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THE DEANERY CONFIRMATION SERVICE took place on the afternoon of Sunday, April 29, and our congregation was very well represented (we were at least a third of the choir and a third of the congregation!).

A note from John Maine:
THANK YOU! I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Rev. Matt, Deacon Kay, and so many others who came out last Sunday to St. James in Cambridge for the service in which I was confirmed and Megan received. Confirmation was a very special moment for me and a big part of that was the presence of friends offering so much love and support. Thank you everyone — St. Andrew’s is truly a warm and wonderful spiritual home and I am very glad to be part of it.

A note from Megan Ryerson:
I would like to extend my gratitude to all who offered their prayers and support to me last Sunday as I was received into the Anglican Communion. It certainly made the day feel special and was a beautiful reminder of the importance of doing life in community with others. I feel very blessed to have found a community as welcoming and supportive as St. Andrew’s! Thank you!

SPECIAL ASCENSION DAY GATHERING: Thursday, May 10 — 6:00 PM potluck supper followed by a Eucharist Service at 7:30 PM. Come out for a fun time to connect with other parishioners and local Anglicans, and to mark this Holy Day.

THANK YOU to the wardens, and to all the competitors, for the very fun games night on April 28th. It was a great time, with at least one person remarking, “why don’t we get together for this more often?”

THE ALTAR GUILD has an important ministry in setting up and cleaning up before and after or liturgies, and they could use two or three new members. This is open to both men and women, and everything is very learnable. If you are interested, or would like some more detail, contact the church office: 519-743-0911 or standrewskitchener@gmail.com

THE DEACONS OF OUR DIOCESE are collecting used glasses and glasses cases, which will be gathered at diocesan synod at the end of May. If you have any such items to donate, please pass them along to Deacon Kay.

PRESENTATION ON “ANGLICAN GOVERNANCE”: Saturday, Jun 30, 2018; 10 a.m. to noon, followed by discussion and Brown Bag Lunch. Have you ever wondered how our Anglican Church “works”? How decisions are made? Who makes what decisions? Who or what is the Worldwide Anglican Communion, and does it matter to us? What is the Anglican Church of Canada, and what isn’t it? This presentation by our own Fr. Gerry Mueller is offered to church leaders and all others interested in the Deanery of Waterloo. Come with your questions, and bring a Brown Bag Lunch for ongoing discussion.

THE ANGLICAN MINISTRY AT THE GRAND VALLEY INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN is growing! We are hoping to continue with a monthly eucharist, but add prayer services on the other weeks, at 2:00 PM. This small team would be led by Cheryl Highmore of Trinity Anglican Church in Cambridge. If you are interested in learning more, please speak to Fr. Matt.

LOBLAW GIFT CARDS may be donated to the church, for use in neighbourhood outreach; simply place them in the collection basket. To receive a tax receipt, please include your name. For help in signing up for the Loblaw $25 gift card offer, speak to a churchwarden.

WE COULD USE SOME UNWANTED CORKS (i.e. from wine bottles) for a project related to our next Christmas Bazaar. If you have any, please bring them to the church, or give them directly to Kathy Chaplin.

DROP IN FOR COFFEE WITH YOUR PRIEST! Each Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30 AM you’ll find Matt at the Tim Hortons in the Laurentian Zehrs (Ottawa & Strasburg). Pop by for some relaxed conversation. (Cancellations will be listed on the church website and Facebook page.

COMMUNITY POTLUCK with Member of Parliament Raj Saini, the first Sunday of every month from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. A casual gathering in which we are invited to bring some food to share, and meet with other members of the community, and our MP. 209 Frederick Street (enter via the back door).

DO WE HAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, for periodic parish-related communication? If not, or if you’re not sure, please contact the office. We’d like to send out the occasional event notification, and have e-mail addresses on hand in the event of cancellations.

“EXPLORING THE BIBLE” DISCUSSION GROUP Do you ever wonder on a Sunday morning what the Bible readings are supposed to be telling you? February 14 through March 28 the Group will look at how Outreach/Reaching Out affects not only our lives here at St. Andrew’s but within our community and in the wider world. Join us each Wednesday morning in Janke Hall from 10 – 11:30. Bible knowledge is not necessary as we talk and learn together. Not sure if it’s a fit for you? All are welcome to sit and listen. Contact John & Kay Baxter, 519-954-1144, for more information.

OUR OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE (facebook.com/StAndrewsKitchener) If you have a Facebook account, help spread the word about our wonderful community by “liking” our page, or “sharing” posts with your Facebook friends.The page is also accessible to those who do not have Facebook accounts.

ALTAR FLOWERS Placing flowers in the church is a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or other special event in your life. It is also how many people choose to remember someone who has died. There are many ways to do this at St. Andrews:

  • Two arrangements at the high altar (usually $80 and up);
  • One small arrangement on the Holy Table ($40 and up);
  • Two silk arrangements at the High Altar (donation of any size).

Please contact the church office (519-743-0911) for specifics, and if you have any questions … and be sure to reserve your chosen date on the flower chart on th emain doors at the back of the worship space.

HALL FOR RENT Our parish hall is available for rent to members and their friends for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Showers and any other social event requiring a large meeting space. Rates are very reasonable and the kitchen may also be used. Please note, if any non-parishioners will be attending, a separate fee of $54 will be required for insurance purposes. For inquiries or reservations please call the church office. (519 743-0911).

MILK BAGS Believe it or not, those 4 litre bags hosting 3 11/3 litre milk bags are actually useful; an Anglican Church in Grand Bend is knitting them into sleeping mats. So, keep bringing them in! And if you have anything else that you think might be useful, or helpful, ask one of the clergy; you might be surprised how your waste is someone else’s treasure.

PRAYER CHAIN There is a small group of parishioners who are committed to pray daily for the needs of our Parish in general, and individuals, upon request, in particular. Call the Church office (743-0911) with prayer requests.

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