Just a thought
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel… (Philippians 1:3-5)

We’re thankful to God for many people in our midst who inspire us towards love and good deeds.  Our ‘Thank You’s’ for 2019 are not awards but simply a way that we celebrate key values for us as a community of faith.  We are richer and stronger because of the contributions of many people, including those named below.  Join us this Sunday at Let’s Do Lunch to celebrate our Thank You’s.

Care and Compassion: Ralph Strutt  
Christian Education: Joan Hazlewood 
Giving Hope: Susan Flatt
Generous Giving: Cate Bokhout
Order of the Shingle: David Craig
Journey of Faith: Fred and Estelle White

Worship Service Information

This Sunday (Sept 15), we have 2 services… 9 am and 10:30 am.

For both services, Peter will start a new sermon series on “Stories of the Kingdom“… let’s begin looking specifically at Matthew 13 where Jesus gives us parables that describe the Kingdom of Heaven.  What can we learn from these down to earth stories that point us to heavenly values?  This week we’ll look at Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23.  At our 10:30 am service, we will be commissioning our small group leaders.

Our relaxed 9 am Encounter service is a small informal service with guitar, drums and the same relevant Sunday sermon, held in the old sanctuary.

Our traditional 10:30 am service is a larger more formal service with hymns, choir, and the same relevant Sunday sermon, held in our new sanctuary.  Feel free to come to either service… let’s worship together.

After service, there is a lunch by Let’s Do Lunch team. Everyone is invited.
Upcoming Sermons

Sept 8    Welcome Back Sunday – Psalm 5 – Lunch after service
Sept 15  Stories of the Kingdom (part 1): Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23 – Let’s Do Lunch
Sept 22  Pastoral Care Sunday
Sept 29  Lynne
Oct 6      Communion – Stories of the Kingdom (part 2): Matthew 13:10-17 

Giving Hope: Mission News
Refugee Family – Flight info and Help Wanted

Shakeeb, Nazia and Sajal are coming to Canada on Wednesday September 18 and Friday the 20th, both at 8:10 pm.  The flight is KLM KL695 arriving at Terminal 3 at 8:10 pm… we welcome you to come to the airport with a suggestion to check flight status information before coming.

We need some help moving furniture on Saturday at about 3 pm, from Susan Flatt’s garage to Tony Wong Place.  Please let me (Peter) know if you are able.
Evangel Hall

Please note that the next sandwich delivery will be Wednesday September 25, 2019.
Thanks to Cate Bokhout for the delivery to Evangel Hall on Wed Aug 28.  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 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.

Pastoral Care News

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-


New Church Photo Directory

Great news, online appointment booking for your family portrait is now available.
The link to the booking page is: www.ipcphoto.ca. 
Click on the appointment button (password:myphoto) and then on the church link. It will take you to the online scheduling page.
Select a day and time then fill out the required information including the number of people in your family group (on the left side above the calendar).
To prevent double booking the system will be locked on occasions when we are taking appointments in person.

The photography will take about 15 min. and selection of poses will take place right after so be sure to leave enough time.
Remember each family photographed will receive a directory and an 8×10 portrait at no cost.
We look forward to seeing these dates fill up. 


Small Group Bible Study News

Updated Information:
The Tuesday morning Bible Study will be meeting at Anne Thompson’s home on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.  We are looking at John’s Epistles so we will begin with 1 John 1. Anyone who is interested in a Bible Study is welcome to come. Please advise Anne Thompson of your intention to attend.


Bazaar News

The Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar is quickly approaching, and we need your valued contributions once again. We encourage you to seek donations from friends and family as well. There is so much we want to have to offer to each other, and to the community at large.

Please think about knitted hats, gloves, scarves, and sweaters, preparing preserves and jams, and baking your favourite treats.

Look around your home for items of jewellery, children’s books and games, toys, china, plates, antiques, crystal, silent auction valuables and all the other items you know are appropriate for our annual bazaar.

The Christmas Room, which was introduced last year, proved to be very popular, so your donations of Christmas crafts, ornaments and cards are especially important and will be very, very welcomed.

We also need your time to set up and price on Thursday and Friday, your willingness to carry out specific duties during the Bazaar and clean up afterwards.

Don’t overlook inviting friends to come and spend their hard-earned money at our Bazaar and make plans to have them join you for lunch in Santa’s Kitchen.

This is truly a Church wide enterprise. Everyone can be involved. Please direct any questions to the Convener Roseanne Dumitru (905-294-2386).

Your continued support of this iconic event is very much appreciated.


Sun Sept 15 – Golf Day and Thank You Lunch


Sun Sept 15: Let’s Do Lunch

You’re Invited
This Sunday at 11.45 a.m.

This is a Community Lunch and so feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors.

One of our long-standing outreach programs here at St. Andrew’s has been the Sunday Dinners that we cater at Evangel Hall.

Many of you have participated in one way or another in those very rewarding events. If you have never been involved and wonder what we serve for dinner at EH then join us for lunch on Sunday as this month’s Let’s Do Lunch team will be serving a typical Evangel Hall dinner. The menu will consist of roast loin of pork, potatoes, gravy and vegetables, followed by apple pie and ice cream.

If you can’t stay for lunch tea and coffee will be available as usual.

St Andrew’s Organizational Development & Church Renewal Program

Over the last few months, Session has explored the issue of declining attendance.  While attendance numbers (and consequently revenue) are trending slightly downward, St Andrew’s continues to be blessed with many growing Mission and Outreach programs. 

A Steering Committee for Organizational Development & Church Renewal was established over the summer months to explore our:

•    Mission: What do we do and for whom?
•    Purpose:  Why do we do what we do?
•    Vision: Will the future inspire, motivate and excite us?
•    Values: What is important to us that defines our community of faith? 

To help us answer these questions, our church Elders are presently engaged in a fact-finding data-collection exercise through private one-on-one discussions with as many Church members and adherents as possible. Elders will be asking you the following 6 questions:

1.    What is most important to you about St Andrew’s?
2.    Is the Church meeting your needs?
3.    What needs to improve?
4.    How has the Church helped you? 
5.    Where do you feel God’s grace?
6.    How can we better serve others?  (e.g. Pastoral Care)  

The “interview” takes about 15- 20 minutes. Your comments are held in confidence and will only be used in aggregate.  Tabulation of the interviews in the fall will help us identify a clear direction on how to grow our community of faith as a strong healthy congregation living in the Grace of God.

Your servant in Christ, Alex Szucs

Silent Auction Early Bird Special

You may be wondering what the Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar – Silent Auction “Early Bird Special” is all about. 

Well, it’s a rare offering just before the golf season ends, for those looking for some fun and fellowship, or for a Special Birthday, Anniversary or early Christmas gift.

Bidding is open from September 1, for you and your friends. This Silent Auction “Early Bird Special”, courtesy of Spring Lakes Golf Course in Stouffville, is an opportunity for you and your friends, to enjoy a round of golf for 2, accompanied by Peter Ma and John Dumitru. It includes 18 holes on this Unique and Superb private course, with power cart and lunch.  The game will be arranged at a mutually agreed upon date and time, for this Fall or for next year.

If you recall Peter’s email a few weeks ago, he mentioned that his game was suffering, so what a chance to go head to head with Peter and John. 

Ladies, this is not just for the men. There are 4 sets of tee boxes for every skill level and a choice of one of 3 courses.  The bidding will close on September 29 at 12:15pm.   



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 9 am 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.  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.


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