The Women’s League of St. Andrew’s invites one and all to the annual Spring Tea & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy great company, pick up some delicious home baking, and for just $3.50 you will get a scrumptious dessert and coffee or tea. Also check out the Youth Table at the Tea. One person’s trash may be your treasure!
Please plan to stay for the Annual Program Meeting following worship on Sunday, May 30th. This is your opportunity to celebrate the ways we have been serving God at St. Andrew’s this year and to hear about the committees’ plans and goals for next year. Lunch will be served by the Youth Group.
Copies of the Annual Program Reports will be available in the entranceway on Sunday, May 23rd. Please take time to read these reports in advance of the meeting and to think and pray about our congregation’s future direction.
There will be verbal reports at the meeting from St. Andrew’s “Stewards by Design” Team and from the Personnel Committee concerning plans for future staffing.
On Sunday May 23rd, we will gather at St. Andrew’s at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Pentecost (the day on which God poured out the Holy Spirit on the Church). We will also share in a celebration of Holy Communion, recognizing God’s continuing presence and support for us as individuals and as the Church on our journey through life.
We will also mark the Rev. Gwen Ament’s final Sunday as one of our ministers at St. Andrew’s. We will give thanks for her ministry among us and pray for God’s blessing on her journey.
Donna Brown has been circulating a card for everyone to sign for Gwen, and this card will be available in the entranceway of the church on Sunday morning. In addition, you are invited to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service & Development in Gwen’s honour. You may give your donation to Donna Brown, or place it in the offering plate marked as “PWS&D: Gwen.” Gwen will have the opportunity to choose the project or mission to which these gifts will be directed.
Also, there will be a Church Potluck Supper on Sunday, June 13th at 4:30 p.m. in the lower hall to celebrate Gwen’s time among us. Everyone is welcome.
This Sunday is Camp Sunday! You are invited to come to church this Sunday May 2nd as if you’re ready for camp. In other words… you don’t need to dress up! If you have a Camp Christopher shirt or hat, you’re invited to wear that too.
We’ll be singing some camp praise songs and hearing the experiences of some of our own Camp Christopher campers, staff, and volunteers. You will also hear about some of the ways you can support our camping ministry and help it to thrive.
Don’t miss this Sunday, and be sure to bring the whole family!
The congregation of McKercher Drive Presbyterian Church will be closing at the end of April and amalgamating with St. Andrew’s. The amalgamation service is scheduled for Sunday, April 25th at 3:00 pm.
The worship will begin at McKercher Drive Church with prayers, readings, sermon, and a celebration of the history of ministry and mission through McKercher Drive Presbyterian Church.
Then we will drive over to St. Andrew’s where we will conclude the service by remembering our Baptism and celebrating Holy Communion together. Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship in the lower hall. Please plan to attend and join us in welcoming the members of McKercher into our church.
(Note: The date for the amalgamation service was incorrect on St. Andrew’s April calendar.)
Everyone is invited to a special evening of fellowship and entertainment hosted by the Youth Group at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 21st in the lower hall. There will be Irish music, Irish dancing, comedy, and lots of fun for all ages.
Wear GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day, and bring your own coffee mug and cloth napkin to keep our evening GREEN for the environment too.
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.
• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 1st @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. We will gather in the lower hall for supper and worship around the table, as we mark the day that Jesus shared a Last Supper with his friends. The service will include Holy Communion.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 2nd @ 10:30 a.m. at Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) The service will include drama and special music by a combined choir.
• Early-Morning Easter Worship & Breakfast – Sunday, April 4th @ 8 a.m. Meet in Kiwanis Park, breakfast to follow at St. Andrew’s. (If it is too cold, we will worship inside!)
• Easter Worship with Communion @ 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s. Come and celebrate the risen Jesus and the new life and hope that we find in Christ!
To celebrate the ordination of the new Roman Catholic bishop of Saskatoon, Donald Bolen, you are invited to an informal discussion:
Rooted in Christ – Global Leaders in Ecumenism share their Hopes and Visions.
Thursday, March 25th, 1-3pm St. Andrew’s College, main lounge (1121 College Drive, Saskatoon on the U of S campus).
• The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Wainwright (Duke University) co-chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic international dialogue;
• Bishop Brian Farrell (The Holy See) Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity;
• Bishop Denis Drainville (Anglican Diocese of Quebec) co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in Canada;
• and several other ecumenical leaders.
For info, contact Nick Jesson (652-1595) or Sandra Beardsall (966-8968). Please note: there is no parking available at St. Andrew’s College.
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. Our gifts to PWS&D are one way that we care for people around the world and for God’s creation. The Stewardship Committee has provided coin-collecting containers for us. You can pick up either a box or a jar in the entranceway at St. Andrew’s, fill it with your spare change, and bring it back on Easter Sunday. There are also some PWS&D envelopes in the entranceway if you would prefer to write a cheque.
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE SUPPER (Tues. Feb. 16th) @ Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave). Share in the Shrove Tuesday tradition of eating pancakes on “Mardi Gras” before the season of Lent begins. Come for pancakes between 5 PM and 7 PM. A free will offering will be received to support Presbyterian World Service & Development.
ASH WEDNESDAY SUPPER & WORSHIP (Wed. Feb. 17th) @ St. Andrew’s Church. (Please use the parking lot side door.) We begin the season of Lent together with a simple supper in the lower hall at 6 PM, followed by worship upstairs at 6:45 PM. The worship will include Holy Communion and an opportunity to receive ashes on the forehead – a sign of humility and repentance.
The Bible Reading Challenge sponsored by the Christian Education Committee has only one week left! Together, we are reading the whole Bible by Sunday, February 7th!
If you have bible reading cards at home, don’t forget to finish up your reading, bring the cards back to the church, and hang them on the “completed” clothesline. There aren’t any cards left to be taken, but don’t stop reading! You can read any section of the Bible you like, and mark what you have read on a blank card.
Come out and celebrate with us on Sunday, February 7th following the morning worship service. The CE Committee will be providing lunch (including cake!) to celebrate the fact that together, we have read the whole bible over the last month or so.
Youth, Adults, Members, and Newcomers are invited to participate in an exploration of what it means to live the Way of Christ today. This will be an opportunity for those thinking about making a profession of faith and becoming members of the church, as well as for others wishing to explore and renew the faith practices that keep us on the Way.
Topics will include hospitality, reading and interpreting scripture, worship, prayer, Eucharist (thanksgiving), stewardship, and repentance (turning to the way). Each session will include DOING the practice, as well as LEARNING about and REFLECTING on it. Each one will include relevant scripture, teaching about the church’s historical practice, and resources/tools for taking up this practice within the Christian community.
If you love God a little and would like to love God more, come and join us on February 14th (Valentine’s Day) after the morning worship service. We will meet each week after worship from Feb. 14th to Mar. 28th, and a light lunch will be provided. Speak to Rev. Amanda if you have any questions and to indicate your interest in taking part in the program.
St. Andrew’s has the honour of hosting the closing worship for the Saskatoon Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 PM. Speak to Rev. Amanda if you would like to help out with the service either by greeting at the door or singing in the choir.
This year’s theme for the Week of Prayer is “You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:48) and it is a celebration of 100 years since the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh, which marked the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement. This year’s resources have been prepared by the Churches of Scotland, so our closing worship is being planned with a Scottish flair! Come out and enjoy the bagpipes, as well as shortbread and other Scottish favourites being prepared by some of the women of our church.
This Sunday, January 17th, we welcome the Rev. Dr. Herb Gale to St. Andrew’s. Herb serves the Presbyterian Church in Canada as the Associate Secretary for Planned Giving. He will be sharing in the 11:00 a.m. worship service as our guest preacher, and then giving a presentation on Planned Giving following worship in the lower hall.
Everyone is invited to stay for a linger lunch following worship, which will be provided by the Stewardship Committee. There is no charge for the lunch, but you may make a donation towards PWS&D if you choose. After lunch, the Rev. Dr. Herb Gale will give a presentation, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about Planned Giving.
The Stewardship Committee also invites you to bring your own bowl & spoon for lunch.
Haiti Earthquake Appeal
A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of impoverished Haiti on Tuesday, causing widespread death and destruction and leaving relief workers scrambling to pull people from the rubble.
Over three million people are estimated to have been affected by the powerful quake, leaving homes and schools in ruins, destroying infrastructure and trapping people in the debris. The city is without electricity and the telephone network has broken down. The UN headquarters has collapsed and people are sitting in the streets with nowhere to go. While a full assessment is still ongoing, thousands are estimated dead with millions of dollars of damage.
PWS&D is responding to this emergency situation through the Action by Churches Together Alliance. ACT staff on the ground are carrying out assessments of damage and the needs of survivors. While international aid is being flown in, ACT has been working on the ground from the moment the earthquake occurred. ACT is planning to send a rapid support team of at least a response coordinator, a communicator, two water and sanitation experts and a finance expert. ACT members are also preparing to send water and sanitation materials, hygiene kits, and psychosocial workers to the devastated area.
