St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, May 21, 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!

 

FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE

The flowers on the communion table this morning were given by Marjorie Bruce in loving memory of her late husband, Robert Bruce.

 

MEET ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD ON TODAY’S BULLETIN COVER

“Classy, urbane, and stylish with the heart of a tiger” describes Anna’s Hummingbird, flying ahead of the competition to be crowned last week as Vancouver’s permanent city bird.  With their iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rose-pink throats, Anna’s Hummingbirds are more like flying jewelry than birds, but they are also fierce defenders and enforce their turf with tenacity.  In their thrilling and athletic courtship displays, males climb up to 40 m into the air and then swoop to the ground at break-neck speed with a curious burst of noise that they produce through their tail feathers.  Anna’s hummingbird, a medium-sized hummingbird native to the west coast of North America, was named after Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli, in the early 20th century.

 

MEMORIAL TEA THIS WEDNESDAY FOR JESSIE McKINNEY

Jessie McKinney, who passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017 in her 96th year, was actively involved in congregational life at St. Andrew’s for more than 50 years. Her family is hosting a memorial tea and celebration of Jessie’s life this Wed. May 24 at 2 pm in the Friendship Room. Please do plan to attend if you knew Jessie.  Thanks to members of the United Church Women at St. Andrew’s for baking goodies and serving at Jessie’s tea.

 

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER THIS FRIDAY AT 6

If you have never attended our monthly community dinner in the Friendship Room, this Friday is your last chance until September 22. The dinner is co-sponsored by St. Andrew’s United Church and the Northern Lights Civil Society, whose volunteers are comprised mostly of students and teachers from Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver. With the school year winding up in June and vacation scheduled in July and August, volunteers will take a well-deserved sabbatical until the fall. Do come along and enjoy a delicious full-course dinner with other folks from the surrounding community this Friday at 6 pm.  Doors open at 5:55 pm.

 

ZERO-WASTE AT ST. ANDREW’S

Most weeks we host many groups and people at St. Andrew’s that generate a lot of unnecessary waste, which can be costly and have negative impact on our environment. We are committed to zero-waste at St. Andrew’s. Please make sure you use the compost/recycling bins and bags properly in the community kitchen. If you are not zero-waste savvy, there are signs posted in the kitchen to tell you how to recycle or compost—or ask a staff person for assistance. Please help us be environmentally responsible.

 

PENTECOST SUNDAY ON JUNE 4

The season of Easter comes to an end on the day of Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church is celebrated. The liturgical colour for the day of Pentecost is bright red, signifying fire and the presence of God. Traditionally we wear red to worship on Pentecost Sunday at St. Andrew’s to celebrate the day.

 

ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The halls will be alive with the sound of music from June 5 – 23 (except Thursdays) when the Royal Conservatory of Music returns to St. Andrew’s to conduct music exams. It will be business almost as usual at the church except we will do it more quietly than normal during daytime hours when students are being adjudicated.

 

ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

Our 12th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at St. Andrew’s Park is less than a month away! Beth Eakin has been working tirelessly since January coordinating the event. This year’s Teddy Bear Picnic features Music with Marnie, face-painting by Looking Glass face painters, Jump for Joy bouncy castle, clowns Dilly & Donna—and the ever- popular Teddy Bear Clinic with Dr. Jeannie; Teddy Bear cookie decorating with the Sokalski family (to be confirmed); storytelling by North Vancouver Public Library staff; arts and crafts; and much more! We will need all volunteer hands on deck on Saturday, June 17. Can you help? Beth and Megan, this year’s summer student, are recruiting volunteers today!

 

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY SINGERS IN CONCERT AT ST. ANDREW’S

Lars Kaario and the 48-voices of Capilano University Singers invite you to enjoy the music for choir and guitar that they will perform throughout Spain on their June tour—Romancero Gitano, Misa Criolla, villancicos plus pieces by Canadian folk icon Stan Rogers! The concert is on Fri. June 2 at 8 pm in our Sanctuary. Suggested donation is $15 at the door.

 

PHOTO DIRECTORY AVAILABLE NEXT SUNDAY

Think back to nearly a year ago when you had your photo taken for the church directory. Next Sunday our summer student Megan Wolrich will present you with your copy of the long-awaited photo directory—or you can pick it up during the week from the church office. When everyone appearing in the directory has a copy, any remaining directories will be available for others to enjoy.

 

BC CONFERENCE GENERAL MEETING, MAY 25 – 28

The 2017 BC Conference General Meeting will be held from May 25 – 28 at The Nest at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The theme is “How big is our tent?” Clergy and lay delegates throughout the province, as well as an enthusiastic youth delegation, will be in attendance. The last General Meeting of BC Conference was held at Whistler in 2015.

 

JAZZ VESPERS AT ST. ANDREW’S NEXT SUNDAY AT 4

The Angela Verbrugge Quartet will be the featured performers at Jazz Vespers on Sun. May 28 at 4 pm. Angela Verbrugge (vocals), Mike Allen (saxophone), Dan Reynolds (piano) and Steve Smith (bass) play beautiful jazz and popular standards.  Angela is a charismatic performer based on the west coast of Canada. A former actress, Angela turned to her passion of performing the hit songs of the first half of the 20th century. With a voice that is at once both innocent and sultry, she exudes playfulness and passion that takes audiences on a journey to their own memories of love and excitement, longing and broken-heartedness. 

 

GRATITUDE…

… to members of the Board of Trustees, the Church Board, the Mission Team, and the Management Team who attended meetings on May 10, May 13 and May 16 to make decisions on behalf of the church that support mission and ministry at St. Andrew’s;

… to Barbara Eakin, Chair of Ministry & Personnel, for interviewing and selecting our 2017 summer student;

… to our seldom thanked part-time staff for doing an amazing job—Jason Feng, Susan Cowan, Mehrdad Ajami, Shabnam Adeli, Elizabeth Eakin, Ryan Eakin, Brian Pendrey, Margaret Hill, and Lars Kaario;

… to our volunteer coordinators Phyllis McNeil, Victoria Hildebrand, Natalie Topnik, Natalie Townsend, Carol Norwood, Kit Bjornson, and Faye Maddock, without whom ministry would limp along at best;

… to Rose Jones for enthusiastically planting and caring for the flower gardens at St. Andrew’s;

… to you, for all you do to contribute to ministry at St. Andrew’s.

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