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Welcome to the St. Andrew’s web site.  We are pleased to have you visit us and invite you to worship with us Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. We worship in the Evangelical, Presbyterian tradition and all are welcome. Praise songs, old favorite hymns, prayer and inspirational messages.  Following the service there is a time of gathering and refreshment in the Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is  welcome, and we would love to have you join us. Follow the link for details.
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Rev Victor Shepherd – Guest Speaker June 28

Victor Shepherd is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, and Adjunct Professor of Theology, University of Toronto.

Prior to joining the Tyndale faculty in 1993 Dr. Shepherd was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Church History, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, and the Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently he is Professor Ordinarius at the University of Oxford, U. K. A frequent lecturer, he has addressed learned societies both in Canada and abroad, including the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies and the North American Calvin Studies Society.

Dr. Shepherd earned his Th. D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, in 1978. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N. Y., in recognition of his contribution to Wesley studies.

An ordained minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Dr. Shepherd has served five pastorates in New Brunswick and Ontario. He is the author of eleven books and over three hundred journal articles that reflect his extensive pastoral and academic experience. A long-time advocate for the mentally ill and the underhoused, he has served on the board of the Peel Mental Health Housing Coalition and Pathway Community Developments.

He belongs to several professional societies, including the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, the Canadian Society of Presbyterian History, and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Dr. Shepherd is married to Maureen McGuigan, a retired French Immersion teacher. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Mississauga, Ontario.


Announcements

Pastor Chris will be on vacation from June 22 to July 6, and we are so happy to have in the pulpit a return guest, Victor Shepherd, on June 28. On July 5 an old friend, Rev. Blake Walker will be speaking. We know you will be blessed by their messages.
Church Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m.
Information for the bulletin should be into the office at 58 Seguin Street, Parry Sound, ON, P2A 1B6, 705.746.9612, by noon on Wednesday please. Please note that from Friday, June 5 and the following Fridays until Friday, September 4 inclusive, the Church Office will be closed as Les Norrie is taking vacation on those Fridays.
Please mark Sunday, August 16 ~ 3 p.m., on your calendar for the Annual St. Andrew’s Church Picnic. We hope everyone, including summer visitors, will join us for a time of fun, food, and fellowship at Mike and Les Norrie’s. A sign up sheet will be posted on the Bulletin Board until August 9th, so please don’t forget!! Thank you.
Children SK to Grade 8 are invited downstairs after Kid’s Time for Sunday School. Nursery for younger ones is provided downstairs as well. On June 28, we will be switching to the summer Sunday School program hours. Sunday School will be held for JK to Grade 5 aged children, and a Nursery will be provided for those younger.
linkpost-handsSummer Prayer Meetings will begin on Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 p. m., and continue through to August 26. We pray that you will join in on these evenings of fellowship and time with the Lord and members of our church family.
slide-cruiseThis year, for the annual summer cruise, swe will be joined by St. Andrew’s, Huntsville. We know you will all enjoy the extended fellowship. There is no cost for the cruise, compliments of the Anderson family, who we thank with much appreciation. We do ask, however, that each person boarding the boat have a ticket (this includes infants and children) which can be obtained from Les Norrie after morning worship or during office hours, 9-3 p. m., Monday to Thursday. We do ask as well that if you obtain tickets and find that you cannot attend the cruise, please return them to Les so that others will have the opportunity to cruise the bay. Please remember to obtain a ticket and don’t miss out on this evening that will certainly be wonderful!
bulletin-page_9-2On Sunday, July 12, the Town of Parry Sound will be hosting an Open Streets Parry Sound. Pastor Chris has been led to suggest having an Open Air Service on that Sunday. Tentative plans are forming as to the logistics of the service. Please keep your eye on the bulletin for updates.
Hello Everyone, Summer is coming very quickly, and the first Sunday that we will be celebrating the warm season in Sunday School is June 28th. We will be doing lessons from a Focus on the Family course titled Kids of Integrity. The classes will be for young people from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Five. If you think that you would like to be involved in teaching on a Sunday morning or a couple of Sunday mornings, we do need volunteers. Please contact Caroline Claridge at 705-746-9612 or email caroline@stanps.ca. Thank you.
vbs-everestEverest is the theme title for Vacation Bible School which will be coming to St. Andrew’s, August 10-14, from 9 to Noon, Monday to Friday. Registration at the Church Office for the club.
agapeleagueThe Agape League is the theme title for this year’s Drama Camp, running from July 6-10, from 9 to Noon, Monday to Friday, with a presentation on the Friday evening at 6:30 p. m. Rosemary Forsythe, 705-732-8234, is looking for volunteers to help with snacks, rehearsing lines, painting sets, etc. Please call her if you think you could help. Registration for the camp at the Church Office. Thank you.
It’s hard to believe but there is only one week left until Drama Camp, when the approximate 30 children that have registered to take part will be here each morning for a week practising and rehearsing to present a spectacular performance on Friday evening, July10. With all the hard work that they will be doing, they will definitely work up appetites. With this in mind, if you would like to volunteer providing some simple snack/snacks for them to enjoy, please sign up with your name and phone number on the list provided on the Bulletin Board, and Dot Joice will be in touch with you concerning what to provide. Thank you.
bulletin_page12-3A mission trip to Skylark Retreat Center in Nicaragua is planned for Nov. 13 to 20, 2015. If you are interested in finding out more about it, please contact Bob Fisher at church, or email  rgfisher342@gmail.com, or call 705.342.1751.

The Par Pre-Authorized Remittance) Program

We have been truly blessed by your committed financial support through the years. As we look at areas that can help us to cut down on some costs, we would like to highlight the PAR program.

What Is PAR?

