February 14, 2016

Welcome to St. Andrew’s on Valentine’s Day.  We are glad you are here.  We pray that you will feel the love of God and all the people around you during worship today.  Please come down to Iona Hall after worship today for a time of fellowship and refreshment. To some extent today’s sermon is based on a quote from the last book written by Karl Barth, The Humanity of God – “This much is certain, that we have no theological right to set any sort of limits to the loving-kindness of God which has appeared in Jesus Christ.”  Karl Barth is generally regarded as the greatest Protestant thinker of modern times, and several Popes regard him as the greatest Christian thinker of modern times.  We give thanks that Barth was a Presbyterian, and we join him in giving thanks for the universality of God’s love.

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The Flowers on the communion table this morning are placed in loving memory of Richard Bennett by his wife Ann and family.

Thank you to our Local outreach committee for serving coffee last Sunday. 

Gas and Grocery Cards are available at both the chapel entrance and Weber street entrance this morning, and as always at the office throughout the week. Your continued support is important to the ministries provided by the Women’s Association.

 Income Tax receipts are ready for pickup. Please pick up the envelopes that are placed on the table across from the office hallway. Thank you.

 Reminder: The first three rows in the sanctuary are perfume free seating. Please consider this to accommodate others. Thank you.

Contact Information - It has been noted that some of the phone numbers in our database are out of date due to the declining use of land lines and an increase in cell phone usage. If you have a contact number that has changed in the last year or so please let the church office know. Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who came down to Iona Hall last week to enjoy the potato lunch! We raised $403.00 to kick off the House of Friendship’s potato drive. A special Thank you to the volunteers that stayed to help with the cleanup following the lunch. We really appreciated your help!

 Thrift Shop volunteers who did not attend the recent Potluck may pickup their 2016 list from the mail slots in the office.

 Camp K registration has begun. We are looking forward to another exciting season and you are welcome to sponsor a child to Camp Kummoniwannago. Thankyou for your support.

Visitors in the Parish will meet on Monday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in the Heather Room. If you are unable to attend please call Marg Lewis (519-570-3401).

Change in March Communion Date – Please note that our March Communion will be moved from March 6 to March 13.  This year Easter is on the 4th Sunday in March so our services will be televised on CTV on the 2nd and 4th Sundays rather than the usual 1st and 3rd Sundays.  We are making the change so that we can include our Nursing Home members in the televised celebration of the sacrament.  It is an important event for them.

Women’s Association Marketplace -The W.A. is here to solve your gift giving needs. On Sunday mornings Karen Wegner or Nancy Ostermann are happy to sell you items from the display case at the back parking lot doors or ask the Office during the week. Please speak to Karen or Nancy if there’s something specific you’d like to purchase, but don’t see. Exact cash is helpful or a cheque (payable to St. Andrew’s Women’s Association). Thank you for supporting the W.A. and the work they do at St. Andrew’s. 

The St. Andrew's Women's Association is once again participating in the Vesey's Bulbs fundraising program; the Women's Association will receive 50% of every purchase!  All orders must be placed by April 17, 2016. Orders will be available for pick up approximately the second week of May (an announcement will be placed in the bulletin the weekend they are available and any remaining packages will need to be picked up from the office).  If you are interested in viewing one of the catalogues or placing an order, please stop by the office. Please email casey.winterhalt@yahoo.ca or call Casey at 226-339-7459 if you have any questions.

Many requests have been received for afghans suitable in size and color for adult males. Anyone that has yarn, time and interest in such a project for the bazaar, your efforts would be appreciated. Yarn is always appreciated and used. Please bring your “not for me anymore” donations to the church office. We will find a volunteer to knit or crotchet useful items.

NIOC has scheduled the Time, Talent and Treasures Silent Auction for May 1st.  Sign up will begin February 28th on sheets posted outside the church office. 

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.

Refugee Relief Update – Please note that on Wednesday February 10 we received final confirmation from the federal government that our sponsorship application has been approved.  The family we are sponsoring consists of a mom and dad, and four children aged 9, 8, 6 and 4.  The youngest child has Cerebral Palsy and severe cognitive impairment.  We are not certain of the date of arrival, but the Refugee Relief Committee is working hard preparing for every aspect of this family’s new life in Canada.  Thank you for your gracious donation of $67,400 to make this beautiful mission possible.

Share the Valentine love by depositing some townies in your mite container today! Count up the people you love and love you and think about sharing some of that love with those that we assist using our mite fund donations. Your small change can make great change in our community!

Visit our Newly Renovated Kitchen Thanks to Dave Mitchell and Jean Plust for taking us on a virtual tour of the new kitchen Check out the video to see the new layout, new dishwasher, and mobile dish racks.

Thank you! Many thanks to everyone that enjoyed the Pancake Lunch in many ways last Sunday . Our fun loving chefs, happy food prep team, saucy servers, crazy clean up team, gregarious game players and energetic eaters all had wonderful time of fun and fellowship. We are now prepared for the season of Lent.



It’s time to harvest your winter potatoes and bring them in to St. Andrew’s so we can take them to the  House of Friendship!

Or, if you didn’t grow potatoes this winter you could just go to the grocery store, buy as big a bag as you can carry and bring it to St. Andrew’s any Sunday in February.  There will be shopping carts at the doors to receive your spuds.

Or, better yet, you could just write a cheque with a memo saying “Potato Blitz” and put it in the offering plate, or use the little brown potato envelope in today’s bulletin.

However you do it let’s exceed last year’s overall total of 300,000 pounds of potatoes and help to feed the 34,000 people who qualify for help from the house of Friendship this year.

We will host the House of Friendship Potato Lunch on Friday February 26.  Please join us.  Thank you.


On Tuesday January 26 the Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington approved of the call to Greg Smith.  Greg will be ordained and inducted at St. Andrew’s on Sunday February 14 at a special service at 3:00 p.m.  A service of ordination and induction is a beautiful event in the life of a congregation.  We hope everyone will attend.  The service will be followed by a reception…hopefully with some kind of Valentine’s day chocolates!

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”.

                                                                                                   Greg and Sheree

                                                                                                   Greg and Sheree