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On the Third Sunday after Easter, Bishop Marsh admitted postulant Scott Chase to the Order of Subdeacons. Scott administered the chalice for the first time.On the Third Sunday after Easter, Bishop Marsh admitted postulant Scott Chase to the Order of Subdeacons. Scott administered the chalice for the first time.

VBS

Mark your calendars!

Our fourth annual Vacation Bible School will be held on July 10-14. If you have children (or visiting grandchildren) attending grades K-5, these morning sessions (9:30-12:00 noon) are for you. Summer Thunder, led by youth ministers from the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), are high energy, fun packed mornings of songs, games, Bible stories, snacks, and crafts. The theme of VBS this year will be “Discovering Jesus.” The kids will become “detectives,” and each day, they will discover new clues in the Scriptures that lead them to discover who Jesus is. Children are encouraged to bring friends because sharing makes the mornings that much more fun.

Drop by Good Shepherd during the Charlestown Yard Sale on July 15. We will be in front of the church with Lemonade, snacks, used books, several small desks, and two fireplace screens and among a number of other odds and ends. Please come inside the church and rest a while in the pews from your shopping. We look forward to welcoming you!

 


As we approach spring, we can count our blessings at Good Shepherd. Despite some threatening snowstorms, our Sunday services have continued with good attendance. We did have to cancel one Wednesday morning Bible study after resident clergy consulted the weather forecast the night before and concluded that travel would be risky the next morning. Our aged furnace continues to work through another winter and, after repairs to the roof a year ago, our roof continues to shelter us. The junior warden is most grateful for these blessings.

Our current Bible study has consisted of watching lectures by Dr. Timothy Luke Johnson’s Jesus and the Gospels (www.thegreatcourses.com) interspersed with the reading and discussion each of the Gospels as Dr. Johnson presents them. Recently, we have been most fortunate to welcome Fr. Steve Rugg to our Wednesday meetings when his academic schedule allows. His knowledge of Greek and the history of the Scriptures and their interpretation have been an enormous benefit to participants. We are grateful to Fr. Rugg for his efforts to drive a considerable distance to be with us in Charlestown on Wednesdays.

The pre-Lent “-gesima” Sundays mark the coming of Lent, culminating with Shrove Tuesday on February 28. As is our custom at Good Shepherd, we will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper following Evening prayer in the parish hall. This traditional meal will include pancakes, sausages, applesauce, and real New Hampshire maple syrup prepared. Thank you Dee Blanchard and Fr. Art Bennett for organizing this event that is open to the community.

This summer, we will Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Good Shepherd with the assistance of the Child Evangelism Fellowship. This will be the fourth year that we have sponsored this wonderful time that we spend with the children of our community. For 2017, VBS will be held on Monday through Friday, July 10-14. We discovered last year that the second week of August is not the best time to hold VBS as children are getting ready to go back to school. They had a number of pre-school activities that prevented them from attending our session at Good Shepherd.

 


 

During the month of February, we complete our journey through the Epiphany season and prepare for Lent. At the beginning of the month, we celebrate Candlemass (Feb. 2), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast commemorates the compliance of Mary and Joseph with Mosaic Law (Leviticus 12:2-8). Forty days after the birth of Christ, Mary redeemed her first-born from the temple and was purified by the prayer of Simon in the presence of Anna, the prophetess (Luke 2:22 cf.). Before Holy Eucharist on this day, beeswax candles are blessed for use in the church during the year.

The pre-Lent “-gesima” Sundays (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima) mark the coming of Lent, culminating with Shrove Tuesday on February 28 and the beginning of Lent the following day on Ash Wednesday. As is our custom at Good Shepherd,we will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. The public is welcome to join us for this traditional meal of pancakes, sausages, apple sauce, and real New Hampshire maple syrup. There is no charge.


Thanksgiving Service

November 20 at 6pm
Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening, at Life on Main (St. Luke's Episcopal Church). The service is sponsored by the Charlestown Church Network.


