St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, April 30, 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, 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!



A warm welcome to The Rev. Sally McShane who is leading worship today in Rev. Judith’s absence. Sally is having a gap space in her ministry. During the gap, besides cuddle time with her grandson, she has chosen to return to a study of the birth of Christianity and the fraught attempt at rebirth through liberation theology. The much aligned apostle Paul is central to her goal to explore Light and truth in ministry. Sally was ordained in 1992 and since that time has served in churches on both coasts, stopping in the middle to study at Emmanuel College to complete a Masters in Pastoral and Spiritual theology specializing in a spiritual response to trauma. Her work has taken her into a woman’s shelter in Halifax, a maximum security prison in Nova Scotia and the palliative response centre of a Holocaust care facility in Toronto as well as five years recreating a spiritual centre at First United In the downtown east side.



Easter Sunday began the fifty days of the Easter season with the story of the empty tomb and the charge by the messenger to “go and tell!” For the next forty days (until Ascension Day) Christians tell and retell stories of Jesus’ first followers who encountered him against all hope—amidst doubt, fear, and longing—risen from the dead.


The efforts of the first Christian communities to spread the Gospel are recounted from the Acts of the Apostles. From Ascension Day, after Jesus leaves in triumph, his followers begin a period of prayer while awaiting the promised coming of his Spirit at Pentecost, which occurs ten days later.


The early church called these weeks after Easter Mystagogla. Instruction for newly baptized Christians would continue as they explored, with their new community, the joyful mystery of the encounter of the risen Christ with their lives.


The church wears celebratory white and gold during Eastertide, as we learn again to recognize the risen Jesus where he is to be found. Jesus will be found in our midst, in our stories, in the breaking of the bread—and as we faithfully bear word of the reality of Christ’s presence in the world.



Plastic waste is now at such a volume that vast eddies of current-bound plastic trash spin endlessly in the world’s major oceans. This represents a great risk to marine life, killing birds and fish which mistake our garbage for food. In an effort to reduce unnecessary use of plastic, five years ago the Board at St. Andrew’s passed a  policy banning the use of bottled water and requiring a commitment to zero waste recycling by all groups using our space at the church.


The Green Initiative team at St. Andrew’s purchased 100 stainless steel Swell water bottles in time for Earth Day celebrations last week. You can do your part to reduce the use of plastic and advocate for zero waste by purchasing a water bottle from Green Initiative Coordinator, Natalie Topnik, on Sunday mornings or from the church office weekdays. Cost: $20. Style: choice of blue matte finish or silver.



Sun. April 30, 10 am Worship with guest preacher/presider The Rev. Sally McShane

Children’s church with Beth Eakin in the Rainbow Room

Sun. April 30, 3 pm Scandinavian Spring—Concert by Laudate Singers (Sanctuary)

Tickets available at the door!

Sun. April 30, 7 – 9 pm Alcoholics Anonymous (Friendship Room)

Mon. May 1, 10 – 11:30 am Bible Study (Minister’s Office)

Mon. May 1, 7 – 8 pm Mindfulness Meditation (Sanctuary)

Tues. May 2, 1 – 3:30 pm WHIST (Rainbow Room)

Wed. May 3, 2:30 pm Sandwich-making for First United (Community Kitchen)

Thurs. May 4, 10 am – 12 pm St. Andrew’s Drop-in (Rainbow Room)

Thurs. May 4, 10 am – 12 pm Cobs Bread Distribution (Rainbow Room)

Thurs. May 4, 12 – 1 pm Community Lunch (Friendship Room)



Sun. May 7, 10 am Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sun. May 14, 10 am Sacrament of Baptism

Sun. May 14, 4 pm Taizé-style Contemplative Service

Sun. May 30, 4 pm Jazz Vespers with Angela Verbrugge



Wed. May 10, 6 – 7 pm Board of Trustees (Minister’s Office)

Sat. May 13, 10 am – 1 pm Church Board (Friendship Room)

Tues. May 16, 11 am – 12 pm Management Team (Minister’s Office)

Tues. May 16, 1:30 – 3:30 pm Esther-Naomi UCW (Minister’s Office)

Tues. May 16, 7 – 9 pm Mission Team (Minister’s Office)



Tues. May 9, 8 am – 8 pm 2017 Provincial General Election

The lower level of St. Andrew’s is a polling place on Election Day.


Wed. May 24, 2 pm Celebration of Life and memorial tea for long-time member Jessie McKinney (Friendship Room)


Thurs. May 25 – Sun. May 28 2017 BC Conference General Meeting at UBC

Conference Theme: How Big is Our Tent?


Fri. May 26, 6 pm Monthly Community Dinner (Friendship Room)


Sat. June 17, 10:30 am – 2 pm St. Andrew’s 12th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at St. Andrew’s Park and gym—rain or shine!



The Power of Active Witnessing

Thurs. May 18, 6 – 9 pm

Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Avenue, North Vancouver

Sponsored by LeaderShift: An Initiative of BC Conference

Registration: $5—

Feel afraid, helpless or uncertain when you see hurtful, violent or discriminatory behaviour in your community? Through the Active Witnessing model, gain the skills to respond effectively in this practical and meaningful workshop that will empower you to take action!

Facilitated by: Angela Brown and Natasha Aruliah

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