May 1, 2016

Welcome to St. Andrew’s, thank you for choosing to be here with us today. We pray that you will feel the love and warmth of the people of St. Andrew’s today, and we pray that in this worship you will experience the healing presence of God. Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Iona Hall after the worship today.



Announcements for the week of May 1 to May 6

A couple shots from the youth sleep over on March 11th

A couple shots from the youth sleep over on March 11th

NIOC SILENT AUCTION FINAL DAY- Please come to Iona Hall and BID.  Don't miss out on something you want or would like to do! Keep your bulletin insert with the numbered items so that you can easily find your favorites! Please remain to the very end and pay for and pick up your winning items today. Your participation will enable us to reach our goal of paying a teacher's salary at the Francisco Coll School in the Guatemala City Dump, plus provide assistance to our Aboriginal People. Please follow the instructions of Dave Mitchell as he guides us all through the final steps of the auction. Enjoy our NIOC cookies with your coffee/tea while you are bidding. Payment is by cash or cheque only. Good luck everyone! 

FISH Glorious Fish!! Save The Date: 2016 Annual Fish Fry Day is May 30th,  4:30-6:30 pm in Iona Hall  and Camp Kummoniwannago invites you to attend. Kiwanis Club of Elmira is doing the cooking, T&J’s Seafood's is suppling the fish. Please join us and support Camp K and help replenish our sponsorship fund.  See you there!

Fish Fry Tickets will be on sale outside the Chapel from April 24th and every Sunday in May and will also be available to purchase in the main office. Tickets are $18.00 for Adultsand $8.00 for a childs portion of fish or chicken nuggets. Hurry andpurchase your tickets, you don’t want to miss out. Limited  ticket sales at the door. We promise to feed you well. All proceeds go to Camp Kummoniwannago, get your tickets today!

Friday Night Youth Group. See you all at 6:45pm in the youth room!  

Thrift Shop-The thrift shop could use more pant hangers. If you can spare some, please bring them to the office. Thank you – we appreciate your help. Any volunteers who do not have their copy of the blue 2016 volunteer listmay pick it up from the mail slots in the office. 

All VIP’s are encouraged to attend the next Visitors in the Parish meeting on Monday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Heather Room. Rev. Greg Smith will share his insights on effective visiting. Please call Marg Lewis (519-570-3401) if you cannot attend.

Congregational member with envelope 348, please write your name on your envelope or call the office to let us know who you are. Thank You.

Ecumenical Prayer Shawl Ministry Gathering – Tuesday, May 10, 1-1:30 p.m. (doors open at noon) for all who are involved in the prayer shawl ministry or would like to learn about it. Hosted by the St. Michael’s Prayer Shawl Ministry, at St. Michael’s Church, corner of 240 Hemlock Street and University Avenue, Waterloo. Bring your shawls to display. There will be free–will offering. Prayer Shawl knitting and crochet books will be available for sale. Please register by Friday, May 6 by contacting Linda at 519-888-6954 or 

 May 23rd Downtown Community BBQ. Look for opportunities to serve and donate in the next 3 weeks. 

 WMS LUNCHEON – Thursday May 12, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Room. Plan on attending as this will be our last meeting until September 8th.

 Water-Wellington Presbyterial Spring Rally – Monday May 2nd, 1 p.m. at Rockwood Presbyterian Church. Our guest speaker is to be Janet Brewer. Janet has travelled to many of our Mission Areas,

 Spring Chicken BBQ Thank you to everyone who supported the Spring Chicken BBQ!  Those who ate in and those who took their dinners home to enjoy remarked that the barbequed chicken was especially delicious!  We sold 160 of the planned 200 tickets.  With the addition of potatoes, leeks, carrots, peas and thyme, the remaining chicken halves were transformed into chicken pot pies and frozen the day following the barbeque.  These chicken pot pies are available for sale.  The pot pies are priced at 2 six inch pies for $10 and will be available for sale following the Church service on May 8th.  Thank you to all for making the Spring Chicken BBQ a success!

