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GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS

 

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

Parish office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

CLOSED FRIDAY, FEB 3, 2023

 

We have The Reverend Keith Joyce joining us for the foreseeable future.  He started on Sunday, October 2nd.

Fr. Keith marked his 40th anniversary as priest on Nov. 28, 2022.

ANNUAL MEETING:

Our Annual Meeting is fast approaching (Feb 26th after our 10:30 am service and lunch that is provided) and vestry would like to have all submissions for the Annual Report into the office by January 30th.  You can email them to goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca

BAKELESS BAKE SALE:

L.I.F.T (Ladies In Fellowship Together) is once again having their annual Bakeless Bake Sale. This year we will be using the funds to create care packages for the clients of the overnight shelter at the former Belyea Arena. We thank you all in advance for contributing to such a worthy cause in our community!

The attached envelopes were given out at church today. If you would like one, please leave a message at the church office (506-635-8145) or email goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca to request one. You also can use any envelope and mark "Bakeless Bake Sale" on it and put it in the collection in the next couple of weeks. Cheques can be made payable to the "Church of the Good Shepherd" (with "Bakeless Bake Sale" on the memo line) and dropped off or mailed to "Church of the Good Shepherd, 668 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, NB, E2M 3W5". E-Transfers with "Bakeless Bake Sale" in the message box can be sent to goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca for direct deposit.

Attention Knitters and Crocheters: Would you like a winter project?  Please consider creating prayer shawls for people who need the warmth and strength of one.  Made with love and prayers for healing and peace. Contact Ngaire Nelson (506-672-8666) if interested.

Caring Closet at Lancaster Baptist:

We continue to support the Caring Closet at Lancaster Baptist. Please remember them as you transition to cold weather clothes. There are many families and individuals who could use your gently worn items that you no longer need.  

Caring Cards:  LIFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together) continues to create beautiful greeting cards to brighten the days of parishioners and others who need a note of encouragement or fellowship. Call the church office if you know someone who could benefit from hearing from us.

On Saturday, Nov 5th, Diocesan Synod was held (Fredericton, N.B.).  Click on this link to see related documents, including Archbishop David's charge:

138th Session of the Diocesan Synod of Fredericton

Monthly Book/Puzzle Exchange - We launched a book/puzzle exchange Fall of 2022 and invite you to join us! The exchange will function differently than typical books clubs.  There is no pressure or deadline to read a specific book.  Rather, we will discuss what book or books we have read and recommend to others. A fellowship based on the love of books over a cup of coffee or tea.  To encourage the exchange, a bookcase has been placed in the hallway where you can drop off your recently read (gently used) books and/or pick up another. For those who like the challenge of jigsaws, a puzzle exchange will also be available. The exchange will meet the fourth Thursday of every month, in the Small Hall, at 6:30. All are welcome!

 

Crafting for a Cause – we are looking to see if anyone is interested in a Pop-Up Craft Class? The cost for the class would include supplies to make your own take home craft. Profits from the classes would go to a designated outreach program. Class size and cost would be determined by the craft. The classes would be open to anyone in our community (children must be accompanied by an adult). Please email the church if you are interested: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca or speak with Janet Brown or Terry Ricketts.

RECTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND:

The Rector's Discretionary Fund can always use a boost. This fund is used to help people who have an emergency monetary need. If you wish to contribute to this fund please put it in an envelope marked "Rector's Discretionary Fund" or contact Lori in the Office. Thank-you

Let's all continue to pray for Ukraine.  Here are some prayer suggestions to help you.

THE SHEPHERD'S CUPBOARD:

Is a ministry to people who are in need of some basic food items and is ongoing, esp. at this time of year. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you.  Gift cards and financial donations are also accepted to help with this  valuable ministry.

FOOD BANK MINISTRY:

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!

Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir meets Mondays 6:45 pm to 8:15 or 8:30 pm in the small hall! . Contact Lynn Adams at 635-8474.

 

Choir directed by David Mitchell (738-2798) meets Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the small hall!

