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For The Week of November 29th, 2015

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

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 C.E. auditorium. Thanks to the Bernatsky and Woodrow families!

Just in Case you were wondering, there is a nursery downstairs for use during the church service. A speaker system allows you to listen to the service. For first time users, feel free to ask an usher for assistance in locating the nursery.

The 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 don't receive the United Church Observer and would like to, just call the church office at 403-782-3148. If you would like to see a previous copy, they are on the book shelves in the parlour.


THE ARROGANT WORMS in concert here at St. Andrew's, Saturday December 5 at 7:00 pm. The Worms are a Canadian musical comedy trio. Tickets are available at church office, Sunny 94, Tom @ 403-341-9348 or Donna @ 403-782-2032 or any member of Friends of Guatemala. Proceeds go towards the 'School Food and Nutritional Security' Project in Toj Alic, Guatemala which will benefit 120 families and 1000 children. If you would like to donate to this project, please specify that amount on your envelope. If you want to learn more about this project talk to any of the FRoG members. Thank you for your support.

Volunteer Link: Our V-Link coordinators are Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323) and Winnie Chesney Settle (403-348-9777). If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out about Volunteer Link give them a call. If you need a volunteer please call Sheila Chapman (403-786-0110) Mon. Tues. Thurs. or Fri. between 10 AM -12 Noon.

Seniors' Services: St. Andrew's is offering worship on Monday, November 30 at the Lodge at 10:15 am and Nursing Home at 11:00 AM. It is really appreciated when congregational members come to sing and visit with the Seniors. For more information contact Ross Smillie, Doris Thesenvitz or Anneke Kassies.

Sabbatical Report - Ross Smillie has produced a written report on his sabbatical, with recommendations for several groups within the congregation. That report is being distributed to the relevant groups. If you haven't received a copy, and would like one, please email Ross will also be making a presentation about his sabbatical on Sunday November 29 at 7pm in the church sanctuary.

Circles of Care(CoC)

The vision of Circles of Care is that all persons connected with the congregation will experience God's love through the care they receive from others in the congregation.

We are asking for your help as members of church circles and congregation. If you are aware of someone from our congregation who needs a card, phone call or visit, please identify them to us. This can be done by contacting Anneke Kassies(403-782-9831) or Doris Thesenvitz(403-782-7063)

White Gift Sunday: On December 6, please bring unwrapped toys for Santa's Anonymous, Food for the Food Bank or a financial gift for the Mission & Service Fund.

Doris Morehouse will be celebrating her 95th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd. Her St. Andrew's Family will be acknowledging this milestone with some flowers.

Affirm United: Join us as we plan for future events for this Affirming Congregation. We welcome your suggestions and input on how we can maintain and enhance our status as a welcoming congregation. We meet on Tuesday, December 1, 1:30 p.m. at the Church. All are welcome, and all means all.

Ministry and Personnel Committee: of St. Andrew's is a committee of trust and confidentiality that provides for the support and assessment of and consultation with all Ministry Personnel and Non-ministerial Staff of the Church. Comprised of individuals from the congregation, the Committee provides a liaison between and among the Congregation and the Ministers and other staff of the Church. As an advisory body, the Committee makes recommendations to the Church Board on Ministry and personnel matters.

One of the roles of the Committee is to listen to and receive feedback from the Congregation and share such information with the staff members. Individual members of the Committee undertake to maintain regular and open communication with individual members of the Church staff and these liaisons include:

  • Hans Haefliger: Office and Administrative Staff
  • Dennis Hueppelsheuser: Church Building Maintenance and Custodial Staff
  • Jim Dixon: Ross Smillie
  • Jim Helm: Marco Ste. Marie
  • Sandra Smith: Bob Settle

Members of the Congregation wanting to provide comment regarding an individual staff member or position may wish to contact these Committee Members.

The Committee consists of 6 members on three year rotating terms. In January 2016, two members will be leaving the Committee on expiry of their terms. Please consider volunteering to serve on this Committee to ensure that its important work continues to be done. You may wish to contact either Darryl Langille, Board Chair or Robert Jenkins, Committee Chair.

Lighting for a School in Angola - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dondi Mission in Angola. The mission has struggled since the civil war, but in a more stable climate, is trying to rebuild. In honour of the 100th anniversary, and the long relationship with the United Church, Red Deer Presbytery is seeking to raise $2000 to install a solar powered lighting system inside the community school, which currently has no electricity. If you would like to support this project, contributions can be made through the church office.

Food Security in Guatemala - Our partner in Guatemala, the Fraternidad (Network) of Mayan Women's Groups, has asked for the help of St. Andrew's to provide seed money to help address a problem with malnourished children in the remote village of Toj Alic. The goal is to provide training and initial supplies for 120 families to begin raising chickens, mushrooms and vegetables. They estimate that 1000 children will benefit from this project. Their request is for the equivalent of $13,000 per year for three years. Friends of Guatemala (FroG) has committed to raise $8,000 of that amount per year. If others would like to make a three year commitment so that we can get closer to the total cost of the project, please discuss it with any member of the FroG group or write a note to the church office.

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The Lacombe Palliative Care Society invites you and your family for a Day of Remembrance on Sunday, December 6th, 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 and labeled, 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.

Please join us for Amnesty International's "Write for Rights" letter writing campaign at St. Andrew's United Church, Sunday December 13/15 from 1 - 4 pm. Bring paper, envelopes and pen. Amnesty International cases and details provided. Contact Therese Thompson at 782 3671 for further details if needed.

Chapter 1 The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself - a study program coming in January, from the people who brought you Living the Questions and Saving Jesus. "Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith." Speak to Ross Smillie to indicate your interest and what days and times work best for you.

Shalom Counselling Centre is holding a Winter Group Therapy Program on Stressbusting. I have attached a poster for this 8-week group program and would appreciate if you are able to print it off and post it in your facility. Please feel to pass the information along to any one you might be working with who might benefit from this training, even if they are enrolled in individual counselling, Groups are an excellent way to enhance their counselling experience.

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

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

The Sunday School Team is looking for Sunday School teachers. Curriculum will be provided. Please contact Sherri O'Muir or Pastor Marco to get more info.

Healing Team offers sessions first and third Mondays of each month, with sessions at 7:15 and 8:15 pm. For appointments or information, please contact Pat Crozier (403-782-7243) Dennis Hueppelsheuser (403-885-4887) or Roberta Dyck (403-782-7005).

Jr. Choir: for ages 5 - 18. For more information contact Jessica Mickelson at 403-352-5489 e-mail Practices are Thursdays, 5:30-6:30. We are happy to announce that Kiah Hirsch will be the pianist.

Adult Choir practices on Wed. at 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary new members are always welcome.

Prayer Shawl: meets every 2nd and 4th Monday in the Parlor starting at 1:30 p.m." New comers are welcome! Contact Janet Tack 403-782-3802 or Doris Thesenvitz 403-782-7063

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.

Volunteer Link: Our V-Link coordinators: Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323) and Winnie Chesney-Settle (403-348-9777). If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out about Volunteer Link give them a call. If you need a volunteer please call Sheila Chapman (403-786-0110) Mon. Tues. Thurs. or Fri. between 10 AM -12 Noon.

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.

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!