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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.