The church heating system is being switched over from the boiler to a forced-air system. All of the radiators have been removed and ductwork is being installed. Heating will come from two external units; a rooftop unit over the Choir Room, and one on the Suffolk Street (north) lawn. Installation should be completed in October; during installation, electricity to the building will be interrupted periodically, and will be off completely October 1 and 2.
The Stairwell Enclosure at the south end of the Christian Education wing is now finished but it is intended for Emergency Exit ONLY from the Basement of the CE wing; anyone opening the CE wing Basement door will set off a door alarm. The upper door at ground level is kept locked at all times, but can be opened from the inside by using the door’s panic bar.
Come out on Thursday, October 11, to Crieff to hear Rev Dr Clyde Irvine speak about “Restoring Confidence in God’s Gospel”. The event runs from 10:30 – 3:00 and includes lunch; cost is only $25.00 pp and may be paid at the door. For registration information, click here.
St Andrew’s is going to have a new Church Directory and we need your photo to go in it!
Once again, Lifetouch will be taking the photos. Sittings will be October 24 to 27 (Wed – Sat). Please sign up online here for your sitting, or after worship.
Family Photos make great Christmas gifts – there are many different packages available, and if you bring a non-perishable food item for Chalmers Food Pantry, you will receive a $5 discount certificate toward the purchase of additional pictures.
For more information, including how you can help out, click here.
Order forms are available at the Welcome Centre. A percentage from each card goes directly to St. Andrew’s. Orders are due by Sunday Sept. 30. You can submit your orders via email to Rev. John (email@example.com), or place in Rev. John’s Family Folder.
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Youth for Christ: “We see the hope and potential in every young person”
You will recall that Guelph Youth for Christ is a mission and outreach partner of St. Andrew’s and some of you will have met Karen Bast and/or Mark Stromenberg at the Mission and Outreach Fair last year.
The MOCC is very excited to tell you about the next step in this partnership: Guelph Youth for Christ is relocating to St. Andrew’s! During weekdays, Karen and Mark will be sharing the Director of Children and Youth Office, the Youth Room and (occasionally) the Church Hall.
Thank you to Rev. John and the Board of Managers for helping to make this happen.
Please pray that this relationship will become a powerful way of expanding our partnership with this ministry and give St. Andrew’s a greater feeling of tangibly reaching youth in our community with the Gospel through the dedicated work of the team from Youth for Christ.
For more information on Guelph Youth for Christ please contact Karen Bast, Satellite Director, Guelph YFC at 226-780-0605 or visit www.guelphyfc.com.
In September, Rev. John will be starting a sermon series on the Acts of the Apostles. In Acts, Jesus sends his followers out into the world to bear witness to the ways in which they’ve seen God at work both in their lives and in the world around them. For some of them, they were witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus. But it didn’t stop there – as they lived their lives seeking to follow Jesus they were witness to resurrection happening again and again in different ways, sometimes personally and at other times in the lives of people who’d given up all hope. Because the good news is that #ResurrectionHappens, and we are invited to share our story with the world. Those early followers weren’t asked to be persuasive or compelling. Instead, God simply asked them to go tell the stories of what they’d seen and experienced. As they did, incredible things began to happen. One story led to another and another, opening up a world of endless possibility.
So, what’s your story? How have you been witness to resurrection happening in your own life? Where has resurrection happened in the lives of those known to you? Where have you witnessed God moving in this or that place? When did it seem by all accounts that the story was over but God turned the page and wrote a whole new chapter?
I’d love to have you share your stories with me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and with your permission, I will share some of your stories with our St Andrew’s community as we start our Acts adventure. I treasure the opportunity to bear witness to the stories of God you share. #ResurrectionHappens
Remember to bring in eggs and cheese for Chalmers Community Services Centre on the second Sunday of the month. Please put your donations in the fridge in the kitchen only.
The results are in for our first congregational survey from March/April 2018. Read the results here.