 

You are invited to come and join in a musical thank-offering entitled Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory) to be held on Friday, Oct 28, 6:30 PM at the old Charlestown Town Hall on Summer St.

The Charlestown Church Network is sponsoring this event in which musicians gathered from 6 local congregations (including Good Shepherd) will offer about 20 songs of Thanks and Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. The program is designed to run about one and a half hours and it will feature a variety of contemporary and traditional numbers with solos, duets, small ensembles, instrumentals, as well as as hymns to be sung by the entire assembly.
Bp. Brian Marsh, Rector of Good Shepherd, will lead a song and Phil Turner will offer a solo and MC the program. Please join us! 

Join our friends from the Charlestown Church Network on October 9 for the annual Harvest Walk to benefit the Fall Mountain Emergency Food Shelf. We are grateful to the Congregational Church for organizing this annual walk about Charlestown.


Fr. Art Bennett and Charlestown Police Chief Patrick Collins at the Blessings of the Badges on Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Fr. Art Bennett at the Charlestown Fire Department distributing St. Michael and All Angels' medals to participants from police and fire departments and emergency rescue squads from surrounding towns. People have been invited to come and show their support for those who risk their lives daily to protect us from harm.  


 

Spring 2016

 Services will be held each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. through the first Sunday in November

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please mark your calendars if you have children looking for something to do in early August. They and their friends are welcome to attend our third annual vacation Bible school on the mornings of August 8-12 in cooperation with the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire. Every year we have had children tell us that if they had know VBS would so much fun, they would have brought their friends. Plan ahead!


Thanks to all who stopped by our table at the yard sale for lemonade and cookies. We were delighted to see many old friends from previous yard sales.


Dear Friends,
It is my sad duty to inform you that Ed Boadway passed to eternal life on June 29 at his home in Claremont, New Hampshire.
He is in the care of the Roy Funeral Home in Claremont, New Hampshire. Burial will be at the family plot in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Details are, at present, incomplete, but a memorial service is being planned at The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Charlestown, New Hampshire, where he was a parishioner.
Ed was a longtime resident of Claremont, New Hampshire, where he maintained a business specializing in the repair and renovation of church organs.
During his long career as an organist, Mr Boadway played for churches throughout the region. He was particularly fond of traditional Anglican music and specialized in the performance of Anglican chant settings. He served as organist for many special occasions in the Anglican Diocese of the Northeast and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him.
Mr. Boadway left no immediate relatives.
"Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and life perpetual shine upon him."
Your Brother in Christ,
+Brian


Spring has sprung. The Daffodils are in full bloom in our churchyard. The humming birds have yet to arrive at our backyard feeder, but they will come. It is a glorious season in which to experience God’s Creation. We will have a busy schedule of services as we move from Eastertide to Trinitytide at the end of May. Please join us to worship Our Lord using the beautiful liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer.

On Sunday, April 24th, we celebrated the 70th birthday of long-time church member, Aare Ilves. After the morning service, we gathered in the parish hall with Aare’s family and friends to have a little party and to wish him well for the future. Our “Resurrection Party” on Saturday, April 9th, was as much fun for the adults and for the children. We are very grateful to the Beck family, Jens, Jane, and Ellen, for leading us in songs, games, stories, and prayers. Everyone went home with a small cross that they folded from palm fond's used on Palm Sunday. And thanks to Dee Blanchard and Bonnie Turner; the snacks were “Yummy” as advertised.
We look forward to working with the Becks again on our Summer Vacation Bible School, “Summer Thunder,” on August 8-12th. Mark your calendar for your children, grandchildren and their friends, K-5.

Finally, our Sunday services at the Fort at No. 4 will start on May 22nd at a new time-- 12:30 p.m. Bring your visiting relatives and friends to pay a Sunday visit to one of Charlestown’s treasures and worship as some of our forefathers might have done during the first half of the 18th century.  

