Just a Thought
There are lots of things that keep us awake at night, and much about which to be concerned.  But we also are called to exercise our faith; to trust that God is working even when we are worried and anxious.  Jesus’ teaching can help us.  I’ve put a Bible verse to the picture of the sunflowers growing at the back door of the church (Thanks Don!).  From my perspective, they are exceedingly tall.

Join us for worship this Sunday…
Online by our Youtube Channel (available starting at 9 am).
Or In-person with our In-Person Service at 10:30 am in the sanctuary.

(Requiring masks and social distancing)This week, we have a guest speaker Lori Ransom, to speak about our relationship with Indigenous people, and how the gospel calls us to more.  Lori is a Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator with United Church of Canada.  She also served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  Her message is titled, “To Welcome a Child in Jesus’ Name” based on James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, and Mark 9:30-37.  We hope you can join us!

You may access our service by telephone.  See near the bottom of this email for information.

Upcoming Sermons

Sept 5   – Worship Together – Colossians 3:12-17
Sept 12 – Welcome Back (2 Corinthians 4:8-18)
Sept 19 – Lori Ransom (Indigenous Peoples / Presbyterians Sharing Sunday)
Sept 26 – All For One – Attending Church (Hebrews 10:23-25, Luke 4:14-16)
Oct 3 – Communion – Pastoral Care Sunday (John 15:12-17)
Oct 10 – Thanksgiving (Luke 11:5-13)
Youth & Family News

The fall session for our Bible Builders Church School begins Sunday, September 12th!  Click this link to learn more about our weekly sessions. http://standrews-markham.ca/bible-builders-church-school-2/ Please note the September sessions will be online. Stay tuned for October updates.

Giving Hope to Others
Ride for RefugeJoin our team and feel the love!
Once again, Team Lighting Bolt, is participating in the Ride for Refuge this year on October 2.

We’d love you to join us! Once again, we’ll be raising much needed funds for Presbyterian World Service & Development and their Food Security Programs. You can learn more here – https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/rideforrefuge/

Would you help us help them? Come join in the fun by clicking on the link below:

Ride for Refuge will again be a “Ride (or Walk) Anywhere”, just like last year, so feel free to create your own route, or even your own sport – want to canoe or kayak? Maybe you’d like to have people sponsor you to garden, the sky’s the limit!

From our Team Page, register and join Team Lightning Bolt, to join with us on October 2 as we help those in need through PWS&D. Let me know if you have any questions!

Evangel Hall

Thank you to John Reid for making the delivery of sandwiches and clothing in August.
Evangel Hall is now accepting adult clothing…  they are most in need of: new underwear, long johns, rain/spring jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, pants, shorts, running shoes, tents, sleeping bags, large sturdy backpacks.

Our next Sandwich delivery will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month: Sept 22.  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

Church Family News

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 Events


Bazaar News

Switched on Seniors

September 23th
Markham Public Library – Ancestry.com deep dive

September 30th
Linda Kafka – Home design for living in place

October 7th
Health for All – diet and mental health

October 14th
Markham Public Library – Hoopla deep dive

Thursdays at 11 am – Click on this link​​ to join!  
Get all of the Switched On news at www.switchedonseniors.comThe Latest Switched on Seniors Newsletter – Click here to read

Sept 25: Church Golf Day – deadline this Sunday Sept 19 to sign up!

Sign up here… https://standrewsgolfdaysept25.rsvpify.com/
Please give names of each golfer and if cart is required.  Make sure to press ‘Enter’ after all the information is entered.  You will receive an email confirmation that you are registered.  Deadling this Sunday Sept 19.  Thank you!


There are plenty of masks available at the church.  They are $5.00 each and can be found outside Peter’s office.  If you need assistance, please call your elder or call Jean Port at 905 294 7966. Currently, the funds raised are being credited to the Iona Quilters Holding Account.

Thank you for your ongoing support.
Flowers in the Sanctuary


Tues Sept 28: 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: Sept 28, 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 Office is Closed – but we are here to help!

If you need help or information, please call 905-294-4736 and dial extension 221 for Velma, or 223 for Peter.  Or, email Velma at standrews1 @ bellnet.ca or Peter at pma535 @ gmail.com (remove spaces).  Office hours are not regular, so please leave a message if there is no answer.


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.