Breaking News… the next email will be on Sept 5.  Please check “Upcoming Sermons” for worship service information for August 25 and Sept 1.

Just a thought
Golf hasn’t been kind to me lately.  The last time I was out, I had quite the adventure.. low hooks, bad slices, and a feeling that my swing had left me.  I don’t like that feeling.  As a result, I decided to take a break from playing for a short while.  I don’t have answers to my golf game, but I believe it is all in my mind.  Is it perfectionism, worry, trying too hard, lack of confidence?  Likely all of the above.  My golf game (or lack thereof) makes me wonder if this could translate to our everyday lives.  The call of Jesus is to a simple life of faith where we entrust our lives into his hands, and allow the gospel to shape and transform us.  It’s a life of prayer, discipleship, service, and living by the Spirit and God’s Word.  It sounds simple but it’s quite difficult when we have too many things happening in our minds.  Perhaps the way forward in faith is to stay connected with God through prayer and scripture.  Here’s a wonderful verse (John 15:5).  Jesus said, 
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 

Worship Service Information

This Sunday (Aug 18) at 10:30 am, Peter will be speaking on Acts 13:1-5.  In this passage, the church in Antioch sends out Paul and Barnabas as missionaries.  We are also can be “Sending in Mission” as a church.  The focus this Sunday will be on Short Term Missions with sharing from Monica Ma and Jane Oh on their summer mission trips.

Also, there is a lunch this Sunday.  Let’s Do Lunch together.  You are invited… but note that Jim is in the middle of re-sealing the floors… so please take care not to drag tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall.
Upcoming Sermons

July 21    Pulpit exchange: Rev. Jonathan Dennis
July 28    All in the Family (part 7): feuds, forgiveness and lessons to learn 
Aug 4      Ian – It’s All About Me – Communion
Aug 11    Pulpit exchange: Rev. Dr. Dan Scott (St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Bradford)
Aug 18    Short Term Mission Sunday – Reports from Jane and Monica – Let’s Do Lunch
Aug 25    Ian – A Touching Place – Luke 13:10-17
Sept 1     Ian 

Giving Hope: Mission News
Short Term Missions

Both Jane and Monica have arrived back from the short term missions.
They will be sharing at our service on Sunday August 18.
Here are their blogs…
Evangel Hall

Please note that the next sandwich delivery will be Wednesday August 28, 2019.
Thanks to Cate Bokhout for the delivery to Evangel Hall on Wed July 24.  Thanks to everyone who made sandwiches.  They will make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.

The next Evangel Hall Dinner will be this Sunday October 6.
Markham Food Bank
The last Sunday of each month (this Sunday) is designated as Food Bank Sunday.  Bring non-perishable items to support people in need!

Most needed food items include: Sardines, Hot cereal, Cold cereal, Pasta sauce, Crackers, Baby food, Baby Formula and Rice.

The Markham Food Bank also now accepts donations of personal hygiene products. This includes donations of soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, menstrual hygiene products and other necessary items.

Upcoming Events  


Need a Ride to Church?
Contact our Transportation Coordinators in advance to accommodate your request:
           Marilyn Dean – 416-527-4955
           Ralph Strutt   – 905-294-5424

Sat Aug 24: Markham Christian Music Festival

Here is an interesting event, put on by several Markham Churches (although St. Andrew’s wasn’t able to participate this year).


Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar Update

Silent Auction.  A Preview
As our Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar continues to approach with such an amazing speed, Santa was inquiring about the Silent Auction venue. It’s one that he always takes tyme to peruse with great interest. Sometimes he places a bid, under an assumed name of course, because he knows how these thing work! He’s rather crafty with his bidding strategy, not afraid of a little competition, and loves supporting our Iconic Christmas Bazaar.

As strange as it seems, he doesn’t get out much. Working too hard, I guess. But he understands that many people love to be entertained at a theatre, a concert, dining out, playing golf during the short time the weather permits, and particularly as Canadians, attending an NHL hockey game, especially in Toronto. Others may prefer to have a helping hand from say, four strong and healthy handypersons to tackle those many outstanding projects around the house.

Well, as it happens, the silent Auction Team is considering adding to the range of offerings, all of these unique ideas. This in no way is intended to distract from the great articles which annually adorn the Silent Auction table.

If you can donate items or tickets, or can provide handyperson services, please contact Lynda Skeoch (905-294-6582) or Roseanne Dumitru (905-294-2386). 

For this year we’re planning to offer an “Early Bird Special” Silent Auction. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Thank you once again for your enthusiasm and support for this Iconic Outreach activity.


Let’s Do Lunch


Looking Forward to our New Church Photo Directory

The early sittings for St. Andrew’s  new photo directory are fast approaching. If you have not already booked an appointment and are available during the evening of August 21st  we need your help to fill the remaining appointment times. You can sign up after Sunday service or contact Barbara Brown, Isabel Cole or Janice Lunan

Future appointment dates are Sept 19, 20 and 21 and Oct 3, 4 and 5 and can also be booked. On line booking will be available late August.


Sun Sept 1 – Communicator Deadline

Deadline for Submissions to the Communicator Newsletter
Do you have an article for our church newsletter?  
Let’s encourage one another and build up our community of faith 
through the Communicator!  We will publish our next issue in late September.   The submission deadline is September 1st. 
Please submit to Velma Beesley at


Sat Sept 14 – Golf Day and Thank You Lunch

This year we have power carts!  We also changed the location to Spring Creek Golf Club.
Please note the change in tee-off times starting at 10:30 am.

National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering in 2020

Join with hundreds of Presbyterian women from across Canada as we celebrate, learn together, and grow in our faith.

Friday May 15 – Monday May 18, 2020
Sheraton Parkway Hotel, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Information about Sunday worship

1. Our worship service on Sunday is at 10:30 am during the summer.
2. We offer nursery care starting at 10:30 am.
3. Our Bible Builders Church School program at the 10:30 am service, includes the following classes: (Nursery 0-3 yrs, SK-Gr. 3, Gr. 4-6, Gr. 7-12).  Come as a family to worship and we’ll send the kids out after the youth message.
4. We have a wireless sound system for anyone who has difficulty hearing. You can get a set of headphones from the sound desk at the rear of the church.
5. For those who do not have not signed up for the weekly email, copies are available on the pamphlet wall in the narthex
6. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items for the Markham Food Bank, please place them in the white baskets in the narthex (front entrance).  We designate the last Sunday of the month as Food Bank Sunday.
7. Sign up in the narthex to make a loaf of sandwiches for Evangel Hall.  Sandwiches are delivered on the 4th Wed of each month.

143 Main St. North, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1Y2
regular office hours from Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm