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Calling all photographers …

Posted by on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 in News

.....  okay, here's your next challenge ..... it is spring ..... please prove it!  Please send me your Spring pictures (they don't have to be from this year) so that I can post them on our bulletin board, have them used on the screen before worship and posted to facebook.  I think there should be some great opportunities today!  Thanks, Joni  ([email protected])
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Dinner Musical Theatre

Posted by on Friday, April 12th, 2013 in News

Dinner Musical Theatre

Come out for an evening of great food; silent and chance auctions; fun; and music, all in support of GO! Camping Summer Programs.

Saturday, May 11th

Dinner at 5:00 pm

Concert at 7:00 pm

Tickets are available from the church office; 519-658-2652.

Concert only $8.00
Dinner & Concert:  $15.00 per person or
Dinner & Concert:  $40.00 per person (includes a tax receipt for $25)

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Posted by on Friday, April 12th, 2013 in News

Garage Sale season is set to begin!  The Athalie Read Group will be holding their annual garage sale on 
Saturday, May 4th @ 8:00 am 
in the church gym.  
Donations of items (please no electronics or encyclopedias) will be accepted on Friday, May 3rd.

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An Escapegoat Ritual

Posted by on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 in Minister

Recently I had a very interesting experience - something that had never happened before in my ministry. I had preached a sermon on the topic of the Day of Atonement in Ancient Israel which is described in Leviticus 16. If you want a reminder of the basic outline of the day, you can watch this St. Andrew's Stars version of the story:

The Day of Atonement

In my sermon I put particular emphasis on the Escapegoat portion of the ritual.

(I chose to use the word "Escapegoat" because the word "scapegoat" has taken on a very particular meaning in English. The word was invented by William Tyndale when he made the first translation of the Old Testament into English from the original Hebrew. He meant it to mean "the goat that escaped" but he simply dropped the initial "e" due to the very fluid spelling of the time.)

My suggestion was that the escapegoat ritual provided a means for the people to release some of the negative energy that builds up when people live alongside one another in community. When we live, work and dream side by side, there are always going to be things that happen that hurt or wound or divide. People say things that hurt someone's feelings, people disagree in non-constructive ways, people are unthinking or unfeeling in their dealings with each other.

I think that the escapegoat ritual provided a way to take all of that negative energy that builds up over time and release it - let it go so that people could just start all over again. I think that we all need things like that from time to time.

I liked my sermon. I certainly felt that it helped me to see the passage in a new light and I hoped that it helped some others too.

Shortly afterwards I was leading a group meeting. And I knew that there had been over time some negative energy built up in the group. I won't give any details about it, of course, but it wasn't really anything unusual. It was just the ordinary kinds of feelings that can develop at times when people disagree or sometimes make mistakes in relating to others.

As I prepared for the meeting, I decided to do something that I had never done before. I decided to apply what I had preached directly to a situation.

(Yes, I know that doesn't sound too good. Surely, if I am expecting other people to apply what I preach to their lives, I ought to be doing that regularly too. Why don't I do it all the time! Well, at least I think I'm starting to learn.)

Anyways, I brought out the sheep that we had used to film our Star's video and we passed it around the group and gave everyone the chance to speak what was on their hearts. It was a very good and very meaningful exercise and it did open the door to some healing. The redemptive power of the escapegoat ritual was demonstrated for me and I felt truly blessed to be part of the group. Clearly I need to listen to what I preach more often!

And, yes, I did offer people to dropkick the sheep afterwards but nobody took me up on it!

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Time is running out …

Posted by on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 in News

Your Mission & Outreach Committee is selling products from MacMillan's.  Proceeds from this sale will enable us to reach out into the community, provide information about St. Andrew's to our community, and help community members begin or continue on their faith journeys.  Please consider buying any of MacMillan's quality, tasty goodies or meats.

The MacMillan's products will be on sale this Sunday for the last time and then order forms will still be available until Wednesday, March 20th. 

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser!

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Do you want to learn to edit your photos?

Posted by on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 in News

 Photography Club: Saturday, February 23rd, 9:00 am - 11:00 am (in the foyer). Bring your camera and laptop (we're going to be working on macs) to this informative and fun workshop.  We are pleased to welcome Stan Jones who will lead us this month.  He will be giving us some good photography tips and a beginner's class on using photoshop.   All ages and stages are welcome to attend.
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Games Night!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 in News

The InBeTweeners will meet on Saturday, March 9th; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (ish) for a night of fun and games.  Bring you favourite game to play and, if possible, a snack (peanut free) to share.  Everyone who just wants to have a little bit of fun is welcome to join us.  This is a night for adults to get together and relax, without their children!  For planning purposes, please try to let Joni know if you are able to attend.
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