Ascension News (March 18, 2022)

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This week I came across this quote “God’s power can transform any of us into the best version of ourselves.” (A. Hunt)  As we travel through Lent, let us aim to link into this power, the power that will improve our relationship with Him so that we can feel his presence daily.

  • First, congratulations to Canon Lynn!!  A letter from Bishop Sam announced she is now a member of the Cathedral Chapter and has been appointed a Canon effective March 9, 2022. May God bless you in your new appointment!
  • Don’t forget our Lenten Outreach in connection with the CNIB.  There is a tent in the church to receive your donations of craft paints, glitter glue, construction paper, Sharpie markers,  - and all the other items you can choose from as are listed in your 2022 Lenten booklet.
  • The Parish’s annual report will be available next Sunday, and the Annual General Meeting will be Sunday, March 27, at 2 o’clock.
  • When you do your grocery shopping, please pick up a few extra things for the food bank - the holding bin is at the back of the church.  Thanks for your continued support for the needy!
  • In connection with those in need, there is a free community take-out supper available for those who would enjoy a hot meal. It can be picked up on Wednesday, March 23, at the entrance of the Church of the Good Shepherd from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Don’t forget, the Stations of the Cross takes place under the guidance of Canon Lynn Wednesdays during Lent at 11 a.m. (March 16, 23, 30 and April 6).  The Service of Compline take place each Wednesday at 8 well,  led by the parishes of the Transmission. The service can be viewed at
  • As you are aware, COVID guidelines are now a little less strict.  However, the Pandemic is not over and far from it.  As stated in the Chimes ‘as a church there is the responsibility of providing safe gatherings.’  There has been a COVID update from the Diocese as of March 14, and the following are recommended: 1) Masks must be worn entering and leaving the building; they may be removed when seated but it is highly recommended that they stay in place.  2) Masks must remain on while singing or while moving around the church – choir included. 3) There will be standing at the altar only and no common cup.  Also, there will be two stations: the station on the lectern side will distribute the bread with tweezers, and on the pulpit side, a gloved hand will be used.  You can choose either. 4) Hands must be sanitized on entering and leaving, and before and after receiving communion.
  • Note carefully the words of the Bishop in his letter “may we continue to respect and follow the advice from health professionals….and may we also respect one another in our individual choices regarding COVID 19 as members of God’s family.”
  • On Sunday, The Very Reverend William Bellamy will be our guest preacher.

May God continue to be with us on our Lenten Journey!
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)