Announcements

THE FLOWERS: are placed on the altar in thankfulness for God’s great love for us. Thanks be to our Triune God!

WOODWORKING AND CRAFTERS GROUP: Cancelled this week. Will resume at 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 26th

CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesday, February 20th at 7 pm at the church. All are welcome!

NEEDED FOR VBS: VBS 2019 is going to be “Roar!” – an African theme. We plan to make drums with the kids and need to collect large coffee cans, with plastic lids. Please save any that you have and bring them to the church for us to use during VBS. Thanks for your help! For more information see Linda Berry or Caroline Hunt.

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS WORKSHOP: After the service next week, there will be a brief Communion Assistants Training Workshop. This is suitable for all who are interested in helping in this area of service.

SOUP ‘N’ SING: On Wednesday evenings during Lent we will again be holding our usual communal soup and bun dinner commending at 6 pm, followed by the Holden Evening Prayer Services at around 6:45 pm. A sign-up sheet for providing either Soup or Buns on those Wednesdays is available now on the Parish Hall Table.

TALITHA KOUM GALA ON MARCH 2: The Gospel of Mark quotes Jesus as resurrecting a child by saying, in Aramaic, “Talitha Koum” – or “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” Today in Coquitlam, the Talitha Koum Society has embraced the concept of new life through healing and spiritual growth by operating two recovery homes, for up to 18 women and their children. You are invited to support this inspirational endeavour by attending the society’s third annual “Set Her Free” gala, March 2 at St. Clare of Assisi Hall, 2888 Delahaye Drive, Coquitlam. It will be a memorable evening (starting at 6:15 p.m.) featuring live entertainment, inspiring speeches, a raffle, silent auction and a sit-down dinner – all for just $70 per person. A charitable receipt for $30 will be issued. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.talithakoumsociety.org. Thank you!

OUTREACH – MAT PROGRAM: As you are aware, St. Laurence Anglican Church (825 Laurence St., Coquitlam), together with the Hope for Freedom Society, will be hosting the Mat Program for the month of March (at St. Laurence Anglican Church). The Mat Program provides shelter for up to 30 homeless people each night. A hot evening meal, breakfast and a bag lunch is provided each day. This is where the enthusiasm of the volunteers of various churches in the tri-cities comes into play….
Right now we are looking at GSL to prepare two hot dinners for 2 different evenings (Wed. March 20 and Wed. March 27) and sandwiches for one lunch (Tues. March 5). If you think that you might be interested speak to Val Newton or Gail Tremain. We will have sign-up sheets/more info on the table NEXT Sunday, Feb.24th.
Next Sunday Feb. 24 there will be a designated MAT BIN for food items. Items you might want to consider are soft granola bars and cookies, juice boxes for lunches, jugs/containers of fruit juice for breakfasts, juice crystals, DE-CAF coffee, hot chocolate, tea, non-sugary cereal, jam, peanut butter, fresh fruit, jugs of milk. Any perishable item should be taken to St. Laurence or given to Val or Gail to deliver, not left in the bin. Food can be delivered anytime in March.
If you wish to donate money to the Mat Program, you may use your regular envelope and designate under Special Gifts “St. Laurence MAT Program” or you may use a pew envelope. Thank you so much to everyone.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: Learn to identify, intervene and support those struggling with mental health issues. This 2 day course will be held on successive Saturdays – March 9th and March 16th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with an hour break for lunch. The cost is $80 and will be held at The Tapestry Mundy Park church (2600 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC)

INVITATION TO PRAYER: On Saturday, March 16th from 9:30 to 2:30 St. Paul’s, Maple Ridge, are planning a spring Get Together. The theme for the day is PRAYER and we will have a St. Patrick’s Day flair. Beautiful harp music will enhance the morning activities. $10 covers registration and lunch. Details on the bulletin board.

G. PETER KAYE LECTURES: The Vancouver School of Theology presents their annual G. Peter Kaye lecture series with this year’s keynote speaker, John Bell on March 15th, 16th and 17th (various times). John Bell is a very well known hymn writer, Church of Scotland minister, and member of the famous Iona Community in Scotland. He is the writer, among others, of the hymn “The Summons” which is #798 in our hymnal. Please see the poster on the bulletin board for more details.

IN THE LIBRARY: Looking for a love story?  This week’s featured selection is about a father who loved each of his children so much that he sent his only son to die for them. This non-fiction work is a bestseller, available in hundreds of different languages and formats, and it will never go out of print.  Throughout the book you’ll encounter heroes and villains, action, suspense, horor, drama…and love.
The church library has several versions of this great love story, the Holy Bible, for you to browse or bring home.  Check out a version you aren’t familiar with–a children’s story version, a different translation, a devotional format–and leave it on your table, so that you can pick it up and read it as the Spirit moves you during these chilly days of February.  May the Father’s love warm your heart all the days of your life!

OUTREACH – 3030 GORDON: Outreach will continue to deliver clean, serviceable clothing donations to 3030 Gordon, SUMS etc. (hoodies, jackets, jeans, gloves, warm footwear are needed) Marking your bag ‘For 3030 Gordon’ would be helpful to us. Many thanks to everyone for your support.

OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
Communion Set-up (can be done Saturday or early morning Sunday) and Communion Clean-up (done Sunday after the service). Please contact Elinor Knudson for further details.
Three vacancies still exist on council. Please contact Pastor Eric or Mogens Hansen for further information.
Flowers for the Altar – If you have a reason to celebrate and would like to purchase live flowers to mark the event, please sign up on the Flower Chart on the Parish Hall Table.