Announcements for Sunday, December 16:

THE FLOWERS are placed on the altar by the Startins in honour of Alan’s birthday.

MANY THANKS: Thank you to our Sunday School for their presentation of the Christmas story today. And a special thank you to Jane Whitter for her time and dedication in organizing and directing the production this year. Thank you also to the wonderful musicians of our congregation for their performances. All your gifts have truly helped to enliven the spirit of this “Rejoice” Sunday.

LONGEST NIGHT: Mt. Zion and Good Shepherd are once again offering a Longest Night service on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Good Shepherd at 7 pm. This service is for all who experience the Advent/Christmas season as less than joyous for many reasons. Many have found it meaningful and healing. Please help spread the word.

GIFTS FROM THE HEART: The new CLWR Gifts from the Heart catalogue is here and available on the table in the narthex.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS: The new Advent devotional booklet from On Eagles Wings is available on the table in the narthex.

JAZZ FUNERAL: Good Shepherd, Mt. Zion, and King of Life churches are hosting the annual Jazz Funeral for the Old Year again on New Year’s Day at 2 pm at King of Life. This unique service features the Creole Jazz Band leading us in jazz versions of some great gospel hymns, as well as an opportunity to bury the regrets of the past year and enjoy some great fellowship afterwards. All are welcome.

GIFTS FOR THE HUNGRY: Now that our Christmas tree is up and decorated we are inviting everyone to bring a non-perishable food item to leave under the tree as a gift for the SHARE Food Bank. We will keep collecting until Epiphany Sunday (the last day of Christmas). This is one small way we can all live out the Christmas gospel by turning our attention to the poor and vulnerable among us, and move our celebration beyond the church’s walls into the world around us.

YOUTH LEADER SEARCH: The Education team is searching for a new youth leader for our active youth group. If you are interested in this position or know of anyone who would, or if you have any suggestions for people to approach about this position please see Pastor Eric or Aryan Saed or Rob Karhukangas.A full job description is available on our website ( by clicking on the highlighted link on our home page.

STEWARD OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITION:The Outreach Team is seeking a new Steward of Communications. Information regarding the Job Description and other particulars, is posted on the bulletin board and there is also information on the table at the back of the church. Interested applicants are asked to email Gail Tremain ( or Rick Enarson ( Deadline for applications is December 31.

 IN THE LIBRARY: During this blessed season, the library’s seasonal books come out to take centre stage. Treat yourself or someone special to a good read that returns to the library when it’s finished (an eco-friendly gift!), and help yourself to a bookmark from the library’s small Christmas tree. From bookmarks that magnify your page to keepsakes from Heather House and more, you’ll find something to trim a book you’re gifting or getting for Christmas–free of charge, whether you’re checking out a library book or not.

BOOKCLUB: Daily devotions, seasonal books, and children’s stories engage us to prepare our hearts for the coming of the newborn king. This week, the library features “M is for Manger”, by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley. This lovely board book tells the story of Christmas in chronological order–from Angel to Zillions–and includes Bible verses with each letter, making it an ideal book to read and discuss as a family.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: Needed for December and January. Please sign up if you are able to volunteer.

OUTREACH: Food Bank donations always appreciated. Please check expiry dates.

FELLOWSHIP… NEEDED!People to volunteer and help with coffee clean up after the Sunday service. This only takes a few minutes of your time after fellowship on Sunday.

PROPERTY PLAN: The Property Team has prepared a document for discussion by the congregation setting forth a plan for the long-term renewal of our build and physical plant. You can access the revised Good Shepherd Property Plan here, and the presentation from the June 10 congregational meeting here.