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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Markham

Hi Everyone,

We are continuing to work on the Christmas Concert this week during class time.

Dates for your calendar
Friday Nov 23rd - Festival of Lights - Join us in Fellowship Hall during the Festival of Lights for crafts & fun, and a great spot to warm up!
Saturday Nov 24th - Santa Claus Parade - Following the Santa Claus Parade (around 12:00) come into Fellowship hall for crafts, hot chocolate, carols and more.
Sunday Dec 16th - Christmas Concert The kids will be presenting their version of the Christmas Story during the service on Dec 16th, I hope you can join us for it.

Things to know

The Mitten Tree will be up in the Narthex from Dec 2nd on to collect your donations of warm hats, mitts, and scarves to send down to Evangel Hall.

Just a Thought
Today's thought is about prayer, and how as parents, we pray very differently than we might have before we had kids. It's from a blog called Hiding in the Closet with Coffee by Amy Betters-Midtvedt, and you can read the whole thing here(www.facebook.com/hidingintheclosetwithcoffee/posts/2308809459444612). In it she says...

"How Moms Pray...
In whispers over the downy heads of sleeping babes we pray prayers of thanks for the gift of babies and sleep.
On the couch late at night when our bigs are past curfew and not answering our texts we pray our Lord leads them safely to our door and that we do not kill them when they finally enter it.
In the carpool line as we watch our kids walking into school weighted down by their backpacks and worry we ask God to protect them through their day.
Under our breath as we face the rolling eyes and hands on hips of a teenager we pray this too shall pass....
In the moments they are scaling high things, jumping off them, swimming in lakes and rivers and oceans and doing any of the things we know help them spread their wings, we pray for their safety and that we can hide our fears from their eyes.
With our heads in our hands and littles at our feet, we pray to make it through the witching hour and that everyone will at least try our dinner.
At church when our kids cannot sit still in the pew and we start to sweat under the gaze of the folks behind us praying for the patience of others and that God sees our attempts....
We pray in the seconds and in the minutes and in the spaces between carpool and homework, between teeth brushing and bath time, at 3:00am when the house is silent and 3:00pm walking through our work world.
We pray for our babies, our families, ourselves, and the world we are leaving to our people.
I’ve spent less time on my knees since having these babies but I’ve never spent more time in prayer.
I pray a million times and a million ways that God will cover my children with His love and protection. I pray that they may know Him in their hearts.
I pray and I pray and I pray, 30 seconds at a time, over and over, and with all of my heart. And these stolen prayers may be the biggest gift I give my children. And the biggest gift God gives back to me."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." While we might not have the time to spend in prayer that we used to, we should still continue to pray, whenever, wherever, and however we need to.

I hope you have a wonderful, prayer-filled week.

victoriaHow Moms Pray...

In whispers over the downy heads of sleeping babes we pray prayers of thanks for the gift of babies and sleep.

On the couch late at night when our bigs are past curfew and not answering our texts we pray our Lord leads them safely to our door and that we do not kill them when they finally enter it.

In the carpool line as we watch our kids walking into school weighted down by their backpacks and worry we ask God to protect them through their day.

Under our breath as we face the rolling eyes and hands on hips of a teenager we pray this too shall pass.

By ourselves as we drive to work in the car, running through our worries for each baby, one by one, as we give these over to God.

When holding the sweaty hand of a sick little love, her head resting on our shoulder, we pray the worst will not happen and that healing will.

In the moments they are scaling high things, jumping off them, swimming in lakes and rivers and oceans and doing any of the things we know help them spread their wings, we pray for their safety and that we can hide our fears from their eyes.

With our heads in our hands and littles at our feet, we pray to make it through the witching hour and that everyone will at least try our dinner.

At church when our kids cannot sit still in the pew and we start to sweat under the gaze of the folks behind us praying for the patience of others and that God sees our attempts.

In line at the DMV when we bring our excited teenager to their driving test we apologize to God for praying that they fail.

As we walk through Target we pray we make it through with our sanity (and budget) intact.

When they must finally leave our homes and the safety of our arms we pray for the strength to rejoice and see them off.

At the ballpark and at the theatre and in all the celebrations we pray prayers of thanks for these moments that lift us up.

We pray in the seconds and in the minutes and in the spaces between carpool and homework, between teeth brushing and bath time, at 3:00am when the house is silent and 3:00pm walking through our work world.

We pray for our babies, our families, ourselves, and the world we are leaving to our people.

I’ve spent less time on my knees since having these babies but I’ve never spent more time in prayer.

I pray a million times and a million ways that God will cover my children with His love and protection. I pray that they may know Him in their hearts.

I pray and I pray and I pray, 30 seconds at a time, over and over, and with all of my heart. And these stolen prayers may be the biggest gift I give my children. And the biggest gift God gives back to me.
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