You Can Help
The people of Haiti need your prayers and financial support to bring hope and relief. Congregations and individuals are encouraged to bring help to the situation by making a donation to PWS&D. Donate by phone by calling 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291, donate online, or donate through your offering at St. Andrew’s this Sunday. Please mark all donations “Haiti Earthquake Relief.”
Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The Christian Education Committee is planning for a Bible Reading Challenge early in the New Year. We will get started on Sunday, January 3rd, so you might want to consider making Bible reading your New Year’s resolution.
We have seen in past years that our congregation can be pretty competitive when it comes to reading challenges, but this time we decided to encourage cooperation. Together, as a congregation, we will attempt to read through the entire Bible!
When you come to church on January 3rd, you’ll find a clothesline filled with cards indicating a section of Bible reading. Choose one, two, or more cards, and take them home to guide your reading. When you’re finished, bring them back to church and peg them on the “completed” clothesline.
Let’s try to read the whole Bible together by Sunday, February 7th. Note: There will be a special clothesline for the children and families, so everyone can get reading.
Sunday Morning Bible Study will resume on Sunday, January 10th.
As we begin a New Year together, we will begin a new study. Have you ever wondered about the strange Book of Revelation, with all its unusual images of thrones, scrolls, angels, creatures, and more? Well, here’s your chance to delve into the Book of Revelation, to learn about its history and significance, and to explore what it might say to us today.
We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the parlour, and we hope you’ll consider joining our group. Please use the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for a cup of coffee or tea before making your way upstairs to the parlour.
Please join us on Sunday December 20th @ 11:00 a.m. for a special Christmas worship. The children of the church school will be presenting the Christmas poem: “The Real Reason for Christmas” by Mary Harelkin Bishop, and there will be lots of special music led by Gillian Lyons and the St. Andrew’s Choir.
The Christmas Eve worship (on Thursday, December 24th, of course!) will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come 10-15 minutes early to join in some extra carolling before we get started. It will be a fun and meaningful service for all ages, including candles, readings, carols, and more.
The international climate change talks are currently taking place in Copenhagen, and the Earth’s future is at stake. It’s time for us to do everything we can to ensure that Canada takes a progressive stance at these negotiations, and that the world community emerges from Copenhagen with a just, binding, science-based climate treaty.
Brothers and sisters around the globe are already experiencing the devastating effects of climate injustice, and we are invited to show our solidarity with God’s peoples and the Earth!
KAIROS is asking every church in Canada to ring its church bells 350 times for climate justice on Sunday, December 13th.
Why 350 times? Because according to climate experts, 350 parts per million (ppm) is the upper limit for carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in our atmosphere. Until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 ppm of CO2, but now the concentration stands at 390 ppm. Unless we are able to rapidly reduce, we risk irreversible impacts on all of Creation.
Sunday December 13 is a day of action for churches around the world. A global bell ringing action is timed to coincide with an ecumenical service that the World Council of Churches is coordinating at the height of the talks in Copenhagen. When it ends at 3:00 pm, churches all over Denmark will ring their bells.
Why church bells? Because for thousands of years, they’ve been used to warn people of imminent danger… and also to call people to action.
We don’t have any church bells at St. Andrew’s, but we can still participate. When you come to worship on Sunday, bring any bells you have at home (little bells, big bells, cow bells, or any other noise makers that you can bring along) and we will close our worship service with bell ringing for 350 seconds.
We’ll begin inside the sanctuary, and those who are able can march out onto 20th street to make a little noise in the neighbourhood.
KAIROS staff and partners are on the ground in Copenhagen. Check out their up-to-date reports from Copenhagen on the KAIROS website and through Facebook and Twitter.
The Worship Committee is planning two special worship services during the Season of Advent. On Wednesday, December 2, we will gather for a simple supper in the lower hall at 6:00 p.m., followed by an Advent Worship Service upstairs at 6:45 p.m. It will be a time of singing, prayer, and reflection, as we begin this time of waiting to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Our third annual Christmas Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 16. 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. A simple supper will be shared in the lower hall at 6:00 p.m., followed by worship upstairs at 6:45 p.m., including an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
A committee of the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan has been working with a team of elders from McKercher Drive Church and St. Andrew’s Church to prepare an amalgamation plan for our congregations. McKercher Drive Church will be closing, but rather than simply close, they would like to “come together” to join St. Andrew’s. The committee hopes to present an amalgamation plan to the Presbytery in January.
On Sunday, December 6, members and adherents of St. Andrew’s are invited to stay following worship to discuss the amalgamation plan. It will be an opportunity to ask questions and to offer any comments or feedback to the committee before they present it to the Presbytery. Printed copies of the amalgamation plan will be available on Sunday, November 29th on the entranceway table at the church.
The Women’s League of St. Andrew’s invites one and all to a Pre-Christmas Tea on Saturday, November 28th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the church.
Come and enjoy tea, coffee, and homemade pie, and start to get into the Christmas spirit! The bake table opens at 2:00 p.m. with wonderful treats made by members of the congregation. The youth will have a table with other interesting things you may want to pick up, as well as an opportunity to get your 2010 calendar from the Presbyterian Church in Canada for only $3.50.
Sunday, November 29th will be the first Sunday in the Season of Advent. Come and worship with us at 11:00 a.m. as we light the Candle of Hope and celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Were you wondering what nifty things might be happening in November at St. Andrew’s? Here are some things to look forward to and get involved in:
- Sunday, Nov. 1st – Submissions for the newsletter are due.
- Sunday, Nov. 1st – Youth Group & PYGG Bowling Night @ Eastview (7:00 p.m.)
- Mondays, Nov. 2,9, 16 & 23 – Book Study continues on Diana Butler Bass’s book, “Christianity for the Rest of Us” (7:00 p.m.)
- Thursday, Nov. 5th – Thursday Group: Speaker Giselle Doell, Executive Director of the Friendship Inn (1:30 p.m.)
- Sunday, Nov. 8th – Sunday Worship with a focus on Remembrance and Prayers for Peace in the World (11:00 a.m.)
- Wednesday, Nov. 11th – Women’s Missionary Society invites women and men to join them for a new study on refugees prepared by our national church: “Making Connections: Staying Rooted in an Uprooted World.” (7:30 p.m.)
- Sunday, Nov. 15th – Canada Youth 2009 worship service will be shared at McKercher Drive (9:15 a.m.) and Calvin Goforth (11:00 a.m.) churches (just in case you missed it at St. Andrew’s).
- Sunday, Nov. 15th – “Saints Alive” newsletter will be distributed by email or paper copy in your mail slot at the church.
- Thursday, Nov. 19th – Thursday Group meets at 1:30 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 20th – Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan meets at St. Andrew’s (10:00 a.m.)
- Sunday, Nov. 22nd – Guest speaker from the Saskatoon Core Neighbourhoods Youth Group (11:00 a.m.)
- Friday, Nov. 27th – Kids’ Club Bowling Night at Eastview (7:00 p.m.)
- Saturday, Nov. 28th – “Pre-Christmas Tea & Bake Sale” hosted by the Women’s League (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Donations of baking or time are greatly appreciated. Baking may be dropped off any time after 10:00 a.m. on the 28th.
- Sunday, Nov. 29th – First Sunday of Advent. We celebrate Holy Communion and the Advent Appeal Begins. Details about how you can participate in the Advent Appeal by giving to our local missions and programs will be in the Sunday bulletin soon.
You are invited to worship at St. Andrew’s this Sunday, October 25th @ 11:00 a.m. The youth and young adults who attended Canada Youth 2009 in July will be leading the worship, and sharing about their experience at this National gathering of Presbyterian youth from across the country.
As we gather for worship, you will be invited to consider and respond to the following question: “How have you experienced God’s presence in the last week?” You will have the opportunity to answer on a slip of paper, and to place it in the “Emmanuel Box”. We will celebrate God-with-us, not only in our worship, but throughout our daily lives.
We hope that you will join us at St. Andrew’s to hear about how our young people experienced God’s presence at CY09, and how it was a time of being rooted and grounded in God’s love.
October 17-23 is the 6th Annual Poverty Awareness Week: “All Together Toward Dignity and Peace: Eliminating Poverty in Saskatchewan”, and the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition has many events planned throughout the week. (You can pick up a copy of the schedule of events from the church, or email the church office and we’ll send it to you.)
St. Andrew’s is pleased to be participating in the program this year by hosting a simple soup and bannock supper followed by a sharing circle on the topic “What is poverty?” This will take place in the lower hall at St. Andrew’s on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:00-8:00 PM. You are invited to join us for this time of listening, sharing, and learning from one another.
