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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. 


"Thank you for joining me and my family in supporting the Vision Accomplished campaign to retire our [Parish Life Center] debt and fortify our parish so that we can ever more readily and dependably respond not only to the spiritual and practical needs of our community, but most importantly to meet the needs of our neighbors who are ever looking to us to show them who Jesus is."

The Rev. Imogen Rhodenhiser, Rector

When our Vision Accomplished campaign was launched, the goal date of May 31st seemed far off into the future. Well, it is rapidly approaching! Please support the effort to retire the debt on the Parish Life Center.

Sincerest thanks to all who have already submitted generous pledges and gifts to the Vision Accomplished campaign!

If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider how you can support Vision Accomplished and the parish-wide effort to retire the debt on the Duncan-Giersch Parish Life Center this year. Please keep in mind:

  • The goal is to receive all pledges by May 31, 2024
  • Pledges may be paid in a lump sum or in installments by December 2025.

You may pledge online, using one of the two convenient options below, or you may submit a physical pledge card. Pledge cards are available in the Parish Life Center foyer and in the church (east transept and narthex). Thank you!

Submit Your Online Pledge Card
Submit Your Pledge via Realm

Summer Retreat at the Beach

Friday, July 12- Sunday, July 14

Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC

Join us for a 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. We look forward to making this part of our yearly rhythm as a parish and look forward to seeing many of you there this July!

We have a limited number of rooms available, so please reserve your room now to avoid disappointment! For details, including rates, PLEASE CLICK HERE

PLEASE CLICK HERE to make your reservations.

Curious about the Retreat?

Over the course of the retreat weekend, your clergy will provide a full schedule of worship opportunities, discussion groups, and meditation sessions, as well as social gatherings and outdoor activities.

Everything is offered a la carte, however, and each participant is invited to craft their own experience. While some may spend most of their time on the beach or in the pool, others will seek out prayer groups and walk the labyrinth. Our intent is to create space for you to be nourished in body, mind, and spirit.

Please join us!

Top Of Mind

Shepherd's Lunch on Thursday, May 16th

Parish seniors are invited for Noonday Eucharist followed by lunch in Shepherd's Hall on Thursday, May 16th! Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 14th by emailing David Baggett or by calling the Parish Office at 919.831.2000.

Joining this month's Shepherd Lunch will be Ariel (see her photo below). Ariel is a therapy dog, and her purpose is to interact with anyone who chooses to meet her. She's very warm and cuddly, in whatever way gives people comfort, and people are welcome to approach and greet her. She'll be happy to return the favor! Ariel is a gray, tan and white Australian Shepherd.

About parking:

  • 200 W Morgan Street (former Diocesan House lot) from 11 AM until 2:30 PM
  • First Baptist Church’s lot from 11 AM until 2 PM with a parking pass displayed. The number of parking passes is limited; passes may be picked up at the Volunteer Desk in the Parish Life Center next week. 


photo courtesy of Shirley Sullivan

Time to Register for Vacation Bible School

June 24-27 || 9 AM – 12 Noon

Ages: Pre-K through 5th Grade

(with nursery care for available for younger siblings of VBS registrants)

At Vacation Bible School this year, we'll take kids back to Hometown Nazareth, where they’ll stand up for their faith among people who doubt that a carpenter’s son is really God’s Son. A typical day will include storytelling, games, crafts, music and a snack.

VBS curriculum is offered for children in pre-K through 5th grade. Children must be at least 3 years old & potty trained to participate in the Pre-K group. A nursery group is available for the younger siblings of kids enrolled in our VBS Program and also to children of our VBS Volunteers.

Feel free to invite grandchildren, nieces and nephews, godchildren, neighbors, and any other special children in your life.

We hope you can join us! Spread the word! Contact: Rev. Imogen

To register a child PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Adult Formation Series Concludes This Sunday

Letters to Marc about Jesus

by Henri Nouwen

Discussion Group facilitated by Carolyn Edge

Continues through May 12th at 9 AM in the Ennis Suite

During this offering, we look at seven letters Henri Nouwen wrote to his 19-year-old nephew. We focus on how the resurrected Jesus makes his way into our spiritual lives as the God that sets us free, is loving and compassionate, and yet is also hidden. If you missed last week's session, don't let that stop you from coming this week!

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

Supporting Family Promise

Family Promise of the Triangle (Family Promise) will have the next volunteer opportunity on Monday June 3rd. More information will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks. If you would like to learn more about this now, please see the posted brochure on the bulletin board at the entrance to the Parish Life Center. Marguerite Sullivan or Caryn Meade can answer questions you might have.

