St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, February 25, 2018




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.



Last Sunday at our Annual Congregational Meeting a letter was presented to Board Chair John Eakin (signed by ten congregational members) requesting that another congregational meeting be held to discuss music at worship in the fall. That meeting, which must be held within 15 days according to The United Church of Canada’s Manual, will be held today in the Sanctuary immediately following worship. We hope you can stay to participate.



Because of the congregational meeting today, we invite you to help yourself to refreshments at the back of the Sanctuary before the meeting begins.



The Rev. Judith Hardcastle begins a 3-month sabbatical tomorrow, returning on Monday, June 4. The Rev. Judith Stark, who is preaching and presiding at worship today, officially begins a part-time appointment (20 hours weekly) to St. Andrew’s during the other Rev. Judith’s absence! The Rev. Judith Stark’s office hours will be most Tuesdays from 9:30 am to approximately 3:30 pm, and of course she will be at St. Andrew’s on Sundays.



Angela Verbrugge (vocals), David Blake (guitar), Conrad Good (bass), and Joe Poole (drums) play at Jazz Vespers this afternoon at 4 pm in the Sanctuary.  Join Angela and her band and liturgist, the Rev. Judith Hardcastle, to hear how love songs can connect your Lenten pilgrimage to the heartache of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday.



This is a reminder to pick up your copy of Psalms for Lent: Devotions for the Sacred Season by Jane Wilke, which are located on the information table in the Sanctuary. This booklet will help you to walk through the Psalms with an eye toward the cross of Christ with daily reflections for Lent that focus on repentance, reconciliation, and renewal. Each day includes specially selected verses from a psalm with prompts at the end of each reflection to read the entire psalm referenced. You will be enriched each day by the words of this ancient songbook that speaks directly to your journey with Jesus.



This year’s World Day of Prayer will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2725 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women that began in the United States and Canada in the 19th century, and became worldwide in 1927. The continuing motto for World Day of Prayer is “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action”. This day is no longer celebrated only by women; many men and children participate, too. Each year, Christians of many cultures, traditions, and races, in over 170 countries around the world unite in prayer. Of course, all people are welcome and encouraged to participate. This year the women of Suriname lift up their voices to remind us that we are caretakers of God’s creation! They are bringing to our attention the urgent need for caring at a time when more than 180 countries have signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A commitment to keep the earth cooler depends of public policies implemented by governments, but also on personal lifestyle.


Summer, spring, winter or fall—the majesty of British Columbia surrounds us. Share your experiences of this amazing province in the Friendship Room Gallery. Submit your photos for the upcoming exhibit, Beautiful BC, no later than March 11, 2018. Here’s how: 1. Email (subject Friendship Room Gallery) with your jpeg images to be printed 5” x 7” format, matted and framed at curator’s discretion. 2. Drop off 5” x 7” or 8” x 10” prints at the office, framed at curator’s discretion. 3. Drop off framed ready-to-hang pictures (any size) at the office. Be sure to include your name and contact information. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!



Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard in North Vancouver, presents Meredith Willson’s The Music Man from March 21 – 25 at 7:30 pm in their Sanctuary. The show will probably be a sell-out so order your tickets now at



Let music give your mind and spirit time to ponder the events of Good Friday and prepare for the joy of Easter Sunday. On Good Friday, March 30 at 10 am, St. Andrew’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra present “Mozart’s Requiem” in the Sanctuary. No admission charge. An offering will be taken.



Next week the boiler in the church building will be serviced and repaired; the rotten wheelchair ramp to the church building will be torn down and replaced within the next 4 – 6 weeks at an estimated cost of $9,000; the damaged stained glass window on the stairway to the balcony will be removed and refurbished; a white subway tile backsplash will be installed in the community kitchen; the acquisition of a second-hand industrial freezer will provide much needed room t0 store donated food for our meals program.



… to Phyllis McNeil for offering pastoral care and coordinating and hosting memorial receptions on January 29 and February 9 for the families of Erine Virgl and Michael Dolman. A special thank you to Una Goyns, Ann Byington, Susan Cowan, Marjorie Bruce, Susan McMaster, Pamela Mitchell, Evelyn Dreiling and Anette Bokic for assisting with these services/receptions with such care and compassion;

… to Carol Norwood for enthusiastically coordinating our weekly community lunch—and to Diana and Tim Lyons, Natalie Townsend, Mary-Anne Telfer and a cast of maybe not thousands, but many devoted volunteers who make it all happen;

… to Pamela and Angus Mitchell for cleaning up the church flower gardens and pruning the rose bushes;

… to our amazing Management Team (Tim Lyons, Diana Lyons and Ken Horne) for their day-to-day care of church property;

… to Margaret Hill and her sandwich-makers—Joyce Brown, Aileen Molloy, Audrey Brown, and Sylvie;

… to Anne Kaario, Jeannie Holt and Pamela Mitchell for their continuing support of our Syrian refugee families;

… to John Eakin for the enormous amount of work he does for the church behind-the-scenes;

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



Colonialism’s Impact on Children on Turtle Island and in Palestine/Israel

Wed. March 28 & Wed. April 4 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Sun. April 8 from 1 – 3 pm in the Friendship Room.

Conversation on colonialism between Stan McKay and Robert Massoud; acting for change for indigenous children; acting for change for Palestinian children. Facilitators: George Bartlett and the Rev. Marianna Harris.


Waves and Tales—Stories by the legendary Gcina Mhlophe

Mon. March 26 from 7 – 9 pm in the Sanctuary

A family event featuring traditional African and original stories. Tickets $20 at the door or buy online at Eventbrite. All proceeds go to the Gcinamsiko Arts and Heritage Trust. Sponsored by St. Andrew’s United Church with support from the Vancouver Society of Storytelling.

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