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)
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
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.
- Sunday, September 7th – Family Worship service at 11am. Welcome back for a new program 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.
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!
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.