This Sunday, October 11th, is Thanksgiving Sunday. We hope that you will join our Christian community at 11:00 a.m. to worship and thank our loving God for many good blessings. We give thanks for food, shelter, and the necessities of life… for loving community experienced in friendship, family, and our church family… for health and wholeness… and for many other good things.
Due to recent concerns about the spread of the H1N1 virus, St. Andrew’s is making hand sanitizer available for your use at church. There are dispensers located at the three doors that are used most often. We encourage you to please make use of them. Also, if you feel uncomfortable shaking hands during the outbreak of H1N1, don’t hesitate to decline a hand shake, and to offer a verbal greeting and a smile as you greet your sisters and brothers in Christ.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Sunday morning Bible Study at St. Andrew’s begins again this Sunday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m.
I had originally announced that we would be studying Matthew’s Gospel, but realized that the group has studied Matthew fairly recently. Also, we are in the middle of the lectionary year (year C) in which most of the Gospel readings are from Mark, and that seems like a good reason to explore Mark more closely.
Who was Mark? What is different about his Gospel from the other three? Why does he spend half the book on the death and resurrection of Jesus? How does his message speak to us today? We will be examining these and other questions in our upcoming study of the Gospel According to Mark.
You don’t have to be a biblical scholar in order to join us! We enjoy learning, growing, questioning, and exploring together with a diverse group on Sunday mornings before worship. We meet in the church parlour at 9:30 a.m. Use the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for a cup of coffee before making your way up to the parlour.
As I sit here writing this blog in my office at the church, beautiful music is floating in from the church sanctuary. Gill and Brenda are practising for their concert later this month, and you won’t want to miss it – It’s going to be amazing!
Brenda Moats and Gillian Lyons will present a benefit concert for the St. Andrew’s Choir Robe Fund on Sunday, September 27th at 7:30 pm. You are invited to attend this wonderful musical event and to support the purchase of the choir’s beautiful new robes.
Tickets are $12 in advance from the church office, $15 at the door, $10 for students.
Don’t forget that this is the Sunday (September 13th) that church school classes resume at St. Andrew’s. Children from age 3 to grade 8 are welcome to join in our church school program. Feel free to bring your child or grandchild. And your children are welcome to bring a friend.
We use the Seasons of the Spirit multi-age curriculum, which includes biblical stories following the same lectionary readings that we use in worship. The program includes singing, crafts, and activities that encourage the children to explore the stories and lessons of scripture in a variety of ways.
If you don’t have any children or grandchildren, we hope that you will still remember our church school this Sunday, and keep the children and teachers in your prayers. See you on Sunday!
September has arrived, so it’s time to change our worship time at St. Andrew’s back to 11:00 a.m. We hope that you will be able to come and worship with us this week (Sept. 6th) as we commission our teachers and leaders for the important ministry that they do throughout the year in our church and community.
Also, did you get your copy of “Glad Tidings” the magazine of our National Women’s Missionary Society? If you got it, check out the first article in the Sept/Oct issue, written by our own Allyssa de Bruijn. If you don’t subscribe to the magazine, check out Allyssa’s article “Live the Faith” online.
OPENING DOORS TO DISCIPLESHIP
The Life & Mission Committee of Presbytery is sponsoring participation in an online Bible Background course starting this fall. This is a free program in which you work individually and then get together with a group for discussion and questions. Pick up a flyer about this program in the entranceway, and sign up by September 15th if you would like to participate in a discussion group.
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
New participants are always welcome in our Sunday morning bible study group, which will resume on Sunday, September 20th. We meet at 9:30 a.m. in the church parlour. Come in through the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for a coffee before joining the group upstairs in the parlour. We will begin the season with a study on the Gospel of Matthew.
You are invited to participate in a six-week book study on “Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighbourhood Church is Transforming the Faith” by Diana Butler Bass. We will meet in the church parlour at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evenings October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 & 23.
This book shares the results of an exciting study of vital mainline congregations, and explores how these vital congregations develop community, reach out, and teach faith practices to their members. Let’s study this book together and consider what St. Andrew’s might learn from our Christian friends in other thriving congregations. Copies of the book are available for $15 from the church office.
You won’t want to miss WOMEN’S CAMP 2009 at Camp Christopher! It’s a wonderful weekend away with Presbyterian and United Church women of all ages.
We will gather at Camp Christopher September 11-13 for a great weekend of fun, food, worship, study, reflection, and recreation in God’s creation. This year’s theme is “New Beginnings”.
Registration forms are available on the bulletin board in the lower hallway at the church. The deadline for registrations is August 28th. (There will be car-pooling taking place if you need a ride up to the camp or if you would like to offer a ride.)
Sixteen youth and adults from St. Andrew’s have just returned from an amazing week at our National Presbyterian Youth Conference, Canada Youth 2009. At CY09, those participating in the Conference Branch took part in small group sessions each day to explore the scriptures, reflect on worship, and build relationships with each other and with God.
As part of the gathering prayer in our small groups, we took time to reflect on this question: “How have you experienced God’s presence in the last day?” We wrote our answers to the question, placed them in the “Emmanuel Box”, and took time to celebrate God’s presence among us as we gathered to learn and grow together.
I invite you who are reading this to take a moment to answer that same question… How have you experienced God’s presence in the last day, the last week, or this summer? Spend some time celebrating and giving thanks for God-with-us today.
The Sacraments represent some very special ways in which we experience God with us – in the pouring of water and the sharing of bread and juice.
You are invited to join us at St. Andrew’s for the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, August 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
You are also invited to celebrate with us as we baptize Grace Anne Drover, daughter of Vickie and Doug Drover, on Sunday, August 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Don’t be late! During the months of July and August, Sunday worship begins at 10:00 AM.
The sun is rising very, very early these days, so hopefully you’ll be up earlier and ready to worship God a little earlier too. And perhaps you can go out from worship at St. Andrew’s to continue to worship God as you enjoy God’s creation and some beautiful summer Sundays.
Are you travelling this summer? Take the opportunity to worship with a local Presbyterian Church or a church of another denomination wherever you are staying. Take a holiday from work. Take a holiday from your usual routines. But don’t take a holiday from your true purpose of glorifying and enjoying God.
Have a wonderful summer everyone, whether you’re worshipping with us at St. Andrew’s (at 10:00 a.m.) or wherever your travels take you. We will return to the regular worship hour of 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6th.
Many of our children and youth are counting down the days until it’s time to go to camp. Our church camp, Camp Christopher, is a shared ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (Synod of Saskatchewan) and the United Church of Canada (Riverbend Presbytery). It is an important ministry within our church community, and one that St. Andrew’s has always valued and supported strongly.
Camp Christopher’s 3rd Annual Open House is taking place on Saturday, July 4th, and you are welcome to attend. Between noon and 5:00 p.m. we’ll enjoy a casual afternoon of games, swimming, canoeing, worship and, of course, food! Bring a lawn chair, bring a new camper, bring a friend and join us as we commission our 2009 staff and bless them as they lead in this important ministry.
For several years, John van Driel’s appearance at St. Andrew’s was a daily occurrence as he faithfully served his Lord and church by volunteering his services, doing yard work and other caretaking duties. Last fall, John experienced some health issues that kept him away from his usual volunteering at the church. John has been unable to return to “work”, and has been greatly missed, but we are happy that he has been feeling well enough recently to begin attending church on Sundays again.
Please join us following worship on Sunday, June 21, 2009, for cake and coffee as we show our appreciation to John for the time and devotion he has given to St. Andrew’s over many years.
As summer approaches (we hope), we look forward to the refreshing and rejuvenating relaxation that holidays bring.
Please remember that while we might be on holiday, the needs of the church continue. This is especially true this year as we face a deficit budget. We encourage you to continue with your offerings, preferably by bringing them when you come to worship. However, you can also mail them, and post-dated cheques are an option. Perhaps this is a time to prayerfully consider the PAR system of automatic pre-authorized giving.
As we travel great distances, or stay close to home, let us also remember to respect the nature around us and use our resources responsibly.
The Stewardship quip from last Sunday’s bulletin summed it up wonderfully:
How we use and manage God’s gifts affects far more than our economic life. We are stewards in our use of God’s creation, in our personal relationships,in our political and ecclesial institutions, in our work, and in our use of time. Indeed, we are stewards of the gospel itself — the good news entrusted to all of us in the church. (Bruce C. Birch)
Have a great summer.
Your Stewardship Committee
You are invited to a…
St. Andrew’s POTLUCK LUNCH & FAMILY PROGRAM
When: Sunday, June 7th, following the 11 a.m. worship service
Where: At the church (in the lower hall)
Why: To celebrate Promotion Sunday & To enjoy being together as a church community
What will we do? Eat, Sing, Enjoy an All-Ages Scavenger Hunt…
What should we bring? Potluck finger food (sandwiches, fruit, veggies, etc.) & Your own plate (to save on washing up or using paper plates)
The 2008-2009 program year at St. Andrew’s is drawing to a close. Please join us on Sunday, May 31st following the Pentecost worship service for a time of reflection on the past year and a look forward to our plans and goals for next year.
