Announcements for April 21

THE FLOWERS: are placed on the altar today in praise and celebration of our Lord’s resurrection and the gift of eternal life.

PRAISE REPORT: We just received good news that another of our sponsored refugees from Eritrea will be arriving in Vancouver on May 15th. Keep him in your prayers. His name is Deras Andemariam. (More news to follow.)

YOUNG ADULTS UNITE!: Or at least plan to get together, because we are starting a Young Adults group at Good Shepherd. This is for people from 18-35’ish and no connection with Good Shepherd is necessary. The group’s first get together will be a games night at Jaclyn Ruth’s place on May 9, from 7-9pm (525 Perth Ave, Coquitlam). Please RSVP at jaclynkolody@gmail.com so there is an estimated number. And help to spread the word far and wide!

PATHWAYS TO PRAYER: It has been said “that there are as many ways to pray as there are souls who walk the earth.” A new group will be starting on Thursday, April 25th at 2 pm in the Fireside Room, meeting bi-weekly, where we will be exploring the practices found in “Paths to Prayer” by Patricia D. Brown. In this book, Ms. Brown encourages exploration of prayers and practices used in different cultures throughout the two thousand years of Christian history, in order to discover new ways to encounter the divine that deepens both our faith and our understanding of God. See Kate Wright or Sue Power for more details if you are curious. All are welcome!

HURRICANE IDAI RELIEF: The Humanitarian Coalition (of which CLWR is a partner) has issued an appeal for funds to assist in what is already being called the southern hemisphere’s worst weather disaster. Cities and farmlands were completely submerged in three countries. Roads and bridges were washed away and communications have been cut off in many areas. Rescuers are rushing to find and care for survivors.
You can donate online at humanitariancoalition.ca. Or you can donate through your offering. Please write cheques to Good Shepherd and marked for Cyclone relief.

CLWR EMERGENCY APPEAL: Canadian Lutheran World Relief has launched 2 new emergency responses as conflict and hunger have uprooted families in South Sudan and Central African Republic. Please donate online or include your designated gift clearly marked CLWR with your general offering. Your gifts allow CLWR to respond quickly and share hope. Thank you for your generous support

NEEDED FOR VBS: Please continue to bring in your ICE CREAM PLASTIC TUBS or large COFFEE CANS, together with their plastic lids, in order to make drums with the children for our African-themed program. With your help, VBS 2019 will be a “Roar!”

FROM THE LIBRARY: Christ is risen! The good news of Christ’s resurrection shines through in so many of the books in our church library. Please take a few minutes to browse the featured seasonal books available for you to check out. Most of them will soon be packed away until next year…but fortunately the message that God sent his only son to die for our sins lives on every second of every day. He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

OUTREACH: Outreach will only be accepting food items for the Food Bank, and clean, gently used (or new) serviceable clothing and footwear donations for 3030 Gordon or other agencies that we deem appropriate. Toiletries such as toothpaste, small shampoos, deodorant etc… will also be accepted. Many thanks from the Outreach Team for your continued support.

ELCIC LOWER MAINLAND – LUTHERAN WOMEN’S RETREAT: Save the Day!  The annual Women’s Retreat held at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Centre in Sumas Washington, will be held on the weekend of May 24-26, 2019. Registration is open now and the deadline is May 1st. Car-pooling may be an option.  This year the theme is Change: Beauty or the Beast? All women are welcome!  See the flyers on the back table for more information.

NEWSLETTERS & PUBLICATIONS: from Camp Luther, Emmanuel’s Wish Foundation, CLWR, The Good Samaritan Society, Talitha Koum Society are now available on the Information Table for viewing. Please read at your leisure and return.

MULTI-CULTURAL TRAINING TOUR: There is a one day multi-cultural and inter-faith educational tour being offered in the Lower Mainland. The day includes a visit to a Muslim mosque, a Sikh temple, a Hindu temple, and a Buddhist temple and runs form 10 am to 3 pm in Richmond on May 17. Registration is $99. For more info or to register please email shirleymclauren@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Communion Set-up and Clean-up – Please contact Elinor Knudson for further details.
Three vacancies still exist on council – Please contact Pastor Eric or Mogens Hansen for further information.
Flowers for the Altar – Please sign up on the Flower Chart on the Parish Hall Table.