This week is a regular Sunday, with classes for everyone. It's also our monthly community lunch, so feel free to join us in the Fellowship Hall for lunch after service.
Depending on whether your children are chatty about church school (or not, which is the more likely option!) you might not know what we're doing with our offering. Each week we take up offering during our gathering. This year we wanted to split the money we collected between the church and a charity of the kids choice. We gave them some choices of organizations we have supported in the past, and let them vote. The results were overwhelming, and the kids decided to support Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) At the end of the year, we will split our funds and send half to SCAW to support their work in the developing world. If you have any questions about this, please let us know.
The youth council is currently looking for name suggestions for this ministry branch. We have only one suggestion at this time... S.A.Y.&F. Which stands for St. Andrew's Youth & Family. If you have an idea to share, please email Lynne at email@example.com. If you'd like to pop in and see Lynne, she is currently at the church in the (newly painted) Rose Room on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 3 pm and most Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm. Other times can be arranged upon request. You can reach Lynne at 905-294-4736, her cellphone 647-274-7379 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to grab a quick snack while you're visiting her in the Rose Room!
There's lots going on at the church, and we try and keep our youth & kids events updated on our Facebook page - feel free to like us or follow us over there and stay up to date, and catch up on any sermons you may have missed!
Our Just A Thought for today is a piece on gratitude.
Friday June 8th - Messy Church - Come and join us at 6 pm as we share a meal, have some fun, and get a little messy as a family as we explore our faith together.
Sunday June 10th - Appreciation Sunday - Celebrate all our students in this special service, and then join us for a BBQ lunch and games afterwards.
July 16th- July 20th - Rolling River Rampage VBS - Have you signed up for Vacation Bible School yet?? A registration form is available on our website, or at church.
The 23 Psalm, arguably the most well known of all the psalms, starts off with "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..." But while most of us know the psalm, I'm sure that many of us want. We want more things, a bigger house, a newer car, a better wardrobe, a vacation, and this wanting can lead to discontent. Becker believes that discontent is often the cause of a lot of problems in our lives, and he says that "If discontent is the cause of many of our unhealthy habits, contentment is the cure. And if contentment is the cure, gratitude is the pathway to it." Becker goes on to say that "Gratitude provides proper understanding of our place in the world. Gratitude is the feeling and expression of thankfulness for the actions of others that are costly to them and beneficial to us...Gratitude assigns worth to those who rightly deserve it. Whether I am thanking a parent, a spouse, a veteran, a teacher, a policeman, or a mentor who has invested into my life, my response of gratitude to their action gives the praise and worth to those who rightly deserve it."
We try and teach our children to be grateful for what they have, but sometimes we as adults can forget that lesson. One of the best reasons for gratitude mentioned in the article is "Gratitude directs attention to what we already have. Gratitude always requires our attention to be focused on the good things we already possess. It calls us to notice our blessings and take greater appreciation of them"
Let us be grateful for what we have, let us look on the bright side, and be content. In John 3:16. when it tells of us the gift God gave us (For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.), we were given something to be truly grateful for, so let us try to follow the words of David in Psalm 23 and know that God is looking out for us, and we shall not want.
Have a fantastic week, I hope you can find something to be grateful for,
Well the bidding is over. Now the fun begins. The results of the winning bids have been posted on the Evangelism and Outreach bulletin board and downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Those people with the winning bids can see John Hazlewood in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.