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The Stewardship Ministry and Good Shepherd offer you an Advent Faith Practices calendar in which you will find a daily "small things with great love" activity. Included are opportunities to light candles, pray, share, serve, and connect. This year, 2020, has been a year of hunkering down, going within, protecting oneself and our loved ones. This calendar gives us the opportunity to think outside ourselves individually and collectively, as the Body of Good Shepherd, as we bind together and incorporate these activities into our lives acting as the Church. Since we are unable to gather together in the church itself, we hope you will find some meaning and extend hope and love to others as you make use of this Advent Calendar.

Calender is being sent out today via email- if you do not receive please contact the office!




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9.13.20 A Message from Your Stewardship Committee

A Collect from Trinity Episcopal Church


Swanton, Vermont


God, who is the giver of every good gift, you are ever-present in our lives and in the world. You act through us, your people, to care for and provide for everyone.


We pray for the courage to break out of our insecurity and fear around money as we deepen our understanding of our relationship to you and how we use our financial resources to do your work in the world.


We pray these things that we might know you better, that you will increase our desire and ability to give and help others through ministry and friendship, and to gratefully commit ourselves to the work you have given us to do. Amen.

Wednesday Compline Service

Father John will be holding a Compline Service via Zoom every Wednesday at 7 pm beginning September 9th, 2020. You can follow along using The Book of Common Prayer P. 127, or the online version of BCP that can be found on our website here ( Please check your email for the Zoom link or contact the office. We hope to see you there!


Topic: Compline Service

Starting Sep 9, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona

Every week on Wed


Faithfully Yours in Christ

Fr. John Christopher, Dianna Slockett & Kristine Kulesza



Stewardship Ministry Survey

Good Morning Brother and Sisters,

In order to inform the work of the Stewardship Ministry and to create a setpoint for the future, the Stewardship Ministry asks for your participation in the following survey. The survey will end this Friday, August 28, 2020. Thank you for your valuable input. Please check your email for the link or contact the office.


Thank you in advance for providing this important feedback.


For His Sake,

Your Stewardship Ministry

"Engaging with Scripture"

Good Shepherd Family!

You are invited to a new Zoom series, "Engaging With Scripture!" Join us as we interact with The Holy Bible for the purpose of living our lives as God's children.


When: Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 in the afternoon, September 10 until October 29.

Where: The comfort of your own home, or wherever you may be.

Facilitated by: Beth Hatcher and Barbara Popejoy


All you need is your Bible (electronic or material) and writing materials. Not to worry, if Zoom is not your thing, you may connect with your phone.


Please let us know if you are interested in joining us by contacting Beth ( or Barbara ( We will make sure you get a Zoom invitation.



Beth and Barbara for the Stewardship Ministry Team

Coffee With Mary

You're invited!

Every Tuesday at 10 am. Please gather with us for Zoom Coffee With Mary. Together we will talk with each other and discuss our many blessings and tribulations. Just all about sharing. Hope to see you there. Please check or email fro the invite or contact the office!


Mary Pierce


8.19.20 Coffee with Mary

You're invited!

Zoom meeting to get together with each other and discuss our many blessings and tribulations. Just all about sharing. During the pandemic, I know how hard it is to be isolated and alone. Desperate feelings appear one never knew they had. But, if one steps back and can voice their fears and joys to someone it is helpful. God is always listening...


I hope we can get together in this manner even if it is by Zoom. I would like to do Tuesdays if we can all agree that is a good date. I think 10 am ..Starting the 25th and Kristine in the office would be happy to help anyone with a Zoom issue.


I would appreciate knowing who is interested or if you would like to suggest a different day or hour. Please contact me at 480-282-2539.


-Mary Pierce



8.18.20 Stewardship Ministry

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


"Imagine. Just imagine what our faith communities might be and do if our notions of "success" were measured by our ability and capacity to give rather than accumulate if we saw the world as a place where we could share the abundance with which God has blessed us if our experience of being blessed was grounded in our practice of generosity. Just imagine."


Vestry Resource Guide


I am very excited to share with you information regarding Good Shepherd's newly formed Stewardship Ministry. Ministry members include Barbara Popejoy, Mary Pierce, Father John, and me, Beth Hatcher. When members of a church think of stewardship, money is the first thing that typically comes to mind. The members of this Ministry are looking to the life of Jesus as our guide. How did Jesus use his time? How did he use the talents of a disparate group of ruffians to carry forth his mission? What was this mission? What did Jesus have to say about money which can guide us today? It is a holistic approach to stewardship. A way of being, a way of living, a way of managing all God has provided and entrusted to us. A way of love.


You might notice we refer to the work of this body as a ministry rather than a committee. Ministries include disciples who give of themselves for others. The Stewardship Ministry has agreed upon the following mission statement to guide our work: We are building a Christ-centered community by joyfully welcoming, praying, learning, giving, and serving.


In our chats with parishioners, common themes have emerged. We've discovered people who are lonely, isolated, frightened, hurt, sad, angry, despondent. We see the need to bind our congregation together, heal the wounds, support one another, become the Good Shepherd family, once again. The Stewardship Ministry will be partnering with Good Shepherd to provide the much-needed balm and fellowship, particularly in these unsettling times, by offering small group zoom gatherings. You can look forward to seeing specific offerings in the very near future.


