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St. Andrew’s Celebrates 90 Years!

Posted on September 5, 2015 in category: Announcements

This year, St. Andrew’s celebrates ninety years of continuing ministry and mission. We cordially invite you to our special anniversary weekend of celebration: October 16-18, 2015.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Cocks will be our guest preacher for Sunday worship, and will be leading a workshop on Saturday afternoon: “When Christians Walk a Celtic Way”.

All the details of the special events are included in the attached brochure: Registration form. Please note that registration for the Saturday evening banquet is required by October 7th so that we can make arrangements with our caterer.

If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send greetings to email hidden; JavaScript is required which will be shared at the banquet. You may also want to consider making a gift in celebration of this momentous occasion to the ongoing ministry of our church.

We hope that you will consider joining us in giving thanks for the past, celebrating the present, and looking forward with hope for the future ministry and mission of St. Andrew’s in Saskatoon.

September Start-Up

Posted on August 20, 2015 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s Choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:15pm. New singers are always welcome. Speak to Gillian Lyons if you are planning to join the choir so that she can prepare enough copies of the music and answer any questions that you may have.

New Choir Conductor! The Session is pleased to announce that we will be trying out a new pilot project from September to December 2015. We have hired Michael Swan to serve as Choir Conductor (4 hours/week), to work with our Music Director Gillian Lyons. We hope that a conductor will provide good support to our Music Director and enhance the choir’s music ministry on Sundays.

Sunday, September 6th will be the first Sunday of regular Church School classes for children age 3 – grade 8. Our Christian Education Coordinator, Martha Fergusson, has many wonderful plans in store for the children with the help of a great team of Church School Teachers.

Women’s Camp will be September 11-13th at Camp Christopher. Registration forms are available at the church and due by August 31st. Carpooling will be arranged for any women who may need a ride to camp. Contact Martha at 306-270-2378 or email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

The Youth Group (grade 7-12) will resume meeting on Sunday, September 13th at 7:00pm. All youth are encouraged to come out to this first gathering with Youth Leader, Michael Swan, and Rev. Amanda.

Sunday Morning Bible Study will resume on Sunday, September 20th. We meet in the parlour at 9:30 am to discuss and reflect on one of the Bible passages that will be highlighted in worship at 11:00 am. New people are always welcome, and please feel free to join the group occasionally when you are able. Use the parking lot side entrance, and stop by the kitchen for coffee on your way up to the parlour.

The Anniversary Committee is still hoping to receive your family profile to add to our anniversary celebration, October 16-18. The profile form is attached to this email for your reference. The committee is also looking for your help with names and addresses for past St. Andrew’s members and friends that should be invited to our special weekend. Please pass them along to Sheila Coulter (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or the church office so that we can send them an invitation.

June & July at St. Andrew’s

Posted on May 30, 2015 in category: Announcements

Family Profiles For St. Andrew’s 90th Anniversary: The 90th anniversary celebration will take place October 16-18, including special events on Friday evening and Saturday, a banquet on Saturday evening, and an anniversary worship service on Sunday morning. Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Nancy Cocks, Minister at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Medicine Hat.

As part of the celebration, the Anniversary Committee is gathering family profiles. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and we all belong to the wider church family. Individuals, couples, families with children at home or grown… All are invited to share a family profile for our anniversary celebration. We hope that you will want to participate! Pick up a profile form from the entranceway table, and return it to the church office, preferably by the end of June.

A Commemorative Event to mark the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd from 9:00-4:00 pm in Victoria Park, corner of Spadina & 17th St. (See bulletin board in downstairs hallway for agenda, or check out the Facebook page, TRC Commemorative Event-Saskatoon, SK.) Amanda is looking for five volunteers to help beginning at 10 am. Talk to her if you can help out.

St. Andrew’s Church School Windup Celebration will take place in the lower hall on Sunday, June 7th following worship. Children will have opportunities to make candy kabobs and have their faces painted. Everyone is welcome to stay for this social time and refreshments.

Camp Christopher Clean-Up Weekend – June 6-7: Please consider volunteering some time to help clean the camp for the summer and/or or help with handyman/ maintenance jobs. If you are available at other times, or want more info, contact Colin Robb at 306-229-0743 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Camp Christopher’s Annual Open House will be on Saturday, July 4th. There will be a barbecue at noon and an opportunity to tour the camp and enjoy some camp activities like games, swimming, and canoeing. A worship service will be held at 3 pm to commission our 2015 staff and bless them as they lead in this important ministry. Bring a lawn chair, bring a new camper, bring a friend! Contact Donna Wilkinson at 306-586-4026 or email hidden; JavaScript is required if you have any questions.

Vacation Bible School will be held at St. Andrew’s July 13-17, 9:00 am to noon, and volunteers are needed to help with registration, and to lead classes and activities. If you can help out, call or text Martha at 306-270-2378. Registration forms for children are available from the church office.

Summer Communion Services: On Sunday, July 12 we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the 11:00 am worship service. The next Sunday, July 19, there will be a Chapel Communion Service following the 11:00 am worship service for those who may have been away on July 12 or wish to participate again.

In the Month of May…

Posted on May 5, 2015 in category: Announcements

The Thursday Group will visit the Western Development Museum to see the travelling exhibit, “Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship” on Thursday, May 7th at 1:30 pm. (Those carpooling will meet at St. Andrew’s at 1:15 pm.) Call Yoka de Bruijn (306-244-8848) if you plan to attend. Admission $8.50. Everyone is welcome!

Church Newsletter: It’s time to start working on the next issue of our newsletter, “Saints Alive”. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 10th. Submissions may be dropped off at the church office or emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Chapel Communion Service: On Sunday, May 17th there will be a short Communion service following the regular morning worship. This is especially for those who may be unable to attend the Communion service on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th, or for those who would like to participate more frequently. It will be about ten minutes in length.

Pentecost and Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24th. This is the day that we remember the gift of the Holy Spirit being poured out on the gathering of disciples at Jerusalem after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The Spirit empowered those disciples to communicate the good news about Jesus in all the languages of the world, and we trust that we have received that same Spirit of power and love in our continuing mission to the world.

Full Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender persons in The Presbyterian Church in Canada: At the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (June 4-8, 2015), one of the subjects of discussion will be the proposal that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people be fully welcomed in the church.

The Presbyteries of Waterloo-Wellington, East Toronto, and Calgary have endorsed overtures to the General Assembly which ask the church’s highest court to allow every person regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity to be full participants in the life and work of the denomination.

Although each overture is unique, they share the basic proposals that the denomination fully include gay and lesbian Presbyterians without discrimination in the ministries of the church including ordained ministries, and that the church bless same-sex marriages.

On Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. we will have an open discussion of this issue at St. Andrew’s. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in this open, respectful dialogue.

The Next Women’s Breakfast will be held at Mulberry’s on 3rd Ave on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30-10:30 am. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the program and fellowship.

St. Andrew’s Annual Program Meeting will take place on Sunday, May 31st following the worship service. In preparation, all committees and groups are asked to submit a report to the church office by Sunday, May 17th.

Camp Shirts For Kids: $10/shirt The Camp Christopher Committee would like to be able to provide a camp shirt for every child and youth that attends camp this summer. A camp shirt will be treasured by all the campers, and especially those who come to camp through generous campership programs. Sending the campers home with camp shirts will also help to promote the camp in our schools and communities.

The Session of St. Andrew’s has agreed to encourage donations to buy t-shirts for the campers this summer, and we hope that you will want to help out. For only $10 you can buy a shirt for a camper, and for $100 you can buy shirts for a whole cabin group! Our goal is to raise enough money for 250 shirts. (That’s just about one shirt per member of St. Andrew’s!)

When you donate $10 we will hang a “shirt” on the clothesline and put your first name on it. If you donate $100 we’ll put a really big shirt on the line to represent your really big gift.

April Announcements

Posted on April 14, 2015 in category: Announcements

Saskatchewan WMS Annual Meeting will be held at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 am. Speaker will be Betty Siverns, president of the National WMS.

Church Membership: Rev. Amanda will be offering a membership class this spring on Saturdays April 25th, May 9th, and May 16th from 1:00-3:00 pm. If you are new to our church community, if you have never formally become a member, or if you just want to explore your faith a little more, you’re welcome to join us. Please speak to Rev. Amanda if you are interested.

The Pastoral Care Committee invites you to a global potluck lunch on Sunday, May 3rd following the service. Bring your favourite ethnic dish and stay for food and fellowship! You may bring your food to the kitchen before the service.

Church Newsletter: It’s time to start working on the next issue of our newsletter, “Saints Alive”. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 10th. Submissions may be dropped off at the church office or emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Camp Christopher Brochures Have Arrived! Spring has sprung, and it’s time to start thinking about your plans for the summer of 2015. Parents, consider sending your child or youth to camp. Youth and young adults, make plans now for your summer job – working at camp will be a fun and a spiritually fulfilling choice. The camp also needs volunteers for kitchen duty, maintenance, first aid, and Bible study leadership. There is a place for everyone in this important summer ministry of our church. Check out the camp brochures and staff/volunteer application forms at St. Andrew’s 20th Street entrance or at www.campchristopher.ca.

Are You Looking For Meaningful Summer Employment? Camp Christopher is still looking for staff for this summer. They need a Waterfront Director, Waterfront/Program Assistant and Camp Counsellors. Staff application forms can be found at St. Andrew’s 20th Street entrance. For more information, visit www.campchristopher.ca.

Canadian Association Of Parish Nursing Ministry, Saskatoon Chapter, is hosting the annual conference for the Canadian Association of Parish Nursing at Queen’s House Retreat Centre from June 11-14. See Laura, Pastoral Care Nurse, for details. Volunteers are needed.

 

This Weekend at St. Andrew’s (April 11-12)

Posted on April 10, 2015 in category: Announcements

Women’s League “Share Your Interests” Spring Social will take place in St. Andrew’s lower hall on Saturday, April 11th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Members of the League will be displaying some of their interests from handicrafts to collectibles, and they invite you to bring along examples of your hobbies and share them with other members of the congregation. Tables will be available for displays. Refreshments will be offered, and a free will offering will be gratefully received. We look forward to seeing you!

The Youth Are Eager To relieve you of your refundable recyclables! Please bring your recyclables (with caps removed) to the lower hall on Sunday, April 12th or call the church office to arrange for pick-up between April 11-13. (Please note: Milk containers are not refundable. Please place your milk containers in your home recycle container.) Thank you for your support of the youth programming.

Chapel Communion Service: This Sunday, April 12th there will be a short Communion service following the regular morning worship. This is especially for those who may have missed Communion on April 5th or for those who would like to participate again. It will be about ten minutes in length

Holy Week and Easter

Posted on March 27, 2015 in category: Announcements

This Sunday, March 29th Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. We will gather at St. Andrew’s for worship at 11:00 am, remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and joining with the crowds in singing “Hosanna” and hailing him as King.

On Thursday, April 2nd we will gather at Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) at 7:00 pm to share a worship experience as we celebrate Maundy Thursday, remembering Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and an opportunity to have your feet washed. Please bring your own towel for the foot washing, and avoid wearing pantyhose or other garments which will make foot washing difficult. You may wish to bring slippers to wear after the foot washing. There will be a collection of socks for the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry as an offering.

On Good Friday, April 3rd we will gather at St. Andrew’s to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 am, followed by a time of fellowship.

On Easter Sunday, April 5th we will gather in Kiwanis Park (across the street) at 8:30 am for an early morning worship service in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Breakfast will be served by the Youth Group at about 9:30 am in the lower hall. A freewill offering will be received to help send our youth to Canada Youth 2016. At 11:00 am we will gather in the sanctuary for worship, which will include the joyful feast of the people of God: Holy Communion.

This Week at St. Andrew’s

Posted on March 13, 2015 in category: Announcements

A Sunday School Huddle: Following worship this Sunday, March 15th we will be gathering in the library to talk about Sunday School. Drop by and talk about the upcoming curriculum lessons or your desire to teach/volunteer with the program. There are lots of ways to volunteer: You could be a teacher, a sample craft maker, a weekday organizer person, or special day visitor. Come chat about the Children’s Ministry with Martha Fergusson. (Would you rather book a coffee with Martha at another time? Just text/call 306-270-2378.) Together we will create a meaningful ministry for our children.

Church Membership: Rev. Amanda is thinking of offering a membership class this spring, since at least one person has indicated an interest in becoming a member. If you are new to our church community, or if you have never formally become a member, or if you just want to explore your faith a little more, you’™re welcome to join us. Please speak to Rev. Amanda if you are interested so that we can arrange meeting times to suit all our schedules.

A Service Of Prayer For Healing And Wholeness: On Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm, you are invited to a special prayer service for healing and wholeness at St. Andrew’s. At this service of worship, all who sense the need for God’s healing in any aspect of their lives may join in prayer for others and themselves. Each person may come to receive a word of blessing and prayer. Each one may also receive a physical gesture of healing: the laying on of hands, which may be accompanied by anointing with oil. In its ministry of prayer for healing, the church does not replace the gifts of God that come through the scientific community nor does it promise a cure. Rather, the church offers and celebrates gifts such as these: God’s presence with strength and comfort in time of suffering, God’™s promise of wholeness and peace, and God’s love embodied in the community of faith. All are welcome.

During The Season Of Lent each year, the people of St. Andrew’s are encouraged to collect coins to support the work of Presbyterian World Service and Development. This year, the Stewardship Committee would like to support the efforts of PWS&D’€™s relief response to flooding in Malawi. PWS&D is working with Mulanje Mission Hospital, local communities and village health workers to rebuild 1,000 latrines in the hardest hit areas. For just $35, a new toilet can be provided – a cement slab and tin roofing, together with locally made bricks will construct a new latrine. Coin-collecting jars are available on the entranceway table, or use a container from home, but remember to bring it back on Easter Sunday. There are also some PWS&D envelopes in the entranceway if you would prefer to write a cheque. (Mark your donation “œMalawi floods”.)

Together At Lent -€“ Saturday, March 28th 10:00 am to Noon: Do you have church friends from every decade? If not, come out to a special Lent program at St. Andrew’s for all ages, meet some new people, and expand your faith family. Join Rev. Amanda Currie and Martha Fergusson for an enjoyable morning of reflections and interactions as the journey to the cross draws closer. There will be an egg hunt, singing, and other seasonal activities. Apple cider and hot cross buns will be served. Bring a toonie or loonie for St. Andrew’s PWS&D Lenten Appeal.

This Week at St. Andrew’s

Posted on February 26, 2015 in category: Announcements

Annual Financial Meeting: Plan to stay after worship this Sunday, March 1st and warm up with a chili lunch served by the Youth Group, followed by St. Andrew’s Annual Financial Meeting. Copies of the financial report for 2014 are available on the entranceway table. There is no charge for the lunch, but donation baskets will be set out to receive your donations to support our youth to attend conferences and special events.

During The Season Of Lent each year, the people of St. Andrew’s are encouraged to collect coins to support the work of Presbyterian World Service and Development. This year, the Stewardship Committee would like to support the efforts of PWS&D’s relief response to flooding in Malawi. PWS&D is working with Mulanje Mission Hospital, local communities and village health workers to rebuild 1,000 latrines in the hardest hit areas. For just $35, a new toilet can be provided – a cement slab and tin roofing, together with locally made bricks will construct a new latrine. Coin-collecting jars are available on the entranceway table, or use a container from home, but remember to bring it back on Easter Sunday. There are also some PWS&D envelopes in the entranceway if you would prefer to write a cheque.

“What Happens When We Pray?” – An evening of study and reflection on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 pm. Many of us wonder about the usefulness of prayer. We may have been taught to pray and we may routinely pray in church and in our lives, but what actually happens when we pray? Does it matter that we pray? What difference will prayer make? In this study we’ll look at some of the different views of prayer that Christians hold and a sense of what happens when we pray according to these viewpoints. They can be divided into two main groups: views where prayer is seen to be focused on changes that happen within the individual who prays, and views where prayer is focused on changes that happen with God and affect God’s actions.

The Thursday Group Will Meet on Thursday, March 5th at 1:30 pm in St. Andrew’s lower hall. Come in from the cold and enjoy another video from Walter Baxter’s collection – “Surprises of the Great White North”.

World Day Of Prayer is an ecumenical celebration on the theme “Jesus said, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?’” Join the downtown churches at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral on Friday, March 6th at 2:00 pm for a prayer service written by the women of the Bahamas.

Chapel Communion Service: Next Sunday, March 8th there will be a short Communion service following the regular morning worship. This is especially for those who may have missed Communion on February 22nd or for those who would like to participate again. It will be about ten minutes in length.

