Announcements

Congregation of the Good Shepherd Beijing
We welcome you and invite you to get involved in our community

Thank you to all our volunteers!!
Thank you to each of you who continue to give of your time and energy to support the work and ministry we do here at Congregation of the Good Shepherd: from assisting with worship, singing in the choir, taking part in leading small groups, being a part of various committees and the board. Not only do you keep this place going, you make is more welcoming, bring energy, and continue to inspire us in this ongoing ministry we do here. We wouldn’t be who we are without you.

A special thanks to our Sunday School Teachers. You play such an important role in the nurturing and forming the children. They are the church, and it’s been so encouraging to see our children grow faith this last year. To all the youth who have helped with Sunday School over the months, thank you! Our younger children look up to you, and we are thankful for the role model you continue to be to them. Jake Miller, thank you for the commitment you’ve made to help the Sunday School continue to grow. You’ve helped bring out a new energy and life, and it’s been truly wonderful to see.

Vacancy Announcement:
The COGS Transition Committee is hopeful to have your input as we begin the transition into the next phase of the life of our congregation.

While we currently have an interim pastor, our search for a long-term minister has just begun! A vacancy announcement for that position is available. If you would like a digital copy, please speak to committee co-Chairs Nathaniel Davis or Stefan Whitney or email the committee at cogstransitioncommittee@gmail.com.

We encourage all of you to send the announcement out to your own personal networks in Asia and abroad. Your prayers are also greatly needed!

COGS’ service project highlighted through June:
COGS has continuously supported a Special Education School for children with severe intellectual disabilities for many years.

The school is in a tough coal-mining city of 2.6 million population.

The founder’s own grandson was born with a severely low intellectual level, and was denied a place in local schools. Her answer was to fight, against many odds, to build a new school for her grandson and other similarly discarded children. COGS member Doreen Huang, who has recently returned to the US, played a crucial role in helping her realise that aim.

The school, which began with 5 students, now has over 145 enrolled, with ages ranging from 5-26 years old.  These vulnerable and marginalized children would otherwise be denied an education due to their average IQ of just 24.

More than 80 of those who have graduated – including the founder’s own grandson – have obtained full time jobs and have become the breadwinners of their families.

COGS has this year committed in faith to provide 74,000 yuan to cover the costs of medication and food security for 40 of the students who come from especially impoverished backgrounds.

Your Service Committee Needs You
The Service Committee is looking for a couple of new members as valued friends depart, including someone who has Chinese language skills and would be willing to take on a liaison role with one of our key projects which lacks any English speakers. The role is not onerous. We meet briefly once a month after worship to review our work. But it is a crucial and rewarding aspect of our COGS community. Please contact the chair, Rowan Callick, or secretary Phil Cunliffe, or committee member Stella Zhang, if you are interested.

Small Groups:
Small groups have continued in Chaoyang and Haidian. Both groups meet at 7pm on Thursday evenings, it is never too late to join in. Contact cogs@fastmail.com


Future Announcements
If you wish to put an announcement in the bulletin, please send before Wednesday evening to our church e-mail address: cogs@fastmail.fm