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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



Pastoral Care Emergencies

Please call the Pastoral Care Support Line 919.831.2008.


Prayer Requests

Please CLICK HERE to submit a prayer request. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 20th

Top Of Mind

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view the schedule of parish

worship services and events for June 23-29

Wednesday Noonday Eucharist Will Resume July 10th

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

Pride Sunday, June 23rd

We are excited and proud to celebrate Pride Sunday on June 23rd! Pride Sunday celebrates and affirms our beloved LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ. Why do we celebrate Pride? Because we

  • believe God created us to love one another.
  • proclaim our mission to be a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming community of faith.
  • live into our baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.


“I believe deep in my soul that God is always seeking to create a world and a society where all are loved, where justice is done, and where the God-given equality of us all is honored in our relationships, in our social arrangements, and in law.” -- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry


To learn more about the Episcopal Church's recently unveiled Pride shield in celebration of LGBTQ+ inclusion, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Vacation Bible School Begins Monday, June 24th!

Read more about it under Kid's Corner, below.

Join the Rector on June 30th!

Tea & Biscuits with the Rector

Join the Rector on the last Sunday of the month following the 10:15 service for some tea, biscuits and conversation around a book of her choice. You can read the book ahead of time, or just come to savor some quality connection and a cup of the finest Anglican tea (sweet or otherwise) that we can muster.


We'll kick off in June with one of Imogen's perennial favorites - Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Originally published in 1938 and a little over 100 pages, this thoroughly accessible work offers wisdom and guidance on what it is to live in community as a follower of Jesus and a member of his body, the Church. Whether you spend most of your days with other people, or whether you spend most of your time on your own, Bonhoeffer has a word for you!


Feel free to order a copy of Life Together from one of Raleigh's great independent bookstores (So & So Books on Person Street is a downtown gem) or to check out a copy through the wonderful Wake Public Library system. Can't wait to see you on June 30th for a bit of conversation and community.

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It's Not Too Late!

Summer Retreat

Friday, July 12- Sunday, July 14

Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC


Only 5 rooms left! Early Bird discount prices still in effect!


Don't miss out on our weekend of rest and refreshment at Trinity Center this summer. Our Summer Retreat for all ages and stages of life promises a time of connection with God, with nature, and with one another as we step out of our city context and head to the beach. For details, including rates, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Early bird pricing is still in effect!


PLEASE CLICK HERE to make your reservations.

June Prayer Clinic with the Clergy 

Prayer is perhaps the most significant element of our relationship with God. It can be an extremely satisfying element of our lives, and it can be utterly befuddling! Sometimes, even setting aside the time to pray can be a mammoth task, with so many other voices and needs nipping at our heels. So - we, the clergy of Good Shepherd, are setting some time aside for you. During the month of June, we will be available for one-on-one, 30-minute appointments on Sundays from 9 AM to 10 AM, with virtual options and additional weekday hours. PLEASE CLICK HERE to sign up for a 30-minute session with a member of the clergy.

Don't Forget!

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 beginning this Sunday. 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! 

Can You Help with Our Parish Meal Train?

We need your help! Occasionally the need arises to provide meals for our fellow parishioners. We have a very loyal group of volunteers but would love to increase our list of participants. It’s a very flexible obligation: you volunteer when it suits your schedule, then provide a meal to the those who need one. There is also usually the option to provide a gift card or restaurant delivery. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the volunteer email list. Contact: Nan Boyne (919.271.3601)

Wanted! 5 Wonderful Individuals to ...

Help on Thursday, July 27th from 12:30 until 2 PM. The mission: to tidy up and reset space after VBS concludes. If you're able to help, please contact David Baggett (919.831.2018). Thank you!

Our Lost and Found Runneth Over

Our Lost and Found has accumulated all sorts of items, including jackets, reading glasses, bottles, cups, umbrellas, and more! Unclaimed items will be donated or discarded as appropriate on July 1st. The Lost and Found box may be found at the Volunteer Desk in the Parish Life Center lobby.

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: $143,028.85


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, June 23rd


10:15 AM Children's Chapel

Monday, June 24-Thursday, June 27

9 AM - 12 NOON

Thursday will conclude with a Pizza Party at 12 Noon!