Upcoming Events (February 2015)

Posted on January 22, 2015 in category: Announcements

Women’s Breakfast – On Saturday, January 31st, join other Presbyterian women for breakfast at Mulberry’s on Third Ave. at 8:30 am – food, conversation, and a short program.

Gospel Hymn Sing – On Sunday, February 1st, come a little early for worship and lift up your voice in praise with a Gospel Hymn Sing at 10:45 a.m.

Care For Caregivers workshop and soup lunch on Sunday, February 15th following worship sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee. Whether you are a past, present or future caregiver, or you want to support a caregiver you know, please join us.

Ash Wednesday Worship – On Wednesday, February 18th, we will gather at 7:00 pm to begin the Season of Lent with prayer, singing, reflection, and Holy Communion. The service will include the opportunity to receive the sign of ashes on our hands or foreheads as a reminder of our human frailty.

Moderator’s Visit – St. Andrew’s will be pleased to host the Moderator of the 140th General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris for a service of worship on Thursday, February 19th at 7:30 pm. Other opportunities to meet the Moderator during his visit to Northern Saskatchewan are listed below.

Holy Communion – We will gather at the Table of the Lord on the First Sunday in the Season of Lent: February 22, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Annual Financial Meeting – Plan to stay for lunch and the Annual Financial Meeting on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Copies of the financial reports will be available one week in advance (February 22nd). Please join us as we review 2014 and make budget plans for 2015. The Youth Group will provide our lunch, so bring a small donation to support their fundraising efforts for Canada Youth 2016.

The Moderator is Coming to Northern Saskatchewan!

Posted in category: Announcements

The Moderator of the 140th General Assembly
of The Presbyterian Church in Canada is comiStephen Farris-1ng to Northern Saskatchewan:

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall and Professor of Homiletics (Preaching) at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Stephen is an inspiring preacher with a passion for educating effective leaders for the coming church. You are invited to the following opportunities to meet and hear from our Moderator:

Thursday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Worship at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris preaching
436 Spadina Crescent East at 20th Street, Saskatoon

Friday, February 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Lecture at Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church
with the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan
1602 Sommerfeld Avenue at 3rd Street, Saskatoon

Friday, February 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Moderator visits Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry
450 20th Street at Avenue E, Saskatoon
If you have not had the opportunity to visit SNCM,
you are welcome to attend.

Saturday, February 21st at 10:30 a.m.
Meet the Moderator at Wesley United Church
with St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
65 11th Street East, Prince Albert
An informal gathering for sharing and encouragement.

New Staff for Christian Education!

Posted on January 15, 2015 in category: Announcements

The Session Of St. Andrew’s is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members for Christian Education. Martha Fergusson will be our Coordinator of Christian Education and Michael Swan will be our Youth Leader. They are both getting started in their ministries this week, and we will commission them for service this Sunday, January 18th during the worship service. Come and worship with us!

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 3, 2015 in category: Announcements

Start your 2015 off well by coming to worship at St. Andrew’s this Sunday, January 4th at 11:00 am. We will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. Although it’s predicted to be very cold outside, the sanctuary is warm, as are the people that gather to worship and share fellowship together on Sunday mornings. I hope you can join us.

  • Youth Gathering with Rev. Amanda:  All youth (grades 7-12ish) are invited to have lunch with Rev. Amanda on Sunday, January 11th at 1:00 pm in the lower hall of the church. Although our Youth Coordinator, Matt Pelerine, has finished his work with us and moved into a new position in Prince Albert, youth ministry will continue. The purpose of the gathering is to connect and talk about your ideas and hopes for the youth group in the upcoming season. Whether you are a regular participant in the youth group, you come occasionally, or you’ve never been before, we want to hear from you. Lunch will be provided.
  • Sunday Morning Bible Study: We will begin meeting again for Bible study next Sunday, January 11th at 9:30 am. We use study materials from “Feasting on the Word” to explore one of the lectionary texts that will be used in worship. Come every week or whenever you are able. New participants are always welcome. Copies of the studies are available in the parlour.

Christmas is Coming!

Posted on November 27, 2014 in category: Announcements

Please join us in this holy season of waiting, watching, and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday, November 30th – First Sunday of Advent and Holy Communion

Saturday, December 6th, 10 AM to Noon – “Together at Advent”, a program for all ages – children, teens, families, seniors, singles… The program will include stories, singing, crafts, and more.

Sunday, December 7th – Second Sunday of Advent. Following worship there will be a Chapel Communion Service for those who missed Communion the Sunday before and for anyone who would like to participate. It will take place at the front of the sanctuary following the musical postlude, and will be about a 10 minute service.

Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 PM – Christmas Memorial Service. Though Christmas is often a time of joy and gladness, it can be a difficult time for many among us. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved one recently, or you are struggling with a job loss, illness, or other challenges, please join us for a service of Light & Hope in the Midst of Darkness. Everyone is welcome, as we place our trust in the Coming Christ who is our Light. The service will include Holy Communion and an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

Sunday, December 14th, 11:00 AM – Third Sunday of Advent with special Christmas music by the choir and our Music Director, Gillian Lyons.

Sunday, December 14th – Advent Appeal gifts are due today so that they can be delivered to missions and helping agencies before Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16th, 7:00 PM – Carolling at The Lighthouse. Everyone is welcome to join in singing and sharing fellowship with the residents. Bring along some Christmas goodies to share if you can. Bring your voice and your Christmas spirit for sure!

Sunday, December 21st, 11:00 AM – Church School Christmas Presentation. Come hear the Christmas story once again, and enjoy seeing our youngest members dressed up as shepherds and angels!

Sunday, December 21st, 2:00 PM – Worship and Christmas Dinner at the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. Speak to Al Ireland or Robin de Bruijn if you would like to help out with serving Christmas Dinner at SNCM.

Wednesday, December 24th, 7:00 PM – Christmas Eve Family Worship

 

The Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan is Online

Posted on November 4, 2014 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s belongs to the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan – a group of Presbyterian congregations and missions in this part of the province including Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Melfort, Tisdale, and the Mistawasis First Nation.

The Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan is now online! Check out the new website to find out more about our partners in ministry. If you happen to be visiting another city for the weekend, consider attending worship at another Presbyterian congregation. Be sure to bring greetings from St. Andrew’s in Saskatoon to our Presbyterian friends wherever you are travelling.

Now that it’s November…

Posted on October 29, 2014 in category: Announcements

In the month of November, we will have a few special events at St. Andrew’s:

  • Nov. 1st – Nursery Family Party – An informal gathering for families with nursery age children, 10 am – noon.
  • Nov. 1st – Session Retreat – All elders are encouraged to attend, 1:30-4:30 pm.
  • Nov. 14th – Concert with Michael Swan, Gillian Lyons, and six other musicians, featuring compositions by Michael Swan, 7:30 pm. Adults $25, Students $15, Families $50. Tickets available at McNally Robinson or at the door.
  • Nov. 16th – Lingering Lunch & Learn about the Presbyterian Record, following worship. Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided by the Stewardship Committee.
  • Nov. 22nd – Christmas Tea & Bake Sale, 2-4 pm. A wonderful afternoon of fellowship, food, and getting into the Christmas spirit!
  • Nov. 29th – Women’s breakfast at Mulberry’s on Third Avenue, 8:30 am.
  • Nov. 30th – Advent begins with a service of worship including Holy Communion.

 

O God, our help in ages past…

Posted on October 23, 2014 in category: Announcements

This has been a difficult week for us as Canadians. We struggle to make sense of the hatred and violence that runs rampant in our world. This week it also became very clear that such violence can take place right here in our home country, even in our Parliament buildings.

Our prayers are with those most directly affected, with the families and friends of the two Canadian soldiers killed this week, and with everyone who is struggling with anger, fear, or grief in the aftermath of these events.

If you are in Saskatoon this weekend, please come and pray with us at St. Andrew’s on Sunday morning at 11:00 am. Let us place our hope and our trust in the God of our ancestors, the God we have come to know as love embodied in Jesus Christ, the God who by the power of the Holy Spirit will comfort and encourage us in the midst of any troubles or trials.

“O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
still be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.”
(Isaac Watts, 1674-1748)

ICHM Fundraising Dinner

Posted on October 11, 2014 in category: Announcements

Consider coming out Sunday, October 19th to a special fundraising dinner for InterChurch Health Ministries, the wonderful organization that provides education and support for Parish Nurse ministries. This is the group that trained, prepared, and continues to support our Pastoral Care Nurse, Laura Van Loon, as well as providing training and support for our Pastoral Care Committee and its ministries.

The dinner is free, but there will be an opportunity to make a donation. Rev. Amanda has free tickets for this event, so please let her know if you would like to attend.

InterChurch Health Ministries Dinner
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 6:00 pm
Luther Tower, 1223 Temperance Street – It’s at the top of the tower (22nd floor) with a great view of the city in all directions!

Dinner – Entertainment – Information – Silent Auction
A chance to donate to the work of Parish Nurse Ministries in Saskatoon

This Week at St. Andrew’s

Posted on September 28, 2014 in category: Announcements

Rev. Amanda Will Be Offering church membership classes on Wednesday evenings from October 1st to 29th, 7:00-8:00 pm. The classes are an opportunity for you to explore your faith, learn about what it means to be a Presbyterian, and prepare to profess your faith, be baptized, and become a member of the church. The classes are open to anyone from Grade 9 to adults. If you are new to our church community, or if you have never formally become a member, or if you just want to explore your faith a little more you’re welcome to join us. Please speak to Rev. Amanda for more information.

The Thursday Group Will Meet on Thursday, October 2nd at 1:30 pm in St. Andrew’s lower hall. Martha Fergusson, Synod Youth Coordinator, will be speaking about “SPY, CY and beyond”. All are welcome!

Next Sunday, October 5th we will share the Lord’s Supper at the 11:00 am worship service. Please come and worship to celebrate World Communion Sunday with your church family at St. Andrew’s and in fellowship with Christians around the globe.

Let’s Keep Our Directory Up-To-Date! If you missed having your photo taken for our church photo directory, or if you’re new to St. Andrew’s, we’d love to include you in our directory! Please take a moment to have your photo taken in the church library following the worship service next Sunday, October 5th. No appointments necessary. (Directories are available from the church office for a suggested donation of $5.) Note: If you are already in the directory, but you’d like to have your photo updated, feel free to have your photo taken too.

 

See You in September?

Posted on August 25, 2014 in category: Announcements
Here are a few things coming up in September at St. Andrew’s that you won’t want to miss:
  • September 5-7 — Women’s Camp at Camp Christopher. Registration forms are available in the entranceway of the church. Contact Marina Onclin for more details at 306-242-7928 or email hidden; JavaScript is required
  • Sunday, September 7th – Family Worship service at 11am. Welcome back for a new program year!
  • Sunday, September 7th – Church School Teacher Orientation following worship. Please speak to Matt Pelerine (306-881-5845 or email hidden; JavaScript is required) if you are interested in helping out with the church school program this year.
  • Sunday, September 7th at 7:30 pm – “Five Centuries of Great Violin Music” with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Michael Swan (and St. Andrew’s Church member) with Gillian Lyons (piano & organ) and Arthur and William Boan (violins). Adults $25, students $15, family $50. Tickets available at McNally Robinson and at the door.
  • Thursday, September 11th – First choir practice of the season at 7:30 pm. New singers are always welcome!
  • Saturday, September 13th, 10am – Noon – Family Nursery Party. Parents and children are invited to visit and play together at the church with Christian Education Committee and minister.
  • Sunday, September 14th – Sunday Morning Bible Study resumes at 9:30 am. Please use the parking lot side entrance, stop by the kitchen for coffee, and meet in the parlour for the study. Everyone is welcome, whether you are able to attend every week or occasionally. The studies are based one of the scripture readings that will be used in worship each Sunday. (Copies of the study materials are available now in the parlour at the church.)
  • Sunday, September 14th – Church School Classes begin again. Children ages 3 to grade 8 are welcome. The nursery is available for younger children.
  • September 26-28 – Saskatchewan Presbyterian Youth (SPY) weekend at St. Andrew’s. For youth grade 7 to age 25. Cost is $50 per person. Contact Martha Fergusson at 306-270-2378 or email hidden; JavaScript is required to register or for more information. Volunteers are needed to billet youth from out of town, and to help out in other ways throughout the weekend.

Membership Classes: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Are you a newcomer to St. Andrew’s? Or have you been worshipping with us for a while, but you have not taken the step of becoming a church member? Please consider attending the Membership Classes on Wednesday evenings during the month of October. The classes are open to anyone in grade 9 to age 99. If you have not yet made a public profession of faith, if you have moved from another denomination into the Presbyterian Church, or if you are new to our congregation and want to get to know us better… please consider joining us for a time of learning, sharing, and growing in faith. Long-time members are also welcome if you want to brush up on the basics!

Summer at St. Andrew’s

Posted on July 17, 2014 in category: Announcements

Sunday worship services will continue at St. Andrew’s through the summer at the usual time of 11:00 a.m. Do come and worship with friendly Presbyterians this summer!

Give yourself a little extra time during the summer months as events in the park across the street sometimes add to the traffic and use up some of the street parking. If you get to the corner of 20th Street and Spadina and find a “Road Closed Ahead” sign, don’t hesitate to drive past it and into the church parking lot. If there is an attendant beside the sign, just let them know you’re going to church and they should let you through. Alternatively, feel free to use the underground parking at the Radisson Hotel (access from 20th Street) as there is always plenty of complimentary underground parking for our use on Sunday mornings.

Volunteers are needed during the summer 1) to lead Junior Congregation –  Sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the entranceway, 2) to host the fellowship time following worship – Sign up sheet is posted in the lower hall.

Camp Christopher: Summer is Coming!

Posted on May 16, 2014 in category: Announcements

Camp Christopher is an important part of the ministry of St. Andrew’s, as we are active participants in this shared ministry of the Presbyterian Church (Synod of Saskatchewan) and the United Church (Riverbend Presbytery). The camp staff are getting ready for another great summer in God’s beautiful creation, learning and growing in faith, and sharing in Christian community. There are programs for children as young as Kindergarten all the way up through high school youth. There are also opportunities for older folks to get involved by joining the staff or volunteering for a day, a week, or more!

Check out the 2014 camp brochure online or pick up a paper copy at the church (beside the 20th Street entrance).

Keep reading to find out how you can support this vital ministry through gifts of time, talent, money, and even Canadian Tire money!

Cameras For Camp Christopher: The Camp Committee has asked St. Andrew’s to help build the camp program by providing funding to buy new digital cameras. The cameras will be used each week by the campers as they explore God’s beautiful creation and learn about photography at the same time. The Session of St. Andrew’s has agreed to encourage donations to buy cameras for this summer, and we hope that you will want to help out. The camp would like to purchase twelve digital cameras and accessories for a cost of about $100 each. Consider a donation of $25, $50 or even $100, and together let’s see if we can raise enough money to launch the camp’s photography program.

Looking For A Way To Get Up To The Lake This Summer? Camp Christopher has the answer! Come join us as part of our staff or as a volunteer during the 2014 season. We are still looking for a Program Director, male and female counsellors, a Maintenance Manager – and volunteers of all shapes and sizes! If you’re interested, please speak to Matt.

Camp Christopher Is Collecting Canadian Tire Money! Last year people donated enough CT money for us to buy a kayak (with paddles and PFD’s), and we’re hoping to beat that this year. You can find a box in the entranceway labelled Canadian Tire Money, all donations welcome!

Camp Christopher Work Week, May 23-31: Yes, we’re going for an entire week, so if you can’t make it for the weekend, you can join us during the week. There will be projects for everyone, with room and (some) food provided. (Bring food and bedding.) Contact Matt at 306-881-5845 or email hidden; JavaScript is required. Talk to Colin Robb (306-229-0743) or Ken Wilson (306-373-6590) to find out more information about the projects.

Special Events in May and Beyond

Posted on May 4, 2014 in category: Announcements

The Saskatchewan Presbyterian Youth invites all youth and young adults from Grade 7 to age 20 to a weekend full of wacky games, great food and connecting with others at First Presbyterian Church in Regina, from Friday, May 9th at 7:00 pm to Sunday, May 11th at 1:30 pm. We will be swimming, jumping on the trampoline, tie-dyeing t-shirts, exploring the theme “Travel lightly with God”, and leading Sunday morning worship at First Presbyterian. Friends are welcome! Talk to Martha Fergusson TODAY!

