MORNING MESSENGER

(403)782-3148, Fax (403)782-4220
www.lacombeunitedchurch.ca
E- Mail: bergwood@telus.net
For The Week of December 7th, 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.


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.


Therese Thompson and Winnie Chesney Settle are hosting a "Write for Rights", Wednesday, December 10th, Human Rights Day, at 2 PM in the Parlour. If you are interested in doing some writing for Amnesty International for people around the world who are needing our help please join us. We will provide paper and pens but bring laptop or tablet if you prefer. Call 403-348-9777 if further questions.


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.


Upcoming Services:

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


White Gift Sunday donations will be distributed as follows: Food gifts to the Lacombe Foodbank, toys to Santa's Anonymous, and financial gifts to the Mission and Service Fund. Many thanks for your generosity.


"See Amid The Winter Snow" annual Christmas Concerts produced by 150 children from the Central Alberta Home School Choir and The Rosedale Valley String Orchestra: Dec 12, 7:00 pm - New Life Fellowship Church in Red Deer; Dec 13, 7:00 pm - Clive Baptist Church; Dec 14, 6:00 pm - Augustana College - Performing Arts Center in Camrose. Free will offering will benefit the Christian Life Boys Home in Mawanza, Tanzania. More info: contact Debbie Zepick (403)783-3446.


Reminder to all Church Board Committee's - Please have all reports in for the annual report by the end of December.


"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!