We have retitled our ministry event to “Connection Sunday” (formerly Rally Sunday) to highlight the ways God works through each person’s ministry to extend his grace and build his kingdom. It will immediately follow our 9:30 service. You will have an opportunity to speak with parish and community leaders and volunteer in nearly every area of ministry. Children are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
We will return to our regular schedule of two services each Sunday morning. Services are at 8:00 AM (Holy Eucharist: Rite One) and 10:15 AM (Holy Eucharist: Rite Two.) Breakfast will be served at 8:45 AM and there will be a social hour with refreshments following the 10:15 AM service.
Our evening begins with Holy Eucharist in the chapel at 5:30 PM. Then, enjoy fellowship with dinner and programs for all ages. Dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Toddlers eat free. We will meet each Wednesday from September 11th through November 20th. We hope to see you on a Wednesday night!
We are supporting the Lake Wales Care Center's Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. We will distribute bags and a list of suggested food items for two Sundays beginning October 20th. Bags may be returned any time before November 4th, when they will be picked up by Care Center volunteers. Monetary donations are also appreciated and allow the Care Center to purchase items they need to fill holiday baskets for those in need. Thank you!
Join us for our sixth annual FallFest! After the Wednesday night dinner at 6 PM, children of all ages are welcome to join us on the playground for games, treats, face painting, and more. Children are welcome to wear costumes. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to join in the fun.
This festive evening begins with wassail in the courtyard, followed by a delicious dinner of beef tips, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and chocolate cheesecake at 6 PM. Afterward, we will move into the church and enjoy a handbell concert. This is followed by our traditional Christmas Pageant which tells the story of Jesus' birth. The pageant, which features our children, is a 79-year tradition. Many parishioners say that this is their favorite evening of the year. The cost for dinner is $5 per person or $15 for families with children, whichever is less. Tickets for dinner will go on sale Sunday, November 24th. We hope you will join us!
We are collecting school supplies for our local partner school, Polk Avenue Elementary. We welcome donations of any school supplies for children in need, ages kindergarten through 5th grade. Collection bins are in the narthex. We also welcome monetary gifts (the school staff will determine what supplies they need the most.) Monetary gifts are also needed for our backpack ministry, which feeds students over the weekends who might otherwise go hungry.
Once again this year, we are offering a week of both hot and cold breakfasts to 100+ hungry high school age campers and their counselors from the Lake Wales Care Center's Stay-at-Home work camp. Each summer, middle and high school students help families in need in our community with painting, yard work, and other projects. Let's help them get a great start to their work days! We need 10 volunteers each day; thanks to Theresa and Fleet Ryland for leading this effort. Please either click on the link below, call the office at 863-676-8578 or email Lisa Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help for a couple hours each morning, or even a few mornings, that week. Thank you!
We will honor our high school and college graduates and celebrate with a “picnic on the grounds” after our 9:30 service. Feel free to dress casually!
A simple agape meal of bread, wine and homemade lentil soup will be served in the parish hall after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the church. Jesus' final prayer for the church will be shared from John's gospel. The evening will conclude with the stripping of the altar.
Father Tom Seitz will lead a Lenten quiet day in the parish hall, hosted by the Daughters of the King. He will offer guided meditations, based on the autobiography of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, popularly known as “The Little Flower of Jesus”, with the hope and prayer that those who attend will experience their own spiritual blossoming during Lent. To register, contact Lisa Carter in the church office: (863) 676-8578. The cost of lunch is $10.00.
Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida.
Bring a friend (or several!) to a worship service featuring:
+ Music that reflects our cultural diversity
+ Heartfelt testimonies from people of faith
+ Enthusiastic preaching that calls people to a deeper relationship with Jesus
*FEATURED SPEAKER* : The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and recent preacher at the Royal Wedding!
We are chartering a bus from Good Shepherd to Orlando so that many of our parishioners may attend the Revival. The cost is $15 per person and includes a boxed dinner. The bus will leave our parking lot at 4:00 PM. Please bring your friends and family! Contact Lisa Carter in the church office to register for the bus ride.
There will be a Celebration of New Ministry and Institution of The Reverend Timothy C. Nunez as Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (221 S. Fourth St., Lake Wales, FL) on Sunday, January 27th at 4 o'clock p.m. The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida, will preach and celebrate at the service. Your prayers and presence are requested. Clergy: Red Stoles. Reception will follow. Everyone is welcome.
The Brown Bag Bunch will meet in the parish hall. Parishioner Susan Craig will present a program on "Operation Smile." Susan has been involved with this ministry, which provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide, for many years. Please bring your own bagged lunch; coffee and tea will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
The Brown Bag Bunch, a group of retirees and snowbirds, will have its fall luncheon at Giorgio's Restaurant (253 E. Stuart Ave., downtown Lake Wales.) Each person will pay for their own lunch. Please let Jacque Peppel know if you are attending (863-589-5655) so that she can give a correct count to the restaurant. Everyone is welcome.
Can you help us feed 100+ hardworking teenage campers and their counselors? We are hosting a lunch for the Care Center's Stay-at-Home Work Camp. We can use several volunteers to prepare and serve the meals. There is no cost to you except your time! Please contact Lisa Carter in the church office if you can help. Thank you!
Join us for "A Wrinkle in Time" June 4th - 8th each morning from 9 AM - 11:45 AM. Children from Kindergarten - rising 5th graders are welcome to join us for Bible study, crafts, outdoor play, music ,and snacks. Thanks to Christopher Maslanka for leading the effort. We can't wait for this fun week!
On Graduation Sunday, we will honor our high school and college graduates as well as our volunteers. After the service, we will enjoy a complimentary picnic on the grounds across the street under the tent (near the Campbell building.) We will have a bounce house and activities for children. Please feel free to dress casually.
We are excited about our 12th annual golf outing to benefit our mission work in Santa Maria, Honduras. The outing will be held at the Lake Wales Country Club; the cost to golf is $75 per person or $280 per foursome. Those wishing to eat dinner only and not golf may join us at 6 PM for a cost of $10. Don't golf, but still want to support the mission? Become a hole sponsor! Hole sponsors start at $100. Please see the flyer, attached below, for details. See you on the golf course!
We will offer one Sunday service at 9:30 AM, followed by a farewell reception for Joanie Brawley, who is retiring. Join us for lots of great food and fellowship for all of our parishioners as we bid a fond farewell to Joanie, our Associate Priest of 11 years.