are good reminded of the beauty of God’s creation questions. But rest assured, we will gently wherever you may be. What a blessed learn together how our prayer is not only a time connection to know that we all are warmed by set apart for devotions, but is also a lifestyle – a the same sun and look up at the same moon no constant conversation with God throughout our matter our location at that time. days. A mutual speaking and listening. Last month at council we spent time in When I was balancing a schedule of preparation for the special Congregation seminary and hospital chaplaincy, I often Meeting. This meeting was called because the “prayed on my feet”; praying not only at changes and updates needed in the bedsides, but on the subway, or while washing Constitution require two votes of the dishes, or buying groceries. Perhaps your life congregation. A special thank you to Jochen is busy with work, or raising a family, or caring Salfeld, Committee Chairman, George Herz, for a loved one, or just plain busy, with little time Paula Mathieu, Marilyn Reiman, and Pastor to sit in prayer. No worries - God will hear you Baines. They have been working since last even if you are on your feet, in the air, on the August to review with each officer and baseball field, or at the bedside. committee the details of the constitution and to update how our church handles the functions Prayers may be, simply listening. Dietrich and business of the church. There are also Bonhoeffer said that God’s love for us is shown changes required to conform our constitution to by the fact that God not only gives us God’s the model constitution of the ELCA including a Word, but also lends us God’s ear. We are record retention policy and incorporating the listening for God and God is listening to us with possibility of establishing an endowment fund love. And we may use God’s ear to hear each and our safe church policy. It is a very tedious other, with love. and time consuming process and we appreciate their time and efforts. Thank you to each of you who took the time to review the final result. We Devotional Bible: “Are you exhausted today? plan to have the second congregation vote at Perhaps what your body is crying for is rest. Is our regular November Congregation meeting. there rest for anyone in our tension-filled world? As the disciples returned from a missionary Along with updating the ground work of our journey, they were elated with their congregation, we also took some time to look success…Jesus was glad to hear of their ahead into the future. We are beginning a accounts, but he knew they needed physical process of visioning what this congregation rest after their arduous journey…We, too, need hopes to become. What are our strengths and to refresh ourselves to maintain physical and how will we use them in this community? Also spiritual strength. Our schedules are in 2010 we will celebrate our 50th anniversary. demanding. They drain our physical, mental, We have appointed co-chairmen and by fall we emotional and spiritual life. God’s Holy Spirit will begin making plans for this special gives us strength for his schedule for us…God celebration. plans for us to include times of rest and relaxation in our schedule. If the disciples While we may deviate from our usual routines needed rest, so do we.” in the summer, Good Shepherd is still here for you. Thank you to everyone who has so As we prepare for some time off, this is also a graciously offered to help in and around the good time to reflect upon the value and office. While the shoes of Carolyn and blessings of family life. The word family, no Anneliese cannot be filled, there is a comradery matter how you envision it, generally means and development of friendships to help fill a part two or more people who are committed to each of the empty space in our hearts. Thank you. other, who relate on an intimate level and who have a sense of identity. How can healthy Finally, I would like to thank you for the honor of families be described in this context? First of all, being your congregation president for this last the members, both adults and children, all need year and a half. Mark’s job changed over the to have a strong commitment to each other. last year and now that Craig has graduated Without this, the family is hard-pressed to serve from Westborough High School, we will be as the refuge God intends it to be. Families also moving to New Jersey. We are so grateful to need to relate to each other on intimate levels. have had this time with you. Good Shepherd is Emotional nurturing of each other is one of the an amazing place, full of God’s grace and spirit. most important and basic functions of any How blessed we have been to have had you be family. We need the Lord’s help to share a part of our journey. May God’s peace unconditional love with all our family members. surround you and may His spirit make you soar. Families also need a sense of identity. Each person needs to understand their role and feel Cindy Brissman that they are an essential part of the family as a Congregation President whole. In our busy lives, its easy for one person to feel left out when there is a lot going on. It is so important for all of us to try and lift each Nurses Notes other up, every single day. Enjoy the gift of your own family, and consider “He makes me lie down in how we can share the love of God and Christ green pastures, he leads me Jesus with those who have family struggles or beside quiet waters, he have lost a family member. Please don’t restores my soul. He guides hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance me in paths of righteousness to you or your family. for his name’s sake” Psalm 23 I wish you all health in body mind and spirit, and The summer is upon us and many of us hope to a wonderful summer full of rest, reflection and spend some time relaxing on vacation with our relaxation with your loved ones. love ones. Since health maintenance and prevention of disease are such important parts In Christian healing, of good overall health, I would like to share with Kristen McCordick RN, BSN you an excerpt of a devotion on rest. It is from Parish Nurse God’s Words of Life from the Women’s GOOD NEWS !!! I was recently privileged to attend the ELCA Synod “For God so loved the world that he gave his Assembly as a voting member only son, so that everyone who believes in him from Good Shepherd. One of may not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) the items in the packet of information we were given Do you remember how old you where when you there was a copy of the learned that verse? It’s a statement of faith Ninety-Five Theses Martin Luther nailed to the which speaks to both children and adults. God’s door of the churches in Wittenberg, Germany love and forgiveness are absolute certainties. so many years ago – the very one that That faith sustains Greta, a resident of eventually started the Lutheran Church we are Worcester’s Lutheran Healthcare Center. (You all part of today. This got me thinking of one of may know it better by its former name, the my favorite parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. I Lutheran Home.) Greta celebrates God’s ever- want to quote from his explanation of the first present love. She is glad to tell about her article of the Creed we recite every Sunday in experiences of God’s care. She is also worship: confident that she will be enfolded in His arms “ I believe that God has created me and all throughout eternity. that exists; that He has given and still preserves to me my body and soul, my eyes and ears, Staff members are evidence of God’s care. His and all my members, my reason and all the love is also shown through volunteers. Whether powers of my soul, together with food and you come in on a regular basis or only for an clothing, home and family, and all my property; hour, a new face can brighten and enrich the that He daily provides abundantly for all the day. needs of my life, protects me from all danger, and guards and keeps me from all evil; that He Once a month, churches take turns serving does this purely out of fatherly and divine coffee and a simple dessert. Residents are goodness and mercy, without any merit or always delighted when a child also comes worthiness in me; for which I am duty bound to along. Good Shepherd members have also thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is come individually or in groups (adults, TAGS, most certainly true. “ confirmands) to sing Christmas carols and other musical and humorous entertainment. This is just one more reminder that we are only Stewards of what God first gave us. We came Don’t ever think “I went, but I played or sang into this world with nothing and we will leave off-key,” “I wouldn’t have anything to say.” with nothing, so the way we use all His gifts in Residents feel that they still have worth when this life is very simply our way to “thank, praise, they see that someone cares about them. serve and obey”. ALL that we are and God’s love can be shown through a gentle EVERYTHING we do is stewardship. Is it any touch, a listening ear, a smile. wonder we are instructed in the Bible to pray unceasingly? Bakery items only are now requested for the Residents. Bring them to Good Shepherd and Darlene Zuehl they will be taken to the Lutheran Healthcare For the Stewardship Committee Center to provide dessert with their coffee/tea. Carolyn Breecher MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES For the Stewardship Committee The Northeast Region of the BAKED GOODS requirements for the Lutheran Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Healthcare Center have changed! Unfortunately we meet June 30 – July 3 in Worcester. can no longer bring homemade treats due to MA State Regulations. ALL FINGER DESSERTS MUST ALCM events are open to the public. BE STORE BOUGHT AND REMAIN IN THEIR LABELLED CONTAINERS. Items from BJ’s and You are invited to share in Stop and Shop are desirable. Please see Kim these musical offerings. Wezniak with any questions. Kim_wezniak@msn.com 7:30 Monday night: June 30 From our Bishop Vespers with Vox Triniti commemorating Saints Peter & Paul at Trinity Lutheran Church, Relief for Midwest flooding needed 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA Bishop Margaret G. Payne encourages all 7:30 Tuesday night: July 1 members of our congregations in the New Organ Recital by Martin Jean (Yale Univ.) England Synod to give generously to flood relief in recital on the Taylor and Boody organ at in the Midwest. Information about possibilities St. John's Chapel at the College of the Holy for volunteer service in the weeks and months Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA to come will be forwarded from the synod office. Please keep our sisters and brothers in 7:30 Wednesday night: July 2 the Midwest in your prayers. A Festival of Song on the Skinner organ led by Rick Erickson of Holy Trinity Lutheran, NYC at ELCA News release: All Saints Episcopal Church, Terrible storms, one right after another, have 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA left indelible marks on individuals and communities