A Message from Carolyn Cooper — 11/9/19

Our organist and choir director, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, has announced her resignation, after 22 years in the position. Her last regular service will be on Sunday, December 29. Many thanks and much love to Carolyn for all she’s done for us and for all of the wonderful music she’s provided.

Here is Carolyn’s announcement letter.

A Message from the Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke — 10/14/19

Dear people of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd,

Many thanks to all who made yesterday such a special day!  What a warm welcome my family and I have received as we begin our time together at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.  The beautiful music, the lovely flowers, the delightful banner made by the ESA—all these, along with warm greetings, have filled me with gratitude.  I was amazed at the magical way tables appeared and the equally magical way everything was cleaned up and put back into good order.  We probably had enough food to feed 5,000 people.  (Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but certainly no one went hungry.)  I thank you, also, for your patience as I become more familiar with the “local customs” of Good Shepherd.

I am grateful to the Search Committee, the Bishop’s Committee, and to Erin-Nicole Sample and Mark Thomas who have provided leadership during this time of transition.  They have provided a capable and steady presence and will continue to do so as I transition into this new role.

I am delighted to be with you as the new Chaplain and I look forward to our ministry together.  As we begin, I would love to hear from you all about what your hopes and dreams are for Good Shepherd.  What is your prayer for this worshipping community? 

As I said in my sermon yesterday, “My prayer is that the Chapel of the Good Shepherd will continue to grow in its role as a true sanctuary; a place of comfort and restoration where people of God come together to be strengthened to go back out into a hurting and broken world; a place where people are seen, loved, and accepted as they are.  My prayer is that we will listen for the whispering of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we continue to connect with the Purdue campus and the wider community.  Good Shepherd has a strong foundation in its 63-year history, and we can build on that as we go out into the world.”

My heart is full; and I look with joy to our shared ministry in Christ.

Grace and peace,


A Message to the Good Shepherd Community

To: Members of the Good Shepherd Community
From Don Lynam, Senior Warden

This letter brings greetings for the new academic year and some very important updates. As you probably know, Father Peter Bunder retired this year after serving as the chaplain of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd for a remarkable 34 years. Peter’s last service was on August 4th. The Diocese and Good Shepherd have been busy working on the transition. I am pleased to announce that the transition period has turned out to be much shorter than we anticipated and feared.

As of October 8th, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd will have a new permanent chaplain—The Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, who currently serves as Associate Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette. All of us who were involved in the process are extremely excited by this development and feel blessed to have Hilary as our new chaplain.

As noted earlier, Hilary will begin her tenure on October 8th, with her first set of services scheduled for October 13th. The morning service on the 13th will be followed by a celebration to welcome Hilary. We hope that you will be able to attend. Here is a letter from Hilary to the Good Shepherd Community.


Chaplain’s Final Sermon 8/4/2019 

Video of the Final Service (thanks Lucy!)

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Good-Bye !- Please come to help us honor the Rev. Peter Bunder on his retirement, and to celebrate his 34 years of ministry to Good Shepherd. Peter will preach and preside at his final service on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 10:00 am. Immediately following the service, join us for a celebratory meal at the church to … Continue reading Good-Bye !
“Feed the Sheep”- “Feed the Sheep” Want to make a donation?  THANK YOU !!!! Click on the  orange  button. This year “Stewardship Sunday” will be November 4th. Return our pledge form then or mail it in. To our alumni, our students and their parents, this is your chance to help us keep going. Send a check! Interested in … Continue reading “Feed the Sheep”
What is “Workship”?- What’s “Workship”?  We’ll gather at Food Finders, where we’ll be assigned a variety of tasks for 45 minutes to an hour (usually sorting, repackaging, or labeling food), and we’ll conclude with a brief form of the Holy Eucharist.  Good Shepherd tries to schedule a Workship service at Food Finders two or three times a year. … Continue reading What is “Workship”?