 

  Bishop Marsh and Aare Ilves on Aare's 70th birthday on Sunday.
Bishop Marsh and Aare Ilves on Aare's 70th birthday on Sunday.
 

 

Our “Resurrection Party” on Saturday, April 9th, was as much fun for the adults and for the children. We are very grateful to the Beck family, Jens, Jane, and Ellen, for leading us in songs, games, stories, and prayers. Everyone went home with a small cross that they folded from palm fond's used on Palm Sunday. And thanks to Dee Blanchard and Bonnie Turner; the snacks were “Yummy” as advertised.

We look forward to working with the Becks again on our Summer Vacation Bible School, “Summer Thunder,” on August 8-12th. Mark your calendar for your children, grandchildren and their friends, K-5. 

Sermon Easter Day, 2016
The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Marsh

April 2016 Our Town
February NEA Report 


Read more and see photos from the Fall Report to the NEA

Our ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in JuneOur ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in June. We have had a number of favorable comments about it from the community. Between the church building and the fence there is a 19th century, granite hitching post that is nicely carved lying on the ground. It was broken off its base many years ago by a snowplow. We left some space for its eventual restoration. Thus, we were enormously gratified to learn that the board of the Charlestown Historical Society had voted funds to repair the hitching post as a gift to the church. The post is part of the history of the old bank building and few such posts now remain.


 

October 10, Saturday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Weston Priory Retreat

October 11, Sunday, 2-3 p.m.
Annual Charlestown Harvest Walk for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf (water and apples provided to walkers.)

 
 
April 20, 2016 Our Town
February NEA Report

February NEA Report Read more and see photos from the Fall Report to the NEA Our ground crew led by Phil Turner, completed the fence that we reported on in June. We have had a number of favorable comments about it from the community. Between the church building and the fence there is a 19th century, granite hitching post that is nicely carved lying on the ground. It was broken off its base many years ago by a snowplow. We left some space for its eventual restoration. Thus, we were enormously gratified to learn that the board of the Charlestown Historical Society had voted funds to repair the hitching post as a gift to the church. The post is part of the history of the old bank building and few such posts now remain.Our Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No. 4 have been well attended with 5 to 10 participants on Sunday mornings. More news and photos from the Fall issue of the NEA.


Our Bible Study now has 12 faithful members. Our weekly Bible study program now has 14 faithful members as we explore the book of Genesis.
October 10, Saturday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Weston Priory Retreat
October 11, Sunday, 2-3 p.m.
Annual Charlestown Harvest Walk for the benefit of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf (water and apples provided to walkers.)

View of the Good Shepherd Church when the building was the Connecticut River Bank (c. 1920s) 
Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard. Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard.
Fr. David, John Ilves, and Phil Turner behind our new fence.

Our Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No. 4 have been well attended with 5 to 10 participants on Sunday mornings.

View of the Good Shepherd Church when the building was the Connecticut River Bank (c. 1920s) 
Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard.
Finished Project to renew the fence on the west side of our churchyard.
Fr. David, John Ilves, and Phil Turner behind our new fence.
  The winter was hard on our aging fence to right of our church building, and the vestry decided that we need to replace it. Our new Junior Warden, Phil Turner, took charge and organized a fence-raising party after one of our Wednesday Bible Study sessions to plant posts. Wanting to make sure the fence did not move, he required his helpers, John and Aare Ilves and Fr. David to sink four three-foot holes in the churchyard. Then we poured concrete In our next report we will provide a picture of the finished project.

The church building when it was the Connecticut River National Bank in the 1920s.

How many Anglicans does it take to build a fence?


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 

 

It is Spring again!

The snow and ice are finally melting. Holy Week is upon us with its many services that mark the Way of the Cross leading to the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. All are welcome to join us on this pilgrimage to the foot of the Cross, giving continuous praise and thanksgiving to an infinitely merciful and loving God.

  Our Bible Study group continues to grow. We now have 12 faithful students who gather together each Wednesday in our parish hall for study and fellowship. There is always room for more chairs around our table.

Our Bible Study group continues to grow... There is always room for more chairs around our table.



 

Photos from the Morning Prayer services at the Fort at No 4.
Mistress Moody, wife of Fr. David, studies the Holy Scripture before Morning Prayer at the Fort at No. 4 on Trinity Sunday.
Mistress Moody, wife of Fr. David, studies the Holy Scripture before Morning Prayer at the Fort at No. 4 on Trinity Sunday.

The parsons wife enjoys the sun before the service.

The parsons wife enjoys the sun before the service.

Morning Prayer on Whitsunday at the Fort at no. 4, Charlestown NH (French and Indian War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH)

Morning Prayer on Whitsunday at the Fort at no. 4, Charlestown NH   Just before Morning Prayer began on Whitsunday, June 8, 2014 at Fort at No. 4 
     
Re-enactors at the French and Indian War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH
French and Indian War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, NH   Music makers at the Fort on Sunday, June 8, 2014

Warm temperatures of the past several weeks brought the daffodils in the churchyard into full bloom. We celebrated by using some of them on our altar at Good Shepherd for Morning Prayer during the past month. Fr. Art Bennett reminded me that the daffodil is the national flower of Wales and is proudly worn by the Welsh on St. David’s day in March. St. David (c. 500 – c. 589) is the patron saint of Wales.

This summer, the Church of the Good Shepherd is partnering with the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to present "Summer Thunder," a five-day vacation Bible school (VBS). The VBS will run from July 7-12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is designed for children from grades K through 5. The program is nondenominational and open to all children at no cost.

VBS will include songs, games, crafts, Bible stories, and snacks. Consider joining us for a great time as we learn about the Bible with counselors from Camp Good News. Registration for VBS will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7 at Good Shepherd. Each child should be accompanied by a parent so that we can obtain parental permission for the child to attend VBS. For planning purposes, please reserve a space for your child by calling 603-835-7900 or send an email to dwmoody@beaverwood.com.
We would be happy to answer any questions that you might have about our summer program.

Last month our rector, Bishop Brian Marsh, presented the parish with a beautiful piece of art glass.

Art Glass panel portrays a stylized image of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, holding a Shepherds crook in one hand and extending his other hand in welcomeThe glass panel portrays a stylized image of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, holding a Shepherd's crook in one hand and extending his other hand in welcome.

The image is also on our church banner, the cover of our church bulletin, and on a variety of brochures.

The parish is very grateful to Bishop Marsh for this beautiful addition to our sanctuary where it is displayed in the east window.

 

 


Shrove Tuesday

 

Free Pancake Supper

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a beautiful service of Evensong.

This was followed by a traditional pancake supper prepared by Dee Blanchard and Jeanne Moody. Due to the skill of the chefs there were no leftovers.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Moody receives national ACA Killian Medal for service

Archived News

Bishop blesses 18th century Bible at Fort at No. 4, from the Compass News

MORNING PRAYER SERVICES AT FORT AT NO. 4

Morning Prayer services at 11:30 a.m. each Sunday at the Fort at No. 4 will resume when the Fort reopens for the summer season.
Morning Prayer will be read at 11:30 a.m. using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Sermons will be drawn from the Great Homilies of the Elizabethan period.   Read more...

Revolutionary War Encampment 2012

God Talk: The Book of Common Prayer at three hundred and fifty.
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18th Century Bibles on Facebook

For further information about events and programs at the Fort at No. 4 and its location click here.


Deacon David Moody Fort no 4

Mission to El Hogar
My Personal Log of the mission to El Hogar, a home for poor children in Honduras – Phil Turner
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Aare Ilves, a parishioner and lay reader at Good Shepherd, paid a visit to the homeland of his parents in Estonia. On his trip Aare met with Metropolitan Stephanos of the Estonian Apostolic-Orthodox Church who gave him a message and gift to bring back to the rector of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd. These were presented to Bishop Brian Marsh in a brief ceremony at the end of Sunday services several weeks ago.

