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Just a thought
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the national meeting of our church, met last week.  There are developments with regards to the human sexuality (LGBTQI) overtures.  The summary for 2019 can be found here.

The decision of the 2019 General Assembly is sent to the Presbyteries.  It must also be agreed with a majority of Presbyteries, and with the 2020 General Assembly, before it becomes fully approved.

As a background, about 24 overtures were received in 2015 and a few more in 2016, regarding human sexuality.  These came from Presbyteries and Sessions from across Canada, some in favour of full inclusion and others for staying with current doctrine.  These overtures were referred to two national church committees: Church Doctrine and Justice Ministries.  In 2017, both committees produced reports for the General Assembly, but a final report of the Church Doctrine Committee was still to come.  In 2018, the matter was given to a special committee of former moderators of the General Assembly to propose ways forward.  This year, that special committee presented a process along with four options, resulting in the 2019 General Assembly decision.

As a church, we have discussed this as a Session throughout the year.  We have reviewed the documents and positions.  However, we ourselves have differing views and perspectives.  Despite our differences, we continue to take steps of faith, to honour and worship God, to share the good news of Jesus Christ, to be humble in order to receive God’s grace, and to have compassion and respect for all people.  We keep on keeping on as brothers and sisters in Christ.  We pray for our church and the decisions still to come.

If you have questions, concerns or would like to discuss this situation, please let me know.  I’d love to chat and pray with you.  In Christ… Peter  416-459-2207

For reference…
Our national church webpage on Sexuality, here
2017 Church Doctrine Report here  (differing views: pp.4-25 and pp.26-55)
2017 Justice Ministries Report here
2019 Special Committee of Moderators Report here

Worship Service Information

This Sunday at 10:30 am, Lynne will be speaking on “Spiritual Navigation with Paul” based on Romans 5:1-11.  Also, Jane Oh and Monica Ma, will share about their respective short term mission trips.  We will commission (or send) them in the name of Christ.  Our Encounter Worship team will lead the service with music including the songs, How Great is our God; Cornerstone; Good, Good Father; and Amazing Grace.

We were considering confirmations and membership transfers for this Sunday.  However, we have decided to postpone it to the fall.  It’s been wonderful to engage with youth and families about taking steps of faith.  However, we felt it was important to take more time with them.
Upcoming Sermons

May 26    Family Emphasis Sunday – Prayerful Friends
June 2     Jesus’ Ascension – Communion
June 9     Pentecost – Church School Appreciation Sunday
June 16   Father’s Day and Mission Sunday – Encounter style
June 23   All in the Family (part 4): feuds, forgiveness and lessons to learn
June 30   All in the Family (part 5): feuds, forgiveness and lessons to learn

Giving Hope: Mission News
Books, Books, Books!!

As part of the Markham Music Festival, the Evangelism and Outreach Committee is once again having a used book sale.  We will be collecting and sorting books during the last two weeks of May, so you have until then to start collecting novels you have already read and memorized, coffee table books, cook books that have given all of their delicious recipes etc. Hard cover, soft cover we would appreciate them all.

Our booth will also help promote programs in the Church including Messy Church, the Vacation Bible School, as well as others. Proceeds from the sale would be used to offset the cost of our Evangel Hall Dinners.
Evangel Hall

Please note that the next sandwich delivery will be Wednesday June 26, 2019.
Thanks to John Hazlewood for the delivery to Evangel Hall on Wed May 22.  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 on July 28, 2019.
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.

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

Silent Auction


Fri Jun 14: Messy Church


Sat Jun 15: Volunteers needed!

Sun Jun 16 – Let’s Do Lunch


It’s That Tyme

The date for THE St. Andrew’s Iconic Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar is set for Saturday, November 2, 2019. The Team of Venue Convenors has held their Kick-off Meeting, plans are being made, and excitement is building.

As always, your participation as both key suppliers and valued customers, is critical to the success of this annual Outreach opportunity in the life of our Church. Today, the Team is appealing to you for support of 3 of Santa’s favourite features at the Bazaar, Grandma’s Pantry, and the Jewellery and Crafts venues.

Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. We enjoy better weather, and marvel at the beautiful blossoms. Strawberries, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Apples and Peaches, will follow.  This reminds us of the exceptional Jams and Jellies which will adorn Grandma’s Pantry. Please plan to start preparing these valued treasures and remember to pass along those empty 125- and 250-ml jars to help our talented chefs.

Costume jewellery is in great demand. Perhaps you have some that no longer suits your wardrobe or is just not high on your list of favourites. Please donate these items to the Bazaar. They will be effectively displayed and offered for sale to our guests. The Jewellery venue also relies on your donations of older and unwanted gold items to be sold to those jewellers who will melt it down for recycling. Even one earring is helpful. Please consider inviting your relatives, neighbours, and friends to donate as well. 

We are also fortunate to have some yarn which has been donated for our use. It is available in a box in the photocopy room, for those of you planning to knit or crochet some wonderful and unique hand made items for the Craft table. If you have yarn to donate, please add it to the yarn in the box. 

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support of this Outreach activity. 
Please direct any questions to Donna Kemp (re: Grandma’s Pantry), Wendy Wise (re: Jewellery), Jean Port (re: Crafts), or Roseanne Dumitru (Convenor).


New Photo Directory

Our church photo directory is five years old and in need of an update. When better to do this than in time for our 180th anniversary.

Photography dates are as follows:
August 21, (For those who will be away or have family members away for the Sept/Oct dates).
September 19, 20, 21; October 3, 4, and 5. 

You will be able to sign up after church on June 16th.  
Future dates and online registration will be announced shortly.   Dates for group pictures will be announced later. Hopefully we can take many of them on a Sunday morning.

For further information contact Isabel Cole, Barbara Brown or Janice Lunan.


Stewardship News

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