July 21, 2024

Flowers from the Good Shepherd Rose Garden are placed on the altar in honor of Jesus Christ , and caregivers everywhere, as we are all sent from His table to care for others and for ourselves. 

Thank you: Many thanks to Pastor Tim LeDrew for leading us in worship today while Pastor Eric is on vacation.

Prayer Request for Bishop Kathy Martin: Please keep Bishop Kathy in your prayers as she awaits heart surgery. Bishop Kathy writes: “Thanks again for your prayers. I’m working remotely until my surgery (no date yet) and happy to respond as quickly as I am able. Thanks for your well wishes and greetings. Feel free to contact me directly now as needed. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed for a few days but never intended a barrier, it’s not my style. 😊”

Pastor Eric Away: Pastor Eric will be away on holidays next week, so we will enjoy a lay-led service without communion, led by Peter Schuler using a video sermon from the ELCIC’s Summer Series. Pastoral care emergencies will be covered. Please contact Sherry in the office for any needs.

Grace Lutheran Yard Sale: Grace Lutheran Church & Chinese Christian Gospel Church (7283 Nelson Avenue, Burnaby) are holding a Yard Sale from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, July 27th. Hot dogs for sale too!

VBS is Coming!: We will be hosting VBS again this summer jointly with St. Laurence Anglican. It will run from 9 am to noon from August 12-16. Volunteers for all positions including group leaders and helpers, station leaders and helpers, decorators, are needed. If can help out please sign up on the sheet on the usher’s table. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Eric. 

Seeking Specific Donations: 3030 Gordon Shelter has been having an on-going issue with lice circulating among residents. They are looking for the following donations:

 ♥hair conditioner      ♥head lice or ‘nit’ combs      ♥WIDE toothed combs       ♥towels…new or very lightly used

Van City is accepting donations for them. They are located at 2850 Shaughnessy St. Port Coquitlam. (They are closed on Mondays.) If you drop these items off at our Church…there will be a special box in the foyer for them and someone will deliver them to Port Coquitlam when we have enough. ~Thank you from your Outreach Team.

CLWR Newsletter: You can read the latest CLWR newsletter here

Seeking Accommodation in Coquitlam: Yvon & Michelle’s current home has been sold and they have been given notice to vacate. Yvon writes: Quiet family – Ideally, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Needs to have a dishwasher. Also a washer and dryer- shared is OK. In addition, a parking spot, if possible. (We have furniture for the unit, except for kitchen appliances.) Reasonable rent. Can do light chores and gardening for reduced rent. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. Sincerely,  Yvon and Michelle (Jaesook)  

2024 National Worship Conference: The 2024 National Worship Conference titled ‘The Stones Cry Out: Praying with the Land’ will be held on July 18-21, 2024 in beautiful Regina, Saskatchewan. Click here for more information and to register.

ELCIC Annual Report Available: The 2023 Annual Report for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is now available here. Read about the work of our church, our connection to our partners, and how together we are 

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation: On behalf of over 60 signatory faith traditions and institutions, including The Canadian Council of Churches, a statement has been issued to present a common public position adopted by Canada’s faith communities, on combating hate against and between our country’s religious communities. Read the full statement here

Crisis in the Holy Land

  • Updates and resources: The ELCIC has put together an ongoing list of updates, statements & resources regarding the current situation in the Holy Land, including information from our partners in the region. View it here.
  • Emergency Appeal for Gaza: The ELCIC and CLWR have joined together to respond to the ongoing crisis in Gaza.  Read about their efforts, and how you can donate by clicking here

Compassionate Justice & Creation Care: 

  • UPDATE: Bill C-226 has become law:  Bill C-226 passed 3rd Reading in the Senate and received Royal Assent on June 20. This bill is an Act respecting the development of a national strategy to assess, prevent and address environmental racism and to advance environmental justice. KAIROS Canada celebrates this landmark achievement made possible by 10 years of dedicated leadership and advocacy from Indigenous and racialized activists and allies in Canada. To read the full article on this, please click here.
  • UPDATE: The Sustainable Jobs Act Has Become Law:After decades of hard work and advocacy, the Sustainable Jobs Act passed the Senate. This law helps ensure good-paying, high-quality green jobs into the future, while supporting workers’ transition into the low-carbon economy. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) celebrates this win as a meaningful step in the right direction. To read the full article, please click here. For some background on the Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act, please click here.
  • Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) write-up on the role faith has in caring for creation: Please read it here.
  • Sexual Exploitation Webinar: The Commission on Justice and Peace Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) is holding a webinar entitled “Tackling the Demand: Rethinking Deterrence and Protection Measures” with guest speaker Donald Findlater. It takes place on Monday, July 22 at 10 am and you can register here.