July 18, 2021

Flowers have been placed on the altar in praise and thankfulness to God for his many blessings including family and friends, and in memory of Evelyn Morrison who would have turned 94 on July 14th.

ELCIC Bible Study: We meet today at 9 am to discuss the book of Mark. Please pre-read the Introduction to Mark, the Book Study Questions, and as much of the Gospel of Mark that you can, and join us next Sunday to partake in the spirited (pun intended) conversation that will ensue.  All are welcome! 

Summer Plans and Fall Reopening: The following worship and social events have been approved by Church council, and will be operating under whatever Covid Safety Plans look like at the time the event takes place:

Wednesday, July 21 @ 7:30 pm – Informal, mid-week worship service out on our lawn (*)

Wednesday, August 4 @ 7:30 pm – Informal, mid-week worship service out on our lawn (*)

Friday, August 13 @ 7:30 pm – Good Shepherd Campfire night; a social gathering suitable for all ages. (*)

Wednesday, August 18 @ 7:30 pm – Informal, mid-week worship service out on our lawn (*)

Wednesday, September 1 @ 7:30 pm – Informal, mid-week worship service out on our lawn (*)

Sunday, September 12 – Full return to in-person, weekly worship services in the Sanctuary. Details to follow.

* Wear a mask and bring a lawn chair. If you don’t have one, don’t worry – we’ve got chairs to set up as needed.

Good Shepherd Campfire Night: Thanks to all the curious who came out to this social gathering event last night. Thank you especially to Elina who organized and led this event. Come and join us for our next chance to get together around the fire (real or pretend, depending on the weather conditions) scheduled for Friday, August 13th at 7:30 pm. (Note change in date from Saturday to Friday) All are welcome. Bring a lawn chair if you have one, and a mask. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry – we’ve got chairs to set up as needed.

Summer Hymn Sing:  We continue our practice of gathering together for 10 minutes prior to our worship service for our summer hymn sing. This is an opportunity to sing some of your favorite hymns over the summer months. Please contact the office by phone or email, letting us know one or two of your favorite hymns and we will try to sing them during our musical worship service prelude.

WCC Recordings Lift Up Anti-Racist Theology: The World Council of Churches and Council for World Mission held an online ecumenical event called Anti-racist in Christ? Ecumenical Christian Repentance, Reflection and Action on Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia to lift up anti-racist theology. Watch recordings of the various panels when you click here.

Returning to Silence: That Which Holds Everything: This 5-day silent retreat is being offered from Friday, September 17th to Wednesday, September 22nd, with Cherie Westmoreland and Margie Savigny. Click HERE to learn more.

Thursdays in Black: On Thursdays, you are invited to consider wearing black as a symbol of solidarity with those impacted by rape and gender-based violence. Please find out more about the #thursdaysinblack campaign and consider joining this global movement as part of your own individual action seeking social justice change.

First Nations Reconciliation:

  • Fundraiser for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society: Our own Shannon Svingen-Jones is a 7th generation Assiniboine and a Citizen of the Métis nation, who will be walking 215 km in 60 days in honour of the children that were found in Kamloops this week, to raise funds for the Indian Residential School Society in BC. If you are inclined to donate to this cause, know that all funds collected (100%) will go directly to the society, and all donations receive a charitable tax receipt. To donate through Shannon’s Facebook page click here, or if you are not a Facebook member you can donate directly to the society through their Indian Residential School Survivors Society website. 
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Bill-C-15 Video Now Available: Watch the recorded video of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Bill C-15 in English or in French. To learn more about what you can do to take action and support the implementation of Declaration Legislation in Canada, please click here.

Caring for Creation:

  • Youth Delegates Observe Negotiations On the Road to COP26: Four young delegates of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) who had attended the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain, had the opportunity to observe negotiations earlier this month. To read the full news story, please click here.

(Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert)