St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, March 19, 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, tea, or water at the back of the Sanctuary before worship. We would appreciate it if you would return your empty cup 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. Especially if you are visiting, please join us downstairs in the Friendship Room following worship for conversation and refreshments. We would love to get to know you—and for you to know us!

TAIZE CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE TODAY AT 4

Join us today at 4 pm for our monthly Taizé-style contemplative candlelight service in the Sanctuary. Musicians Jocelyn Pritchard (piano), Boris Ulanowicz (violin), Pete Matthews (viola), Andrew Wilson (vocals) and Alexandra Scott (vocals) provide musical leadership. The service is comprised of beautiful music, Taizé songs, silences, and prayer. Everyone is welcome!

REV. DR. PATRICIA DUTCHER-WALLS RETURNS TO ST. ANDREW’S

Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Professor of Hebrew Scripture at Vancouver School of Theology, returns to St. Andrew’s next Sunday to preach on Isaiah 58: 1 – 12. In addition to teaching, she is also the Dean, giving administrative oversight to student programs and services, the Registrar’s Office and the Diversified Education programs, and the school’s relationships with sessional lecturers, guest lecturers, and other contractual teaching staff. She is also Director of the Library. A life-long Presbyterian, Patricia was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1978 and now is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. With a love of teaching, she has led numerous adult education courses, retreats, continuing education courses, and lay education courses. She has been active in the church through preaching, social justice ministries, part-time congregational leadership, and campus chaplaincy. She is married to a Lutheran minister and has two children, and enjoys reading science fiction and gardening.

JAZZ VESPERS NEXT SUNDAY AT 4

The Darlene Ketchum Quartet will be the featured performers at Jazz Vespers next Sunday, March  26 at 4 pm. Darlene Ketchum (vocals), Kelvin Ketchum (piano), Gerry Teichrob (bass), and Tyler Friesen (drums) perform a selection of classic soul, R&B, gospel, and jazz tunes as well as some originals. Influenced by the soul/gospel and funk singers of the 1970s, Darlene’s warm and clear vocals find their home in melodic freedom supported by rich chords and laid-back groove.

SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILIES ARRIVE THURS. APRIL 6

Finally, after nineteen months of waiting, we will welcome both of our Syrian refugee families, the Mohammads and the Badrans (15 people in all) to Vancouver on April 6. Then the work begins in earnest as we help them settle into their new lives in Canada—and continue to fundraise another $17,000. If you are interested in assisting with this work, please speak to Anne Kaario, Jeannie Holt, Pam Mitchell or Lesley Appel who represent St. Andrew’s on the North Shore United Church Syrian refugee project. They will point you in the right direction.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO TEACH ENGLISH

Do you want to make a contribution that matters? Our volunteer ELL Teaching Team is in need of experienced ELL teachers and others willing to volunteer their time and skills to teach our newcomer Syrian families. This would be a commitment of up to six months for one or two sessions per week as per your availability. You are invited to attend an information session in the lounge at North Lonsdale United Church on Monday evening April 3 from 7 – 9 pm. You will hear stories from their core team and what this incredibly rewarding volunteer experience entails. Please RSVP no later than Mon. March 27 by contacting Deborah Rossouw at 778-386-5168.

SYRIAN REFUGEE FUNDRAISING CONCERT, APRIL 2

Tickets are available from Anne Kaario to Re-Sounding Harmony, a fundraising concert for our refugee families, on Sun. April 2 at 3 pm at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Highway in North Vancouver.  You will hear an extravaganza of multicultural music at this concert including bagpipe, didgeridoo, Indian and Syrian tanburs, a Beethoven string quartet, First Nations chant, Spoken Word art, the Vancouver Children’s Choir and North Shore Celtic Ensemble. Tickets must be pre-purchased.  Cost: $60 (including a $40 tax receipt).

EARTH HOUR VIGIL ON SAT. MARCH 25

The Roman Catholic–United Church Dialogue has invited us as a community of faith to observe Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30–9:30 pm local time. This vigil is an opportunity to join with others around the world in the ancient practice of evening prayers and in the new practice of pausing together to recognize Earth Hour. The purpose of this hour is to celebrate creation while committing to compassionate action for its well-being. Please join Rev. Judith this Sat. March 25 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm in St. Andrew’s candlelit Sanctuary to participate in the Earth Hour vigil.

GOOD FRIDAY REQUIEM, FRI. APRIL 14

St. Andrew’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra will offer Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, a very beautiful and moving piece, at our Good Friday morning service at 10 am. Gabriel Fauré was primarily a church organist, choirmaster and composer serving at the famous Madeleine in Paris for almost 20 years in the late 1800s. His Requiem reflected his view that “death is a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience.” His version brings the living hope and comfort, even after the death of our loved one. For many, this is the favourite of all musical Requiems. Let music give your mind and spirit time to ponder the events of Good Friday and prepare for the joy of Easter Sunday.  

GOOD FRIDAY CONTEMPLATIVE EVENING OF SUNG PRAYERS

At 7 pm on Fri. April 14, you are invited to experience an alternative Good Friday service including poetry, sung prayers, stillness, and scripture. The hour-long service will feature songs of Taizé, John Bell, and Cathy Hardy. The service will be led by Cathy Hardy, a musician, retreat leader, and spiritual director who is passionate about creating evenings where people can experience prayer together through music. Visit www.cathyajhardy.com for more information.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR DONNA EAKIN

John Eakin’s mother, Donna Eakin, passed away peacefully on Thurs. March 9 at Inglewood Care Home where she had lived for nearly two years. Donna is survived by a large and loving family, including her children Debbie, Randy, Rob, John and Sydney, and fourteen grandchildren. Please hold the entire Eakin family in your thoughts and prayers, especially congregational members John and Barbara Eakin and their children, Elizabeth, Michael and Ryan, as they mourn Donna’s passing and prepare for her celebration of life.  It will be held on Fri. March 24 at 2 pm at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road in North Vancouver.

THIS WEEK AT ST. ANDREW’S

Sun. March 19, 4 pm Taizé-style contemplative service (Sanctuary)

Mon. March 20, 10 am Bible Study (Minister’s Office)

Mon. March 20, 1:30 pm North Shore Hospice Yoga (Friendship Room)

Mon. March 20, 6 pm Mindfulness Awareness Meditation (Sanctuary)

Mon. March 20, 7 pm Spirit Circle UCW (Middle/Rainbow Room)

Tues. March 21, 11 am Management Team Meeting (Minister’s Office)

Tues. March 21, 1:30 pm Esther-Naomi UCE (Middle/Rainbow Room)

Wed. March 22, 7 pm Lenten Practice (Sanctuary)

Thurs. March 23, 10 am – 1 pm St. Andrew’s Drop-in, Bread Ministry, Community Lunch

(Friendship Room, Middle/Rainbow Room)

Thurs. March 23, 7:30 pm Choir Practice (Sanctuary)

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