Twenty baseball fans from Good Shepherd enjoyed their own state team, The Lake Monsters, play the Batavia Muck Dogs at Centennial Field in Burlington. Champ, the Mascot, performed incredible antics for all the little and big kids’ amusement during lulls and half time. Lots of popcorn eaten, and hot dogs. Much cheering, ribbing, oohs, and aaahs! The winner? The Lake Monsters, of course!!
On our Saturday morning hike, Joe Cotnor, Paul Ruess and John Larkin pose at the very top of the Notch road, on Route 108. The sun broke through the clouds and the previous 3”-5” of snow melted rapidly in the 45 degree temps. Not pictured, but still attaining the ‘summit’ were Letty Annis with her dog April, Renate Sieger, and Barbara Thomke. The hike was refreshing with the beautiful scenery and relaxing with the easy footing. Lunch afterwards in the Resort Village was yummy, too!
Last Sunday, June 14, was the perfect sunny day for our outing to member Janel & Paul Gamm's delightful Inn of the Isles in Isle la Motte. Twenty or more gathered there for a picnic lunch, some paddling on Lake Champlain, a walk to the historical Chazy Reef, and various bike tours about the island. Food, fellowship, a tour of the Inn, story telling and relaxation ruled the day at this beautiful waterfront spot. And yes, Ann and Marc Mallett did ride their tandem! A big thank you to the Gamm's for their perfect hospitality!
Good Shepherd's Choir practices for the Christmas Services, led by choir director Rebecca Stone. Anyone may join the choir which offers special music at Christmas, Easter, and for other special days in the church year. Rehearsals generally take place on Sundays after worship. Accompaniment may include piano, organ, the praise band (guitars and percussion), violin, cello, and flutes.
A dozen of us enjoyed a gorgeous day hiking the cross-country trails at Smuggs Resort on October 25, 2014. The sun shone warmly on us with a light breeze. The recent rains filled the streams with noisy song and tumbling little waterfalls. We also saw large rectangular holes in a dead tree, the signature handiwork of a pileated woodpecker, and the claw marks of a bear on an old beech tree. Lunch in the Resort village was yummy; the chatter lively! Four new hikers joined us, including Guilia, the lively youngest. Yay!
CROP walks are sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups and other entities to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. This year's walk took place in
Burlington on October 12, 2014.
Good Shepherd's organizer, Janel Gamm, who has been participating for decades, wrote this description:
A lovely Autumn day and an enthusiastic crew contributed to a successful CROP walk that has now a 35 year history. Walkers and friends of Good Shepherd included; Annamary Anderson, Sheila Aiken, Ann Mallet and sister Marcia Gustafson and their niece and family visiting (the Brits), Malede and Chernet Berhanu, Barb Lindberg, Barbara Thomke, Beth Tailer, Katja, Kai, and Blake VonSitas, and Janel Gamm. The Good Shepherd Team raised $797.48. (an increase of about $150 from last year's walk). Many thanks to those who contributed and those who joined. The fruits of time together for the CWS/CROP walk were rich.
A small group of church members enjoyed a spectacular autumn day with 70+ degree temps and total sunshine hiking a spur trail leading to the Long Trail. We departed from Stevensville Road, just outside Underhill Center. Paul, John, Sheila, Terry and Barbara hiked in and out with great enthusiasm and joy. What a day!!
In the glorious sunshine of Sunday, August 3rd, a group of Good Shepherd visitors to the Perennial Pleasures Garden & Nursery in East Hardwick oohed and aahed over
hundreds of phlox and other summer blooms, all dotted by alighting butterflies. Rachel, head gardener and owner, led us through the magical gardens relating names and stories and showing us the
richness and variety of the perennials she grows. Tea and sandwiches on the covered porch enchanted us and as Susan said, "At one point I thought we could just settle in for the afternoon sipping
A few photos illustrate our refreshing experience. One comment: "Everyone seemed to have such a nice time, and even the car ride was fun with lots of good conversation." sums up our trip! Look for the next outing in coming weeks!
A BIG thank-you to all who supported this years 25th anniversary COTS walk. It was a success despite the drizzles. What a great crew we had! Thanks to our walkers; Pat and Gary Gildemeister, Sheila Aiken, Tammy, James, and Charlotte Yohn, Barb Thomke, Annamary Anderson, Anne Mallett, David Wrenner, Katja, Steve, Blake, and Kai Von Sitas, and Janel Gamm. Special kudos to the Yohn family for their impressive fund raising. Our church total was $1,455 almost triple our usual efforts!!!!! What will next year bring??? p.s. Carlton, we enjoyed your music along the way! Thanks all, Janel
Teams of walkers participating in the COTS walk to raise public awareness about homelessness in our community and to raise money to support COTS' work in maintaining shelters and services for Vermonters who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes. It was an overcast day but the rain held off until we were finished walking and just as we were savoring our free Ben & Jerry's ice cream. A delicious reward!
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