GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS

Parish office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 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

Effective Sept 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm, Premier Blaine Higgs has declared a State of Emergency in the Province of New Brunswick.  This is based on the 31 cases that are in hospital as of September 24, 2021.  Going forward the state of emergency will stay in force as long as the number of hospitalized COVID patients is 25 or more. Our COVID Committee met Tuesday evening (Sept 22nd), and have decided that we will need to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination to attend church starting this Sunday.  Only choir members will be allowed to sing (masked and socially distanced).

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!

Learn The Bible In 24 Hours Bible Study Starts Sept. 14th:

The second half of our Bible Study isTuesdays at 7pm. We will meet in the Small Hall for about an hour and a half. You can also participate online through Zoom.  Each week's zoom link can be accessed from the "Parish Updates" button on the bottom left of the home page of our website.

Wednesday Youth Groups Start Sept. 15th:

Jr. Youth Group 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Ages 8-12)

Sr. Youth Group 7:30pm - 9:00pm (Ages 13 & up)

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.

Thurs. Oct 14th, 2021 6:30 pm:

L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Fellowship Together) meets. New members welcome!

Thurs. Oct 21, 2021 7:00 pm: Vestry meets

  

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.

Services:
Sunday: 9:00 am and 10:30 am

Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 9:00am.

Intercessory Prayer on Friday at 10:00am.

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.

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

Diocese of Fredericton Anglican eNews for Sept 21, 2021:

https://nb.anglican.ca/newsletters/177/display

We are back on the weekly schedule for distribution of 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.

NB Anglican - Sept 2021:

Anglican Journal - Sept 2021: 

ACW Launching Out - Sept 2021:  

Diocese of Ho (Companian Diocese) Mobile Medical Clinic:

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.

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 new ministry to people who are in need of some basic food items. 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 meets Wednesdays at 7:00pm.  New Members are always welcome!!! Check with David Mitchell in case it has been cancelled.

HAND BELL CHOIR SEEKING NEW MEMBERS: 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! Our next meeting is Thursday, September 9, 2021.
 

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. Next meeting date is September 16, 2021!

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.

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.

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!

Free Sea Shanty workshop at Loyalist House

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, 11:00 am to 12 noon.

Members of Saint John acapella group Before the Mast will explain the history of sea shanties

and the types of shanties, and lead in singing some shanties. This is a free event but people are

asked to register in advance by calling 506-650-8293.

Loyalist House will have free admission that day and be open to the public for tours from 10 am

to 5 pm as part of Culturescape. It is also open with no admission from 4-8 on Friday, Sept. 24.

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!