Green Team News You Can Use

The Green Team's next meeting will be on Sunday, May 19th at 9 AM in the Parlor. Join us if you can!

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, May 12th

9 AM Sunday School

Our Easter Sunday School series continues with "Grapes and Grains: Meeting Jesus in the Eucharist." Join Mr. Cliff for music in the Second-Floor foyer at 9 AM, followed by classroom time with Rev. Justin. If you have any questions, just reach out to Rev. Imogen or Rev. Justin.

10:15 AM Children's Chapel

Kids' Activity Clipboards Available

Diane Pergerson has lovingly assembled (and is maintaining) kids' activity clipboards to help entertain children during worship services. You'll find the clipboards in the narthex and the east transept. If you need assistance, please ask an usher.

Registration Is Open!

Vacation Bible School

June 24-27 || 9 AM – 12 Noon

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

To register a child PLEASE CLICK HERE.

At Vacation Bible School this year, we'll take kids back to Hometown Nazareth, where they’ll stand up for their faith among people who doubt that a carpenter’s son is really God’s Son. A typical day will include storytelling, games, crafts, music and a snack. All kids through rising 5th graders are invited to attend. A nursery will be provided for the youngest participants - children must be potty trained to participate in the Pre-K group. Hope you can join us! Spread the word!

Questions or want to be involved in our VBS planning process? Please EMAIL REV. IMOGEN - she would love to hear from you!

Episcopal Youth Community

The Church of the Good Shepherd is blessed with an active and vibrant EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), made up of youth from 6th through 12th grades, with the dedicated support of parents, clergy, and adult parishioners.

EYC meets 5:30-7:30 on Sunday evenings during the school year in the Parish Life Center (with occasional breaks for holidays and special parish events). EYC meetings and activities offer rich opportunities: service projects (benefitting both the parish and the community), spiritual development, educational enrichment, recreational outings and activities, events, meals, and fun!

Saturday, May 11 || Umstead State Park

10:30 AM - 1 PM

On Saturday, May 11, the EYC will be going on a hiking trip in Umstead State Park. We will be hiking Pott’s Branch Trail, a relatively easy 1.5 mile loop that meanders along Crabtree Creek and also passes near the Big Lake. We will gather at the trailhead at 10:30 AM. Enter Umstead Park through the Crabtree Creek (Glenwood Ave) Gate and proceed past the visitor’s center all the way to Big Lake overflow parking lot, which is at the very end of the main road. A picnic lunch will be provided. Pick up will be at the same parking lot at 1 PM. All parents and siblings are invited to attend.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, May 19 || Final EYC Meeting

Sunday, June 2 || Red Carpet Dinner

CLICK HERE to read the latest issue of the EYC newsletter.

For more 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.

Coming Up

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view the schedule of parish

worship services and events for May 11-19

Parish Life

Parish Finances

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

Bikes Needed

Bikes and accessories are needed for Healing Transitions Recovery and Rehabilitation Program at 1251 Goode St., Raleigh 27603.

Healing Transitions Rehabilitation and Recovery Program for alcoholics and drug addicts has set a goal of collecting at least 20 bikes in fair to good condition, as well as accessories including helmets, bike pumps, bike lights, bike locks and chains.

Participants, staff, and alumni will be able to sign out and use the donated bicycles for citywide cycling events, personal use, job use, and to sponsor and coordinate activities for the community and organization, showcasing the possibilities and the miracles that are being accomplished daily through bringing sobriety to those trying to escape the torments of addiction.

Contacts: Bob Goodale (by email or phone at 919.522.5990) or David Baggett in the Parish Office.

PS--Healing Transitions provides a pickup service for bikes being donated.

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

Raleigh Youth Choir's Gala, May 11th

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets.

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;Felix Waturu; Donal Cannon; Joyce; Michael Blake;

The Rev. John Wall; Thom Schmalzbauer; Lynne Kelley Bucklin;

The Fuller and Longbeam Families; Ponda Hatton; James Hardy; Kelley Calvillo;

Josie and Natalie Van Dyke; Michael Asea; Michelle Baughman and Family; 

Tanya Turner and The Varner Family;

The Queen Family; Alex Simpson; The Pugh Family;

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

And we pray for those who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom, remembering especially Vernon Watson Pugh, Jr., and Gabriel William Ostrander.

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, May 12th

Ascension Day


8 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9 AM Christian Formation for Adults & Children

10:15 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II, &

Children's Chapel

In Person & Livestream Worship

Service Bulletin

11:30 AM Fellowship Time

Sponsored by Lynn Wiss in loving memory of Darylene Netzer

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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