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Edict for Ordination and Admission of Elders
Whereas Roseanne Dumitru and Valinna Pazhaidam have been duly elected to the eldership by this congregation, and have been approved by the session, notice is hereby given that the session will proceed to ordain them, and to admit Marilyn Dean, also duly elected, to that office on Sunday, February 9, in the year 2020 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service, unless some valid objection has been given unto the moderator within ten days from this date.
At Markham, January 23, 2020,  John Hazlewood, Clerk of Session.
Please note that Barbara Persaud was also elected but is unable to proceed for personal reasons.

Just a thought
Are you seasonally affected or SAD?  This past Monday January 20, 2020, was called the most depressing day of the year for many reasons.  It’s a Monday, the beginning of the work week.  Credit card bills are coming due from December.  It’s typically colder and darker.  We may be giving up on New Year’s resolutions.  We may have a cold or flu.  Sorry to cause you any stress while reading.

There are many ways forward from this past Monday.  Perhaps… Visit your doctor if you have symptoms of depression.  Stay active.  Get involved in activities that help others.  Allow scripture into your life.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Worship Service Information
This Sunday, we have both 9am and 10:30am services.  Peter will be speaking on “Jesus sends his disciples”  based on Mark 6:7-13.  At both services, we will celebrate Communion.  We’ve scheduled this between the December and March Communions.  We pray that it will be meaningful and renewing!

— notes on our services
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 (upstairs and down the hall).

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.
Upcoming Sermons

Jan 5   Epiphany – The Wisemen
Jan 12  Baptism of Jesus
Jan 19  Stories of the Kingdom (part 4): Matthew 13:31-35 – Let’s Do Lunch
Jan 26  Communion – Jesus sends his disciples – Mark 6:7-13 
Feb 2    Stories of the Kingdom (part 5): Matthew 13:44-46
Feb 9    Stories of the Kingdom (part 6): Matthew 13:47-53 – Annual Meeting

Giving Hope: Mission News

Sandwiches for Evangel Hall

Thanks to all who donated sandwiches and clothes to Evangel Hall in January.  Cate Bokhout delivered sandwiches and many bags of clothing!
Our next delivery will be on Wednesday, February 26th.  Sign up in the Narthex!

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 Food Bank also accepts personal hygiene items.


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

2020 Floral Calendar

The 2020 Floral Calendar is now posted outside the cloak room. If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in memory of a loved one, or in celebration of an anniversary or wedding, please sign your name on the appropriate date and contact the member of the decorating committee responsible for that month to assist you.

Communicator Newsletter — Articles Wanted!

Do you have articles or a write-up for our church newsletter?
Deadline for submissions to the Communicator Newsletter is Sunday, February 9th.

Let’s encourage one another and build up our community of 
faith through the Communicator. We will publish our next 
issue in late February.


Small Group Bible Study News


Sun Jan 26: Family Fun Time


Sat Feb 1: Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Thu Feb 6: Lunch & Mingle

Fri Feb 14: Messy Church

Fri Feb 25: Pancake Tuesday


Musical Notes from the Choir

St Andrew’s Ministry of Music continues to serve our Congregation and Community through musical celebration of the gospels, community outreach programs and fundraising events for the Church.  Please save these dates to enjoy a year of music, worship and fellowship in 2020.

Our Senior Choir is an integral part of Sunday worship services, Communion, as well as our Christmas and Easter celebrations. If you have a desire to serve, you can or cannot read music but enjoy singing, please drop by for a visit during choir practice Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM. 
St Andrew’s Choral Scholarships provide qualified music students with financial support for attending college or university. In addition to funding their studies, these vocal music students gain valuable real world experience working with Mathias, Judy and our Choir. 

This year we welcome back Tricia Wrigglesworth (Gr 12, Soprano).  Thanks to the generous financial support of the Congregation we are pleased to add to the Choir, vocal students Giovanni Rabbito (Gr. 11, Tenor), Emma Yee (Gr. 12, Alto) and Rahul Viveuanandan (Gr. 11, Baritone). We are truly blessed to have these gifted young singers share their God given talents with the Choir and the Congregation. 

St Andrew’s and Temple Kol Ami Joint Choirs 
The St Andrew’s and Kol Ami Choirs will come together once again to celebrate Shabbat Shirah. This concert is the “Sabbath of Singing” – a very musical moment in Jewish biblical history.  Many congregations highlight this Shabbat by creating services brimming with extraordinary music to celebrate Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Red Sea and out of Egypt.

Friday, February 7th   Shabbat Shirah Service: 7:30pm-8:15pm    Performance: 8:15pm-8:45pm
 At Temple Kol Ami: 36 Atkinson Ave, Thornhill, (South of Hwy 407 and just East of Bathurst) 
Sunday, April 19th at 1:00 PM (after Let’s Do Lunch)
At St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Look for concert details in your Sunday Bulletin.

We are planning another year full of exciting fundraising events as we attract new visitors to our Church.  Concert proceeds support St Andrew’s Ministry of Music and our Choral Scholars.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30 PM   Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir (TWMVC) 
Back by popular demand, the TWMVC will return to St Andrew’s this spring with another exciting program of Welsh hymns, operatic arias, North American folk songs, and Broadway show tunes – a perfect blend of traditional, spiritual and contemporary music. Our own Ivan McCreight Choral Scholars will round out an evening of fun and fellowship with several outstanding solo performances.  Ticket are $25 and may be purchased starting February 23rd.

May (TBC), 2020:  Open Mic at the Coffee House  
St Andrew’s and the Markham Community are blessed with an abundance of musical talent. To honour our “Scottish Nights” of the past, we hope to bring local talent to the stage with an evening of music, fellowship, coffee and treats. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020: The Pirates of Penzance 
St Andrew’s Ministry of Music is please to present this highly acclaimed comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, performed by the University of Toronto based Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. 
The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year, meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Musical hilarity ensues!

On behalf of Mathis, Judy and the Senior Choir, thank you for your generous and continued support of St Andrew’s Ministry of Music.
Respectfully submitted,
Alex Szucs
Chair, St Andrew’s Ministry of Music

Game Corner – Sundays

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 is at 10:30 am.  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 (front entrance).
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.  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