The Christian Education Committee will be hosting the meeting this year, and the youth group will be providing and serving a delicious lunch for us. Don’t hesitate to stay for the meeting if you have children: It won’t be TOO long, and there will be child care provided by some of our youth if needed.
Copies of the annual program report are available at the church (if you missed picking one up last Sunday). See you on Sunday!
How can you take part?
- Make a donation to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and mark it as “Camperships”.
- Join the group on Saturday, June 6th at 3 p.m. to bike, walk, or run for camperships.
- Sponsor someone (per km or with a flat rate) to bike, walk, or run for camperships.
- Come out to encourage the bikers, walkers, and runners, and stay for the BBQ celebration, or volunteer your time to cook burgers or hand out water.
Our collective goal is to walk, bike or run a total of 400 km. That would take us all the way to camp and back again! And if we have at least $5.00 per km in sponsorships, we’ll raise $2000 – enough to send about 12 kids to camp.
Pick up brochures and sponsorship forms from the church. They have all the details, including the routes for three circuits (4 km, 7 km, or 10 km) along the river from the church.
Oh, and both the St. Andrew’s ministers will be riding their bikes… Sponsor Gwen or Amanda, and see how far they can ride!
Did you know that the Communications Office of the Presbyterian Church in Canada is trying hard to connect Presbyterians across the country?
Through PCConnect, we can hear about what is happening in the church all over Canada… through PCConnect-Daily, a daily news feed on the website, PCConnect-ENews, Facebook & Twitter, and the PCConnect-Pak (a traditional paper package mailed out to churches 4 times/year)… we are staying connected with the wider Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The latest PCConnect tool is PCConnect-TV. It’s a weekly video that started being produced a couple of weeks ago. And St. Andrew’s, Saskatoon is featured in the May 1, 2009 episode! We’re famous! Well, a little famous…
You can check it out online at PCConnect TV or watch the video of the week from our own church website. It’s posted at the top of the left-hand column. (If you click on the picture after the video starts, it will take you to YouTube where you can watch it full screen.)
The Sunday Morning Bible Study group is beginning a new topic this Sunday (May 3, 2009) and we hope that you will come out and join our group. We meet in the parlour at the church at 9:30 a.m.
You’re invited to use the parking lot side door, and to stop by the kitchen for a cup of coffee or tea before making your way up to the parlour.
Our new topic is “Men of the Bible”. We studied quite a few women of the bible earlier this year, so we thought we should learn about a few of the men too. We’ll be starting with Abraham, and then looking at some others including Jacob, Moses, Elijah, David, and Peter.
You won’t want to miss being at St. Andrew’s this Sunday (April 26th) because there are lots of important things happening:
It’s Camp Sunday! You’re invited to come to church as if you’re reading for camp… in other words… you don’t need to dress up! We’ll be singing some camp praise songs and hearing the experiences of some of our own Camp Christopher campers. You will also hear about some of the ways you can support our camping ministry and help it to thrive.
Following worship, there will also be an important congregational meeting with two purposes. The first is to receive a request from McKercher Drive Presbyterian Church to amalgamate with our congregation. This would include receiving their members onto our roll and their elders onto our Session.
The second purpose is to receive a proposal from our Music Committee for the purchase of a grand piano for the sanctuary. This proposal includes the use of some funds from the Memorial Fund and therefore requires congregational approval.
Plan to be at worship on Sunday, April 26th, and make a point of staying for the congregational meeting after the service.
The Women’s League of St. Andrew’s invites one and all to the annual Spring Tea, Plant & Bake Sale on Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy great company, delicious home baking, beautiful flowers, and for just $3.00 you will get a scrumptious dessert and coffee or tea.
The Board of Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry and the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan invite us to celebrate at the worship dedication and grand opening of the new location for Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry at 20th St & Ave E on Sunday, April 26th at 4:00 p.m. The celebration will include worship and a feast to follow.
We can help SNCM get ready for the Grand Opening. Helpers are needed to spit ‘n shine up the new place on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your mops, buckets and elbow grease.
- Friday, April 10th: Good Friday Worship @ St. Andrew’s (436 Spadina Cres. E). We will gather with the Presbyterians of Saskatoon to remember the day that our Lord Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. We worship together at 10:30 a.m., followed by a time of fellowship.
- Sunday, April 12th: Early-morning Easter Worship & Breakfast (in Kiwanis Park, across the street from St. Andrew’s). We will gather in the park at 8:00 a.m. for an early-morning worship service in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Breakfast will be served at about 9:00 a.m. by our Presbyterian Youth in the lower hall of St. Andrew’s. A free will offering will be received to send our youth to Canada Youth 2009.
On March 28th you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour. Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on. The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming. For more information, go to the Earth Hour website.
St. Andrew’s will also be hosting a worship service during Earth Hour. Join us in “voting earth” on Saturday, March 28th for a candle light worship service of prayer for the Earth, God’s creation. We will turn off the lights and begin worship at 8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
The Session of St. Andrew’s is happy to announce the impending ordination of four new elders. Adela MacDonald, Lydia Lukan, Blair Lukan, and Logan deBruijn will be ordained to the Ministry of Ruling Eldership on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the call of these four members of our congregation to a ministry of leadership within our church.
There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; There are varieties of services, but the same Lord; There are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each one is given a gift by the spirit, to use it for the common good. Together we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. (based on 1 Corinthians 12)
You are invited to join other Saskatoon Presbyterians for an Aboriginal Sharing Circle at St. Andrew’s this Wednesday (March 18th). The circle will be led by the Rev. Stewart Folster of Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry, and special guest the Rev. Gordon Williams.
Gordon is an Aboriginal person, and one of the first Native Canadians to be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacraments in our church. He currently lives in the Ottawa area, and we are fortunate to be able to host him for part of his visit to the Prairies.
We hope you will come to learn and share together with Rev. Stewart and Rev. Gordon and some Saskatoon Presbyterians. We will begin with a simple supper of bannock and stew at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Sharing Circle at about 6:45 p.m.
The Hildur Hermanson Women’s Missionary Society group extends a warm invitation to one and all to attend a Goulash Lunch after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 15th. “What’s Goulash?” you may ask. It’s a hearty Hungarian stew… very warm and yummy!
The lunch will be a fundraiser to assist the national Women’s Missionary Society with the “Together We Can!” projects. The money raised will help the Reformed Church in Eastern Europe in buying School Supplies for their students and support the building of a hostel for the students at the Jobat Christian School in India. A video highlighting these projects will be shown after lunch.
There will be a freewill offering, and WMS envelopes will be available for income tax purposes. You are also invited to bring your own bowl, spoon, & cup for the meal (to save using disposable dishes and save our environment!).
Please stay after worship on Sunday, March 8th, for lunch served by the Youth Group, and birthday cake in celebration of Rita Harrison’s 95th birthday.
Our Annual Financial Meeting will take place following lunch. Copies of the financial report for 2008 are available on the entranceway table or from the church office. Be sure to review the financial reports before the meeting, and come ready with any questions you may have.
There is no charge for the lunch, but donation baskets will be set out to receive your donations to support our youth to attend Canada Youth 2009. Child care will be provided by some of our youth in the nursery during the meeting.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: An ecumenical celebration on the theme “In Christ there are many members, yet one body” will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 6th at 2:00 PM. Join the downtown churches and share in the service written by the women of Papua New Guinea.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can come to know how our sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their context. We can hear their concerns and needs and can feel ourselves in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. In this way, it is possible to enrich our Christian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an international, ecumenical expression.
The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Through our participation in the World Day of Prayer, we affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence on the world.
“This Old House: The Renovation of the Christian Church in the 20th Century – An Ecumenical Lenten Study of five reforms that will shape the church of the 21st Century. Join Sandra Beardsall and Nick Jesson as they examine the bricks and mortar of Christ’s church and plan for the years ahead. This is a community-build; everyone has a part in building the house of God.
This Lenten Study will take place five Monday evenings beginning March 2nd at St. James’ Anglican Church (corner of Dufferin & 12th Street). Sessions begin at 6:45 PM. No registration required. Each evening will include prayer, fellowship, an introduction to the theme, and group discussion.
