Just a Thought
I remember that old telephone commercial from the 1970’s.  The theme was “Reach out and touch someone”.  Of course the purpose was to promote telephone services, but there’s such a need these days to communicate and connect with people.  As a church, thank you for the ways that you do that.  Thank you for phone calls, letters, texts, and emails, that offer friendship and care to others.  Even though we are in the middle of stay at home orders, let’s continue to share welcome and hospitality in the name of Christ.  Thank you!

Join us for worship online this Sunday, by our
YouTube Channel (at anytime)

This Sunday, Peter will continue with the sermon series on “Healing and Reconcilation”.  Let’s consider how we can see with the eyes of Jesus through a wonderful passage, Matthew 9:35-38.  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

May 16  Healing & Reconciliation: “Seeing with the Eyes of Jesus” – Mat 9:35-38
May 23  Pentecoste – Catherine Clark
May 30  “Jesus and his disciples fishing” – John 21:1-14
Jun 6     Communion – “Up and At’em and Reconciliation” – James 1:22-27
Jun 13    Healing and Reconciliation: “What do you expect?” – Luke 6:27-36
Jun 20   Ian Clark
Jun 27   “Who am I” – Mat 10:28-31, Rom 5:1-2, Eph 2:10
Youth & Family News

Story Time

This week our bible story online is called The Lost Sheep. Children from nursery to grade 2 are invited to storytime at 10:45 am!

Bible Builders Church School (Grades 5 and Up)
This week we continue to look at the theme of Forgiveness. Our lesson is called Learning to Forgive Myself and we are reading from Romans 5:1-2
See you at 11 am via ZOOM.

Let’s Get Ready for Sunday!  
What does forgiveness mean to you?  Join us on Sunday and share your thoughts!

Giving Hope to Others

Munchies for Missions

“Thank you so much to everyone who baked, ate, or donated, to support the Church School’s Munchies for Missions fundraiser. We have raised over $500 to go towards Presbyterian World Service & Development’s project called “Opening Classroom Doors” to help send children to school for a year. If you’d still like to contribute, you can make a donation to the church, and indicate that it is for Munchies for Missions. Thank you again for all your support”

Evangel Hall

Thank you to Cate Bokhout for making the delivery of sandwiches in April.  Currently clothing is not being accepted.  Needed items include rice, frozen vegetables, bottled water, food gift cards, and sandwiches.

Our next Sandwich delivery will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month: May 26.  Bring them on that day from 8:30 am to 9:30 am to the back (east) door of the church.  Thank you to the many who contribute to this ministry!


Markham Food Bank

Most needed food items:
cookies, hot cereal, jam, canned salmon, instant  oatmeal, evaporated milk, vegetarian  soup
canned kidney beans, sidekick pasta or rice pouches, can mixed vegetables

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


St. Andrew’s Family News

Drew (and Ceri) Snelgrove’s father, Bill Snelgrove, passed away on May 9, 2021.  Bill had suffered from Alzheimer’s and recently had a downturn in his health.  Please remember the family in your prayers.

Do you have any news or prayer requests to share with the St. Andrew’s church family?  Please let Peter know about it. (You can reply to this email)

Church News and Events            


May 16: Meet & Greet

Are you new to the church in the past year or so?  Have you been joining us online?  Have we had the chance to say hello?

Join Peter and Lynne for our meet & greet by Zoom on Sunday May 16 at 1 pm (ET).
We’d love get to know you better and thank you for joining us.  We welcome you to our church family and worshipping community.

On that day, click here for the Zoom link to join our meet and greet.

St. Andrew’s Victoria Day Virtual Spring Market


Our Victoria Day Spring Market launched last Friday, and within 2 hours, orders started coming in! It has been a busy 6 days. Over 44 orders have been received so far.
Everyone understands that this market is a little different, in that we are not able to make
unlimited quantities of meat pies like before. Thank you for ordering in reasonable quantities so more people can participate.

We originally planned to stop taking orders next week, but the Meat Pies are now sold out!  We can continue to accept Food orders until Tuesday for Soup, Chocolate Brownies, and Lemon Squares, as well as until Friday for orders from the beautiful Spring Crafts Catalogue.

Your feedback has also told us that the idea of sharing the net proceeds of this market with Yellow Brick House has been very well received. Yellow Brick House is located in York Region. Their Crisis line is a critical first step for women experiencing abuse. Counselors are available 24/7 to take calls from women, immediately assess the level of danger, and take appropriate action. On average, the Crisis line takes 65 calls per week. The many Services for Women and for Children can be viewed on their website

Many of you have offered an extra contribution specifically for Yellow Brick House, and of course, your direction will be followed.

Thank you most sincerely for your support.
Roseanne Dumitru, Convenor

Switched on Seniors

Always Thursday at 11 a.m.
All Seniors are always welcome and it’s always FREE!
Check out the agenda for May 2021

Thursday      TOPIC
20-May         Funeral pre-planning-is it really necessary?
27-May         Memory Care-don’t forget to join us!

Every week expect  some ‘surprise’ items and our regular ‘tech-corner’.

To join the meeting all you have to do is Click Here.
Get all of the Switched On news at www.switchedonseniors.com

Perennials to Share?

The Board of Managers (with lots of help from Don Hazelton) are looking for shade perennials (e.g. Hosta, Lily of Valley, etc) to plant beside the accessible sidewalk on the north side of the Church. This area has been a challenge for some time with shade from the trees and the north facing location.

If you have any perennials that grow well in a shady area and need to be divided, please contact Alex Szucs (416-458-3735) or Don Williams (905-622-5261). Thanks!
Flowers in the Sanctuary

Some have chosen to place a commemorative donation of flowers on the Communion
Table. The images recorded will be preserved so people can delight in seeing your gift
repeatedly over an extended period of time. After the taping, your flowers can be returned to you to enjoy in your home.

On behalf of the Decorating Committee, anyone who wishes to continue this time-honoured tradition can call me at 905-294-2386 and we can discuss your request.

Sincerely, Roseanne Dumitru


Tues May 18: 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: May 18, 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 #


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
For your convenience, post-dated cheques are also accepted.

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


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

Our Communicator Newsletter for Spring 2021 is available: Click here to download
Thanks to Cyntra Seebaransingh.
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.