Fifth Annual Walk For Parish Nursing: InterChurch Health Ministries of Saskatchewan invites you to participate in the annual fundraising and awareness walk in support of parish nurses on Sat, May 10th at 9:30 am, beginning and ending at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The walk will follow the paved Meewasin Valley Trail which follows the scenic South Saskatchewan River through the heart of Saskatoon. Raise support for Parish Nursing and start your day with healthy activity in beautiful surroundings with good friends. Participants may walk the entire 4 km route or choose to shorten their walk if they wish. The trail is wheelchair accessible. Pledge forms are available on the entranceway table. St. Andrew’s is a partner congregation with InterChurch Health Ministries of Saskatchewan. This is the group that is providing training and support for our Pastoral Care Nurse, Laura Van Loon, as well as educational opportunities for members of our Pastoral Care Committee and others who are interested.

Need To Upgrade Your Driving Skills? The Pastoral Care Committee is hosting Canada Safety Council’s Driver Refresher Course for Mature Drivers. This free 6-hour presentation will take place in the lower hall on Friday, May 23rd and Friday, May 30th from 1:00-4:30 pm. Register by May 20th on sign up sheet on entranceway table, or call the church office at 306-242-0525. Coffee will be available.

The Prairie Centre For Ecumenism Presents a three-year Program in Ecumenial Studies and Formation, dedicated to forming Christians in theology, history, and practice of ecumenism. The intended audience of this program includes ecumenical officers; people in training for ministry; ministry practitioners; and lay people who wish to increase their knowledge of the ecumenical movement for greater participation. The first session of this program will be held June 24-27 at Queen’s House of Retreats in Saskatoon. Registration Fee: $300. (Bursaries may be available from the Presbytery – speak to Rev. Amanda if you are interested.) Registration deadline: June 18th. For more information, visit www.pcecumenism.ca or contact the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism at 306-653-1633 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Lent & Holy Week

Posted on March 27, 2014 in category: Announcements

During The Season Of Lent each year, the people of St. Andrew’s are encouraged to collect coins to support the work of Presbyterian World Service and Development. Our gifts to PWS&D are one way that we care for people around the world and for God’s creation. The Stewardship Committee has provided coin-collecting jars for us.  You can pick one up in the entranceway, and remember to bring it back on Easter Sunday. There are also some PWS&D envelopes in the entranceway if you would prefer to write a cheque.

A Maundy Thursday Worship will be held on April 17th at Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) at 7:00 pm. As we gather to remember the last supper Jesus’ shared with his disciples, we will share in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Everyone is invited to bring a pair of new socks to donate to the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry.

Good Friday Worship will be on April 18th at St. Andrew’s (436 Spadina Cres. E). We will gather to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 am, followed by a time of fellowship. There will be a joint choir for this worship service. Speak to Gillian Lyons (306-242-0525 or email hidden; JavaScript is required ) about rehearsals if you would like to join the choir.

Early-Morning Easter Worship & Breakfast (in Kiwanis Park, across the street from St. Andrew’s). We will gather in the park at 8:30 am for an early-morning worship service in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Breakfast will be served at about 9:30 a.m. by our Presbyterian Youth in the lower hall of St. Andrew’s. A free will offering will be received to send our youth to Canada Youth 2014. At 11:00 am we will gather in the sanctuary for worship, which will include the joyful feast of the people of God: Holy Communion.

St. Patrick’s Day with “The Steamin’ Armpitz”

Posted on February 26, 2014 in category: Announcements

On Saturday, March 15th
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church with

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A Fun Evening with
Traditional Irish Music
7-10 pm
St. Andrew’s Lower Hall

Suggested Donation $15/person (kids free)
All proceeds will go to the
Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry

Snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
available for sale.

Lent and Holy Week Activities

Posted in category: Announcements

The Season of Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 5th. Everyone is invited to the service at St. Andrew’s (436 Spadina Crescent E) including Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 pm. Take the opportunity to be nourished and strengthened by communion with God and one another for the Lenten journey that lies ahead.

A Lenten Study – Biblical Models Of Discipleship In The New Testament: What is Christian discipleship? One might be tempted to say, “Just live the way the disciples did in the New Testament,” and leave it at that. But such a declaration is more complex than one might initially believe. It appears that even during the earliest period of Christian history, there was not a single means by which to follow Christ. Throughout this study, we will investigate key texts of the New Testament, revealing many methods by which disciples functioned as followers or pupils, and ask how applicable these methods might be for thoughtful Christians of our day.

You are invited to participate in this exploration of discipleship at St. Andrew’s (436 Spadina Crescent E) on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm during Lent:

Wed. Mar. 5th, 7:00-8:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Worship
Wed. Mar. 12th – Mark 4:1-9
Wed. Mar. 19th – Matthew 6:19-34
Wed. Mar. 26th – Luke 6:20-38
Wed. Apr. 2nd – John 15:12-17
Wed. Apr. 9th – Galatians 3:27-29
Wed. Apr. 16th – Titus 2:11-14

Study materials are available in print (306-242-0525) or by email (email hidden; JavaScript is required) from Rev. Amanda Currie.

A Maundy Thursday Worship will be held on April 17th at Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) at 7:00 pm. As we gather to remember the last supper Jesus’ shared with his disciples, we will share in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Everyone is invited to bring a pair of new socks to donate to the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry.

Good Friday Worship will be on April 18th at St. Andrew’s (436 Spadina Cres. E). We will gather to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 am, followed by a time of fellowship. There will be a joint choir for this worship service. Speak to Gillian Lyons (306-242-0525 or email hidden; JavaScript is required ) about rehearsals beginning soon if you would like to join the choir.

Early-Morning Easter Worship & Breakfast (in Kiwanis Park, across the street from St. Andrew’s). We will gather in the park at 8:30 am for an early-morning worship service in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Breakfast will be served at about 9:30 a.m. by our Presbyterian Youth in the lower hall of St. Andrew’s. A free will offering will be received to send our youth to Canada Youth 2014.

Inner City Undies Appeal

Posted on January 24, 2014 in category: Announcements

February is “Bring some underwear to church” month at St. Andrew’s!

The Outreach Committee is encouraging everyone to bring new packages of underwear to church, which will then be distributed between Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry, The Lighthouse, and the YWCA Women’s Crisis Center. A bin will be provided for all items donated.

Things to consider:

  • Please, no used underwear. All underwear should be in its original packaging or with the original tags attached.
  • It can be either men’s or women’s, but be aware that there is more of a need for men’s.
  • They can be S, M, L or XL. God did not make everyone the same size.
  • It can be long or short. Long will help during the cold weather, but short will also be very much appreciated.

In Saskatoon there are a number of agencies that provide good condition used clothing either free, or at a very reasonable cost.  However, because of the nature of the item, underwear is somewhat less available.  It would be nice to be able to provide someone with a change.

Transitions: Your Journey Of Transformation through Grief and Loss

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This 10-week program and weekend retreat grounded in Christian spirituality will provide insight, hope and prayerful support for those who have experienced a wide variety of losses, including the death of a loved one, illness, loss of a job, and the ending of a marriage or significant relationship.

Tuesday afternoons beginning February 4th at 1:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Repeated Wednesday evenings beginning February 5th at 7:00 pm at The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Cost: $200 or $20/week.

Retreat will be held Feb 27th to March 2nd at Queen’s House Retreat Centre. Cost: $390 (live-in).

Registration deadline: Monday, Feb 3rd.
Facilitator: Sarah Donnelly, BA, M.Div.
To register or for more info please contact Sarah at 306-717-3707 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

January Activities

Posted on January 2, 2014 in category: Announcements

Happy New Year! Here are some of the things coming up at St. Andrew’s this month. I hope you’ll be able to join us:

  • Sunday, January 5th – Epiphany Sunday, worship at 11 am.
  • Wednesday, January 8th – Prayer Shawl Group (knitters and crochet-ers welcome!)
  • Fridays, January 10th & 24th – Prayer Group at 11 am (Come, pray with us for the church, the world, and those in need.)
  • Sunday, January 12th – Bible Study Begins Again at 9:30 am in the parlour (materials available in the parlour Sunday Jan. 5th)
  • Thursday, January 16th – Thursday Group Meets at 1:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
  • Sundays, January 19th & 26th – Sandwich Making Parties after worship for the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry
  • Wednesday, January 22nd – Women’s League Meeting at 10:30 am (all women welcome)
  • Saturday, January 25th – Women’s Breakfast at Mulberry’s on 3rd Ave (8:30 am)
  • We will celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Saskatoon from January 18th – 26th. Check the back of St. Andrew’s January calendar for all the special events happening during this week, or go to Ecumenism in Canada and scroll down to find the schedule for Saskatoon.

Advent Schedule

Posted on November 20, 2013 in category: Announcements
  • Xmas candleSun. Dec. 1st
    11:00 am First Sunday of Advent and Communion Sunday
  • Sat. Dec. 7th
    9:30 am – 2:30 pm Ecumenical Advent Retreat at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
  • Sun. Dec. 8th
    11:00 am Second Sunday of Advent
  • Wed. Dec. 11th
    7:00 pm Christmas Memorial Service, especially for those who have lost loved ones in the past year. All are welcome.
  • Sun. Dec. 15th
    Deadline for Advent Appeal gifts
  • Sun. Dec. 15th
    11:00 am Christmas presentation by the children of the Church School
  • Wed. Dec. 18th
    7:00 pm Carolling at The Lighthouse
  • Sun. Dec. 22nd
    11:00 am Fourth Sunday of Advent with special music by the St. Andrew’s choir and St. Andrew’s musicians.
  • Tues. Dec. 24th
    7:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Worship

November News

Posted on October 29, 2013 in category: Announcements

Rev. Amanda Is Offering church membership classes on Sundays from November 3rd to November 24th, 12:30-1:30 pm. The classes are an opportunity for you to explore your faith, learn about what it means to be a Presbyterian, and prepare to profess your faith, be baptized, and become a member of the church. The classes are open to anyone from Grade 9 to adults. If you are new to our church community, or if you have never formally become a member, or if you just want to explore your faith a little more you’re welcome to join us. Please speak to Rev. Amanda for more information.

InterChurch Health Ministries Of Saskatchewan, the organization that provides training for our Pastoral Care Nurse, invites you to attend a fundraising concert featuring Aven Grace, a country gospel singer from Nipawin on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Preston Ave at Main St). Find out more about Aven Grace and listen to some of her music online at http://www.avengrace.com/. Tickets available from Rev. Amanda, McNally Robinson and at at the door ($20/adult, $10/student).

Let’s Keep Our Directory Up-To-Date! If you missed having your photo taken for our directory, or if you’re new to St. Andrew’s, we’d love to include you in our directory! Please take a moment to have your photo taken in the church library following the worship service on Sunday, November 17th (12:15-1:15 pm). No appointments necessary. (Directories are available from the church office for a suggested donation of $5.) Note: If you are already in the directory, but you’d like to have your picture updated, feel free to have your photo taken too.

Christmas Tea & Bake Sale: On Saturday, November 23rd from 2:00-4:00 pm the Women’s League will host its annual Christmas Tea & Bake Sale. Everyone is invited! $3.50 includes coffee or tea and dessert. All donations of baking or time are greatly appreciated. Baking may be dropped off any time after 10:00 am on the 23rd.

See You in September!

Posted on August 29, 2013 in category: Announcements

I hope that you are all enjoying these final warm days of summer in Saskatoon, but also anticipating the many new beginnings that come every year in September. We remember in prayer those embarking on new ventures in school, work or family life, and especially pray for students and teachers in our local schools and within our church programs as they begin a new year.

If you’re not out of town for this long weekend, I hope to see you this Sunday, September 1st for worship at St. Andrew’s at 11 am.

Here are some of the things coming up in our church calendar this September that you might want to make note of as you begin to organize the busy month ahead:

  • Men’s breakfast at Mulberry’s (Market Mall): Monday, Sept. 2nd at 9 am and following Mondays
  • Choir practice: Thursday, Sept. 5th at 7:30 pm  and following Thursdays (New singers welcome!)
  • Women’s Camp at Camp Christopher: Sept. 6-8th (I’m sure any last-minute registrations would be welcome.)
  • Church School Teacher Training: Sunday, Sept. 8th following worship
  • Prayer Shawl Group: Wednesday, Sept. 11th at 2 pm
  • Sunday Morning Bible Study: Sunday, Sept. 15th at 9:30 am and following Sundays
  • Church School Classes Begin: Sunday, Sept. 15th following the children’s message
  • Potluck Lunch & Bible Jeopardy Game: Sunday, Sept. 15th following worship
  • Youth Group: Sundays, Sept. 15th, 22nd & 29th at 7:00 pm (grades 7-12)
  • Women’s Missionary Society: Monday, Sept. 16th at 7:30 pm
  • Prayer Group: Fridays, Sept. 13th & Sept. 27th at 11 am
  • Thursday Group: Thursday, Sept. 19th at 1:30 pm
  • Re-dedication of the Stained Glass Windows from Parkview Church: Sunday, Sept. 22nd
  • Women’s League: Wednesday, September 25th at 10:30 am
  • Invite Friends & Family to Church Sundae: Sunday, Sept. 29th (With ice cream sundaes after worship!)
  • World Communion Sunday: Sunday, Oct. 6th

Summer at St. Andrew’s

Posted on June 27, 2013 in category: Announcements

Sunday worship services will continue at St. Andrew’s through the summer at the usual time of 11:00 a.m. Do come and worship with friendly Presbyterians this summer!

Give yourself a little extra time during the summer months as events in the park across the street sometimes add to the traffic and use up some of the street parking. If you get to the corner of 20th Street and Spadina and find a “Road Closed Ahead” sign, don’t hesitate to drive past it and into the church parking lot. If there is an attendant beside the sign, just let them know you’re going to church and they should let you through. Alternatively, feel free to use the underground parking at the Radisson Hotel (access from 20th Street) as there is always plenty of complimentary underground parking for our use on Sunday mornings.

Volunteers are needed during the summer 1) to lead Junior Congregation –  Sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the entranceway, 2) to host the fellowship time following worship – Sign up sheet is posted in the lower hall.

The Friday morning Prayer Group will meet at 11 am in the parlour on June 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23. The Prayer Shawl knitting/crocheting Group will meet on Wednesday July 10 & August 14 at 2 pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend Camp Christopher’s Annual Open House on Saturday, July 6. There will be a barbecue at noon and an opportunity to tour the camp and enjoy some camp activities like games, swimming, and canoeing. A worship service, including the commissioning of the 2013 staff will be held at 3 pm.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, July 14. Please plan to join us for this special celebration in our church family.

The Outreach Committee will continue to host Sandwich Making Parties to make sandwiches for the Native Circle Ministry on 20th Street. During the summer there will be Sandwich Making Parties after worship on July 14 & 21 and August 18 & 25. Please feel welcome to join the party!

Women’s Camp for women of all ages will be held September 6-8 at Camp Christopher. Registration forms are available on the entranceway table at the church. Deadline for registrations is August 28th.

Join us in June…

Posted on May 21, 2013 in category: Announcements

We will finish up the month of May with our Annual Program Meeting on Sunday, May 26th following the worship service. Come and learn about what we have been doing in the church over the last year as well as hear about the plans and goals of our committees and groups for next year. The main presentation will be made by the Outreach Committee.

We will jump into June on Sunday June 2nd with a special worship with the RCMP Veterans Association. The National RCMP Veterans Association will hold their Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon from Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. The Veterans Association traditionally includes a Church Parade and Ecumenical Church Service in conjunction with the AGM, and this year we have agreed to host this event at St. Andrew’s.

Beginning at 10 am there will be a short parade from the hotel to the church, a time of coffee and fellowship in the lower hall beginning at 10:15 am, and the veterans and their spouses will join us for worship at 11:00 am. Rev. Amanda will unfortunately be away on study leave, but worship will be led by the Rev. Jim McKay with retired Anglican Bishop Rod Andrews who serves as the Chaplain for the RCMP Veterans Association.

Please join us for worship as we welcome our special guests. Anyone wishing to join the choir for that Sunday to assist in leading the hymn singing would be most welcome to do so.

Mark Sunday, June 16th in your calendar too! Following a family worship service in the morning, we’ll have a Church Picnic in the Park with a potluck picnic lunch, ice cream treats, singing, and games. Bring the whole family!

New Parking Arrangement With The Radisson Hotel

Posted on April 21, 2013 in category: Announcements

Beginning May 1st, we will be trying out a new parking arrangement with our neighbour, the Radisson Hotel. As you probably know, the Radisson offers complimentary parking to people attending worship at St. Andrew’s on Sunday mornings and additional parking for weddings/funerals when requested. When the hotel needs extra parking during the week, we allow use of our parking lot when we don’t have events happening. The hotel would now like to use our parking lot more frequently and pay for the parking spots that they use, while still offering us complimentary parking on Sunday mornings and other times when needed.

How will this affect you?

  1. Remember to make use of Sunday morning parking underground at the Radisson.
  2. When you drop by the church during the week (daytime) be sure to park on the church side of the parking lot, as we may have the other side reserved for paid hotel parking.
  3. On days/evenings when we require the use of the entire lot (i.e. Thursday Group, Women’s League meetings, Women’s League tea and bake sales, weddings, funerals, etc.) the hotel will not use our lot, and you will be able to park anywhere.
  4. If you want to park at the church while you are downtown for another reason, make sure that you have a St. Andrew’s parking sticker visible in your windshield (get one for $2 from the church office), check with the church office to make sure it’s okay to park that day, and park on the church side of the lot.

Upcoming Events

Posted in category: Announcements

As we continue to celebrate through the Season of Easter, everyone is invited to attend these upcoming events:

The Spring Tea & Bake Sale – Saturday, April 27th from 2 – 4 p.m. Only $3.50 includes coffee or tea and dessert, as well as a great opportunity to pick up some delicious homemade baked goods, and to enjoy a time of fellowship with new and old friends.

Camp Sunday – Sunday, May 5th we will be sharing about and celebrating the ministry of Christian camping, with a special emphasis on our Church Camp, Camp Christopher. Wear your camp shirt to worship, and come join in singing some camp songs.

Pentecost Sunday and Holy Communion – Sunday, May 19th. We will gather to worship God and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit empowering the people of God to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed to the ends of the earth. Wear red this Sunday to celebrate the fire of the Holy Spirit in our church and in our lives.

St. Andrew’s Annual Program Meeting – Sunday, May 26th following the worship service. Come and learn about what we have been doing in our church over the last year as well as hear about the plans and goals of our committees and groups for next year.

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Posted on March 23, 2013 in category: Announcements

cross and lily Holy Week is a special time of worship, reflection, and celebration in the church. Please join your Presbyterian family for worship this week.

 

□       On Sunday, March 24th Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. We will gather at St. Andrew’s for worship at 11:00 am, remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and joining with the crowds in singing “Hosanna” and hailing him as King. The children of the Church School have prepared some special music to share, and we have some special guest musicians (Horn players!)

□        On Thursday, March 28th we will gather at Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) at 7:00 pm to share a worship experience as we celebrate Maundy Thursday, remembering Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Bring a pair of NEW SOCKS to donate to the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry.

□        On Good Friday March 29th we will gather at St. Andrew’s to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 am, followed by a time of fellowship.

□        On Easter Sunday, March 31st we will gather at St. Andrew’s for a celebration of the resurrection at 11:00 am. The service will include the joyful feast of the people of God: Holy Communion.

The Month of March

Posted on February 26, 2013 in category: Announcements

The Season of Lent continues as we move into the month of March at St. Andrew’s. If you began some Lenten disciplines a couple of weeks ago, remember to keep them up through March. Or if you didn’t make a commitment to a Lenten discipline, here are a few of the things that folks at St. Andrew’s are doing and you may want to consider:

  • Set aside some time to read scripture and pray each day during Lent. With the children of our church school consider praying the Lord’s Prayer every day, or ask Rev. Amanda for a copy of the Lenten devotional booklet “A Time to Pray” either by email or in print. Or if you would rather pray with others, come to the Prayer Group gatherings on Friday March 8th and Friday March 22nd at 11 am.
  • Pick up a coin jar from the church or use another container to gather your loose change throughout the Season of Lent. Bring in your jar of coins (or write a cheque) to support Presbyterian World Service and Development. Read more about the projects supported through our Lenten appeal in the February newsletter.
  • Join us at the church on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during Lent for a bible study on “Learning Forgiveness.” We meet in the parlour for this experience including scripture study, discussion, and reflection through journalling.

Also take note of these special events and worship opportunities in the month of March:

  • Friday, March 1st, 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited to the World Day of Prayer service at Knox United Church. The service this year was prepared by Christian women in France.
  • Sunday, March 3rd, following worship. Please plan to stay for lunch served by the Youth Group and the Annual Financial Meeting. Copies of the 2012 Financial Reports are available from the church office.
  • Sunday, March 24th is Palm Sunday. Join us for this day of celebration including special music by the children of our church school.
  • Thursday, March 28th, 7 pm. We will gather for a Maundy Thursday worship service at Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church (Sommerfeld Ave. @ 3rd Street).
  • Friday, March 29th, 10:30 am. We will host the Good Friday worship service at St. Andrew’s.
  • Saturday, March 30th, 8:30 am. All women are invited to the Women’s Breakfast at Mulberry’s on 3rd Avenue.
  • Sunday, March 31st, 11 am. We will celebrate the resurrection of Christ on this Easter Sunday and share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

February at St. Andrew’s

Posted on January 26, 2013 in category: Announcements

February Food Frenzy: During the month of February, St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee is encouraging us to make donations to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. The Food Bank receives no core funding. They rely on the generosity of the community to operate, and we can help by making a donation of food or funds. All food donations are appreciated, but they are most in need of nutritious non-perishable food items. Most wanted items are: infant formula, whole grain pastas and cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and beans, 100% fruit juice, hearty soups and stews, gluten-free foods. Bring in your donations for the Food Bank to St. Andrew’s this month, and place them in the Food Bank drawer in the entranceway area.

Looking Forward To The Season Of Lent: The Season of Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on February 13th. We will gather that evening for worship including Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 pm. We will also share Holy Communion on the First Sunday in Lent which is February 17th. Take the opportunity to be nourished and strengthened by communion with God and one another for the Lenten journey that lies ahead.

Learning Forgiveness – A Lenten Study: The Christian faith is indelibly marked by the invitation to receive, and the imperative to offer, forgiveness. Forgiveness is the fountain from which new life flows in a wounded, strife-weary world. It can be reasonably argued that the idea of forgiveness is more central and distinctive to Christianity than any other religion, although most great faith traditions give at least some weight to it. Jesus’ words from the cross, forgiving those who crucified him in a profound embodiment of what he taught, reveal this centrality. You are invited to participate in this exploration of forgiveness on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm during Lent:

  • Wed. Feb. 13th, 7:00-8:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Worship
  • Wed. Feb. 20th – Introduction to “Learning Forgiveness”
  • Wed. Feb. 27th – “The Need for Self-Examination”
  • Wed. Mar. 6th – “On Enemies and Honesty”
  • Wed. Mar. 13th – “God’s Love and Judgment”
  • Wed. Mar. 20th – “The Call to Forgive”
  • Wed. Mar. 27th – “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”

Study materials are available in print or by email from Rev. Amanda.

Kids age 3 – grade 6 are invited to join us during the February break for a Bible Addddddddventure! The theme will be “The Fisherman’s Story: Jesus Calls Peter.” On February 19-21 (Tues, Wed, & Thurs) from 9 am to Noon we will run a fun program for kids including music, crafts, drama, and games all based around the Bible Story of the day. It will almost be like a day at camp, except we’ll be at the church instead. Let us know you’re planning to attend by February 15th by phoning 242-0525 or emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required. There is no registration fee, but please bring a donation for the Food Bank, and be sure to fill in a registration form for each child who will be attending.

Did You Miss Out on getting your photo taken for our new church photo directory? You’re getting one last chance! Trudy will be taking professional individual, couple, and family photos in the library during coffee hour on Sunday, February 10th. It’ll be first come, first photographed. No appointments. Please consider being a part of our photo directory so others in the congregation can get to know you and your family better. 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013

Posted on January 17, 2013 in category: Announcements

2013_wpcu_ctbiThe Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated in Saskatoon with activities beginning on Saturday, January 19th. There are many opportunities to worship, pray, and learn together as a diverse community of Christians in the city. Take note of the schedule of events below, and plan to participate. Worship materials this year have been prepared by the Churches of India on the theme “What Does God Require of Us?” Remember to pray for peace and unity between Christians and Churches in our city and around the world.

Saturday, January 19

10:00 am – 12:30 • Ecumenical Dialogue: Lessons Learned
Public workshop with Bishop Gregory Cameron, Church in Wales (Anglican)
at St. Anne’s RC Parish, 217 Lenore Drive (map)
Presented by the RC Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism, St. Thomas More College, & the St. Anne’s Ecumenical Committee

Sunday, January 20

3:00 pm • Opening Service at St. Thomas Wesley United Church
808 – 20th Street West at Avenue H (map)
Preacher: Bishop Gregory Cameron, Church in Wales (Anglican)

Monday, January 21

7:00 am • St. Matthew’s Anglican
135 – 109 Street East at Egbert Avenue (map)

7:00 pm • How Communion Changes Ecumenism
Ecumenical Lecture with Bishop Gregory Cameron
at St. Thomas More College Auditorium, 1437 College Drive (map)
parking available in Place Riel lot, access off of Wiggins Street
Presented by the RC Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism & St. Thomas More College

Tuesday, January 22

7:00 am • St. George’s Anglican
624 Avenue I South, south of 17th Street (map)

7:30 pm • Service for Public Ministry of Healing (Order of St. Luke)
at St. Stephen’s Anglican, 10 Grosvenor Crescent, south of Taylor Street (map)

Wednesday, January 23

7:00 am • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
419 Avenue E North at Bedford Road (map)

10:00 am to 1:00 pm • Clergy workshop: Six Pointers to Ecumenical Ministry, with Bishop Gregory Cameron
at Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road (off Attridge, map)
Presented by the RC Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism & St. Thomas More College

Thursday, January 24

7:00 am • St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
535 – 8th Street East at Broadway (map)

12 noon • Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West at Herman Avenue (with lunch by donation) (map)

Friday, January 25

7:00 am • First Mennonite Church
418 Queen Street at 5th Avenue (map)

7:30 pm • Jazz Service at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Parish, 222 Willow Street (Melrose Avenue & Hilliard Street) (map)

Saturday, January 26

7:30 pm • Youth Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church
812 Preston Avenue at Main Street (map)

Sunday, January 27

3:00 pm • Concluding Service at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
816 Spadina Crescent East (map)
Preacher: Bishop Cindy Halmarson (Lutheran)

Happy New Year!

Posted on December 27, 2012 in category: Announcements

January 2013 is just around the corner! Here are some things to look forward to in and around St. Andrew’s in January:

  • Sunday, Jan. 13th @ noon – The Women’s Missionary Society will be hosting a fundraising lunch after worship. Donations will go towards this year’s international mission project – Maternal and Child Health Care in Malawi. Learn more about this important work by going to the WMS website.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17th @ 1:30 pm – The Thursday Group will welcome author Lesley-Anne McLeod (known to St. Andrew’s folk as Lesley Bens). Lesley has loved all things British for longer than she can remember. So it was natural that when she turned to writing fiction she should write Regency romances, those uniquely English historical romances. For the past fifteen years Lesley has been able to focus her attention on fiction writing, learning the intricacies of character development, the importance of word choice, and the necessity of creating a world in which the reader can believe and dwell. She regards research for the historical novel as a joy and a necessity that involves long hours with wonderful books. Learn more about Lesley-Anne McLeod’s work on her blog.
  • January 20-27 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The opening worship service in Saskatoon will be on Sunday, Jan. 20th, 3:00 pm at St. Thomas Wesley United Church (20th Street @ Ave. H). The preacher will be Bishop Gregory Cameron from the Church in Wales (Anglican). For the full schedule of prayer services and special events throughout the week go to Ecumenism in Canada.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26th @ 8:30 am – All women are invited to the Presbyterian Women’s Breakfast. Enjoy good food, great company, and a short program at Mulberry’s on 3rd Avenue.

Advent Worship Schedule

Posted on November 30, 2012 in category: Announcements
  • Wed. Nov. 28th
    7:00 pm An evening worship service to prepare for the Season of Advent.
  • Sun. Dec. 2nd
    11:00 am First Sunday of Advent and Communion Sunday.
  • Sun. Dec. 9th
    11:00 am Second Sunday of Advent
  • Wed. Dec. 12th
    7:00 pm Christmas Memorial Service, especially for those who have lost loved ones in the past year. All are welcome.
  • Sun. Dec. 16th
    Deadline for Advent Appeal gifts
    11:00 am Christmas presentation by the children of the Church School
    7:30 pm St. Andrew’s Choir will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols. Freewill offering will be taken to support the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry.
  • Wed. Dec. 19th
    7:00 pm Carolling at the Lighthouse
  • Sun. Dec. 23rd
    11:00 am Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • Mon. Dec. 24th
    7:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Worship

Christmas Tea & Bake Sale

Posted on November 21, 2012 in category: Announcements

It’s a sure sign that Advent and Christmas are just around the corner…

On Saturday, November 24th from 2:00-4:00pm the Women’s League of St. Andrew’s will host its annual Christmas Tea & Bake Sale. Everyone is invited!

Only $3.50 includes coffee or tea and dessert. Invite your friends and family to join you for a lovely time of visiting and sharing at St. Andrew’s while enjoying some scrumptious home made pies.

You can also pick up some delicious home baking to take home for the busy season ahead.

The Women’s League also welcomes your donations of baking for the sale. The proceeds go to a great cause: the ministry at St. Andrew’s. Baking may be dropped off any time after 10:00 am on Saturday.

St. Andrew’s Photo Directory

Posted on November 16, 2012 in category: Announcements

Did you miss out on getting your photo taken for our new church photo directory?

If so, don’t fret! Trudy is going to bring her camera this Sunday, November 18th and she will be taking professional individual, couple, and family photos during coffee hour after the morning worship service.

Please consider being a part of our photo directory so others in the congregation can get to know you and your family better.

It’ll be first come, first photographed. No appointments necessary. See you then!

This Week at St. Andrew’s

Posted on November 2, 2012 in category: Announcements

Canada Youth Sunday, November 4th:
Worship this Sunday will be led by Matt Pelerine and some of the youth and young adults who attended Canada Youth 2012 this past summer. Come and hear the reflections of our youth on the transformative experience of attending a Presbyterian conference for youth.

Flute Music From Around The World:
Brenda Moats will present a concert with Gillian Lyons at St. Andrew’s at 7:30 pm on Sunday, November 4th. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors. Thanks to Brenda who recently shared her musical gifts during worship at St. Andrew’s on October 29th. This concert is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a whole evening of beautiful music with Brenda and Gillian.

The Youth Group Will Be Selling 2013 Calendars from the Presbyterian Church in Canada on Sundays during coffee hour in the lower hall. Each one costs only $3.50 and the profit goes towards our fund for Canada Youth 2014. Note: Calendars make great Christmas presents!

Want To Join The Choir For Christmas?
The St. Andrew’s choir is welcoming singers to join the choir for the Christmas season. We have already started to practice the Christmas music, but it’s not too late to join us for practices starting on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 pm, and continuing on Thursday evenings until the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Speak to Gillian Lyons, our Music Director, if you would like to sing, and pick up an information sheet about Christmas choir practices from the entranceway table.

Be Challenged And Inspired!
Learn more about mission! Subscribe to Glad Tidings, the magazine of the Women’s Missionary Society. Glad Tidings is for everyone. It includes devotionals, stories from Presbyterian mission staff, worship materials, challenging articles, book reviews, and more, and it’s only $14.25 for an annual subscription! For more information, contact Yoka de Bruijn at 306-244-8848.

Launching The “Feed My Sheep” Project:
The Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society at St. Andrew’s is supporting Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry by sharing in the program “Feed My Sheep”. At the October Synod meeting, we invited all the Presbyterian churches in Saskatchewan to join us in this project. We now take this opportunity to encourage our community of faith here at St. Andrew’s to join us.

Donations can be made through your Sunday offering and you will receive a charitable receipt of the end at the year.  When you make a donation of $10, a paper lamb with your name on it will be posted on a display board in the church. A $25 donation will put a paper sheep on the board. Please indicate on your envelope that your donation is for “Feed My Sheep”.

The “Feed My Sheep” program will continue through 2013 to help provide food and comfort to all people who gather at the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry.

Opportunities in October!

Posted on September 27, 2012 in category: Announcements

PCN Advanced Health Care Directives: Joy Mendel, Ethicist for St. Paul’s Hospital and Catholic Health Association of SK will give a free PowerPoint presentation in our lower hall following worship on Sunday, September 30th, informing us about how to develop an advance directive, and appoint a health proxy or proxies. There will be time for questions and answers. The Pastoral Care Committee will provide tea and coffee.

Sunday, October 7th will be Thanksgiving Sunday and World Communion Sunday. Come and celebrate the grace and goodness of God together with your church family at 11:00 am. If you have family visiting for the long weekend, bring them along! Everyone is most welcome!

We’re Putting Together A New Church Photo Directory! Professional photo sittings will take place over several days beginning October 13th. To schedule your sitting, see Donna Brown following worship on Sundays.  Donna will make sure everyone books a sitting, so if you don’t go to her, she’ll contact you! (Note: You will have an opportunity to purchase your photo file from the photographer. Photos make great Christmas gifts!)

