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Announcements and photos to share with our parish family are always welcome! 

Please email your contributions to David Baggett.

The deadline for newsletter submissions is Wednesday at 2 PM. Thank you!

Announcements may be edited for content and space.

Parish Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM; Fridays by appointment

Please note: the Parish Office is closed today, Thursday, July 4th,

in observance of Independence Day.

The Parish Office will re-open on Monday, July 8th at 9 AM.

Pastoral Care Emergencies

Please call the Pastoral Care Support Line 919.831.2008.

Prayer Requests

Please CLICK HERE to submit a prayer request. 


Collect for the Nation

God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer, p. 258

Top Of Mind

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view the schedule of parish

worship services and events for July 6-14

We Can't Get Enough of VBS!

In case you haven't heard, Vacation Bible School was a "smash hit." Thank you to everyone (volunteers, clergy, staff, parents, and, most of all, the kids) for a tremendous week of fun, faith, enthusiasm, excitement, and love. We're already excited about next year!

  • To see a fun VBS highlights video, PLEASE CLICK HERE (video courtesy of Noom Baggett)

  • To see a post-VBS performance during Sunday's Fellowship Time PLEASE CLICK HERE (video courtesy of Nan Boyne)

  • And be sure to visit our VBS 2024 photo album (photos courtesy of Ed Sharp, Meredith Swindell, and Carolyn Wilson)

"I wish the last day was Friday [instead of Thursday] because I really like this church."

-- Penny, age 5

Rev. Imogen led us in thanking VBS 2024 volunteers on Sunday

during the 10:15 worship service.

photo courtesy of Noom Baggett

Last Sunday, VBS 2024 attendees shared one of their new songs

during the 10:15 worship service.

photo courtesy of Peter Jezierny

Parish Office Closed for Independence Day

Please note: the Parish Office is closed today, Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day, resulting in long weekend for the clergy and staff. If a pastoral care emergency should arise, please call the Pastoral Care Support Line 919.831.2008. This line is monitored by the clergy. If you should have questions or concerns, please contact the Parish Administrator, David Baggett (919.831.2018).

Stay for Lunch after Church

Beyond Our Doors Ministry Team is sponsoring Good Shepherd's monthly Community Lunch and Fellowship Time this Sunday immediately following the 10:15 worship service. Everyone is invited! Contact: Gerard McNeill (919.270.3078)

Healing Prayers on Sunday

During both worship services on Sunday morning, Daughters of the King will be available during communion to pray with anyone desiring healing prayers.

  • 8 AM in the west transept (pulpit side)
  • 10:15 AM in the Bride's Room (room at the back of the church, adjacent to the narthex)

Schedule Updates

  • Wednesday Noonday Eucharist Will Resume July 10th

Please note that our Wednesday Noonday Eucharist will resume on July 10th.

  • Bible Study with Rev. Nancy

Please note that Tuesday Bible Study with Rev. Nancy is on break until August.

Celebrating 150 Years!

The latest issue of Metro Wake Forest 27587 Magazine features an article on The Church of the Good Shepherd in celebration of our 150th anniversary. Limited copies are available in the foyer of the Parish Life Center. Additional copies may be found in area grocery stores. The magazine is distributed free of charge.

"The warmth of this space is married with the warmth of the congregation."

--The Rev. Imogen Rhodenhiser

Urgent Help Needed This Weekend!

A parishioner needs help with moving a bed downstairs and moving a dining room table upstairs. One person has volunteered, but a second person is needed. Help is needed this weekend...July 6th and 7th. Please contact Lynn Wiss (908.783.3855) as soon as possible. Thank you!

Family and Youth Summer Pool Parties

Once again, the Boyne Family has graciously offered to host two pool parties at their Five Points home this summer, one for families with young children and one for the EYC. This summer tradition is a perfect opportunity for our young people to build relationships with one another and for their parents to make connections with other CGS families. 

The Kids Pool party will be held on July 21, 4-6 PM.

The EYC Pool party will be held on August 4, 5:30-7:30 PM.

