#ResurrectionHappens

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 (revjohn@standrewsguelph.com), 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

Join our Facebook Bible Study this Fall

Starting on Wednesday September 12, Rev. John will  be starting a Facebook Bible Study group.  A Bible passage with questions will be posted for members of the group to consider individually, with the opportunity to comment to the group as a whole.  It is hoped that this might lead to some great discussions online.  This Fall, the study will focus on Acts, in alignment with a sermon series on The Acts of the Apostles.
Here’s the link to follow to the group:
Or like the St. Andrews Guelph page:

Rev. John is going silent again

From Friday June 22 until Monday June 25, Rev John will be at the Abbey of the Genesee in upper New York State for his annual silent retreat.  Diane Boyd will be our pulpit guest on June 24.

Love Your Bike!

It’s the 5th Annual Love Your Bike Festival!  Join us at 9:30 on Saturday, June 23rd, on the front lawn of St Andrew’s for free mechanical checks, trying out new bikes, an organized ride and, of course, caffeine.  After the bike rides, join us at 12 pm at the Woolwich Arms, right around the corner, for a BBQ.

Anniversary Sunday Group Photos Available

You can have a 5×7 or 8×12 copy of the Anniversary Sunday photo for either $2.00 (5×7) or $4.00 (8×12).  All proceeds will go to FUNdraising. Limited numbers of pictures are available after Sunday service, but orders will be taken for further printings.

Rejuvenate 190 is finished!

Our Rejuvenate 190 campaign wrapped up at our 190th Celebration Sunday (April 29) and we are delighted to report that we exceeded our goal and raised $196,000. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to seeing this campaign to its conclusion. We look forward to seeing how these funds beautify and restore our beloved sanctuary. These efforts wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our Rejuvenate 190 Team: Troy Riddell, Brian and Kathleen Black, Gwen Gooyers, Lonny Howard and Ernie Kaethler.

Greeters Needed for Summer

We are looking to fill in some dates for the summer for greeting as well as helping to process the Sunday offering.   A sign up sheet is posted at the Welcome Centre with the dates needed or contact the church office.

190th Anniversary Sunday

St Andrews has been worshipping in Guelph for 190 years!  We celebrated our 190th Anniversary with a delicious sold-out dinner in the Church Hall on Saturday night, with our special guest preacher for Sunday, Rev Dr Vern Tozer, in attendance.

 

On Sunday, Rev Tozer reminded us in his sermon about the symbolism of the cock crowing on our steeple, and how it is trying to remind us what we need to do to ensure St Andrew’s Christian witness continues in Guelph for another 190 years. 

Afterwards, cake in the parlour…

We don’t look too bad for 190 years old!