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We were so blessed to have the Bishop Reddall and her son Nathan join us for  Sunday Morning Service today. 

Picture of Bishop Reddall, Nathan Reddall, Father John Christopher and Star.

Father John and the Bishop


"Because He Lives" By William J. Gaither (Solo– Eunhee Suh, accompanied by Eun Kyung Suh Lee on the piano). Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-711800. All rights reserved.



Good Morning Good Shepherd Family,

We would like to provide an update on the service for Martha Christopher. Father John and Family will be planning a Memorial Service soon that will be held at Good Shepherd of the Hills for all those interested in attending. There will be a separate service held at the Church of the Nativity for her friends and family that attend church there. Due to the COVID service size restrictions, the services are being split up to allow everyone a chance to pay their respects at the church you knew her from.


Faithfully Yours in Christ

Fr. John Christopher, Dianna Slockett & Kristine Kulesza




For those still wanting to contribute, the deadline to donate has been extended from April 9, to May 14. Many thanks to all those who have been so generous in their donation.


Karen Dorian


Please see the original attached informational letter on the the VFL Native American Women Veteran tab.


You can drop off your donations in Maitland Hall, Monday-Thursday 9 am -4 pm.


"Open The Gates Of The Temple" By Phoebe P. Knapp

Linda Parker-Boyd accompanied by Eun Kyung Suh Lee on the piano.

A wonderful solo performed by Linda Parker-Boyd and accompanied by

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A beautiful solo performed by Eunhee Suh and accompanied by Eun Kyung Suh Lee on the piano. "Hosanna and Hallelujah"" by Kevin D. Thomson. Eunhee will also be singing this at our In-Person courtyard service this Sunday, RSVP to the office if you would like to attend.

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We were fortunate to get to sit in during this wonderful performance by Ed Simpson and Eun Kyung Suh Lee today! Ed will also be singing this at our In-Person courtyard service this Sunday, RSVP to the office if you would like to attend.

"Lamb of God" by Twila Paris. Permission to podcast/stream the music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-711800. All rights reserved.




A few updates from our Senior Warden, Beth Hatcher

Vestry Minutes


The Vestry meets the fourth Tuesday of every month and posts the minutes on the Good Shepherd webpage. Minutes are posted after Vestry approval which creates a one-month delay in sharing the minutes. Therefore, we will begin sharing Vestry Minute Updates the Sunday after each Vestry meeting. Through discussion surrounding our roles and mission, we learned that the Vestry has the heart to contribute and to serve others both inside Good Shepherd and outside our walls. In general, we will be focusing on building the Good Shepherd community, being the hands, feet, and heart of Christ outside our walls, examing all things financial, and beginning a rector search upon Diocesesan authorization.


Stewardship Ministry


Since stewardship is a way of being, the Stewardship Ministry continues to meet. We met the last Wednesday of each month to brainstormed ideas to bring life back to Good Shepherd and our community. The Stewardship Ministry will share these ideas with the Vestry seeking their participation and approval in some instances. Our mission is to encourage the Vestry and parishioners to become stewards of time, talent, and treasure, throughout the year, as we seek to live out the Gospel both within our walls and outside our walls.


A moving duet performed by Linda Parker-Boyd and Eunhee Suh accompanied by Eun Kyung Suh Lee on the piano. "Laudate Dominum" by Ruth Morris Gray They will also be singing this together at our In-Person courtyard service this Sunday!

"Permission to podcast/stream the music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-711800. All rights reserved."



A beautiful solo performed by Linda Parker-Boyd and accompanied by Eun Kyung Suh Lee on the piano. "Ashes" by Tom Conry

"Permission to podcast/stream the music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-711800. All rights reserved."




Another amazing solo that will quickly become a favorite, performed by Alan Northcott and accompanied by Eun Kyung Suh Lee on the piano. "Agnus Dei" by Michael W. Smith

Thank you both for sharing your gifts with us!




"You Will Never Walk Alone" by Richard Rodgers

Solo-Eunhee Suh Piano- Eun Kyung Suh Lee

12.24.20 6 pm Service Silent Night (Verse 3)

Our Christmas Eve In-Person Service is full but you will still be able to watch online on our Facebook page at 3 pm. A downloadable version of the Service Bulletin is below!

Christmas Eve bulletin

For those not attending the Zoom Service or if you wish to watch again later, we will be posting the service after the event to our Facebook Page, our YouTube Channel, and right here on our Website.


Another amazing performance by Linda Parker-Boyd and Eunkyung Suh Lee!

"Sleep, Little Baby" By Joseph M. Martin Sung by Linda Parker-Boyd and accompanied by Eunkyung Suh Lee.


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A beautiful rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria) sung by Linda Parker and accompanied by Eunkyung Suh Lee!


Our Nativity Scene is up at the Church. Thank you Lynn Walsh for refreshing the paint and bringing them back to us!

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Your In-Person Service RSVP Needed!

Good Morning Good Shepherd family!


In an effort to plan ahead, we are needing to get a count of those of you that will be attending any of the in-person upcoming Sunday Morning Services. The services will be held in the Church Courtyard and will require masks and social distancing for all in attendance. Chairs will be set up in advance to accommodate the number of attendees safely. We will also have heaters in place in each area as we know mornings can be a little chilly!


In-Person dates scheduled:

Sunday December 13, 2020 9am

Thursday Christmas Eve 3pm

Thursday Christmas Eve 6pm


Please respond to this email or call the office at 480-488-3283 if you plan on attending any of the above services with the Service date/time and number of attendees no later than Monday December 7th.


We are excited to be able to offer in-person service and hope that will join us!


Please note- we will still be live-streaming the service to our Facebook page for all of you that are not able to make it in-person.





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.

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


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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


When 2020 began, we had no idea of the changes and limitations we, as God's people, would be facing and continue to face to this day. We've experienced losses of all types, fears, anxieties, and confinement. Despite this temporary normal, a small group of people has reconstituted stewardship with the hope of incorporating God's principles into the fiber of our being.


Your Stewardship Ministry Community, Alan, Mary, Barbara, Father John, and I, crafted a mission statement which follows:


We are building a Christ-centered community by lovingly welcoming, praying, learning, giving, and serving.


Admittedly, this is more difficult at this moment in time, but it doesn't prevent us from living into who we are as God's stewards on this planet and in this community both inside and outside the walls. We are grateful to all who have continued to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to Good Shepherd and its missions. We are grateful for your continued and faithful attendance at Zoom church and Zoom meetings. We are grateful that we all remain brothers and sisters bound in Christ through this extraordinary time.


Rather than gathering together and returning pledge cards in church, we are sending the enclosed pledge letter for your prayerful consideration. In addition to asking for your pledge dollars, we are also asking you to listen to the whispers of God to see where He may be nudging you to share your time and talent. Prayerfully consider responding to God's call on your heart by completing the enclosed Pledge Letter and return to Good Shepherd in the stamped envelope. We ask that the Pledge Letter be returned by December 1 in order to guide the Vestry in preparation of the 2021 Good Shepherd budget and to plan for the rebuilding of our beloved Good Shepherd of the Hills.


For His Sake,


Your Stewardship Ministry

9.13.20 A Message from Your Stewardship Committee

A Collect from Trinity Episcopal Church


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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.


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

 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 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 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.




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 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



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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...





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


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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 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 though 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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