St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, August 13, 2017

WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW’S

Welcome to St. Andrew’s. We are gathered for worship on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. Please help yourself to Fair Trade coffee, iced tea, or water at the back of the Sanctuary before worship. You may bring it to your seat but we would appreciate it if you would return your cup or glass to the refreshment table before you leave. The washrooms are located downstairs, which are accessible from the stairs off the Narthex (foyer) or the left front side of the Sanctuary. Please do join us outside on the lawn for summer refreshments and conversation following worship.

A WARM WELCOME TO THE REV. SALLY McSHANE

A warm welcome to The Rev. Sally McShane who is leading worship today and again next Sunday in Rev. Judith’s absence. Sally was ordained in 1992 and since that time has served in churches on both coasts. Currently she is taking a gap space in her ministry after serving  five years at First United in the downtown east side.

 

ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The Royal Conservatory of Music returns to St. Andrew’s on Tuesday to conduct their August music examinations from Aug. 15 – 25 (excluding Sunday). Regular office hours and church activities continue but oh-so-quietly while the exams are in session.

THE UNITED CHURCH OBSERVER: TIME TO RENEW OR SUBSCRIBE

Founded in 1829, The United Church Observer is the oldest continuously published magazine in North America and the second oldest in the English speaking world. It has won international acclaim for journalistic excellence and garnered more awards for writing than any other Canadian religious publication. The annual subscription price for churches participating in the group rate is only $25 or $2.27 per issue! There are 11 monthly issues with the July/August summer issue a combined one. The United Church Observer features articles about faith, justice and ethical living that are relevant, sometimes challenging, always inspiring. The deadline for renewing your subscription or subscribing for the first time is Wed. Aug. 23.  Here’s how to do it. Call or email Jason Feng in the church office (604-985-0408 or office@st-andrews-united.ca) with your name and address before August 23. You can pay for your subscription by cheque (payable to St. Andrew’s United Church) or by credit card over the phone.

FRIENDSHIP ROOM GALLERY

A reminder that art curator Susan McMaster would love to receive your submissions for a new exhibit coming soon to the Friendship Room. Genesis (A Work in Progress) will be comprised of your Spirit-inspired drawings and photographs and doodles, hung from a clothes line instead of framed for all to admire. Genesis will be the 9th exhibit in the Friendship Gallery since the gallery’s inception in June 2016.

CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY COORDINATOR

It’s official. Beth Eakin, who returned to St. Andrew’s from her whirlwind travels ten months ago and assumed the interim position of Children and Family Ministry Coordinator, has accepted the position on a “permanent” basis, effective Sept. 1. Beth hopes to attend the teacher education program at UBC in September 2018—but will be with us throughout the fall and hopefully into the New Year.

 

SUMMER STUDENT RETURNS TO UNIVERSITY

Where has summer gone? Soon we’ll be saying good-bye to our fabulous summer student Megan Wolrich who returns to Kelowna and full-time studies at UBC Okanagan on Aug.  30. Megan’s last Sunday at St. Andrew’s is Aug. 27.

JAZZ VESPERS ON SUN. AUG. 27 AT 4

The Adele M. Wilding Quartet will provide musical leadership at Jazz Vespers on Sun. Aug. 27 at 4 pm. The quartet, comprised of Adele M. Wilding (vocals), Nick Peck (piano), Mark Bender (bass) and Buff Allen (drums) will be performing jazz standards, jazz arrangements of pop classics and originals by Adele. Everyone is welcome!

 

MISSION & SERVICE

Mission & Service giving means that families needing food and care are welcomed and fed, people who are sick in hospital are visited and accompanied, people needing justice declare their call for rights with a supportive community, and people needing housing find shelter and security. It also means that students receive bursaries for their journey to becoming ministers, churches testing innovative ministry ideas get funding and coaching, people from the margins find a welcome and a home in our church, and searchers find spaces of belonging.  We make these great things happen through Mission & Service. Last year our congregation donated $12,953.88 to Mission & Service. This year we pledged $12,000. As at July 31, 2017, $6,000 has been remitted to Mission & Service from St. Andrew’s—donations that you designated to Mission & Service on your envelopes or through PAR. Thank you for being so generous!

ACTING AGAINST RACISM: STRATEGIES FOR MOVING FORWARD

Have recent national and international events made you feel uncertain or helpless about what you can do to prevent racist or discriminatory behavior on the North Shore? Come, learn, and share strategies and actions we can take together and individually at a public forum on Thurs. Sept. 14 from 7 – 9 pm at the Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave. in West Vancouver. Keynote speakers: Sunera Thobani and Handel Kashope Wright; panel discussion moderated by Margaret Gallagher. Free but please RSVP. Info at www.nsiip.ca/acting-against-racism.

Organized by the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership.

HELP NEEDED TUESDAY MORNING

Heartfelt thanks to Tanya Benzon, Marjorie Bruce, Evelyn Dreiling, Joanne and Mark Egerton, Ana Martin,   Phyllis McNeil and Alana Wolrich who chopped 20 cups of red onions, 32 celery stalks, cooked pasta for 150, watered the church gardens, and got done in short order what would have taken one person hours to do. This Tuesday morning we need your help again in the community kitchen from 9:30 – 11:30 am, prepping the ingredients for an Italian pasta vegetable salad that will be served on Wednesday at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank North Shore Hub.  If you can assist, please talk to Megan this morning or email Rev. Judith before Tuesday.

ARE YOU ON THE CHURCH E-LIST?

If you would like to receive email announcements about special worship services, fall programs, and other events at St. Andrew’s, please email Jason Feng at office@st-andrews-united.ca or Rev. Judith at minister@st-andrews-united.ca so they can add you to the e-list. And don’t forget to visit St. Andrew’s website at www.st-andrews-united.ca to find out what we’re up to in terms of new and ongoing ministry!

NOT IN GOD’S NAME: CONFRONTING RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE

Published in 2015, this book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is particularly timely and powerful given what’s happening in global politics today. Sacks is a global religious leader and the award-winning author of more than 25 books. He is a frequent and respected contributor to radio, television, and the press around the world and has lectured at academic institutions in Britain, the United States, and Israel.

“Too often in the history of religion, people have killed in the name of the God of life, waged war in the name of the God of peace, hated in the name of the God of love and practiced cruelty in the name of the God of compassion. When this happens, God speaks, sometimes in a still, small voice almost inaudible beneath the clamor of those claiming to speak on God’s behalf. What God says at such times is: Not in My Name.”

 Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence                                 — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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