October - Notes from Kirk Session

News from the Kirk Session: October

  • Wednesday Noon-hour Communion Services have resumed as have the 9:30 worship service on Sundays.
  • Wednesday Evening Studies begin October 19th.
  • A letter was received from the Session at St. Giles commending Alex Fels, a member of our congregation, for his leading worship at that church this past August.
  • 6 Members of St. Andrew’s participated in the Ride for Refuge October 1st.  Together we raised over $3700.00 for Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) and their support of maternal and child health in Malawi and Afghanistan. Thank you! 
  • PWS&D, the Mission arm of our denomination, will be holding meetings at St. Andrew’s October 28 – 29.
  • 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.
  • 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 begins October 16th. Your elder will be reaching out soon to share this invitation with you.
  • On October 22nd the pastoral care team is hosting a Saturday morning workshop on End of Life Care. Entitled “When a cure is not possible, care is”, the workshop will be led by Janet Stark a Spiritual Care Chaplain and Elder in the PCC.
  • Special Communion will be Saturday November 5th at 2 pm and followed by High Tea. Co-ordinated by the Pastoral Care team this semi-annual service is for members of the church who find it hard to attend church regularly. Drives are arranged.
  • The New Sound loop has been installed and is working well.
  • The Kirk Session and Temporal Committee have expanded the terms of reference for SCOFF (Special Committee for Funding and Finance). In addition to supporting the treasurer in preparing the budget year at hand, they are now mandated to think strategically about the coming years as well. Membership of this committee has been expanded as well and includes the treasurer, Administrative Clerk of Session and members of the Temporal Committee as well as Kirk Session.
  • 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
  • Rebecca Bromwich, children’s choir parent liaison, is starting up Christian Yoga on Sunday mornings during the children’s choir practices. This is in order to build community among the choir parents and the wider congregation.