Spring 2017 Newsletter #17
From Jim’s Desk:
Many, many hands!
In any church there’s a tremendous amount of work to be done. The joke has always been that ministers only work one hour a week when they conduct worship but my goodness this is far from the truth. It’s also sometimes easy to miss all the work done behind the scenes done by volunteers working on committees and groups.
- Property: takes care of the physical building and its contents. They also organize a list of people to do “security on Sunday mornings.
- Worship: this is pretty self-explanatory. They’re the ones that work with me and make sure Sunday School is running smoothly, the choir is well tuned, people are asked to help with reading, greeting, serving communion, etc.
- UCW: I like to think of these women as the hospitality arm of the church. They raise funds, feed us and others, and other various tasks around the church
- Trustees: they’re responsible for investing our saving and funding capital expenses and repairs. They’re also the ones whose names are on the legal title of the church.
- Outreach: a church that only looks after itself isn’t a church – outreach makes sure that we’re looking outward into the world to see how we may serve others
- Pastoral care: if you’ve found yourself visited while sick or unable to get out, received a card in the mail, it was likely the caring people of pastoral care that were thinking and praying for you.
- Visioning: often, we in the church get caught up in the day to day without looking long term into our future – that’s why a visioning team is so important.
- Affirming: we’re now an officially “affirming” congregation but the work goes on to make sure anyone who comes to us is welcomed and included; we can’t afford to be turning away the gifts that anyone has to offer!
- Presbytery: we are a part of a much larger organization called the United Church of Canada and Presbytery is our main link to that larger church
- Ministry and Personnel: these good folks make sure all the staff (myself included) are doing their jobs and feel well supported.
- Council: this is the group that includes representatives from all the other groups and oversees the general management of the church.
- Beyond all these groups (of some I’m sure I’m forgetting-sorry) is the tasks that don’t really fit into any formal job description. With all these groups it would be easy to assume that everything is taken care of. In reality though, much of the work these groups do is actually oversight. For instance, the pastoral care team makes sure people are visited and remembered but caring for each other is the responsibility of all of us. Yes, Outreach draws our attention to involvement in the wider world but we should all be mindful of ways our faith can guide us to serving the world. The work of this church takes many hands – do you have a hand that isn’t busy? Maybe you’d like to be included in some of the above or notice something we’re missing and would like to help fill that need. There is joy and fulfillment to be had in working with others to do the work of Christ – let me know if you’d like to be a (greater) part of this work!
- Rev. Jim Tenford
Council Chair report:
We have lots at St. Andrew’s these days. I would happily like to announce that Laura Richard has agreed to co-chair Church Council meetings. You may know that my husband, Dale and I have been able to travel in the winter these past recent years. Both Bill Sauter and Arnold Giddings graciously stepped up to chair Council meetings when I was not there. I would very much like to thank these two men for doing the job that I was not here to do. With Laura and I Co-chairing the council meetings, one of us should be around for each meeting. I guess God puts the right people in our path when we need them. Thank you Laura for volunteering to do this church work.
Chair of Church Council
SAVE THE DATES!!!
There were requests for more social activities at St. Andrew’s United Church when the Vision Team gathered information at our Church Annual Meeting this year. Here is a SAVE THE DATE notice for upcoming events for 2017. Hope you can join in.
Sunday, May 28th Old Fashioned Church Supper and
Celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday
Thursday, June 22nd Snacks and Songs Social Hall
National Aboriginal Day
July – church closed
Call Carol Moran for information 306-690-8001
Submitted by Carol Moran
BRING POTATOE CHIPS:
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where he lived so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and he started his journey.
When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer…when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word…
As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever…
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
Meanwhile the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
Embrace all equally! Have lunch with God…….bring chips.
Dorothy May has the honour of being the first to ride the new chairlift at the church .
We enjoyed having the three former St. Andrew’s ministers who made a large contribution to St. Andrew’s Church becoming an Affirming Ministry at our service in March. They are Nobuko Iwai , Lorraine Harkness and Erin Shoemaker.
UCW ladies baked 40 pies for the October 2017 Beef Supper (sorry pictures did not print) ___________________________________________
The Lord is my Shepherd
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task – but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Rick was so nervous, when it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know.”
Submitted by Bev Anderson
Worship Music and Faith Formation Committee
I would like to thank Jim Tenford, Donna Merrifield, and all the committee members for their patience, and help while I am learning what is required to be the chair of the Worship, Music and Faith formation Committee. I really appreciate the guidance.
We are very thankful to have Jim Tenford as our minister and look forward to his messages each Sunday. The choir continues to lead us in music and has provided us with some beautiful Easter Anthems. A big thank you to Karen Pudy and Hannah Erich for their wonderful music and Tom Coward for playing his drums which is such an added bonus to our music. We are very thankful when Jennifer Tenford plays her flute or sax. What a wonderful contribution to our services. A special thank you to Jean LeTourneau who continues to provide us with her homemade bread for our communion services ,and also our three communion teams of Anna Clark, Joy Burtnick, Olga and Arnold Giddings and Brian Leahy who is on my team. Olga Giddings makes and distributes our Welcoming loaves that are given to visitors each Sunday. Thanks so much to Faye Hicks for arranging greeters for Sundays and also those who do the greeting, . I am very grateful to all who continue to sign up for reading scripture.
Christina Ritchie continues to teach the Sunday School children . It is such a delight to have the young children participating in parts of the service They have helped light the Christ candle , taken up the collection, served communion, and have been greeters. We love their enthusiasm. and energy.
We have had the pleasure of Joe Alimeda doing a service one Sunday and also Fred Mathieson will be doing the Palm Sunday service . We are very blessed that we have such wonderful people to fill in whenever Jim is away.
Our church will be closed for the month of July again this year so that staff can have their holidays. We will re-open in August. .
Sheila Leahy – Chair
Shirley & Marcy
A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.
So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.
The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.
As the two kids walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?
Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is.”
The little girl said, well, who is she?”
“That’s just Shirley Goodnest, “Timmy replied, “and her daughter Marcy.”
“Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?”
“Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, “cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!”