Sunday, March 26 2017

Welcome to St. Andrew’s .  We are thankful that you have decided to be with us on this fourth Sunday in the season of Lent.  It is our prayer that you will be greeted here with warmth and love and that this worship will feed your spiritual hunger and help you to feel the presence of God.  We are thankful to our Local Outreach Committee for all the work they do on our behalf to meets local mission needs.  It is an awesome group, and they lead us in awesome work as we live out our relationship with Jesus by caring for those in need.  Today three members of our Local Outreach Committee will take part in our service by sharing exciting stories of how we bring healing and wholeness to our region.  Please join us for Coffee and fellowship in Iona Hall after worship today.

                                                   In 2017 Our Theme will be "Seeking The Mind of Christ"


 

Announcements for the week of March 27 - March 31, 2017

Thrift Shop - The change-over from winter to summer apparel will take place on Friday, March 31st and on Monday, April  3rd.  We need 4 more people  to help us on the Friday putting the winter wear away, and lots of help for the Monday to fill the racks with summer clothes. Your help would be very much appreciated!. Please give Anne a call at 519 744 8946. Thank you! 

If your givings envelope is numbered 299 please write your name on the envelope or call the office at 519 578 4430 to let us know who you are.

Congratulations to Lisa Koenig – St. Andrew’s member, Lisa Koenig, will represent the Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington as a Young Adult representative at the 143rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  General Assembly will run from June 4 to June 7 at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.  Please pray for Lisa as she prepares for this event.

Have you made your own container for your mite donations yet?  Use the label that you received from your elder and put it on a peanut butter jar, margarine container or a piggy bank and drop your loose coins in throughout the year. 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 equipment for their kitchen, to KW Counselling for people who cannot afford their services, to Monica Place for transportation costs of the young moms and to King Edward PS for their Breakfast Program. Thank you for your generosity to our local community!

Lenten Meditation with Lectio Divina: Last  session over March is being offered by Sheree Anderson; Wednesdays, March 29th at either 10-11 a.m. or 7-8 p.m. Lectio Divina is an ancient traditional Christian process of dwelling with scripture. This process will be taught at each session, so no prior experience is necessary. Each session will be set around a Lenten scripture reading, with time for personal reflection, group reflection and prayer.  No need to sign up. Attend one, two or all sessions as you like. All welcome.

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!

The 2017 National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering “Rooted in Love”, will be held in Toronto Friday, May 19th – Monday, May 22nd 2017. Financial assistance is available for those who may wish to attend. (Please see Rev. Greg.) Registration deadline is March 31st. More information on the conference can be found online at http://womensgathering.ca/ 

The NIOC sponsored Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017. Donations will be accepted closer to the date and must be transportable by one person. All items must be CLEAN and in working condition. No clothing or electronic items will be accepted. 

Instead of throwing out your old Christmas cards, please bring them to the office and they will be used to make  gift tags for the next Christmas bazaar.  Thank you.

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.