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Just a thought
We are feeling the budget squeeze, here at the church.  We are projecting a deficit (under $20,000) even with the adjustment for seasonal giving.  This is not the end of the world as it represents about 5% of our budget.  God is still God.  God still owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50).  But it’s a situation we wanted to let you know about.  If God leads you to give to this issue, that’s wonderful.  If God leads you not to give, that’s wonderful too.  As a church, we still live by faith.  We still want to focus on reaching out with the love of Christ and being a blessing others.  Thank you for the many ways that we can work together and inspire one another to love and good deeds.

Sermon Information

This Sunday, we only have our 10:30 am service… 
This is the Third Sunday in Advent, focusing on the theme of Joy based on Isaiah 12. 
Our Bible Builders Church School will present a wonderful Christmas play, “Too Busy for Christmas”  
Everyone is invited to a lunch after service (freewill donation), Let’s Do Lunch
After lunch, come to our Christmas Concert from 1pm – 2pm by the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Senior Choir, the Ivan McCreight Choral Singers, and the Byrd Sounds Quartet (see below).
Upcoming Sermons

Nov 25   St. Andrew’s Day
Dec 2     Advent – Hope – Communion
Dec 9     Advent – Peace – White Gift Sunday
Dec 16   Advent – Joy – Christmas Concerts – Let’s Do Lunch
Dec 23   Advent – Love
Dec 24  Christmas Eve Services at 7 pm and 9 pm
Dec 30   Ian Clark

More Sunday Info

Giving Hope

Upcoming Events

Giving Hope: Mission News
Evangel Hall

Please note that the next sandwich delivery will be one week earlier than usual… Dec 19.
We thank everyone who made sandwiches and donated clothing to Evangel Hall.  Iain Marshall was able to make the delivery this past Wednesday Nov 28.  
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 food items include: sardines, cereals, pasta sauce, crackers, baby food & formula, rice.  Personal Hygiene items like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc, are welcome as well.
Pikangikum Christmas Shoe Box Project

Just a note to let everyone know that the boxes were delivered to Red Lake Airport on Wednesday, December 5th, with plenty of time to make the flight to Pikangikum.
We’ll let you know when they’ve actually made it to their final destination. Again thank you to all who filled boxes or contributed to the shipping costs.

Presbyterian World Service & Development


Socks, Underwear, Hats and Mittens

The socks keep pouring in. To date 379 pairs of socks have shown up in the sock box, along with 51 assorted articles of underwear and three thermal blankets!!

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. The socks donated up to next week will go down to Evangel Hall with the sandwich delivery on the 19th. Please make note of the week earlier delivery!! 
We will continue to collect socks up to the end of December.

Iona Quilters Mission Giving
We thank the Iona Quilters for some recent gifts to the Markham Stouffville Hospital and the Crisis Pregnancy Centre.
20 blankets and 6 knitted hats to the Neonatal ICU
2 lap quilts to the Cancer Clinic
donated mother and baby items to the Crisis Pregnancy Centre
Here is a thank you note to the Iona Quilters.

Upcoming Events


Sad News and Thank you

Anne (and Gordon) Paterson’s sister Catherine Henderson passed away on November 21, 2018 in Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland.  She was 78 years old and suffered from pneumonia.  A service was held on November 28.

Reem (and Van) Garabet’s father, Emile Ghazala passed away on Thursday December 6 at the age of 87.  He had a 10 year battle with Louie Body Dementia.  The funeral service was held on December 10.

Gordon MacRae’s nephew, Keith MacRae passed away on December 6, 2018 at the age of 62.  The memorial service was held on December 12 in at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church South Lancaster.

Thank You Note from Estelle White
To my Church family at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, thank you each one of you for your prayers and good wishes on my recent surgery.  Yes, without prayer nothing can be achieved.  I am doing okay but, as the doctor says, it will take three months.  I hope to see you all very soon.  In the meantime, thank you once again.  God be with each one of you, like He was with me.
Love & God Bless,              Estelle White.

Christmas Events


Sun Dec 16: Christmas Concerts
Join us for our 10:30 am service where… 
Our Bible Builders Church School presents:
“Too Busy for Christmas”

Join us at 1 pm, where…
St. Andrew’s Choir presents their Christmas Concert


Sun Dec 16: Let’s Do Lunch

Sun Dec 16: Iona Quilters

The Iona Quilters will be offering Christmas crafts for sale at the “Let’s do Lunch” event next Sunday.  A great opportunity for some last minute Christmas shopping.  There will also be some hats, scarves & mittens available.  Let’s load up that Mitten Tree.

Weekly Offering Information


Sun Jan 13: Deadline for Annual Report Submissions
Materials for the 2018 Annual Report should be in the Church Office by Sunday, January 13, 2018.

Annual General Meeting
Join us on Sunday February 10th, 2019, for our Annual General Meeting 
in Fellowship Hall. Let’s consider the future direction of our church and our finances.  Light lunch provided.  All are welcome!


Small Group Bible Studies


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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