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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

. . . seeking and serving Christ in all persons.


The Episcopal church in Athens, Ohio (Since 1875) Welcome!  The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio is a diverse, welcoming, growing parish congregation, located on the campus of Ohio University - - Seeking to know and serve Christ in loving service to the Campus, the Community, and the world.

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  - - - SEASON OF EASTER - - -  
  - - "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Rev. 22--  



This Sunday


Seventh Sunday of Easter

8 May 2016;

8:00 a.m. Service: Holy Eucharist Rite I

9:00 a.m. Adult Forum

10:30 a.m. Service: Holy Eucharist Rite II-B

Officiant: The Rev. Deborah Woolsey

(Sunday Schedule)
8:00 a.m. Service - Holy Eucharist Rite I   (This early service, no music, is in the Bishop Black Chapel downstairs.)

9:00 a.m. - When noted above, Sunday School and/or Adult forum take place.

10:15 a.m. - Fully Staffed Nursery   A fully staffed nursery is provided downstairs for children age 5 and younger.   (However should parents prefer, children of all ages are of course always welcome throughout the entire service in the main church.)

10:30 a.m. Service - Holy Eucharist Rite II   This is a full service with music and choir (choir is on vacation in summer), upstairs in the Nave.

Lindley Inn: On the fourth Sunday of the Month at 2:00 p.m. we celebrate Holy Eucharist at Lindley Inn, 9000 Hocking Hills Dr., The Plains.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Second Sunday brunch
Sunday, May 8, after church

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Tuesday, May 10, Home of Doris Green

Free Lunch
Wednesday, May 11, noon

Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.

Pentecost
Sunday, May 15

Vestry
Thrsday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.

Martha's catered lunch
Sunday, May 22, after church

Lindley Inn Worship
Sunday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Prayer Shawl Neeting
Tuesday, May 24, home of Lois Wagner






The Rev. Deborah Woolsey Welcome to our Website! We are honored that you are visiting this site and hope that it will be a helpful way to learn more about this parish, our ministries, and our mission. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself in your life, I hope you felt called to visit us, and will find what you need here. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd has a history of taking the words of the Bible seriously that say we are to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.” It is our belief that these words, which are found in both the Old and New Testament, are the foundation of the way we are to live out our mission collectively and individually. We believe God loves us, and that every human being is created in God’s image. For us, that is really where it begins: and it means that we intentionally welcome all people regardless of gender, age, race, color, sexuality, socioeconomic status, marital status, politic, or physical condition.

At the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd we not only want to welcome you, we want to invite you to join us in growing in faith and love of God, and to live out our mission of seeing Christ in all persons and serving all persons in Christ. We believe that only together we can do the work of Jesus in loving God and loving our neighbors. In our parish’s life, we have found living this mission to be at times challenging and exhilarating, joyful and fulfilling, and that there truly is a place for all of us.

It is my prayer that you will find at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd a safe place for spiritual exploration and healing, a place where you find our words of welcome are really more than words and will join us in living out God love.

Many Blessings, Mother Deborah

The Rev. Deborah Woolsey is the Priest-In-Charge for the Church Of The Good Shepherd. Check HERE for biographical information.



WELCOME TO THE EPISICOPAL CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD!   Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith, we welcome you in the name of Jesus.

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS please contact The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 (C) or 740-249-4497 (H) or 740-593-6877 (Church) or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD please contact Allyn Reilly, Senior Warden, at 740-592-2596 or by e-mail at reillya@ohio.edu or The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

THE MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH are the whole People of God. To inquire about various ways to participate, please speak to one of the clergy or staff.   Please consult Ministries and Ways to Serve for more information on what we do.

Rev. Deborah Woolsey, Priest-in-Charge
Allyn Reilly, Senior Warden
Marsha Reilly, Music Director
Barbara Martin, Office Administrator

Church of the Good Shepherd
64 University Terrace
Athens, Ohio 45701-2913

Phone:   740-593-6877

E-Mail: chogs@chogs.org
Internet: www.chogs.org

Office Hours:     The office is open from:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.




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