WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH

 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a multigenerational congregation with a rich history in Lake Charles and notable emphasis on engaging worship, opportunities for spiritual formation and growth, and service to the community. Everyone is welcome at Good Shepherd. We hope our historic building will instill a new sense of God’s beauty in your heart. We hope our historic, but ever relevant worship will open new pathways of God’s presence in your life. And we hope that the opportunities for doing God’s work in the world around us will excite your interest in sharing in our efforts to establish God’s kingdom of love, peace, compassion, mercy, and justice on earth as it is in heaven.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all live worship services, events, and activities at Good Shepherd are suspended through Sunday, April 26, 2020. We now gather regularly as church, not as a building, but as a community, on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdepiscopallc/.

HOLY WEEK OBSERVANCES In Holy Week we experience liturgically – even if virtually – the last week of Jesus’ life and the vents preceding his Resurrection. Despite the limitations on our gathering together in the most holy of times on the Church calendar, we will be observing Holy Week (April 5 – 11) in the following ways:

† We will continue offering virtual Morning Prayer on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via live video our Facebook page;

† We will walk a virtual Stations of the Cross Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. on our Facebook page.

† We will offer a virtual Bible Study on Jesus’ Last Week on our Facebook page at noon, Sunday, April 5 through Saturday, April 11,. A syllabus of Bible readings has been posted.

REGULAR WEEKLY SERVICES We will continue our current worship schedule:

† Sundays and Easter at 10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer;

† Evenings at 8 p.m. Compline, the last prayer of the day in the monastic tradition; and

† Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Centering Prayer

Our April 5 & 12 Newsletter includes the Order of Worship for Morning Prayer and the readings for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (April 5) and for Easter (April 12). Download it here.

Bishop Owensby also is offering Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. on Sundays and a brief reflection afternoons at 3 p.m. on his Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/bishopjakeowensby/).

Please, pray for all who are afflicted or affected by this virus.

 

 

Good Shepherd in a nutshell…

Worship – Sunday services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We call our form of worship “liturgy,” which means “work of the people.” Whereas a priest presides at the service and may be assisted by other ministers, we gather not as spectators, but as members of a community engaged and bound together in prayer, reflection, and worship.

Children and Youth – Good Shepherd maintains a nursery during both morning services, Sunday school during the 10:30 a.m. service, and a Youth Group, which meets bi-weekly on Sundays at 5 p.m.

Service to the Community and the World – Good Shepherd strives to be a good neighbor in the local community and in the world. Good Shepherd established and remains affiliated with the Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. Our annual Book Fair supports local community service organizations. Since 1992, our Tend My Lambs ministry has supported a school in Begin, Haiti. Proceeds from our annual Fish Fry for Haiti continue to maintain the school. Every week we staff the Faith and Friends Food Pantry distribution.  In the summer we host a Summer Music Festival featuring the music of talented composers and musicians. At Christmas we serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army and prepare Christmas gifts for the needy.

Adult Spiritual Formation – Good Shepherd has four active, enthusiastic study groups affording opportunities for adult spiritual formation.  Groups meet on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Our study groups typically open the door to discussion – not “my way or the highway” answers. We want people to feel free to think, to probe, to explore, to reason. Thus, we differ from modern misperceptions of Christianity as rigid, simplistic, and seemingly out-of-touch. Our door is open wide, and everyone is always welcome. No reservation required. And no need to leave your mind at the door!

Greetings and welcome to our web site, and hopefully, our fellowship! Our congregation’s heritage goes back over 123 years of life and ministry in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Membership

Good Shepherd is a community of faith that has something for just about everyone. We hope you feel the same way and that God leads you to become part of our flock. Membership at Good Shepherd is simple but profound..

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All Services and Activities have been
suspended through April 26th, 2020
Sunday Services – 8:30 am, 10:30 am 5:00 pm | Wednesday Service– 12:05 pm. Hearing augmentation devices are available from the ushers upon request.

Sunday (morning nursery provided)

8:30 Holy Communion –  Rite 1   limited music – 715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd
Breakfast served September through May-9:30 a.m.

10:30 Holy Communion –   Rite 2  -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

9:30 Adult Christian Education

10:30 Children’s Sunday School
5:00 pm: Holy Communion – Rite 2 – 715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

Monday

8:00 EDS Morning Prayer -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

Wednesday

Noon: Holy communion with prayers for healing – Chapel -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

Thursday

2:00 Episcopal Day School Holy Eucharist -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd
Please call the church office, 433.5244, if you or a family member would like a visit while in the hospital.  Home visits as well! Eucharistic Ministers available to visit those in need of Home Communion, call  Reverend Jo Popham at 433.5244.