May 29, 2016

Welcome to St. Andrew’s this morning.


Announcements for the week of May 30 to June 3

Gardening Opportunity - Do you love gardening…but don’t have a big enough garden at home?  St. Andrew’s “Friends of the Garden” would really like your help. They are in need of some strong able bodied people who can do some hard work in the upkeep of our gardens. If you are interested please call the church office and you will be put in touch with the right people. The Friends of the Garden have a particular need on Wednesday May 25 when they will be applying mulch. You could arrive at 9:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m., and bring your lunch if you are going to be here over the lunch hour. It is a big job, and some extra helpers would truly make a difference. In the meantime please take a look around the gardens to see how beautiful they are. Our gardens are the first thing that many people see, and when they are kept in beautiful shape it says to the whole world, “We love and value our church; we take the work of the church seriously; we want you to come in; you are welcomed here!”

Bazaar Talk : It seems like a long time till Bazaar 2016. But, it’s already time to mark the date Saturday, December 3rd  2016 on our calendars. There are currently three vacancies on the Bazaar Committee. We need coordinators for the Bake Table, Craft Table, and a Co-coordinator for managing volunteers. Please give these volunteer opportunities your prayerful consideration. Karen Wegner (1-519-821-0313 or will be very pleased to speak with you about these positions. You will find serving on this committee to be a very satisfying experience. We hope to have a complete committee in place before activities slow down for the summer.

Camp Kummoniwannago is looking for a new Camp Director for the season of 2016-2017. Our current director Kailey (Popeye)  has been offered and accepted a teaching position in Guelph . Popeye has just completed her teaching degree and we are excited for her that she has so quickly been offered a position in the field she has trained for. Congratulations Popeye ! Camp K will miss you! Please see the description of the position here on the web site on the side bar button (Job Opportunity)

Last Sunday the Chicken Pot Pies sold out like hot cakes! So beginning this Sunday, and for the following two Sundays, an order form will be included in the Bulletin to pre-order more Chicken Pot Pies. The pies will be available for pick-up on Sunday, June 12th and you won’t be disappointed if you get your order in.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb What’s the Buzz??? RHUBARB…Camp K Fish Fry needs yours!! Please bring donations of Rhubarb to the church kitchen on Sunday May 29th for Helen’s sensational pies to be served at our Fish Fry Monday May 30th. Many Thanks and hope to see you there.

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 supplying 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 in the Iona Hall 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 child's 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!

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

Please ensure that the amount of your givings is written on your offering envelope. Also ensure that you are using this years envelopes to be sure that your givings are credited to your account.

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 in the Iona Hall.

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.


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