TOGETHER – Online Newsletter – Sunday, September 26, 2021
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Sunday Worship at St. Andrew’s – COVID Limitations
As you are all aware, the province of Ontario is currently in a period of “Step 3” restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seating in the Church is limited and you must reserve your seat in advance. To do so, please contact the Church Office by 4 PM the THURSDAY prior to a Sunday Service with your name, return contact phone number or e-mail, and the number of people in your “bubble” that will be with you.
Please Note: it is preferred that you phone during Office Hours (10 am – 2 pm) on Tuesday Wednesday or Thursday. (E-mail and phone message reservations will be confirmed by the Church Office by return phone or e-mail)
Masking and social distancing is still in effect, and seating will be assigned. You may view/download the full text of St. Andrew’s COVID protocol by clicking *here*
Our Sunday services will continue to be recorded and posted for viewing here, and on St. Andrew’s YouTube Channel later on the Sunday evening.
Transition Team Updates/ News
WEEKLY TRANSITION TEAM SURVEY
For the next few weeks the Transition Team will, as part of the weekly TransitionWord article, be offering you a link to a short survey connected to the topic of the week. We are using Survey Monkey as the survey tool and your response is anonymous unless you choose in a comment section to identify yourself. For those not comfortable with online tools, printed copies of the survey will be available each Sunday or you can download a pdf copy (see below), print it and drop it off in the church mail slot found in the Cassells Street door. So there are lots of options on how you can participate.
Connection and re-engagement often are rooted in identifying with a peer group within the community. Part of what the Transition Team heard last spring in our Friday chats was the concern that people were not finding a connection with a group of peers. The survey questions for this week seek your perspective and experience related to nurturing peer connections. The online survey for September 26th can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/92ZTT7K
The pdf copy can be accessed **here** and printed copies will be in Sunday’s print bulletin. Printed surveys can be anonymously dropped off at the church through the mail slot.
CONGREGATIONAL GATHERING REGARDING TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY September 30, 2021 via Zoom @ 7 pm
As mentioned in the weekly newsletter’s TransitionWord column, we had hoped to welcome people for a face to face conversation but it out of concern for the well being of everyone, we have decided to meet through Zoom.
This meeting is a follow-up to the gathering last June when folks identified the number one difficulty of the past year as being the loss of a sense of being community. This is an invitation to share your ideas on how to move forward and recover that important sense of being one church family.
The Purpose of the meeting:
To re-engage with people regarding the work of transition and keep it in the forefront of people’s minds.
To think together about ways to address the number one loss of 2020-2021 identified in June, the loss of community.
To begin to name the struggles we have in being community,- what pulls us apart, what bring us together?
Hoped for Outcomes
Naming the ways in which community has been lost
Ideas for working on restoring a sense of community
People who might be willing to undertake working on one idea
It is also possible to join by phone, but there may be long distance charges that will be applied depending on your phone plan.
You can also dial in on any phone, where you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID and password (noted above) . Please note this is not a toll-free number so charges may apply depending on your phone plan. Dial 1-647-374-4685 Toronto
an email with all information will be sent to our email list on Tuesday, September 28th.
We hope you will plan to participate!
ONLINE Worship – Sept. 19, 2021 – Sunday Service
Order-of-Service – Sun. September 19, 2021
Click **here** to view/download the order-of-service for Sunday, September 26th, 2021 service online.
St. Andrew’s is an inclusive and affirming Christian community of faith worshiping God and serving others. Inspired by Holy Scripture and guided by tradition, reason, and experience, we share the ministry of Jesus Christ by nurturing spiritual growth, caring for creation, and being with those in need.
St. Andrew’s United Church is an Affirming congregation within the United Church of Canada. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and nurturing community where all are welcome. We delight in the goodness and grace of God as expressed through the diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, ability or economic circumstance. We give thanks for the richness of the Spirit among us and in the work we are called to do in the world.
St. Andrew’s YouTube Channel
Click on the YouTube image above to visit the St. Andrew’s YouTube Channel. All current and past recorded Sunday and special services are archived here – and may be viewed anytime.
Sept/Oct 2021 – Events, Meetings, Activities
Thursday, Sept 30 –Transition Ministry Gathering for the congregation – Information and ZOOM link are elsewhere on this webpage
Saturday, October 2nd – Outdoor clean-up of St. Andrew’s grounds – 9 am until noon. Meet on the front lawn. If you only have an hour to spare – that’s OK too!
Sunday, October 3rd – World Communion Sunday. Service begins at 10:30 – please consult this webpage for COVID protocol.
Transitional Supply Minister – Rev. Lillian Roberts
We are moving forward into a new chapter in the life of St. Andrew’s. Reverend Lillian Roberts has agreed to serve as our Transitional Supply Minister snd she started on February 15, 2021.
She will be absent for July and August but will be returning to St. Andrew’s (3/4 time) in September.
Lillian has recently retired from her position as the Pastoral Relations Minister with the Canadian Shield Regional Council and has agreed to come out of retirement to help us navigate through the changes that are happening, and to discover our direction forward.
Rev. Roberts offers the following messages of introduction: