MORNING MESSENGER

(403)782-3148, Fax (403)782-4220
www.lacombeunitedchurch.ca
E- Mail: bergwood@telus.net
For The Week of January 4th, 2015

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. Thank you to U.C.W Unit #1.


2015 Offering Envelopes: If you have not yet picked up your 2015 offering envelopes, or would like some please check with the office. Would you please put your name on your envelope as our master copy seems to have gone missing. Thank You.


Annual Committee Reports Now Available!
St. Andrew's Annual General Meeting: - will be held on Sunday February 1, 2015 following a soup luncheon sponsored by the Outreach committee. You are encouraged to stay for this important meeting.


Building Bridges Between Israel and Palestine: On Tuesday morning, January 20 you are invited to gather in the church parlour to participate in a nation-wide teleconference exploring themes of anti-Semitism, justice for Palestinians, and the church's role in working toward peace in the region. For more information contact Ross Smillie or Bob Settle.


"Central Alberta Foodgrains Committee is looking for land for its growing project in 2015. This is the 20th Year for the Committee and its affiliation with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its goal of a world without hunger. Last year, the Committee raised $74,250 and this was matched 4 to 1 by the Federal Government to help the disadvantaged throughout the world. If you have farmland available and want to be part of an important charitable program, please contact Ken Ditzler (403.782.7022) or Doug Maas (403.782.1860)."


Leadership Prayer Breakfast - Thursday, February 19 at 7am - This annual event to pray for municipal leadership provides an opportunity to transcend our differences and recommit to the well-being of our local communities. The guest speaker, Howard Lawrence, works in the Abundant Community Initiative of the City of Edmonton. Tickets are $25 and available from the church office.


Pause Musicale

The Lacombe Music Teachers' Association invites you to attend their student concert, Pause Musicale. It will feature all levels of students playing various instruments and singing. The concert will be held on Friday, January 23 from 12 noon to 12:30 in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew's United Church. Pause Musicale is free and you can make a donation toward Festival awards. Everyone is welcome.


The Inter-Church Curling Bonspiel and Banquet will be held at the Red Deer Curling Centre on Saturday, March 07, 2015. The cost for this fun and fellowship event, which includes three games, the banquet and some great prizes is just $200.00 per team. Space is limited to 24 teams. Don't be disappointed - Register today! For more information or to register a team please contact: Darren or Adriana LaGrange 403-347-0225 or lagrang@telus.net


U.C.W. Unit # 2: meeting on Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.in the parlour.


The first Sunday of the month we celebrate communion and as we gather around the table, break bread together please remember that not all people will have bread at their table at home. Please bring a food item for our local Lacombe Food bank.


2014 FCSS Christmas Food Certificate Fund Program: $30,500.00was given in grocery vouchers due to the generosity of our community, 395 individuals enjoyed Christmas food of their choice. 162 households benefited from CFCF in our community, 188 children from 75 families received gifts through the Santa's Anonymous Program.

Number of families that benefited in each community

  • Lacombe 101
  • Lacombe County 17
  • Mirror 19
  • Alix 13
  • Clive 5
  • Bentley 4
  • Tees 2
  • Bashaw 1


"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 jessmick16@gmail.com

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!