(Mar. 8, 2024)

Next Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent, when we begin what is often referred to as the second part of Lent.  We aim to celebrate the approaching mystery of our salvation with great joy – as we become more focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  May God guide us on the final lap of our Lenten Journey.

As usual, here are a few reminders/messages for you:

  • March 10 is also the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, so we are reminded to ‘spring ahead’ an hour as of March 10 at 2 a.m. You are going to lose an hour’s sleep, but the good news is that we draw closer to the start of spring!
  • If you, or someone you know, could use a free hot meal, you can pick one up at the entrance to the Church of the Good Shepherd today, Wednesday, March 6, between 5 and 6 p.m.
  • Recently there have been messages going out to you via the Chimes, enews, and the parish facebook about the plan “Set Sail: Charting the Course for Christ’s Church.”  If you would like more detailed information, please follow this link http://anglicanenl.net/set-sail-strategic-plan/
  • The Maundy Thursday Renewal of Vows will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral.  All details regarding this gathering are given in your Chimes which is sent to you via email and is also in the Chimes that is posted on the parish Facebook, and the Parish website.
  • There are many ways that you can get help on your Lenten journey.  One of these, is via ‘Adult Lent in a Bag’ – a bag which is available for pickup at the entrance to the church contains symbols for daily or weekly reflection.
  • Please note that the Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 10, immediately following the 11 a.m. service. The reports are ready for pick up now until Friday from 9 to noon.  If you are unable to attend the AGM in person, you will be able to join virtually on our usual social media platforms.
  • The Vestry still requires vestry member/members and a recording secretary.  Please contact the office or Archdeacon Nancy if you are interested in either of these ministries. There is also a need for more readers for our worship services for which there is a signup sheet at the church’s entrance.
  • You are also being reminded to carefully read the notice in your Chimes “Tent City for Change,” regarding the resident protestors who are protesting the need for safe, supportive housing in our city.  You know that as a faith community when ‘we serve the least of those among us, we are serving Christ himself.’ The message outlines how we can serve at this time.
  • Bible Study continues this morning at 10:30 – come and join us! There is also the Compline service tonight at 7 with guest preacher Reverend Joleen Peters who this week will deliver a testimony from the perspective of ‘the nail.’
  • Please don’t forget our Lenten Outreach Project – our donations will be received by a representative from The St. Vincent de Paul food bank at the Palm Sunday Service.

That’s it, folks!

May God Bless you all,
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)