St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, October 1, 2017

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, a selection of teas, 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. Today hospitality hour following worship is hosted by Marjorie Bruce and Bev Morrison in the Friendship Room.

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. Today we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday is both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith.

All are welcome to share in the bread and the cup at Christ’s table—adults, youth, children, little ones—visitors, newcomers, members of this congregation or not. Please come forward during communion to one of two stations where you will receive The Bread of Life and The Cup of Love. At the stations left front, you will be offered pre-cut bread (or a flax and gluten-free cracker) and grape juice in a small cup. Please eat the bread and then drink the cup before returning to your seat. At the station right front, you will be offered bread from a common loaf and grape juice from a common cup (dip the bread in the cup and then eat the bread before returning to your seat). If you would like to receive communion at your seat, please let an usher know and the servers will bring the bread and the cup to you.

 

CELEBRATE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS AND THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS TODAY AT 4

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of ecologists, a man who believed that the sparrow was as much his brother as the Pope. The son of a wealthy man and trained as a knight for the crusades, Francis had an epiphany in which he recognized that his calling was to live simply and peacefully with all God’s creatures. He turned from a life of ease and luxury to found a brotherhood who lived outdoors in a state of poverty. Francis said, “If we had any possessions we should need weapons and laws to defend them.”

If Saint Francis of Assisi lived in BC today, his message of a simple lifestyle in community with all God’s creatures would be even more relevant than it was in 1200. Recognizing that creation is being destroyed by human demands on resources for everything from large houses to automobiles to excessive energy consumption, increasing numbers of people are opting for lives of voluntary simplicity. They choose a form of deep ecology which embraces conservation in every aspect of their lives. At the heart of the philosophy is a desire to reduce their ecological footprints and walk lightly upon the earth.

CONGREGATIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER THIS SAT. OCT. 7

We have invited our newcomer family from Syria (Nagah, Kawa and their children) to join us at St. Andrew’s for their first Canadian Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday at 5 pm in the Friendship Room. The circle won’t be complete without you!  Please sign up today with Pamela Mitchell at pam_mitchell@shaw.ca or 604-988-6679. Pam is still looking for people to bring veggies, desserts and other delectable treats for the table. Beth Eakin will be on hand with some fun activities for the kids—and there will be time before dinner for all of us to mix and mingle and meet our guests.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. ANDREW’S

Sun. Oct. 1, 4 pm Blessing of the Animals (Sanctuary)

Mon. Oct. 2, 10 – 11:30 am Drop-in Bible Study (Minister’s office)

Mon. Oct. 2, 7 pm Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation (Sanctuary)

Tues. Oct. 3, 1 pm The United Church Women host WHIST (Rainbow Room)

Wed. Oct. 4, 2:30 pm      Sandwich-making for First United Church (Community Kitchen)

Thurs. Oct. 5, 10 am – noon St. Andrew’s Drop-in (Rainbow Room)

Thurs. Oct. 5, 10 am – noon Bread distribution from Cobs Bakery (Friendship Room)

Thurs. Oct. 5, 12 – 1 pm Community Lunch (Friendship Room)

Thurs. Oct. 5, 7:30 pm Choir Practice (Sanctuary)

Sat. Oct. 7, 5 pm Congregational Thanksgiving Dinner—RSVP necessary (Friendship Room)

 

NORTH SHORE HOMELESSNESS ACTION WEEK, OCT. 8 – 14

Homelessness Action Week is a Canada-wide annual event coordinated locally by the North Shore Homelessness Task Force. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community, to connect homeless, at-risk, and low income residents of the North Shore to resources and services, and to encourage community-led problem-solving. Rev. Judith represents St. Andrew’s United Church on the North Shore Homelessness Task Force. St. Andrew’s also participates through its year-round meals programs and its assistance at the North Shore Connect Day, which is on Thurs. Oct. 12 at John Braithwaite Community Centre from 9 am to 2 pm. If you would like to volunteer for a portion of the day on Connect Day doing a multiple of tasks, please contact Rev. Judith this week. There is a one hour training session at John Braithwaite on Oct. 11 at 6 pm for volunteers.

 

SALT OF THE EARTH: A CHRISTIAN SEASONS CALENDAR

Published by University Hill Congregation in Vancouver, this calendar tells the story of the Christian year through scripture, liturgical colour, and artwork. The Christian year has its origins in the festivals held in the early centuries of the church’s life. These gradually grew into the annual marking of time that Protestant and Roman Catholic churches share today. By focusing on the seasons of the Christian year, this calendar offers an alternate way of remembering, and living in, the story of Jesus Christ. The annual re-telling and re-living of the narrative of the gospel is a powerful training resource for churches and disciples who live in cultures that have forgotten, or have never heard, the Christian story. The 2017/2018 calendar is now ready. Cost is $15.95 each with a 20% discount for orders of 10 or more and a 40% discount with orders of 25 or more. If you would like to be included in an order from St. Andrew’s, please email Rev. Judith before Oct. 15.

 

COMMUNITY GARDENS PUT TO BED

Sixteen community gardeners braved the rain yesterday to put St. Andrew’s community gardens to bed for the winter and to clean up the herb garden and grounds in front of the Christian Education building. The enthusiastic gardeners were Cristina Burlan, Teena Weeks, Tracey Jeffrey, Faye & Wayne Maddock, Anca Halip, Chris & Nonie Dalton, Merilin & Bob Belanza, Ursula Uhlmann, Nicole Murkcut, Sarah Johnston, Kim Jackson, Tom Lutz and Rev. Judith representing the church. Afterwards, they gathered in the Friendship Room for animated conversations about this year’s bumper crops and lingered over a delicious end-of-season pot-luck supper.

 

FRIENDSHIP ROOM GALLERY FEATURES PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAM MITCHELL

Pam Mitchell is a long-time member of St. Andrew’s, a world traveler and avid photographer. Over the years, Pam with husband, Angus, has logged thousands of kilometers by land, sea and air and taken thousands of photographs. From her vast collections Pam shares a selection of photos of her adventures to the Treasury and Amphitheatre in Petra, Jordan, the Sphynx in Egypt, the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The current exhibit also includes wonderful examples of the life and times of people in India, Egypt and Asia. Pam’s most recent travels were to the Maritimes, touring lighthouses in PEI and Labrador and the picturesque villages of Twillingate and Trinity, Newfoundland. Pam’s stunning images of wildlife encountered on African safari were highlighted in the initial Friendship Room Gallery exhibit.

 

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