GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS

Parish office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to noon - CLOSED FEB 16, 2021

Phone: 506-635-8145     Email: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca

Church of the Good Shepherd
Anglican Parish of Lancaster
668 Manawagonish Road
Saint John, NB E2M 3W5

7:00 PM Wed., Feb 17th - Ash Wednesday Service.  Please register at church office.

Learn The Bible In 24 Hours!
During Lent and into spring we are starting a new series that will continue into the fall. Have you ever wanted to learn the basic story of the Bible? Do you want to know more about the Bible but don't know where to start? I have ordered a study by renown Bible Teacher Chuck Missler. There are 24 videos in all. We will cover 12 sessions on the Old Testament this spring and then 12 sessions in the fall on the New Testament. If you want to make 2021 the Year that you grow in Bible knowledge then this series is it! The 12 sessions in the spring will start on Feb. 23rd and run till May 4th. We will start at 7pm and go until 8:30pm. We will also be offering this online at the same time through Zoom if you are not able to come to the church.

 

LIFT’s Valentine Bakeless Bake Sale – instead of baking- give what you would have spent on baked goods to LIFT as they support Safe Harbor. Safe Harbour provides emergency and transitional housing to young people in our community who are in need of a safe place to stay.

Our Confirmation Service with Archbishop David Edwards took place on January 31st at 10:30 AM with 6 young people confirmed.

Communications Alert:  We want to make sure we are reaching parishioners during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Any parishioners who have an email address and haven't yet provided your email to the church office, please email (goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca) or call (635-8145) to let the office know you would like to be added to the email distribution list. We are now on our Fall Schedule of 9:00 am and 10:30 am Sunday Services, and the 2nd service will be recorded and emailed Sunday evenings and put on our Facebook Page "Church of the Good Shepherd, Saint John NB" and here on our website (goodshepherdsj.ca).

Pastoral care is still offered as usual with the exception that access has been restricted at the hospitals unless there is a life-threatening emergency - and even then only one visit will be allowed. Please let Jonathan know if you are admitted to the hospital under these conditions or if you would like a pastoral visit (506)-343-7748. 

If someone is on your mind then reach out and call them. Look to God the author and finisher of our faith. He is able to uphold us and help us to stand even in the darkest hour. May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you now and forever more.

If you need any practical help for example a drive to the grocery store or pharmacy please contact the church office (635-8145) as there are people who are willing to help you in this difficult time.  See top of this page for office hours.

Thank you to everyone who is able to still continue with your regular offerings - electronic or otherwise. Our deficit this year may be more than we predicted due to COVID-19, so we ask that you prayerfully consider participating in our Capital Financial Campaign by increasing your weekly offering (if you are able) or selecting an envelope from the boards in the narthex, which have envelopes marked from $1.00 to $200.00 with a blessing inside each.   You can select the envelope corresponding to the extra amount you are able to donate and put that amount in the envelope and place it on the offering plate.  Be sure to mark your name and/or envelope # on the envelope for your donation to be included on your income tax receipt.  As we neared the end of Jan 2021 we received over $5,000 towards this campaign.

Whether you are able to still give offerings or not is secondary to the trust that we have in God that our needs both as individuals and as a church family can be met. 

If you are willing to consider E-Offering, there is a link to the application on the home page of this website (right side). Lori Maker (635-8145) is your contact if you have any questions or wish to begin with E-Offering.  To increase your E-offering for our Captital Financial Campaign, you can complete and sign this form with your change and give it to Lori at the church office.  You can change your E-offering amount at any time this way if your financial circumstances change.

We are also set up to receive e-Transfer donations:

e-transfer: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca (security: Lancaster)

There is a comment field available in e-transfer where you can put your envelope # and, if applicable, a specific account you want your donation directed to.  Our "Rector's Discretionary" and "Romero House Support" funds could use a boost. It is important that our Rector be able to help in cases of emergency need. Also, it costs about $70 per week for our volunteers to cook the 2 turkeys, soup, beefaroni and approx. 200 sandwiches that they prepare and deliver to Romero House. It is important that we continue these two valuable ministries!  Of course, let's not forget our contributions to the "West Side Food Bank".

Thank you, and God bless! Together we can do this!

