St. Andrew's is a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation

 

Announcements for the week of October 23 to October 27, 2017

 Welcome to St. Andrew’s, on our 163rd Anniversary. For all these years God has been our only help and strength. If we have ever done anything of value for God’s Kingdom or for the world around us, we have done it by God’s strength and we give all glory to God. We hope that you will feel warmly received in this place and we pray that this worship will satisfy your spiritual needs. We are an inclusive and welcoming congregation. We believe that God loves everyone regardless of race, creed, religion, colour, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or level of intelligence. God is with you! God is on your side! God is for you! Please join us in Iona Hall after worship for refreshment and fellowship.

Gas and grocery cards are sold weekly in Iona Hall and in front of the Chapel following the church service. We have an assortment of cards for grocery stores, gas stations, Tim Hortons, Chapters, Shopper’s Drugs and Giant Tiger and others. You receive the full face value of the card, however we buy at a discount and the profit is passed on to the Women’s Association for church projects.

St. Andrews has a long history of supporting Local Missions. One way that we contribute to our community is through the givings of the Mite Can fund.  Again this year you have a label to put on a container and make your own mite can to fill with your loose change. Challenge yourself to donate the cost of a bus ticket each time you get into your car for a week.  If you need a label, please contact the office or make a one time donation labeled Local Outreach Mite Fund. Thank you!

Check out what our kids are doing this year to get out and serve our community and what you can do to help!

Check out what our kids are doing this year to get out and serve our community and what you can do to help!

SAVE YOUR TOONIES AND LOONIES! During the month of October, to support World Hunger Relief, the NIOC Committee will have a Toonie Tree on the coffee table in Iona Hall to collect your Toonies and Loonies. If we can all sacrifice a couple of coffees, or smoothies, each week, the money we collect will be donated to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, where it will be matched 4:1 by the government!  Please start saving your Loonies and Toonies and use the Toonie Tree to help provide relief from hunger around the world. Thank you all from the NIOC Committee for your kindness.

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.

THRIFTSHOP : The volunteer list has been updated, and anyone who has not received it yetcan pickup their green copyfrom the mail slots in the church office.  A sincere "thank you" to the congregation for your donations of clean, gently used items.  Because of your continued support the sales so far this Fall have been very rewarding.  Winter boots and men's winter coats and jackets are in short supply right now, and if you have any to spare we would be grateful for your donation. We  are still looking for people who would be willing to fill in if a scheduled volunteer is unable to come in, and we also have an opening for someone to help on the second Thursday of each month.  If this suits your scheduleand you would like to join this friendly group of volunteers, please call Anne McConnell at 744-8946.The shop is open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. from September to June.

BOOK REVIEW : “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bollinger The author of this book brings decades of expertise in guiding churches through uncharted territory to help them reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. A great primer for our VISIONING process, I’d say. Available in the Book Corner any Sunday.

Strangers are friends you have yet to meet: Join us at our men's coffee club at TIM HORTON'S at the corner of Lancaster & Frederick Streets at 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month and make a friend who has been a stranger to you at St Andrew's. For more info call Ab Martin at 519-669-5686.

NOW is the time to start remembering to wear those lovely name tags to help others in our congregation that may know your face only but not your name. Tags can be worn at any St. Andrew's function, not just on Sundays. Name tags are $10. They will be ordered for anyone who needs one when we order them for the new members joining in November.  Contact Garry or Yola Grant at gnygrant@rogers.com or 519-746-8315.

BAZAAR TALK: Please be sure to read the Q & A article in the recent issue of A-Spire for all kinds of information about our Heather & Holly Bazaar which takes place on Saturday, December 2nd. Now is a good time to start spreading the word to one and all.

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.

Join us for a wonderful Women's Fall Weekend on "Living a Life of Prayer” with speaker Mary Jane Bissett, November 10th-12th at Crieff Hills Retreat and Conference centre near Guelph.  Come learn and share together about different forms of prayer and how to pray as a family.  Retreat begins with Friday dinner and ends after Sunday lunch.  Cost $240 for double room, $300 single and $175 commuter.  Limited spaces available for one day Saturday.  www.crieffhills.com 1 800-884-1525

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:00 PM - The Brubacher House Museum presents ARNIE NAIMAN & HANNAH SHIRA NAIMAN, two of Canada's finest old-time musicians! Join us for an intimate house concert in an historic setting on the University of Waterloo campus. Admission: $20 (Cash). Banjo players are also invited to register for a Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Arnie Naiman from 3-5pm ($40). To register, contact: Laura Enns, 519-886-3855 or bhouse@uwaterloo.ca. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1653850291327787

As a non-traditional form of spirituality, Taizé ecumenical worship is particularly popular with busy people. Music is its foundation. At the heart of this prayer service are Scripture readings surrounded by silence and beautiful music that can help one engage in meditative prayer.

Prayer then leads us to renew our trust in God. When we live with hearts that trust, life becomes meaningful for those around us.Trusting that you will be able to join us to pray for world respect, justice and peace:

On Sunday, October 22 at 7:30 pm hosted by Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo - 519-885-0220

Then for November a special invitation: on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00pm at the Brubacher House on the University of Waterloo Campus. 

And to begin Advent: Sunday Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St. N. (corner Queen and Weber) Kitchener - 519-578-4430