Just a Thought

I received an email last week from someone who shared about their connection with Eric Liddell.  Liddell was the Flying Scotsman who won gold and bronze medals in the 1924 Paris Olympics.  He was a deeply committed to his faith, which led him to become a missionary in China.  The email I received, thanked me for the sermon series based on Eric Liddell’s book; and shared that this person’s grandfather (on her mother’s side) was in the same concentration camp as Eric Liddell.  Their family was involved in the trade of goods between Britain and China.  They grew up in China and were even interned in a different concentration camp themselves as a child, before being freed to return to the West.  It was interesting to hear of their history in China!  This person also confirmed, through family stories, that Eric Liddell truly was a man of character and conviction even during times of great stress.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to have such genuine faith?

Join us for worship online each Sunday at 10:30 am…
via our Youtube Channel or our Facebook page .   

This Sunday, Peter continues the sermon series “Running the Race”with a look at Jesus’ teaching in Luke 9:57-62 and the topic of “The Call to Surrender.”  This is loosely based on Eric Liddell’s book, “The Disciplines of the Christian Life”.  We hope you can join us!

You may also access our service by telephone.  See near the bottom of this email for information. 
Upcoming Sermons

Jan 3      Epiphany – The Wise Men – Matthew 2:1-12
Jan 10  Running the Race 1: The Key to Knowing God (Obedience) – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Jan 17  Running the Race 2: Self-examination – Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24
Jan 24  Running the Race 3: The Call to Surrender – Luke 9:57-62
Jan 31  Communion – Church School theme – Becoming a Friend of God – Romans 5:1-11
Feb 7    Annual Mtg – Running the Race 4: Characteristics of a Disciple (2 John)

Youth & Family News

Church School Online 
Our youth in grades 5 and up, continue to explore our Live curriculum designed to help them explore the bible and build a stronger relationship with Christ. Each Sunday following the church school session we send you a quick summary of our discussion with conversation starters to keep the lesson alive all week.  
This week we start a new study called Romans: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Faith.  Our lesson is called Intro to Romans and we are reading from Romans 1:1-17
See you at 11 am via ZOOM.

Let’s Get Ready for Sunday!  
What exactly is faith? We think we know, but maybe our quick answers don’t fully answer the question.  Join in on Sunday where we will talk about it!

Story Time
This week our bible story online is called Jesus Chooses his Disciples Children from nursery to grade 2 are invited to storytime at 10:45 am!

Zoom links remain the same.

Giving Hope to Others
Evangel Hall

Thank you to Cate Bokhout for making the delivery of sandwiches and clothes in December.
Our next Sandwich and clothing delivery will be on Wednesday, January 27th.


Markham Food Bank

Most needed food items:
Sardines, Hot cereal, Jam, Canned Salmon, Crackers, Evaporated Milk, Baby Formula, Kraft Dinner

Feel free to drop off your non-perishable donation at grocery stores or fire halls.  Or consider an online donation through Canada Helps – Markham Food Bank


Prayer Requests and St. Andrew’s Family News

Pray for George Ward, currently in hospital with heart issues.  Pray that this will be resolved by medication.  Pray for Anne, as well.

Soup, potted fruit, and tea was distributed to about 11 homes recently.  Thanks to the people who made and distributed!

Please let me know if you have any prayer requests, thanksgivings, or special celebrations!  Feel free to reply to this email.

Church News and Events 


Giving to St. Andrews

Thank you for your offerings even during this time.  Our church has ongoing bills and obligations, but we also have the privilege to give offering to God.  Here are ways to give:

1. Interac E-Transfer

Send an e-transfer to givetostandrews@gmail.com with your contact information in the optional message so we can issue a tax receipt to you.  (More info: http://standrews-markham.ca/give/)

2. Cheque
Mail to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 143 Main Street North, Markham ON, L3P 1Y2

Another possibility is Pre-Authorized Remittance, which allows for a monthly withdrawal from your bank account.  Ask Velma or Peter for more information.


Switched on Seniors

Join the Switched on Seniors programme with details at


Here you can get all the news and check out some of our ‘how to’ videos- including one on how to use Zoom.
February meetings will be on February 11th at 11 a.m. and February 25th at 11 a.m.—see you there!

