Announcements

Announcements for Sunday, December 10:

THE FLOWERS have been placed on the altar by the Startin family in honour of Alan’s birthday.

COMING ON DECEMBER 10TH!   Designed by the dainty digits of David and Dan – cashew brittle $4.00 per bag.  Also: peanut brittle – $3.75 per bag, almond butter crunch  – $3.75 per bag,  Fruit and nut brittle – $4.00 per bag, and sponge toffee – $2.75 per bag.   One Day Only!   All money for the line of credit.

THANK YOU to all who participated to make our Advent Banquet a success!

CARETAKER POSITION:  Good Shepherd is looking to fill the caretaker’s position on a renewable annual contract basis. Duties cover several areas, including: Building Security (revised), Supplies, Drainage, Lawn and Parking Lot Maintenance, Garbage Removal, Winter Maintenance Requirements, Emergency Provisions, Special Events, Liaison with Rental Properties, and General maintenance. You can obtain a copy of the Position Description by contacting Louis Giguère at (604) 937-0239 or louisgig@telus.net . A detailed posting is available on the church Bulletin Board.  Apply in confidence by submitting an Application Letter and a Resume before 5 PM, December 15, 2017.

MOVIE NIGHT: Our next TV Night will be Sunday, December 10.  In “Unexpected and Mysterious”, we will be watching Christmas episodes of “Picket Fences”—and maybe a bonus Christmas special!  We will gather at Peter Schuler’s home at 4 pm, watch the show, then enjoy a pizza dinner (no need to bring a potluck dish). All are welcome—hope to see you there!

CAROLS OF THE SEASON: Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church (1700 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver) is hosting a concert by the Sea to Sky Ensemble with Tak Maeda, Conductor. This is a fundraising concert for the Lookout Shelter and takes place on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm.  See the poster on the Current Events Bulletin board for more details.

FROM THE LIBRARY:  When’s the last time you explored Advent through the eyes of a child?  Whether you have children at home, young ones coming for a holiday visit, or are a child at heart yourself, check out the Children’s selections in the church library, located in the Fellowship Hall.  Our storybooks, bedtime story collections, and other faith-based books will inspire you to kindle–or re-kindle–a spirit of wonder and joy and anticipation as we await the birth of Christ.  Check out a book or two to enjoy at your leisure!

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.”
• You are invited to join us for a one hour Christmas Sing-Along at SUMS at 11:00 am.  Monday, December 18th.  If you play an acoustic or percussion instrument, please join us! Music provided. You do not need a choir voice – let’s give these folks some Christmas spirit.

LATEST SEMINARY NEWSLETTER:  Please pick up a copy of the latest newsletter from Lutheran Theological Seminary – Saskatoon. This issue features a cover reflection from intern pastor and son of Good Shepherd,  Seth Perry.

GIFTS FROM THE HEART:  The new Gifts from the Heart catalogue is out and is available on the parish information table. This catalogue contains an inspiring variety of meaningful ways to support the global ministries of CLWR. Perfect for gift ideas for Christmas and other occasions!

HELP SAVE THE LIVES OF THE ROHINGYA: Many of us have been touched and disturbed by the crisis engulfing the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar. Canadian Lutheran World Relief is one of the organizations working to address the crisis.  Please consider supporting this appeal by donating online at clwr.org or by designating your offering to “CLWR-Rohingya Appeal”.

HOMELESS SHELTER:  The homeless shelter at 3030 Gordon is in need of men’s and women’s gently used walking (comfortable) shoes.  Runners and boots are good too.  No dress shoes.

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.

HELPERS NEEDED: Helpers and assistants are needed for coffee clean-up, ushering, assisting with communion, and reading for the weeks ahead.  Please sign up and often.

BOOKS AND GREETING CARDS FOR INMATES: Pastor Ed Chell, chaplain at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre is requesting donations of paperback books and greeting cards for inmates. All kinds of books, especially Christian books are welcome.  If you have such items to donate please see Pastor Eric.  And if anyone is planning a trip to the Island and would be willing to transport all or even some of the material we have collected, please advise Joni in the office.

LUTHERANS CONNECT ADVENT DEVOTIONS: Lutherans Connect is a ministry of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Toronto. They have prepared a series of online devotions for the upcoming Advent season. If you would like to receive a daily devotion by email which will run from December 3-24, please send an email to lutheransconnect@gmail.com with the subject line “Advent daily devotions”. They are also available on other online platforms. Please see Pastor Eric for details. 

NEXT LAY ACADEMY SESSIONS: Welcoming the stranger and getting to know one’s neighbours, be they inside or outside the pew, has never been the easiest of missions. But it is has become one of the central missions of our national church.  Join us for the WINTER LAY ACADEMY SESSION as we discuss and learn about ‘welcoming and loving others as ourselves’, especially focusing on our indigenous and multicultural communities. For more information on the presenters please visit layacademy5.wixsite.com. The sessions will run from 8:30 to 11:10 and further information on Registration Fees and sites of attendance will be forthcoming.

GUITAR LESSONS:  Please note guitar lessons are 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 harpoinseoul@yahoo.ca.