Announcements February 14, 2016

Thank you to this week’s volunteers (February 14):

Offering Receivers: Elders
Counters: David Dell, Dallas & Juliet Davis, Rebecca Jonah
Scripture Reader: Zuidhof Family
Greeters: Juliet & Dallas Davis
Coffee Hour: Carol & Murray McEachen
Nursery: Colleen & Tony Watson
Church School: Angela Black, Sheila Black, Jordan & Candace Schriver

Next Week  (February 21):

Offering Receivers: Aron & Sarah Zuidhof
Counters: David Dell, Roy Brostowski, Sheila & Greg Black
Scripture Reader: John White
Greeters: Lucille & Don McCrea
Coffee Hour: Annual Meeting (Session and Board)
Nursery: Cindy Cunningham, Alex Cunningham
Church School: Jacqueline Howie Cleland, Holly Blaikie, Jordan & Candace Schriver

2016 Volunteer Roster – The roster has been revised.  If you are a volunteer, please review the roster (PDF format) for changes.  The roster is available on the church website, at the bottom of the Ministry page.


Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Annual Meeting will be held Feb 21. Lunch will be provided.  Copies of the Annual Report are available at the back of the sanctuary. Please bring your copy to the meeting.  Additional copies will be available at the meeting and in the church office.


2015 Income Tax Receipts are available at the back of the sanctuary.

Potluck – Join us on Saturday, February 13 at 5:30 pm in the Hall for a Meet & Greet Potluck to welcome the AlKreiz family from Syria.  Take time to read “A Family’s Story” on our blog before the dinner.

World Day of Prayer Bible Study – hosted by the Fredericton Women’s Inter-Church Council will be held Monday, February 15 at 10:00 am here at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The Women of Cuba have prepared the World Day of prayer event.  All are welcome.

Middle/High School Board Game Night – Sunday, February 21st from 5:30 to 8:30.  We will be playing board games at the church! We will have lots of snacks – feel free to bring a friend!

College and Career Dinner – Feb 28 at 6:30. Drives can be arranged and diets accommodated. Please let Jordan know by Feb 27 if you are interested.

VBS Coordinator – The CE committee is looking for individuals interested in organizing Vacation Bible School this summer. If you are interested, please talk to Jordan, or any member of the CE committee.

The Link – Do you have a poem, story, recipe or article you think would be of interest to others? Preparations are underway for the Spring issue of “The Link”.  Please send submissions to the church office by February 28.

Violin Concert – Feb 28 at 3:00 pm here at Saint Andrew’s church, featuring violinist Sydney Murgatroyd.

Wendy D’s Mardi Gras Dinner – St. James Presbyterian Church was deeply saddened by the recent death of Wendy Densmore, a beloved member of the congregation.  Just a couple of weeks before her death, while fighting cancer, she started planning a Valentine’s Feast with a Mardi Gras twist.  We want to honour Wendy and her desire to have this feast.  With a few tweaks to the date and menu, we will have a Mardi Gras dinner on Sat., Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m at St. James Presbyterian Church.  Tickets are $15 and limited in number (66 in all), and can be reserved by calling 450-4031 or emailing sjchurch@nbnet.nb.ca. Menu:  salad, Jambalaya appetizer, chicken cordon bleu with rice and carrots, cheesecake, beverages.

A Family’s Story

Welcome_FamilyMajed and Rehab grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Majed comes from a family of eight and when they married in 2001, they moved in with his family. In 2002 they started building an addition on top of the small stone house. It took 8 years to complete as Majed paid as he could for the building materials while working in a cotton factory doing maintenance on the machinery. Majed also worked as a cabinet maker making doors and cupboards but the timing was unclear. He said these were the best years of his life. Two months after the addition was complete, they had to leave for Damascus with only the clothes on their backs. He left on his own for Lebanon and the family joined him later.

Life was not easy in Lebanon as the family lived in one small room with a tin roof and one small window. They built a room out of plastic sheets to keep out the cold. They built bonfires outside and brought the coals into the room for some heat. It was very hot in the summer as there was only the one window and the tin roof kept in the heat. Rehab went outside to cook and wash their clothes. The electricity in Lebanon does not exist 7 days a week, 24 hours a day so it was very unreliable.

They had a telephone call from the UN about 2 years ago and a move was discussed. Canada was not mentioned at that time and they thought it could even be a location in Turkey in tents. They heard nothing until 1 year and 3 months later. They had an interview with the Canadian Embassy and were asked the same questions as before. A month later they met with the Visa officer and were approved to come to Canada.

