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For The Week of November 23rd, 2014

Ministers: Rev. Ross Smillie and Pastor Marco Ste-Marie

Office hours are Tues. Wed. & Fri from 9 a.m. till Noon

Welcome: A warm welcome is extended to all who worship with us this morning. Following the service, join us for coffee and fellowship in the auditorium.

St. Andrew's Tea and Bake Sale Thank you for your generous support of the Tea and Bake Sale last Sunday. If you're looking for a gift that is a little different this year FROG (Friends of Guatemala) have goods for sale. Contact Phyllis Obst 403-782-1080.

Observer: It's time again to renew or take out a subscription to the United Church Observer. Cost is $20.00. If you wish, you can include the cost in your offering envelope, or contact the church office. If you would like to view a copy, they are on the shelves in the parlour. Deadline is November 21, 2014

Sabbatical News: The last couple of years have been very busy for St. Andrews with new programs being implemented, various activities and the usual running of this beautiful church. The congregation of St. Andrews has done a phenomenal job! One such member is due for a sabbatical, Rev. Ross Smillie. This will occur in a year when Rev. Marco Ste. Marie will be well grounded in our church. A Sabbatical Planning Team will be established soon and their objective is to work with Ross in planning this sabbatical. A Sabbatical Coordinating Team will be created from members of certain committees to work with Marco in covering Ross's various duties. When dates of the sabbatical and other details are established, announcements will be forthcoming.

Confirmation - When parents have young children baptized they promise to encourage their children to be confirmed when they are old enough to make a mature faith commitment for themselves. Any teens or adults who would like to reaffirm or confirm their baptism are encouraged to speak to Ross or Marco.

Try It Out! - St. Andrew's is testing out a new service for churches that provides unlimited access to thousands of videos to all our church participants, at no charge to you. The service is like Netflix, except that all the videos have a faith-based theme. It includes videos for children (like Veggie Tales), Bible Study videos on dozens of topics (like family life, marriage, finances, etc.), Leadership Training videos, etc. The videos can be accessed from any internet connected electronic device: computers, tablets, smartphones, and some Smart TVs. St. Andrew's has signed up for a three month trial. If you would like to gain access to these resources, please provide your email address to our church office and you will receive an email invitation from Right Now Ministries.

SAUCY invites you to an evening of Pizza and Board Games!

Who: ALL are welcome
What: pizza, pop, and board games
When: Friday, November 28, 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: St. Andrew's United Church auditorium
Why:for fun!

RSVP: Sherri at 403-782-4797 or

Please RSVP if you can so we have an idea of how much pizza to order. If you are not sure if you are able to come until the last minute, please come anyway! We will order pizza for all those that RSVP, plus enough for a couple more families.

Bring your family, friends and your favourite board games to share. If you are able, we ask you to make a donation to help cover the cost of food.


WHERE: Knox United, Didsbury
WHEN: Sunday, December 7th at 10:00am

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our move into our present church (our congregation is approximately 100 years old!). A very special service of worship, friendship and celebration will be held with a potluck to follow.

Our service will be led by our new minister, Rev. Janice Walls, who has already endeared herself to our congregation. She is a very special person with many talents and we look forward to our future working with her.

Bissell Centre If your congregation, UCW, Outreach Committee, or other associated church group would like more information on supporting Bissell Centre, please contact Rachael Putt at 780 425 6594 or Rachael has spoken to many pastoral charges around the province and would be delighted to connect with your church. She can cater her presentation to fit any time slot and makes herself available to engage in after-service conversations about the work of Bissell Centre. She would be happy to chat about the innovative ways your support is bringing about positive change in the lives of our community's most vulnerable.

Youth Group - I am looking for a few volunteers for the Youth Group. I believe our youth is the future of our Church and Youth ministry in an important one for our health and continuity. We are looking for dynamic and energetic volunteers that like youth and want to get involve with them on a weekly basis (Friday nights). Volunteers need to have a sense of community and have imagination for activities with youth. They need to have a sense of faith and bring it to the Youth. Training will be provided. If you think it can be you, let me know we can talk about it. If it does not correspond to your call, but still think Youth needs good leadership, feel free to offer prayers so the right person may hear the call of God and step up. Marco

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The Lacombe Palliative Care Society invites you and your family for a Day of Remembrance on Sunday, December 7th, at St. Andrew's United Church Auditorium, 5226 - 51 Ave., Lacombe, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (30 minute time of remembrance followed by refreshments and fellowship). As a lasting reminder of your loved one, please bring a personal tree ornament, preferably unbreakable, to add to the Hospital and Care Centre Christmas Tree of Hope. If you have any questions, you may call Marg at 403-782-1887.

From the Finance Committee:
Income to End of October: $242,958.00
Expenses to end of October: $243,586.00
Deficit: $628.00

Upcoming Services:

November 30th: Advent 1 - Senior Choir, Special Music with Roberta Koelmans-Cameron
December 7th: Advent 2 - White Gift and Food Bank Sunday. Please bring unwrapped toys and games for Santa's Anonymous, Food for the Food Bank or a financial contribution to the M&S fund.
December 14th: Advent 3 - Music Sunday, Sunday School Caroling
December 21st: Advent 4 - Special Music Andrea Chia, Birthday Sunday
December 24th: Two services 7pm and 10pm
December 28th: Christmas 1

Pause Musicale

The Lacombe Music Teachers' Association invites you to attend their student concert, Pause Musicale. It will feature all levels of students singing and playing various instruments. The concert will be held on Friday, November 28 from 12:00 noon to 12:30 in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew`s United Church. Pause Musicale is free but will accept donations toward awards for the Lacombe Music Festival. Everyone is welcome.

"Ongoing Programs and Opportunities at St. Andrew's"

There is a nursery downstairs for the use of anyone who wishes to use it

Hard of Hearing? FM Headphones and Neckloops (devices that will boost hearing aids) are available from the A/V desk at the back of the church.

Healing Touch 1st and 3rd Monday rotations. For appointments or information, please contact Irene Aasen (403-782-4314) or Pat Crozier (403-782-7243)

Volunteer Link: Our V-Link coordinators: Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323) and Winnie Chesney-Settle (403-348-9777).

Congregational Life Committee wwould like to know of any 90th or 95th birthdays or any 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries. Thank you! Janet Tack, Isabelle Haefliger.

Prayer Line: We have a Prayer Ministry at St. Andrew's United Church called the Prayer Line. All information is treated as confidential. We welcome anyone to contact us if you have a prayer request. You can contact the coordinator, Madeline Hendrickson at 403-789-4323.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: October 13 and 27(2nd and 4th Mondays) in the parlour 1:30-2:30 p.m. Contact Janet Tack (782-3802) or Doris Thesenvitz (782-7063)

Enjoy singing? Our adult choir always welcomes new members. Practices are on Wednesdays at 7:15pm in the choir loft.

Children's Choir (St. Andy's Kiddy Choir) weekly practice on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and monthly performances for youth in Grades 2-12 that love to sing. For more information contact Jessica Mickelson at 403-352-5489 or

Parking Reminders!

  • Please leave the area directly in front of the church on the northside of the street for congregants who have difficulty with mobility.
  • Please do not park by the elevator entrance to the church as this is a Loading Zone for handicapped people.
  • Please make sure that you do not park in front of the driveway to the east of the church.
Thank you!