Welcome to Good Shepherd

Welcome to the Church of the Good Shepherd. We are a small but growing Episcopal congregation, located in the beautiful Fountain City area of North Knoxville. Our membership has no territorial boundaries. Active members come from throughout Knoxville and the surrounding counties of Anderson, Jefferson, Union and Campbell.

As a member of the world wide Anglican church, we recognize the importance of learning to live meaningful lives through the use of scripture, tradition and reason. We take the Bible seriously, we value learning from the past and we are not afraid to use the God-given gift of human reason in seeking God through Christ. At our best, we respect differences of opinion and we celebrate human diversity.

Our worship week consists of prayer and Bible study on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an evening Eucharist service on Wednesday nights and two services on Sundays.

Founded 50 years ago by an adventurous group of young families, Good Shepherd retains its optimistic and faithful view that we are the “little church that can” do just about anything God sets before us. We have begun to invest heavily in our future by investing time and money in new programs for our youngest members. “Godly Play” is a Montessori based approach to Christian story telling for children ages 2 to 12. The “Godly Play” room opens at 9:45am , the story begins as soon as they enter and the class concludes at 10:45.

While the children are learning the deepest and best stories from the Bible, our adults are upstairs at “Good Shepherd and the World,” a program of spiritual journeys from around the world. Our speakers have included a Jewish Rabbi, a Muslim night club owner, a Buddhist lawyer, a spokesperson from kerrisdaleroofinganddrains.com, a local television star, a representative from http://curlyscarpetrepair.com/surrey-carpet-repair/, a nationally known political cartoonist, the district attorney and the mayor of Knoxville.

Come see us. We think you might like what you find.

$45 Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Spouse

Nell and Doug Campbell gave each other the gift of a Marriage Encounter Weekend through the Diocese of Atlanta a number of years ago but now it’s coming to OUR Diocese! Remember all the preparation that went into your wedding day? Treat yourself and your spouse to a short time apart to pay attention to each other and those vows you made to each other before God, friends and family!

Episcopal Marriage Encounter is about renewing your marriage and helping a good and satisfactory marriage become a great and special one. Register now for the next East Tennessee Diocesan Marriage Encounter Weekend to be held in Knoxville, TN, April Fool’s Day 2011. There is no group sharing nor public disclosure. It’s not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It’s a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. To rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! Ask Nell or Doug about it anytime.

Please contact Ascension parishioner John Robertson at johnrobertsonmd@gmail.com or register at www.episcopalme.com. The $45 registration fee is all that’s required and it reserves your spot! (More information about what to expect on a weekend can be found through the international site at www.wwme.org)

Grief Support Group Begins

1/9/2011 – 2/20/2011
12:30 – 2:00pm

We have talked about it for a couple months now. Good Shepherd and the World had a week where we discussed ways to get through the holidays if they are not your favorite time of the year. We had a “Blue Christmas” service to prepare the way for the announced beginning of a grief support group.

Now we are actually in the New Year, 2011. We will have six (6) sessions for the group. On the Sunday the Bishop is here we will not meet. Here are some thoughts to consider if you are contemplating attending the grief support group:

  1. Each person’s grief is unique. While you may share some commonalities in your experiences, no two of you are exactly alike.
  2. Grief is not a disease, and no “quick-fix” exists for what you are feeling. So, your grief does not have to be a recent loss.
  3. Feel free to talk about your grief, but don’t feel that you are required to talk to join this group.
  4. Recognize that thoughts and feelings are neither right nor wrong, so we will attempt to offer no judgment.
  5. There is a difference between actively listening to what another person is saying and expressing your own grief. Make every effort not to interrupt when someone else is speaking.
  6. Thoughts, feelings and experiences shared in this group will stay in this group. Please plan to respect others’ right to confidentiality.
  7. We will avoid “advice giving” unless it is specifically requested by a group member. This group is for support, not therapy.

Holy Eucharist & Healing Prayers



On the night before he died for us, Jesus gave us the gift of the bread and the wine and told us to remember him every time we took it together.

Holy Communion or Holy Eucharist is his gift to us. We take the bread and the wine at the altar as a sacrament and reminder of his living presence among us.

Jesus also gave us the gift of prayer for healing. That precious gift is separate and apart from the sacrament of communion.

It is customary to administer the Holy Eucharist at the altar and prayers for healing to one side, sometimes in a separate chapel.

The purpose of separating Holy Eucharist from prayers for healing is to honor both.

When we come to the altar, we remember Jesus and give thanks to God for his life and witness.

When we seek prayers for healing, we think of ourselves and our need for the healing presence of God.

Thanks to Bishop vonRosenberg who has given us the presence of the Reverend Lani Hubbard and the Reverend David Lovett, we now have three fully active clergy at Good Shepherd. That permits us to separate the Eucharist from the prayers so that you can give each your own undivided attention. When we do so, let us give thanks for the presence of God in everything we do.


Good Shepherd & the World


Good Shepherd & the World is our adult education class. We meet at 9:45am each Sunday in the Parish Hall and welcome you to join us as we explore how we are impacted by the world around us and how we in turn make an impact. In addition to these schedules, watch out for more announcements that we may have over at VancouverRealEstatePodcast.com.

  • January 30: The History of Muslim/Christian Relationships. Dr. Tom Burman
  • February 6: Forgiveness in Real Life—How Do Christians Respond When They Become the Victims of Violent Crime, Dan Frye and Christie Troglen
  • February 13: Christianity and Politics: Should Christians Pass Laws Requiring Americans to Follow Christian Values? The Separation of Church and State in America. Douglas A. Trant, Esq. and Charles Fels
  • February 20: Christianity and Politics Part II, Karl and Rick
  • February 27: Stephen Ministry at Good Shepherd, Jo Wallace, Janis Wade, Susan Sgarlat, Lani Hubbard and Charles
  • March 6: Is God Male or Female? Rev. Dr. Karl Weddle
  • March 13: [Lent] Ignatian Prayer, Dr. Rick Carter
  • March 20: [Lent] Centering Prayer, Dr. Rick Carter

What I Learned in Harlan, KY

by Jennifer Bohlken
I heard plenty of warnings before I went to Harlan County, Kentucky. Things like: “It’s hard to believe that a completely different culture from ours exists within just a few hours.” I was told: “Be careful; stay in a group at all times.” “Don’t look them in the eye; they don’t like outsiders.” It was as if I preparing for an encounter with savage beasts. However, when I got there, I found that the warnings hadn’t prepared me appropriately for what I would actually see.

Yes, the culture is different. Yes, the people have less than I do. Yes, they are not as book-educated as most of my friends. The list goes on and on with characteristics that allowed me to think I was better than they were because our differences were so many. But these are just the things I notice when I drive through a place or watch a thirty-second news story. What I learned by staying and helping for five days is far more than I taught or accomplished. And, when I find out someone has put more tape on the lockers or trash has again accumulated on the playground, I will still appreciate the things I learned at Black Mountain Elementary School.