In the cold month of January, it is nice to come together in the warmth of our church to reflect on God’s wisdom and guidance for our lives. The Book of Proverbs is a wonderful collection of advice and sayings for us to explore. It will be the theme for our Sunday morning Bible Studies (9:30 am in the Church Parlour) and Worship Services (11:00 am in the sanctuary) on Sundays January 15, 22, and 29.
Sun. Nov. 27th: First Sunday of Advent, Worship with Holy Communion at 11:00 am.
Sun. Dec. 4th: Second Sunday of Advent, Worship at 11:00 am, followed by Chapel Communion Service.
Wed. Dec. 7th: Christmas Memorial Service at 7:00 pm. A service of music, prayer, readings, and Holy Communion, with an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
Sun. Dec. 11th: Church School Christmas Pageant during worship at 11:00 am (kids, costumes, & carols!)
Sun. Dec. 18th: Christmas Choral Service at 11:00 am with lots of special music by our choir and musicians.
Tues. Dec. 20th: The Outreach Committee hosts Christmas Carolling at the Lighthouse at 7:00 pm. (Bring some goodies to share with the Lighthouse residents, if you are able.)
Sat. Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 pm.
Sun. Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Worship at 11:00 am.
Sat. Dec. 31st: Watch Night Service beginning at 10:00 pm. A gathering with food and fellowship, followed by a service of praise and prayer to begin the New Year.
Sun. Jan. 1st: New Year’s Day Worship at 11:00 am.
Another program year has begun at St. Andrew’s, and we hope that you will want to get involved in worship, service, fellowship, and mission through our church.
Come and worship with us any Sunday morning at 11:00 am. There are church school classes for children age 3 – grade 8, following the children’s message in worship. We also have a nursery available for little ones.
Sunday Morning Bible Study takes place from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the church parlour. Use the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for a coffee before joining the group upstairs in the parlour.
Parents, grandparents, guardians, and little ones are welcome to come to the Wednesday Morning Playgroup. Drop in betwen 9:30 and 11:30 am on Wednesday mornings.
St. Andrew’s Prayer Group gathers on the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings at 11:00 am. Join us to pray together confidentially for the world, the church, and our own needs and hopes.
New voices to St. Andrew’s Choir are always welcome! Practices are on Thursday evenings at 7:15 pm to learn the anthems. Our Music Director, Gillian Lyons, also encourages you to come and help lead the hymn-singing on Sundays, even if you are not available for Thursday evening practices.
Church Membership Classes: Are you new to St. Andrew’s, new to The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or new to Christianity? Have you been attending church and trying to follow Jesus with your life, but have not yet explored church membership? Do you have questions about faith, church, or what is means to be a Christian today? Then our upcoming membership class is for you! We will meet on Sundays following worship (12:30-1:30 pm) in the church parlour starting on Sunday, October 16th until Sunday, November 13th. Please speak to Rev. Amanda if you have any questions about the classes and/or to indicate your interest in participating.
Help Saskatoon Keep Warm this Winter: The Outreach Committee and the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Andrew’s need your help. During the month of October we will be collecting blankets and winter clothing for donation to the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. We need winter jackets, sweaters, boots, socks, mitts, scarves, and toques. Donations of underwear would also be useful, but should be new and in the package. Also, we would like to receive good, used blankets, new blankets, and donations for the purchase of blankets. Your contributions may be left in the black bin in the church entranceway. Thank you!
This summer we are studying the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Each Sunday you are invited to bring a particular type of fruit to donate to the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. Please place your fruit offerings on the cart at the front of the church.
- June 19 – Strawberries (LOVE)
- June 26 – Bananas (JOY)
- July 3 – No fruit collection
- July 10 – Grapes (PEACE)
- July 17 – Oranges (PATIENCE)
- July 24 – Pears (KINDNESS)
- July 31 – No fruit collection
- August 7 – Plums (GOODNESS)
- August 14 – Peaches (FAITHFULNESS)
- August 21 – Cherries (GENTLENESS)
- August 28 – Self-control (MELONS)
Refugee Sponsorship – A Learning Opportunity: The Tri-Church Refugee Committee is continuing to prepare for the arrival of our Syrian family, and want to invite you to participate in an upcoming learning opportunity. We will be hosting a guest speaker from the Open Door Society on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm who will speak to us about “Cultural Bridging for Sponsors of Syrian Refugees.” This will take place at St. Andrew’s in the lower hall of the church. The Committee wants to learn about cultural differences and issues that may help us in providing appropriate hospitality when our family arrives, and we are inviting other members of our congregations to attend as well.
The Thursday Group Will Meet on Thurs, May 5th at 1:30 pm in St. Andrew’s lower hall. Trudy Janssens will share unique images taken in Holland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Japan and Canada. Be prepared to view the world from a different perspective, just as van Gogh did. All are welcome!
Walk For Parish Nursing: InterChurch Health Ministries – SK invites you to participate in the 7th annual fundraising and awareness walk in support of parish nursing on Sat, May 7th at 9:30 am, starting and finishing at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. You may participate in two ways: You may join the walkers and seek pledges, or you may sponsor someone who is walking. The walk is approximately 4 km long, though participants may opt for a shorter distance if they wish.
Sponsorship forms for those who wish to participate are available on the entranceway table. Rev. Amanda’s form is also on the table, in case you would like to sponsor her for the walk.
Cupcakes! Plan to stay after worship on Sunday, May 8th to congratulate all those church members who participated in the “Spring Posies Reading Challenge.” The Daffodils won the competition by doing the most Bible reading, but everyone gets to enjoy a celebratory treat!
Pentecost Sunday is May 15th. Wear red, orange, or yellow to celebrate the fire of the Holy Spirit at work in and through the church! We will also share Holy Communion on Pentecost Sunday, and there will be a Chapel Communion following worship on Sunday May 22nd for anyone who may miss it on May 15th.
The Pastoral Care Committee will host a “Global Potluck Lunch” on Sunday May 15th 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.
The next Women’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 28th at 8:30 am at Mulberry’s restaurant on 3rd Avenue. All women are invited to come.
St. Andrew’s Annual Program Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 29th. Plan to stay a little longer and hear about the highlights of this year’s programs, as well as exciting new plans for the coming year.
Chapel Communion Service: There will be a short Communion service following worship on Sunday, April 3rd. This is especially for those who may have missed Communion on Easter Sunday or for those who would like to participate again. It will be about ten minutes in length.
Spring Posies Reading Challenge: The Christian Education Committee and Librarian are encouraging everyone to read the books of the Bible, books about people in the Bible, Bible stories, and Bible commentaries! Details available on the entranceway table and in the library. Start reading, and remember to keep track of what you’ve read! (Challenge ends May 1st.)
Wednesday Morning Playgroup! Parents and tots, drop in between 9:30 and 11:30 am on Wednesday mornings for playgroup in St. Andrew’s lower hall.
Thursday Group, Mark Your Calendar! World War II veteran, Reg Harisson, will be sharing about his life experiences on Thursday, April 7th at 1:30 pm in St. Andrew’s lower hall. All are welcome!
Holy 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.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 20th. 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, March 24th 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. Everyone is encouraged to bring a pair of NEW SOCKS to donate to the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry.
On Good Friday, March 25th 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 27th we will gather in St. Andrew’s lower hall at 9:00 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. 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.
Hello St. Andrew’s Friends,
As you may have noticed we’ve been having some challenges with our website (and email) over the last couple of months. The server that hosts our site crashed multiple times, and it took absolutely ages for the company to get things up and running again. Then we discovered that they had lost several months of website content, which means that numerous sermons and announcements disappeared.
I’ll be re-posting older sermons soon, and getting up some more up-to-date information on the front page as well. Be assured, even if our website crashes our ministry continues. St. Andrew’s is a busy place every week – Sunday mornings at 11:00 am for worship, and throughout the week for special activities, meetings, and programs for all ages.
We hope to see you soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.