St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, October 29, 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 and Aileen Molloy for hosting hospitality today in the Friendship Room following worship.

 

JAZZ VESPERS TODAY

Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks perform at Jazz Vespers today 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).

 

THE REV. DR. DONALD GRAYSTON

There was nothing more infectious than Don’s laugh (especially at his own stories) or more compelling than his sermons. That was evident to everyone here when he preached and presided in Rev. Judith’s absence. Don passed away peacefully at Cottage Hospice in Vancouver from pulmonary fibrosis on Mon. Oct. 23 with his son, Jonathan, and sister, Helen, at his bedside. His memorial service will take place on Nov. 15, viewing at 2 pm and service at 2:30 pm, at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver.  

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CONCERT ON NOV. 5

Join us at a Remembrance Sunday concert at 4 pm next Sunday with vocalist Angela Verbrugge and her band. They will perform a collection of traditional pop from the 40s era to commemorate Remembrance Day—songs of love and longing, separation and optimism, distraction from the despair of World War II. By donation at the door.

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS PHOTO COLLAGE

Photographer Susan McMaster captured the highlights of this year’s Blessing of the Animals in a delightful photo collage which is on display in the Narthex (foyer). This year mostly dogs were blessed. However, if you look carefully you will spot a cat and a rabbit amongst the woofers.

 

UCW SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES

At their meetings this month, the Esther-Naomi and Spirit Circle UCW (United Church Women) unanimously agreed to support our community meals program with a donation of $1,000, St. Andrew’s Benevolent Fund with a contribution of $500, and $300 to each of these non-profit groups:  North Shore Crisis Centre, Sage House for Women, North Shore Youth Safe House, the “Learning Together” program at North Shore Neighbourhood House, North Shore Lookout Society through the Forest of Miracles, Hollyburn Family Services, and The United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service. The women raise funds all year round from meeting offerings, monthly WHIST and their infamous Jam & Jelly & Bake Sale, which happens every November. In addition they knitted enough squares to make 51 large blankets and 27 baby blankets (stitched together and edges crocheted by Marjorie Bruce) which they give to the various programs they support. The UCW is comprised of about 15 women in our congregation whose commitment to ministry is simply amazing!

 

WORSHIP & MUSIC COMMITTEE

Members of the Mission Team recently discussed the need for ongoing and reliable assistance planning and supporting worship services at St. Andrew’s (Sunday morning worship, Taizé, Jazz Vespers, Blessing of the Animals, Entering Advent, Blue Christmas, Christmas Eve, Good Friday, others). They suggested the formation of a worship & music committee to assist with this work. If you would like to serve on the worship & music committee, please contact Phyllis McNeil (604-987-3851 / p_mcneil@telus.net) or Rev. Judith.

 

SPECIAL SERVICES & EVENTS AT ST. ANDREW’S IN NOVEMBER

Sun. Nov 5 at 10 am      Communion Sunday/Remembrance Sunday

Sun. Nov. 5 at 4 pm Remembrance Sunday Concert with Angela Verbrugge & her band

Sun. Nov. 12 UCW’s Annual Jam & Jelly & Bake Sale following worship in the Friendship Room

Fri. Nov. 17 at 6 pm Community Dinner in the Friendship Room

Sun. Nov. 19 UCW’s Annual Jam & Jelly & Bake Sale (following worship)

Sun. Nov. 19 at 4 pm Taizé Contemplative Service

Sat. Nov. 25, 10 am – 4 pm Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Christmas Market in the Friendship Room

Sun. Nov. 26 Congregational Lunch following worship. Hosted by Mission & Service Enthusiasts.

The Rev. Judith Stark will be leading worship in Rev. Judith’s absence on Sun. Nov. 12, 19 & 26.

 

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY RETURNS ON MON. DEC. 4

Drop-in Bible study is taking a break for the month of November while Rev. Judith is away, returning on Mon. Dec. 4 at the usual time and place: 10 – 11:30 am in Rev. Judith’s office. There is Bible study tomorrow—Mon. Oct. 30.

 

WELCOME THE LIGHT

Welcome the Light is the name of daily devotions for Advent by Joyce Rupp, OSM.  Joyce writes, “What better time than Advent to refresh our awareness of Christ’s coming to us as divine light? What more appropriate season for opening our minds and hearts to welcome this treasure?” Through scripture-based devotions, she makes the most of images and metaphors to deepen our spiritual senses and open our minds and hearts to welcome the treasure of Christ’s light within us. You can pick up your free copy of Welcome the Light at Sunday worship on Dec. 3—the first Sunday of Advent.

 

PROPERTY MATTERS

To prevent chronic flooding in St. Andrew’s Preschool, a rubber liner filled with rocks was installed at the back of the CE building to divert water running over top of the gutters to the city drain;

The trees just behind the CE building in the park were trimmed by the city recently to prevent leaves and other debris from blocking the gutters;

Emergency plumbing repairs were completed this month in both the church building and the building next door;

A solar motion light was installed at the back of the church to illuminate the stairs near the ramp;

New front entrance doors to the CE building will be installed next month.  

SALT OF THE EARTH CALENDAR AVAILABLE FROM CHURCH OFFICE

Salt of the Earth: A Christian Seasons Calendar 2017/2018 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 alternative way of remembering, and living in, the story of Jesus Christ. The Christian calendar begins with Advent on Dec. 3, 2017 and ends on Sat. Dec. 1, 2018, Christian New Year’s Eve. We have a limited number of calendars available at $15 each (20% off the retail cost) in the church office.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK

Greet and offer hospitality at Jazz Vespers today; make sandwiches for First United in the community kitchen this Wednesday at 2:30 pm; carve the turkey for sandwiches on Thursday morning at 8:30 am in the community kitchen; assist with kitchen clean-up after our community lunch on Thursday from 12:15 – 1:30 pm; volunteer to serve communion on Remembrance Sunday. Can you help? Please speak with Rev. Judith today!

 

TRANSFORMING WORSHIP

It matters what we do at worship: things like standing, sitting, joining in the actions of a children’s worship song. These actions have a profound effect. Sometimes they challenge us to move out of comfort zones into new experiences and attitudes. Genuine faith involves responding with our mind, spirit and body. It’s the whole of us that belongs to God and we need to respond to God with our whole being at worship.      –Worship Changes Lives

 

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