GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS

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

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

Our Annual General Meeting this year will be on Sunday February 14th (Valentine's Day) at 12:30pm.. If you serve on a committee please submit your year end reports electronically to goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca by Friday January 22nd.

We are looking for a few new faces to serve on Vestry for the coming year. If you are interested please let Jonathan or one of the Warden's know. We would love to have you.

 

Confirmation Service with Archbishop David Edwards is  confirmed to occur as planned on January 31st at 10:30 AM.

Diocese of Fredericton Anglican eNews for January 26, 2020:

https://nb.anglican.ca/newsletters/145/display

NB Anglican - Jan 2021:

https://nb.anglican.ca/news/january-issue-of-the-nb-anglican

Anglican Journal - Jan 2021:

https://www.anglicanjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/aj-jan2021_web-1.pdf

SAINT JOHN MISSION TO SEAFARERS:

Good Shepherd parishioners once again donated gifts for the seafarers this year.  Thank you to all who contibuted to this much appreciated ministry!

Some of the donations can be seen in front of the boat in the picture above!

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. On Sept 20th we made available a small gift and card and copies of our Sept newsletter that you can take to a friend to encourage 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.

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).

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 of the end of October 2020 we received over $3,200 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

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.

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 started Tue. Sept. 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the small hall.  We have been observing COVID procedures, so please wear a mask, and we will be social distancing.  Hand sanitizer has been available as you enter and we have been asking those in attendance to sign an attendance book as per COVID tracking protocol.  

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League held registrations on October 7th and resumed on Wed. Oct 14th They continue to meet Wednesdays 10:00 am - noon in the Church of the Good Shepherd gym.  All registrants must wear masks and follow Covid Protocols.   If you wish to join us please contact Ngaire Nelson at 672-8666. Due to the recent surge of COVID cases in the Saint John area, Shuffleboard has been cancelled until we return to Yellow Level.

Confirmation classes started September and have continued Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sunshine Room. However, as of Nov 24th, due to a surge of COVID cases in the Saint  John area, these classes have been cancelled. We hope to resume and complete the last two classes on Jan 13th & 20th, 2021.  Let us all pray for our 6 confirmation candidates.  God willing, confirmation with Archbishop David Edwards will be on January 31st, 2021 at our 10:30 am Service.

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 cancelling the December 2020 meeting of LIFT. The project that we were going to do can be easily switched to a Valentine or Easter centrepiece. We could plan this as an outreach project and give to those in Nursing home or at home. We will see what the New Year brings.

On behalf of myself and Terry we wish you all a safe and Joyous Christmas!
Janet

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 Jan 21st, 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! This year 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.

DIOCESAN/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL ENEWS

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:

ENews December 15, 2020

https://nb.anglican.ca/newsletters/140/display

NB Anglican - December 2020:

https://nb.anglican.ca/news/december-edition-of-the-nb-anglican

Anglican Journal National News - December 2020:

https://www.anglicanjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/aj-dec2020_web.pdf

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)

COMMUNITY EVENTS

"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

BLOOD DRIVE

From: Heather Cotter <heather.cotter@blood.ca>
Date: December 2, 2020 at 8:50 AM
Subject: Holiday Season Blood Drives - We are asking for your help to promote

Good afternoon!

 

My name is Heather and I am the Event Coordinator for Canadian Blood Services.  We are looking for some help from Saint John area churches.  We are open over the holidays I was wondering if you might be able to help us spread the word about it. 

 

For the month of December, we have over 150 appointments we need to fill with a particular need of donations on December 24 and December 31.  Would it be possible to communicate this to your parishioners, either through the sermons or have it posted somewhere on your bulletins?  I have also included a poster that you can share on your social media or post in your community bulletin boards.

 

The Saint John Blood Donation Center is open Thursdays 2-8 and Fridays 9-3.  Special Holiday hours on Dec 24 & Dec 31 8:30am – 12:30pm.  405 University Avenue, Saint John.  Go to blood.ca for more information and to book an appointment. 

 

Thank you!

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