St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, October 22, 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. Thanks to Mark Egerton for hosting hospitality today in the Friendship Room following worship.

 

STAFF HOLIDAYS

Office Administrator Jason Feng is on holiday this week, returning Mon. Oct. 30. Events Coordinator Susan Cowan is filling in for Jason.

 

Children and Family Ministry Coordinator Beth Eakin is on holiday from Thurs. Oct. 26 to Fri. Nov. 3. Children’s church continues as usual on Sun. Oct. 29 with parents leading activities.

 

Rev. Judith will be on vacation from Thurs. Nov. 9 to Fri. Dec. 1.  The Rev. Judith Starke will preach and preside at morning services on Nov. 12, 19 and 26; Susan Cowan will lead Taizé on Sun. Nov. 19; and The Rev. Dr. Brian Fraser will lead Jazz Vespers on Sun. Nov. 26. Pastoral Care Coordinator Phyllis McNeil will respond to pastoral emergencies.

 

ALL SAINTS’ DAY NEXT SUNDAY

Many protestant denominations, including The United Church of Canada, commemorate all Christians both past and present, famous or obscure, on All Saints’ Day, which is celebrated in western churches on November 1. At morning worship next Sunday we will celebrate All Saints’ Day—and give thanks to God for individuals throughout the church universal as well as those who have personally led us to faith.

 

JAZZ VESPERS, SUN. OCT. 29

Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks perform at Jazz Vespers next Sunday at 4 pm. This four piece jazz combo will wow you with their soulful sounds and exceptional musicianship. Band members include Linda Szentes (vocals), Roy Shuyter (piano), Johan Worst (bass), and Phil Belanger (drums).

 

CELTIC FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT SYRIAN FAMILIES, SAT. NOV. 4

The seven North Shore United churches are presenting a Celtic Music & Dance event on Sat. Nov. 4 from 6 – 9 pm at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard. There will be entertainment by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra, Docs ‘n Socs, Black Bear Rebels and Vancouver Scottish Country Dancers and traditional Scottish refreshments. Tickets are $50 each. Event proceeds will fund travel loans for our two sponsored Syrian refugee families. Tickets are available this morning from Anne Kaario or during the week from Susan Cowan in the church office.

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY ON NOV. 5

Every year the faith community at St. Andrew’s commemorates Remembrance Day with a Remembrance Ceremony at morning worship on the Sunday before November 11. On Sun. Nov. 5 we will remember the brave men and women who have served, and are serving, our country. Special music on Remembrance Sunday includes a trumpet and organ prelude and postlude, and a bagpipes recessional.

 

YOU ARE MY BELOVED

The one who created us is waiting for our response to the love that gave us our being. God not only says, “You are my Beloved.” God also asks: “Do you love me?” and offers us countless chances to say “Yes.”     —Henri Nouwen

 

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