St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, October 8, 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. Today hospitality following worship will be held in the Sanctuary near the refreshment table.



George Bartlett is a recently returned Ecumenical Accompanier.  Along with 30 others from all around the world he spent 3 months (February to April) in Palestine through a World Council of Churches program. Having completed his assignment of protective presence in Palestine, George is eager to continue his work of protective advocacy in Canada. His sermon will focus on denial of access to water and ill-treatment of children experienced by Palestinians living under Occupation and what steps United Church communities can take to help. George is a retired lawyer, an active member of Amnesty International, Bloor Street United Church in Toronto, Toronto Southeast Presbytery, and he has been very involved in Truth and Reconciliation work. He is currently splitting his time between Toronto and Vancouver.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is an ecumenical response to create an international presence to contribute toward the realization of a just peace in Palestine and Israel. The EAs accompany Palestinians and Israelis who work in nonviolent ways for peace, and people in Palestine and Israel navigating daily routines, often under duress. The primary responsibility is to offer a protective presence to vulnerable communities, and monitor and report human rights abuses.



Join us next Sunday at 4 pm for our monthly Taizé-style contemplative candlelight service in the Sanctuary. Musicians Jocelyn Pritchard (piano), Boris Ulanowicz (violin), Pete Matthews (viola), Andrew Wilson (vocals) and Alexandra Scott (vocals) provide musical leadership. The service is comprised of beautiful music, Taizé songs, silences, and prayer.



Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks will be the featured performers at Jazz Vespers on Sunday, October 29 at 4 pm. This four piece jazz combo will wow you with their soulful sounds and exceptional musicianship. Band members include Linda Szentes (vocals), Roy Shuyter (piano), Johan Worst (bass), and Phil Belanger (drums).



Angela Verbrugge performs a curated collection of traditional pop from the WW2 era on Remembrance Sunday Nov. 5 at 4 pm in our Sanctuary. You will hear songs of love and longing, separation and optimism—and favourites that Vera Lynn, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey brought to life. Sing along to tunes like We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover—and “remember”. Musicians are Angela Verbrugge (vocals), Josh Robert (guitar), Jamie Croil (trumpet), Kristian Braathen (drums), and Wynston Minckler (bass). By donation at the door.



If you happen to be at St. Andrew’s on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, please say hello and extend a warm welcome to our new caretaker Julius Ignacio. Julius moved to Canada with his family three years ago from the Philippines. In addition to his caretaking experience and skills, Julius is an accomplished cook and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education.



Homelessness Action Week is a Canada-wide annual event coordinated locally by the North Shore Homelessness Task Force. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community, to connect homeless, at-risk, and low income residents of the North Shore to resources and services, and to encourage community-led problem-solving. Rev. Judith represents St. Andrew’s United Church on the North Shore Homelessness Task Force. St. Andrew’s also participates through its year-round meals programs and its assistance at the North Shore Connect Day, which is this Thurs. Oct. 12 at John Braithwaite Community Centre from 9 am to 2 pm. If you would like to volunteer for a portion of the day on Connect Day doing a multiple of tasks, please contact Rev. Judith today. There is a one hour training session at John Braithwaite on Oct. 11 at 6 pm for volunteers.



Encounter is an educational Escape Room, hosted by Union Gospel Mission and EXIT Canada, which reveals hidden barriers faced by homeless Canadians. The room was developed in part by formerly homeless guests who want you to understand homelessness in a new way. Encounter is not a game; it is an immersive learning experience that will challenge your perception and inspire you to ‘counter’ homelessness. Two Canadian Olympic Medalists participated in Encounter as ambassadors, and you can watch the resulting video at Please contact Bobby MacDonald, Community Engagement Coordinator at Union Gospel Mission at 604-215-5442, x.487 or if you would like to reserve a free ticket to experience Encounter from October 8 – 14.


A Thanksgiving message from The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Executive Director, First United Church

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  The seasons are shifting: the weather is cooling and the days are getting shorter but there is a warmth in the air as many of us gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving. As you may have recently read in our Thanksgiving appeal letter, many in our community consider First United their place to share a hot meal with family and friends since this is a place that treats everyone as the special individual that they are.  It is the support of congregations like yours and individuals like you that help to keep our doors open and the sense of home we are able to generate. We could not treat each person who walks through our doors with dignity and love without our wider church family—so on this day of Thanksgiving, First United says we are thankful for each and every one of you. 



… to Bev Morrison & Marjorie Bruce for hosting hospitality hour following worship last Sunday;

to Susan McMaster for taking a wonderful array of photographs at The Blessing of the Animals;

… to Margaret Hill, Joyce Brown and other volunteers for making sandwiches for First United on Wednesday;

… to everyone who donated frozen turkeys for Thursday community lunches last week including Mark & Joanne Egerton, Donna & Gordon Stewart, and three people named “Anonymous”;

… to Tim Lyons for repairing the faulty plumbing in the kitchen next door and completing the never-ending minor building repairs needed at St. Andrew’s;

… to Marge Maddigan, Anette Bokic and Evelyn Dreiling for distributing Cobs bread on Thursday;

… to Carol Norwood and this week’s community lunch crew (Mancher, Ikuko, Joanne, Mark, Dodie, Jane, Tim, Pam, Shabnam, Jia, Rick, Beth, Judith and 12 Alcuin College students) who together volunteered a total of 48 hours to make lunch happen;

… to Pam & Angus Mitchell, Jeannie & Lionel Holt and Anne & Lars Kaario for coordinating a memorable congregational Thanksgiving dinner yesterday;

… to Rick Wasson for taking charge of kitchen clean-up afterwards;

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



Delcy is Juan Partidas’ sister-in-law, a widowed mother suffering from breast cancer in Venezuela. (Juan is a beloved and long-time participant in the Monday drop-in Bible study at St. Andrew’s.) You will find the URL to Juan’s “go-fund-me” website for Delcy below. Please read about Delcy and forward this to your friends and cancer survivors. Every donation and every prayer helps.

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