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ANGLICANLife 1 October 2009 ANGLICANLife October 2009 in NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR A Section of the ANGLICANJOURNAL Saving the world - Lord of the One sheep at a time harvest Now thank we all our God, With heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, In whom this world rejoices; Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. Side by side: A young member of St. Mark’s Sunday School learns the value of how one young lamb can help change the world. Article and Photos by Robert Cooke Each year PWRDF Sunday at St. Mark’s in St. John’s means two things - Side by Side Sleepover and Feast or Famine. This year May 2-3 we once again highlighted the work of PWRDF. In recent years the Side by Side Sleepover has involved a challenge for the youth from our youth minister. This year the challenge was parish wide and it was to raise enough money to purchase fifty sheep. Why sheep? First, sheep can make a great difference in the lives of families in developing countries. Sheep provide fresh meat, wool for clothing, and trade. Second, the gospel reading for the weekend was the Parable of the Good Shepherd from John’s Gospel. With the challenge issued the youth got to work rallying parishioners to purchase a sheep or two or three. When all was said and done we raised $3520 which will provide approximately eighty sheep for families in need. To add to the day we arranged for a local sheep farmer to bring along some of his sheep to St. Mark’s on Sunday for our 10:30am service. This provided a great visual reminder of our goal. It also provided a great object lesson for the gospel. Our children got to spend their Sunday school time petting the sheep and hearing from a real life shepherd just what it takes to be a good shepherd. The second part of our weekend is the Feast or Famine (aka Rich Man, Poor Man Meal). The purchase of a ticket guarantees you a feast or a famine. Ten percent of the people will receive a delicious roast beef dinner with tea/coffee, and desert. Twenty percent get baked beans and apple juice to represent the unclean drinking water that most of the world has to drink. The remaining 70% receive plain white rice with no drinking water. The meal represents See: Side by Side Story continued on page 6 O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us; And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed; And free us from all ills, in this world and the next! All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given; The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven; The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore; For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore. Words: Martin Rinkart, circa 1636 (Nun danket alle Gott); translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, 1856. SERVING THE ANGLICAN DIOCESES OF WESTERN NEWFOUNDLAND + CENTRAL NEWFOUNDLAND + EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

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