"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

2 Corinthians 9:7 NRSV

Diocese of Fredericton Anglican eNews for February 16, 2021:

https://nb.anglican.ca/newsletters/148/display

Are you on eNews? The diocese sends out an eNews reminder each Tuesday (every 2 weeks in the summer) with a new story and all the news and events to keep you up to date. Join up by emailing the editor:  gmcknight at diofton.ca or find eNews on the diocesan website:

NB Anglican - February 2021:

https://nb.anglican.ca/news/new-brunswick-anglican--407

Anglican Journal - February 2021:

https://www.anglicanjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/aj-feb2021_web.pdf

ACW Launching Out - February 2021:

https://nb.anglican.ca/news/launching-out-february-edition

Diocese of Ho (Companian Diocese) Mobile Medical Clinic:

Please give if you can to this worthy cause. COVID-19 has devastated the Volta region where Ho is located. There is no healthcare in the area and no testing kits, and the Diocese is hearing that authorities are completely overwhelmed.  Prayers for Bishop Matthias and his community are greatly appreciated.  ClickHere for more details.

 

Parish Development Officer for the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton:
Shawn Branch (sbranch@diofton.ca)

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Our Parish Prayer Tree

A team of volunteers is available upon request, to pray for you or your loved one daily, for two weeks. These prayers will be treated with the strictest confidence. Prayer-requests should be short and to the point, and will be passed on verbatim. The Lord knows what we need best! A follow-up of thanks or an update encourages our intercessors in their ministry.  To initiate the prayer-tree ministry please call your request to our “Captain”, Ngaire Nelson 672-8666.  Our prayer tree ministry continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seafarer's Mission Prayer for February:

We pray for marine safety, that the International Maritime Organizations and all the Marine Safety inspectors may be blessed in their efforts to ensure that ships are safe and crews are well trained.

Food Bank

Please remember the West Side Food Bank with a toonie or a loonie in the can in the Narthex, or a donation in a special envelope marked with your name or number. We aim to support the Food Bank by at least $200/month, since they can purchase more groceries with our dollars than we can purchase at the retail stores!

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL VOLUNTEER “MISSIONAL” WORK
FOR BLESSING IN OUR COMMUNITY BY MEMBERS OF THIS PARISH:

Alcoholics Anonymous; Bibles for Missions Store; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; St. Rose Breakfast Program; Carleton Kirk Lodge; First Steps Housing; Gentle Path Counselling Services; George’s Café; Hospice Greater Saint John; Loch Lomond Villa; NB Foster Parents Association; Outflow Ministries; Pregnancy Resource Centre; READ Saint John; Rocmaura Home; Romero House; Safe Harbour Youth Shelter; Saint John Theatre Company; the Salvation Army; the Seafarers’ Mission; Volunteer Services at the Regional and Centracare Hospitals; and the Westside Food Bank.

Bible Study on the Book of Deuteronomy: The last session in this study will take place on Tuesday, Feb 9th at 7:00 pm in the small hall. We will look at Chapters 29-34. We have been observing COVID procedures, so please wear a mask, and we will be social distancing.  Hand sanitizer is available as you enter and we have been asking those in attendance to sign an attendance book as per COVID tracking protocol.  

Learn The Bible In 24 Hours!

During Lent and into spring we are starting a new series that will continue into the fall. Have you ever wanted to learn the basic story of the Bible? Do you want to know more about the Bible but don't know where to start? I have ordered a study by renown Bible Teacher Chuck Missler. There are 24 videos in all. We will cover 12 sessions on the Old Testament this spring and then 12 sessions in the fall on the New Testament. If you want to make 2021 the Year that you grow in Bible knowledge then this series is it! The 12 sessions in the spring will start on Feb. 23rd and run till May 4th. We will start at 7pm and go until 8:30pm.

Here is a link to the book (you won't need to order anything) and you can see the 5 star rating on Amazon with 871 ratings. https://www.amazon.ca/Learn-Bible-Hours-Chuck-Missler/dp/1418549185

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League:   Contact is Ngaire Nelson at 672-8666. Shuffleboard has been cancelled until we return to Yellow Level.

Choir Practice meets Wednesdays at 7:00pm.  New Members are always welcome!!! Check with David Mitchell in case it has been cancelled.

L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Fellowship Together) holds our regular monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Small Hall. All women in the parish are welcome at our meetings! Due to the status of the pandemic in our region we are on hold until we return to the YELLOW COVID level. The project that we were going to do in Dec 2020 can be easily switched to a Valentine or Easter centrepiece. We could plan this as an outreach project and give to those in Nursing homes or at home. We will see what the New Year brings.
 

Earlier in 2019 we were assigned a new student to sponsor from Bishop McAllister College.  Her name is Amutusiimire Honest and she is 14 years old with 2 older brothers, one older sister, and 2 younger brothers.  She has missed some education because her parents have not been able to pay education fees, so we are very happy to be able to sponsor her education.  We have already received 2 letters from her, and she sounds like a very interesting young woman.  The student we have been sponsoring before her, Tumwekwatse Hellen, completed ordinary level last year and she is now earning a Certificate in Business Administration.  We also enjoyed receiving letters from her during the time that we were her sponsor, and we wish her continued success. 

