EVERYONE of all ages is invited to go caroling at Glade Valley Center in Walkersville on December 15th at 2:30pm. If you want to help us spread a little cheer and share God’s love with those who are not able to get out at this time of year, please meet us at the church at 2:30. We will return to Good Shepherd at 5:00 where there will be Christmas celebrations for EVERYONE.
Caroling Celebration Party
Because sharing the joy of Christmas with friends in not something reserved only for youth, we will be having a party for everyone on December 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We hope you will sign up for the dinner party and join us after caroling. You are welcome to join in the after-party, even if you cannot go caroling! To share the Christmas spirit with other, we will create gifts for our Good Shepherd members who are unable to attend worship. We will play a festive and fun game, so bring your young ones, too! If you’d like to bring a dish to pass, there is a signup in the Narthex. Come as you are!
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 6:30 pm Downtown Frederick & Baker Park Band Shell
Evangelism and Youth Ministry are working together to create another fun inter-generational event for our church and community as we share the good news about our Christmas Services at the parade.
The Annual Kris Kringle Procession is a fun event where so many folks in Frederick gather together in costume and song and march through the streets of Downtown Frederick! The event begins at the corner of South Carroll and East Patrick Streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree. Please join our Good Shepherd family as we march in the procession as a group and hand out candy canes with our Christmas Service times attached.
You may notice a new presence in the Narthex this Advent: a larger-than-lifesize sculpture of St. Joseph! Please be aware that the sculpture is made from plaster and is fragile. Please do not touch or climb on it! And resist the urge to place items in his hand.
as viewers, are invited into a very private moment, a sacra conversazione.
The woodshop setting identifies the second figure as Joseph, for he was a
carpenter. At his feet are a hammer and three nails, typical contents of a
carpenter’s toolbox; however, in this case, a foreshadowing of the Passion of
Christ. Joseph is shown having been
distracted from his work with the carpenter’s angle still in hand. Joseph is not wearing any shoes, a sign of
humility and that we are on holy ground, witness to a holy moment.
head is bowed staring into and contemplating his empty, work-worn hands. These
hands, these calloused, rough working hands will hold the Infant Messiah. He has
nothing material to offer the Son of Man, and yet God chose him to raise Him
and protect and love the Lord’s mother.
Joseph was obedient to God and he did as the angel of the Lord commanded
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman?u-el (which means, God with us).”
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.
This sculpture is a plaster cast from an original clay model made by Sarah Hempel Irani. She was commissioned to create two larger-than-life sized marble sculptures of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. She created the clay sculptures full-scale in her studio here in Frederick. Then, following Renaissance tradition, she sent this plaster cast of St. Joseph to a marble carving studio in Pietrasanta Italy to be carved. The final marble sculptures are at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, Maryland.
Every year this time, I honor my late friend Mr. Chuck (Lounsbury). His kindness and his desire to make a difference in big and small ways in the lives of others touched me deeply. I will be collecting filled stockings up until December 16th. These stockings can be for babies up to teens, stuffed with toys, mittens, games, etc. There is a box in the Narthex to put your filled stockings. After church on December 16th, we will deliver the stockings to The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank. Thank you all for keeping his legacy of kindness alive.