February Food Frenzy: During the month of February, St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee is encouraging us to make donations to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. The Food Bank receives no core funding. They rely on the generosity of the community to operate, and we can help by making a donation of food or funds. All food donations are appreciated, but they are most in need of nutritious non-perishable food items. Most wanted items are: infant formula, whole grain pastas and cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and beans, 100% fruit juice, hearty soups and stews, gluten-free foods. Bring in your donations for the Food Bank to St. Andrew’s this month, and place them in the Food Bank drawer in the entranceway area.
Looking Forward To The Season Of Lent: The Season of Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on February 13th. We will gather that evening for worship including Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 pm. We will also share Holy Communion on the First Sunday in Lent which is February 17th. Take the opportunity to be nourished and strengthened by communion with God and one another for the Lenten journey that lies ahead.
Learning Forgiveness – A Lenten Study: The Christian faith is indelibly marked by the invitation to receive, and the imperative to offer, forgiveness. Forgiveness is the fountain from which new life flows in a wounded, strife-weary world. It can be reasonably argued that the idea of forgiveness is more central and distinctive to Christianity than any other religion, although most great faith traditions give at least some weight to it. Jesus’ words from the cross, forgiving those who crucified him in a profound embodiment of what he taught, reveal this centrality. You are invited to participate in this exploration of forgiveness on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm during Lent:
- Wed. Feb. 13th, 7:00-8:00 pm – Ash Wednesday Worship
- Wed. Feb. 20th – Introduction to “Learning Forgiveness”
- Wed. Feb. 27th – “The Need for Self-Examination”
- Wed. Mar. 6th – “On Enemies and Honesty”
- Wed. Mar. 13th – “God’s Love and Judgment”
- Wed. Mar. 20th – “The Call to Forgive”
- Wed. Mar. 27th – “Forgiveness and Reconciliation”
Study materials are available in print or by email from Rev. Amanda.
Kids age 3 – grade 6 are invited to join us during the February break for a Bible Addddddddventure! The theme will be “The Fisherman’s Story: Jesus Calls Peter.” On February 19-21 (Tues, Wed, & Thurs) from 9 am to Noon we will run a fun program for kids including music, crafts, drama, and games all based around the Bible Story of the day. It will almost be like a day at camp, except we’ll be at the church instead. Let us know you’re planning to attend by February 15th by phoning 242-0525 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no registration fee, but please bring a donation for the Food Bank, and be sure to fill in a registration form for each child who will be attending.
Did You Miss Out on getting your photo taken for our new church photo directory? You’re getting one last chance! Trudy will be taking professional individual, couple, and family photos in the library during coffee hour on Sunday, February 10th. It’ll be first come, first photographed. No appointments. Please consider being a part of our photo directory so others in the congregation can get to know you and your family better.