Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
-- January 29, 2012
Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
Corinthians 8: 1-13
Mark 1: 21-28
Greeting Elder: Lori Ransom
Reader: Doris Liang
Congratulations to Alison Rose, who was awarded the "Order of Ontario" on Thursday January 26. A great honour, and well deserved.
The Outreach Ministry Committee will host a Forum on “Refugee
Sponsorship” at noon on Sunday, January 29 led by Carolyn Vanderlip, Program
Coordinator for Refugees with Presbyterian World Service and Development.
The Session has given some consideration to St. Andrew’s becoming involved in refugee sponsorship. This will be an opportunity for all of us to become more aware of the situation of refugees in the world today and what is involved in a congregation becoming a sponsor. The Forum will be held in the Board Room. Everyone is welcome.
Those who are interested in becoming members of St. Andrew's
Church are invited to attend an Information Meeting on Thursday, February
2nd at 7 p.m. in the Board Room. For more information, please contact Eric
Reynolds, convener of the Community Life Ministry, or Judy Neal in the
New members will be received into the congregation during worship service on Sunday, February 26th .
On Sunday, February 5, 2012 we will celebrate the Lunar New Year during coffee hour. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration and to learn more about Asian traditions associated with the celebration of the New Year.
On Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm, everyone is
welcome to attend a special concert entitled "Jazz Loves". It will be
an evening of jazz, cabaret and pop songs about love performed by principal
vocalists, Julie Michels, John Alcorn and Jon Seiger with guest vocalists,
Donna Greenberg and Warren James, accompanied by the Jordan Klapman Quartet.
Tickets: Adults $20, Students $10; Advance tickets available at www.standrewstoronto.org (by PayPal) or Cash only at the door.
For more information call 416-593-5600, ext. 231.
A perfect way to warm up a winter evening, with proceeds to the church's Out of the Cold program.
Tickets will go on sale soon!
The deadline for submission of articles for the March issue of Catalyst is Sunday, February 19. Please send articles and notices to both editors in Word format:
Kristen Taylor at kwmathewson@gmailcom
and Jane Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
The editors regret that they will not be able to include items received after the deadline. Some items may be deferred until the next issue due to space limitations.
Douglas Elliott, a former organist at St. Andrew's, and predecessor to Douglas Bodle, passed away earlier this month in Toronto at the age of 96. Funeral services were held on January 20th.
A marriage vow is more than a contract that we can break
by paying damages. It is a unique vow that is explicitly intended to be
binding until death separates us (Matt. 19:6). The words "for better, for
worse; for richer, for poorer in sickness and in health" take into
consideration the probability that it will not be easy to keep our vows.
Circumstances may change and so may our spouses.
Marriage is hard at best; disagreements and difficult adjustments abound. While no one must live in an abusive and dangerous relationship, accepting the difficulties of poverty, hardship, and disappointment can lead to happiness. A marriage vow is a binding obligation to love, honour, and cherish one another for as long as we shall live because Jesus has asked us to do so. As a friend of mine once put it, "This is the vow that keeps us faithful even when we don't feel like keeping our vows." -
"For better or for worse," we pledge,
Through sickness and through strife;
And by the help and grace of God
We'll keep these vows for life."
All Ministry Conveners are encouraged to note that the final 2012 Budget narratives are due by Sunday, January 29th, and Annual Report narratives are due by February 3rd. Please submit your reports to Judy Neal in the church office at email@example.com