across the Midwest. As the long Help Advertise or Register Now effort of cleaning up and rebuilding begins, For Lutheran Social Services Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is poised to of New England’s bring help and hope, and to walk side by side Third Annual Open Golf with those affected. Tournament On June 13, 2008, Bishop Bruce Burnside of September 18, 2008 the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin traveled around the affected areas with the - at the Wachusett Country Club, Rev. Massey and Gary Grindeland, LDR 187 Prospect Street, coordinator for Wisconsin. In describing the West Boylston, Massachusetts, impact of this flooding on his synod and congregations, he related the importance for www.wachusettcc.com. For more information the church to meet this new challenge. "God's visit our web site at www.lssne.org/golf or call gift of this water seems to now be our enemy, toll-free 877-500-8263 extension 811 or 850. but we are reminded that out of the waters, new life is born," he said. "God tamed the chaos of Gather your friends, family and coworkers and the waters to form the earth, and God, in Jesus, join us again this year for another fun day of calmed the stormy seas," said Bishop Burnside. golf to support the programs of LSS of New In addition to your prayers, we invite you to England. It will be a foursome, best ball consider giving to support the long-term scramble, with awards and prizes. response to this disaster. You can donate We are looking to sign up golfers and sponsors through your congregation, or you can give a and could use some help advertising. Please gift directly by mail, by phone, or online. If you pass out the flyer page printed in this would like to designate your gift for this messenger. response, please be sure to note it for "Flooding - United States." Gifts designated for a We thank you in advance for your support to particular disaster will be used in full – help us continue to care for the 4,800 clients 100 percent - for that response. whom we serve every day in New England. Gifts may be sent to: LSS Golf Committee Norman Hendrickson ELCA Domestic Disaster Response George Vogel PO Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764 Bruce Anderson Credit card gift line: 1-800-638-3522 Kirk Schroeder Credit card gifts via Bob Smith Internet: http://www.ELCA.org/disaster John Stassi Information about Lutheran Disaster Response is at http://www.ldr.org/ on the Web. John and Joan O’Connor June Carr Joan O’Connor Nancy Dahn Sheila Medeiros Lisa and Robin Connor Art and Nancy Matson Ernst and Katie Zimmermann Good Shepherd Extends Sympathy Sandra White to the Bergemann Family Mike and Kathleen Grim C. H. Kelliher OUR SYMPATHY is extended to Dick and Stan & Carie Corbett Bethany Bergemann and daughter Cindy & her Sandy and Bob Burgess husband Joe Sousa (who live in Somerset, MA) Tom and Marilyn Durant and all their family and friends upon the death of Carolyn, our beloved secretary on May 31st. We pray that God’s comfort and peace will be with the Bergemann Family in their time of loss. In memory of Gordon Leisk: Frank and Janet Abissi In memory of Dorothea Frederico: Marciana and Ronald Roman Dear Friends at In memory of CAROLYN BERGEMANN: Good Shepherd, J. Salfeld and Li Chun Wang Thank you for your generous donation toward Arman and Nancy Ahrabi-Nejad my tuition at the Lutheran Summer Music Rhoda and Tom Decatur Festival and Academy. I appreciate your Christiane Merrow support, and am looking forward to attending Douglas and Karen Marie Tucker my first ever music camp session. Millie and Will Lemaire Mike and Paula Mathieu I can’t wait to play in an orchestra regularly- the Ellen Cloutier only orchestra I play in now is the District Deborah Toszylowski Orchestra. I am also excited to play chamber Thomas and Melanie Fleming music, and have already started to pick out Anneliese and Bernd Mieth several pieces to bring with me. (Vivaldi’s Frank and Janet Abissi Concerto in A minor, op. 3, for two violins, etc.) Carol Ann Belliveau Right now I am working on preparing a few Barbara Houston pieces for when I get to camp to audition for an Elaine C. Vescio orchestra seat: Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in D Roger and Pat Olson Major, Vivaldi’s Spring and Winter, and Debra and John King Csardas. Jim and Penny Black Carole and Roy David Thanks to your support, I will be able to attend Marilyn Reiman the Festival. I’ve enjoyed being a member of Robert and Sandra Burgess Good Shepherd and thankful for the chances to Allen and Sharon Krause play and perform music in this church. The Robert and Mauree McGowin church has given me wonderful opportunities to Bernice A. Joslyn grow spiritually and musically. Margaret M. Sullivan and Kent Kurchak David and Amy Peterson Love, Leona Duffy Rebecca Wefald Oscar and Mary Deermanouelian Ordination… The Service of Word and Sacrament with Rite of Ordination was a highlight of the 21st Annual Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly as four new pastors were welcomed to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA. Bishop Hoover with newly ordained pastors (left) Pastor Katherine Brantner, Pastor Maureer Seifried, Pastor Jeanette Leisk, Pastor Antoinette Carlin. Jeanette D. Leisk, who has been called as associate pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gettysburg. PA. Pastor Leisk is currently a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Westborough, MA. Pastor Kenneth Bean was her sponsor.
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