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Just a thought

Let’s continue looking at our mission statement: 
Our vision is to be a community of faith in Jesus Christ, rooted in scripture, empowered by the Spirit, sharing the good news and rejoicing in service.

To be rooted in scripture means that “the Bible has been given to us by the inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life” (Living Faith 5.1).  Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the “word of God is living and active…”.   2Timothy 3:16 says “all scripture is inspired by God…“.

The Greek word for “inspired” literally means God-breathed.  In that sense, it’s more than just words on a page.  As we read the Bible, God’s Spirit speaks to us, convicting us of wrong and guiding us into truth.  God breathes into our lives so that we find scripture to be life-giving.  So we pray that we would become rooted in scripture. 

Sermon Information

This Sunday, we have 2 services… 
Our relaxed 9 am Encounter service is a small informal service with guitar, drums held in the old sanctuary.  This week, Peter will be leading us through a spiritual exercise called “Lectio Divina” (pronounced lexio diveena).  This is an opportunity to allow scripture (Isaiah 42:1-9) to speak to us in a contemplative way.

Our traditional 10:30 am service is a larger more formal service with hymns, choir, held in our new sanctuary.  This week, the Director of Presbyterian World Service & Development, Guy Smagghe joins us.  PWS&D has a wide variety of programs that work to help communities overcome poverty, recover from emergency situations and provide new futures of hope for vulnerable people. 

Upcoming Sermons

Oct 21    Pursuing Pleasure (part 5): Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Oct 28    Pursuing Pleasure (part 6): Heaven or Bust
Nov 4     All Saints Sunday – The Light of Life and Living – Ian Clark
Nov 11   Remembrance Day Sunday (no Encounter service) – 10:30 am 
Nov 18   Presbyterian World Service & Development – Director Guy Smagghe

More Sunday Info

Giving Hope

Upcoming Events

Survey re November 4th Pastoral Care “Remembrance Service”
Thank you to those who have completed and return the survey
Form to you.  The feed-back is most appreciated.

If you have not had an opportunity to complete the survey,
There are copies available on the table in the narthex and on the
Table across from Peter’s office.

Giving Hope: Mission News
Evangel Hall

The next sandwich delivery is scheduled for November 28.
Thanks to all who prepared sandwiches.  Peter was able to bring the many loaves, food and bags of clothing to Evangel Hall on Oct 25.  If you would like to make a loaf of sandwiches, sign up in the Narthex on Sunday.

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 items:
small bags of rice, canned peas, crackers, canned milk, flour, juice, jam, jello
Evangel Hall Candles

Supporting Evangel Hall by purchasing candles made by clients at the Hall is happening again this year. Order forms are available at the coffee hour. Please have your orders returned by November 25th, so that we can pick up your orders on November 28th, the date of our next sandwich delivery.
Pikangikum Christmas Shoe Box Project

Many thanks to all who have taken shoe boxes to be filled for Pikangikum. The boxes are being returned at a record pace. Just a reminder that we need them all returned by Sunday, November 25th, so that we can ship them north in time for Christmas. For those still to come in, if you could leave the ornament on the top of the box when you bring them back, we can place them on the Christmas tree which will be used during the white gift service. Again many thanks.
Chrismas Hampers Outreach

St. Andrew’s will again be preparing Christmas gift hampers to help some families in our community celebrate Christmas. We would most sincerely appreciate your contributions of cash 
or store gift cards for this project, which may be given to Lloyd Skeoch or Marlene Buie by December 2/18
Socks, Underwear, Hats and Mittens

We once again are collecting socks and underwear for Evangel Hall. New items may be placed in the Sock Box in the Narthex. We will continue to collect these items during the Advent season and will deliver them to Evangel Hall after Christmas.

Upcoming Events

Thanks: The Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar

A great big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made our Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar so successful. As a result of your hard work preparing such delightful treats, sorting the numerous and varied items that were generously donated, setting up tables, working on the displays, and serving the customers, we were able to reach out to many people in the community, and at the same time bring in the fabulous amount of $15,476.46 in support of our Church and Missions.  Well done, one and all!
Barbara and Roseanne


2019 Offering Envelopes

Your 2019 offering envelopes are available in the narthex for you to pick up.  Thank you for your continued support of the ministry here at St. Andrew’s. If you do not have a set of offering envelopes and wish to receive One, please check the appropriate box on the pew pad or speak to Velma Beesley, church and envelope secretary.


Sundays after church


Sat Nov 17: Fall Work Bee #2

St. Andrew’s Board of Managers invites you to a few hours of fellowship and service during the first of two fall work bees on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 AM. Weather permitting; we will finish raking leaves and preparing the grounds for winter.
Bring your gloves and rakes as we clean and polish the church inside and out.  Invite your friends and family as many hands make light work!  Of course, there will be time for refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

Please contact Alex at 416 458 3735 or at for more information.  


Sun Nov 18: Let’s Do Lunch


Sun Nov 18: Armistice 18 Concert


Christmas Events starting Nov 23


Sun Nov 25: Family Fun Time


Sat Dec 1: Men’s Fellowship Breakfast


Mon Dec 10: Women’s Service Group Mandarin Lunch
To all the ladies of the congregation their family and friends.  You are invited to the Christmas “Lunch Out” to celebrate the festive season and to spend a social time together. Mark on your calendar the date selected:  Monday December 10th at 12 Noon.  We are going back to our favourite venue, the “Mandarin” restaurant in Box Grove, on the 9th line, just south of 407. The prices this year are:
    Under 65 $25.00 and $20.00 for seniors 65+ with I.D. 
    Prices include Buffet, tea/ coffee, taxes and gratuities. 
Each person will pay the server for their lunch.  Those who have
A Sunshine Friend may want to invite them to this event.

Rides will be arranged for those who cannot drive. If you wish to attend, please contact Wendy Wise at 905-294-3831. Hope to see you there

Small Group Bible Studies


Fri Nov 30: Markham Prayer Breakfast

Join us on
Friday November 30, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 am sharp
Hilton Suites Conference Centre
8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, Ontario 

 Speaker:    Father Raymond J. de Souza
 Soloist:      Michelle White

Tickets are now available, and we have tables reserved in the best location – contact David Banfield for your ticket. 

Weekly Offering Information

Information about Sunday worship

1. Our worship service on Sunday is at both 9am and 10:30 am.
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


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