December Notes from Kirk Session

  • Christmas Around the World International potluck was held Saturday, December 3rd and was a huge success.  Thanks to the Men’s Fellowship and Barbara Sawh for all their work behind the scenes and in the kitchen.
  • 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women to both the ruling eldership as well as the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Communion will be served on December 4th by an all-female contingent of elders.
  • This December will mark the final edition of the Presbyterian Record which is going out of print after 140 years. The denomination is making plans for a new means of communicating the life and work of the denomination.
  • Phase 1 of the Vision 2020 Stewardship campaign has concluded.  Thank you for your participation.
  • Almoner’s Envelopes will not be placed in the pews at the December Communion so that we can focus instead on the Christmas Appeals made to support local and international missions in December.  They will return in 2017.
  • St. Andrew’s will be holding its traditional Blue Christmas December 21st at 7 p.m.  All are welcome.
  • The early service at St. Andrew’s will move from 9:30 to 9:15 after Easter.  The 11:00 service will continue as usual.
  • The Governor General will be attending the 11:00 service at St. Andrew’s on February 12th, 2017, as part of the 150th celebration.
  • The three charities selected for the Christmas offering are:  The Marco Depestre Foundation for Haiti, The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Community Laundry Co-op.
  • In order to respect the practice time needed by the choir and Director of Music between services, ushers will have responsibility for ensuring that the doors to Grant Hall are kept closed except when opened by ushers for people to enter the sanctuary in between the two services.
  • White gift Sunday will take place December 18th.  A list of requested books is located in Grant Hall.
  • Kirk Session continues to study the issue of security before, during and after worship and will keep the congregation up to date on any developments.
  • The Kirk Session is starting to develop the process for a Strategic Planning exercise to chart our direction and priorities into the future.