eVOICE for March 28, 2024


Easter Sunday

March 31, 2024

We will be celebrating with Transfiguration Church (via Zoom) at 9:00 am, and Holy Eucharist Rite II in-person at Good Shepherd Church 10:30 am.

We are a people who hear the Good Shepherd's voice.

We know by faith that we belong to God.

We are called to seek and love our neighbors as God loves us!




Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm

Good Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm

Easter, March 31, 10:30 am

Joint Good Friday service with the Episcopal churches of central Montgomery County- March 29, 12 pm, St. Marks Fairland, 12621 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD.

Easter Celebration- Please bring a finger food to share for a Festive Celebration following our Easter Sunday service. Let’s share the Joy together!! For more information please contact Allen and Shaun at thrualens@mac.com

Make a Difference in the 2024 Elections!

The first of our 3 planned voter registration events will be Saturday, April 6, at Good Shepherd from 1:00 - 3:00. We will be announcing additional information here as it becomes available. If you're able to volunteer for this event or any of our other upcoming events, please contact Rosemary Addy at rma619@verizon.net, or Linda Mahler at deacon@gsecmd.org.

Additionally, if you are part of your neighborhood civic association or your neighborhood listserv, please consider copying the information below and sharing it with people in your neighborhood:

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will be hosting a voter registration event on Saturday, April 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 at 818 University Blvd. West in Silver Spring. Please stop by then if you want to register to vote, update your registration, or have any questions about voting in the upcoming election. The deadline to register before the May 14th primary is April 23rd. If you know any 17-year-olds who will turn 18 on or before Election Day in November (November 5, 2024), they are eligible to vote in the May primary in Maryland, so please encourage them to register!


Food Drive Collection, April 6, 11 am

Wednesday Bible Study - 11:30 am led in-person by Deacon Linda Mahler.

Telephone prayer meeting every Thursday at 9:15 am. The number to call to join the prayer meeting is 508-924-2778. If you have any questions contact Lynette Clark at 301-357-1726. 

Please pray for Don Schimmel who was our organist and so much more for many years at Good Shepherd. He currently resides in Texas and has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Let’s think of all the ways we can send him our love and support in this difficult time.

Heifer Campaign: Heifer International’s goal is to break the cycle of hunger and poverty around the world. For Good Shepherd’s 2024 fundraising campaign for Heifer we are emphasizing Flagship Projects in Honduras. One project focuses on food security (having enough food to eat) and closing the gap between actual and living income for local famers, especially those in dairy and grain production. The other project focuses on boosting yields for coffee, dairy, and honey products, and connecting small and medium enterprises to markets. More information and activities to come. You may donate at any time by indicating that your contribution is for Heifer International, such as by writing a check to Good Shepherd and indicating “Heifer” on the memo line. Our final ingathering for Heifer this year is on April 14, 2024. Contact is Elisa Elliot at elisa.elliot@verizon.net or 240-688-6994.

From the Worship Team: We are listening!

We know that people have strong feelings about worship. If you have something to share and a one-on-one conversation is the most comfortable way for you to do that, talk to one of us after church or give one of us a call. If you need more time to talk, you can schedule a time to talk with one of us.

  • Come to a worship team meeting. We’ll announce our meeting dates and times in advance so you can let us know you’d like to attend and share your concerns with us. We’ll send you the Zoom link.
  • If written feedback is more your speed, use this online form. (bit.ly/GSECworshipfeedback).
  • We are open to ideas about how the worship team should be configured, roles and points of view that should be represented on the team. If you have ideas about this, please share them with us.

We know it's not possible to satisfy everyone at every worship service, but we are committed to making the worship experience as rewarding as possible, trying out new things from time to time to keep worship engaging, and including the traditions that are important to Good Shepherd. The conversation continues...Anna, Ray, George, and Linda                                                                

Senior Warden's Update

I would like to wish everyone peace and love on our journey to the Cross this blessed week. I hope to see everyone at one or more services! Thank you for all your support and for being such a loving community!!

"Jesus came to reveal and resolve the central and essential problem—humanity’s tendency toward fear and hate. Love is the totally enlightened, entirely nonsensical way out of this pattern." 

-Richard Rohr Daily Meditation


Episcopal Public Policy Network Action Alerts 

Call for a Ceasefire Now As death, destruction, and violence continue in Gaza, we urge you to lift your voices and do everything possible to put pressure on all parties for an immediate and sustained ceasefire. Since December, international human rights organizations have found that Israel is using starvation as a weapon of war. Over the past months, the United Nations, including the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization, has declared that a famine is “imminent." The time to act is now.  

Say No to Expanding Detention This is a critical moment to stand up for fair and

humane immigration policies that reflect our nation's values.

Election Protection in Action – April 9, 3:00pm EDT

Join the Office of Government Relations along with guest speaker Armani Eady, a national organizer from the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Explore Election Protection’s crucial role in the 2024 U.S. election, discovering how you can collaborate with them to ensure confidence in the electoral process. Learn about their year-round non-partisan voter protection program, featuring a network of over 400 coalition members and a suite of voter protection hotlines, including 866-OUR-VOTE. From aiding voters in polling places to countering disinformation, Election Protection is dedicated to safeguarding the democratic process.