How Is Your Reading Going? St. Andrew’s Reading Challenge is well underway, so if you haven’t chosen a book yet, take time to explore the church library today.

If you normally sit on the pulpit side of the church, you are a Pulpit Pupil. If you sit on the lectern side of the church, you are a Lectern Learner. To earn one point for your team, read a book of the Bible, a library book, or another theological, pastoral, or devotional book. Then fill out a card and tape it on the Bristol board on your side of the church. Take home a book today, get reading, and help your team to win the Reading Challenge!

You have until Sunday, October 21st to read and earn points for your team. Then come out to the Bible Jeopardy Challenge and potluck supper at 4:00 pm on October 21st. Just showing up will earn your team an extra point!

Rev. Amanda Will Be Offering church membership classes from Sunday, October 14th to November 11th, 12:30-1:30 pm. The classes are an opportunity for you to explore your faith, learn about what it means to be a Presbyterian, and prepare to profess your faith, be baptized, and become a member of the church.

The classes are open to anyone from grade 9 to adults. If you are new to our church community, or if you have never formally become a member, or if you just want to explore your faith a little more you’re welcome to join us. Please speak to Rev. Amanda for more information.

The Synod of Saskatchewan will be meeting at St. Andrew’s on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20. We will have a public worship service including a celebration of Holy Communion on Friday, October 19th at 7:00 pm, and everyone is welcome to join us. The sermon will be preached by the outgoing Moderator of Synod, the Rev. Bradley Childs, minister at First Presbyterian Church in Regina.

Fall Kick-Off Sunday – September 9th

Posted on September 6, 2012 in category: Announcements

I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer, and that you’re getting ready for a Fall Season filled with faith and fun at St. Andrew’s. This Sunday September 9th many things are starting up again, so if you have been travelling I hope you’ll make it back to join us for worship at 11 am.

Worship on Sunday, September 9th will be a family-friendly service (without a long, boring sermon)!

The Christian Education Committee will be introducing a Library Reading Challenge. Just for fun we’re going to have a competition between the two sides of the church (based on where you usually sit on Sundays) – the Pulpit Pupils and the Lectern Learners! We’ll see who can read the most Bible books and books from our church library by Sunday, October 21st when we’ll finish up with a Bible Jeopardy Challenge and Pot Luck Supper at 4 pm. We’ll have a lot of fun and do some reading and learning too!

After church this Sunday, we’ll have a Church School Teacher orientation. This session is for both new and returning teachers, and Matt is still looking for a few more teachers and teaching assistants, so talk to him for more details or just join us at the orientation if you’re interested in serving in this way.

Sunday Morning Bible Study for adults will resume on Sunday, September 16th. Everyone is welcome to join us for bible study, whether you can attend every week or only occasionally. Use the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for coffee before joining the group in the parlour at 9:30 am. Topics for September and October will be based on the Sunday lectionary readings.

Church School classes will begin again on Sunday, September 16th following the children’s message in church. The classes are for children age 3 – grade 1, grades 2-4, and grades 5-8.

The Youth Group will have their first meeting of the Fall Season on Sunday, September 16th at 7 pm. All youth from grade 7 -12 are invited. Speak to Matt Pelerine for more details.

Summer at St. Andrew’s

Posted on July 6, 2012 in category: Announcements

Worship continues each Sunday through July and August at 11:00 am. There are no formal Church School classes during the summer, but we do have “Junior Congregation” each Sunday after the children’s story – a less formal program for the children in the lower hall.

Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, July 22.

Guest preachers and worship leaders:

  • July 29 – the Rev. Jim McKay
  • August 12 – Gerry and Dineke Kraay
  • August 19 – the Rev. Jim McKay
  • August 26 – the Rev. Jim McKay

The Prayer Shawl Group will continue to meet in July and August. Anyone is welcome to join the group on Wedneday, July 11 and Wednesday, August 8 at 2 pm in the parlour for an informal time of knitting, crocheting, and visiting.

The Prayer Group will continue to meet in July and August. We gather in the parlour for about an hour to reflect on scripture and pray for the church, the world, and our own needs and concerns. Join us on Friday mornings at 11 am on July 13, July 27, August 10, & August 24.

Women’s Camp for women of all ages will be held September 7-9 at Camp Christopher. The theme for the weekend will be “Living Waters.” Registration forms are available on the entranceway table at the church. The deadline for registrations is August 29th.

Fall Kick-Off Sunday will be September 9th with the introduction of a fun Reading Challenge by the Christian Education Committee.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission – June 21-24

Posted on May 17, 2012 in category: Announcements

Did you Know? Over the course of 150 years and several generations, 150,000 Inuit, Métis and First Nations children were placed in Indian residential schools in an attempt to assimilate Aboriginal peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established as a result of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in residential schools, and guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will host its fourth National Event in Saskatoon at Prairieland Park, June 21-24, 2012. This is an opportunity for all Canadians, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the residential school system.

This National Event will help to unveil the unique experiences of residential school survivors from Saskatchewan. Survivors, both direct and intergenerational, former school staff and others affected by the schools are invited to come forward and provide private and/or public statements about the impact of residential schools on their lives, that of their families and of their communities.

All members of the public are invited to observe the proceedings as witnesses. The role of a witness is to observe or account for the significance of the event. Bearing witness to the thought provoking statements of residential school survivors and others helps to validate the survivor experience and brings us on a path towards reconciliation.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada, along with other churches and the Canadian government was involved in the residential school system for Aboriginal children, and therefore it is critical for us to be involved in the process of truth-telling, healing, and reconciliation which is the aim of the TRC.

The Presbyterian Church operated several schools before 1925 and the formation of the United Church of Canada. In 1908, over 500 Aboriginal children were attending Presbyterian schools. After the formation of the United Church, the Presbyterian Church continued to operate two schools: Birtle school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Cecilia Jeffrey school near Kenora, Ontario. These schools, which had opened in 1883 and 1902 respectively, continued to operate until the 1970s.

Here are some ways that you can be involved in the TRC:

  • Go to the trc.ca website and learn more. Read the TRC’s interim report which is available on the website.
  • Plan to attend the National Event in June which will be held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The event will include many opportunities to learn about the schools, to listen to the stories of those who attended the schools or who have been affected by their legacy, and to experience the gifts of Aboriginal cultures to our communities.
  • Consider volunteering during the National Event. Register as a volunteer by going to trc.ca, clicking on the “Saskatchewan National Event” button, and filling in the volunteer form. If you would like to volunteer as an official listener in the Church Listening Area (meeting one-on-one with survivors and listening to their stories with respect and compassion) contact Rev. Amanda Currie (242-0525, email hidden; JavaScript is required).
  • Attend the Presbyterian Luncheon on Saturday, June 23rd NOON – 2 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon. RSVP to the church office at St. Andrew’s by Saturday, June 16th (242-0525, email hidden; JavaScript is required). This event is planned for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Presbyterians to be together, to share food and fellowship, and to join in a sharing circle. Special guests will include Chief Norma Johnstone of Mistawasis First Nation and the Rev. Dr. John Vissers, Moderator of the 138th General Assembly, along with other national representatives of the PCC and the Women’s Missionary Society.

During the Month of May…

Posted in category: Announcements

The Hildur Hermanson WMS is promoting a food drive for Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. Containers have been placed in the entrances to collect food donations. A list of non-perishable food items was included on the back of St. Andrew’s May calendar. Pick up a copy from the entranceway table. Lists are also posted on the bulletin boards in the entrances near the containers.

Camp Shirts for Kids $10/Shirt

Posted in category: Announcements

The Camp Christopher Committee would like to be able to provide a camp shirt for every child and youth that attends camp this summer. A camp shirt will be treasured by all the campers, and especially those who come to camp through generous campership programs. Sending the campers home with camp shirts will also help to promote the camp in our schools and communities.

The Session of St. Andrew’s has agreed to encourage donations to buy t-shirts for the campers this summer, and we hope that you will want to help out. For only $10 you can buy a shirt for a camper, and for $100 you can buy shirts for a whole cabin group! Our goal is to raise enough money for 250 shirts. (That’s just about one shirt per member of St. Andrew’s!)

When you donate $10 we will hang another “shirt” on the clothes line and put your first name on it. If you donate $100 we’ll put a really big shirt on the line to represent your really big gift.

April Upcoming Events

Posted on April 17, 2012 in category: Announcements

The St. Andrew’s Youth Group invites you to spend part of Sunday afternoon, April 22nd with us. Immediately following the worship service, the Youth will be providing hotdogs and pop (for a recommended donation of $3.00-$5.00) in the lower hall. There will also be activities, including ladderball, face painting, and a silent auction, giving you a chance to bid on the services of several youth! All activities and additional goods and services will be on a “pay as you play” setup. All are welcome! All proceeds go towards Canada Youth 2012.

Saskatchewan Presbyterian Youth (SPY) will be holding a weekend about food and faith on April 27-29 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Briercrest, SK. All youth from grade 7 to age 25 are invited to participate. The cost of the weekend is $50 per person, and assistance with the fee is available if needed. Deadline for registering is Sunday, April 22nd!

Spring Tea & Bake Sale: The Women’s League of St. Andrew’s will be hosting their annual Spring Tea and Bake Sale in the lower hall of the church on Saturday, April 28th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! ***Donations of baking are appreciated.***

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Posted on March 21, 2012 in category: Announcements

cross and lilyHoly Week is a special time of worship, reflection, and celebration in the church. Mark your calendar today, and make time to worship together with your Presbyterian family this year.

  • On Sunday, April 1st Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. We will gather at St. Andrew’s for worship at 11:00 am, remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and joining with the crowds in singing “Hosanna” and hailing him as King.
  • On Thursday, April 5th we will gather at St. Andrew’s at 7:00 pm to share a worship experience as we celebrate Maundy Thursday, remembering Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
  • On Good Friday April 6th we will gather at Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 am, followed by a time of fellowship.
  • On Easter Sunday, April 12th we will gather at St. Andrew’s for a celebration of the resurrection at 11:00 am. The service will include the joyful feast of the people of God: Holy Communion.

Special Events in the Month of March

Posted on February 28, 2012 in category: Announcements

Annual Financial Meeting: Plan to stay after worship on Sunday, March 4th for lunch served by the Youth Group, followed by St. Andrew’s Annual Financial Meeting. Copies of the financial report for 2011 are available on the entranceway table. There is no charge for the lunch, but donation baskets will be set out to receive your donations to support our youth to attend conferences and special events. Child care will be provided by some of our youth in the nursery during the meeting.

During The Season Of Lent each year, the people of St. Andrew’s are encouraged to collect coins to support the work of Presbyterian World Service and Development. Our gifts to PWS&D are one way that we care for people around the world and for God’s creation. The Stewardship Committee has provided coin-collecting jars for us.  You can pick one up in the entranceway, and remember to bring it back on Easter Sunday. There are also some PWS&D envelopes in the entranceway if you would prefer to write a cheque.

During this year’s Lenten appeal, the Stewardship Committee has decided to highlight small business development in Guatemala.

  • $80 provides women with literacy and vocational training for one month.
  • $215 enables 40 people to participate in a business training program
  • $500 helps a women’s group start a small business fund

All Are Welcome To Take Part In A Session of prayerful and gentle exercise while sitting in a chair on Wednesday, March 7th from 6:30-7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s lower hall. Diane Waldbillig, a certified Holy Yoga trainer will be leading us through this new experience during the Lenten season. Let’s get healthy while we pray and reflect on scripture. Call Laura at 229-7846 to RSVP.

Discover Your God-Given Gifts! The Stewardship Committee invites everyone to participate in two small group sessions designed to help us discover and develop our spiritual gifts. Sessions will take place on Sundays, March 11th & 18th (2:30-4:30) and on Saturdays, March 17th & 24th (2:30-4:30) at the church. Please let us know whether you plan to attend the Sunday sessions or the Saturday sessions so that we can plan accordingly. You can phone the church (242-0525) email Rev. Amanda (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or put your name on the sign up sheets in the entranceway. We will conclude the program with a “gathering of God’s gifts” and a potluck lunch following worship on Sunday, March 25th.

Upcoming Events

Posted on February 14, 2012 in category: Announcements

Please take note of the following events happening this week at St. Andrew’s:

Bill Thibodeau and Giselle Doell of Egadz Youth Centre will speak at the Thursday Group meeting on Thursday, February 16th. Everyone is welcome to join this group at 1:30 p.m. in the lower hall of the church.

Farewell to Jen! St. Andrew’s will be hosting a farewell gathering for Jennifer Bell, our Regional Staff Person for Saskatchewan. Jen has accepted a position as Program Assistant for Canadian Ministries at the National Office of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. We will gather for worship at 4 p.m. followed by a potluck supper on Sunday, February 19th to say good-bye to Jen and send her on her way with our love and blessings for her continued ministry within the Presbyterian Church.

Church Family Day! On Monday, February 20th many people in Saskatchewan will have the day off work/school for Family Day. You are invited to join your church family at St. Andrew’s that day for a time of worship, learning, and activity. Families, singles, and couples of all ages are encouraged to come for a fun time with your church family. The program will begin at 11 a.m. and wind up by 2 p.m., followed by optional activities of board games, a family movie, or skating at the Bess. Lunch will be included. Please RSVP to Matt or Rev. Amanda by Sunday morning, February 19th so that we can prepare enough food for lunch.

Ash Wednesday Worship: We will begin the Season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Worship Service on February 22nd at 7 p.m. The service will include the imposition of ashes on the forehead as a sign of humility and repentance. We will also celebrate Holy Communion together.

Sunday, February 26th will be the First Sunday in the Season of Lent.  We will begin the Lenten journey with the Sacrament of Holy Communion as part of our Sunday morning worship at 11 a.m.

Differences that Unite: A Lenten workshop series

Posted on February 5, 2012 in category: Announcements

Differences that Unite: A 21st century exploration of Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry

An ecumenical Lenten series exploring the doctrinal consensus and convergence on key issues of church life and practice. Join Nick Jesson and Rev. Amanda Currie as we harvest the significant agreement reached between the churches in the past half century and look to the future. Together with an ecumenical panel, we will discover the faith that we share and the practices and beliefs that we hold in common, as well as seek to understand the differences that make each of our church Traditions unique.

You are invited to a 5-week Lenten series for all Christians who are praying and working for the unity of the church. On Mondays from Feb. 27 to Mar. 26 from 7-9 pm at Mayfair United Church (902 – 33rd Street West).

2012 is the 30th anniversary of the World Council of Churches’ statement on Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry (BEM). Thirty years after BEM have our Churches truly embraced the ecumenical agreement that is expressed in the document? And are we still engaging in the dialogue necessary to move towards even greater agreement, co-operation, and Christian unity? If you would like to read BEM in advance of the series, you can find it online at http://oikoumene.org/?id=2638.

Registration on the first evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee for this series, but you are welcome to make a donation to support the ministry of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. For more information, contact Rev. Amanda Currie at 306-242-0525 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Upcoming Events

Posted on January 13, 2012 in category: Announcements

Thursday Group with Guest Speakers from Egadz Youth Centre: The Thursday Group is an informal gathering of adults that gathers on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month for fellowship, learning, and connection. On Thursday, January 19th at 1:30 p.m. everyone is welcome to come and hear guest speakers Bill Thibodeau and Giselle Doell of Egadz Youth Centre. Members of St. Andrew’s support Egadz every year through generous gifts made through our Advent Appeal. Come and hear more about this important ministry in our neighbourhood.

St. Andrew’s Will Host an Ecumenical Worship Service on Monday, January 23rd at 7:00 a.m. During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity each year, the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism co-ordinates a series of worship opportunities in churches of many denominations across the city of Saskatoon. St. Andrew’s has agreed to host one of the early morning services, followed by a continental breakfast in the lower hall of the church.

We hope that many of our members will take the opportunity to participate in this prayer for the unity of the church, either by attending the service at St. Andrew’s and welcoming our Christian friends, or by joining in the other prayer services throughout the week. See the full schedule for the WPCU in Saskatoon January 22-29, 2012.

Holy Communion: A Study of Theology and Practice: The Session of St. Andrew’s is planning to meet on Saturday, February 4th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to study and discuss the theology and practice of Holy Communion in our church. This event will be open to anyone in the congregation to attend and participate.

Holy Communion is a gift from Christ to the church. Before there were Books of Common Order or formal creeds, even before the New Testament was written, the first Christians met on the Lord’s Day to read the Scriptures, the letters from the apostles, and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Please join us for this time of study and discussion as we deepen our understanding of this Sacrament, as well as appreciate the mystery of Christ’s presence with us when we gather at the Table of the Lord. We will conclude the afternoon with a short worship service and celebration of Holy Communion.

