Announcements for October 20

THE FLOWERS: are placed on the altar by Kate Wright in celebration of grand-daughter Lydia and son-in-law Richard’s birthdays. Happy Birthday Lydia and Richard!

FOOD HAMPER: For the rest of October we will be gathering food for the Tri-Cities Food Bank and 3030 Gordon. The bin to collect this food is beside the altar near the Main Entrance doorway. The best donations are canned goods such as soup and tuna, and other non-perishables.

MOVIE NIGHT: This afternoon at 4 pm we will be watching “Life Is Beautiful”, the Academy Award-winning 1997 Italian film. As usual, we will gather at Peter Schuler’s home (10671 – 158A Street, Surrey) to watch the movie and then discuss it over a potluck dinner. Please talk to Peter for more details. All are welcome!

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER: One of our favourite youth fundraisers returns in November! Enjoy a fun and delicious evening of dining with surprise guests. We are looking for hosts and guests for dinners on November 15-17. More details to follow soon; if you are interested, please speak to Peter Schuler or Heather Edwards.

GOOD SHEPHERD WOMEN’S GROUP: This Tuesday (October 22nd) at 10 am is the annual general meeting for the GSW. Pastor Eric will be the guest speaker.

BOOK CLUB: Meets this Wednesday at 7:15 pm at Kate Wright’s home (1739 Foster Avenue, Coquitlam) to discuss “The Non Prophet’s Guide to the End Times” by Todd Hampson. All are welcome.

PATHWAYS TO PRAYER – CHANGE IN TIME: Starting Thursday, October 24th, the Pathways to Prayer meetings will be meet ½ hour earlier – and will begin at 1 pm.

CHRISTIAN UNITY SERVICE: Our journey of reconciliation with our Roman Catholic friends continues with an ecumenical prayer service on November 3 at 3 pm at St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Parish (1320 Johnson St, Coquitlam). There will be a time of fellowship afterwards with a baking potluck. Please let Pastor Eric know if you can contribute some baking. Let the office or Pastor Eric know if you need a ride. See the poster for further details.

PEER MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TRAINING: Trinity Lutheran Church (11040 River Road, Delta) is hosting a leadership training event for youth and adult mentors on Saturday Nov 16 from 8:30am – 5:00pm. Registration is $10 if done before November 1st. Let Pastor Eric or Jason (at youth@saintlaurence.ca) know if you want to register.

AND IT IS GOOD: The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) recently produced a photo exhibition as a way of highlighting the call to care for creation in this age of climate crisis. It will be displayed during the upcoming COP25 climate change conference in Chile this December where the LWF will be represented by a delegation of young climate activists from around the world. You can view the exhibition at http://www.lwf.is/anditisgood. Please pray for the LWF delegation and for the global leaders coming together to address this urgent crisis.

GOOD NEWS FOR KING OF LIFE: Our sister congregation in Eagle Ridge has called a new pastor, Rev. Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford. She will be installed at a service on Saturday, November 30 at 10:30 am. It would be wonderful to have a number of us attend to celebrate with them this joyful moment in their life as a congregation.

ON THE PARISH HALL INFORMATION TABLE:
Copies of the joint letter from Rev. Susan Johnson and Bishop Greg Mohr
Padang Newsletter & their projects
Multi-Cultural training tour, for your information
CLWR origami paper and instructions for making doves
VST Somerville Lecture Series – Nov 7 – EATING: More than Just a Matter of Life and Death
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Host: Planning sheet
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Guest: Planning sheet

IN THE LIBRARY: October is the month of many focused events important to us as Lutherans and as Christians. Explore the church library for books on mental health, social justice, and other topics of the day, and be sure to browse through the section featuring the Luthers and Reformation–it’s hard to miss!

VST ACADEMY – BELLINGHAM FALL SERIES: What’s Grace Got to Do with it? Galatians and Romans Then & Now
Free public lecture by VST’s Dr. Harry Maier on Friday, Oct 18th from 7-9 pm, and a Workshop on Saturday, Oct 19th from 10 am to 3 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, (2750 McLeod Rd, Bellingham, WA). Visit office@faithbellingham.org to register.

ORIGAMI DOVES: If you have not yet had a chance to fold an origami dove, please do so. Take some paper and instructions home with you and bring the folded doves back with you. It takes only three minutes to fold a dove, and while you do we ask that think about Hisham al-Miqdad and his classmates and say a prayer that they’ll have the opportunity to learn and grow, to move past the trauma of war, and to begin to dream again.

OUTREACH: Colder weather is upon us! Clean, gently used, or new hoodies or jackets would be welcomed for 3030 Gordon, along with warm socks, gloves, hats and footwear (for both men and women). At this time of year summer attire is not needed. Please mark your bags For 3030 Gordon, it would be most helpful! Many thanks for your continued support.

WOODWORKING AND CRAFTERS GROUP: Tuesday nights at 7 pm. All are welcome – no experience necessary.

YOUNG ADULTS EVENT: It’s autumn, and the young adults from Good Shepherd and St. Laurence are going to the Chilliwack Corn maze on Friday, October 25th. We’ll meet at GSLC at 6 pm then travel to the Chilliwack Corn Maze from there.  Contact Jason Wood (604-396-5391) for more details.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Communion Set-up and Clean-up – Please contact Elinor Knudson for further details.
Outreach – If you have two hours per month from 1-3 pm, assistance in the Clothing Donation Room at 3030 Gordon would be greatly appreciated. Please see Val Newton or Gail Tremain for more details.
Outreach – Help is also required in the way of picking up bags of donated items from the blue bin at the entrance of the church, and dropping them off at 3030 Gordon. Please see Gail Tremain or Pat Savage for details.