October 02, 2016

Welcome to this loving family, we are glad you have chosen to be here today, and we pray that this worship and fellowship will be a wonderful and healing experience for you. Today on World Communion Sunday we come to the table with Christians all around the world. Today let your heart be in communion with Christians dying of hunger in third-world nations, with Christians being persecuted in the Middle-East, with Christians who are in pain and suffering, with Christians whose souls are dying from an excess of possessions and wealth, and with all Christians everywhere. Everyone who loves Jesus is welcomed to come to the table at St. Andrew’s; the table belongs to God and no one has the right to prevent another person from receiving the gifts of God. Following worship today please come down to Iona Hall to share another meal in loving fellowship with your sisters and brothers in Christ. The staff of St. Andrew’s have been toiling all week to make you a delicious spaghetti lunch with meat balls and fresh rolls on the side. The vegetable sauce and meat sauce are all homemade. Gluten free pasta is available on request. We will also have coffee, tea and juice. There will be several flavours of ice-cream for dessert…and Rev. Mark said that he would even find us some Tutti-Frutti Spumoni ice cream to keep up the Italian theme.


                                         Click here to sign a petition to the Honourable John McCallum urging him to expedite the arrival of Syrian Refugees

                                         Click here to sign a petition to the Honourable John McCallum urging him to expedite the arrival of Syrian Refugees

Announcements for the week of October 03-07, 2016

OCTOBER 2, 2016

OCTOBER 2, 2016

Join us after the service, October 2nd, World Communion Sunday, for a spaghetti dinner prepared with love by the staff of St. Andrew's to raise money towards the general fund. You will be treated to spaghetti with a choice of meat or vegetable sauces, the option of delicious meatballs, buns and ice cream and toppings for dessert! Come down to Iona Hall following the service make a donation of your choice and support St. Andrew's while enjoying fellowship and a delicious meal!!

The W.A. dinner meeting will be on Monday, October 3rd  at 6:00 p.m. in the Elizabeth Room.

 The Visitors in the Parish, will meet on Monday, October 3rd at 8:00 p.m. in the Heather Room. Please note time change. Call Marg Lewis with regrets or for more information at 519– 570– 3401.

 NIOC will meet on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Westminster Room.

 Prayer Shawl Meeting -Welcome back knitters, and crocheters. Our first meeting will be on Thursday October 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Heather Room. 

The Servant Queen and the King She Serves – Rev. Mark apologizes for underestimating how much everyone loves the Queen! If you were not able to get your copy of the book last Sunday, please be assured that Mark ordered 30 more copies on Monday…and then, due to increasing demand, another 20 copies on Wednesday (We hope that will be enough!) They ship from the UK and should be here in the first week of October.

Gas and Grocery card sales - Find us outside the Chapel or outside Doug’s office. Please consider purchasing your gift cards through the church, as a small profit from the sale of each card goes to help fund projects of the Women’s Association. You receive the full value of the card you chose and you only pay the face value of the card. Tim Horton’s is a weekly favorite! We take cheques or cash. Hope to see you at one of our tables soon.

Glad Tidings, the magazine of the Women's Missionary Society, is of interest to everyone. Six issues a year present the subscriber with thought provoking articles about Presbyterian Church issues in Canada and world-wide. Worship materials, devotionals, notes from Presbyterian mission staff, studies and meditations enlighten and inform subscribers at a cost of $16.95 (tax included). For more information, please contact Carol Fay at (519) 648-2677.

Are you a handy man? Camp K could use your skills. The shed out at Laurel creek needs some repair and protection for the winter to stop animals from using it for a winter home. If you can assist the Camp in this necessary work please contact the office at 519-578-4430 and let us know. Thank you.

New DVDs in the Book Corner:

-Race a story for those who want to continue the Olympic and Paralympic excitement. This is the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the superstar of the 1936 Olympics who faced off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

 -Spare Parts is another true life story about four underdog students who beat the odds and build a robot with - spare parts. And build a bond that lasts a lifetime.

 -The Book Thief is an inspiring film that you have missed at the theatre. Words and imagination provide two young friends with the escape they need from life in Hitler's Germany. Geoffrey Rush gives a fine performance, as the adoptive father of one and provider of temporary refuge for the other.

 -Inside Out the 2015 hit from Disney Pixar reinforces the summer church school theme of emotions—joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness. Check it out for the pure enjoyment of being a child again.

