St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, March 26, 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!

 

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO ANNIE

Thank you to Santhi and Prakash Patro who are treating us to a birthday cake this morning in the Friendship Room following worship to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday! It was a year ago today that we all rejoiced to hear of baby Annie’s (Yellumahanti Johanna) safe arrival at Lion’s Gate Hospital. Santhi and Prakash write, “We would like to thank the entire congregation who have been supporting and praying for us… we are very much delighted to say that we are part of such a loving congregation!” While they were home in India last year, Annie was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Salur on Dec. 11, 2016. Happy Birthday darling Annie!

 

A WARM WELCOME TO THE REV. DR. PATRICIA DUTCHER-WALLS

A warm welcome to Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Professor of Hebrew Scripture at Vancouver School of Theology. In addition to teaching, she is also the Dean at VST and 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.

 

JAZZ VESPERS TODAY AT 4

The Darlene Ketchum Quartet perform at Jazz Vespers this afternoon at 4 pm. Darlene Ketchum (vocals), Kelvin Ketchum (piano), Gerry Teichrob (bass), and Tyler Friesen (drums) will play 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 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).

 

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY CHOIR PERFORMS MOZART

Mozart’s brilliant Great Mass in C minor will be performed by Capilano University’s 125-voice choir, guest soloists and Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra on Sun. April 8 at 8 pm and Sun. April 9 at 3 pm in the BlueShore Theatre at Capilano University. Also on the program are popular opera choruses from Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Nabucco, Lucia di Lammermoor and Die Zauberflöte. Several people from St. Andrew’s will be performing: Lars Kaario, Margaret Hill, Anne Kaario, Nadège Väänänen, Andrew Wilson, and Rachel Buttress who is one of the guest soloists. Tickets: capilanou.ca/centre or 604-990-7810. 

 

COMMUNITY DINNER THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 31

St. Andrew’s United Church and the Northern Lights Civil Society invite you to their free monthly full-course community dinner this Friday at 6 pm (doors open at 5:55 pm) in the Friendship Room.  Volunteer cooks and servers are mostly students and teachers from Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver.

 

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 that includes 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.

 

  1. ANDREW’S CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.  Join us at St. Andrew’s to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 from 9 am – 1 pm. There will be something for everyone! Outside play and activities for the kids; home-made goodies and fair trade refreshments to whet your whistle; a public talk at noon by Kai Nagata on how to use citizens’ initiative to block Kinder Morgan (sponsored by Dogwood BC); videos and displays—plus the gardeners from St. Andrew’s Community Garden will be out in force planting their garden plots and grooming the communal herb garden in front of the CE building.  For more information, and to volunteer on Earth Day, please contact Green Initiative Coordinator Natalie Topnik or Natalie Townsend through the church office.

 

NORTH SHORE DIGNITY DAY ON THURS. APRIL 6

The Salvation Army is hosting its annual North Shore Dignity Day on Thurs. April 6 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Salvation Army, 105 West 12th Street (corner of 12th and Lonsdale). Free services offered: flu shots/immunizations, health care with nurse practitioner, HIV testing, diabetes risk assessment, haircuts, eye exam, hearing test, “Fair & Fast Loans” info, income tax assistance, housing advice and outreach workers. Hot meals will be served at 8 am and 12 noon.

 

LIFE RETURNS TO NORMAL

Spring break is over—so the kids from Alcuin College and Japanese Educational Centre return to St. Andrew’s this week. It seemed strangely silent in the church building the past two weeks without the noise and laughter and pandemonium created by all those children and teenagers in our midst. We’re glad to have our beloved students back!

 

SPRING CLEANING AT THE CHURCH

This is the season when the sun shines so brightly you can see dust particles floating in the air and all those imperfections that were previously hidden by low winter light. That can only mean one thing: it’s time to spring clean! Our caretaker, Brian, does an admirable job keeping up with routine maintenance and cleaning tasks but he is limited to 12 hours weekly. If you can spare an hour or two or three before Palm Sunday to help spruce up the inside and outside of the church, please contact Rev. Judith.

 

A PRAYER FOR NEW LIFE

Liberating God, we live and work in anticipation of your new day: a day when all are fed, refreshed, sheltered, clothed, loved, and cherished; a day that we may never fully greet in our lifetime, but that we joyfully prepare for, trusting in your promise of new life. Amen.  –from Parables, Prayers, & Promises by Martha Martin.

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