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 “Malawi 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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)