Mar. 2 • Checking the Blueprints — Listening anew to the Word of God in scripture
Mar. 9 • Firming Up the Foundation — Rethinking the nature and mission of the church
Mar. 16 • Moving the Walls –- Re-imagining the life of worship
Mar. 23 • Barn-Raising Together — Searching for Christian unity
Mar. 30 • Meeting the Neighbours — Inter-religious relations
You are invited to join with the Presbyterian community in Saskatoon for these upcoming events to begin the Season of Lent:
TUES, FEB. 24: PANCAKE & SAUSAGE SUPPER @ Calvin Goforth Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave). Share in the Shrove Tuesday tradition of eating pancakes on “Mardi Gras” before the season of Lent begins. Come for pancakes between 5 PM and 7 PM. A free will offering will be received to support the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and PWS&D. (This event is being supported by other churches in the Nutana neighbourhood.)
WED, FEB. 25: ASH WEDNESDAY SUPPER & WORSHIP @ St. Andrew’s. We begin the season of Lent together with a simple supper in the lower hall at 6 PM, followed by worship upstairs at 6:45 PM. The worship will include an opportunity to receive ashes on the forehead – a sign of humility and repentance.
WED, MAR. 18: SHARING CIRCLE WITH THE REV. STEWART FOLSTER & THE REV. GORDON WILLIAMS @ St. Andrew’s. We will share a simple supper in the lower hall at 6 PM, followed by a sharing circle at 6:45 PM.
The Session of St. Andrew’s has received and approved a number of nominations for eldership in the church, and four candidates have agreed to let their names stand for election as ruling elders.
Therefore, the Session is calling a congregational meeting on Sunday, February 22, 2009, following the regular Sunday worship service for the election of new elders. The names on the ballot will be Logan de Bruijn, Blair Lukan, Lydia Lukan, and Adela MacDonald. Short biographies of the candidates will be included in Sunday’s church bulletin, and members are encouraged to pray and discern together whether God may be calling these people to the ministry of ruling eldership among us.
Click here to read the candidates’ biographies online.
We are planning a special program for children in Grades 1-8 during the winter school break. We will meet on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning (9 AM – NOON), Feb. 18-20. There is no charge for this program, and a healthy snack will be provided.
With special guests from the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry, our theme will be “Meeting First Nations Friends in Canada”. Registration forms are available at the 20th Street door at the church, or by emailing the church office.
Any youth or adults who would like to help out with the program should speak to Rev. Amanda and come to the planning meeting in the parlour after worship on Sunday, Feb. 8th.
Environmental Stewardship Lunch
on Sunday, February 1st
following the worship service at St. Andrew’s.
warm soup with your church family.
Bring your own non-disposable bowl.
We’ll provide the spoons.
After lunch we will learn some more about our human impact on the earth. We’ll be watching a short video (20 minutes) called The Story of Stuff.
Written and narrated by Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. All the stuff in our lives, beginning from the extraction of the resources to make it, through its production, sale, use and disposal, affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view.
The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something. It’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
This event is brought to you by the St. Andrew’s Stewardship Committee. We hope to see you on Sunday, February 1, 2009.
This is a special week for the Christian community in Saskatoon. We come together to worship together and to pray for the unity of the church. Check the back of your St. Andrew’s January calendar for the list of worship opportunities throughout the city, or go to the Ecumenism in Canada website to find the same list. Highlights of the week include:
- Sunday, Jan. 18th @ 3:00 p.m. – Opening Worship at Trinity Lutheran Church
- Sunday, Jan. 25th @ 3:00 p.m. – Concluding Worship at McClure United Church
- Friday, Jan. 23rd @ 7:30 p.m. – “Wine, Worship, & Praise” an informal evening for young adults of all ages (at St. Philip Neri RC Parish, Taylor & Munroe)
Queen’s House is also hosting their annual Scripturefest on Sat. Jan. 24th on the 2009 Week of Prayer theme: “That They May Become One in Your Hand” (Ezekiel 37:17).
The Christian Education Committee invites one and all to a Bible Bingo & Potluck Supper on Sunday, January 11th.
We’ll gather in the lower hall at 4:00 p.m. for a Bible game that’s suitable for all ages. (No gambling involved!) It’s an opportunity to test your Bible knowledge, and to learn more about the good book that we love so much!
We’ll have a great learning time together, and then enjoy food and fellowship with a potluck supper at about 5:15 p.m. Bring something to share, plus your own plate and cutlery.
Sunday Morning Bible Study will resume on Sunday, January 11th. We meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parlour, and everyone is welcome. Please use the parking lot side door, and stop by the kitchen for a cup of coffee on your way up.
With a new year, we are beginning a new series of studies. We will be looking at a variety of women in the Bible, using materials from “The Thoughtful Christian”. Most of the studies can stand on their own, so feel free to come when you can.
You can pick up the background reading materials for each study in the parlour (or ask Rev. Amanda to email you a copy). This is the plan for our upcoming sessions:
- January 11th – Mary and Martha
- January 18th – Mary Magdalene: Tradition and Gospel (Session 1)
- January 25th – Mary Magdalene: Tradition and Gospel (Session 2)
- February 1st – Mary, Mother of Jesus
- February 8th – Paul & the Role of Women in the Church (Session 1)
- February 15th – Paul & the Role of Women in the Church (Session 2)
- February 22nd – Priscilla
- March 1st – Ruth
Please join us on Sunday December 21st @ 11:00 a.m. for a special Christmas worship. The children of the church school will be presenting the Christmas play: “If We Do It, It Will Work.” Come and join the angels Gabriel and Michael (and the other usual Christmas characters) for an exciting Christmas adventure.
The St. Andrew’s choir has also planned some very special Christmas music for this Sunday, including a “Christmas Calypso” and more. Don’t miss it!
The Christmas Eve worship (on December 24th, of course!) will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come 10-15 minutes early to join in some extra carolling before we get started. It will be a fun and meaningful service for all ages, including candles, readings, carols, and maybe even some puppets!
This Sunday, December 14, 2008, is a special Sunday of welcoming and celebrating. On this third Sunday of Advent, we will light the candle of joy. And we do, indeed, have many reasons to be joyful.
December 14th is the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Ron Bremner to the Ruling Eldership. Can you believe that? Our own Ron Bremner has been serving God and the Church as an elder since 1958! Come and celebrate with us – there will be cake!
On Sunday, we will welcome new members into our church community at St. Andrew’s. Three young women will publicly profess their faith for the first time: Katie Bleakney, Tina Gabruch, and Melissa Marshall.
We will also welcome new members who are transferring to St. Andrew’s from other congregations: Eleanor Berg, Tim Gabruch, Jean Geddes, Fran Gordon, June Harder, Bud Horseman, Elma Horseman, Miriam Peters, Jan Procter, Joan Sande, and Bill Wilson.
Come and worship with us at St. Andrew’s on this Sunday of Joy!
You’ve likely heard us speaking at St. Andrew’s about Station 20 West, or maybe you’ve heard mention of Station 20 West in the local media. The Outreach Committee at St. Andrew’s has been encouraging members of our congregation to give financial support to this innercity project to provide a co-operative good food store for the core neighbourhoods of Saskatoon.
In fact, the committee provided some envelopes with the Station 20 West logo and some coin collection boxes for you to fill up and return to the church for this project. We will be presenting these gifts on Sunday, November 30th, along with our regular offerings for the work of the church.
Let this blog be a reminder that if you were considering making a donation to Station 20 West, this Sunday would be a good time to do that.
But perhaps you want to know a little more about the project… Check out the Station 20 West website, and watch the new 13 minute video update.
The Women’s League of St. Andrew’s invite one and all to their annual Christmas Tea & Bake Sale. It will take place on Saturday, November 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM.
For only $3.00, you will enjoy a home-made dessert, as well as coffee or tea. The bake table also includes many tempting delights prepared by the women and others from St. Andrew’s. And if you’re looking for other miscellaneous treasures, the St. Andrew’s Youth Group will be selling “white elephant” items, as well as 2009 calendars from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Come for the pie! Come for the prices! Come for the Presbyterian fellowship! It will be a lovely afternoon, and we would love to see you at St. Andrew’s in the lower hall.
You are invited to begin the season of Advent with a special worship service at St. Andrew’s. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 26th for “God with us: The Gift of Presence.” The worship will include readings, singing, prayer, and communion, as we celebrate God’s coming to be with us in Jesus.
We will meet in the lower hall for a simple meal of soup and sandwiches at 6 p.m. You don’t need to bring anything because the meal will be provided. After supper, we will move upstairs for the worship service which will begin at 6:30 p.m.
You may also want to mark your calendar today with these upcoming Advent and Christmas worship opportunities:
- Wed. Nov. 26th – Supper @ 6:00 p.m., Worship @ 6:30 p.m.
- Sun. Nov. 30th – First Sunday of Advent, 11:00 a.m.
- Sun. Dec. 7th – Second Sunday of Advent & Communion, 11:00 a.m.
- Sun. Dec. 14th – Third Sunday of Advent & Welcoming New Members, 11:00 a.m.
