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Just a thought
What does your mood depend on?  If your boss or spouse or close friend says a kind word, does it make your day?  But if they say something critical about you, does it ruin your day?  If something goes well, does it lift your mood?  But if something doesn’t work out, does it spoil your mood?  That would probably be true for most of us.  But it also means that our mood is controlled by others and by our circumstances.  The challenge is to see beyond with eyes of faith to a God who deeply loves us even though life is hard at times.  It’s because of faith that we can “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” (James 1:2).  If you get a chance, read the next verses following.  It’s a wonderful reminder to shift our mood to be dependent on God.  It’s difficult to do this… but that’s the challenge of faith, isn’t it?

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

This week is Pentecost Sunday.  What does Pentecost mean for us today?  Let’s look at Acts 2:1-21 together.  We’ll have 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.
Upcoming Sermons

May 10  Mothers Day – Proverbs 31:10-31
May 17  Ian Clark – John 14:15-21
May 24  Why Did Jesus Ascend?  – Acts 1:1-11
May 31  What does Pentecost mean for us today? – Acts 2:1-21
Jun  7    Trinity Sunday – Matthew 28:16-20
Jun 14   Father’s Day – Colossians 3:12-15, Genesis 45:1-8
Youth & Family News

Mid Week Meeting  
Our Thursday meetings continue – same time (11:30 am), the same place (online).  If you are grade 3 and up please check your inbox or email Lynne to get the Zoom link and join us in the discussion as we work through Jesus Centred Life

We will play WHEEL OF QUESTIONS and Zoom BYYYYEEEEE again so make sure you have paper and dark marker or pen.

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

This week we are talking about Pentecost and reading from Acts 2:1-41.  Check out this link to get a head start on our bible story.  https://youtu.be/OMQKy1Mx49M
Students grades 3 and up and encouraged to grab their bibles, click the Zoom link and join us.  Check your inbox or email Lynne to get your Zoom information. 
Great News!  The Zoom link is now the same until July 12th.  So last week’s link works this week!

Storytime Online  
Children in grades 1 and below are invited to join our storytime online at 12 noon.  

This brief online session includes a quick hello, and reading of a bible story.  Being apart is tough, this is an easy way to stay connected.  To join check your inbox or email Lynne to get the Zoom link.   Great News!  The Zoom link is now the same until July 12th.  So last week’s link works this week!  

Photo Challenge EXTENDED!
Over the past two weeks, our church school lessons focused on the Book of Acts and the activities of Peter.  Both lessons talked about Peter going to prison and then being released.  Inspired by our church school readings, this week our photo challenge is Catch and Release.  Take a picture of something “trapped” or “captured” and then set free.  Your photos will be featured in our weekly video!  

When you are ready send your photos to Lynne or check your inbox for the google photo link. 

Be A Part of the Youth Message!
Be a part of the youth message video!
Capture the wind moving items and send your pictures or videos to Lynne’s email address lynne.lidkea@gmail.com.
Then watch the service on Sunday to see your contribution!  

Remember to ASK BEFORE you use the leaf blower!    image.png

Giving Hope to Others

Evangel Hall
Here’s recent update from Evangel Hall’s executive director:

Rev. Dale’s Driveway Ministry In Action!
(May 19, 2020) Dear Friends, With some creative problem solving, a hammer and nails, the last piece of plexiglass at the local hardware store, and a room filled with takeout containers, ehm has been distributing take-out meals through its Drop-In doors. Each over-sized, nutrient-rich meal is a labour of love, served by the hands of staff, carrying the care and regards of you, our donors and partners. But, it’s in the driveway, on the other side of that plexiglass, where something else truly remarkable happens. As our guests line up, respecting the six feet markers, many wearing masks, they are greeted by a familiar figure. Rev. Dale Henry, ehm’s Spiritual Care Provider approaches each person, his collar almost covered by the now-familiar protective equipment: gloves, mask, and face shield. Dale takes time to asks everyone in line, “How are you doing today?” He hears about loneliness, isolation, fear, and anxiety. He helps bring a sense of peace and grounding in a world of chaos. Through Dale’s Driveway Ministry, he’s able to offer that human connection we are all missing. Donate Now And when Dale is done in the driveway, he goes to his office and starts calling ehm’s tenants. It’s often the same conversations – fear, anxiety, and loneliness that can quickly turn to a sense of hopelessness if unaddressed. Dale’s Driveway Ministry and phone calls reminds clients and tenants they are not alone. Together, we will endure. Thanks to your donations, residents and clients don’t have to face this pandemic alone. Your generosity makes this all possible. With deepest thanks, Ainsley Chapman Executive Director
If you would like to donate online to Evangel Hall, click here.


Markham Food Bank

Would you consider a food donation to the Markham Food Bank? The Evangelism and Outreach Committee understands that there is a great need.  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

Thank God that Shakeeb, Nazia and Sajal, the three people that we have sponsored to come to Canada, are doing well.  Nazia and Sajal are studying English online.  Shakeeb is working with his brother doing residential concrete and construction.  They are looking to book more projects.

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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.

Iona Quilters Spring Sale

This year we were unable to present our Spring Sale at the May “Lunch and Mingle”, so we have decided to try an “on-line” version.

Our spring creations are on display in the Scott Room.  A list of items, including pictures, descriptions and prices, can be found HERE

There are two ways to take part in this sale:
1.  If you have a key, or know someone who has a key, please feel free to visit the Scott Room for “self service” shopping.
2.  Visit the church during Peter’s office hours (which are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00am to 12 noon),  but please call first to be sure he is available to let you in the door. (905-294-4736)

Thank you for your participation.
The Iona Quilters.

It’s that TYME

It’s that TYME
The date for THE St. Andrew’s Iconic Olde Tyme Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, November 7, 2020.
As a result of Covid-19, and with future government restrictions being unclear, it will probably not be possible to hold our Christmas Bazaar in the traditional manner.

The Bazaar is 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.
With the full support of Session and the Board of Managers, the Team of Convenors has started discussing alternative ways, and under what restrictions and guidelines, it might still be possible to hold a safe and successful Christmas Bazaar this year. Consideration is being given to opening various Venues over several different days, whether they be held indoors or outdoors.

As always, your participation is critical to the success of this annual Outreach opportunity in the life of our Church.

Today, the Team is appealing to you to continue your preparations for a more unique Bazaar this year. Those exceptional Jams and Jellies for Grandma’s Pantry, those valued treasures for New-To-You, the delicious treats for the Bake Table are needed. New ways to offer Meat Pies, Crafts, and Jewellery will be developed. Different ways of presenting Santa’s Kitchen, the Silent Auction, and Collectibles will be necessary.

Please save and consider donating any unwanted gold items which can be melted down and recycled. Let your relatives, neighbours, and friends know we are working on a plan to present our Old Tyme Christmas Bazaar in a very safe but unusual (not bizarre) way, over an extended Christmas season this year.
Roseanne Dumitru (Convener).



Thank you for your support for the Markham Stouffville Hospital and our church.  So far the masks have resulted in $600 raised!

Could you use a mask?  Jean Port has made a number of masks, and is offering to anyone in need.  They are double layer, cotton, reusable and hand washable, in different colours.  No cost… but you are welcome to donate to the church or Markham Stouffville Hospital.  Limit of two per person.  Call or email Peter or ask one of our elders, if you are interested.

Tues June 9: Online prayer meeting!

Join us for an online prayer meeting this Tuesday June 9 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: June 9, 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 #

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.
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.
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