First of all let's start with a great big thank you to Ian Montgomery for leading our services this past couple of weeks, and being here for the wonderful Remembrance Sunday service yesterday . If anyone has any pictures from yesterday, please share them with us, we'd love to see them.
Let's pray for Ian and his wife Polly as they leave us now and head back home to the United States. We hope to see you both again soon.
As we are all probably well aware, this coming Saturday is a big day! It's finally time for the Christmas Bazaar!!
We still need your help, right up until the day!
1. Raffle tickets - please continue to buy and sell tickets, we have some great prizes again this year
2. If you are or are able to bake or make something to sell, please let Robin Emigh know
3. We are still collecting good quality used items! Clothing, shoes and accessories for Esther's Closet, household items and toys for the White Elephant stall, and of course books, CD's and DVD's. please bring them to the Cathedral any time, leaving them clearly labeled as items for the bazaar.
4. Finally, please remember that your presence is very important on the day, if you can help out then great, otherwise just come along and spend the day having fun with friends.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all there!
The closing date for the new rector search of our new English speaking congregation is now only a couple of weeks away, 30th November.
If you are interested or know someone would be, please take a look at the profile on the 'meet our clergy page' and contact us as soon as possible.
The selection committee for the new Rector (Matthew Allen, Steve Botts, Carla Dongo, Andrew King, Penny Marcés and Rosemary Underhay) met on Friday evening for a preliminary meeting. The main points of the meeting were:
a) Matthew Allen was elected chair of the committee.
b) So far, we have received one firm application and several queries which are being followed up.
c) It was agreed that the contacts with whom we shared the profile several weeks ago (mainly mission agencies) should be contacted again, and in addition other ways (eg general clergy websites) used in order to publicise the vacancy at the Good Shepherd as much as possible.
d) Members of the congregation are also to be encouraged to continue to share the profile with anyone who may be interested.
e) Everyone is also encouraged to continue to pray for God´s help in this search, that the person God wants for us in the cathedral will find the profile and respond, and that the committee will be able to discern who that is among the possibilities.
The Provincial Council meetings were held in Santiago de Chile at the beginning of the week, with Peru being represented by Bishop Jorge Aguilar, Rev Jorge Zamudio and lay representative Isabel Montoya. Amongst the visitors were Bishop Henry Scriven (UK), Bishop Ken Clarke (Ireland), Rev John McDonald (USA) and Mark Lennox (Ireland). The following resolutions were passed:
a) Bishop Greg Venables, currently Bishop of the southern part of Argentina (Argentina also has the Diocese of Northern Argentina), was elected Primate of the Province (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Northern Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay). He is from England but has been a mission partner in South America since 1979, firstly as a teacher in Paraguay and then as an ordained member of the clergy (since 1984) in Paraguay and Bolivia before going to Argentina. He was also responsible for the Diocese of Peru from 1993 until 1998 when there was no Bishop in Peru. He has already served as Primate from 2001 until 2010, and thus brings a wealth of experience to this responsibility.
b) The revised Provincial Canons (which are the rules which determine how the Province functions) were agreed. These had been prepared by a special commission.
c) A new Executive Provincial Council was elected:
i)President: (not elected): Primate Greg Venables
ii) Vice President: Bishop Hector Zavala (Chile)
iii) 3 clergy representatives: Rev. Heber Castaño (Uruguay)
Rev. Walter Toro (Bolivia)
Rev. Jorge Zamudio (Perú)
iv) 3 lay representatives: Cristina Daly (Argentina)
Priscila Guillen (Paraguay)
Olivia Torres (Northern Argentina)
Don't forget to check out our events page for all the up coming services we have over the Christmas period