Sunday, April 23 2017

Welcome to St. Andrew’s on this Second Sunday of Easter. You are welcome here regardless of your belief or unbelief, your faith or doubt. You are welcome whatever your creed, class, race, gender or sexual orientation. You are welcome here in the name of the love that holds and transforms all things. You are welcome this morning. Please join us for coffee and conversation in Iona Hall following the service.



Announcements for the week of April 17 - April 22, 2017

Rev. Mark’s Intermission – Please note that Rev. Mark is on a ten week intermission.  It is sort of like a sabbatical. The intermission was adopted in 1991 by the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and is a 10-week rest period that ministers are supposed to take once every five years. In 2016, the Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington required that the intermission be included in all calls going out from the Presbytery.  Rev. Mark says he will miss everyone very much while he is away, and will be excited to see everyone when he gets back. He plans to take his usual vacation period right after the intermission, and will return to St. Andrew’s at the end of July.

150 for 150! Thank you to everyone for rising to the challenge of supporting our Food Bank with your donations of food and funds! We collected 146 cans of beans, 124 jars of peanut butter, 98 tins of canned meat, 55 bags of rice and pasta and 45 cans of fruit for a total of 658 pounds!  If you forgot to bring in you food donations, don't worry, it's not too late.  Leave them in the grocery cart at the parking lot entrance or the office and we will get them to the Food Bank.  

Spring Chicken BBQ - Please note in your calendar the Chicken BBQ on Saturday, April 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Plan a take-out dinner party at home or plan to dine-in at Church.  In addition to sides, the $20 ticket price includes a barbequed half chicken and pie!  Tickets are available at the church office.

St Andrews Garage sale is Saturday, April 29th.  NIOC will be accepting donations starting Thursday, April 27th at 4:00 p.m. and all day Friday, April 28th in Iona Hall. Articles must be clean, in working condition, and able to be carried by one person. Clothing and computers will not be accepted.   Questions? Call Bruce or Karen Curry (519) 885-5995 OR Bob and Kathryn Hadley (519) 214-0210.

Responding to Famine in Africa – In response to the worst famine since WWII, Presbyterian World Service & Development is focusing its efforts on South Sudan.  Your donation to PWS & D at this time will be matched by the Canadian Government 4:1.  If you wish to donate you may send a cheque directly to PWS & D, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C-1J7 with a note, “Sudan Famine” or bring your cheque to St. Andrew’s and we will send it for you.

CAMBRIDGE TOYOTA PLANT TOUR on Wednesday, May 10th 2017. We will be meeting at the Kitchener Auditorium at the right side parking lot off of Ottawa St. and travelling with Elliott School Bus Lines leaving at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch will be included at the Mandarin Restaurant at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Tour at 2:00 p.m. We will be arriving home at approximately 4:00 p.m. . The cost of the tour including the bus and lunch is $30.00. If you have any questions you can ask organizer,  Ab Martin 519-669-5686. Please sign up in the church office. The tour is filling up quickly!

Mark & Debbie Johnson along with the Local Outreach Committee will be coordinating the Annual May 22nd BBQ for our downtown friends. Volunteer opportunities exist for a variety of tasks throughout the day. Please save the date and consider volunteering for this worthwhile cause! If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact Mark Johnson at or Debbie Johnson or home phone: 519-578-9796 or Debbie’s cell: 519-590-8963. Thank you.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb What’s the Buzz??? RHUBARB…Camp K Fish Fry needs yours!! Please bring donations of only unchopped full stocks (as per kitchen handling requirements) of Rhubarb to the church kitchen on Sunday, May 28th for Helen’s sensational pies to be served at our Fish Fry Monday, May 29th. Many Thanks and hope to see you there.

Fish Fry Tickets will be on sale outside the Chapel from Sunday, April 23rd and every Sunday in May and will also be available to purchase in the main office. Tickets are $18.00 for Adults and $8.00 for a Childs portion of fish or chicken nuggets. Hurry and purchase 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!


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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.