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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 December 11 to December 15, 2017

Welcome to St. Andrew’s, we are thankful that you have taken the time to be here today.  We pray that you will be met with warmth and love and that you will experience God’s presence in this worship.  We believe that God loves everyone regardless of race, creed, religion, colour, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or level of intelligence. God is with you! God is on your side! God is for you! At St. Andrew’s everyone who loves Jesus is welcomed at the Lord’s Table. Come to the table for the renewal of your soul and the healing of your spirit.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year to start  supporting Fairtrade at St. Andrew’s!  Christmas is coming soon and Fairtrade products would make wonderful Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers as well as much appreciated hostess gifts. Give a gift that gives back to less fortunate communities and honour the true meaning of Christmas.Make up a gift basket for someone special .You can even include a flyer or card letting them know that these products that they are about to enjoy made others joyful as well.If you are not sure what they would like Gift Certificates are available in the Church Office.
Chocolate Bars $5.00 ea (assorted flavours )
Tea (16 bags per box) $6.00 ea (assorted caffeinated, decaf, herbal) 
Hot Chocolate mix (336g tin) $ 8.00 (some varieties Vegan Friendly)
Cuppa Kindness Coffee (340g) $12.00 (light, medium and dark roast)
Vitoria Coffee (254g) $10.00 (Decaf and Regular light organic roast)

 

BAZAAR TALK: Heartfelt thanks again to all those who supported the Heather & Holly Bazaar by being on the team, donating time/talent/materials, helping out, spreading the word, attending, bringing friends and tidying up. This only happens because of your support and enthusiasm. It’s a major endeavor and we are thankful it has once again been a tremendous success. (NOTE: Some items are for sale today during coffee hour and at the Noon-Hour Concert Mini-Bazaars on December 6th and 13th.)

St. Andrew’s has been approved as a Fairtrade Faith Group ! See the insert in the bulletin for more information.

On Sunday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m. The Sanctuary Choir of St. Andrew’s directed by Gordon Burnett With soloists – Emily Grignon, Catherine Hertel, Amy Mairs, Pam Patel, Douglas Haas – organ and Lorin Shalanko – piano will perform “The Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. This concert will be televised on Christmas day at 10:00 a.m.

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.

St. Andrews has a long history of supporting Local Missions. One way that we contribute to our community is through the givings of the Mite Can fund. Again this year you have a label to put on a container and make your own mite can to fill with your loose change. Challenge yourself to donate the change in your pocket or wallet at the end of each day for a week. If you need a label, please contact the office or make a one time donation labeled Local Outreach Mite Fund. 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.

Want to add to our donation? Click here and buy an item from the FACS Wish LIst. Bring it this sunday.

Want to add to our donation? Click here and buy an item from the FACS Wish LIst. Bring it this sunday.

 

Check out our first shopping cart full of Serve Big toys and gifts for Family and Children’s Services. The Black Friday Weekend deals were a HUGE help. Everything in this cart was still 50% off at Toys R Us and we’ve only spent a third of our budget so far! This Sunday during service a team from FACS will be coming to meet our kids and pick up our donations. 
We’ve still got lots of shopping to do and you can still get involved: 
1) Donate toward our serve big drive
2) Check out the Family And Children’s Services Wish List and bring your donation this Sunday to add to the pile!

 

 

 

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.