Announcements

Announcements for Sunday, October 14:

THE FLOWERS are placed on the altar to the glory of God.

MOVIE NIGHTS: Our next movie night is today, Sunday, October 14. We will be starting our “Viewer’s Choice” series with the 1993 film “Fearless”, starring Jeff Bridges as the survivor of a plane crash. As usual, we will gather at Peter Schuler’s home at 4 pm to watch the movie, then enjoy a potluck dinner and discussion. All are welcome!

CONGREGATIONAL INFO MEETING: On Sunday, October 21 there will be an information meeting for the whole congregation. We will be joined by a representative of Catalyst Community Developments Society, a non-for-profit real estate development company. This meeting arises out of our meeting in June when we discussed the Property Plan presented by our Property Team. Catalyst will be giving us a general overview of what it might look for us to redevelop our property in a way that helps us live out our mission and meet the needs of our neighbourhood. THIS IS AN INFORMATION MEETING ONLY which we hope will give us a better appreciation for our options as we contemplate our plans for addressing our building needs and issues.

REGIONAL GATHERING: On Oct. 20 Good Shepherd will be hosting the annual gathering of the Lower Mainland Region (formerly known as the Greater Vancouver Conference Convention). This is no longer a business meeting but, instead, a chance for all interested members of congregations from the Lower Mainland to gather for a time of education, conversation, and inspiration around our mission and ministries. On this year’s agenda we will have a member of the local law enforcement speak to us of the changing issues that our region faces, specifically around homelessness.  And we will have a few words from our Bishop and Assistant to the Bishop. There is a $20 registration fee per person, but there may be assistance available through the church budget. If you are interested please see Pastor Eric.

BAKING INVITED: To help with our hosting responsibilities for the Regional gathering we are asking members of the congregation to contribute baking for the coffee breaks and the lunch. Please drop off your baking the day before.

THE BOOK CLUB will meet at Kate Wright’s at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Oct. 17.  The book to be studied is “Jesus did many other things” by Tony Schmidt.  The book for November is “Finish the Mission”, edited by John Piper and David Mathis.  David Stroud has some copies for sale.

FALL CLEAN-UP:   The Property Team is looking for about a dozen people or so, on October 28 (Saturday) to help clean inside the church and to carry out various outdoor tasks such as cleaning the windows and the gutters, as well as raking the grounds.  We start at 9 AM and go till noon, closing the activities with a Pizza lunch.  Dress warmly and bring your rakes!  All are needed and all are welcome.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: The Book of Remembrance is now available on the lectern located at the entrance to the sanctuary. You are invited to record the name of a loved one you would like to be included in the prayer of remembrance on All Saints Sunday (Nov. 4). Please write legibly.

GOOD SHEPHERD CHOIR: Thanks to the leadership and initiative of Lily Yen our choir is beginning to practice and participate in worship more regularly. All who enjoy singing are welcome to join. If you are interested please see Lily for details and the practice schedule.

SYNODICAL NOTES: Copies of the latest newsletter from the BC synod Bishop’s Office, called “Synodical Notes” (formerly “Some Mohr Jottings”) is available on the Parish Information Table.

LAY ACADEMY: Prayer is the foundational mystery and calling of our relationship with God. It is God’s gift to us and our response to God. We long for it.  We may wonder how should I pray? How can I stay faithful to it? What are its benefits? How can I know God really has heard my prayers?  Join Dr. Faith Nostbakken online and in-person for a guided tour to PATHWAYS TO PRAYER. This is the latest series of sessions in the ELCIC’s Lay Academy, a program of theological education and exploration for lay members. See the poster on the Current Events bulletin board and available to take home on the Parish Information Table.

LETTER FROM OUR SEMINARY: An important letter from the president of our seminary in Saskatoon is available on the Parish Information Table.

SUMS NEWS: The latest newsletter form the Surrey Urban Mission (SUMS) is available on the Parish Information table.

RETREAT OPPORTUNITY: Pacific Jubilee is hosting a 3 Day Silent Retreat called Be Still & Know That I Am God which is happening Nov 13-17, 2018 at the Sorrento Centre in Sorrento BC. Pacific Jubilee is a program that provides spiritual direction and trains spiritual directors. You can find information on the retreat on their website at: http://pacificjubilee.ca/3-day-silent-retreat-nov-13-17-2018.

CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS! Trinity Lutheran Church, Delta, is hosting a four-part series of conversations using John Polkinghorne’s book “Quantum Leap” in order to begin exploring the relationship between science and faith. We are looking for those who may be vocationally trained scientists (biology, physics, chemistry, ecology) and are engaged in a worshipping community, to share how their story of being a scientist intersects with following Christ. They may come to share their story on one of the evenings during which we gather: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Road, Delta. Please contact Pastor Jennifer Wilson if you are available: pastortlcdelta@gmail.com, 778-872-0431. All are welcome to participate. Books are available for $20 at Trinity if you’d like to read before participating in the discussion.

IN THE LIBRARY: As we celebrate the ministry of the Good Shepherd Women this week, the library’s featured selection is ‘Women of the Bible: 52 Bible Stories for individuals and Groups’. As it says on the back cover, “Focus on fifty-two female heroes in Scripture, and you’ll discover yourself in the process…discover the God behind their stories–and yours.”

LOOKING FOR A CARETAKER: We are again asking whether any of you know someone who might have the skills to serve as a church caretaker. If so, please refer her or him to the Property Team who will provide a detailed Job Description for further discussion. Thank you, Louis Giguère Property Team

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES: Homelessness Week is the week of October 8th. Cold weather is fast approaching.

Need Ideas as to What Is Needed?… Hoodies and Jackets (rain proof or winterized), Fleece vests, Sweat Pants (medium-large), warm socks for anyone and ANKLE socks for women (please no men’s dress socks), gloves, toques, boots, shoes, underwear, ladies’ sports bras, backpacks, umbrellas.

Food Ideas? … Cases of canned goods, (soup, tuna, spaghetti sauce, beans)… Folks in the Transitional Housing at 3030 Gordon are expected to cook their own meals…. think of things that would assist in meal planning like making a stew or chili or spaghetti etc…Food items are also delivered on a regular basis to the Food Bank.

Speak to Gail Tremain, Rick Enarson or Val Newton if unsure. And we THANK YOU for your support.

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.