Vestry usually meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Our next meeting is Feb 18th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Recycling Bottles and Cans! In March 2017 L.I.F.T purchased and placed 3 blue recycle bins around our church hall and gym areas for your convenience. They have also opened up a “Church of the Good Shepherd account at the Golden Mile Redemption Center, 35 Linton Rd. To donate, all you need to do is take your bottles/cans to the Golden Mile Redemption Center on Linton Road (West SJ) and tell them you want the proceeds put on the "Church of the Good Shepherd" account. Proceeds of donations to this account for now will go to our Sunday School, so any help you can provide with your recycling donations will be most appreciated. Thank you to all who donated their recycling proceeds (over $500) to date, and who continue to do so going forward.

ACTIVITIES ON HOLD

St. George's Tintinnabula Hand-bell and Chimes Choir: Want to try something new? Meet new friends and learn a new skill?  Our Hand Bell Choir is looking for new members. Can’t read music....that’s ok, we will train.  Our mission is to play for others who would enjoy this unique musical choir while having fun ourselves.  Call Lynn Adams at 635-8474, you can leave a message with your name and number and we will get back to you. ON HOLD

Still Waters meet Mondays at 7:00 pm, upstairs in David's Music Studio. Check with David Mitchell.

Are you interested in learning to “Rug Hook” or are a “Rug Hooker” now?  Come out on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Sunshine Room.  If you have an embroidery hoop bring it along.  Please call Deanna Wong at 738-8996 if you are interested.

JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP (ages 8-12) - WEDNESDAYS 6:00-7:15 pm: (will reassess after January 31, 2021 Confirmation).

Church of The Good Shepherd, 668 Manawagonish Road

New members welcome! There will be crafts, games, bible story, and snacks. Rev. Jonathan is looking for a few more volunteers to help with supervision. No experience necessary.

BIKER'S BREAKFAST - MAY 30TH, 2020 - was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic!

Our Biker's Breakfast had been planned for May 30th, 2020, but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions! 2020 was 18 years since we began this Blessing and Breakfast. We are not sure yet whether we will be able to host it once again the last Saturday in May 2021. Breakfast is normally served from 9AM to 10AM with the Blessing by 10:15 AM. We serve a big breakfast for a free will offering. All are welcome and if for some reason you can't bring your bike, by car, truck or bus get your self to this event. Check out pictures from previous years at the links below! In the meantime, Stay Safe and God Bless! Please see the 2020 message here from our Rector, the Rev. Johnathan Springthorpe.

ANNUAL BIKER'S BREAKFAST AND BLESSING OF BIKES:  Was held Saturday, MAY 25TH, 2019

Thank you to all who helped out and attended our bikers breakfast.  We had more than 105 bikes and many more people!  Check out the pictures from 2019 and past bikers breakfasts at the following links:

2019:  Click here for pics on Facebook

2018:  https://www.goodshepherdsj.ca/2018bikersbreakfast

2017:  https://www.goodshepherdsj.ca/2017bikersbreakfast

Need a place to hold an event or meeting? 

Contact our church office Tue-Fri 9am-12pm (635-8145) for availability and shared cost of using our large hall/gym, small hall or small meeting rooms.  Individuals and companies welcome to inquire.  See facility pics at this link:

https://www.goodshepherdsj.ca/facility-space-availability  ON HOLD during COVID-19 Pandemic.

COMMUNITY

"Counselling Services for West Saint John."

Gentle Path Counselling Services has partnered with the Marketplace Wellness Centre in the basement of the Carleton Community Centre, and the Community Grants program of the City of Saint John, to offer counselling to folks needing an empathetic professional counsellor to speak with and help sort out their challenges and needs. This may take place at the Carleton Centre, Gentle Path's office at 28 Richmond Street, or from home by internet or telephone. If you or someone you know can benefit from such therapy today, please contact Gentle Path at (506) 652-7284 or 1-888-394-4022. Subsidies are available for those who cannot afford this service.

Trinity Church Columbarium:

Click on this LINK

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES

Event Coordinator: Heather Cotter heather.cotter@blood.ca
 

The Saint John Blood Donation Center is open Thursdays 2-8 and Fridays 9-3.

405 University Avenue, Saint John.  Go to blood.ca for more information and to book an appointment. 

Donors are needed every day!

Thank you!

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