For any questions please call Lynette Clark at 301-357-1726 or email at ilovegoldens12@gmail.com

A Prayer for Holy Week and Easter - Let us join in the prayer of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde that "we might have the courage not to turn away from suffering, but stand in solidarity with all who suffer, with an unwavering commitment to peace." Following is the link to Bishop Mariann's full message "Seeing Israel and Gaza Through the Lens of Holy Week"


A Reflection for Holy Week and Easter from the Baptismal Service -Question: Will you respect the dignity of every human being? Answer: I will, with God's help. May we along with all those in positions of power be transformed in heart and mind to view and treat others as full and equal human beings just as we and they expect to be viewed and treated as full and equal human beings.  

Easter Vigil Service from Bethlehem with Sermon by the Rev. Munther Issac

March 30, 3:00 pm Register HERE to attend this special online service to mark and reflect on the season of Easter in light of the ongoing devastations in Gaza.

Episco-Pols Podcast Season 2 We continue releasing episodes this season every other week focusing in part on existing resolutions of the church to help guide Episcopalians ahead of 2024 General Convention in Louisville.

Backpack and Luggage Drive, Shepherd's Table: At the end of March, hypothermia shelters across the region will close for the winter, and many of Shepherd's Table meal guests will be searching for new shelters for the spring and summer. Many meal guests will have to leave Progress Place unsure where they will sleep that night. For this reason, we are holding a drive for supplies, such as luggage and backpacks. Please help our community with this transition by donating new or gently used supplies off our wish list or directly to our building at 8106 Georgia Ave. Hours for donations Monday through Friday are 8:30 am to 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. On weekends, hours are from 11:30 – 4:30 pm. Items will be distributed at the end of March, so please donate by or before March 31st.

Food Insecurity: The Montgomery County Food Council's Food Security Community Town Hall took place last week involving over 50 community partners fighting hunger in our community. Their first and most important question is what are we doing to help? Across the board many of the organizations that coordinate food drives are seeing the need for help continue to grow. The Capital Area Food Bank developed a map by that shows areas around the region that need the most help accessing nutritious food.

Shepherd’s Table is asking Good Shepherd for volunteers. Please follow this link for opportunities to volunteer or reach out to Daniella Burgos dburgos@shepherdstable.org. Thank you!

Food Drive, Saturday April 6

Grocery Shopping for our Food Collection-  All nutritious staples are happily received.

- Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken, in water

- Dry or canned beans (low sodium, if possible)

- Natural nut butters

- Brown rice (16 oz)

- Whole grain pasta

- Pasta sauce in plastic jars

- Canned vegetables (low sodium, if possible)

- Canned fruit (in juice)

- Fruit cups

- Shelf-stable milk in individual milk boxes

- Cooking oils and spices


Easter Sunday

First Lesson: Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm: 118:1-2, 14-24

Second Lesson: Acts 10:34-43

The Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

The Week of March 31, 2024

Sun 3/31 Easter Sunday; Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9:00 am, Holy Eucharist in-person at Good Shepherd 10:30, BS Troop 97 3 pm, M de Vida 5 pm

Mon 4/01 M de Vida service 7 pm

Tues 4/02 SDA service 6 pm

Wed 4/03 Bible study 11:30 am

Thur 4/04 SDA 6 pm

Fri 04/05 SDA 6 pm

Sat 4/06  SDA service 9 am & 6 pm, M de Vida service 6 pm, food drive 11 am

Sun 4/07 Zoom 9:00 am, Holy Eucharist in-person at Good Shepherd 10:30 am, Panda computer class, 1 pm, BS Troop 97 3 pm, M de Vida 5 pm

Zoom Readers ( 9 am):

March 31 Susan Womack

April 7 Laura Meissner-Denmark

April 14 Deena Groshong

April 21 Ray Groshong

LEM & Lector

March 31 Linda Campo, Anna Gilcher

April 7 Diane Russell, Lillian Luksenburg

April 14 Debbie Beebe, JasCiel Stamp

April 21 Liz Cocke, Florence Walters


March 31 Sal Campo, Eric Reiffenstein

April 7 Joan Lewis, Kirk Franklin

April 14 Diane Janesko, Kirk Franklin

April 21 Patricia Dorn, Florence Walters

Vestry on Duty

March 31 Nina Scott

April 7 Lillian Luksenburg

April 14 JasCiel Stamp

April 21 Vanvisa Sivali 


Sue Reiffenstein (mother of Eric Reiffenstein), Madison Smith (friend of Linda Campo), Glenn Garwood (brother-in-law of Linda Campo), Frank Desmond (GS member), John Elliott (GS member), Joan DeMoss (GS member), David Jeter (GS member), Rosemond Cole (GS member), Althea Peters (GS member), Arlene Mahon (GS member), Don Schimmel (former GS organist/choirmaster), and Shannon Botts (daughter of Debbie Beebe).

Repose of the Soul

Alixia Douglas (Aunt of Florence Walters)

Names of Family and Friends will remain on the list for 4 weeks.

Clergy & Staff



Deborah Beebe



The Rev. Linda Mahler


Organist & Choirmaster

George Drumwright


Parish Administrator


Vestry & Delegates

Senior Warden

Deborah Beebe

Junior Warden

JasCiel Stamp

Shaun Hardy

Ray Battistelli

Becky Parks

Liz Cocke

Vanvisa Sivali

Lillian Luksenberg


Rosemary Addy

Eric Reiffenstein

Counters & Recorders (All serve on a rotating schedule.)

Ray Battistelli

Elisa Elliot

Kirk Franklin 

Arlene Mahon

Florence Walters

Greg Wood

Jim Woodhams

Allen Wyrick



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