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Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
February 2016

It has been a busy winter for the Good Shepherd Church as we prepare for spring. We look forward to seeing how the daffodils and crocuses planted in front of our churchyard fence last fall.

Contrary to rumors, Fr. David and Jeanne Moody did not leave for a recent trip to Florida because of the -22 degree temperatures experienced at their home in Alstead on Sunday, February 14. They deny any cause and effect relationship.

Phil Turner, our Junior Warden, arranged for an energy audit of our 192 year-old building. The daylong audit involved an exploration of the building, infrared and normal light photography of ceilings and walls to locate cold spots, and a blower door test to identify the location of air infiltration. The final report included recommendations for the addition or more insulation, blocking the vertical movement of air in the walls, and the procurement of a new furnace. For the first time, we have a good idea of what actions will yield the greatest improvements in energy efficiency. The good news is that our energy expert believes Good Shepherd can reduce its energy bills by 50 percent. Now we need to explore grants and other sources of funds to upgrade our historic building.

Our annual Shrove Tuesday supper, following evening prayer, was a great success. This year, Dee Blanchard took on the task of cooking the pancakes, sausage and bacon. We all thank Dee for bringing us together around our new elliptical table to break bread.

Good Shepherd was delighted to welcome Deacon Stephen Rugg, Trinity Church, in White River Junction, VT, to be our deacon at Holy Eucharist on Sunday, February 14. Dcn. Stephen also presented an excellent talk on evangelism at coffee hour. He gave us much to think about as we seek to accomplish Christís Great Commission. We look forward to having him return in the near future and share his insights on this important aspect of our mission to reach the unchurched in our community.

We also plan to have a talk by Bishop Marsh about the blessings of Lent on March 15 following Evening Prayer. The talk will be open to the public with a light repast of bean soup and bread. As in years past, we will have a full schedule of services during Holy Week.

We pray that all our friends in the Diocese of the Northeast have a blessed and spiritually fulfilling Lent as we prepared to celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Day.

Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody