Thursday, January 17 @ 6:35 PM - Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist
Sunday, January 13 @ 8:30 AM or 10:00 AM - Sunday morning Holy Eucharist for the Second Sunday after Epiphany
The Good Shepherd Church Annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019, immediately following the 10:00 AM worship service. Please make every effort to attend this meeting so that the important business of the church can be done with a quorum present. The agenda includes election of the 2019 Church Council and adoption of the 2019 budget.
Does the iPhone drive you crazy? Would you like to know more about how to use its many features?
The East Jefferson YMCA in partnership with the Jefferson Community Foundation want to help you learn to use your iPhone to it’s full capacity!
On Tuesdays, January 29, February 5, 12, and 19, the East Jefferson YMCA will be presenting a course entitled iPhone Basics for Boomers.
January 29th: Using the iPhone as a phone, setting up contacts, 3 way calls, speaker setting
February 5th: Using the iPhone as a phone, setting up contacts, 3 way calls, speaker setting
February 12th: Texting, including group texts and adding a picture
February 19th: Texting, including group textsand adding a picture
There is no charge to attend this class, but pre-registration is required due to limited capacity! For more information, contact the East Jefferson YMCA 6691 Riverside Dr. Metairie, LA 70003, or by telephone at (504) 888-9622.
If you are submitting an article for the February Shepherd's Voice Newsletter, please email it to Rev. Graf by noon on Monday, January 21.
If you haven't yet picked up or downloaded the January 2019 edition of the Shepherd's Voice Newsletter, do so now! There's lots of important information and dates in it!
As a reminder, if you are submitting articles for our monthly newsletter, as a rule of thumb, please have them e-mailed to Rev. Graf by the 20th of each month.
Article and photo by D.J. Estopinal
Do you remember last years church picnic at Wally Pontiff Playground? It's not too early to mark your calendar NOW for our 2019 church picnic!
So, mark your calendar! This years Good Shepherd Church’s Picnic will again be held at Wally Pontiff Playground, Shelter # 3 on Sunday, April 14, 2019, (Palm Sunday). Shelter # 3 is the exact same shelter that we had last year. It is the closest shelter to the bathrooms and children’s playground.
Our Palm Sunday services will NOT be held at our church but instead will be held on the grounds of Pontiff Playground as a part of our picnic. Please make certain you make note of this on your calendar so that you do not miss the picnic or worship on Palm Sunday!
Just like last year, there will be NO cost to attend the picnic. All we ask is that you bring an appropriate picnic covered dish, folding chairs for your group and whatever everyone in your group wants to drink. For further information, see D. J. Estopinal.
The Annual Congregational Meeting of Good Shepherd Church will be held on Sunday, January 27 immediately following the 10:00 AM worship service.
If you are a leader of a group, please make certain you have emailed your annual report to Rev. Graf no later than Sunday, January 13 in order for it to be included in the annual meeting packet.
Story by D.J. Estopinal
Forward by Rev. Graf
The true spirit of the Christmas season is not about receiving gifts, but sharing the gifts of God's mercy and grace with others. After all, the greatest ever given is the gift of new life and eternal salvation from God Almighty through Christ Jesus.
I count it an honor, a privilege, and a blessing that this seasonal activity--bringing tangible gifts and music to U.S. Veterans--was so joyously received by the great parishioners of the Good Shepherd Church. Spreading the cheer of this Holy Season with folks who took a time--months, years, and decades--out of their lives, to potentially sacrifice their lives, all so that we could live freely, is one of the most beautiful things a flock can do outside of the walls of the church sanctuary.
I wish to especially offer my thanks to Mrs. Rebecca Estopinal for her obedience in answering the Holy Spirit's call on her life to start this ministry and make it a mission of Good Shepherd Church.
Rev'd Graf, Pastor
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Rebecca Estopinal led twenty (20) members of Good Shepherd Church to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home located in Reserve, Louisiana. Their mission was to greet, interact with, sing Christmas Carrols to and hand out Christmas Presents to the residence of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home.
Amongst the many good shepherds attending were Rev. Graf, the Good Shepherd Church Youth Group, the Choir Director Mrs. Rinda Coleman and the Choir, and our own WWII Veteran, Mr. Thom Kolesa.
All in attendance said that they had a very good time and enjoyed their time with the veterans in the home. These veterans are of the Korea and Viet Nam wars.
Story and photos by D.J. Estopinal
On Sunday, December 16, 2018, Good Shepherd Church held their annual Christmas Brunch with Santa.
After the 10:00 A. M. church service had concluded, all of the attending Good Shepherd Church’s Parishioners and children proceeded to the Fellowship Hall. The Fellowship Hall and tables had been decorated in a Christmas motif.
Once everyone had arrived at the Fellowship Hall, Santa Clause made his appearance. All of the children, teenagers and grownups greeted Santa. Santa then sat in a large provided chair, talked with and took pictures with all who wanted to do so.
The ladies of the church had been cooking for three (3) days to supply all of the delicious food for the brunch.
Pastor Graf said the blessing before anyone started to eat. Upon completion, everyone lined up and was served a delicious Brunch. As usual, the ladies out did themselves in cooking of all the food. Santa departed while everyone was eating.
Christmas music played in the background as everyone ate and had fellowship with each other.