Announcements for Sunday, February 18:

THE FLOWERS have been placed on the altar to the glory of God.

WELCOME AND THANK YOU TO BISHOP GREG: We are honoured to welcome Bishop Greg Mohr (Bishop of our BC Synod) today and thank him for preaching and sharing with us his observations of how God’s Spirit is moving in our synod. Bishop Greg will be available after worship for coffee and conversation.

SOUP ’N’ SING:  Our Soup N’ Sing evenings for Lent begin on Wednesday, Feb. 21 (until March 21). Everyone is invited to gather every Wednesday at 6 pm for a dinner of soup and bread followed by Holden Evening Prayer until 7:30 pm. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the Parish Information Table if you can contribute soup or bread for any of the evenings.

FRIDAY LENTEN SERIES:  Redeemer Lutheran Church is hosting a Friday Lenten Series celebrating the Holden Evening Prayer Service from a First Nation’s perspective. The series runs consecutive Fridays from Feb. 23 to March 23.  See the poster on the Current Events bulletin board for more details

NEW DIRECTORY: The proof pages for the 2018 church directory are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Please review your contact information and make any edits you would like. You might also wish to make a note on the pages if you notice anything that should be corrected about someone’s else’s entry.

SUMS NEWSLETTER:  The February newsletter from SUMS is now available on the Parish Information Table. Please pick one up and learn what is happening at this critically important ministry which we support.

FROM THE LIBRARY: Among your choices for the season of Lent is Book of Faith–Lenten Journey:  40 Days with the Lord’s Prayer.  “In fourteen short lines the Lord’s Prayer contains the heart and soul of Jesus’ teaching.  If you are interested in what God wants for you and what God wants from you, then you can do no better than spend forty days with this profound prayer.”  Whether you’re familiar with this book or seeing it for the first time, it can stand alone as a Lenten devotional guide or bring a new perspective in tandem with other devotions.   Book of Faith — Lenten Journey:  40 Days with the Lord’s Prayer is shelved under “Lutheranism” in the church library in the Fellowship Hall.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD YOUTH IS HAVING A CLOTHING, SHOE AND LINENS DRIVE: If you can help us raise funds (we are paid by weight), then please bring in wearable / gently used household clothing, shoes, belts, purses, towels or linens. All items must be in plastic bags please. There is a bin set up to deposit your clothing bags. If you have any questions, please contact Nadine Darts @ 604-936-7534.

LOOKING FOR A CARETAKER: Our first call to find a caretaker within our community, last December, was not successful. We are asking the congregants a second time whether any of you knows someone who might have the skills to help the church look after its assets and property. The Caretaker cares for the buildings and the grounds and ensures that they are secure, operational, and in good condition. This includes liaison with local authorities (police, fire department) as required, and includes ensuring the security of the premises. The Caretaker is also responsible for reporting and documenting special occurrences, including damage, power outages and storm issues (sumps and sewer back-up issues, fallen limbs). The Caretaker provides updates on the condition of the property and ongoing projects. This may be as informal as a phone call, or may include keeping logs, or submitting reports.
Given the irregular nature of the duties, the Caretaker is remunerated through an annual honorarium paid on a quarterly basis. Typical duties are as follows: maintaining interior and exterior of buildings, ensuring that debris are removed from the site, scheduling or performing repair and maintenance activities (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, appliances), ensuring that the site is secured each night, managing inventory of tools and supplies, conducting Spring and Summer lawn care, keeping entranceways free of ice in the winter, and operating machinery as necessary (mower, leaf blower, power tools, etc.)
Once again, if of you know someone who might have the skills to help the church look after its assets and property, 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 : The Outreach Team would like to make the following information available to you and ask for your assistance:
• There is a need for the following donations: clean, gently used or new winter clothing, including dark coloured gloves, toques and socks (preferably not wool) together with winter coats, sweaters and warm pants, boots and even running shoes. These items will help our homeless population through a winter that is mostly spent outdoors. Please leave donations in the bin marked “Clothes for the Homeless”.
• Donations to the Food Bank are also sorely needed this time of year. Please leave any items in the bin marked “Food for the Hungry.”

GUITAR LESSONS : Yvon’s guitar lessons are held on Thursdays evenings from 7 pm to 8:15 pm. A $10.00 donation is suggested. For more information contact Yvon Malenfant at 778-862-5240 or e-mail