St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 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!



Today we celebrate Pentecost, the day when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given and the beginning of the church.

The liturgical colour for Pentecost is bright red, signifying fire and the powerful presence of God.



At St. Andrew’s United Church all are welcome to share in the bread and the cup at Christ’s table—adults, youth, children, little ones—visitors, newcomers, members of this congregation or not. Please come forward during communion to one of two stations where you will receive The Bread of Life and The Cup of Love. At the stations left front, you will be offered pre-cut bread (or a flax and gluten-free cracker) and grape juice in a small cup. Please eat the bread and then drink the cup before returning to your seat. At the station right front, you will be offered bread from a common loaf and grape juice from a common cup (dip the bread in the cup and then eat the bread before returning to your seat). If you would like to receive communion at your seat, please let an usher know and the servers will bring the bread and the cup to you.



On communion Sundays, our custom at St. Andrew’s is to take a second offering for the Benevolent Fund as we leave worship. The fund is used at the discretion of the minister to provide financial assistance to North Shore neighbours facing an emergency situation or struggling to make ends meet. A dollar or two or even some loose change will make a huge difference in someone’s life. Thank you for your generosity!



A warm welcome to Kawa and Nagah and their children Haifa, Havi, Hamrin, Helin and Ali who are joining us this morning at worship. The Mohammad family arrived in Vancouver on April 13, just over six short weeks ago! They wanted to meet folks at St. Andrew’s and other North Shore United churches to say “thank you” for your amazing support.



Have you noticed the gorgeous pink rose in full bloom at the side of the church building? Or the sudden spurt of growth in community gardens#13 and #15, which are designed to attract bees and butterflies all summer long? Both church community gardens are seeded with brilliant BC west coast wildflowers that will also shout “welcome” to folks passing by. Gardens #14 and #16 contain lettuce, spinach, parsley, broccoli, zucchini, bush beans, and soon-to-be-planted tomatoes and peas—veggies that will be used for our Thursday community lunches in July and Wednesday summer brunches at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank North Shore Hub. At the front of the church are some gorgeous Canada 150 flowers planted last week by Rose Jones, who also did an enormous amount of work tilling the soil and arranging the rock border. The water bags surrounding the fledgling oak trees along St. George’s were installed on Wednesday by the City of North Vancouver, which we have promised to keep filled.  Would you like to be a gardener this summer at St. Andrew’s and be part of the team that keeps our property beautiful and welcoming?  Please call Rev. Judith to find out how you can help.



Congratulations to Ryan Eakin who graduates from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School on June 27.

Our Sunday morning hospitality “host with the most” is taking the summer off to have some well-deserved fun before resuming serious studies in the fall. Ryan’s career goal is to be a computer programmer.  



Our 12th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at St. Andrew’s Park is less than two weeks away! This year’s Teddy Bear Picnic features: Music with Marnie; face-painting by Looking Glass face painters; Jump for Joy bouncy castle; clowns Dilly & Donna; the ever-popular Teddy Bear Clinic with Dr. Jeannie “Bear”; Teddy Bear cookie decorating with the Sokalski family; storytelling by North Vancouver Public Library staff; a free Adopt A Bear table (or adopt a dinosaur or rabbit or any other animal that might think it’s a bear); arts and crafts; and much more! What are you doing on Saturday, June 17? Can you help for a couple of hours? Please speak to summer student Megan Wolrich or Children & Family Ministry coordinator Beth Eakin today. No experience necessary!



Do you have a gently used Teddy Bear that would like a new home? Beth Eakin is rounding up bears to present for adoption at the Teddy Bear Picnic and welcomes your donations. Please bring your teddy bears to church with you next Sunday or leave them in the church office before Friday, June 16.



For many years now St. Andrew’s United Church has presented community service awards to graduating students at Ridgeway Elementary School (grade 7) and Alcuin College (grade 12). Rev. Judith attended Alcuin College’s grade 12 graduation ceremony on Friday at the Pinnacle Hotel to present the award to Michaela Cox for outstanding community service. Judith will be at Ridgeway’s graduation ceremony later in June to congratulate two deserving students whose teachers have identified each of them as someone who has given back in an exemplary way to their community.



… to Barbara Dodimead for donating enough canned tuna and salmon to keep our pantry full until September;

… to Susan McMaster for coordinating the installation of the new art exhibit in the Friendship Room;

… to Kit Bjornson and students from Carson Graham Secondary School for serving a delicious community dinner to a record-breaking crowd in the Friendship Room on Fri. May 26;  

… to UCW members Phyllis McNeil, Una Goyns, Margorie Bruce, Joan Crofts, and Ann Byington for baking goodies and hosting a wonderful memorial tea for Jessie McKinney on Wed. May 24;

… to Anne Kaario and Jeannie Holt for looking after the Mohammad family as they settle into Canadian life;

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



Plans are underway to put a new roof on the Christian Education building this summer and to replace the doors on the St. George’s entrance.  To prevent what seems to be all-too-frequent flooding at St. Andrew’s Pre-School, a trench will be dug along the park side of the building, a rubber barrier installed, and then topped with gravel. The front steps of the church will be stained sometime in the summer when we have had a run of sunny weather. And our annual summer maintenance program will happen in July and August (professional carpet-cleaning, washing and waxing washroom floors and the linoleum tiles in the Sanctuary, painting the community kitchen floor, and sprucing up some interior spaces).



With the choir on sabbatical beginning this week, congregational singing will be led by Andrew Wilson until mid-September, with assistance from Margaret Hill and other guest musicians. Worship will be less formal in July and August with some fun surprises—and we will offer hospitality upstairs following worship instead of downstairs in the Friendship Room. The kids will be especially delighted with children’s church because, weather permitting, it will be held outside at St. Andrew’s Park with Beth, Megan and Alex directing activities.

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