Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,

Monday is the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. Let us recall the Contemporary Collect for him.

St. Paul the Apostle: “O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.” Amen.

Connection: Thank you for reading about Paul telling of his conversion to King Agrippa in Acts 26:9-21. Paul was blinded because he was so determined to arrest and kill followers of Jesus. Thankfully we’re not in that same place. Today we are more likely to be ignored or smiled at politely by the general public. It’s Paul’s words in verse 19 that I find inspirational, “After that, King Agrippa, I am not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”

Being faithful to God’s heavenly vision as a member of Christ Body gets me up and going in the morning, allows me to focus throughout the day, and at night a time of reflection. In Eucharistic Prayer C (pg. 368), we’re reminded, “In him (Jesus), you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you (God). In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death until life.” In other words, like Paul, we have been transformed into a new person. Think about the freedom this has brought you in life. Share that reality with someone you trust, then be ready to say it to the King Agrippa’s you encounter during the day allowing Christ light to shine through you. 


Quote of the Week: Jesus became who we are (humans) so we could be what he is. A new member of God’s family through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.


Yesterday’s Annual Meeting was a Success: Thank you, Brad Hale and Chris Kirby, for an excellent Good Shepherd Annual Meeting via Zoom.  Your expertise let members either in person or virtually participate. Laura Sawin-Armato, Carye Williams, and ministry leaders your reports were excellent. Nina Edwards and vestry member’s, your confidence in our financial plan is second to none. Once again, a team of people did their best for the good of all.

Congratulations to Good Shepherd’s New Vestry Members Phyllis Cameron, Susan Eveland, Kathy Potter, and Mike Wilkinson. Chris Kirby, Sr. Warden, Jill Hedge, Jr. Warden.

Thank you to Marie Ebert, Mary Dodson, Marilyn Lane, and Steve Nelson for your valuable gifts as vestry leaders in so many different and diverse ways.

Collecting Dried Palms for Ash Wednesday: Thank you for bringing your dried palms to church, placing them in the wicker baskets in the foyer or by the chapel before February 11.

Souper Bowl of Caring January 11-February 7. Please help us restock our BPS Room with canned vegetables, canned pasta, Jell-O or pudding packs, peanut butter, popcorn, granola bars, tortillas, small packs of raisins, pancake or cake mixes, or financial contributions. As of Friday, 250 pounds of food already collected. Well done! The BPS Box will be by the chapel for your food contribution.


Educational Connections and Zoom Links

Weekday Services, Events, and Education

Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.

Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. Not on Wednesday; instead, Wednesday Eucharist for Households.

Christian Formation Meeting: Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Contact Judy Kile to be connected.

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Mark 8:14-10:31. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100

Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live Only: Wednesday at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel via Facebook Live

Wednesday Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile for an invitation.

Circle of Friends Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome via Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/99608591532

Facebook Live this Sunday.

Sunday Christian Formation Class-Epiphany IV, Year B, Sunday, January 31 at 9:00 AM.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, I Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28. Join us via Zoom  https://zoom.us/j/93045831122

Holy Eucharist Rite II-Epiphany IV, Year B, Sunday, January 31 at 10:15 AM.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, I Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28. Join us on Facebook Live  

It’s all about Zoom!

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