St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, November 5, 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, 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. Thanks to Mark Egerton for hosting hospitality today in the Friendship Room following worship.



The Rev. Judith Stark is a ‘second-career’ United Church minister, ordained in 1999, who grew up in a secular home. Before her recent retirement, she served in three presbyteries of British Columbia—Kootenay (Fernie) and then Fraser (Mission, South Surrey and Chiliwack) and most recently in Vancouver South (Vancouver and Richmond). She greatly enjoys congregational life, especially preaching, singing, outreach and pastoral care. Judith has a good sense of humour and thinks church life should be interesting and fun. She also believes it is important to honour the traditions that enrich our faith. Rev. Judith Stark will be presiding and preaching for the next three Sundays while our own Rev. Judith cruises through the Suez Canal.



In lieu of written announcements in Rev. Judith’s absence, Jeannie Holt will offer verbal announcements at the beginning of worship for the next three weeks. This is a great opportunity to get to know Jeannie if you don’t already. She’s the woman with her finger on the pulse of the congregation: Jeannie has been Chair of the Mission Team, Chair of the Board, works tirelessly on behalf of our congregation looking after the Syrian newcomer families, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Church Board. Jeannie has been attending St. Andrew’s United Church for more than 40 years!



Join us at a Remembrance Sunday concert at 4 pm this afternoon with vocalist Angela Verbrugge and her band. They will perform a collection of traditional pop from the 40s era to commemorate Remembrance Day—songs of love and longing, separation and optimism, distraction from the despair of World War II. By donation.



Marcus Mosely, Candus Churchill, and Will Sanders will fill the Sanctuary tonight in Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Avenue in Burnaby, with the inspiring music of the civil rights movement. These songs were the sound track for a generation that changed the world for the better. Join The Sojourners in reviving these dreams and get inspired to realize them every day of your life. By donation.



Have you noticed the two Mission & Service pigs on the refreshments tables in the Sanctuary and Friendship Room? Your pocket change can change lives through the United Church of Canada Mission & Service Fund! M & S giving means that families needing food and care are welcomed and fed, people who are sick in hospital are visited and accompanied, people needing justice declare their call for rights with a supportive community, and people needing housing find shelter and security. It also means that students receive bursaries for their journey to becoming ministers, churches testing innovative ministry ideas get funding and coaching, people from the margins find a welcome and a home in our church, and searchers find spaces of belonging. We make these great things happen through Mission & Service and through ministry at St. Andrew’s. So keep feeding those pigs your spare change between now and Sun. Nov. 26 when Mission & Service enthusiasts Gail Sokalski and Jeannie Holt host a congregational M & S lunch in the Friendship Room following worship. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if St. Andrew’s reached its 2017 goal of raising $12,000 for M & S by then?



Brian Fraser, minister with Brentwood Presbyterian Church & Executive Director of The Sanctuary in Brentwood, will be leading Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s on Sun. Nov. 26 at 4 pm. In the 1990s, Brian was dean at St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian residence and theological education center at Vancouver School of Theology. When he moved to Brentwood in the early 2000s as part-time pastor, Brian introduced Jazz Vespers and Wednesday evening Jazz Evensong. Since then ‘The Sanctuary in Brentwood’ has become a place to worship and a community arts venue. When he is not pastoring, Brian’s other vocational activity relates to jazz as well. The product of that work can be examined at Join Brian and jazz ensemble Original Blend (Laura Iwan, trumpet; Mike Winterbottom, alto sax; Steve Ivacko, tenor and baritone sax; (King) Roy Gould, guitar; Fiona Narod, piano and flute; Amy Lewis, bass; and Stephen Muir, drums) on November 26 in our Sanctuary.



This will be the third year that St. Andrew’s United Church has participated in the Forest of Miracles. Sponsored and decorated by families, community groups and businesses, the Festival’s Christmas trees on beautiful Dundarave Beach have raised over $250,000 since 2008 for the Lookout Society’s North Shore Shelter. West Vancouver’s firefighters deserve special mention for planting this forest and supporting the Shelter. The Lookout Emergency Aid Society has used this money to support essential services for the homeless, doubling the transitional services it provides to the most vulnerable members of our community. If you would like to help decorate our tree on Sun. Dec. 3 at 1:30 pm, please call or text Beth Eakin at 778-227-4435.



Sun. Nov. 12 UCW’s Annual Jam & Jelly & Bake Sale following worship in the Friendship Room

Fri. Nov. 17 at 6 pm Community Dinner in the Friendship Room

Sun. Nov. 19 UCW’s Annual Jam & Jelly & Bake Sale following worship in Friendship Room

Sun. Nov. 19 at 4 pm Taizé Contemplative Service

Sat. Nov. 25, 10 am – 4 pm Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Christmas Market in the Friendship Room

Sun. Nov. 26 Congregational lunch following worship. Hosted by Mission & Service Enthusiasts.

Sat. Dec. 2, 3:30 – 5:30 pm Advent launch party in Friendship Room (Children & Family event)

Sun. Dec. 3, 1:30 pm Decorate Christmas tree at Forest of Miracles, Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver

Sun. Dec. 3, 4 pm Entering Advent—a contemplative candlelight service with Cathy AJ Hardy

Tues. Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 6:30 – 8 pm  

Advent reflections, practices & prayers with Rev. Judith using Advent resource

A Glorious Light Is Coming by Janet Schaeffler.  Small group format.

Please confirm your attendance with Events Coordinator Susan Cowan.

Fri. Dec. 15, 6 pm Community Dinner in the Friendship Room

Sat. Dec. 16, 3 pm St. Andrew’s presents A Christmas Pageant at Festival of Lights.

Informal, fast and fun! Please contact Beth Eakin for more information.

Sun. Dec. 17, 4 pm Laudate Singers Free Family Christmas Concert in the Sanctuary

Wed. Dec. 20, 7 pm Blue Christmas (co-sponsored service offered by St. Andrew’s United Church and St. John’s Anglican Church. This year it takes place at St. John’s.

Sun. Dec. 24, 10 am Christmas around the World (an inter-generational service)

Sun. Dec. 24, 4 pm Jesus’ Birthday Party (in the Sanctuary)

Sun. Dec. 24, 7 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

Mon.  Dec. 25, 10 am Christmas Day Worship



Please contact Phyllis McNeil, pastoral care coordinator at 604-987-3851 or in the event of a pastoral emergency between Mon. Nov. 6 and Thurs. Nov. 30.  Rev. Judith will be back in the office on Fri. Dec. 1.


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