December 04, 2016

Welcome to St. Andrew’s on this second Sunday in the season of Advent. Thank you for choosing to be with us today. We pray that you will be surrounded by love and grace, and that this worship will be meaningful to you and will help you to experience the presence of God. Please come down to Iona Hall for fellowship and refreshment after the service today.


 

Announcements for the week of December 05 - December 09, 2016

Gas and Grocery card sales - Find us outside the Chapel or at Coffee Hour in Iona Hall. Thank you for your purchases. Special Order Gift Cards available within a week (with prepayment). Christmas deadline: December 8th, 2016.

Your assistance is needed this morning to help distribute Christmas Poinsettia plants to the members of St. Andrew's who are homebound or residents of long-term care facilities. Plan to go to Iona Hall after the service and enjoy the coffee and fellowship and pick up plants for people living near you. Each plant is carefully labeled with the name and full address of the recipient.  Bruce and Karen Curry will help you with your selection. Thanks to the Women's Associationfor their financial support of this important ministry and to the Curry’s for assisting with labeling and organizing the plants this year.

 BAZAAR TALK: The Bazaar Committee would like to thank all volunteers and everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the Heather & Holly Bazaar yesterday.  It was a joyous event. Stay tuned for a final tally of the results. 

LAST CHANCES: For those who missed the bazaar yesterday, or those who are regretting not purchasing something yesterday, you will have an opportunity to browse and purchase from the tables in Iona Hall during Coffee Hour today. 

Please join us for a Noon-Hour Concert on Wednesday, December 07th.  The featured artists are Opus IV Brass Quartet.  Enjoy our fresh, tasty lunch for only $7.00 available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Brechbill Bursary - “ They will soar on wings like eagles…” (Isaiah 40:31) This scripture was chosen to signify the Brechbill Memorial Bursary Fund’s mission to help young people further their education. Many of you will not be aware that this bursary was established in the early 1990s by Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Brechbill and Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Brechbill. Over many years the award has provided financial support to many young people. Its intent is to provide an annual bursary to aspiring young students wishing to attend a college or university. Due to declining interest income, the current available funding is significantly less this year. The Brechbill Committee would like to see more students further their goals. Won't you help them fly with your financial gift? Donations will be gratefully accepted and can be made through the church office.   

What is a mite? By definition it is “a very small contribution or amount of money”. We think of the widow’s mite that was so much more than the value of the coin. We at St. Andrew’s have to collected our “mites” in Mite containers for generations and continue to use that method to support our local community. This year our Mite Funds supported people who received the services of the Working Centre’s St. John’s Kitchen, YWCA, Ray of Hope and KW Counselling.  Bring your overflowing Mite donations to the office or give them to your elder. Thank you from the Local Outreach Committee!

 

 

Bakers Needed! We need a few eager volunteers to bake cookies, squares, or brownies for the reception following the Christmas pageant on December 11th. Interested? Please talk to Lauren Wasyluk.

TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES to complete your Christmas Shopping and support St Andrew’s at the same time: There will be Mini-Bazaars outside the Chapel doors on Wednesdays, Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th between 11:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Why not plan to attend a free Noon Hour Recital, enjoy a fresh, tasty lunch prepared by ladies of our W.A., and do some last minute shopping?

 WMS will be meeting on Thursday, December 8th at 2 :00 p.m. in the Elizabeth Room. Our Christmas meeting will be a time of devotion and fellowship. Everyone is welcome.

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.

 

Large Print copies of “The Servant Queen and the king She Serves” – There are a few copies of the book about the Queen’s faith in the office, including two copies in large print.

Heather & Holly Bazaar (December 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) 

You’ll find a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, items for children and others, perfect for everyone on your Christmas list.  We have baked goods, preserves, pickles, knitted and crocheted items, sewing, jewelry, gently used treasures, calendula skin cream, greenery, crafts, pet gifts, novelties, trinkets and a silent auction. Enjoy lunch and live music in our Tearoom.  All proceeds go to the Women’s Association and, in turn, are used primarily for renovations and upgrades in the church so we can better serve our congregation and the community at large. We are always thankful for the many people who attend, volunteer and/or donate to this wonderful event. If you have questions about possible involvement, please contact Karen Wegner at karen.wegner@rogers.com or 519-821-0313. 

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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.