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For The Week of June 19th, 2016

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

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

Newcomers: You may feel awkward visiting for the first time, but rest assured that you are welcome, and we want to help you feel at ease. For help locating the nursery, washrooms or with any other questions, the greeters in the entryways are there to help. All questions are welcome!

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 C.E. auditorium.

Information for Families with young children

Children of all ages are welcome throughout the service! Crafts and quiet toys are provided at the play tables. A change table, cribs and toys for infants and toddlers are located downstairs in the nursery. A speaker system allows you to listen to the service.

Most Sundays, children and youth are included in the opening of the worship service and then make their way to age-appropriate programs designed to help them grow in wisdom and spiritual insight. You are always welcome to accompany your children or to check on them at any point.

The safety of your children is our highest priority. In case of fire, the muster point is across 51st Avenue at the front entrance to the LMC. We also have a comprehensive policy to protect children from abuse of any kind. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about our programs, please be in touch with a program leader or one of the ministers.

Welcome: Join us for coffee and fellowship in the C.E. Hall following the service. : Today is June Birthday celebration day. If you have a birthday in June please join the designated birthday table. Thanks to the Fruitcake Ladies!!

Seniors Services - If you are able, please come to worship and visit with seniors at one or more of Royal Oak (9:30am), Senior's Lodge (10:15am), Long Term Care (11:00am) on Monday June 20.

Next Sunday: We celebrate the confirmation of Hanneke Kassies and the baptism of Lukas Dunnewind.

Vacation Bible School: Each year St. Andrew's United Church holds a Vacation Bible School free of charge for children from 4 to 11 years of age. We are looking for volunteers, both youth and adult. Vacation Bible School runs for 4 mornings (9 a.m. to noon) from Monday, August 15 to Thursday, August 18.
If you are interested, please check your calendars and let us know as soon as possible if you can assist for one or more of the mornings. We need volunteers to assist with crafts, games, stories, songs, and snacks. The people to let know are Pastor Marco, Reverend Ross, or Lawrence Hrycan.

Hymn Leaders: There are sign up sheets for hymn leaders and special music in the hallway bulletin board between the sanctuary and auditorium. The Worship Committee would appreciate if you could help out.

Shalom Counselling Centre has been serving families of Central Alberta since 1999, helping them find emotional and relational wholeness. Proceeds will be used to subsidize the more than 900 individuals we will serve this year so that our services are accessible and affordable to all who call for help.
Thank You: for your donations to Shalom Counselling Centre, we will be forwarding $648.90 for their important work.

Godspell concert sponsored by FRoG group is coming to St. Andrew's July 22 and 23 at 7 P.m. Please see poster in CE hall for more details. Tickets ($20/each) available through Laurie Jantzie 403-392-8776, the church office or see poster for online ticket purchase.

New Blood at Ponoka United Church, June 25 at 4pm. Performed by Dance, Glee and Blackfoot classes from Strathmore High School.

The Ponoka Gospel Music Night June 19, 7:00 PM, at the Ponoka Drop In Centre, 5015 - 46 Ave, Ponoka. The entertainment will be provided by "The NewSong Band." (Al & Lil Muir; Dave & Brenda Reinbold). The cost is $5 at the door, which includes snacks and refreshments. People of all ages are welcome! If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email, or call us at 403 343-6769, or cell 403 350-0913.

Volunteer Link has had to move out of Neighbourhood Place. The new location is St. Cyprian's Anglican Church 5005 C&E Trail T4L 1N5 The phone number is the same: 403-786-0110. Hours are still: Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri 9:00 - 12:00

Ruth McPhee funeral - Ruth was a United Church Diaconal Minister who attended our congregation for many years in retirement. She passed away last week. Her funeral is Wednesday, June 23 at 4pm at Mill Woods United Church in Edmonton.

Beatrix Schirner, Retirement Celebration - On June 26, 2016, we will be having the farewell service and retirement celebration for Beatrix Schirner at Ponoka United Church (5020 52 Ave). The service will be at 10:30 AM followed by lunch and a program beginning at approximately noon. We would like to invite any presbyters to attend this service and retirement celebration.

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

Caring support to seniors, shut-ins and those encountering health or family struggles is offered by our Circles of Care Team. Contact Anneke Kassies (403-782-9831), Doris Thesenvitz (403-782-7063) or Tilly Meyer (403-782-9887)

If you want prayer or want to offer prayer, our Prayer Line offers confidential prayer. Contact Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323).

As a tangible reminder of God's love in challenging times, our Prayer Shawl ministry makes and distributes the warm and comforting Afghans kept at the front of the church. If you want to give a prayer shawl, then feel free to take one, recording information in the book provided. To help make them, contact Janet Tack (403-782-3802) or Doris Thesenvitz (403-782-7063).

The Healing Pathway Team offers energy-based healing sessions but will be taking a break for the summer. If however there is a need for appointments or information, contact Pat Crozier (403-782-7243) or Roberta Dyck (403-307-3811).

If you need help from a volunteer or want to volunteer, contact one of our Volunteer Link coordinators Winnie Chesney Settle (403-348-9777) or Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323), or the Volunteer Link office coordinator Sheila Chapman (403-786-0110).

The Congregational Life Committee would like to know of any 90th or 95th birthdays, 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries. Contact Janet Tack (403-782-3802) or Isabelle Haefliger (403-782-5860).

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!