Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Sun Prairie, WI

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100:4-5

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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

3416 Swansee Ridge
Sun Prairie, WI 53590-9495

Phone: 608-837-3308
Fr. Mike's Cell: 608-354-2866

Vicar’s Verve

Father Mike Tess - Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Sun Prairie, WI

Father Mike Tess

Vicar’s Verve

Novembre 2015

Blessed November, Good Shepherd,

November is a month to give thanks. I am so grateful for the support of my family and your support. I am grateful for all the people who give so generously of their time and talent, and who work tirelessly to make Good Shepherd the special place that it is.

It seems right that we have the time and talent auction now at the time of harvest. This last weekend lots of great items and ideas were rolling in. I feel we have been spending a good bit of energy on asking it is right for us to celebrate all we have been given and share with each other the talents God has given us. The heart of the time and talent auction is giving, sharing, and building relationships as well as raising some funds for Good Shepherd.

The youth are off to the races and doing a great job of planning and gathering. I am proud of them, and I am grateful for all the wonderful kids in our church. This the first time in my time at Good Shepherd that we have elected leadership for the youth group. We also have seven kids preparing for confirmation.

I am grateful to the Bishop's committee and the Wardens for their leadership. I am grateful for all those who help with communication and administration and stewardship. I am grateful for those who help in the office, and those who straighten and clean the kitchen and social hall. I am grateful for those who help with the building and the grounds. I am grateful for all those who rallied to the cause when we had our financial struggles this year. I am grateful to our treasurers and those who serve on altar guild and who serve in ministries at worship and throughout our committees. I am grateful for the success of the capital campaign, and for those who helped spruce up our building. Thank you, Thank You, Thank you!

Here are some thoughts on giving thanks to make you ponder as we move toward the Thanksgiving season.

"God has two dwellings: one in heaven, the other in a meek and thankful heart." ~Izaak Walton

“God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. God loves it, too. An amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy.” ~ William Law

“Begin with thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise; thus you will find their numbers grow wonderfully; and, in the same proportion, will your subjects of murmuring and complaining diminish, until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving. If you cannot begin with anything positive, begin with something negative. If your whole lot seems only filled with causes for discontent, at any rate there is some trial that has not been appointed you; and you may thank God for its being withheld from you. It is certain that the more you try to praise, the more you will see how your path and your lying down are beset with mercies, and that the God of love is ever watching to do you good.” ~ Priscilla Mauri

“A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

God Bless,
Father Mike

Come Worship With Us

Sunday Services
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I – Traditional Language
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Family Service and Sunday School (Nursery available)
Weekday Services
Tuesday 6:45 PM – Adult Bible Study
Wednesday 6:30 PM – Healing Service with Holy Eucharist
Saturday 5:00 PM – Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Contemporary Language

Father Mike's Office Hours

Drop in or by appointment
Tuesday Afternoons by appointment
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Evening hours by appointment only
Please call 608-354-2866 to schedule an appointment