St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, July 16, 2017




Welcome to St. Andrew’s United Church! 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, iced tea, 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. Please do join us outside on the lawn for summer refreshments and conversation following worship.



A warm welcome to The Rev. Sally McShane who is leading worship today and next Sunday in Rev. Judith’s absence. Sally was ordained in 1992 and since that time has served in churches on both coasts. Currently she is taking a gap space in her ministry after serving  five years at First United in the downtown east side.



Rev. Judith is somewhere in the Lower Mainland this morning worshipping with another congregation. Taking time off to be led instead of leading truly feeds the soul. She will be in her office all this week; on Salt Spring Island from Mon. July 24 to Thurs. July 27.



After Story Time in the Sanctuary, the children will gather outside for some fun water activities at the side of the church. We now have two water features to keep kids cool—the Banzai wild ride water slide and an old-fashioned sprinkler! Please do join Children & Family Ministry Coordinator Beth Eakin, summer student Megan Wolrich, and the kids at their refreshment table outside following worship for watermelon and ice cream sandwiches.



Babysitting in a Day is an interactive and fun course that teaches youth aged 11 to 15 the business of babysitting. They will learn the responsibilities of a babysitter, how to get along and care for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children, and how to handle emergencies and provide basic first aid. Summer courses continue at

St. Andrew’s on Fri. July 21; Tues. July 25; Fri. Aug. 4; Tues. Aug. 8; Sat. Aug. 12, and Sat. Aug. 26. Cost: $60 (includes the Canadian Red Cross Babysitter’s Manual and completion certificate.) Registration: 604-988-8835 or email



Noun 1. needlecraft – a creation created or assembled by needle and thread

Curator Susan McMaster has assembled an eclectic mix of needlecraft creations (tatting, embroidery, crochet, and stitchery) by six artists—Stella Berry, Marjorie Bruce, Diane Hardcastle, Margaret Hill, Susan McMaster, Barbara Newell and Jocelyn Pritchard. Please do stop by the church one day to enjoy this month long exhibit.



Look up when you walk through the Rainbow Room! You will see Thunderbird flying overhead, a delightful mobile art installation. According to First Nations mythology, Thunderbird, living high in the mountains, was the most powerful of all spirits. When Thunderbird flaps its wings, thunder crashes and lightning flashes from his eyes. Thunderbird resembles the eagle except for plumage on his wings.



The West Coast Centre for (R)Evolutionary Theology is excited to present an evening lecture by Marjorie Suchocki at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (corner of Burrard and Nelson in downtown Vancouver) on Thurs. July 20 from 7 – 8:30 pm. Marjorie will introduce you to Process Theology by using excerpts from the film, The Colour of Paradise. Cost: $10 suggested donation.

The public lecture will prepare you for a mini-workshop on Fri. July 21 from 7 – 9 pm and on Sat. July 22 from 10 am to 4 pm entitled God Shows Up at the Movies. The mini-workshop will give you an opportunity to explore and discuss how the presence of God/The Holy is imagined in film by viewing excerpts from various movies, with context and comment from Marjorie. Cost: adults, $40; seniors, students, unemployed, $20. Registration:

Speaker/workshop leader Marjorie Suchocki is United Methodist in background, professor emerita at Claremont School of Theology in California, and co-director of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont. Marjorie has organized many film festivals focusing on Film and Process Theology and is the author of Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film.



July is vacation time! We are looking for some people to provide vacation relief for volunteers who help with food-related programs all year long at St. Andrew’s.  Can you can spare an hour or two this week? Please speak with summer student Megan Wolrich this morning or email Rev. Judith at

3 or 4 people on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am in the community kitchen to prep for Wednesday’s brunch (cooking pasta, chopping veggies) for 150 at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s North Shore Hub.

2 people on Wednesday from 7:30 – 8:30 am in the community kitchen to do final prep for Food Bank brunch.

2 or 3 people on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 – 3 pm to clean and polish the pews in the Sanctuary (an annual task) with Murphy’s Oil Soap.

1 person on Wednesday at 2 pm to carve a turkey and make stuffing in the community kitchen for Thursday’s community lunch in the Friendship Room.

3 people on Thursday from 12 – 1:30 pm to assist with kitchen clean-up following the community lunch.

1 person on Friday before 9 am or after 8 pm to water our 4 community gardens, church flower beds, hedges and oak trees between the sidewalk and street.

1 person on Saturday before 9 am or after 8 pm to water our 4 community gardens, church flower beds, hedges and oak trees between the sidewalk and street.



… to pastoral care coordinator Phyllis McNeil and Marjorie Bruce, Ann Byington, Joan Crofts, Una Goyns and Isobelle Houston for hosting Etta Smith’s memorial lunch in the Friendship Room on June 28;

… to Mark Egerton and Aileen Molloy for taking Syrian newcomers Kawa and Nagah and their five children on a recent outing to Stanley Park;

… to the amazing and ever-cheerful Carol Norwood for coordinating Thursday community lunches week after week, year after year;

… to Tim Lyons for supervising the CE building roof replacement and for completing countless property fixes in the church building;

… to you for donating $1,246 (!) t0 the Horn of Africa famine relief fund at morning worship on June 25.

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