St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, December 17, 2017



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, water, or hot mulled apple juice 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 Shabnam Adeli for hosting hospitality today in the Friendship Room following worship.



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, Joyce Rupp, O.S.M., 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. If you haven’t done so already, please help yourself to this marvelous Advent resource from the information table at the back of the Sanctuary.



Gather up your family and friends next Sunday morning and bring them to St. Andrew’s to celebrate “Christmas around the World.” It begins with a sing-along as the holy family arrive in Bethlehem where Mary gives birth to her boy child, Jesus. We leave the nativity scene to circumnavigate the world and soon realize people around the globe celebrate Christmas in much the same way:  with amazing hospitality and traditional Christmas activities. Please do join us next Sunday for a fun, intergenerational service that will satisfy all your senses!



For many people the Christmas season is not necessarily a time of joy and peace. It could be a time of grieving the loss of a loved one or the loss of employment or some other personal challenge. The Blue Christmas service is for those who find themselves in such a position. It is a quiet and thoughtful service that recognizes our pain and losses and guides us toward the promise of new hope. This joint service is offered by Anglican and Lutheran churches in North Vancouver and St. Andrew’s United Church. This year Blue Christmas will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, 220 West 8th Street on Wed. Dec. 20 at 7 pm. All are welcome.



How about a brand new card table? (The only drawback is you will have to find a mighty big stocking to stuff it into.) A sleek stainless steel Rockit BPM water bottle, blue or silver, capable of keeping water hot or cold for 12 hours? Or a beautiful Christian season calendar, Salt of the Earth?  All three are available today in the Friendship Room following worship for a minimum donation of $20 each to the Mission & Service Fund.  



On a quiet beach in West Vancouver, a dazzling sight appears after dusk each night when hundreds of Christmas trees are lit up in the “Forest of Miracles” on display as part of the annual Dundarave Festival of Lights. This family-friendly display is the largest outdoor display of Christmas trees in coastal BC. Each of the trees are sponsored, lit, and decorated by community groups, businesses, schools, churches and families in order to raise funds to alleviate homelessness on the North Shore. Do take a stroll at Dundarave Beach before Dec. 31 and admire our tree. It sparkles with 300 multi-coloured lights and hand-crafted wooden stars made by congregational member Maddy Walter’s father. Since 2008, the Forest has raised more than $300,000 for the Lookout Society’s North Shore Shelter.


Advent is a season that holds within it the past, present, and future.



The United Church Women at St. Andrew’s host a home-made Jam & Jelly Sale every November, the proceeds of which benefit charitable groups in North Vancouver, including the church. Phyllis McNeil, who coordinates the sale, reports that the UCW raised a total of $977.00 this year. Sweet!



The Management Team has had its hands full the past few weeks. The front doors in the CE building were replaced; a new hot water tank was installed in the church boiler room; Rotor Rooter was called in to resolve a drain blockage in the community kitchen sinks; and the motor in the overhead stove fan was replaced. These are just a few of the day-to-day property challenges that were handled adeptly by the Management Team and staff.



Just to add some zest to the mix of property challenges, construction will continue along St. George’s until the end of January as the Lonsdale Energy Corporation (LEC) installs a 350m underground district heating distribution system.  LEC is extending it district energy system from existing distribution piping at 1033 St. George’s Avenue to a building currently under construction at 161 E. Keith Road.  



The City of North Vancouver has awarded St. Andrew’s a community grant in the amount of $3,000 in support of our meals program. Community grants offer non-profit groups assistance with the delivery of services that work to reduce social, economic or physical disadvantage, and/or improve the quality of life for City residents. We are very grateful for their support!



… to John Eakin for single-handedly lighting the church with a zillion white Christmas lights;

… to Audrey Brown, Pam Mitchell, Gail Sokalski and Phyllis McNeil for decorating the Sanctuary;

… to Phyllis & Dan McNeil for painstakingly erecting the wooden candle holders on Sanctuary  pews;

… to Natalie Topnik for keeping St. Andrew’s hot-mulled apple juice tradition alive throughout Advent;

… to the relentless crew of volunteers who make Thursday community lunches possible;

… to those adventurous souls who participated in St. Andrew’s Christmas pageant yesterday at the Dundarave Festival of Lights;

… to Barbara Dodimead for donating 96 cans of tuna and salmon to our food pantry;

… to Barbara Eakin, Natalie Topnik, Diana & Tim Lyons, Pam & Angus Mitchell, Mark & Joanne Egerton, and Flavia Boehm for picking up bread from Cobs Bakery on Wednesdays;

… to Evelyn Dreiling, Bev Morrison, Mark Egerton & Luisa, Phyllis McNeil, and Shabnam Adeli for hosting hospitality in the Friendship Room on Sundays in November and December;

… to Eleanor Acker for preparing pre-worship hospitality for the Sanctuary every week;

… to Aileen Molloy and Susan McMaster for finding “Mary blue” fabric at Dressew’s for the communion table;

… to you for all you contribute to ministry at St. Andrew’s!



The church office will be closed from Dec. 25 – Jan. 1, reopening on Tues. Jan. 2.  Jason Feng, Office Administrator, and Susan Cowan, Events Coordinator, will both be on holiday. However, Rev. Judith will be working reduced hours and checking messages daily. You can reach Rev. Judith in an emergency by texting or calling 604-669-2546.



Mon. Dec. 18, 10 – 11:30 am Bible study (Minister’s office)

Tues. Dec. 19, 11 am Management Team meeting (Minister’s office)

Tues. Dec. 19, 6:30 – 8 pm Advent reflections (Minister’s office)

Wed. Dec. 20, 12 – 2 pm Staff Christmas luncheon (office will be closed from 12 – 2 pm)

Thurs. Dec. 21, 10 am – noon St. Andrew’s drop-in / bread distribution (Rainbow Room)

Thurs. Dec. 21, 12 – 1 pm Community lunch

NOTE:  Drop-in, bread distribution & lunch resume Thurs. Jan. 4

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