Working to be One

Posted on December 1, 2011 in category: Announcements

In the most recent Presbyterian Record, a letter from the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan was printed with the title “Working to be One: A Commitment to Ecumenism Benefits Communities on the Prairies.” The presbytery had been invited to write about some aspect of the ministry in this part of the PCC. The presbytery’s contributions to Christian unity were highlighted:

Although most congregations and ministers might agree with the ecumenical goal in theory, actual sharing in worship, witness and service with our Christian neighbours often gets pushed aside because of the busy schedules and many demands on our church leaders.  On the Canadian Prairies, the churches have a long history of working together, and the current members of the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan have inherited a great legacy of involvement and relationship with our Christian friends. Not only do our congregations and ministers participate in local ministerials and councils of churches, but as a presbytery we are one of seven sponsoring denominations of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon. The purpose of the Centre is “to be an instrument for Christian reconciliation and unity… and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe.”

Read the complete letter on the Record’s website.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Posted on November 30, 2011 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s Choir will be presenting a Christmas concert on December 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Admission will be a free will offering with proceeds going to the Good Food Junction grocery store at Station 20 West.

The concert will follow the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” format, which is an order of service made famous by the annual performances from King’s College, Cambridge.  The format for the “Lessons and Carols” was created in 1880 by Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro in Cornwall.  It was further adapted in 1918 by Eric Milner-White, dean of King’s College Cambridge.  Lessons and Carols occur in Anglican, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches.  St. Andrew’s will be using seven of the nine lessons and after each lesson there will be a choir anthem, solo or a carol sung by choir and congregation.

Please join us in this enchanting, inspirational evening of Christmas readings and song.

 

“Would you like to hold the baby?”

Posted on November 29, 2011 in category: Announcements

Join With Other Saskatoon Christians to celebrate the Nativity! This December, Christians from a large number of churches in Saskatoon and area will be joining together to host an outdoor nativity pageant as part of their effort to support the Good Food Junction Co-op grocery store at Station 20 West. “Would You Like to Hold the Baby?” will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 4:00 pm in Civic Square (23rd St by City Hall).

Anyone interested in joining the festivity is welcome to participate; a free will offering will be taken for the Good Food Junction. Children and youth interested in taking part are asked to be at Third Avenue United Church (304 3rd Ave N) at 2:00 pm on December 10th for a rehearsal (with costumes, if you have them!).

Those who would like a CD of the music to practice ahead of time can contact Janice Sanford Beck at 655-5301. Refreshments will be served. Anyone willing to contribute cookies or fruit is asked to bring it to Third Avenue United Church between 1:00 and 2:00 pm on Dec 10th.

Advent & Christmas Schedule

Posted on November 25, 2011 in category: Announcements
  • Sat. Nov. 26th 8:30 am – Women’s Breakfast at Mulberry’s on 3rd Ave (Christmas theme and carolling!)
  • Sun. Nov. 27th 9:30 am – Advent Bible Study Begins: “From Longing to Receiving.” Study materials available in advance from Rev. Amanda by email.
  • Sun. Nov. 27th 11:00 am – First Sunday of Advent with Communion
  • Sat. Dec. 3rd 2 – 4 pm – Women’s League Christmas Tea & Bake Sale
  • Sun. Dec. 4th 11:00 am –  Second Sunday of Advent
  • Sun. Dec. 11th 11:00 am – Christmas Presentation by the Children of the Church School during worship
  • Thurs. Dec. 15th 1:30 pm – The Thursday Group gathers for Christmas Dinner at Mano’s Restaurant on 8th Street. All are welcome.
  • Sun. Dec. 18th 11:00 am – Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • Sun. Dec. 18th 7:30 pm – St. Andrew’s Choir will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols. Free will offering to support the Good Food Junction at Station 20 West.
  • Tues. Dec. 20th 7:00 pm – Carolling at the Lighthouse with the Outreach Committee
  • Wed. Dec. 21st 7:00 pm – Christmas Memorial Service, especially for those who have lost loved ones in the past year. All are welcome.
  • Sat. Dec. 24th 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Family Worship
  • Sun. Dec. 25th 11:00 am – Christmas Day Family Worship

Fragrance Free at St. Andrew’s

Posted on November 10, 2011 in category: Announcements

Many people are negatively affected by perfumes or other fragrances worn by people in close proximity. Even fairly subtle fragrances can cause headaches, migraines, respiratory difficulties, and other challenges for those who are particularly sensitive.

The Session is asking everyone at St. Andrew’s to refrain from using perfumes and other fragrances on Sunday mornings. Let’s go “fragrance free” so that everyone can breathe easily as we gather together to worship God.

Potluck, Photos, and New Members

Posted on October 26, 2011 in category: Announcements

Church Family Potluck & Family Photos:
Everyone is invited to stay after church THIS SUNDAY OCT. 30th for a potluck lunch. (Bring some food to share!)

Newcomers to St. Andrew’s are especially encouraged to attend, to hear about our church and some of the ways you can get involved in our programs and groups, as well as to get your photo taken for our photo display board.

Church Membership Classes – Begin this Sunday, Oct. 30th:
St. Andrew’s has been happy to welcome many new people into our worshipping community over the last several months. We are so glad to have you with us! Several people have been asking about how they can become members of the church, and so it is time to offer a membership class.

Participating in the class will give you the opportunity to learn about the Presbyterian Church in Canada, what we believe, and how we live out our faith together in Christian community. It will also give you an opportunity to learn about St. Andrew’s and some of the ways that you can become more involved in our church family.

You are welcome to join the class if you are thinking of becoming a member of the church, if you are already a member and want to brush up on the basics, or if you just want to explore a bit and have an opportunity to ask some questions. Everyone from grade 9 to age 99 is welcome!

The class will be on Sundays after church (12:30-2:00 pm) starting next today with a potluck lunch and continuing for three more weeks (Nov. 6th, 13th & 20th). Please phone or email the church office to let Rev. Amanda know that you would like to participate.

“Gems of Encouragement”

Posted on September 20, 2011 in category: Announcements

“Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:24-25

The Christian Education Committee at St. Andrew’s is encouraging everyone to participate in the “Gems of Encouragement” program. Take some time to consider how you can be an encouragement to someone in your life this week.

You may feel called to say something or do something encouraging for a member of your family, for a colleague at work, for a friend at school, for a stranger that you meet, or for a sister or brother in Christ. Every time you say or do something encouraging, you are invited to place a gem stone in the glass jar at the front of the church. If you do many acts of encouragement during the week, keep track of them and place that number of gem stones in the glass jar when you come to church on Sunday.

We hope to fill up the glass jar with “Gems of Encouragement” by Thanksgiving Sunday (Oct. 9th). And then we’ll have a little contest to guess how many acts of encouragement have been completed.

News from the Session of St. Andrew’s

Posted on September 13, 2011 in category: Announcements
  • The session of St. Andrew’s is pleased to announce that we have hired a Pastoral Care Nurse to join the ministry team (10 hours/week) beginning in mid-October. Laura Van Loon is a member of St. Andrew’s and an experienced and compassionate Registered Nurse. Laura will be receiving training for this ministry position through Interchurch Health Ministries–Saskatchewan, and we look forward to welcoming her to this new ministry in our church.
  • The session received many responses to the “Worship Time Survey” that was originally circulated in the May newsletter. Thank you for giving us your input on this important decision. Please know that we took all of your comments, needs, and preferences seriously as we made this decision. Worship at St. Andrew’s will continue to be at 11:00 am, and in future years we will not change the time during the summer months. It will be at 11:00 am year-round.

September Start-Up 2011

Posted on August 30, 2011 in category: Announcements

On Sunday, September 4th, worship will begin at 11 a.m. once again. We hope to see you there! September also brings a full schedule of events and programs in and around St. Andrew’s. Don’t miss the first meetings/gatherings of your favourite program or group:

1. Worship Schedule:

  • Worship at 11 a.m. – beginning on Sunday, Sept. 4th
  • “Gems of Encouragement” – Sunday, Sept. 11th Worship at 11 a.m.
  • World Communion Sunday – Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 11 a.m.

2. Special Events:

  • Church School Teaching Training – Sunday, Sept. 4th after worship
  • Women’s Camp at Camp Christopher – Sept. 9-11th
  • Saskatchewan Presbyterian Youth (SPY) Weekend at St. Andrew’s – Sept. 16-18th
  • Operation Sandwiches – Make sandwiches for the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry – Sunday, Sept. 18th & 25th after worship

3. Programs & Groups:

  • First Choir Practice – Thursday, Sept. 8th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Prayer Group – Friday, Sept. 9th & 23rd at 11 a.m.
  • Thursday Group – Thursday, Sept. 15th at 1:30 p.m. with guest speaker Brian Graham on Tuberculosis treatment in SK
  • Church School Classes Begin – Sunday, Sept. 18th
  • Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society – Monday, Sept. 19th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Kids’ Club Begins – Friday, Sept. 23rd & 30th at 7:15 p.m.
  • Women’s Breakfast at Mulberry’s – Saturday, Sept. 24th at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Morning Bible Study Begins – Sunday, Sept. 25th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Youth Group Begins – Sunday, Sept. 25th at 7 p.m.
  • Women’s League – Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 10:30 a.m.

Committee Meetings:

  • Worship Committee – Wednesday, Aug. 31st  & Sept. 28th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Session Meeting – Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Board of Managers – Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 7 p.m.
  • Stewardship Committee – Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Presbytery Meeting at St. Paul’s, Prince Albert – Friday, Sept. 16th at 10 a.m.
  • Christian Education Committee – Tuesday, Sept. 20th at 7 p.m.
  • Outreach Committee – Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 7 p.m.

Ministry Opportunity: Pastoral Care Nurse

Posted on July 12, 2011 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s Church is looking for a faithful, creative, enthusiastic person with a passion for sharing God’s love and care with people of all ages to join the ministry team at St. Andrew’s as our new Pastoral Care Nurse.

Responsibilities will include working with the Minister and the Pastoral Care Committee (10 hours per week) to provide a health ministry which emphasizes wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.

The qualified applicant will be a Christian registered nurse who is called to the ministry of Pastoral Care Nursing. She/he must be qualified as a Parish Nurse, or be willing to train through Interchurch Health Ministries Saskatchewan.

Further information, copies of the full ministry description, and application forms, are available from the church office (306-242-0525, email hidden; JavaScript is required). Applications will be accepted until August 12, 2011.

Summer Worship: 10:00 am

Posted on June 18, 2011 in category: Announcements

Don’t be late! During the months of July and August, Sunday worship will begin at 10:00 am.

The sun is rising very, very early these days, so hopefully you’ll be up earlier and ready to worship God a little earlier too. And perhaps you can go out from worship at St. Andrew’s to continue to worship God as you enjoy God’s creation and some beautiful summer Sundays.

Are you travelling this summer? Take the opportunity to worship with a local Presbyterian Church or a church of another denomination wherever you are staying. Take a holiday from work. Take a holiday from your usual routines.  But don’t take a holiday from your true purpose of glorifying and enjoying God.

The May issue of the newsletter included a survey on the Sunday worship times. The suggestion has been made that we might consider moving worship to 10:30 am year round. The Session is interested in hearing how everyone feels about this. Please fill in the survey and return it to the church office. Session will be considering your input in the fall before making any changes.

General Assembly: June 5-10 in London, ON

Posted on June 4, 2011 in category: Announcements

The 137th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada is meeting this week in London, Ontario. This is the annual meeting of the PCC with ministers and representative elders from across the country coming together to make decisions and set directions for the church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Remember to pray for all the commissioners, for the Moderator – the Rev. Rick Horst, for the local arrangements committee, for the national staff and all those involved in the General Assembly. Our commissioners from the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan are the Rev. Bev Shepansky and Lawrence Black from Mistawasis Memorial Presbyterian Church. Our Young Adult Representative is Logan de Bruijn from St. Andrew’s, Saskatoon.

Want to know more about what’s happening at General Assembly? Check out the General Assembly 2011 website to read the reports that are being considered and to get live news coverage.

Sensational Spring at St. Andrew’s

Posted on May 11, 2011 in category: Announcements

Spring has sprung in Saskatoon, and St. Andrew’s is a sensational place to spend your time in worship, service, and fellowship!

  • Fri. May 13th at 11 a.m. – Prayer Group meets in the parlour. Everyone is welcome to join in this time of reflection on scripture and prayer for our own concerns and the needs of the church and the world.
  • Sat. May 14th at 7:30 p.m. – Margaret Wilson (clarinet) and Gillian Lyons (piano) in Concert. This is the CD release recital for “Weber to Tango.” Tickets are $15 or $10 for students/seniors.
  • Sun. May 15th at 11:00 a.m. – The Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society leads worship for “Mission Awareness Sunday.”
  • Tues. May 17th at 7:30 p.m. – Helen Kashap piano recital.
  • Fri. May 20th at 7:30 p.m. – Gustin House presents William Lewans (baritone) and Gregory Schulte (piano) in concert. Tickets are $25 or $20 for students. Pre-concert chat at 6:45 p.m.
  • Fri. May 27th at 11:00 a.m. – Prayer Group meets in the parlour.
  • Sun. May 29th following worship – Carol Kostiuk, Parish Nurse at Augustana Lutheran Church, will speak about her ministry for about 15 minutes. This will be followed by lunch, served by the Youth Group, and the Annual Program Meeting.
  • Sun. June 5th at 11:00 a.m. – Church School Wind-Up and an Old-Fashioned Congregational Picnic following worship. Come to church in comfortable clothing. Lunch will be a pot luck picnic with BBQ hot dogs, ice cream and drinks provided. Games, singing, and fun for all ages!
  • Fri. June 10th at 11:00 a.m. – Prayer Group meets in the parlour.
  • Sun. June 12th at 11:00 a.m. – Pentecost Sunday with a celebration of Holy Communion.
  • Fri. June 17th at 10:00 a.m. – The Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan meets at Camp Christopher.
  • Sat. June 18th – The Worship Committee hosts a Labyrinth Retreat Day in Meota.
  • Sun. June 19th following worship – Congregational meeting for the election of new elders to St. Andrew’s Session, as well as consideration of the ministry description for a pastoral care nurse for St. Andrew’s
  • Fri. June 24th at 11:00 a.m. – Prayer Group meets in the parlour.
  • Sat. July 2nd, noon – 3 p.m. – Open House at Camp Christopher, including a BBQ and worship around 2 p.m.
  • July 6 – 9 – The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism hosts the 2011 Summer Ecumenical Institute at Lutheran Theological Seminary. Theme: “From Dialogue to Common Mission.” For details and a registration form go to Ecumenism in Canada.

Spring Tea – May 7th, 2011

Posted on May 4, 2011 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew's Spring TeaThe Women’s League of St. Andrew’s invites one and all to the annual Spring Tea & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy great company, pick up some delicious home baking, and for just $3.50 you will get a scrumptious dessert and coffee or tea. Also check out the Youth Table at the Tea. One person’s trash may be your treasure!

Music in the Month of May

Posted on April 23, 2011 in category: Announcements

In the month of May, St. Andrew’s is pleased to host two wonderful concerts:

  1. Weber to TangoWeber to Tango: CD Release Recital
    Margaret Wilson, Clarinet
    Gillian Lyons on the Piano 

    Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10
    Reception to Follow

    To purchase the CD Weber to Tango, follow this link.

  2. Gustin House Presents:
    William Lewans, Baritone
    Gregory Schulte, Piano 

    Friday, May 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    Adults $25, Students $20
    Pre-concert chat at 6:45 p.m.

Responding to Crisis in Japan through PWS&D

Posted on March 19, 2011 in category: Announcements

A massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s northeast coast on March 11, which triggered a subsequent tsunami claiming thousands of human lives and causing widespread damage to infrastructure and coastal cities. Over 350,000 people are living at evacuation sites while numerous aftershocks continue to hit the region.

The Japanese government has requested international assistance to respond to this massive disaster. Presbyterian World Service & Development partners are currently assessing the extent of humanitarian needs, especially at evacuation sites where food, water, health and sanitation kits and blankets are in short supply. Updates will be posted on the PWS&D website as available.

Please pray for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by this disaster in Japan. For those who would like to make financial contributions, Presbyterian World Service & Development is currently accepting donations. Funds will be sent through our international church networks to meet the needs of those who are affected.

Donations to PWS&D can be made through the offering at St. Andrew’s, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online, or calling PWS&D at 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291. Please mark all donations “Japan Earthquake.”