 Spring is coming and things are growing again!  Are your mite donations growing too? Remember to take care of your mite container by filling it with your loose change and watch it grow. The Local Outreach Committee uses the funds raised by the mite containers to assist local community organizations with their projects. This year we provided funds to the Working Centre Soup Kitchen, to Ray of Hope for new tables for their dining room, to KW Counselling for people who cannot afford their services and to The YWCA Emergency Shelter for a new dining room set for their common room. Thank you for your generosity to our local community.

Camp K is in need of a BIG Bar-B-Que to stay out at the camp. If anyone has or knows someone who has a safe, nearly new B.B.Q that would like to donate to Camp K we would be more than happy to accept it and come and pick it up. We will happily accept donations towards the purchase of a new one as an alternative.  Camp also needs a full size refrigerator to replace our current one that acts like a freezer instead of a fridge, again if anyone is looking to give away a working refrigerator Camp K can put it to good use. 

A Historical Countryside Mennonite Tour will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016. The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. We will meet at the horse barns beside Zehrs at the Conestoga Mall. The tour will  take us through the beautiful countryside of Waterloo County to learn about the traditions and customs of the Mennonites of this area. We will stop at a Parochial school, a general store, a meeting house, the “Kissing Bridge” , the St. Jacobs Mill Race and other sites in and around Elmira, St. Jacobs and Millbank. We will have lunch at Anna Mae’s in Millbank and arrive back at the pickup point with a new appreciation of the Mennonite culture. We must have a minimum of 25 people for this tour to take place. Sign up in the church office. If you have any questions contact Ab Martin at 519-569-1553. The cost of the tour is $38.00. Proceeds will go to Local Outreach.

Gas and Grocery Cards - Be sure to visit our sales tables each Sunday or make your purchases in the office during the week. Today, the sales will take place at both the chapel entrance and Weber street entrance this morning.

New Members Sunday is May 29 – We would love to receive you as a member of St. Andrew’s.  If you are interested in membership or have any questions about it, please speak to Rev. Mark or give him a call at 519-578-4430 ext. 221 or an email at  We need you to be a member of St. Andrew’s!

We love your feedback on our Sunday school videos! Thank you to everyone who emails, sends a Facebook message, or leaves a comment behind on our Sunday school videos. We love getting your feedback! Here is the latest video in My Journey - Easter Sunday.

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.

Visit our Newly Renovated Kitchen Thanks to Dave Mitchell and Jean Plust for taking us on a virtual tour of the new kitchen. Check out the video to see the new layout, new dishwasher, and mobile dish racks.




Biography of Gregory Scott Charles Smith

Greg was raised in the Presbyterian Church and is part of the associated pastoral team at Knox Church in Guelph.  Greg’s many qualifications include a Master of Theology from McMaster Divinity School, a Professional Training Certificate from the Gestalt Institute in Toronto and a Master of Divinity from Knox College in Toronto. 

 Greg is a trained Stephen Minister and very familiar with most aspects of the Stephen Ministry Program.  Greg was recently married to Sheree, a trained chaplain and Lay Pastor, certified by the Uniting Church of Australia.

The Pastoral Care Ministry position provides pastoral counselling, support and co-ordination of the various St. Andrew’s support groups including the Stephen Ministers, the VIPs (Visitors in the Parish), the Health Committee, the Prayer Group and the Prayer Shawl Group, to ensure that the pastoral needs of the congregation are met. 

The Associate Minister will also share in the general leadership of worship, preaching, sacraments and outreach in a way that is consistent with the job description of the Lead Minister.  Greg will also work collegially with the Lead Minister, reporting directly to Session on issues relating to Pastoral Care.

Greg will visit and provide pastoral care to the sick, elderly and homebound, in hospitals, nursing homes and private homes, and provide support to families in times of crisis.  Greg will also conduct weddings and funerals on a shared basis with the Lead Minister, and lead worship on one non-televised Sunday service every 4-6 weeks.

Greg believes in the Missional Church as in our 2015 theme “A Little Closer to Jesus” and our 2016 theme “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together.”  He rejects the fear of the future as held by some Presbyterians, and states that “Fear cannot dominate.  It’s a walk of faith, especially if we are going to have a future”.

Photos from the Ordination and Induction service for Rev. Gregory Scott Charles Smith on February 14th, 2016