The Stewardship Ministry invites all of you to join us on this journey as we learn how to live into the divine which resides in each of us. No prerequisites required: come as you are.


For His Sake,


Your Stewardship Ministry


Bath Hatcher reading the above letter. 




We began offering Holy Communion beginning this past Sunday! You can stop by Maitland Hall to pick up a consecrated communion (grape juice with host) to follow along with Father John during our Sunday Morning Prayer Service. If you are unable to join us on Sunday Morning via Zoom or Facebook you can also come and pick up the consecrated Eucharist to take with you, along with a prayer card, so that you can receive when you are able.

The consecrated Eucharist can be picked up this week Monday thru Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm in Maitland Hall.


If you need a Gluten-Free version please contact the office so that one can be prepared for you.


Tips to ensure easy opening:


1) Open Host


The custom-designed prefilled cup has a clear film top that noticeably reveals the host compartment. Lift the film to open and receive your host. (Hint: Bending the tab downward to snap will release the airtight seal on the film and make the edge very easy to find and open.)


2) Open Juice


Open the cup by peeling back the pre-cut tab on the foil seal to drink the juice.



Online Gatherings Input and Recommendations Needed!

Good Morning Good Shepherd Family,


Father John is requesting your interest in joining a Small Group online Fellowship. This group would meet weekly via Zoom to check-in and have an open dialog on how everyone is coping with the Pandemic. The setting would be informal and one of love and support.


If you are interested in participating but not comfortable with sharing in small groups, Father John is open to one on one meetings via Zoom, phone calls, or in-person with social distancing.


The office staff is also now offering Zoom hosting help for you to gather in any way you wish. Book study, Bible study, Prayer group, Afternoon tea, the options are endless!


Please reach out to the office at with your feedback, and we will compile your ideas and start making plans!



A Prayer for Connection


Being alone is hard. We were created for community, not confinement.


But we're grateful that no matter how alone we may feel, You never leave or forsake us. And, we're grateful for the technology that helps us stay in touch with each other.


Today, please remind us that this time of social distancing and isolation will not last forever. Give us the strength to endure this difficult season and deepen our connection with You and Your People.


Empower us with an extra dose of Your love, peace, hope, and joy. Amen



Excerpt from YouVersion


"In His Light and Love"


Fr. John Christopher, Jim Lillis, Dianna Slockett & Kristine Kulesza


Men's Group Update

"You will not be surprised to hear that Men's Group will not meet this month. April has traditionally been the last month we meet, and the next meeting will be the third Wednesday in October".

As it happens, I have potential speakers identified and I am happy to arrange the October meeting. It is also time for someone new to take on identifying speakers and hosts. I welcome a volunteer to take this on beginning in November, I, of course, will be available to assist.

Thank you...

Robert Hindle



Good Shepherd Family,

Bishop Reddall will be hosting two Sermons this Sunday for our church only via Zoom. As you know she was originally scheduled to visit us in person. This is a great way for everyone to be connected and see it in real-time! The services will be held at 8 am and 10 am so we ask that you join at your regular Sunday Service time. Please understand this is all emanating from the Diocese and they will be hosting the meeting.

To join just click the link of the appropriate service time you wish you attend. Also, you always have the option to just call into the Sermon and listen via your phone using the phone number and meeting id below. If all goes well we hope to have this available on our website next week.


The Sunday Bulletin and Zoom instructions have been attached if you need help logging in or wish to follow along with the service.


We continue to move forward together!!!


Apr 5, 2020, 08:00 AM Arizona Service

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Apr 5, 2020 10:00 AM Arizona

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Faithfully Yours In Christ,

Fr. John Christopher, Jim Lillis, Dianna Slockett & Kristine Kulesza

Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church

(480) 488-3283




Mary Colgan thinks you may be interested in this post- We Do Too!


"You Don't Need to Open the Church by Easter"


Click on the link below for more...

You Don't Need to Open the Church by Easter


The President said that he wants all churches to be open by Easter. That isn't necessary. He doesn't know what the Church is, or he'd speak differently. It isn't him alone, of course. Many people who talk about the Church miss what's always been true—even many Christians. The Church has never had anything to do... Continue Reading You Don't Need to Open the Church by Easter



Hello Good Shepherd Family


We are excited to announce that Fr John will be Live streaming this Sunday's Morning Prayer service via Facebook at 9 am. To join just click the link below and it will direct you to The Good Shepherd of the Hills Facebook page. 


The Morning prayer bulletin has been attached so you can follow along if you wish.

Also starting this Monday the church sanctuary will be open from 10 am-2 pm Monday-Thursday.


Faithfully Yours In Christ

Fr. John Christopher, Jim Lillis, Dianna Slockett & Kristine Kulesza

Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church


(480) 488-3283




Hello All!


As a way to keep us all connected during these very different times, we will be emailing the Sunday Readings until our Sunday Worship Service resumes.

Please email with any additions to the Prayer List or Announcements and we will get them added to the next bulletin.

Be safe, stay healthy, Fr John is here for you always. Blessings!




Even through these difficult times, and maybe even more so now, your offerings remain very important. You may or may not know Bishop Reddall has instructed us to continue to pay all employees, this includes the Gold Mine. Despite what is going our bills still need to be paid.


The church office will remain open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the Gold Mine continues to take donations.


Please send your donations to the church. Good Shepherd 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331


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