- Wed. Dec. 17th – Supper @ 6:00 p.m., Worship: “A Light in the Darkness” @ 6:30 p.m.
- Sun. Dec. 21st – Fourth Sunday of Advent & Christmas Pageant, 11:00 a.m.
- Wed. Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Worship @ 7:00 p.m.
We hope that you will join us in worship this Advent and Christmas. May you experience the hope, peace, joy, and love of the season.
ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME to attend the Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, Nov 22nd from 9:00-11:00 AM at Mulberry’s on Third Avenue (124, 3rd Ave N, corner of 23rd St). This is the first time we will be at Mulberry’s, so come along and help us try Mulberry’s good food and hospitality.
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS (grade 9 to age 25) are invited to an exciting Synod Youth Committee event on Saturday, Nov 22nd from 2:00-8:00 PM at St. Andrew’s. “Enough Stuff: Christmas Without the Crap” will include an opportunity to watch the short film “The Story of Stuff” and learn how to be a conscious consumer and make Christmas amazing without all the “stuff”. We will also have a scavenger hunt, sing some carols, worship, and eat pizza!
EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend a potluck supper and program here at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, Nov 23rd to meet and hear Rev. Ian Shaw and Linda Shaw, who have recently returned from Guyana. The program begins at 4:00 PM followed by the potluck supper at 5:30 PM. Come and hear about the Shaws’ experience working in Guyana the past three years. In order to be environmentally friendly, please bring your own plate, cup and cutlery along with your food contribution.
Please join us for a workshop on “Planned Giving” on Saturday, November 15th from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Herb Gale, Associate Secretary for Planned Giving for the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be conducting the workshop. Come and discover:
- What planned giving is and how it is a win-win for both you and the church.
- How to tap into the abundance of God’s grace to grow your church.
- How to use tax-efficient strategies to maximize your gifts to your church.
- How some planned gifts can actually grow your own current income.
- How your congregation can find new money for new, creative ministries.
“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” – Luke 6:38
The St. Andrew’s Youth Group invites one and all to our Hallowe’en Coffee House. It will be a fun evening of dance, music, and comedy, with some spooky moments and plenty of goodies to eat!
This is one way that the youth group raises funds to attend national youth conferences, and it’s always a great evening of entertainment for everyone. We do not sell tickets, but your donations are welcome.
Wear a costume when you come, and take part in the costume contest.
Where and when will this wonderful evening be happening?
In the lower hall at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
See you there!
MEMBERSHIP CLASSES will be held at St. Andrew’s on Saturday mornings (10 AM – NOON) November 8, 15, & 22.
This is an opportunity for youth and adults who are thinking about making a profession of faith and joining the church. But it is also a great way to explore your faith, ask questions, and learn together.
The classes are open to newcomers and current members alike, including youth grade 9 and up as well as adults. We will explore some basic Christian theology and learn about the structure and doctrine of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Please speak to Amanda if you are planning to attend or if you have any questions about this program.
The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism presents…
“All the Saints Gather for Prayer: theory and practice of prayer together for Christian unity and reconciliation.” An Ecumenical Contacts Workshop, led by Nick Jesson and Amanda Currie with others, will take place at St. Andrew’s on Sat, Oct 25th from 8:30 AM to noon. Everyone is welcome.
St. Andrew’s Worship Committee presents…
“SOUND ADVICE”, Sat, Oct 25th from 2:00-4:00 PM
- Microphones – how to get the best out of them
- Sound Systems – how to operate one
- Voicing – how to get more out of your voice with less work
Maybe you have never worked with microphones and are nervous about using them, maybe you use them now but never really check to see if they are doing all they can for you, maybe you’d like to train on our sound board. Any who are signed up to be readers of scriptures or the psalm are certainly encouraged to participate, but everyone is welcome!
ANNOUNCING AN ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY at St. Andrew’s!
If you enjoyed the “Bible Basics” class in the spring, don’t miss the upcoming series, “Simply Sacraments”. In three Wednesday evenings (Oct 22, 29 & Nov 5, 7:00-8:30 PM) we will explore the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, their meaning and significance in our Presbyterian Church and in the wider Christian church.
This week’s “Simply Sacraments” quiz question:
The Presbyterian Church in Canada baptizes infants, children, youth, and adults. “Living Faith” states that baptism “is a sacrament meant for those who profess their faith and for their children.” (Living Faith, 7.6.3) Where in the Bible do we find a clear indication that baptism is meant not only for believing adults, but also for our children?
Come to the class on Wednesday evening to discover the answer to this and other questions.
After 97 years of Christian ministry in Saskatoon, Parkview Presbyterian Church is closing its doors. The church began as Mayfair Presbyterian Church in 1911, and was the only Presbyterian congregation in Saskatoon that voted not to enter the union in 1925 that formed the United Church of Canada. Shortly after the vote against union, Mayfair began to grow rapidly and the congregation decided to move to a larger building. They set up their new church on Avenue E overlooking the park, and renamed themselves, “Parkview Presbyterian Church.”
You are welcome to join the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan and the people of Parkview Church for their closing worship on Sunday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m. This is a very difficult time for the people of Parkview, so please keep them in your prayers.
Hey Parents and Kids!
Church School Classes begin this Sunday at St. Andrew’s. Please join us for worship at 11 am. There is a special message of good news for the children near the beginning of the worship service, and then we will go downstairs for our classes.
This year we are using a new Church School curriculum called “Seasons of the Spirit.” This program follows the lectionary readings that we hear during worship, so adults and children are exploring the same texts each week.
If you have any questions about the program, please speak to Sandra Huculak, Church School Coordinator, or Rev. Amanda.
September is just around the corner, the kids are already back at school, and St. Andrew’s will soon be a busy and bustling community once again! I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer season, whether you were here at St. Andrew’s or travelling and worshipping elsewhere.
This Sunday (Aug. 31) is the final Sunday for 10:00 a.m. worship. We switch back to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 7th.
September calendars will be out in the bulletin this Sunday so you can take note of the many things that are starting up soon. These will include:
- St. Andrew’s Choir (Sept. 4th @ 7:30 p.m.) – All are welcome!
- Kids’ Club (Sept. 12th @ 7:15 p.m.) – For kids in grades 4-8
- Youth Group (Sept. 14th @ 7:00 p.m.) – grades 9 & up
- Sunday morning Bible Study (Sept. 14th @ 9:30 a.m.) – All are welcome!
- Thursday Group (Sept. 18th @ 1:30 p.m.) – adults
Also, everyone is invited to attend the Induction Service for our new team minister, the Rev. Gwen Ament. It will be held on Sunday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m.
Hello St. Andrew’s Folk:
As most of you know, I (Amanda) am beginning my holidays tomorrow (July 14th). I’ll be away until August 17th when I’ll be going up to work at Camp Christopher for the week with the Senior Teen Camp. Our summer student minister, the Rev. Heetae Park, is available for any pastoral concerns while I am away. You can reach Heetae at the church or at my home phone number, as he will be staying at our house during our holidays.
Also, take note that we will be celebrating Holy Communion at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, August 24th. The original plan was to have Communion in late July, but the plan has changed. I hope that you will all have a wonderful and restful summer, and I look forward to seeing you all again on August 24th.
May the peace of Christ be with you all.
Don’t be late! During the months of July and August, Sunday worship begins at 10:00 a.m.
The sun is rising very, very early these days, so I hope that you’ll be up earlier and ready to worship God a little earlier too. And perhaps you can go out from worship at St. Andrew’s to continue to worship God as you enjoy God’s creation and some beautiful summer Sundays.
Are you travelling this summer? I hope you’ll take the opportunity to worship with a local Presbyterian Church or a church of another denomination wherever you are staying. Take a holiday from work. Take a holiday from your usual routines. But don’t take a holiday from your true purpose of glorifying and enjoying God.
Have a wonderful summer everyone, whether you’re worshipping with us at St. Andrew’s (at 10:00 a.m.) or wherever your travels take you. We will return to the regular worship hour of 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 7th.
St. Andrew’s Session invited the Rev. Gwen Ament to preach for a call to team ministry in our congregation, and she did so on Sunday, June 15th, 2008. Following worship, the congregation met and voted in favour of calling Gwen to work with us. The Call was signed by members and adherents and presented to the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan on Friday, June 20th. The Presbytery approved the Call, and it has been forwarded to the Presbytery of Ottawa for their approval.
Assuming that the Ottawa Presbytery finds the Call in order at their meeting in late July, it will be placed in Gwen’s hands to accept of decline. All being well, we expect to welcome our new team minister in September.
A service of induction (to install the Rev. Ament at St. Andrew’s) has been tentatively scheduled by the Presbytery: Sunday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. Mark that date in your schedule, and plan to welcome Gwen as our new team minister.
