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For The Week of September 14, 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.

Sunday Children and Youth Program - Volunteers to help with the nursery and other age groups would be warmly welcomed.

St. Andrew's is producing a new photo directory. Please follow through with your pictures on September 26th and 27th. Please call Janet Tack at (403) 782-3802; Mary Solick at (403) 885-4348 or Isabelle Haefliger at (403) 782-5860. Thank you!

Drivers Needed: There are members of our church living at Royal Oak, Lacombe Lodge, and in the community, who need a lift to church. We would like to develop a list of people willing to drive these folks on Sundays, either on a regular or occasional basis, as we do currently have some dedicated drivers in place. It is our intent to match drivers to their area. No special vehicles are required as a rule. Your help would be sincerely appreciated and would allow our seniors to remain active in the church. This is a great way to get to know more people in the congregation. A transportation co-ordinator is also required. Please contact Nancy Lawrence at 403-782-6350.

Historical Designation - The City of Lacombe has designated St. Andrew's building as its first municipal heritage building! Representatives of the City will attend our September 28 service to make a presentation. They are also arranging for refreshments and cake after the service!

Covenanting Service - 3 pm on Sunday, September 28, a special service to celebrate the new ministry of Marco Ste-Marie and to commit to relationship between him, St. Andrew's and Red Deer Presbytery. The service is held in the afternoon so that Presbytery members can attend. The offering will be for the Student Bursary Fund used to support ministry students from our Presbytery.

Central Alberta Foodgrains Project annual Charity Harvest BBQ scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 at Noon. Our field is located at junction of Range Road 26-2 and Township Road 40-2, about 15 minutes southeast of Lacombe. Go East on Highway 12 from Lacombe to Range Road 26-2 and then turn right and go to Township Road 40-2 and then turn left - 1st farm on the north side of the road in the spruce trees. Bring your lawn chair, and appetite and watch the combines go through our field as our crop proceeds are used to help the hungry in other parts of the world. Call Doug Maas at 403.782.1860 in the evening for more details."

Unsettling Goods - The United Church is participating in an international movement trying to bring an end to the Israeli practice of building settlements on occupied territories, one of the main barriers to peace in the region. The Outreach Committee of our congregation is looking for a person to share information about this movement within the congregation. Thanks to Rev. Bob Settle and Elaine Isaacson for volunteering.

Fall Courses are being offered by the Shalom & Family Education and Wellness Programming. These include:

  • Downsizing and Moving Forward, part 1 and 2
  • Freed up Financial Living
  • Forming Healthy Relationships for Teens
  • Managing Change effectively.
For dates, details, location and price please check the bulletin board in the CE auditorium.

GrammaLink-Africa: You are invited to join us at St. Andrew's for a presentation regarding GrammaLink - Africa Red Deer & Area "Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign" - Stephen Lewis Foundation. This will be held in the Church Sanctuary at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. All are welcome to learn more about this organization's activities.

Next Sunday, September 21st, we will be celebrating 3 years as an affirming congregation. As part of our commitment in this journey, a special offering will be taken that will go to Affirm United.

Living the Questions - This provocative series uses written reflections, video interviews with thoughtful writers and scholars, and group discussion to introduce participants to progressive Christianity. There are three introductory sessions for newcomers on Sunday evenings at 7 pm beginning September 21. Previous participants may repeat those sessions or rejoin the group on October 19 for the new material. Warning: this series is not for those who want pat answers to the deep questions of life. It is provocative and often unsettling for participants. But for those who are open to the challenge, it is deeply rewarding.

"Living the Questions has helped me to not jump to answers or conclusions, but further open my mind. It has helped me to explore the Bible in different ways and the topics we have explored are very intriguing. More than anything, I have enjoyed the dialogue in our discussion groups and the knowledge I have learned from other participants' insights." - Doug Maas

"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 Ministry sessions will resume September 8 and September 15. Beginning October 6, we will resume the regular 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).

The Congregational Life Committee would like to celebrate with you as you reach a milestone in your life, especially 90th and 95th birthdays, and 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries. Contact Janet Tack or 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.

Enjoy singing? Our adult choir always welcomes new members. The first practice will be on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:15pm in the choir loft, and every Wednesday thereafter.

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!