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.

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 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.  www.crieffhills.com