October 23, 2016

Welcome to St. Andrew’s on the occasion of our 162nd Anniversary. For 162 years we have gathered here to give thanks and praise to God for all of God’s love and goodness, and to seek God’s power so that we could go out into the world with healing, help and mercy for everyone. We are thankful that you have chosen to worship here today, and we pray that you will be greeted with love and that this service will nourish your soul. We extend a special welcome to our guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton.  Please see the insert that tells a little bit about Karen’s work with the Canadian Council of Churches. We hopethat everyone will join us in Iona Hall for coffee, fellowship and birthday cake after the service.

                                         Click here to sign a petition to the Honourable John McCallum urging him to expedite the arrival of Syrian Refugees

                                         Click here to sign a petition to the Honourable John McCallum urging him to expedite the arrival of Syrian Refugees

Announcements for the week of October 24-28, 2016

The Session will meet in the Elizabeth Room on Monday, October 24th at 7:15 p.m.

Weekly study group with Sheree Anderson has started! 

“OPEN THE DOOR, a journey to your true self” by Joyce Rupp, Mondays, October 17th to November 21st.

  • Monday morning - 10:00 a.m. in the Heather Room
  • Monday evening - 7:00 p.m. in the Heather Room

Join us here at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, October 30th as we observe the ancient Christian holy days of All Saints and All Souls with a special memorial liturgy at the 10:00 a.m. service. Those in attendance will be invited to light a candle for someone they wish to remember.

SONGS of REMEMBRANCE-The Local Outreach Committee presents the Shoreline Chorus on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. with music and song from the World War eras. Songs such as " I'll Be Seeing You", "Hymn to Freedom", "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" will be presented under the direction of Ann-Marie MacDairmid. Advance tickets $15 for adults. Tickets at the door $20 for adults. Tickets are $5 for children and youth to 18 years. Tickets are available for purchase at the church office Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Call the office at 519-578-4430 for Information Email s.wiens@standrewskw.com or http://www.standrewskw.com/home,  proceed to St. Andrew’s Local Outreach Projects. St. Andrew's Local Outreach Committee is committed to assisting those in need in our local community by supporting agencies such as St. John's Kitchen, Ray of Hope, Working Centre, KW Counselling and The YWCA.

St. Andrews has a long history of Local Mission and one way that we accomplish that is through the givings of the Mite Can fund. This year it is left up to you to put a label on a container and make your own mite can to fill with your loose change. Challenge yourself to give up your purchased coffee 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.

The Thrift Shop is open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and will remain open until 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays until November 24th. The Fall and Winter Apparel are on racks. Help spread the word. Tell your friends about St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop. Thank you.

Food Bank - Please support our Food Bank this Thanksgiving seasons they prepare for the winter needs ahead, Donations of food and money are needed to fill the shelves. A donation of $1 provides 3 meals. The most needed items are beans in sauce, canned meat and fish, canned pasta, canned fruit, rice, peanut butter and baby formula. See their website at www.thefoodbank.ca to make an online donation and for more information. Together we feed neighbours!

Sign up in the main office or email Lauren at l.wasyluk@standrewskw.com

Sign up in the main office or email Lauren at l.wasyluk@standrewskw.com

Gas and Grocery card sales - Find us outside the Chapel or at Coffee Hour in Iona Hall. Please consider purchasing your gift cards through the church, as a small profit from the sale of each card goes to help fund projects of the Women’s Association. You receive the full value of the card you chose and you only pay the face value of the card. Tim Horton’s is a weekly favorite! We take cheques or cash. Hope to see you at one of our tables soon.

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.

My Journey Season 2 has begun! Every Tuesday we'll post a new video recapping the lesson from the previous Sunday. This season we've shortened things up a bit, and created videos that pack a bit more punch. Check it out with your kids, and share it with your friends!

‘The Servant Queen and the King she serves’ book is available for all those who ordered. The ordered books have been reserved. Thank you for your donation.

Assistance in Getting to Church

If you are a senior who has difficulty getting to church, and there is no convenient bus to bring you here, we may be able to help you by providing taxi scrips.If you would like some taxi scrips to help with your transportation please speak to Rev. Mark, Rev. Greg, one of the administrative staff or the receptionist at the front desk. Please note that there may be less expensive ways for you to get to church.  Before you ask for scrips from the church please check to see if you qualify for the Grand River Transit MobilityPLUS program. If you qualify for the MobilityPLUS program or any other program that provides a discounted rate of travel, please use that program and then speak to us about covering the cost. The scrips that we have are in $5.00 increments. Please work out the cost of your ride and then ask for the nearest amount in $5.00 scrips without going over, and pay the extra amount to the driver yourself. For example, if your ride costs $17.00 please ask for $15.00 in scrips and make up the rest yourself.  The taxi company will not give change for amounts paid with scrips. A tip cannot be paid with a scrip. This is an experimental project funded by the generous donation of a church member who wishes to remain anonymous.  We will review the feasibility of the project in the coming weeks.  Thank you.

Discussion Group for the Autumn of 2016 is on and will run for six consecutive weeks to Tuesday November 1.  The 10:00 a.m. group and the 7:00 p.m. group will study the same material, and participants are welcomed to switch back and forth as their schedules allow. This course will be the first six of twenty-four studies on Comparative Religion based on DVD lectures by Professor Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma.  Professor Kimball is also the former Director of the Middle East Office at the National Council of Churches. Professor Kimball is the author of “When Religion Becomes Evil.”  Rather than just being an overview of each religion, Professor Kimball has organized these lectures so that each week we will look at one theological concept and study how each religion understands it.  Everyone is invited to join us in these studies. Tues. Oct. 25 – Sacred People – Prophets, Sages, Saviours Tues. Nov. 1 – Sacred People – Clergy, Monastics, Shamans The group meets in the Elizabeth Room.  For more information please contact Rev. Mark at 519-578-4430 ext. 221 / 519-635-4362 / m.lewis@standrewskw.com   

The Church would like to e-mail income tax receipts this coming year to help reduce costs and make receipting more convenient for the giver. If you have an e-mail address please send it to mailbox@standrewskw.com. Thank you.

BAZAAR TALK: Your Greenery Creative Team is preparing for the Holly and Heather Bazaar. We are planning for both trendy and traditional ways to deck you halls, homes, doors, tables and porches for Christmas. Here’s how you can help: Donate pretty containers, pots and planters for use for making evergreen arrangements. Bring your birch and sumac branches, pine, blue spruce, junipers, holly and fresh evergreen boughs to St. Andrew’s Kitchen on the morning of Thursday, December 1. Donate your old, empty picture frames to be morphed into some Christmas whimsy. Join the Greenery Bee for an hour or more on Thursday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. – no experience necessary. Consider “pre-ordering” a custom urn creation. Purchase a wreath, swag, arrangement or more at the bazaar. Contact Heather Ingram-Smith by phone or text at  519-590-9674 or email heatheringramsmith@rogers.com for information, pre-order or greenery donation.  

Heather & Holly Bazaar (December 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) 

You’ll find a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, items for children and others, perfect for everyone on your Christmas list.  We have baked goods, preserves, pickles, knitted and crocheted items, sewing, jewelry, gently used treasures, calendula skin cream, greenery, crafts, pet gifts, novelties, trinkets and a silent auction. Enjoy lunch and live music in our Tearoom.  All proceeds go to the Women’s Association and, in turn, are used primarily for renovations and upgrades in the church so we can better serve our congregation and the community at large. We are always thankful for the many people who attend, volunteer and/or donate to this wonderful event. If you have questions about possible involvement, please contact Karen Wegner at karen.wegner@rogers.com or 519-821-0313. 

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.