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)
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