Don't miss these two wonderful evenings of swimming, fellowship, and fun at Jack and Nan Boyne's gorgeous private pool and patio. Contact: Rev. Justin (859.630.2835)

Update on the PLC's Key Fob Entry System

Earlier this year, we completed the installation of an electronic key fob system for the outer doors of the Parish Life Center. Ministry leaders can expect to receive an email soon from David Baggett inviting them to pick up their key fobs. If you have not received an email by July 15th and are involved in a ministry that necessitates key fob access to the Parish Life Center, please email David. We plan to have the Parish Life Center rekeyed this coming fall.

Don’t “Retreat” from Sunday Fellowship Time!

Seeking: one or more persons to host Sunday Fellowship Time Sunday July 14. Many folks will be away at the Good Shepherd beach retreat, so this is a great opportunity to tryout being a host for a smaller group.

Thanking: the wonderful folks who signed up for all the other summer slots. Special accolades to Esther Hall and committee who planned the August 11 150th celebration at Raleigh City Museum - no snacks at church that day.

Looking ahead: Most Sundays need a Fellowship Time host in September and October. Contact Grace Sved (919.247.6426) for more information.

Out & About to Meet on July 21st

OUT & ABOUT Supper Potluck

Sunday July 21st, 6:00 PM

Hosts: Jan & Victor Harris.

1317 Luray Ct. Raleigh, 27609

OUT & ABOUT is a longstanding Good Shepherd supper group affirming our LGBTQ+ families and friends. ALL ARE WELCOME! We gather at the home of a Good Shepherd host for a potluck supper and fellowship. Bring a side dish or dessert and enjoy great food and conversation and make new friends. Jan & Victor Harris will welcome us at their home.

Please contact Paul Henry (or call/text Paul at 954.448.8931) if you are able to join us or if you would like more details.

Save the Date!

Sunday, August 11 marks the opening of The Church of the Good Shepherd exhibit at the Raleigh City Museum highlighting 150 years of our history. Please join fellow parishioners for the Opening Reception following the 10:15 AM worship service at the City of Raleigh Museum located at 220 Fayetteville Street. Invite former members to join us and tour the exhibit, enjoy light bites, and fellowship with old and new friends. Contact: Esther Hall

A Personal Message from Paul Henry

PLEASE CLICK HERE to read a message to the parish from Paul Henry.

Parish Finances

Avoiding the Dreaded Summer Slump

Churches often experience a 20% drop in giving during the summer, making it challenging to maintain a healthy budget. Vacations/staycations/a break from the business of life is highly encouraged and good for the soul. Kindly consider the option of recurring and/or online giving to ease the giving gap. Power bills, outreach support, and salaries continue to be paid, and regular cash flow keeps operating The Church of the Good Shepherd steady during the summer months. If you need help setting up a payment plan please contact our Parish Administrator, David Baggett (919.831.2018)for this easy option. Enjoy your time away and thank you for ensuring the important work of our parish continues.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for a budget update (through May 31st). Thank you for your faithful financial support of our church and our ministries.

Vision Accomplished Update

  • Pledges Received: $239,800.25
  • Pledge Payments and Gifts Received: $143,458.85

Thank you for your generous support of our Vision Accomplished campaign!

Please keep reading...more news follows!

A Note to Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers of

Our Youngest Beloved

Are you receiving emails and updates about childrens activities and events? If not, be sure to CLICK HERE so we're able to be in touch. Thank you!

Sunday, July 7th

10:15 AM Children's Chapel

Sunday, July 21st

4-6 PM Kids' Pool Party at the Boyne's

Episcopal Youth Community

EYC Open House

On the evenings of Saturday, July 6 and 26, we will host our very first EYC Open Houses. Our new and improved youth room will be open from 7-10 PM, and all EYC members and their friends are warmly invited to come play video games and watch movies on the big screen; play cards, foosball, and ping pong; or just hang out and listen to music. The room is yours.

The EYC Open House will not only provide our teens an opportunity to spend quality time

together, they’ll also give parents a free evening downtown.