You are invited to a picnic/BBQ in celebration of the baptisms of Daniel and David Tabien, sons of Hortense Elizabeth Nsoh Tabien. The boys will be baptized on Sunday at St. Andrew’s, and the family are inviting everyone to a picnic/BBQ in the park across from the church at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 15th. (If it’s raining, we will move to the lower hall of the church.) There will be some food provided, but you’re welcome to bring a contribution to the meal.
And… while I’m emailing… don’t forget that this is the weekend that the Rev. Gwen Ament is preaching for a call to team ministry at St. Andrew’s. Come to the “Come and Go Tea” from 2- 4 p.m. today (Saturday) to meet Gwen. And come to worship tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and stay for the congregational meeting following the service. Remember to pray for Gwen and for our congregation as we discern whether Gwen is the one that God is calling to partner with us in ministry.
Don’t Forget! This Sunday (June 8th) is St. Andrew’s annual church picnic. There will be games, singing, and fun for all ages.
Come to worship at 11 a.m. followed by the “picnic” in the lower hall. We will eat, sing, and then move outside for games.
You are invited to bring your own plate and potluck finger food to share. Come out and join in with your church family.
Rev. Amanda Currie and Allan Ireland are in Ottawa this week participating in the 134th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The General Assembly is an annual gathering of Presbyterians from across the country, and it is the highest court or decision-making body of our church. Each year in the first week of June, 1/6 of the Presbyterian ministers in Canada and an equal number of elders serve as commissioners to the General Assembly and conduct the business of the church.
Neither Allan or Amanda has attended a General Assembly before, so we are both looking forward to lots of learning through this experience, as well as lots of opportunities to meet and share ideas and experiences with Presbyterians from different parts of the country.
Allan has already started to work, as he is serving on the Nominating Committee, which met throughout the day today (Saturday, May 31st). We both officially registered today, and the Assembly really gets started Sunday evening with the opening worship at Knox Presbyterian Church in downtown Ottawa.
Please keep the Assembly in your prayers this week, and feel free to learn more about what we are doing by going to the General Assembly Page of the Presbyterian Church in Canada website. This page will be updated throughout the week with photos and information about the Assembly. You can also read the reports of the various agencies of our church that will be presented and discussed this week.
The Session of St. Andrew’s has invited the Rev. Gwen Ament to preach for a call to team ministry in our congregation on Sunday, June 15th. All members and adherents are encouraged to meet Gwen during her visit to Saskatoon, to attend church on Sunday, June 15th, and to stay for the congregational meeting following worship on that day.
Remember to pray for Gwen and for our congregation as we discern whether Gwen is the person God is calling to partner with us in ministry in this place.
Opportunities to meet the Rev. Gwen Ament during the call weekend:
• Choir: Meet Gwen at your regular practice, Thurs, June 12th at 7:30 PM.
• Staff: Meet Gwen at coffee time, Friday, June 13th at 10:15 AM.
• Youth & Young Adults: Meet Gwen at a BBQ at Amanda’s house (2712 Preston Ave), Friday June 13th at 5:00 PM.
• Session: Meet Gwen in the lower hall, Sat, June 14th at 10:30 AM.
• Search Committee: Meet Gwen over lunch at the Senator Hotel, Sat, June 14th at 12:00 PM.
• Everyone: Meet Gwen at a “come & go” tea in the lower hall, Sat, June 14th from 2:00-4:00 PM.
This Sunday (May 25th) will be our Annual Program Meeting at St. Andrew’s. This is your opportunity to celebrate the ways we have been serving God at St. Andrew’s this year, and to hear about plans and goals for next year.
There will be a special presentation by the Worship Committee and, as usual, lunch will be served by the Youth Group. There is no charge for the lunch, but your donations will be appreciated to cover costs and to support the youth group’s fund for youth conferences.
Plan to stay for lunch and the meeting after worship this Sunday. See you there!
On April 24, Friends of Station 20 West convened a public meeting to bring people together to talk and work toward ways that people in the community in Saskatoon could work to support Station 20 West. Over 180 people showed up to that meeting in a heartening act of community solidarity.
At that meeting Paul Wilkinson, project manager of Station 20 West, presented information on the state of the project which has been scaled back but not given up on. As some of the previous partners such as the Saskatoon Community Clinic have pulled out because they have seen the $8 Million cut by the provincial government as too great a challenge to fundraise, the people behind the Station 20 are shifting gears and will now make their central focus on bringing the most needed element of the project into being – the community food store. With a significantly reduced building cost ($2.3 million vs. the previous $11.5 million), fundraising with the help of many community members can still make this project a reality.
Saskatoon City Council has approved an extension of the building permit for Station 20 for 1 year with the option of extending longer if necessary. This gives the organizers of Station 20 some breathing room and a chance to get the fundraising machine rolling. There have also been positive overtures made by the Saskatoon Cooperative Association whose membership voted overwhelmingly to explore means of collaboration with the Good Food Junction Coop Grocery Store – the heart of the Station 20 project.
Several working groups have been formed with responsibilities for fundraising, media communications, logistics, and more. If you would like to get regular updates of Station 20 West or learn how to get involved, go to https://lists.riseup.net/www/subscribe/friendsofstation20west and subscribe to the list serve.
The Christian Education Committee is hosting another Movie and Discussion evening.
Join us on Saturday, May 3rd at 7 p.m. to watch and discuss the movie JUNO.
It stars Ellen Page as a whip-smart high-school student named Juno MacGuff who discovers that she is in the family way after a single sexual experience with her best friend and bandmate, a semi-dorky track star named Paulie Bleeker. JUNO is a funny and meaningful film that some have called a “pro-life” movie as it explores a teenager coping with an unplanned pregnancy and choosing not to abort the child. It is rated PG13 – best suited for those in high school and up.
Come and join us. Movie snacks will be provided.
The Women’s League of St. Andrew’s are happy to invite everyone to come out to their Spring Tea, Plant & Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26th, 2008 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Coffee, Tea, and dessert cost only $3.00, and it is always a wonderful time of fellowship and welcome for St. Andrew’s members and the wider community.
The Bake Table is always loaded with wonderful cakes, muffins, cookies, and other specialty items. Come early to make sure that you are able to purchase your favourite shortbread, loaf, or pie.
There will also be a plant sale featuring many beautiful flowers for your garden, and the youth will have a table set up with other miscellaneous treasures for sale.
We do hope that you will join us on Saturday, April 26th between 2 – 4 p.m.
You are invited to attend a “Sing for Your Supper” Pot Luck, hosted by St. Andrew’s Christian Education Committee.
Join us for some singing at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13th.
There will be favourite songs, camp songs, old songs, new songs, and maybe even some crazy songs.
Bring some food to share: salad, casserole, appetizer, veggies, fruit, buns, dessert, or whatever you like to make or pick up at the grocery store. Also bring your own plate, cup, and cutlery, and any musical instruments you may have. And feel free to bring a friend!
Come celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring with a friendly congregation of Presbyterians!
Sunday, April 6, after the worship service, we will be holding a simple meal of sandwiches, tea and coffee, with ice cream sundaes for dessert. Build your own sundae! Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you have been thinking about bringing someone to church, this would be a great Sunday to do so. Extend an invitation and bring someone to the service and then stay for ice cream and conversation. Consider inviting a friend, neighbour, co-worker, or family member. Even if you don’t bring someone along, please stay and enjoy some Presbyterian hospitality. As always, worship begins at 11:00.
Saturday April 5th, gather at 10am
Station 20 West Site, 20th Street West and Avenue L South
Station 20 West is a Community Enterprise Centre being constructed in the heart of Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.
The project will strengthen the economy and create skills and employment, provide much needed services and amenities, reduce poverty and health disparities, use LEED environmental design, and help revitalize the Westside core neighbourhoods.
The Provincial government has pulled their $8 million in promised and committed funding from the project, effectively stopping construction.
We will walk together to show community support to reinstate funding and let this innovative and much-needed community-building project reach its full potential.
• Community Walk Poster – download, print, and post in a public location
• Join the Station 20 West Facebook Group – for the latest information on the campaign to reinstate funding
• Community Walk invitation on Facebook – send invitations to your friends
• Sign the online petition to reinstate funding
• Visit the Station 20 West website to read about the project, see artistic renderings, and contribute to the capital campaign
Dear Station 20 West supporters,
Changes and developments are occurring rapidly in the effort to save provincial funding for Station 20 West. Discussions are ongoing, and it now appears that there is hope for progress. In order to give these conversations time to take effect, the decision has been made to postpone the press event called for tomorrow (March 28th).
Thank you for your help in spreading the word. We will keep you posted with further developments. In the meantime, your letters to government officials are most appreciated.
You have probably heard about “Station 20 West.” It is a project underway on 20th Street that will include affordable housing, a public library, a good food store, a medical and dental clinic, and more. This is an exciting project and will make a real difference in the core neighbourhoods of Saskatoon.
