We were blessed to have a guest preacher with us for 3rd-8th grades chapel on Thursday, April 27. The Rev. Dr. Dan Heischman is the Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and a former professor of Pastor Lisa, Dr. Andrews, and Dr. Murray. Reflecting on the familiar Easter story of Doubting Thomas, Father Heischman encouraged us to be the reason others could be “certain” about Jesus, now that we don’t have him here in person. He challenged us to reach out to others with the kindness and care that will help our friends and neighbors to know God’s love. After chapel, Father Heischman shared how he experienced our students as “kids who know what worship is about,” a compliment that we receive with humility and gratitude.
The Church of the Good Shepherd would like to invite EDS students to Mission: Possible, a service weekend.
Additionally, the CoGS VBS program is in need of Crew leaders. Rising 8th graders or older who would like to volunteer to work with the children of this summer’s VBS, email Roger Speer.
At the 3rd-5th grades Easter Eucharist, it was our honor and delight to baptize Eliza Ann Heinlein, daughter of our art teacher Kristen Heinlein and her husband, an EDS basketball coach, Andy Heinlein. The Heinlein’s consider EDS to be their spiritual home, and so it was most appropriate to welcome Eliza into the Christian faith in school worship, and Easter is the ideal season for baptism since its promise and hope are at the very heart of the promises made. For Kristen and Andy, Eliza’s baptism was another sacred moment in the Church of the Good Shepherd, the place where they were married in 2013. This was our first baptism in EDS worship, so students and teachers alike were awestruck by the beauty and wonder of the sacrament, and they answered with joy and purpose the question, “Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support this person in her life in Christ?” We also had the opportunity to renew our own baptismal vows, recalling what it means to be a Child of God who “proclaims by word and example the good news of God in Christ” and “respects the dignity of every human being.” After baptizing Eliza with water in the Name of the Trinity, and anointing her with chrism as “Christ’s own forever,” we offered this prayer: “Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon this your servant the forgiveness of sin, and have raised her to the new life of grace. Sustain her, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give her an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.”
Our guest preacher for our Martin Luther King, Jr. chapel was the Rev. Matthew Moretz. Father Matthew is an EDS graduate (Class of 1993) who grew up worshiping at Church of the Good Shepherd and was home for the weekend to officiate his sister’s wedding. His dynamic and engaging sermon reminded us that there is nowhere we can go from God’s love, and that we must never look at another child of God and consider them to be loved less by God than we hope to be.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church suffered a devastating fire, destroying the historic sanctuary between Christmas and New Years. (read a powerful story about it here). Thankfully there was neither loss of life nor injury. St. Luke’s offers countless outreach ministries in the Harrisburg neighborhood and many of our students have been involved with Beyond EDS service there over the years. Faith communities around Augusta and the CSRA, including the Church of the Good Shepherd, have been rallying to show pastoral and financial support, and it is time for our Episcopal Day School to do the same. On FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 1st-8th graders are invited to dress down (according to the guidelines in the handbook) and 3 year old-kindergarten students are invited to wear their favorite hat. In order to participate in this special dress down/hat day, please bring a DONATION OF AT LEAST $5. More generous gifts are strongly encouraged, as we know that whatever we are able to share will be greatly appreciated by a faithful congregation that faces nearly insurmountable costs in rebuilding. Our gift will, of course, be accompanied by ongoing prayers for healing and hope at St. Luke’s and in the neighborhood in serves. Thank you for your kindness in giving.
A Family Tool for Practicing Kindness as an Advent Discipline
The morning of Oct 18 will see the return of the EDS prayer breakfast. Led by Roger Speer, the new Director of Student Ministries, the prayer breakfast will offer a moment to pray, a simple meal, and a short liturgy through which we will re-member our staff, parents, friends, and neighbors. All are welcome! Questions and concerns, please contact Roger Speer. The Prayer breakfast is at 7 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall.
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Lady (Barrowclough) and Stuart (Tomlinson) – two dogs of the EDS administrative team – enjoyed the Blessing of the Beasts, an annual joint effort of Episcopal Day School and the Church of the Good Shepherd to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis. 17 dogs and 2 cats were blessed, and a good time was had by all! Many thanks to those who donated food, finances, and towels to the ministry of DNA, Dog Networking Agents.