My Journey Season 2 has begun! Every Tuesday we'll post a new video recapping the lesson from the previous Sunday. This season we've shortened things up a bit, and created videos that pack a bit more punch. Check it out with your kids, and share it with your friends!

The Visitors in the Parish, will meet on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Heather Room. Please call Marg Lewis with regrets or for more information at 519– 570– 3401.

Do you have envelope number 301? If so please let the church office know who you are so that we can be sure that you receive an income tax receipt for your donation.

Thrift Shop - The change-over to fall and winter clothing will take place on Monday, October 3rd.  Please contact Anne at 519-744-8946  and volunteer to help re-stock the racks. Thank you for your consideration. With a good turn-out we can be finished by lunch time on both days.

Assistance in Getting to Church

If you are a senior who has difficulty getting to church, and there is no convenient bus to bring you here, we may be able to help you by providing taxi scrips.If you would like some taxi scrips to help with your transportation please speak to Rev. Mark, Rev. Greg, one of the administrative staff or the receptionist at the front desk. Please note that there may be less expensive ways for you to get to church.  Before you ask for scrips from the church please check to see if you qualify for the Grand River Transit MobilityPLUS program. If you qualify for the MobilityPLUS program or any other program that provides a discounted rate of travel, please use that program and then speak to us about covering the cost. The scrips that we have are in $5.00 increments. Please work out the cost of your ride and then ask for the nearest amount in $5.00 scrips without going over, and pay the extra amount to the driver yourself. For example, if your ride costs $17.00 please ask for $15.00 in scrips and make up the rest yourself.  The taxi company will not give change for amounts paid with scrips. A tip cannot be paid with a scrip. This is an experimental project funded by the generous donation of a church member who wishes to remain anonymous.  We will review the feasibility of the project in the coming weeks.  Thank you.

Discussion Group for the Autumn of 2016

The Autumn Discussion Group is on and will run for six consecutive weeks to Tuesday November 1.  The 10:00 a.m. group and the 7:00 p.m. group will study the same material, and participants are welcomed to switch back and forth as their schedules allow. This course will be the first six of twenty-four studies on Comparative Religion based on DVD lectures by Professor Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma.  Professor Kimball is also the former Director of the Middle East Office at the National Council of Churches. Professor Kimball is the author of “When Religion Becomes Evil.”  Rather than just being an overview of each religion, Professor Kimball has organized these lectures so that each week we will look at one theological concept and study how each religion understands it.  Everyone is invited to join us in these studies. Tues. Oct. 4 – Exploring Similarities and Differences Tues. Oct. 11 – The Sacred, the Holy and the Profane Tues. Oct. 18 – Sacred Time, Sacred Space and Sacred Objects  Tues. Oct. 25 – Sacred People – Prophets, Sages, Saviours Tues. Nov. 1 – Sacred People – Clergy, Monastics, Shamans The group meets in the Elizabeth Room.  For more information please contact Rev. Mark at 519-578-4430 ext. 221 / 519-635-4362 / m.lewis@standrewskw.com   

The Church would like to e-mail income tax receipts this coming year to help reduce costs and make receipting more convenient for the giver. If you have an e-mail address please send it to mailbox@standrewskw.com. Thank you.

Evening session added! “OPEN THE DOOR, a journey to your true self” by Joyce Rupp. Join Sheree Anderson for 6 weekly sessions from Thanksgiving to Advent Mondays 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m., October 17th- November 21st, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.“…best-selling spiritual guide Joyce Rupp, creatively leads readers to explore how the image of the door can guide them in a process of discovering their true self. Joyce Rupp brings new life to the ageless spiritual image of the door, weaving insights from East and West…in a practical format that is just right for contemporary readers. The book is structured as a daily prayer guide for everyday use over six weeks. Books cost approx. $20. If cost is a barrier, please let us know. Subsidized books are available. Register now!

Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything? Why not give the gift of a donation in their honour to your favorite St. Andrew’s Mission. For those who watch us on television for a birthday or anniversary you can make a donation to the TV ministry of St. Andrew’s in their name. A donation to C.E. or Youth, the bulletin, the library, Stephen Ministry, VIP, or a donation to support our church buildings all show your love of our church being shared with loved ones and friends. Cards are available from the office to send to the recipients to let them know of your generous and thoughtful gift.