The provincial government has announced that it is withdrawing $8 million in financial support for Station 20 West. But there is still hope that we can turn this decision around. We must let the Province know how important this project is to our community and our city.
Please come out to show your support and have your questions answered!
DATE: March 28, 2008
TIME: 10:00 am
LOCATION: St. George’s Seniors’ Centre, 1235 – 20th Street West
Refreshments will be provided.
The Youth Group of St. Andrew’s invites one and all to a “Mad Hatter Tea Party” on Sunday, March 30th at 7 p.m. It will be a fun evening of entertainment for all ages including funny skits, music, jokes, poetry, and of course some delicious snacks.
Bring your favourite silly, funny, or interesting hat! There just might be a contest for the best hat!
Come ready to laugh and have a great time, and bring along a donation for the youth group. We’re now raising money to attend Canada Youth 2009, a Canadian Presbyterian Youth Conference.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon is seeking an ordained Presbyterian minister to share in team ministry with the Rev. Amanda Currie and the congregation of St. Andrew’s.
St. Andrew’s is a well established congregation located on the shores of the South Saskatchewan River in the city’s downtown. As you will see when you read this profile, it is a healthy, vibrant congregation that is looking for an ordained minister to join them in an exciting and dynamic team ministry.
St. Andrew’s has a history of excellent team ministry and shared leadership. Worship is the centerpiece of this congregation’s life and work. While the style and format of worship is traditional, the Word is proclaimed in relevant and thoughtful ways, youth participate in leadership from time-to-time and there is a desire to faithfully innovate this important part of St. Andrew’s life together. Other strengths in St. Andrew’s ministry include a well established Christian education program, a youth group, and on-going adult activities. Pastoral care is a ministry that is led by the ordained minister but is shared among the elders and others who reach out and care for those who are part of this faith community.
Saskatoon is one of the fastest growing cities in one of the most economically dynamic provinces in Canada. The growth the city and province are experiencing have long term implications for all who make this place their home. This is an important moment and opportunity in the life of this city and St. Andrew’s Church. The witness and voice of an open, thoughtful reformed congregation is needed. If you feel called to shared team ministry, and have gifts in communication, worship leadership, leadership development, outreach and social witness, and faith and spiritual growth then maybe Christ is calling you to this pastoral charge?
Please read the profile of St. Andrew’s and contact our interim moderator, the Rev. Dr. Sandy Scott () if you have any questions or if you would like to submit your profile to the search committee for consideration.
Please join us for worship at St. Andrew’s during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.
- Palm Sunday Worship – Sunday, March 16th @ 11 a.m. The church school students are planning some special music, and there will be palm branches to wave as we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem.
- Maundy Thursday Worship – Thursday, March 20th. We meet for a simple supper at 6 p.m. in the lower hall (the meal is provided, no need to bring anything), followed by worship upstairs at 6:30 p.m. The worship will include an opportunity for foot washing and Holy Communion. Please use the parking lot side door.
- Good Friday Worship at Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church – Friday, March 21st @ 10:30 a.m. We join with other Presbyterians from across the city at Calvin Goforth (1602 Sommerfeld Avenue).
- Easter Sunday Worship – Sunday, March 23rd @ 11 a.m. Come and celebrate with us. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
We are pleased to welcome the Moderator of the 133rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada to St. Andrew’s on Sunday, March 9th. The Rev. Dr. J.H. Hans Kouwenberg will be in Saskatoon as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Cross-Canada Tour. He will worship with us at St. Andrew’s at our 11 a.m. service and share a reflection on scripture and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We will also welcome Lori Ransom, the Healing and Reconciliation Animator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Lori is also travelling with the Cross-Canada Tour, as Church Leaders and Aboriginal Leaders introduce and promote the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will be beginning in 2009.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the Moderator and to take part in the special event at the Western Development Museum at 3 p.m. The St. Andrew’s Choir will be joining with Mayfair United Church’s choir to provide “Songs of Hope” for the event. It will also include smudging by a local Native Elder, reflections on the residential school experience, words of apology by Church Leaders, and more. The event concludes with a meal (around 5 p.m.) followed by a round dance.
Be sure to phone (306-653-1633) or email () the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism if you are planning to attend.
Senior aboriginal and church leaders are crossing Canada this March to promote the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which is being set up as part of the healing process set out in the Indian Residential Schools Agreement.
The tour seeks to bring awareness of the TRC to the general public and especially the people of the churches. At the invitation of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, Saskatoon will be one of the 4 stops on the tour. The PCE organizing committee is made up of representatives of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, United and Presbyterian churches and the Mennonite Central Committee. Other stops are Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver. We asked for the tour to have a Saskatchewan stop because the residential schools issue is so important in our province.
The Saskatoon event is Sunday March 9 at the Western Development Museum, starting at 3.00 pm, concluding with a meal & round dance.
Assembly of First Nations leaders and Regional Chiefs are part of the tour. The other members include the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican National Indigenous Bishop Rt. Rev. Mark Macdonald, the Moderator of the United Church of Canada and the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Local church and political leaders will offer a word of welcome to the national tour team at the event. The AFN will be in touch with chiefs in the region about this, and the FSIN have been invited to be present.
We are excited that this important event is coming to Saskatchewan. This is a public event. We hope you can be there and will tell others about it. There is no charge for the event. A donations basket is available. Pre-registration is strongly advised to help us plan seating, and is ESSENTIAL if you will be staying for the meal. Register by phone (306-653-1633) or email or write to the PCE at 600-45th Street West, Saskatoon, S7L 5W9.
The Annual Financial Meeting for St. Andrew’s is coming up soon. Mark your calendar and plan to stay for the meeting after the worship service on Sunday, March 2nd. In preparation for the meeting, copies of the Annual Financial Report will be available at the church this Sunday (February 24th). Pick up a copy to review during the week, and come to the meeting with your questions, comments, and suggestions.
As usual, lunch will be prepared and served by the St. Andrew’s Youth Group. There is no charge for the lunch, but your donations are always appreciated. Funds raised by the youth group are used to support our youth to attend youth conferences and events.
Parents, don’t worry about what to do with your kids during the meeting. After lunch we’ll have some videos playing in the nursery with supervision by members of the youth group.
The Annual Financial Meeting will also include a memorial moment and prayer as we remember those members of St. Andrew’s who died during 2007.
Do your kids or grandkids need something to do during the February school break?
Children in grades 1-8 are invited to join us at St. Andrew’s from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday Feb. 18th – Thursday Feb. 21st. Each day we will explore another Gospel story as we travel “Along the Road with Jesus.” There will be music, storytelling, drama, art, games, and more. A snack will be provided, and there is no cost for this program.
For more information, phone (306-242-0525) or email () the church office. Registration forms are available in the entranceway at the church.
The Bible was the first book ever printed mechanically. Before the printing press, Bibles were copied by hand. Because this was so laborious few people could afford their own copy of the Bible. The invention of the printing press in 1450 made it possible for ordinary people to afford their own Bible. Every year millions of Bibles are sold, making it the bestselling book in history.
The Bible is still the most widely distributed book in the world. It has been translated, in whole or in part, into more than 2000 languages! However, the Bible is no longer as well-known or as well read as it once was. Many people own a Bible but rarely read it. And most people are largely unfamiliar with its contents.
How many copies of the Bible are sitting on shelves in your house, rarely being opened? Would you like to learn more about it? Would you like to start reading it?
Come and take part in “Bible Basics” on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during Lent to learn more about the Bible and start reading God’s Word again (or for the first time).
Wed. Feb. 13th – “The Bible – Controversial Bestseller”
Wed. Feb. 20th – “The Hebrew Scriptures – Part One”
Wed. Feb. 27th – “The Hebrew Scriptures – Part Two”
Wed. Mar. 5th – “Jesus and the Scriptures”
Wed. Mar. 12th – “The Bible through the Ages”
The Christian season of Lent is a period of 40 days excluding Sundays, that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the Saturday before Easter Day. Lent comes from the word spring and, like spring, Lent is a time of renewal and rebirth. The mood of Lent is one of reflection, providing us with the opportunity to reflect on our faith.
Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday. The name comes from the Christian tradition of using ashes to make the sign of a cross on the forehead to symbolize repentance and grieving. Come and join us for Ash Wednesday worship at St. Andrew’s on February 6th. We will meet in the lower hall at 6:00 p.m. for a simple supper, followed by worship upstairs at 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is preceded by Shrove Tuesday when Christians have traditionally prepared pancakes. This is a tradition in which Christians gave up meat for Lent and used the last of the animal fat to make pancakes. Everyone is invited to a Pancake Supper at Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church (1602 Sommerfeld Ave.) on Tuesday, February 5th. Drop in for some pancakes between 5:30–7:30 p.m. There will be a free-will offering to support Presbyterian World Service and Development.