Vacation Bible School

Ages: Pre-K through 5th Grade (with nursery care for younger siblings)


Getting Ready for VBS:

  • Children can be dropped off beginning at 8:50 am and picked up at 12pm. We will begin & end each day in the church sanctuary. Please enter and exit the building through the glass connector on Morgan Street or Hillsborough Street each day. 
  • Children should wear play clothes that can handle messy crafts including paint. Please wear closed toe shoes, suitable for running and games.
  • There will be a short presentation of songs on Thursday, the 27th at 11:50 in the church, followed by a pizza party at noon. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend the presentation at 11:50. If your child is attending the pizza party, a parent or caregiver must be present. Everyone is welcome, and parking will be available in the First Baptist lot on the other side of Hillsborough Street. (Look out for an RSVP email headed to your inbox soon.)
  • VBS T-Shirts will be distributed on Wednesday! Please plan to wear them to VBS on Thursday.
  • Save the Date: We will share some of our VBS songs at the 10:15am service on Sunday, June 30th. Children can meet us on the steps wearing their VBS T-Shirts at the Collect for the Kids.


Contact: Rev. Imogen

Episcopal Youth Community

EYC is on holiday until September.


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

News from the Parish Library

Contributed by David Carter, Parish Librarian


A visit to the Good Shepherd Library is always a fresh experience, as the collection is always changing and growing! Thanks to the generosity of Good Shepherd members and others, the library has received, processed and made available a number of new titles that can be checked out at any time. To borrow a book or other item, simply write your name and telephone number and put the day's date under 'Due Date' on the circulation card that you'll find in the back of the book. Then put the card in the container marked 'Books Checked Out' located next to the computer terminal. To return a book, all you have to do is place it in the bin next to that desk! For books that you think you might need longer than the standard three-week checkout period, just let us know with a sticky note on the desk. 


While the library committee enjoys receiving and considering donations, bear in mind that due to considerations of space and staffing, most if not all at this point will have to be donated elsewhere. Happily, there are quite a few other possibilities for those wishing to donate books, and we encourage potential donors to consider them at the outset:

  • North Carolina Women's Prison Books Project
  • Wake County Libraries currently accepts donations that can be tax deductible at the following locale: Library Administration Building, 4020 Carya Drive, Raleigh 27610 --Drop-off hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Additionally, the Better World Books organization puts donated material to great use!


The Library Committee is grateful for the generosity and support of the entire Good Shepherd community. Let us know of your questions, concerns or suggestions! Contact: David Carter



Happy Reading!!!

Hosting Sunday Fellowship Time Is ...

  • EASY -- Home baked goodies are great, but store bought is fine too! Beverages are provided.
  • FUN -- Sign up with a friend, make it a family activity, do it with your ministry group, or ask to be paired with someone.
  • MEANINGFUL -- Pick a date that is significant to you or your group, and include your "in honor of", "in memory of" etc. in the bulletin. Dates currently available from May 19 through the end of 2024. PLEASE CLICK HERE to sign up. Thank you!
  • Questions? Contact Grace Sved at 919-247-6426


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; Carter Halloran; Stephanie Rivers; Jane Mayhew; Jeffrey Halbstein-Harris; The students, faculty, and community of St. Augustine’s University; Josie and Natalie Van Dyke; Felix Waturu; The Rev. John Wall; Elizabeth Alexander and her family; Denise and Hector; Mary; Sybil Baccus; Penny Horkan; The Towns Family;

the people of Israel and Palestine; the people of Ukraine and Russia; and the people of Sudan.


In the Diocesan cycle of prayer: St. Bartholomew’s, Pittsboro; Christ Church, Raleigh; and

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh; in the global Anglican cycle of prayer:

The Church of England.

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, June 23rd

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


8 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I


Prayer Clinic with the Clergy

for details and to sign up, please see June Prayer Clinic with the Clergy

under Top of Mind earlier in this newsletter


10:15 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II, &

Children's Chapel

In Person & Livestream Worship

Service Bulletin


11:30 AM Fellowship Time


Parish Office Hours

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


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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