 

Saint John and District Senior's Shuffleboard League meets 10:00 am Wednesdays in the gym! Contact Ngaire Nelson at 672-8666.

MISSION ACTION PLAN & FINANCIAL ACTION PLAN:

We have embarked on a journey of prayerful discernment and research that will chart our course at the Church of the Good Shepherd for the next 5 years. We are asking everyone to pray regularly as we seek God’s direction for us to be faithful in our mission field here on the West side and seek to be good stewards of our finances, talents, and resources.  A presentation by this committee was made at our Annual AGM on Feb 13th, 2022 by Terry Ricketts.

FINANCIAL FUTURE COMMITTEE:

We have formed a new committee to create a 5 year financial outlook. We looked at trends in offering and expenses. We are looking to address our financial shortfall and our future together. We had an hour meeting every few weeks for a number of months since Nov 11, 2021. A presentation by this committee was made at our Annual AGM on Feb 13th, 2022 by Susan Jack.

WEDNESDAY YOUTH GROUP (ages 8-12):  Click here for more information.  Youth group is temporarily on hold until we find a more permanent full time Priest.

PRAYER RESOURCES:

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe has created a video with a reading of the Book of Common Prayer Morning Prayer office for use by individuals or groups.  All of the words are projected, with the exception of the Scripture passages and Collect, at which point the video can be paused to insert those of the day.  Find this and other resources for praying at home on the diocesan website. 

WORSHIP CDS AVAILABLE:

David has compiled 21 songs recorded over the past year and a half, which have been used in our worship services. These songs include solos, duets and small ensemble numbers. They are available at the back of the church for a donation of any amount. Proceeds will go to our Shepherd's Cupboard.

COMMUNICATION ALERT:  We want to make sure we are reaching parishioners.  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 a schedule of one 10:30 am Sunday Service.

PASTORAL CARE  - please contact our church office at 635-8145 if you are in need of pastoral care.

  

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.  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.  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 (auto-deposit)

There is a comment field available in e-transfer where you can put your envelope # and, if applicable, a specific account to which you want your donation directed.  Our "Rector's Discretionary" or 'Good Shepherd Pantry" funds could always use a boost. It is important that our Rector be able to help in cases of emergency need. It is important that we continue to support these 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

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.

SAINT JOHN MISSION TO SEAFARER'S PRAYER CYCLE:

In January, We pray for all seafarers at the start of the New Year, that they may look forward to a satisfying job ahead and in our prayers we remember their loved ones left behind.

THE SHEPHERD'S CUPBOARD:

Is a ministry to people who are in need of some basic food items and is ongoing, esp. at this time of year. Please bring non-perishable food items to church with you.  Gift cards and financial donations are also accepted to help with this  valuable ministry.

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!

ROMERO HOUSE COOKING TEAM:

As of August 2022, the Romero House cooking crew has completed their outreach project.  After two and a half years the team decided it was time to hang up their aprons.  We can’t’ thank the congregation enough for all the support provided over that time.  The remaining funds in the account will be donated to Romero House.

We continue to support the Caring Closet at Lancaster Baptist. Please remember them as you transition to cold weather clothes. There are many families and individuals who could use your gently worn items that you no longer need.  

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; the Westside Food Bank; and the Mothers' Union.

Choir has resumed Wednesdays at 7:00 pm!  Director: David Mitchell

Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir has resumed Mondays 6:45 pm in the small hall.  New members welcome! Contact: Lynn Adams at 635-8474

L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Fellowship Together) normallly meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Small Hall, except in July and August. All women in the parish are welcome at our meetings! Starting in January 2023, the group will continue to meet the 2nd Thursday of the month, but they voted to meet at 2:00 PM instead of 6:30 pm.

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. Due to the COVID pandemic, the school had to be closed, and we are waiting to hear when they will reopen.

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 support our Youth, so any help you can provide with your recycling donations will be most appreciated. Thank you to all who donated their recycling proceeds to date, and who continue to do so going forward.  Phone: 506-674-1206

Operating Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 8:30am–4:00pm; Wed closed; Sat 8:30am-12:00 pm

ACTIVITIES ON HOLD

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

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  

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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