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For The Week of December 15, 2013
Minister: Rev. Ross Smillie
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. Today is December Birthday celebration day. If you have a birthday in December, please join the designated birthday table, thanks to UCW Unit #1.
Welcome Barbara Lieurance:
In order to better meet the pastoral care needs of St. Andrew's, the Ministry & Personnel Committee and the Church Board has made an arrangement with Pigeon Lake-Millet Pastoral Charge for Barbara Lieurance to work one day per week (normally Tuesdays) providing pastoral care for the people of St. Andrew's. Barbara will be visiting and helping to support the development of a pastoral care team.
Barbara is well known to many in St. Andrew's since she did part of her field placement for diaconal ministry in St. Andrew's. Her picture is hanging in the church parlour.
Home Visit - Anyone who would appreciate a home visit please contact the church office or Barbara at 780-216-1618.
Through the Week:
- Music Monday, free introductory singing class for children ages 5-9 (excluding holidays) from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. downstairs in the Music Room. The new session will be starting on January 6 to March 3, 2014. Call Susan (403) 782-4227
- Healing Touch on the first and third Mondays Contact Irene Aasen (782-4314), or Pat Crozier (782-7243)
- Prayer Shawl Ministry: 2nd & 4th Mondays in the parlour, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Contact Janet Tack (782-3802) or Doris Thesenvitz (782-7063. Will start again January 13, 2014.
- Drop In Bible Study 9-11 a.m. in the parlour
- Senior Choir 7:00 p.m.
- Junior Choir from 5:30-6:30pm
The Annual Community Christmas Dinner will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Dec 25 from noon - 2:00. The doors will close at 3:00. Everyone who would like to come is welcome. There will be a home cooked dinner and fun fellowship. The dinner is free. Questions? Call Neighbourhood Place 403-782-0886 or Bethel CRC 403-782-6400
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.
Parking - When we are parking for church events, can we all leave the area directly in front of the church on the north side of the street for congregants who have difficulty with mobility? Thank you very much. Please make sure that you do not park in front of the driveway to the east of the church.
Milestone events: We 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. Call Ann Rice 403-782-2793 for more information or to let us know of a milestone.
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, Susan Helm at 782-4227.
Worship committee is looking for a large urn or outdoor planter for the main front doors. If you have one to donate, please let the office know. We would be using this for decorative plants, etc. for the different seasons.
Do you like to GIGGLE? Free laugh therapy available during Sunday service, led by 1-3 year olds in the nursery. Please contact Sherri O'Muir if you are available 1 Sunday per month for playtime (403-318-4095).
2014 Offering envelopes are available today but please don't start using them until January 2014. If you do not have envelopes and would like some contact Sue Bergen or Marg Woodrow.
Advent ActivitiesFourth Sunday of Advent: December 22nd - Decorate our tree with love. Everyone will be given a decoration to hang on the tree outside (Beside our main entrance). When you hang your ornament, think of someone you love, someone who showed you love or an act of love. Remember God's love.
Christmas Eve Services December 24:
7 p.m. Family Service
10 p.m. Candlelight service
Living the Questions: In the New Year, Rev. Ross will be leading a discussion program for teens and adults interested in exploring a progressive approach to Christianity. Using video interviews with a variety of progressive theologians and teachers, we will explore some basic questions of faith, not in order to arrive at fixed answers, but so that we can live those questions more faithfully. The initial series in the program consists of seven sessions, to be scheduled in consultation with those who express an interest. This program would be a good opportunity for those seeking confirmation as well as those seeking to deepen their faith and explore their doubts. An orientation session will be held after church on Sunday, January 12 to discuss the details with those who are interested in learning more.