November 29, 2020

Flowers have been placed on the altar in praise to God, as we anticipate the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Advent Reflections: The Advent Reflections booklets from On Eagle’s Wings are now available online or hard copies can be obtained from the office. Please call the office if you would like to pick up a copy, or have one mailed out to you. Readings for Advent begin today. 

Advent Taize Service: An ecumenical Taize service for Advent will be offered again this year in an online format. This service has been very well received in the last couple of years. It will go live at 7 pm on Thursday Dec. 3 on our Good Shepherd YouTube channel (GSLC Channel) and will be available there to watch anytime after that date. Join us for this service of prayer, songs and contemplation to enrich your Advent journey.

ELCJHL APPEAL: The ELCIC has launched an appeal to support scholarships for students in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Bishop Susan Johnson explains the need for this appeal and invites us all to participate in this short video here and you can donate by clicking here.

Advent Prayers: Rev. Bruce Ehlert is a pastor in Alberta. He has compiled a wonderful list of inspiring pictures and prayers for each day of Advent. If you’d like to subscribe please email him at

Good Noise Video Christmas Performance:  Online Premiere: Saturday, December 12th | 8:00 pm | $25-$40

A fusion of live and virtual – filmed at historic Christ Church Cathedral, together with the Good Noise Vancouver Virtual Gospel Choir, of which our own Liana Giguere is a member. This one-of-a-kind video performance will bring together the Good Noise Gospel Band, guest artist Crystal Hicks and soloists Timothy Fuller and Syllona Kanu, filmed live at Vancouver’s historic Christ Church Cathedral, and combine it with the the virtual choir. 

16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: This is an annual international campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. This year, the World Council of Churches is highlighting the links between the household of God, and the fundamental need to make our homes safe and loving spaces. Click here for more information. 

A video message on gender-based violence commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Months was produced with Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan Johnson and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton discussing gender-based violence and praying for all those who are victims of gender-based violence. View that here.

ELCIC Bible Book Club: Our next session in our Bible Book Club will be on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9 am. The link to the Sunday Morning Bible Study is sent out to the congregation weekly. We will be looking at the book of Deuteronomy. No experience required! Just read as much of the book as you can and join us for a conversation on our experience with the book. You can read an introduction to the book here

News from the Outreach Team: Did you know that there is a SHARE Food Bank operating in Coquitlam? It is at Hillside Community Church, 1393 Austin Ave. The food distribution is Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm and the registration (numbers given out) is at 10:00 am. At the time of registration current ID and proof of address is needed. Apply in person. There is also SHARE Food Banks in Port Moody at 2615 Clarke St. Food (distribution is Wednesdays from 11:30 – 2:00 pm with numbers given out at 9 am) and in Port Coquitlam at Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Avenue which has no number system (distribution is Wednesdays from 12-2 pm).

Also, 3030 Gordon Shelter and Transitional Housing is in need of warm clothing. Please be aware that Outreach is NOT collecting and delivering clothing donated to the church to 3030 Gordon at this time. Collection is for the month of November…so if you have donation items please take them to 3030 Gordon yourself. Mask up and go to the front door and buzz, someone will come to the door and take your donation from you. Do not just leave stuff outside.

GIFTS FROM THE HEART Catalogue: Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s 2020 Gifts from the Heart catalogue is now available! The new catalogue is full of thoughtful and creative gifts that will fight COVID-19 and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. The new Gifts from the Heart catalogue will be included in the December issue of Canada Lutheran, or you may have already received a copy in the mail. You can also contact Sherry in the office to have one mailed to you, or shop online anytime at

For the Love of Creation: Fall Forum Series: The final remaining event in this Fall Forum Series is scheduled for Monday, November 30th (4:30 – 5:30 pm) entitled Climate Action Now! To register click here.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise Teaching & Sharing Circles: Led by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers with extensive experience facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), registration is now open to participate in these interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing and open dialogue. Based in Indigenous worldviews and using Indigenous teachings and protocols, these sessions address both historical and contemporary topics in an honest and personal way.

For more information on these upcoming session and to register, please click here.

The Impact of Residential Schools in Canada – Dec. 3, 7-9pm EST | $25
Led by Tracey Whiteye, an Oshkaabewis kwe/woman helper

ELFEC Events2020 is a year that has brought so many challenges and changes. Some will be short-term and others are likely to be profound, changing society for some time to come. Philanthropy and estate planning may not be at the top of your priority list.  And yet, making sure your affairs are in order and that your loved ones will be well cared for is important.  And instead of reacting out of fear, people are now more reflective, thinking more about what is important to them and what difference they can make now and in the future.  Continue reading here .

Canadian Lutheran World Relief Service of the Word video series: Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) invites you to view their online worship services with their new Service of the Word video series. These informative and reflective services speak of CLWR’s projects throughout the world, and you are invited with CLWR to worship together and share their important work. Visit: .

ELCIC supports Bill C-6 to ban conversion therapy: To download or read the letter in full, please click here.

Help Canada Lutheran create a feature article for the March 2021 issue: Canada Lutheran is looking ahead for its March 2021 issue and would like to ask to ask for your help on its plan in creating a feature article. How would you explain the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus to a 12-year-old? Your answer, and those from others will be helpful, as Canada Lutheran plans to use as many answers it can get. 

Children and youth ages 16 and under are invited to email their drawings of the crucifixion and/or the resurrection to help illustrate the article. Media of choice can be anything – be creative! When sending in their drawings or illustrations, send the artwork to: Canada Lutheran, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. If sending by email, send s scanned image in PDF or jpeg format (at least 300 dpi). Responses and artworks are needed by January 5, 2021. To reach us at Canada Lutheran, please send an email to