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St. Andrew’s has applied and been accepted as a Fairtrade Faith Group by Fair Trade Canada!

This means that St. Andrew’s Church and its members support better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.  One of the requirements of becoming a Fairtrade faith group is to have available to the congregation, and others, Fair Trade products for sale. Currently we have a variety of chocolate bars, teas, coffee and hot
chocolate mixes.  The items are somewhat more expensive than you would by in Walmart but they have the advantage of giving back to the farmer and their communities and ensure that the products are produced without child labour.   This mission was previously championed by Mary Johnson who supplied St. Andrew’s at no cost to the church all of our coffee for church  functions. She also sold fair trade products at coffee time and at the bazaar to support this important mission. In honour of her memory we will continue to serve only Fairtrade coffee at Coffee time. However since we will now have to purchase the coffee we serve, your purchases of Fairtrade products will also help to lessen the cost of coffee to the church. Becoming a Fairtrade Faith Group is certainly another way in which St. Andrew’s shows that mission is at the heart of the church and its members. Please take the time to read the inserts about fair trade in the coming weeks that will be inserted in the bulletin so that your understanding of this important mission can grow. Come see the selections of quality  products for sale in the church office and support this mission of love and support for our less fortunate communities. You can use the power of your purchases to make a difference in the lives of farmers, workers and their children all over the world.

Announcements for the week of January 22 to January 26, 2017

Position Available: Maintenance Custodian (Part-time) - We currently have an opening for an individual with skills in plumbing, minor electrical, mechanical repairs, carpentry and drywall work to assist in the upkeep of our wonderful building. The position is approx. 20 hours per week, with flexible hours and occasional weekend work as back-up custodian when required.  For more details, see the job description on Interested applicants, please submit your resume and cover letter to or hand in to the church office - Attention: HR Committee.

And a final word from Karen Wegner: I would like to thank the Women’s Association for allowing me the privilege of serving as Bazaar Convener for the past 7 years.  It has been my joy and privilege to lead the amazing encouraging and supportive members of our congregation who make up the Bazaar Committee. As I announce my retirement as convener, I pledge to support my successor with the same enthusiasm as you have all come to expect of me.

Thank you to the many volunteers who prepared and served coffee this fall. Your involvement with this ministry is greatly appreciated. I am now scheduling volunteers for the spring. Please contact me with your availability. Debbie Johnson. Home phone: 519-578-9796 or  Cell phone : 519-590-8963

Fairtrade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and chocolate bars are available in the church office These products support farmers and their communities afford housing, healthcare and education. These products not help St. Andrew’s cover the costs of Coffee hour each week,  they make a difference in the lives of farmers workers and their families all over the world.

Gas and grocery cards  Gift cards will not be sold this Sunday, however they will be available in the church office during the week.

We need your strong financial support as we head towards the end of the year. We are about $30,000 behind budget for this year, so please consider a special gift in the Christmas season.  Some may wish to make a gift of securities which will result in a 40% tax credit for the donor, others may be able to make a more modest gift.  Every gift is greatly valued, and we are thankful for all your generosity.  Please help us to keep up all our beautiful missions and ministries. Thank you.

Food Not Bombs! This organisation prepares, then distributes a meal in Downtown Kitchener every Saturday. If you would like to be involved on either an occasional or ongoing basis, please talk to Ken Schade after the service, or email Mark Johnson at

Technical Help with Sunday Audio – We would love to have one or two people who are willing to learn our audio system for Sunday worship, and who would be willing to run the sound board just once or twice per month.  Clear sound is a vital part of worship; it is one of those things that no one thinks about, but when it is not working, then meaningful worship is not possible.  If you are interested please call the church office and ask for Rev. Mark.  Please share this request with others who might have an interest in gaining some experience with audio systems.

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.

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.