Sunday, June 25 2017

St. Andrew’s is a welcoming and affirming congregation. 


Announcements for the week of June 26 - June 30, 2017

The office will be closed next Friday June 30, 2017. We will be open on Tuesday July 4th. 

Position Available: We have a current opening for a Bookkeeper (Part-time) for 3 days a week, replacing Tina Sawatzky who will be leaving in August. The job description is on the church website at and on the church bulletin board outside the office. If interested, please submit your resume to the attention of the HR Committee by July 16/17.  See the full job description on this web page under the sidebar button "Job Posting".

Rev. Mark is on vacation and will return to St. Andrew’s at the end of July. He says he will miss everyone, and will be excited to see everyone when he gets back.

Gas and Grocery card sales - Today cards will be sold in the Iona Hall and outside the Chapel. Thank you.

Books and DVDs from the Book Corner are available for all summer loan. Borrow items anytime in June and the due date will be Sunday, September 10th. Stop by Iona Hall during coffee hour and take a look at our quality selection for children of all ages and for adults too.

The Thrift Shop will be holding a half-price sale from Tuesday, June 13th until the end of the month. We have a very good selection of summer items - come and check out the bargains! Our last day of operation before we close for July and August will be Thursday, June 29th. A sincere thank-you to everyone who has donated clean, gently used clothing. It is much appreciated and has resulted in sales of $900 just in the month of May.  If you have items to donate during the summer, they may be left in the office. The pricing team will continue sorting and pricing during the summer whenever possible. 

The W.A. has beautifully hand crocheted table cloths. If you are looking for a wedding or special occasion gift, please contact Nancy Ostermann at 519 884 7058 or Karen Wegner at 519 821 0313. 

The Thrift Shop would appreciate donations of copy paper boxes to store items in. If you have any empty boxes please drop them off in the church office. Thank you.

Ministers, Finance committee, staff, volunteers & congregation: I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU and let you know how much I have enjoyed working here at St. Andrew’s.  Mark will attest to this. Every time we had a conversation, I would tell him how much I love my job.

Mark, it has been a joy working with you! You are a peacemaker and a wonderful leader. I have appreciated our many talks, thank you!

Greg, even though you have only been here for a short time, you have already helped me so much, thank you!

Finance Committee, I want say Thank you for your support, guidance and encouragement during my time here. You are a wonderful committee!

To my co-workers, I loved coming in and working alongside each of you. The many laughs and fun times, I will always remember.

To the many wonderful volunteers, all I can say is WOW! You are absolutely amazing! Thank you!

To the congregation, thank you for all you do in this community, for coming through every time that there is a plea for help, whether it’s for the Syrian family, elevator fundraising, just to mention a few. You are an amazing group of people. I will miss you all!

I will be working with my wonderful husband and amazing 2 sons….. (I sound like a contestant on Wheel of Fortune….lol) but they are the best!! I will be spending more time with my 4 beautiful grandchildren and hopefully spend a couple of months during the winter in Arizona! Because of what I have learnt here at St. Andrews about the importance of volunteering, I plan on volunteering in our local hospital.

Thank you for the privilege of working here for 11 years!

With much love,

Tina Sawatzky. 

Summer Program Theme for 2017

Summer Program Theme for 2017

Summer Sunday School Program:  KIDS! Join us all summer long as we enjoy the sunshine, get to know Jesus and have lots of fun! Our summer theme this year is camping. We're going to enjoy the great outdoors (inside) -- camping, hiking, star gazing and roasting marshmallows over the (faux) fire!. The fun starts on Sunday, July 9th at 10:00 AM. ADULTS! We need your help! To bring our camping theme to life INDOORS you can help by donating your extra camping and/or outdoor gear for the summer. Items can be tagged for return at the end of the summer. All items can be brought to the church office. For more info, please contact Lauren Wasyluk. Some ideas: Tarps, Hiking boots, Camping Books, Binoculars, Compass, Maps, Gazebo, Patio Lanterns, Outdoor string lights, Canoe (for prop), Paddles, Life Jackets, Giant Coolers, Camping Signs.

BAZAAR TALK: It’s never too early to be thinking about our Heather & Holly Bazaar on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. If you are making jams, pickles or the like over the summer, or if you are sewing/knitting/crafting, we would be grateful for items you might set aside for the Bazaar. Donations of pint/half-pint/quart Mason jars and lids are always appreciated. Watch for our mid-summer Pickling Bee …date to be announced soon. Thanks for your ever-present enthusiasm for what is always a wonderful event.

Spring is here and things are growing again! Are your mite donations growing too? Remember to feed of your mite container with your loose change and watch it grow. The Local Outreach Committee uses the funds raised by the mite containers to assist local community organizations with their projects. Thank you for your generosity to our local community.

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.