GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS

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

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

Services cancelled until further notice.  A recorded service

will be available Sunday afternoons each week.

Vestry:  Jan 20th 7:00 pm via zoom

New Offering Envelopes:

Please pick up your offering envelopes for 2022 in the Narthex. If you don't have envelopes and would like some please speak to Lori in the office.

Annual Report:

Please submit all reports for the Annual Report to Lori in the Office before Jan 15, 2022.

Annual General Meeting is planned to go ahead on Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 after the 10:30 am Service (snow date Feb 27, 2022).

Please save the date. There is a rumor that we might have take-out lunches prepared for all who come to the AGM. We will be having two important presentations at the AGM so I really encourage as many of you to come as possible. Please save the date!

Please note that the following activities are on hold until further notice:

1) Tintinabula Hand Bell Choir

2) Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League

3) Church of the Good Shepherd's Choir

4) L.I.F.T. meeting (cancelled for January)

5) Bible Study on Bishop N.T. Wright's book "Simply Jesus" (postponed to Jan 25th)

6) Jr. Youth Group (ages 8-12)

Wed Morning Prayer at 9:00 am and Fri Intercessory Prayer at 10:00 am go ahead as usual.

"Simply Jesus" A New Bible Study is planned to go ahead on Tuesday, February 1st at 7pm, God willing. This is a course offered by NT Wright, an Anglican Bishop and Scholar. Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. This course runs for 14 weeks. It compliments the material found in his bestseller, "Simply Jesus". If you wish to order the book from your favorite bookseller to read alongside the course please do so.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/Simply-Jesus-Vision-What-Matters/dp/0062084399

DEC 26, 2021 UPDATE:

Dear Parishioners,

As you know the new Covid regulations come into effect tomorrow night (Dec 27) at midnight. The changes are as follows:

- We are limited to 50% capacity and must practice physical distancing.

- No singing or choirs are permitted, except for a soloist who is physically distanced 4 metres from the congregation.

- The main change for parishioners is that we are going back to registering for the worship service at 10:30. Please register by calling the office or sending an e-mail to the church email address goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca. You will be able to register for the service on the following Sunday by signing up on a sheet in the Narthex.

 

Please pray for David Mitchell as he coordinates the music for the services.

 

God bless!

Jonathan

Christmas Baskets:

Thank-you to everyone who donated gifts and groceries and money to the Christmas Baskets this year. We were able to bless 30 families with Christmas dinner and presents for the children. All donations (groceries, children's gifts or financial aid) are much appreciated. 

Day of Reconciliation September 30th, 2021:

In recognition of the Day of Reconciliation on September 30th, the Church of the Good Shepherd included in our September 26th services a very moving worship piece, prepared by layreader Heather Masson. We had orange pins and lit 6 candles, with a special prayer for each. Our prayers continue!  Click here to see pictures.

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. They faithfully come in 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. This ministry has run out of money and would really like any donations that you could make. Please contact Lori in the church office at 635-8145.  Friday, Aug 27, 2021 was day 528 of Romero House serving food out the window, rather than having sit down meals, and they served 397 people, including 17 children!  The need is there!

Wednesday Youth Group:

Jr. Youth Group 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Ages 8-12) 

CANCELELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Ages 8-12 years. Come for games, crafts, building community, Bible stories, snacks and more. Join the Jr. Youth Group Facebook Group

Sr. Youth Group  (Ages 13 & up) is paused for now.   If there is any interest in a Sr. Youth Group going forward, then Rev. Jonathan could move it to a new night.  Those interested can phone the office at 635-8145 to let us know.

There are mini flyers at the back of the church to give to people you know who have children in these age groups.  Let's all pray for a good turnout of youth for these groups, so they can enjoy interacting with others their age in a safe and fun envirnment.  We have had as many as 9 in attendance.

Our Youth Group thanks all those who collected personal items for the Seafarer’s Mission. All donations of personal hygiene items, snacks (candy/mints), magazines, puzzle books and pens, socks, hats, gloves etc. were much appreciated. The youth group will be making up individual bags and delivering them to the Seafarer’s Mission. 

Financial Future Committee:

We have formed a new committee to create a 5 year financial outlook. We will look at trends in offering and expenses. We will be looking to address our financial shortfall and our future together. The commitment is an hour meeting every few weeks for a number of months. Anyone who is interested in being on this committee please let Jonathan or Jeff know.  We had our first meeting of the Financial Future Committee on Thursday, Nov 11th, 2021.

 

Girl Guides:

Margaret Ann Reid is a leader for Girl Guides in the lower west side. There are a number of girls who would like to register for this year's program but come from families that cannot afford it. If you would like to help a girl by giving a financial gift towards her registration then please put it in an envelope and mark it Girl Guides.

 

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.

Mission Action Plan and Financial Action Plan

During the next 6-9 months we are going to embark 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.  Please continue with your observations in your drives/walks through your community and post your findings on our boards in the chapel.

Rector’s Discretionary Fund:

The Rector’s Discretionary Fund is used to help people out who have no groceries or need a small amount of money for an emergency or medications. The Fund is normally replenished with the help of LIFT or the Men’s Group but is running a little low. If you would like to make a donation to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund please place it in an envelope with your number on it and mark it Rector’s Discretionary Fund.  During winter, the need for assistance is often more crucial.

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.  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 you want your donation directed to.  Our "Rector's Discretionary" and "Romero House Support" funds could always 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.

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.

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:

8:00 am Saturdays - Volunteers are cooking for Romero House take out meals for delivery to Romero House at noon.  More volunteers welcome and financial donations are much appreciated for this worthwhile ministry. Romero House feeds more than 400 daily.  Call our church office at 635-1145.

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.

CHOIR PRACTICE (ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)New Members are always welcome!!! Director David Mitchell.

HAND BELL CHOIR (ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE): 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.

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. All women in the parish are welcome at our meetings!  JAN 2022 meeting has been cancelled.
 

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.

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 $600) to date, and who continue to do so going forward.

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  ON HOLD during COVID-19 Pandemic.

COMMUNITY

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League:

Saint John and District Senior’s Shuffleboard League: will be starting up on September 22nd and will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00am at The Church of the Good Shepherd in the gym.  Registration fee is $10 and players must wear masks and gloves!!!  New members are always welcome.  For information please contact Ngaire Nelson at 672-8666. PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED!

YAWNS NB - Research for Better Sleep

Click Here for Details

"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!