Glen Soderholm in Concert – March 27, 2011

Posted on March 2, 2011 in category: Announcements

Glen SoderholmGlen Soderholm is both a Presbyterian minister and a singer/songwriter/worship leader/teacher and director of “Moveable Feast Resources”. Glen will be in Saskatchewan at the end of March 2011 and will be performing at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Audrey Cameron, a Regional Staff Person with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Atlantic Synod, describes one of Glen’s concerts in this way: “An evening with Glen is more than good music, though it is that. It is more than teaching, though it is that too. What happens is that through the language of the heart and music, space is created for the mystery of the Trinity to have room. Through word and song, Glen helps us understand what is happening so that it becomes more than an emotional moment but a lasting one in a powerfully authentic yet gentle way. For those in the faith or seeking the faith, the music is fresh and life giving. The whole ministry that Glen and David do together is a blessed thing, filled with the gifts of the Spirit. One leaves feeling encouraged, understood, and challenged in a gentle but strong manner that leaves an imprint”.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Glen Soderholm in Concert on Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 7:30pm. Tickets: $10 (available at the door, or in advance from the church office)

Want to learn more about Glen Soderholm? Go to Glen’s web page.

Lent and Holy Week Schedule

Posted in category: Announcements

Wed. March 9th, 6:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Supper & Worship
We begin the season of Lent together with a simple supper in the lower hall at 6:00 p.m., followed by worship upstairs at 6:45 p.m. The worship will include an opportunity to receive ashes on the forehead – a sign of humility and repentance. (Please use the parking lot side door.)

Sun. March 13th, 11:00 a.m. – First Sunday of Lent with Holy Communion
We gather with the whole church community to mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with a celebration of Holy Communion.

Mon. March 14th, 7:30 p.m. – A Lenten Study Evening: “What Happens When We Pray?”
This one-session study looks at different views Christians have about prayer, particularly whether prayer just changes the one who prays or whether God is actually affected and might be moved on the basis of our prayer requests. Participants consider biblical examples where the outcome of events changed based on prayer.

Sun. March 27th, 7:30 p.m. – Glen Soderholm in Concert
Glen is a Presbyterian minister from Ontario, as well as a singer/song writer/ worship leader. Come enjoy an evening of enjoyable music and creative songwriting that reflects the world that God has made. Glen will lead us in singing and learning new songs. It will be a great place to bring friends who are not attendees of the church, because they will be stimulated and challenged by a thoughtful presentation of the good news of Jesus Christ. Tickets are available in advance from the church office or at the door for only $10.

Wed. March 30th, 7:30 p.m. – A Lenten Study Evening: “Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines”
Throughout the centuries, committed Christians who have been interested in becoming more Christlike and deepening their relationship with God have turned to spiritual disciplines for guidance and encouragement. But what are spiritual disciplines? And of what relevance are they for twenty-first-century Christians?

Mon. April 11th, 7:30 p.m. – A Lenten Study Evening: “How Did Jesus’ Death Save Us?”
Rooted at the heart of the Christian faith is the stubborn declaration that Jesus “died for us.” Precisely why his death came to mean so much to Christians has, however, been a subject of wonderful and diverse exploration over the ages. “Somehow” by his death on the cross, Christians have come to trust that Jesus spans the divide between the human and the divine.

Sun. April 17th, 11:00 a.m. – Palm Sunday Worship
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. We remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and join with the crowds in singing “Hosanna” and hailing him as King.

Thurs. April 21st, 7:00 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Worship at Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave @ 3rd Street).
We will worship and share Communion with our friends at Calvin Goforth as we remember Jesus’ final meal with his friends.

Fri. Apr. 22nd, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday Worship
We will gather at St. Andrew’s with the Presbyterians of Saskatoon to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 a.m., followed by a time of fellowship.

Sun. Apr. 24th, 11:00 a.m. – Easter Sunday Worship
We celebrate the good news that Christ is risen… He is risen, indeed! Everyone is welcome for this joyous celebration of the resurrection and service of Holy Communion.

Fabulous February!

Posted on February 4, 2011 in category: Announcements

February is off to a fabulous start in Saskatoon, including some lovely warm weather outside. You are invited to take part in the many things happening in and around St. Andrew’s this month, which will include fun, food, and fellowship.

The Outreach Committee has designated this month as “February Food Frenzy.” You are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Saskatoon Food Bank as part of your offering this month. There will be a basket in the entranceway of the church where you can place your food items.

  • Saturday, Feb. 5th – Women’s Interchurch Council of Canada Festival Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a day of learning and sharing in preparation for the World Day of Prayer in March. Bring a bag lunch. Everyone is welcome.
  • Sunday, Feb. 6th – Sunday morning bible study at 9:30 a.m. We will begin a new study from The Thoughtful Christian, titled “Gospel Portraits of Jesus.”
  • Friday, Feb. 11th and 25th – Prayer Group at 11:00 a.m. Drop in and join us for prayer. We will reflect on scripture together and pray for the church, the world, and those in need.
  • Saturday, Feb. 12th – Nursery/Toddler Valentine’s Party – 10 a.m. at the Lukans’ house, for our little ones and their families.
  • Thursday, Feb. 17th – The Thursday Group meets in the lower hall at 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20th – Deadline for submissions to the next issue of “Saints Alive” our church newsletter.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20th and 27th – Sandwich Making Parties for Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry in the church kitchen following worship.
  • Monday, Feb. 21st – Family Day Skate and Hot Chocolate – Everyone is welcome! Details will be announced soon.
  • Monday, Feb. 21st – Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society meeting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23rd – Women’s League meeting at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 24th – Youth Group – Mario Kart tournament.
  • Friday, Feb. 25th – Kids’ Club afternoon and Blades Game in the evening.

Celebration of the Psalms

Posted on January 19, 2011 in category: Announcements

The Christian Education Committee is hosting a Celebration of the Psalms to last the whole month long! We are studying the Psalms in Sunday morning Bible Study, exploring the Psalms in our children’s programs, and our worship is inspired by the Psalms as well.

Art and Poetry Contest:
Some of you have been working on creative projects for the church library’s art and poetry contest. Everyone can participate, whether or not you think of yourself as an artist or a poet. The idea is to take a Psalm (or part of a Psalm), reflect on it, and respond by creating a poem, song, or artistic creation to express what the psalmist is saying.

  • Theme: The Psalms (Choose: Psalm 13, Psalm 23, Psalm 147 or your favourite Psalm)
  • Prizes will be given according to the following categories: Grades 4-8, 9-12, & Adults
  • Entry forms & poster boards available at the church library
  • Contest entries will be displayed in the church library and lower hall.
  • The deadline for submissions has been extended! You are invited to prepare your art or poetry and to submit it to our librarian, Mary Jane Hanson, by Sunday, January 30th. All submissions will be shared and prizes will be awarded at the “Celebration of the Psalms” program and potluck supper on January 30th at 4:00 pm.

Potluck Supper & Program to “Celebrate the Psalms”:
Children, youth, and adults alike are invited to the upcoming “Celebration of the Psalms” program and potluck supper on Sunday, January 30th at 4:00 pm.

Please sign up on sheet by the library or phone Mary Jane Hanson (373-2254) if you would like to contribute to the program by sharing a poem, song, reflection, or any other creation inspired by the Psalms.

Also remember to bring some food to share for the potluck supper, as well as your own plate, cutlery, and cup (so we don’t have to use disposables!)

Joyful January 2011

Posted on January 5, 2011 in category: Announcements
  • Thursday, Jan. 6th – Choir practices begin again at 7:30 p.m. Speak to Gillian if you are interested in lending your voice to the choir.
  • Friday, Jan. 7th – Kids’ Club begins again at 7:15 p.m. Come out and meet our new Youth & Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator, Matt Pelerine.
  • Sunday, Jan. 9th – Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Join us in the church parlour for a 3-session study on the Psalms (Jan. 9, 23, 30).
  • Sunday, Jan. 9th – First Youth Group meeting of 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 14th & 28th – The Prayer Group meets in the church parlour at 11 a.m. This is an informal time of reflection on the scriptures and prayer for the world, the church, and our own particular needs and concerns. Everyone is welcome.
  • Sunday, Jan. 16th – 23rd – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Check the schedule of worship opportunities around Saskatoon online or on the back of your January calendar from St. Andrew’s.
  • Sunday, Jan. 16th – Ecumenical Sunday with St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish. Members of St. Andrew’s are welcome to visit St. Mary’s (211 Ave. O @ 20th Street) for the 9 a.m. mass. Rev. Amanda Currie will be the guest speaker. Then we will welcome Father Tony Bidgood as our guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship at St. Andrew’s. (Note: There will be no Sunday morning Bible Study on Jan. 16th.)
  • Monday, Jan. 17th – The Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society meets at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.
  • Thursday, Jan. 20th – Thursday Group meets at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Program to be announced.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26th – The St. Andrew’s Women’s League meets at 10 a.m. followed by lunch.
  • Saturday, Jan. 29th – Women’s Breakfast at Mulberry’s on 3rd Ave. at 8:30 a.m. Women of all ages are welcome for an enjoyable breakfast with good company and a short program.
  • Sunday, Jan. 30th – Celebration of the Psalms! We will gather for a Celebration of the Psalms at 4 p.m. Bring your art, poetry, music, dance, or reflections inspired by the Psalms. We’ll enjoy a potluck supper together around 5:15 p.m. Bring your own plate and cutlery and some food for sharing!

Celebration of the Psalms

Posted in category: Announcements

In the month of January, the Christian Education Committee is hosting a Celebration of the Psalms that will last the whole month long! We’ll be studying the Psalms in Sunday morning Bible Study, exploring the Psalms in our children’s programs, and you may well hear a little preaching on the Psalms on Sundays as well.

To get things started, the church library is having an art and poetry contest. Everyone can participate, whether or not you think of yourself as an artist or a poet. The idea is to take a Psalm (or part of a Psalm), reflect on it, and respond by creating a poem, song, or artistic creation to express what the psalmist is saying.

  • Theme: The Psalms (Choose: Psalm 13, Psalm 23, Psalm 147 or your favourite Psalm)
  • Prizes will be given according to the following categories: Grades 4-8, 9-12, & Adults
  • Entry forms & poster boards available at the church library
  • Contest dates: December 5th to January 17th. Entries will be judged by the Christian Education Committee on January 18th. There will be a prize for each age group.Contest entries will be displayed in the church library and lower hall.
  • Even if you miss the deadline you are invited to prepare your art and poetry to share with the congregation at the “Celebration of the Psalms” on January 30th at 4:00 pm.

Sunday Morning Bible Study will resume on Sunday, January 9th at 9:30 am with a 3-session study of the Psalms on January 9, 23, and 30. Copies of the study are available from Rev. Amanda if you would like to read ahead.

A Family Christmas Concert – December 19th @ 7:30 pm

Posted on December 11, 2010 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Choir And Guest Musicians will present “A Family Christmas Concert” on Sunday, December 19th at 7:30 pm.

Come and enjoy an evening of sacred music including choral selections, vocal solos and duets, and instrumental selections. In addition to the choir, guests musicians from Prairie Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony will be featured.

The highlight of the evening will be John Rutter’s “Brother Heinrich’s Christmas” a story narrated to music. Listen as choir, narrator and instrumental trio tell the story of Brother Heinrich, his donkey, and their magical meeting with the angels on Christmas Eve.

A free will offering will be received with proceeds for the St. Andrew’s Choir Robe Fund. Don’t miss this special evening of music at St. Andrew’s!

Christmas Calendar 2010

Posted on November 30, 2010 in category: Announcements

You are invited to join in the Advent and Christmas celebrations at St. Andrew’s this year. There are many opportunities for worship, service, and fellowship throughout the month. We hope these will make for a blessed Advent and a happy Christmas for all!

  • ADVENT APPEAL BEGAN – Sunday, Nov. 21st
    Choose a tag, buy a gift or make a donation to one of the helping agencies of Saskatoon, and decorate our Advent Tree.
  • ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICE – Wednesday, Dec. 1st
    We will gather for a simple supper in the lower hall at 6:00 PM, followed by an Advent Worship Service upstairs at 6:45 PM. It will be a time of singing, prayer, and reflection as we begin this time of waiting to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
  • CHRISTMAS TEA & BAKE SALE – Saturday, Dec. 4th 2-4 PM
    Everyone is invited to attend the Women’s League’s annual Christmas Tea and Bake Sale. Donations of baking would be greatly appreciated, and may be dropped off any time after 10:00 AM on Dec. 4th.
  • ADVENT APPEAL CONCLUDES – Sunday, Dec. 12th
    Bring in your Advent gifts by today so that the gifts can be delivered to those most in need this Christmas.
  • CHURCH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION – Sunday, Dec. 12th 11:00 AM
    Come to worship and share in the joy of Christmas with our children as they present “Christmas Eve at Angel School”.
  • CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL SERVICE – Wednesday, Dec. 15th
    Though Christmas is often a time of joy and gladness, it can be a difficult time for many among us. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved one recently, or you are struggling with a job loss, illness, or other challenges, please join us for a service of Light & Hope in the Midst of Darkness. Everyone is welcome, as we place our trust in the Coming Christ who is our Light. A simple supper will be shared in the lower hall at 6:00 PM, followed by worship upstairs at 6:45 PM, including an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
  • CHRISTMAS DINNER AT MANO’S RESTAURANT – Join the Thursday Group from a delicious turkey dinner at Mano’s Restaurant on 8th Street, Thursday December 16th at 1:30 PM.
  • “BROTHER HEINRICHS CHRISTMAS– Sunday, Dec. 19th 7:30 PM
    Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas choral selections, vocal solos and duets, and instrumental selections. This will be a very special concert by the St. Andrew’s Choir and guest musicians from Prairie Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony. Admission by donation for the St. Andrew’s Choir Robe Fund.
  • CAROLLING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE – Tuesday, Dec. 21st 7:00 PM
    Bring treats to share and voices ready to sing all our favourite Christmas carols!
  • CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP – Friday, Dec. 24th 7:00 PM
    A Christmas service for the whole family, including carols and candlelight as we celebrate the birth of Jesus our Saviour.

Saskatoon Church Leaders Support Station 20 West

Posted on November 24, 2010 in category: Announcements, Sermons

The following letter of support for the Good Food Junction at Station 20 West was signed by the church leaders of Saskatoon in a public event on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at St. George’s Parish Hall in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Church Leaders support of the Good Food Junction at Station 20 West

This Christmas season many churches in Saskatoon seek to enhance the momentum of a vital project  – the community-owned Good Food Junction cooperative store located at Station 20 West. It is a community project that the churches seek to support as a concrete expression of God’s love.

Christians share the conviction that in Jesus Christ God has drawn near to us.  The Advent and Christmas seasons remind us that when God in Christ came to dwell among us he was born and lived in poverty and simplicity.  In Jesus’ ministry, we see his profound concern for those who were in need.  He gave dignity to those who were poor, suffering or oppressed.  He identified himself with those who were hungry or thirsty, saying that whatever we do for those most in need, we do for him (Matthew 25:31-40).    As his disciples we have a moral imperative to follow his example.

Church groups serve in many projects which support the people of the core neighbourhoods, such as the Food Bank, the Bridge, the Salvation Army and Friendship Inn, among others.

Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods are the heart of the city.  For our city to be healthy, it needs a healthy heart.  Maintaining good health is a challenge for many in the area whose needs are high and whose resources are limited.  Access to healthy food is vital for wellness and self-reliance. Since 1997, no full-service grocery store has operated in our core neighbourhoods.  Many residents have no cars and thus have little access to healthy, affordable food.

The Good Food Junction, at 20th St. and Ave. L, will provide in-store nutrition education and offer healthy food at reasonable prices, close to home. Equipping the store will cost approximately $650,000. Being able to accomplish this without going into debt is crucial to the store’s success.

Together we can bring this essential service to the people of our core neighbourhoods.  This is not specifically a church initiative: neither is it the project of a single political party, nor should we as Christian communities allow it to be so. The potential for good is immense.

As church leaders and as individuals we commit ourselves to making the Good Food Junction a priority for the weeks leading up to Christmas.  We will express support through our prayers, practical assistance, and where appropriate through fundraising to equip the store.  We do this in the name of Jesus Christ who is Emmanuel, God-with-us.

Signatories:

Most Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R., Bishop, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon

Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Rev. Jeremiah Buhler, Area Church Minister, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Jay Cowsell, Saskatoon Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. Amanda Currie, Minister, Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan, Presbyterian Church in Canada

Rev. Claire Ewert-Fisher, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee

Rev. Cynthia Halmarson, Bishop, Saskatchewan Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Rt. Rev. David Irving, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon

Rev. Ron McConnell, Chair, Riverbend Presbytery, United Church of Canada

Rev. Harry Strauss, Chair, Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers Fellowship

Churches Together: Supporting Station 20 West

Posted on November 22, 2010 in category: Announcements

The leaders of many Saskatoon churches gathered on Wednesday, November 24th to sign a letter of support for Station 20 West’s Good Food Junction grocery store. The churches have agreed to work together as an ecumenical advent project, to raise much-needed funds for the equipment required by the store.

