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Just a thought
The Internet is a wonderful tool that allows us to connect and communicate.  But it also opens the door to fraud.  Please be careful out there!  A few thoughts… first, we do not know where an email comes from, even if it says the name of a friend on it.  Please be suspicious if they are asking for money or saying that they are in trouble; and very suspicious if it involves purchasing gift cards.  Second, if you aren’t certain where an email has come from, don’t click on anything in the email.  It might look official but official emails can be copied and links changed (try hovering your mouse over a link to see where it really leads).  I personally would not login to a website from an email (eg. “update your account now” button).  Third, be aware that this can happen through any form of communication… phone, email, texts, etc.  Fourth, keep your computer up to date.  Windows Defender comes with Windows 10 and is pretty good.  I also use ‘Malwarebytes Free’ as well… (no need to pay for the premium version).  Sorry Windows 7 users… it’s time to upgrade.  Please be careful out there!

Worship Service Information
This Sunday, we have both 9am and 10:30am services.  Peter will be speaking on “Stories of the Kingdom (part 4)” based on Matthew 13:31-35.  This is the parable of the mustard seed, as well as the parable of the yeast.  They seem so simple.  What spiritual lessons can we learn?  

Join us for lunch after service!

— 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.

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.
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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
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Sandwiches for Evangel Hall

Thanks to all who donated sandwiches and clothes to Evangel Hall in December.  Cate Bokhout delivered sandwiches, frozen food, and many bags of socks, mittens and clothing.
Our next delivery will be on Wednesday, January 22nd.  Sign up in the Narthex!

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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  

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Breaking News

Our treasurer Lloyd has confirmed that last year we had a deficit of $1137.  That is 1/3 of 1 per cent of our annual budget!  Thank you for offerings, tithes and kind and generous donations throughout the year.  May God continue to be honoured in St. Andrew’s!
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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

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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.
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Thank you: Annual Report Submissions

Thank you to all chairs, convenors and groups for your Annual Report Submissions!  We hope to have the publication ready by early February.

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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.

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Sun Jan 19: Let’s Do Lunch

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Small Group Bible Study News

Bible Study   Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – Scott Room
On Wednesday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. we will begin 2020 with a
Study “What the Bible says about Prayer”.  We will be looking at key Bible verses on prayer:
Topics included are:
•    Basics on How to Pray
•    Does God Hear All Our Prayers?
•    Why is Prayer Important?
•    What About Unanswered Prayers?

We are a relaxed, friendly group.  You will be warmly welcomed to
You us.   Betty Taylor

Thursday Bible Study will be reconvening on January 16th at 1 p.m.
We will be doing an eight week study by Timothy Keeler titled
“gospel in life, Grace Changes Everything”
Newcomers are welcomed to join us in the Scott room at our new time 1p.m.
Isabel Cole

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Sun Jan 26: Family Fun Time

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Sat Feb 1: Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

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Fri Feb 14: Messy Church

 

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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.

www.standrews-markham.ca
905-294-4736

143 Main St. North, Markham, Ontario, L3P 1Y2
regular office hours from Monday-Friday 9 am to 2 pm