St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, September 10, 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. With gratitude we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

 

PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO FAIR TRADE COFFEE

Please help yourself to Fair Trade coffee, tea, or water at the back of the Sanctuary before, during and after worship! You may bring your cup or glass to your seat but we would appreciate it if you would return it to the refreshment table before you leave.

 

WASHROOMS LOCATED DOWNSTAIRS

The washrooms are located downstairs, which are accessible from the stairs off the Narthex (foyer) or the left front side of the Sanctuary.

 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

Your little ones will love children’s church at St. Andrew’s!  Children & Family Ministry Coordinator Beth Eakin welcomes children at the back of the Sanctuary every Sunday before worship! After the opening hymn, they go to the Chancel steps for story time and then it’s downstairs to hear a Bible story, say a prayer—and have a fun time with crafts and activities.

 

CHOIR RETURNS NEXT SUNDAY

Would you like to sing in the choir? Join choir members and director Lars Kaario in the Sanctuary at their first rehearsal of the season this Thurs. Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!

 

GRATITUDE…

to Mark Egerton for picking up 300 sandwich buns donated by Cobs Bakery last Tuesday afternoon (Caulfeild Village);

… to West Vancouver Rotary Club, Westlynn Bakery, Cobs Bakery (Park & Tilford), and Bon Ami Bakery-Café for their generous support of our food program;

… to Phyllis McNeil, Evelyn Dreiling, Alana Wolrich, and Rick Wasson for bagging and distributing bread on Thursdays;

… to Natalie Townsend and Natalie Topnik for coordinating St. Andrew’s Drop-in program in the Rainbow Room on Thursdays;

… to Montessori Mes Petits and Joy Hair Studio (Lonsdale Quay) for financially supporting Thursday community lunches;

… to Carol Norwood and her enthusiastic crew who whip up those delicious lunches;

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

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

This year our annual Blessing of the Animals service will be held on Sun. Oct. 1 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Please bring your 4-legged and winged friends to church to be blessed and join everyone for refreshments immediately following the service. If you love animals and would like to assist with the service, please contact Rev. Judith.

 

TAIZE CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE, SUN. SEPT. 17

Join us next Sunday at 4 pm for a Taizé-style contemplative candlelight service in our Sanctuary with beautiful music,  Taizé-songs, silences and prayer. Musicians Jocelyn Pritchard (piano), Peter Matthew (viola), Boris Ulanowicz (violin), Alexandra Scott (voice) and Andrew Wilson (voice) provide musical leadership.

 

JAZZ VESPERS, SUN. SEPT. 24

Quintessential Jazz returns to St. Andrew’s for a lively Jazz Vespers on Sun. Sept. 24 at 4 pm.

 

THANKSGIVING POT-LUCK DINNER ON SAT. OCT. 7

To celebrate the second anniversary of our refugee project, we are hosting a truly Canadian Thanksgiving dinner in the Friendship Room at 5 pm on Sat. Oct. 7 at which our newcomer family (Nagah, Kawa and family) will be our guests. We hope that many of you, our congregation, will be able to attend. Please sign up with Pamela Mitchell at pam_mitchell@shaw.ca or by phone at 604-988=6679. Space is limited so sign up early and indicate what vegetable, salad or dessert you can provide.

 

ACTING AGAINST RACISM: STRATEGIES FOR MOVING FORWARD

Have recent national and international events made you feel uncertain or helpless about what you can do to prevent racist or discriminatory behavior on the North Shore? Come, learn, and share strategies and actions we can take together and individually at a public forum on Thurs. Sept. 14 from 7 – 9 pm at the Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave. in West Vancouver. Keynote speakers: Sunera Thobani and Handel Kashope Wright; panel discussion moderated by Organized by the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership.

 

“FOR DEAR LIFE” SCEENING ON THURS. SEPT. 14

The Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation is presenting a screening of For Dear Life at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver this Thurs. Sept. 14 at 7 pm. Tickets: $10. Post-screening discussion following.

 

DROP-IN COMMUNITY DINNER, FRI. SEPT. 22

Everyone is welcome at our monthly community dinner in the Friendship Room on Fri. Sept. 22 at 6 pm. Co-sponsored by the Northern Lights Civil Society and St. Andrew’s United Church.

 

OPEN SANCTUARY WEEKDAYS

The Sanctuary at St. Andrew’s is open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 1 pm for silent prayer or meditation—or to sit quietly undisturbed. If you would like to speak with Rev. Judith, she is in her office most days and welcomes your visit.

 

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY

Every Monday morning in Rev. Judith’s office from 10 – 11:30 am. Free.

DROP-IN MINDFULLNESS-AWARENESS MEDITATION

Every Monday evening in the Sanctuary from 7 – 8 pm. Co-sponsored by the North Shore Meditation Group and St. Andrew’s United Church. Free.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT MINISTRY AT ST. ANDREW’S

  1. Volunteer to be “keeper of the candle stand” located in the Sanctuary
  2. Help with hospitality on Sunday mornings
  3. Set up the Sanctuary for Taizé once a month
  4. Water the church flower gardens
  5. Fold bulletins on Friday mornings
  6. Welcome people to  Jazz Vespers
  7. Donate a can of tuna or salmon or ham for sandwich-making
  8. Join the clean-up crew at our community lunch on Thursdays
  9. Serve on the Mission Team
  10. Donate toothpaste and toothbrushes for First United in the downtown east side
  11. Assist with the Sacrament of Holy Communion once a month
  12. Volunteer to read Scripture at Sunday morning worship
  13. Serve on the Management Team
  14. Volunteer for special projects or events
  15. Join our pastoral care team
  16. Contribute financially to Mission & Service
  17. Sing in the choir
  18. Be an animal-whisperer at Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 1
  19. Serve lunch to Vancouver-Burrard Presbyters in the Friendship Room on Sat. Oct. 21
  20. Light the Christ candle at the beginning of worship on Sundays
  21. Come to the congregational Thanksgiving Pot-Luck Dinner on Oct. 7
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