Watch the video “Good Food Junction Initiative” to hear from the Church Leaders about why the churches are supporting this project.

To find out more about Station 20 West and the Good Food Junction grocery store, watch the video “Station 20 West – Sustainable Good Food Health Centre.”

The church leaders’ letter of support began as follows:

This Christmas season many churches in Saskatoon seek to enhance the momentum of a vital project  – the community-owned Good Food Junction cooperative store located at Station 20 West. It is a community project that the churches seek to support as a concrete expression of God’s love.

Christians share the conviction that in Jesus Christ God has drawn near to us.  The Advent and Christmas seasons remind us that when God in Christ came to dwell among us he was born and lived in poverty and simplicity.  In Jesus’ ministry, we see his profound concern for those who were in need.  He gave dignity to those who were poor, suffering or oppressed.  He identified himself with those who were hungry or thirsty, saying that whatever we do for those most in need, we do for him (Matthew 25:31-40).    As his disciples we have a moral imperative to follow his example.

Read the full text of the letter, as well as the speech made by the Rev. Amanda Currie at the signing ceremony, to find out more about how the Christian Churches of Saskatoon are coming together to support a wonderful community initiative in the heart of the city.

Sandwiches & Calendars!

Posted on November 19, 2010 in category: Announcements

Operation Sandwiches: Thank you so much to all the folks who regularly sign up to provide sandwiches for the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. Many hungry people are welcomed and fed because of your gifts.

The Outreach Committee would like to invite more people to get involved in this important ministry. If you can’t make sandwiches, you are most welcome to make a donation to help with the cost of sandwich ingredients. Just place your donation in the offering place, and be sure to mark it “Operation Sandwiches”.

Or, if you can’t make sandwiches at home, you can still help out by joining in a “Sandwich Making Party” in the church kitchen. Six or seven people working together can make lots of sandwiches in very little time! Our first Sandwich Making Party will be following Sunday worship on November 21st.

The Youth Group Is Selling 2011 Calendars from the Presbyterian Church in Canada. You can pick up a calendar during coffee hour after worship in the lower hall. Each one costs only $3.50 and the profit goes towards our fund for Canada Youth 2012. Note: Calendars make great Christmas presents!

Lingering Lunch – Sunday, November 14th

Posted on November 12, 2010 in category: Announcements

The Stewardship Committee And Friends are sponsoring a Lingering Lunch following worship on Sunday, November 14th. You are invited to stay after the 11 am service and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup.

Come hear guest speaker Nejabat Khan from Afghanistan. As a boy, his family fled from Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and lived in a refugee camp in Pakistan. He is now the Associate Director for Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan. He is currently on a Canadian tour with the Canada Food Grains Bank (CFGB). CFGB is a major partner in many of our Presbyterian World Service & Development projects. In Pakistan/Afghanistan, we currently have projects on food security and education for girls.

Youth and Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator Needed

Posted on October 27, 2010 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon is seeking a faithful, creative, enthusiastic person, with a love for children and youth, and a passion for sharing God’s love with young people, to join the ministry team at St. Andrew’s as our new Youth and Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator.

Responsibilities will include working with young people and volunteers in the areas of Youth and Children’s Ministry on Sundays and during the week (20 hours/week).

The qualified applicant will:

  • be a committed Christian with some volunteer or paid experience in a leadership role with children and youth.
  • be familiar with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, its theology and traditions.
  • Have excellent skills in communication, organization, and leadership, and be ready to work in a team.
  • Provide a current police record check.

For further information, including a copy of the full ministry description, please contact the Rev. Amanda Currie at 306-242-0525 or email hidden; JavaScript is required. Applications will be accepted until November 21, 2010.

Church Membership Classes – Oct. 23 & 30

Posted on October 19, 2010 in category: Announcements

This is your official invitation to take part in the upcoming membership class at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Saskatoon.

Oh, you’re already a member? That’s okay. You’re welcome to join us for a refresher course, or just to join in the conversation as we explore questions of faith, church, discipleship, worship, and more.

If you haven’t officially become a member of the church either by transfer from another congregation or by professing your faith, then you are what we often refer to as an “adherent.” We sure are blessed to have your participation in worship, fellowship, and service at St. Andrew’s! But perhaps you would like to consider making a formal commitment to the congregation by becoming a full member.

The membership class will give you the opportunity to join with others who are thinking about their faith and how to live out their faith at St. Andrew’s. You’ll learn more about what it means to be a “Presbyterian” Christian, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. At the end of the class, you may choose to make a public profession of your faith – a commitment or a re-commitment to make your life about loving God and neighbour and following the way of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

The class is open to all youth and adults. Contact Rev. Amanda at the church to find out more or to let her know that you want to attend. We’ll be meeting in the parlour on Saturday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 30th, from 10:00 am to noon.

Poverty Awareness Week – Oct. 16-23

Posted in category: Announcements

There are many special events being planned by the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition during the week of Oct. 16th – 23rd for Poverty Awareness Week. Some of these events have already happened, but it’s not too late to get involved.

Community Supper @ Mayfair United Church (902 33rd Street) – Wednesday, October 20th, Registration at 5 pm, Supper 6pm – 9 pm.

Empowering Voices – an artistic gathering in the core @ St. Mary’s Parish Hall (211 Ave. O South) – Thursday, October 21st, 7pm – 9 pm.

Hands Across the Water – A silent march to acknowledge that poverty spans the whole city. Join us to link hands in a show of solidarity @ the downtown end of the Broadway Bridge – Friday, October 22nd, 5:50 pm rally call, 6 pm event begins.

Feel free to park at St. Andrew’s if you are planning to join in “Hands Across the Water” on the Broadway Bridge. Let’s show our support for those living in poverty in Saskatoon.

Good Neighbour Sunday – October 31, 2010

Posted on October 10, 2010 in category: Announcements

On Sunday October 31st, St. Andrew’s will celebrate “Good Neighbour Sunday.” In our welcome and in our worship, we hope to make this a special day for celebrating the neighbours that make a difference in our lives.

You are encouraged to invite your friends and neighbours to worship with us on this special Sunday. Invitations are available on the entranceway table at the church. If you prefer to email an invitation to your friends, here is a pdf invitation that you can send as an email attachment.

Prayers of the People

Posted on October 9, 2010 in category: Announcements

Each Sunday in church, our worship includes the Prayers of the People. The idea is that these prayers should reflect the prayers, concerns, thanksgivings, joys, and needs of the whole People of God. Although the minister normally prepares the prayers, she appreciates it when others suggest needs or concerns that could be included in our corporate prayer. In addition to the Prayers of the People, members of our church community are ready and willing to pray for you and about your concerns, while maintaining your confidentiality through the Prayer Chain.

To facilitate the sharing of your prayer concerns, prayer request forms can be found in the entranceway of the church, along with a box for your prayers. The prayer request forms allow you to indicate whether you would like your prayer passed along to the Prayer Chain, the newly formed Prayer Group which meets on Fridays at 11 a.m. about twice per month, and/or to be included in the Prayers of the People on a Sunday morning.

First Corinthians

Posted on September 1, 2010 in category: Announcements

Sunday morning Bible Study at St. Andrew’s begins again on Sunday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m.

You are warmly invited to join the Sunday morning bible study group at St. Andrew’s. We will begin the season with a study of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, using a resource from “The Thoughtful Christian.”

The apostle Paul was certainly not the only missionary to the Gentiles (that is, all who are not Jews) during the time immediately following Jesus’ death (c. 30 CE), for Philip and Peter also taught, baptized, and preached to Gentiles. Paul was not even the only one who preached to the Corinthians during his ministry among them around 51 CE. Priscilla and Aquila worked alongside Paul in founding the church over the period of a year and a half; Apollos and Cephas had baptized members of the Corinthian church–in fact, more members than Paul had. Nonetheless, the Corinthian Christians sought out Paul when problems arose after he had left and possibly while he was residing in Ephesus, delivering him both an oral and a written message, to which Paul responded in a letter. This letter is known to us as 1 Corinthians, even though Paul indicates that he had already written them at least one other letter.

Our study will begin by focusing on the problems mentioned in the oral report and Paul’s advice concerning them, and then continue by discussing the problems mentioned in the Corinthians’ letter to Paul and his response concerning them. Before discussing each of the issues raised by the Corinthian Christians and Paul’s response, we will consider the culture of the city of Corinth that posed challenges to Paul’s preaching and to the Corinthians’ growth in the Christian faith. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the current significance of this letter in our community.

You don’t have to be a biblical scholar in order to join us! We enjoy learning, growing, questioning, and exploring together with a diverse group on Sunday mornings before worship. We meet in the church parlour at 9:30 a.m. Use the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for a cup of coffee before making your way up to the parlour.

September Start-Up!

Posted on August 30, 2010 in category: Announcements

The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close, and St. Andrew’s is gearing up for an autumn of activity full of worship, discipleship, and ministry opportunities. Take note of the many things happening in and around St. Andrew’s in September:

  • Worship time returns to 11:00 am: Sunday, September 5th
  • St. Andrew’s Choir resumes: Thursday, September 9th at 7:30 pm
  • Kids’ Club (grades 4-8) first meeting: Friday, September 10th at 7:15 pm
  • Women’s Camp @ Christopher Lake: September 10-12th
  • Church School (for children age 3 to grade8) resumes: Sunday, September 12th
  • Congregational meeting regarding new position for a Youth & Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator: Sunday, September 12th following worship
  • Youth Group (grades 9-12) first meeting: Sunday, September 12th at 7:00 pm
  • Men’s breakfast at Peter D’s resumes: Monday, September 13th at 9 am
  • Thursday Group resumes (Berry Barn excursion for first meeting): Thursday, September 16th at 1:30 pm
  • “The Romantic Violin” – a concert by Michael Swan with Gillian Lyons on piano: Saturday, September 18th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday Morning Bible Study resumes (new study on 1 Corinthians): Sunday, September 19th at 9:30 am
  • Scripture Readers’ Workshop: Sunday, September 19th at 12:30 pm
  • Women’s Missionary Society (Hildur Hermanson Group) first meeting: Monday, September 20th at 7:30 pm
  • Women’s League first meeting: Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 am
  • Saskatchewan Presbyterian Youth (SPY) Weekend at Camp Christopher (for youth grade 9 to age 25): September 24-26
  • Women’s Breakfast at Mulberry’s on 3rd first meeting: Saturday, September 25th at 8:30 am

Congregational Meeting – September 12, 2010

Posted on August 20, 2010 in category: Announcements

The Congregation Of St. Andrew’s is called to meet on Sunday, September 12th following the worship service.

The purpose of the meeting will be to consider a ministry description for a new part-time staff person to work at St. Andrew’s in the area of youth and children’s ministry. Before we proceed to advertise this position, we need the approval of St. Andrew’s Session and congregation, as well as the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan.

Copies of the draft ministry description, as prepared by a special committee of Session, will be available beginning Sunday, August 22nd. Please take time to prayerfully consider this new position, and plan to attend the congregational meeting on September 12th.

PWS&D: Pakistan Floods

Posted on August 17, 2010 in category: Announcements

Monsoon rains and severe flooding have washed away tens of thousands of homes and killed as many as 1,500 people in Pakistan. In some of the worst flooding ever recorded in the region, thousands have lost livelihoods and are now homeless.

In the wake of widespread damage to agricultural lands, Presbyterian World Service & Development is working with Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to provide over 25,000 people (3,000 families) with food packages for two months in the province of Balochistan, one of the worst affected areas. Each package contains rice, lentils, wheat flour, cooking oil, sugar, salt, tea and spices and provides a family with the basics needed to help overcome this disaster. PWS&D is leading this $750,000 project with the support of five other members of CFGB (Canadian Baptist Ministries, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund and World Relief Canada) who have all contributed financial resources to make this project a reality.

You can help. Your prayerful and financial support will help PWS&D meet its financial commitment to this program, ensuring desperately needed food reaches flood victims in Pakistan. Make a donation by calling 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291, donating through your Sunday offering, mailing a cheque or donating online. Please mark all donations “Pakistan Floods.”

Stories of Faith

Posted on August 8, 2010 in category: Announcements

Rev. Amanda is gathering stories of faith this week. You are invited to think about the people in your life who have been examples of faith for you. Who was the first person to tell you about Jesus and his love? Who do you remember as someone whose example of faith has made a difference in your life?

On Sunday, August 15th we will be welcoming some new members into our church family. They will be professing their faith for the first time or renewing their faith commitment once again. Let’s celebrate this important moment in their faith lives by telling the stories of the heroes who have shared their faith with us.

Please send a quick email to Rev. Amanda to tell her about someone who has been an example of faith for you. You can also call the church office or drop by this week so that your story can be among those shared on Sunday.

May God be with you and in you this week, as you live out your faith in word and action.

Worship in July & August @ 10:00 a.m.

Posted on June 28, 2010 in category: Announcements

Don’t be late! During the months of July and August, Sunday worship begins at 10:00 AM.

The sun is rising very, very early these days, so hopefully you’ll be up earlier and ready to worship God a little earlier too. And perhaps you can go out from worship at St. Andrew’s to continue to worship God as you enjoy God’s creation and some beautiful summer Sundays.

Are you travelling this summer? Take the opportunity to worship with a local Presbyterian Church or a church of another denomination wherever you are staying. Take a holiday from work. Take a holiday from your usual routines. But don’t take a holiday from your true purpose of glorifying and enjoying God.

Have a wonderful summer everyone, whether you’re worshipping with us at St. Andrew’s (at 10:00 a.m.) or wherever your travels take you. We will return to the regular worship hour of 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5th.

Summer Membership Class – Begins July 21st

Posted on June 14, 2010 in category: Announcements

St. Andrew’s has been happy to welcome many new people into our worshipping community over the last several months. In addition to those new members coming from McKercher Drive Presbyterian Church which closed its doors at the end of April, we have new people attending who have recently moved into Saskatoon, and others who are just looking for a new church family.

Several people have been asking about how they can become members of the church, and so we are going to offer a summer membership class this year. Participating in the class will give you the opportunity to learn about the Presbyterian Church in Canada, what we believe, and how we live out our faith together in Christian community. It will also give you an opportunity to learn about St. Andrew’s and some of the ways that you can become more involved in our church family.

You are welcome to join the class if you are thinking of becoming a member of the church, if you are already a member and want to brush up on the basics, or if you just want to explore a bit and have an opportunity to ask some questions.

The class will be on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 21st for four weeks (July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11). Please phone or email the church office to let Karen or Rev. Amanda know that you would like to participate.

Farewell to the Rev. Gwen Ament

Posted on June 7, 2010 in category: Announcements

The Rev. Gwen Ament came to St. Andrew’s to minister among us in September 2008. Although her time with us was brief, she made an impact in our church community and we valued her ministry and her friendship. Rev. Gwen has already shared her last Sunday with us on May 23rd, and will soon be moving back to Ontario.

Everyone is invited to a congregational potluck supper on Sunday, June 13th to celebrate Rev. Gwen Ament’s time among us. It will be in the lower hall at the church. Come for 4:30 pm. Speak to Bernice Shih if you would like to contribute something to the program (a story, song, skit, memory, etc.)

Worship in June, 2010

Posted on June 3, 2010 in category: Announcements

The Rev. Amanda will be away on holidays and study leave from May 31st to July 5th. Amanda and Nick are visiting England and Scotland, including a week participating in a program on Mission and Ecumenism at the Iona Community in Scotland. If you have any pastoral concerns while Amanda is away, you may contact your elder directly or phone the church office, and Karen will put you in touch with an elder.

Thanks to the Rev. Jim McKay for preaching and leading worship on June 6, 13, 20, and 27. And thanks to Michael McIntyre (a recent graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary here in Saskatoon) for doing the same on July 4.

Church School Wind-Up – June 6, 2010

Posted on June 1, 2010 in category: Announcements

The children of the St. Andrew’s Church School have been preparing over the last few Sundays to share with the congregation about what they do in Church School while the adults are upstairs doing worship. Everyone is invited to attend the Church School Wind-Up on Sunday, June 6th, 2010.

At the 11:00 a.m. worship service, there will be a presentation of thanks for this year’s teachers and leaders, and the children will each receive a special something as well. In addition this year, there will be a prize for the child who had the best attendance at Church School in 2009-2010.

After church, plan to stay for the children’s presentation in the lower hall, followed by a kid-friendly lunch being provided by the Christian Education Committee. (No, it’s not a Pot Luck. No need to bring anything – just come!)

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