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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 February 26-March 2

Position Available: Maintenance Custodian (Part-time) - We currently have an opening for an individual with skills in plumbing, minor electrical, mechanical repairs, carpentry and drywall work to assist in the upkeep of our wonderful building. The position is approx. 20 hours per week, with flexible hours and occasional weekend work as back-up custodian when required.  For more details, see the job description on www.standrewskw.com. Interested applicants, please submit your resume and cover letter to humanresources@standrewskw.com or hand in to the church office - Attention: HR Committee.

                                    TIME, TALENT and TREASURE SILENT AUCTION
The National, International Outreach Committee will use the proceeds from this year’s SILENT AUCTION for two worthy causes.  NIOC will support a teacher’s salary in the Francisco Coll School in Guatemala City Dump School.  The extra funds will be used to send children to Camp Kummoniwannago, who otherwise could not enjoy a camping experience.
Please consider what YOU can donate to this year’s Silent Auction.  Gently used and useful TREASURES, as well as your TIME and Talent will be most welcome.  Sign Up boards will be on the wall, on either side of the Church Office door next Sunday, March 4th.
Bidding will take place in Iona Hall on April 15th and 22nd, with final bids on Sunday, April 29th.
EVERYONE is encouraged to become involved in the project and help NIOC raise sufficient funds to support these two missions.

Needed: Coffee servers for Communion Sunday March 4th. Please contact Debbie Johnson Home phone: 519-578-9796 Cell phone: 519-590-8963

 

Fairtrade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and chocolate bars are available in the church office These products support farmers and their communities afford housing, healthcare and education. These products not help St. Andrew’s cover the costs of Coffee hour each week,  they make a difference in the lives of farmers workers and their families all over the world.

Gas and Grocery cards will be sold outside the Chapel and at the Weber St entrance between the service and annual meeting today. Cards are also available in the church office during the week.
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Food Not Bombs! This organisation prepares, then distributes a meal in Downtown Kitchener every Saturday. If you would like to be involved on either an occasional or ongoing basis, please talk to Ken Schade after the service, or email Mark Johnson at markedjohnson@gmail.com

The 40: Check out this family-friendly resources for walking through Lent this year. Simple prayers, activities, and points for reflection. Just click on the image to download and print it.

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.