The church office will be closed Easter Monday, April 21, and will reopen Tuesday, April 22.
So, what's so important to you that you would sell all you had to obtain it?
Meets Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in Adult Room #2.
The 2014 session of the Virginia Annual Conference was held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va., Friday, June 20, to Sunday, June 22. Click here to read about what happened each day.
Joe Kinego, Mark Burgess, Yohan Moon and Lyn Moon attended from the Church of the Good Shepherd. Joe and Mark were our respective lay and clergy delegates. Joe Kinego will share highlights from the conference during the 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 29.
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.
OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.
OA members differ in many ways, but we are united by our common disease and the solution we have found in the OA program. We practice unity with diversity, and we welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Welcome home.
A chapter of OA meets every Monday evening at the Church of the Good Shepherd beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Church Council will meet this Monday evening, May 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery.
You're invited to join us for prayer each Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. Please feel free to come and pray quietly in the sanctuary and leave, if you need to, or stay and join others as we move to the church's Information Center for intercessory prayer.
You are invited to join us in Room 7 (through the Educational Center main entrance and down the hallway to the left) on Thursdays at 1 p.m. for contemplative prayer. Now also offered on Sunday Mornings, from 9:00a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room/Gallery located near the church offices.
The youth will gather in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Bell Choir, 7:00 p.m.
Chancel Choir, 7:30 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A chapter of AA meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd every Monday and Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Church of the Good Shepherd’s confidential “Teens in Turmoil” Parent Support Group monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, July 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 10 (Senior High Room) in the Education Center. The group typically meets the second Thursday night of each month. The group is open to those who need support and prayers for their struggling teenage and young adult children. For more information, contact facilitator Becky Todd York through the church office.
Boy Scout Troop 13's Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are welcome and will be received April 28-May 2. Proceeds from the sale benefit the troop's activities.
Members of this year's Lakota Mission Team as they were leaving Dulles International Airport Friday morning, June 27, at 6:20 a.m., enroute to Denver, Colorado, where they rented vans to drive the final leg of their trip to the Lakota Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Altogether, this year, there are 20 team members representing 5 area churches. Some team members flew and drove out to the reservation earlier to prepare for this year's mission.
Rev. Burgess invites you to join him this July in reading and discussing John Dalrymple's book Simple Prayer. The publisher says this about the book: "John Dalrymple wrote many spiritual classics, all stemming from his conviction that prayer is the most important element in Christian living. In this beautiful reissue of his bestselling Simple Prayer, he writes explicitly on prayer, teaching that the simple silent prayer of contemplation is attainable for anyone who seeks to try. What unfolds is a mature yet accessible consideration of all aspects of prayer and how it connects with politics, liberation, poverty, spiritual reading and the experience of the Dark Night."
The class will meet each Sunday in July at 9:00 a.m. in the Adult 2 classroom. Participants are urged to please purchase and download either a Kindle or Nook version of the book, as the few paperback copies that are still available will be late in arriving at the church.
The new United Methodist Handbook is now available in an easy-to-read and share digital format.
The Handbook is among the best resources for laity providing leadership, people new to The United Methodist Church and clergy who occasionally get stumped by a question. It includes:
- United Methodist teachings,
- church structure and organization,
- denominational initiatives,
- what it means to be a worldwide church,
- connectional giving information,
- a glossary of United Methodist terms … and much more.
The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist is seeking a choir director to work on a consultant basis to direct the adult choir and provide vocal expertise. The choir director would collaborate with the pastor and music director in scheduling rehearsals to prepare the choir for Sunday morning worship and special programs for Advent and Lent. The preferred background consists of a B.A. degree in the choral music field with three or more years of experience in choral conducting. Familiarity with sacred music and keyboard skills are a plus. Please submit a resume to: Rev. Mark Burgess, Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna, VA 22181, by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (703) 281-3987.
Worship team meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. in The Gallery.
Lenten Devotional 2014!
The Church of the Good Shepherd has again prepared a collection of Lenten devotionals – personal reflections and memories prepared by members and friends of our congregation. Every year, the Devotional is a true witness to the faith we are growing as the body of Christ in Vienna, Va., and an expression of hope and invitation to our neighboring community.
As in years past, we continue to receive the most lovely comments regarding the Devotional. Here are just a few recent examples:
"Tomorrow is my 68th birthday and as I approach another year I like to reflect back on things for which I am thankful. Your pamphlet is one." ~ Bev
"Thank you so much for the Lenten Devotional booklet. It provides so much meaning to my Lenten Journey. The writings are so uplifting and grounded in our every day experiences. Thank you for such a special ministry and your outreach to the whole community." ~ Judy
"Thank you for the Lenten messages." ~ Patsy
Volunteers from the Church of the Good Shepherd will again be delivering meals to the Bethany Women's Day Care Center in Washington, D.C. beginning at 10:30 a.m. this coming Sunday morning. To join our growing list of volunteers or for more information, please contact Joyce Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church of the Good Shepherd member, Bob Meredith, is now serving as a United Methodist Volunteer-in-Mission with the Agua Viva Serves project near Los Chiles, Costa Rica., where he will be for the next three months. Agua Viva Serves’ focus is to provide potable drinking water to schools, churches and the rural population—many who are very poor—in an isolated region near the Nicaraguan border. Begun in 2010, the project has now drilled over 25 wells in the area, with several more planned over the coming months. Bob is going to help as needed with the project—he speaks Spanish and has worked on similar projects in other developing countries. More information, maps and photographs may be found on the Agua Viva Serves website. If you wish to make a donation, Bob recommends you do so through this web site or through the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Ministries’ Volunteers-in-Mission web page. His project number is #982465.
Also, Bob is maintaining a blog of his activity as a volunteer-in-mission. You can now follow Bob's work at http://bobavsincr.wordpress.com.
Come visit the Holy Land during Lent 2015 with Revs. Mark and Ruth Burgess. Together they're planning a return trip to Israel for ten days beginning February 24. Included in the tour will be visits to the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Jordan River, Cana, Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and more. Interested? Please contact Rev. Burgess at either email@example.com or 703-939-5682.
Mark, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd since 2008, is an ordained United Methodist pastor with an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He taught for many years at Christopher Newport University as an adjunct professor in the department of philosophy and religious studies.
Ruth, pastor of Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church in Fairfax, Virginia, since 2008, is also an ordained United Methodist pastor with an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She did post-graduate study at the University of Virginia in religion and literature.
Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.
O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.
~ Bianco da Siena
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