Announcements

January 16, 2021

Flowers: The flowers on the altar are placed in praise and thankfulness to God the Spirit, who freely empowers us with spiritual gifts appointed perfectlyfor our mission together.

Annual Congregational MeetingOur congregation’s AGM will take place on Sunday, January 30th at 2 pm over Zoom. More details, including the ACM packages, will follow shortly. 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service: This Thursday, January 20th at 7:30 over Zoom, we will gather with our friends from St. Laurence Anglican, All Saints Roman Catholic, and Como Lake United for a service in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. More details and a link will be provided. 

Book Club this Wednesday: The book club will meet this Wednesday,  January 19th at 7:15 p.m. by Zoom, due to weather and Covid. All are welcome; contact Mogens Hansen, Kate Wright, or Peter Schuler for details. The book to be discussed is Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The book for February is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Ordination of Bishop Kathy: Rev. Kathleen (Kathy) Martin was ordained Bishop of the BC Synod of the ELCIC on January 6, 2022. A recording of the service can be viewed here.  Bishop Kathy’s thank you note is on page 14. 

Extreme Weather Response Shelter volunteers: Details on how volunteers can help with the City’s Extreme Weather Response Shelter  are being worked out. Stayed posted for further details.

Four Gospels Many Resurrections: Invitations to Easter – Presentations lead by Dr. Harry Maier: Dr. Harry Maier’s first Zoom lecture in the series begins this Tuesday, January 18thfrom 7 to 8:30 pm taken from the Gospel of Mark. The entire event, sponsored by St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, is called Four Gospels Many Resurrections: Invitations to Easter. Dr. Maier is New Testament and Early Christian Studies Professor at Vancouver School of Theology. Please click here for more information and to register for these exciting sessions!

Our Saviour’s, Prince George invites you to the Rainbow Heart Speakers Series: This Wednesday, January 19th from 7-8:30 pm, you are invited to join Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Prince George for their next offering in their RAINBOW HEART SPEAKERS SERIES event – this one with guest speaker Philip Murray – as they continue to explore the question “Why are you still part of the church?” Philip Murray is a Spiritual Care Practitioner and Educator with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Home Hospice and Palliative Care team. The event can be accessed over this Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365128981

Living our Faith: Following National Bishop Susan Johnson’s suggestion to emphasis worship this year as we journey on with Living our Faith – as together we pray, read, worship and love (www.elcic.ca/LivingOurFaith), Would you be willing to share with us a tip, suggestion, or inspiration on how you make worship a daily practice, how you fit devotions into your life and/or how you actively seek to deepen your devotional practice? We are looking for just a sentence or two (40-60 words) and we welcome resource suggestions as well. To share your thoughts and ideas now, please fill out this quick and easy form. 

See the latest of these bi-weekly suggestions/inspirations on page 13, this one by Rev. Kenn Ward.

Creation Care:

  • Climate Crisis Needs Reset of Global Economic Model: (LWI) – The climate crisis requires an urgent “system reset” of the world’s current development model “founded upon fossil fuel-driven economic growth.” That is the message to heads of the G20 nations from leaders of the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Methodist Council and the Council for World Mission. They stress that “these changes must happen within a rapidly closing window of opportunity.” To read the full article, please click here.
  • Invitation to join CJAG: The BC Synod Climate Justice Action Group invites you to join them as plan strategies to reduce our carbon footprint through travel, achieve zero waste whenever we gather or have conventions throughout the Synod, and to assist all parts of the BC Synod to eliminate single use plastics in our ministries. Contact GSLC member Louis Giguere If you are interested in more information, or would like to join our group <louislouisgiguere@gmail.com>
  • The Story of Plastic: The documentary The Story of Plastic is now available for viewing at the following link

Reconciling Relationships:

  • Church of Sweden Apologizes for Abuse of the Sámi People:The Church of Sweden (CoS) delivered a public apology on November 24 for its role in “legitimized repression” and centuries of “mistreatment and complacency” toward the Sámi People. The apology to leaders of regional Indigenous groups took place in the Cathedral of Uppsala, at a special service of worship of the General Synod. To view full article click here.

Social Justice Resources:

  • New SDGs Training Manual for Faith-Based Actors: The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has published a manual for trainers to help churches increase their participation in implementing the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. It includes self-assessment tools that show the link between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mission of the church. For information, please click here. For additional information, please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs at pgehrs@elcic.ca .
  • KAIROS has launched the Women of Courage podcast: It shares stories of courage from women grassroots peacebuilders, women human rights defenders, allies and key actors in the pursuit of inclusivity, democratic development, peace and respect for human rights and the environment. To learn more, please click here.