St. Andrew's is a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation


Announcements for the week of September 25 to September 29, 2017

Welcome to St. Andrew’s, we are thankful that you are here with us today.  We hope that you will feel surrounded by love today and that this worship will satisfy your spiritual hunger.  We believe that God loves everyone regardless of race, creed, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or level of intelligence.  God is with you!  God is on your side! God is for you!  Please join us in Iona Hall for fellowship and refreshment after the service today.

Gas and grocery cards will be available for sale today near the Chapel and in Iona Hall. Thank you for your support over the summer, the profits have been a welcome contribution to the Elizabeth Room project.

Please pray for our Jr. Youth this weekend as they attend Jr. Pitch at Stayner Conference Grounds. Pray for safety in their travels, for their leaders and speakers, and that the community built over the weekend will continue when they get home.

Session will be held on Monday, September 25th at 7:15 p.m. in the Elizabeth Room.

Bazaar Committee Meeting –  We will meet in the Ante Room on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:15 p.m.

The Thrift Shop: is now stocked with a good selection of winter apparel. Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard to make this possible!  

A limited supply of Fair Trade products from Mary Johnston are available for sale in the Church office. Stop by and have a look.    

Save the date! Our first Family Night of the year is just one month away on Sunday, October 29th!

Annual Women’s Association Dinner Meeting, Monday, October 2nd – Everyone (both men and women) are invited to the annual W.A. dinner starting at 6 p.m.  Rev. Greg Smith and Sheree Anderson will be the guest speakers.  In order to ensure an appropriate amount of food is prepared, we ask that you sign up in the church office by Wednesday, September 27th, or you may call the church office at 519-578-4430 to have your name added to this list.  Donations to our Free Will Offering will be gratefully accepted.

The CE Committee would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the start of autumn at the Fall BBQ in Laurel Creek.  It enabled families to reconnect and to participate in various activities (bubble soccer was a hit for all ages).  With the promotions on Facebook, it encouraged several families in the surrounding community to attend, so it was also a great outreach opportunity. Organizing any event requires the commitment and dedication of volunteers.  We would like to recognize and thank: Maiwenn Baksh, Michael Eadie, Stephen Eadie, Janet Hahn, Sydney Hogan, Lisa Koenig, Jennifer Kuehler, Jess Llie, Dawson Metcalf, Andrew Slejska. Sarah Sturtevant, Kira Wiens, Kitryna Wiens, Ron Watson, and the CE Committee (Tracy Blair, Lori Ann Eadie, Judy Hight, Donna Hodgkinson, Linda Keithlin, Kathy MacDonald, Terry Sturtevant, Sandra Wall and Diana Watson).  Most importantly, this event may not have happened without the leadership and vision of Lauren and Mike Wasyluk.

SAVE YOUR TOONIES AND LOONIES! During the month of October, to support World Hunger Relief, the NIOC Committee will have a Toonie Tree on the coffee table in Iona Hall to collect your Toonies and Loonies. If we can all sacrifice a couple of coffees, or smoothies, each week, the money we collect will be donated to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, where it will be matched 4:1 by the government!  Pleasestart saving your Loonies and Toonies and use the Toonie Tree to help provide relief from hunger around the world. Thank you all from the NIOC Committee for your kindness.

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 give up your purchased coffee or tea for a week and donate the cash.  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.

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.

As a non-traditional form of spirituality, Taizé ecumenical worship is particularly popular with busy people. Music is its foundation. At the heart of this prayer service are Scripture readings surrounded by silence and beautiful music that can help one engage in meditative prayer. Prayer then leads us to renew our trust in God. When we live with hearts that trust, life becomes meaningful for those around us. Please join us: On Sunday,September 24 at 7:30 pm our host Church is St. Mark's Catholic Church, 55 Driftwood Drive in Kitchener  519-571-9200. 

On Sunday, October 22 at 7:30 pm our host chapel is Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo 519-885-0220. 

Crieff Hills Retreat and Conference Center warmly invite you to our fall Manna Day titled“What the Reformation can Teach us about Change,” on Thursday October 12th from 10:30am to 3:00pm.  The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald, Professor of Church and Society at Knox College.  Everyone is welcome.  Please register before Oct. 1st by calling 519-824-7898 or 1- 800-884-1525.  Cost for the day is $22.00 and includes lunch.  Crieff Hills is located close to Guelph, just off the 401.