Rehab was reluctant to leave her mother as she is the only girl and the youngest in her family. Her father died 20 years ago and she has a brother in Sudan and a brother in Lebanon. She came to Canada for her children so they would be able to study and be safe. She talks to her mother every day through a free app on the computer so that helps them keep in touch.

When they arrived in Montreal they stayed at a hotel with lots of other Syrian families and translators so they felt comfortable. When they boarded the plane for Fredericton they felt alone and scared as they did not know what to expect. Majed said when they came into the airport and saw the group from the church clapping and waving the flags, they were so happy. They prayed in Lebanon that God would get them to good people and that’s what happened.

Even with the cold this is a wonderful country and the people are so welcoming. They love to have company as it will help them learn English faster. They hope to make us proud and can’t wait to be able to communicate with all the people who have helped them. They keep repeating that they will never be able to thank us enough but I reassured them that our church is so happy they are here and we can’t wait to learn from them.

Majed said the happiest day of his life was when Omar started school as he has been waiting 5 years to go back. He walks him to George St. Middle School and could not believe that someone stands out in the cold to make sure they get across the street safely. The crosswalk guard is a small example of the wonderful things that Canadians take for granted.

Rehab wants to learn English as fast as possible so she can tell “Mama Juliet” how grateful she is for her help. Apparently Sham has become quite attached to her and hates when she leaves. They also are so grateful for the help “Mr. Dallas” has given. They mentioned that many others have helped taking them to appointments, meetings and visiting and they are so grateful for all the help. Since Majed is an avid reader, he really appreciated Peggy dropping off an English/Arabic dictionary.

An expression, Inshallah, (Arabic  إن شاء الله  ), came up often during our meeting and the translator, Rima, said it is very common in the Middle East. It means “God willing”. This seems very appropriate as our church family continues the support needed to help the Alkreiz family adapt to their new home.

…Heather Rutherford

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Announcements February 7, 2016

Thank you to this week’s volunteers (February 7):

Offering Receivers: Calvin & Peggy MacIntosh, Vickie MacLeod, Heather Labadie
Counters: David Dell, Vickie MacLeod, Heather Labadie
Scripture Reader: Calvin MacIntosh
Greeters: Will & Doris Johnson
Coffee Hour: Sheila & Greg Black
Nursery: Carol McEachen, Sheena Page
Church School: Sonya Burrill, Sheila Black, Jordan & Candace Schriver

Next Week  (February 14):

Offering Receivers: Elders
Counters: David Dell, Dallas & Juliet Davis, Rebecca Jonah
Scripture Reader: Zuidhof Family
Greeters: Juliet & Dallas Davis
Coffee Hour: Carol & Murray McEachen
Nursery: Colleen & Tony Watson
Church School: Angela Black, Sheila Black, Jordan & Candace Schriver


Please join us in the hall as we celebrate birthdays. Whether it be a milestone or not we have reason to celebrate and thank God for his beautiful gift of life.  Of course we have cake but let’s not let cake be the focus, it is the people we wish to celebrate!
Margaret Sisk-McCully
Fiona Bragdon
Tamela Collrin
Douglas Blaikie
Basil Lowery
Edith Lowery
Marlene Howie
Gordon Scott
Juliet Davis
Georgia Garnhum
Roy Brostowski
Christina Blom
Stewart Page


The Finance Committee of the Board of Managers has prepared the 2016 budget.  As an opportunity for members of our congregation to learn more about the process, and provide comment on the budget, we invite you to join the members of the committee at an open meeting on Wednesday, February 10th beginning at 7pm at the church.  Location will be dependent on numbers attending.  Please advise Tara in the office of your attendance – by phone – 455-8220 or email – sapc@sapc.ca.  We look forward to seeing you.

Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Annual Meeting will be held Feb 21. Lunch will be provided.  Copies of the Annual Report will be available at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday. Please bring your copy to the meeting.

Income Tax Receipts will be available at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday.

Meet & Greet Potluck – Please join us on Saturday, February 13 at 5:30 pm in the Hall for a Meet & Greet Potluck to welcome the AlKreiz Family from Syria.  All are welcome!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Tuesday, Feb 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 at St. James Presbyterian Church.  Fill your belly with pancakes, sausages, baked beans, biscuits/rolls and gingerbread cake.  Choose from regular, blueberry, and chocolate chip pancakes.  Cost: By donation.

World Day of Prayer Bible Study – The Fredericton Women’s Inter-Church Council is having the World Day of Prayer Bible Study on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 10:00 am here at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The Women of Cuba have prepared the World Day of prayer event.  All are welcome and bring a friend.

 

Fredericton, NB