Aare's parents immigrated to the United States from Estonia in the mid- 1950s. In pursuing the genealogy of his family, Aare made several trips to Europe over the past decade during which he located his grandmother's grave, the Estonian Orthodox Church that she attended, and the priest who conducted her funeral 36 years ago.

This past summer, he made the trip with a letter of introduction and greetings to officials of the Estonian Orthodox Church from Bishop Marsh Aare presented the letter to the Office of the Estonian Apostolic-Orthodox Church in Tallinn and was soon warmly welcomed by His Eminence, the Most Blessed Stephanos, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia. The Orthodox Church of Estonia was granted autonomy by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in 1923. During the Second World War, the Metropolitan at that time escaped to Sweden, and the Soviets put the Estonian Church under the control of Moscow. The autonomy of the Estonian Orthodox Church was restored in 1994.

Metropolitan Stephanos gave Aare a book on the history of the Estonian Church and asked him to convey it and his fraternal greetings to Bishop Marsh. This was done in a brief ceremony at the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd after Holy Eucharist on Sunday, October 18. Bishop Marsh expressed his delight in receiving this token of affection from Metropolitan Stephanos. “It is not often that a layman gets to play such a direct role in improving ecumenical relations between distant parts of the Catholic Church”, said Marsh.“We are very gratified that Aare had the opportunity to convey our greetings directly to Metropolitan Stephanos and that he was so graciously received.”

Welcome to the recently baptized members of the Smith family from Bellows Falls, Vermont: mother, daughter, the daughter's infant son, and three other Smith children. It was a joyous occasion for us to welcome so many at one time to the Body of Christ.

Visit to home land of his parents in Estonia by Aare Ilves, a resident of Charlestown, New Hampshire
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Rt Rev Brian R Marsh, Bishop Ordinary
Rt Rev Brian R Marsh,
Bishop Ordinary
ACA and APA Sign Inter-Communion Agreement

National Synod, Belleview, IL -- 22 September 2011

Signatories of Inter-Communion Agreement between ACA and APAOn September 22, 2011, the Anglican Church in America (ACA), meeting in its Eighth General Synod at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleview, Illinois, unanimously endorsed a resolution for inter-communion with the Anglican Province of America (APA). The APA also unanimously endorsed this agreement at its Provincial Synod on July 15, 2011. The Inter-Communion Agreement was signed by the ACA and APA Ordinaries on the Altar during the ACA Synod Pontifical Solemn High Mass.

 

 

Archbishop Louis W. Falk has completed his term as President of the House of Bishops. He had promised to serve as President for a single two-year term at the last General Synod of the ACA. The House of Bishops received his resignation with gratitude and deep appreciation for his years of service to the Church.
The Right Reverend Brian R. Marsh was elected Acting President of the House of Bishops. The Right Reverend George D. Langberg was re-elected Vice President. Both were elected unanimously.
All ACA bishops have agreed to support each other as they proceed with their respective courses of action. Those bishops committed to the Ordinariate have, in the interests of collegiality, voluntarily agreed to forego their voting rights on matters that will not affect them.
All current members of the House of Bishops remain in good standing within the House of Bishops and the Anglican Church in America, until some members are received and incardinated into the Personal Ordinariate.

We offer our pledge to assist and to pray for each other during this time of transition.

(signed) The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America.
Tuesday of Easter Week. April 26, 2011.

The Most Rev. Dr. Brian R. Marsh, Bishop Ordinary & Rector
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The Rev. David W. Moody, Associate Rector

Charlie Niemi

Stephen Rugg

Robert D. Philp

The Rev. Fr. Amos Mukiza Mihanda
mihanda2002@yahoo.co.uk