St. Andrew’s Valentine Market

Many folks may still have a freezer full of our Comfort Foods, but we wanted to give you this Mid Winter opportunity to restock your freezer, if needed. Of course, we could not resist adding some homemade yummies, and seasonal crafts, just because we all deserve a treat from time to time.

It certainly is true once again, that our famous St. Andrew’s Meat Pies are still the Comfort Food most favoured. Quite understandable. They are a particularly good Value. They taste good, they’re easy to prepare, and the 4 “size allows you to fit several into your home freezer. For the meat-lovers, who have the freezer space, we have something new to offer! It is a larger and deeper 5 “pie which contains 50% more meat than 3 of the 4” pies. The new offering is the Shepherd’s Passion Pie. It also comes with a delicious topping of mashed potatoes, instead of a crust. It is an additional hearty option which will appeal to some.

Please remember there is no limit. Our cooks can safely prepare as many of the foods as you desire.
To order click: here

We are also happy to let you know that tomorrow we will launch a special Valentines Auction.
Please remember others who may need to stock up their freezers, and do not hesitate to share
this email with your friends and neighbours.

Sincerely, the ladies of the Valentines Market Partnership.

Pancakes for Pickup

As Presbyterians we love to eat! Even though we can’t gather together to share Pancake Supper right now, we still wanted our pancakes & sausages! So this year, we are offering Pancakes for Pick Up! Simply place your order online at https://pancakesforpickup.weebly.com/ , pick a time slot for pick up, and you’re done. Pancake packages are $10.00 each, and all proceeds will go towards Presbyterian World Service & Development and their work in Afghanistan to help families suffering because of the pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact victoria at vlbanfield@gmail.com .


 Feb 7: Annual General Meeting

Peter Ma is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Annual General Meeting
Time: Feb 7, 2021 1:00 PM

New!  The beginning of our meeting will feature the opportunity to gather in small groups to say hello to one another.



Cloth masks are still available at the church outside Peter’s office.  There is now a supply of winter colours including plaid, denim and other darker shades. The masks are $5.00 each.

Also, there are “Design your own Mask” KITS available, both in CHILD size and TEEN/ADULT size.  These kits are $15.00 each and they contain 2 plain cloth masks, 3 permanent fabric markers and instructions.  A great way for “kids of all ages” to keep busy during “lock down”!

Please leave your cash or cheque in the cash box provided.

Call Jean Port at 905 294 7966, or your elder, if you need assistance.


Tues Feb 2: Online prayer meeting

Join us for an online prayer meeting.
We welcome you… if you love to pray or if you simply want to observe.  It will be good to meet and pray together.

Peter Ma is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Prayer Group
Time: Feb 2, 2021  1:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting here  or call in:
1. Call one of these local phone numbers for Zoom:  647-374-4685 or 647-558-0588
2. When asked, type in the meeting ID:  835 6150 2210 #
3. Skip participant ID by pressing #
4. Enter password: 4736 #


The Church Building is Closed – but we have not gone away

Even though our building is closed, we are here for you.  Join our online service. telephone worship, prayer meeting or Zoom Bible study.  We have active Choir and Fitness groups.  If you need help in anyway, please let us know.  Peter (416) 459-2207.


Small Group Bible Studies

We have a Small Group Bible Study meeting on Wednesday evenings by Zoom video.  If you are interested in studying the Bible in a friendly and welcoming environment, let Peter know.
Church Newsletter – Articles Wanted

Do you have an article or photo for our upcoming February 2021 Communicator newsletter?  Please submit to to Peter  pma535@gmail.com by January 31.  Thank you!

Our Communicator Newsletter for Fall 2020 is available: Click here to download
Thanks to Cyntra Seebaransingh and Valinna Pazhaidam.
Access our worship service by telephone

(for those who don’t have Internet access)

Connect by telephone on Sunday at 10:30 am (a little earlier is better).
It’s a local phone call to Zoom conferencing, along with a meeting id and password.

1. Call one of these local phone numbers for Zoom:  647-374-4685 or 647-558-0588
2. When asked, type in the meeting ID:  786 2061 5001 #
3. Skip participant ID by pressing #
4. Enter password: 4736 #

This will be the same information each Sunday at 10:30 am.
Please consider passing this information on to anyone who might benefit.


143 Main St. North, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1Y2
no regular office hours