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. . . 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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INSIDE In-Person services have resumed;
10:30 a.m. Sunday Mornings.

Please see ORDER OF WORSHIP for details on this coming Sunday service and appropriate COVID protocol that has been made to worship services to reduce the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus including a reminder that masks covering both your nose and mouth are required inside the building.

COVID-19 Response

We care about our parishioners and neighbors. The following changes have been made to the worship services and ministries at Church of the Good Shepherd to help care for each other during the pandemic: Until further notice the Church building is not available for public meetings and groups.

Friday is cleaning and fumigating day, no one, including staff, should enter the building.

Office hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Masks covering both your nose and mouth are required inside the building.

Wednesday Free Lunch ...

has been suspended until further notice, a few items are available in a food pantry cabinet on the Church's front porch.

CrossRoads Café Coffee Shop Ministry ...

CrossRoads Café is open Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 11:30 am and Sundays after the 10:30 service.   Now that winter weather is with us, CrossRoads will be in Nehl's Hall at the end of the ramp near the chapel entrance. Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the county, there is no seating and coffee and tea are To-Go only. Masks/Facial coverings are mandatory.   The menu includes coffee, iced coffee, tea, iced tea.

COVID-19 Memorial

Stop by and sit near the columbarium and view the reflective archways memorial to the over 750,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

FREE Face Masks

Individually packaged, cotton, reusable face masks are available in front of the church.  Please take a mask for yourself and one for a friend.   We are all in this together.  To date over 1200 face masks have been taken.

Chapel and Thrift Shop Open

Our chapel and thrift shop are open to the public again during office hours.   Please look for the new sign, when you see it out on the corner the chapel and thrift shop are open.

We ask everyone using our indoor space like the chapel and thrift shop to please wear a face mask when you are inside.  Free face masks available inside the chapel and outside the church building (front steps area).

"All Things Bright and Beautiful"

Great things are happening -- the Church is in the process of a number of facility upgrades including restoration work on the historic Aeollian-Skinner organ, installing building-wide air conditioning, a full-fledged kitchen upgrade, and yard and landscape improvements.   Check Bright and Beautiful Projects for overall plans.

Due to the many generous contributors the kitchen, the air-conditioning and sound system projects are completed.   The emphasis now will be Phase 3 of the organ project -- the restoration of the organ's deep insides.

THE ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT: The goal of this project is to restore the organ to “like new” condition.   So far Phase 1 and Phase 2 have been completed.   Phase 1 involved the refurbishing of the keyboards and the purchase of a new organ bench.   Phase 2 was the replacement of wires, switching systems, etc. inside the console itself.

We are now under contract with Muller Organ Company for the long awaited completion of Phase 3 of the organ project. This will involve taking everything out of the chamber and transporting to their workshop.

What is the chamber?   It is the screened area across from the organ console. This is the location of all the pipes, bellows, etc. It will be interesting to watch the way in which they remove all these components.



The long awaited start of Phase III of the organ project begins on Tuesday, April 26. The workers from Muller Organ Company will spend two days removing everything from the chamber. We expect the organ to be reinstalled in 2-1/2 to 3 months. Then in the fall we will celebrate the completion of this amazing project with a grand concert and possible Choral Scholar reunion.


We have reached our fundraising goal!   Thank you to everyone who has had a part in making this project possible.

To keep abreast of the work the Organ the Project has a Facebook page, Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Athens, OH, to tell the story of the organ and provide restoration updates.   (You may be asked to log in, just click 'no thanks' if you don't have a Facebook account.)

This Sunday
(Updated Thursday p.m.)

Fifth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) 15 May 2022

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


CELEBRANT: Rev. Deborah Woolsey

LECTOR: David McCoy



ALTAR GUILD: Sally Spero

CANTOR: (na this week)


LESSONS: Acts of the Apostles: 11: 1-18; Psalm148 (SAID); Revelation to John: 21: 1-6; John 13: 31-35.

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 Rector 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 740-593-6877 (Church) or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD please contact Alex Buckley, Senior Warden, at 740-593-5513 or by e-mail at macbuck@yahoo.com 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, Rector
Alex Buckley, 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

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