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Not open yet…
Our church building still remains closed.  Worship services are online.  We remain concerned about those most vulnerable.  More info to come!

Just a thought
Some of the Board of Managers painted lines on our parking lot today (thanks Alex, Don and Lloyd).  On an unrelated note, I now have a nice racing stripe right down the middle of my car.  (kidding)


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

This week, Peter will continue the sermon series “Our Common Humanity”.  How can we as a church be a community of grace?  How can we bridge differences?  What does the Bible say about how we relate to others?  This week, we’ll look at some practical relationship advice and some strange wording from Romans 12,  Live peaceably but heap burning coals?
Join us online.

There will be a youth message by Lynne, piano by Judy and music organized by Mathias.

You may also access our service by telephone.  See near the bottom of this email for information.  Note that we’ve had some technical problems… call me at 416-459-2207 on Sunday morning if you need help.
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Upcoming Sermons

Jul 12   Faith Grows (Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23) – Ian Clark
Jul 19   Our Common Humanity: An open invitation (Isaiah 55)
Jul 26   Our Common Humanity: How many times should we forgive? (Matthew 18:21-35) 
Aug 2   Our Common Humanity: God is no respecter of persons? ( Acts 10:34-48) – Communion
Aug 9 – Our Common Humanity: Live peaceably but heap burning coals? (Romans 12:9-21)
Aug 16 – Our Common Humanity: One in Christ  (Galatians 3:23-4:7)
Aug 23 – Our Common Humanity: Mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:1-13)
Aug 30  Ian Clark
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Youth & Family News

Church School Online    
Our online church school meets every Sunday @ 11 am. 

Students grades 3 and up and encouraged to grab their bibles, click the link and join us.  If you have trouble connecting, email standrewscs@gmail.com 

There is a NEW LINK for the summer church school sessions.  Check your email for the link.  The link is also shared by Peter on Sunday mornings.  

Storytime Online   
Bible story time is currently on pause for the summer break.  
We will meet again over Zoom in September.
Have a great Summer!

Lynne Away 
Lynne is away effective July 16th until August 24th.  
Have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Giving Hope to Others
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Evangel Hall
Here is an update about the programs running at Evangel Hall:

The Adult Drop-In Centre is open for takeout meals, clothing bank, and washroom use, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday – Thursday.  Showers and laundry services are unavailable until further notice, but clothing and personal hygiene products are still available as needed.

The Voluntary Trusteeship Program is continuing with modification.
Tenant Support Workers are assisting residents to shelter safely in place. 
Services in the ehm Dental Clinic are temporarily suspended. 

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Markham Food Bank

Most needed food items:
Sardines, Hot cereal, Cold cereal, Pasta sauce, Crackers, Baby food , Baby Formula, Rice

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

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Prayer Requests and St. Andrew’s Family News

Michelle (and Dan) O’Kopniak’s cousin Gregory’s infant son, Linden (3 months old), born with Down’s Syndrome, had successful bowel surgery this week.  Pray for healing and recovery.

Congratulations to Don and Anne Hazelton on the birth of a granddaughter, Sophie, born to Tom and Emma, on July 12, 2020!

Laura Wallace has moved to Amica Swan Lake, Room 229.

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Church News and Events 

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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.

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Financial Update

 

Thank you for your offering and donations to the church.
Here is an assessment of our financial situation from our treasurer, Lloyd Skeoch:

Things are leveling out.  Our donations are down a bit in July, but not enough to qualify for future government grants, and our expenses are down from not having a replacement on board for the Pastoral Care position, and some expenses that are not being incurred.  As a result, we are pretty much where we would expect to be for the month, and continue to be ahead of plan on our year to date with a small surplus, thanks to the above situations, plus an initial grant from the government.

Our current position is a surplus of $2,000, whereas we would normally expect a deficit of about $30,000 at this time.

If you would like more information relative to these numbers, feel free to contact Lloyd at lloydskeoch@yahoo.com.
 

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Sat Sept 12 – Church Golf Day


Feel free to reply to this email to sign up.
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Masks

 

Thank you to everyone for your generous financial support of the MASK program. It has been a tremendous success.  As of this week, I have distributed $1,600.00 in donations as follows:

$800.00 to Markham Stouffville Hospital.
$800.00 to our church, to be used for current and ongoing expenses while the building is closed.

Although demand seems to be slowing down, there is still a supply of masks available at the church. Please call or email Peter, or ask your elder, if you, or your friends and neighbours, would like to pick some up. From now on, any donations received will be used to purchase food vouchers, so
that Peter can distribute them to those in need.  Thanks again for your very generous support of this project.

Jean

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Tues Aug 11: Online prayer meeting!

Join us for an online prayer meeting on Tuesday Aug 11 at 1 pm. 
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: Aug 11, 2020  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 #

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Bazaar Update

Thank you to all the Venue Convenors for their work in exploring options and planning for an incredibly unique St. Andrew’s Iconic Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar this year. 

Even in these difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar remains an important Outreach activity, allowing us to make friends in the community, enjoy the fellowship of working together, while helping our Church Ministry and Missions financially, as best we can.

Everyone’s safety is of prime importance. Even employing many of the risk mitigation measures now being used as businesses re-open, holding the Bazaar in the usual manner on Saturday, November 7, with potentially 250 people in the church for several hours, cannot be accomplished. We can observe that social-distancing procedures, including the use of gloves and masks, are working in many places in the community. However, our Bazaar is unique because it allows our helpers and guests to interact so closely. Together, with our guests, we handle many objects for sale, like Jewellery and those treasures in the New-to-You venue, as well as join with them to enjoy the delights of Santa’s Kitchen.

Given that the Covid-19 situation is still so fluid, that hosting outdoors activities are too weather dependant, and that indoor activities potentially put too many vulnerable people at risk, the Convenors have concluded that Virtual Holiday Markets, with a more selective list of offerings, is possible. Using on-line ordering, with Pick-Up or Delivery, we can provide some of our well known and desirable items from venues such as Grandma’s Pantry, the Silent Auction, and Crafts, as well as a variety of Soups and Pies, Holiday Baking, and Christmas Gift Baskets, Cards, and Decorations.

These plans are now being developed, but the initial kick-off date of September 19 will be postponed for a few weeks so our Convenors can work out details. Please stay tuned, and again, Thank You, everyone, for supporting our Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar in this unique fashion.

Roseanne Dumitru (Convener)

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

Our church building is closed indefinitely.  We will open when it is safe to do so.  We are also not encouraging any face to face meetings at this time.  However, we do have the ability to video conference.  If your church group would like to do so, feel free to contact myself or Lynne Lidkea or Alex Szucs.
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Help Available

A number of people at church have offered help to anyone in need.  If you or someone you know requires assistance, please let me know.  Peter (416) 459-2207.
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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.
 

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

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