While outside friends are always welcome to join us for EYC events, we are specifically

encouraging our young people to invite their school and neighborhood friends to attend these

Open House events. They present the perfect opportunity to introduce someone new to our

space and our program.

Looking Ahead...

  • July 6 - EYC Open House (7-10 PM)
  • July 26 - EYC Open House 7-10 PM)
  • Aug 4 - Pool Party at the Boyne's (5:30-7:30 PM)
  • Aug 24 - Go Ape! Zipline & Treetop Adventure (10 AM -1 PM)
  • Sept 8 - First Fall EYC Meeting (5:30-7:30 PM)
  • Sept 15 - EYC Parent's Meeting (5:30-7:30 PM)

For information about the Episcopal Youth Community at The Church of the Good Shepherd, EMAIL THE REV. JUSTIN GABBARD or give him a call at 859-630-2835.

To receive text messages about upcoming EYC events, CLICK HERE to be added to the list.

Parish Life

Our altar last Sunday, June 30th

photo courtesy of Peter Jezierny

A view from the balcony on June 30th

photo courtesy of Noom Baggett

Share the Garden Wealth!

Don't forget to bring fresh produce with you to church on Sundays during the summer to donate for Interfaith Food Shuttle. You will find a donation bin in the Parish Life Center lobby. Produce donated on a Sunday will be blessed and distributed on the following Monday.

We also have a need for volunteers to deliver the collected produce to Interfaith Food Shuttle on Mondays. Please contact Jennifer Tlusty (919.414.2950) if you are able to deliver produce or if you have any questions. Thank you in advance! 

Ways to Serve

If you are looking for meaningful ways to serve the parish, please consider the ministries listed below. The contacts listed will be excited to provide more information.

Meet Our Partners

Learn More about Good Shepherd's Partners

From The Diocese

Be sure to check out the latest news and Information from the Diocese.

The Church of the Good Shepherd Prayer List

Roy Wright; Carolyn Owens; Janet Gilliam; Ralph Sanders; Pete Taylor;

Martha Bailey; Peggy Hawks; Ginny Byrd; Mitchell Lawrence; Darrell Dennis;

Janie Ward-Newton; William Short; Catherine and Bob Williams; Paul Hoch;

Carolyn Watson; Brinley Harris; Don Caudill; Shirley Caudill; Larry Bledsoe;

Stephanie Rivers; Jane Mayhew; Jeffrey Halbstein-Harris;

The students, faculty, and community of St. Augustine’s University;

The Rev. John Wall; Denise and Hector; Mary; Sybil Baccus; Penny Horkan;

Felix Waturu; Josie and Natalie Van Dyke; Janice Frazier; John; Mary Best;

The Towns Family; The Moore Family; The Alexander Family;

the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico; the people of Israel and Palestine;

the people of Ukraine and Russia; the people of Sudan;

victims of gun violence; and those affected by drought, heat, and storms.

And we pray for those who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom, remembering especially Jackie Moore and Elizabeth Alexander.


In the diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Michael’s, Raleigh, and St. Timothy’s, Raleigh.

In the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.

The people of The Church of the Good Shepherd are eager to join you in lifting your prayers to God. Please tell us how we can pray with you by CLICKING HERE to submit a prayer request

Prayer requests added to our public prayer list will be refreshed every month; please feel free to resubmit them if you would like them to remain on the prayer list.

Thank you for Supporting the Life and Ministries of

Good Shepherd!

Give Toward My Pledge
Give A One-Time Gift 
Give Toward Vision Accomplished Campaign 

Come Worship with Us!

Sunday, July 7th

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

8 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I

10:15 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II,

& Children's Chapel

In Person & Livestream Worship

Service Bulletin

11:30 AM Community Lunch & Fellowship Time

Sponsored by Beyond Our Doors Ministry Team

Parish Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM; Fridays by appointment

Please note: the Parish Office is closed today, Thursday, July 4th,

in observance of Independence Day.

The Parish Office will re-open on Monday, July 8th at 9 AM.

Pastoral Care Emergencies

Please call the Pastoral Care Support Line 919.831.2008.

Prayer Requests

Please CLICK HERE to submit a prayer request. 

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