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MORNING MESSENGER

December 9th, 2018

St. Andrew’s United Church Ministers

Marco Ste-Marie

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Nancy Colton

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Barbara Lieurance

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Bob Settle   -  Honorary Associate Minister

                     

Office Hours: Monday – Friday,  9:00 – 1:00

 

We acknowledge that St. Andrews United Church resides on land of “Treaty 6”.  We respect the history, spirituality, and culture of the indigenous peoples with whom the land treaty was signed.

 

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.

 

Congregational Life Committee would like to know of any 90th or 95th birthdays, 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries. Please contact Tilly Meyer at 403-782-9887.

 

Christmas Cantata

The choir is starting rehearsals for our Christmas Cantata and would like to invite people who would be interested in singing the cantata (with or without committing to other Sundays) to join us on Wednesday evenings. Our weekly rehearsals will be starting at 7:00 pm for those singing on Sundays, and 7:30 for those who would like to sing the Cantata only. Youth are welcome to join us as well as adults.  Contact Leanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Outreach Committee

Thank you to the congregation for the special offering for Magdalene House Society on October 15 that raised $1100 for the Society.

Thank you to everyone who bought the Palestinian Olive Oil, Soap and Spice on December 2. We know that some were unable to buy because we sold out so quickly, so we have ordered another dozen bottles of Olive Oil. We will announce it and have it for sale as soon as it arrives.

Upcoming Services

  • December 9th – 2nd Advent, Human Rights Sunday - Nancy
  • December 16th – 3rd Advent, Cantata Sunday
  • December 21st – Longest Night Service at 7:00 pm – Barbara
  • December 23rd – 4th Advent
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve Services 5 pm Nancy, 7 pm Marco, 10 pm Nancy

 

Healing Pathway

Healing Pathway meets the first and third Monday of the month. If you would like an appointment or more information about Healing Pathway, please contact Marlene Ayer 403-782-4327 or Pat Crozier at 403-782-7243.

 

Mom with Young Children Group

This group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m. Bring your little ones and enjoy coffee and fellowship. For more information call Annerie Dunnewind 403 302-0846. Next meeting will be Tues, December 11th.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet the 2nd Monday of each month @ 1:30 in the Parlour, beginning November 12th. Contact Linda Crabbe for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Scripture Readers

We are looking for people who would like to read Scripture on Sunday mornings. If interested, please contact either the office 403 782-3148 or Rev. Nancy @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lectionary Discussion Group

Upcoming readings:

Dec 10th – Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6 (VU p. 880); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Dec 17th – Micah 5:2-5; Luke 1:47-55 (VU pp 898-899); Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

This is a very informal gathering, come as you’d like, as often as you like. No experience or expertise required.

 

Cookbook Fundraiser

St. Stephen Catholic Church has undertaken a new fundraiser. They have produced a cookbook, as a fundraiser for their new church. The cookbooks are $20 each and if anyone is interested in purchasing one they can email Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 403-784-2640.

 

Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund has $440.00 available for use in our congregation for a small project. Funds cannot be used for operating purposes.
If there is something within our church you would like to see done for this amount, please email Doug Maas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your idea by December 15th for consideration.

 

Christmas Food Drive

Every Sunday, Dec 2, 9, 16 & 23. Bring non-perishable food items for the less fortunate, and place in the basket by one of the entrances or at the front of the sanctuary. Make a difference!

 

Fun and Faith Choir

THE FAITH AND FUN CHOIR IS BACK! And you are welcome to join us! We meet for practices on the following Sundays after church from noon to 1 pm: Nov 25, Dec 9, Jan 6 and Jan 13. We generally practice the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month (but not always). No choir experience needed. We only ask that you like to sing and are willing to have fun with us! If you have questions, contact Sandra Smith (403-348-1219) or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Angels on High!

The Worship Team has been busily decorating our lovely sanctuary for Christmas. Several people have loaned us their angels for the display and we would like a few more. If you have one or two to add please bring them in and place them on the table by the piano. Thank you!

 

Fruitcakes

Fruitcakes are available for sale in the auditorium following Worship. Large size are $14. Small ones are $5. Gluten free cakes are also available.

 

2019 United Church Calendars

They are available at the office for $6.00 each. Office hours Mon – Fri 9:00 to 1:00 p.m.

 

Messy Church

Friday, December 7. Messy Church starts at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join us for crafts, songs, stories, and food. Fun for families. Everyone welcome!

 

White Gift Sunday

We will be celebrating White Gift Sunday on December 9. Please bring gifts for children marked as presents for Santa. Please do not wrap the gifts.

  

"Music Jam”

Kozy Korner, every Sunday afternoon, 1:30 to 4:00.
Come and enjoy good local talent and dance a little or just sit and listen.  It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

 

Christmas Concert

An invitation from our Roman Catholic neighbours – The Parish of St Stephen extends a heartfelt warm welcome to the congregants and friends of St Andrew’s United Church to attend our first Christmas Concert at 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 9th. Prepare your heart for the birth of Christ by enjoying beautiful holiday music where you and your family can sing along with some classic carols, hear some new music, and appreciate some classic done with a new twist. Come for lunch, the concert, or both!! Pancake breakfast is at noon for a cash donation. Concert and caroling commences at 1:00 pm Food Bank donation appreciated. Everyone is welcome!!

 

Amnesty International “Write for Rights”

Join with others to write to governments and officials to encourage the protection of human rights. Amnesty is highlighting ten cases of women and others this year where they believe many letters will help. A group will gather to write on Monday, December 10 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at St Andrew's United Church in Lacombe. Information, paper and pens will be available. Come for all or part of the time.

Ongoing Ministries

Caring support to seniors, shut-ins and those encountering health or family struggles is offered by our Circles of Care Team. Contact Doris Thesenvitz (403-782-7063) or Tilly Meyer (403-782-9887).


If you want prayer or want to offer prayer, our Prayer Line offers confidential prayer. Contact Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323).


As a tangible reminder of God’s love in challenging times, our Prayer Shawl Ministry makes and distributes the warm and comforting Afghans kept at the front of the church. If you want to give a prayer shawl, then feel free to take one, recording information in the book provided. To help make them, contact Linda Crabbe at 403-782-2994.


The Healing Pathway Team offers energy-based healing sessions on the first and third Monday of the month.For appointments or information, contact Pat Crozier (403-782-7243) or Marlene Ayer (403-782-4327).


If you need help from a volunteer or want to volunteer, contact one of our Volunteer Link coordinators Winnie Chesney Settle (403-348-9777) or Madeline Hendrickson (403-789-4323), or the Volunteer Link office coordinator Sheila Chapman (403-786-0110).


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