PAR or Pre-Authorized Remittance is a “direct debit” program that allows people to support their church through an automatic monthly withdrawal from their bank account.

Benefits to SL Andrew’s …..
  • It saves time and work for those who count offerings each week We will reduce the expense of supplying offering envelopes (cost for the 2015 was approximately $600.00)
  • Reduction of bank service charges. We have the best ‘business account plan’ available but because we deposit a significant amount of cash, coin and cheques we generally exceed our plan so we are then billed extra).
  • Less paper to store – the Government requires we keep the current year of envelopes plus three years prior and our storage space is very limited.
  • PAR enables us to plan for our monthly financial commitments and increases our overall financial stability.
Benefits to you …
  • If you have automatic withdrawals from your bank account to pay your bills, taxes, or mortgage, then you already understand the PAR principle.
  • Ensures regular monthly givings to help our church’s ministry even when you are away.
  • No more writing a cheque or carrying cash each week when you come to church — or having to remember your offering!

We encourage those who are not already on PAR to seriously consider participating. Set-up is very easy. Simply fill out a form and provide a ‘void’ cheque. Forms are available at the side ofthe sanctuary in the wooden cabinet or fromthe Church Office. If you have further questions, please speak with:

  • Karin Cowan 705.774.9314
  • Bonnie Ramsay, 705.746.6272
  • Leslie Norrie, in the Church Office 705.746.9612

As we increase our PAR numbers we will reduce our bank charges, envelope costs, and paper usage. Thank you so much for seriously considering this option of giving.

Karin Cowan, Treasurer

Current Message Series ~ The Gospel of Grace

The book of Galatians is a Pauline Epistle (letter from Paul). It was written by the Apostle Paul about 49 A.D. prior to the Jerusalem Council which had taken place in 50 A.D. This quite possibly could have been Paul’s first letter. The key personalities of this book are the Apostle Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Abraham, Titus, and false teachers. Paul writes this book to deal with the problem of circumcision and Jewish legalism toward Gentile believers.!” (See Jay Smith-http://biblehub.com/summary/galatians/1.htm

The first chapter lays out the Apostle Paul’s ministry, message, and motive for writing to the Galatians sending them the Grace and Peace found in Christ.

To access all the sermons in the last series please click this button: Gospel of Grace
June 21 — The Gospel of Grace: 4 Crucified With Christ
June 14 — The Gospel of Grace: 3 Called by Grace
May 31 — The Gospel of Grace: 2 Fighting for Grace


It’s All About Prayer – June 7

On Sunday, June 7 Doug MacDonald, an elder and a member of the St. Andrews Session presented the sermon, It’s All About Prayer. He reviewed the components of a good prayer as taught by Jesus in Matthew 6:5-15 and then added a ‘recipe’ for prayer.

You can enjoy this illuminating message listening on-line using the player below or go to the guest speaker page by clicking on the button below the player and downloading the mp3 file from the link provided.


Sermons by Guest Speakers


An Interview with Dave Magee.

The Magees returned recently from a year long mission trip to Tanzania. Members of our congregation they were supported spiritually and financially by St Andrews. Take a moment to listen as Pastor Christopher Carter chats with Dave Magee during the Sunday, May 31 service.


Youth and Young Families

You may wonder if St Andrews looks after the needs of your children. We believe that children should have an age appropriate, excellent Christian experience at our worship services. Children remain with the “big people” for the first part of the service including the “Praise Song” time and, following a time set aside just for them, they go downstairs to have fun, play games, sing songs, meet new friends-and learn how much they matter to God. We also provide a nursery program for children up to age 4.
Youth and Young FamiliesNursery Program


Check Out Our Commitment to Missions

St Andrews is an evangelistic church passionate about fulfilling the great commandment. Whether it is here at home or in a developing country across the globe we express God’s love for all through our outreach. Through our mission committee we support missions and missionaries around the world.
Mission Pages
Fred Stewart, Living the Name – Presbyterian Church in Canada is travelling our country in support of the Living the Name Renewal Fellowship. Read the update on his “Encouragement Road Trip”
Living the Name


Upcoming Events

Jul
1
Wed
4:00 pm Georgian Jumpers @ St Andrews Gym
Georgian Jumpers @ St Andrews Gym
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Georgian Jumpers are based in Parry Sound on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. This is our 11th season and we really feel we have developed a strong team.
Jul
4
Sat
8:00 am Men’s Prayer Group
Men’s Prayer Group
Jul 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
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Jul
5
Sun
10:30 am Worship Service @ St Andrews - Gym and Sanctuary
Worship Service @ St Andrews - Gym and Sanctuary
Jul 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Jul
6
Mon
11:45 am Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Jul 6 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to
Jul
7
Tue
6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Jul 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to
Jul
8
Wed
9:45 am Rutke Art Group @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Rutke Art Group @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Jul 8 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am
This group of local artists meet weekly at St Andrews to paint and develop their skills. The group is named in memory of Fran Rutke with whom many of them
Jul
11
Sat
8:00 am Men’s Prayer Group
Men’s Prayer Group
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
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Jul
12
Sun
10:30 am Worship Service @ St Andrews - Gym and Sanctuary
Worship Service @ St Andrews - Gym and Sanctuary
Jul 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Jul
13
Mon
11:45 am Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Jul 13 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to
Jul
14
Tue
6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Alcoholics Anonymous @ St Andrews - LIbrary
Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to

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Pastor’s Book Suggestion

metaxas

Pastor Chris Carter suggests this book by Eric Metaxas, "Miracles, What They Are, Why they Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life". You can listen to Pastor Chris' comments below.



The book is available in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audio/cd/Audiobook. Simply click on the image above to go to the Amazon site.