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

 

Lori be off next Tuesday, September 27th  and Wednesday, September 28th.  The church office will be closed during this time and will reopen on Thursday, September 29th, 2022. 

GREAT NEWS!!!!  We have The Reverend Keith Joyce joining us for the foreseeable future.  He will start on October 2nd, and we hope to see lots of faces here to greet him on his first Sunday with us. 

 

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.

Ordination of Richard Cunningham To the Diaconate:

Sunday, September 11, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Church of the Good Shepherd

668 Manawagonish Road, Saint John

Please note that on Sept 11th, there will be no 10:30 AM Service!

RECTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND:

The Rector's Discretionary Fund is running low. 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.

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 has finished for the summer but looks forward to seeing everyone back, including new members, in September!

 

Choir has finished for the summer and will resume in September!

 

Saint John and District Senior's Shuffleboard League has finished for the summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back in September!

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 RESUMED MAR 9/22)

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 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 - 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 (security: Lancaster)

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" 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 this valuable ministry!  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 September, We pray for Shipping Agents that they may have a constant spirit of service in their dealings with ship’s crews.

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 most of you will know there has been a team of people from our church cooking food for Romero House for many months (since shortly after the pandemic began n 2020). They faithfully come in at 8:00 am on Saturday mornings and cook turkeys, soup, and make sandwiches. This food is given to Romero House to feed those who would otherwise go hungry. Financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Please contact Lori in the church office at 635-8145.  Romero House feeds more than 400 daily! The need is there!  Financial help for this important ministry is always welcome!

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 finished for the summer and will resume in September!  Director: David Mitchell

Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir has finished for the summer but looks forward to seeing everyone back, including new members, in September! Contact: Lynn Adams at 635-8474

L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Fellowship Together) normallly meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Small Hall, except in July and August. All women in the parish are welcome at our meetings!  

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

Saint John Men's Chorus and Cantores Celestes (Maritimes), both directed by CBC Producer Kelly Galbraith, present "New Beginnings -- An evening of classical choral music" at Portland Church on Saturday Sept. 24th at 7 pm.  Tickets are $20.  Seating is limited for social distancing, and masks are required for both singers and audience.   Click here for more details.

Saint John and District Senior's Shuffleboard League has finished for the summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back in September! Contact: Ngaire Nelson at 672-8666

"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!