Announcements for September 16, 2011

Fall Schedule Resumes: Bible Study and Sunday Worship
St. Andrew’s has resumed the Friday morning Bible Study.  Lead by a variety of people and following the weekly Bible readings from the worship service, we deepen our community and faithful understandings of God’s written word.  All are welcome to the Bible study which beings at 11:45 after fellowship each Friday.  Also, our Sunday evening service at 7pm has resumed.  Join us for a contemplative service each Sunday evening featuring scripture readings, prayers, contemplative songs, and a short message of hope and peace in Christ for our lives. 
 
Falucca Ride in Maadi (TGIF) at 6:00, Friday, Sept. 16th
As our church community comes together again this fall, you are welcome to come to a community felucca ride in Maadi.  Please come at 6pm this afternoon at the TGIF and we will hire a boat together.  If you need directions, please talk to Pastor Peter or Iain Baxter.  You are invited to bring a dish or drinks to share.

Martha Roy Plaque Dedication Friday, Sept. 30th
St. Andrew’s gives thanks for the faithful contributions of long-time member Dr. Martha Roy.  To honor her ministry among us for many decades, a plaque was placed next to the organ with the following caption:  “In loving memory of Martha Anderson Roy (March 27, 1913 to March 8, 2011). For many years a member of this church: teacher, scholar, musician, friend and servant of the people of Egypt, disciple of Christ.  Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21).”  A dedication of this plaque will be planned during worship on Friday, September 30th. 
 
Church Cleanup Scheduled for Sat., September 24th at 10am
Help to keep our newly renovated sanctuary clean and polished by volunteering for a couple hours with other members of our community.  All are welcome.
 
Thanks to Danna Gobel September 30
Danna Gobel departs Cairo after three years, returning to Chicago (USA).  She has served as an important staff member of Refugee Services’ management for the past year and member of the Advisory Board.  We will thank her for her service at St. Andrew’s on Friday, September 30 with a modest celebration.  Thanks, Danna, for your many contributions and every blessing to you in the future.

The 2nd Century Fund Supports Building Renovations
We are blessed at St. Andrew’s with a beautiful worship space that was built over hundred years ago. As we enter into St. Andrew’s second century, we have been contributing to a special appeal called the 2nd Century Fund, which will pay for building repairs and improvements such as recent projects of newly installed air conditioning, freshly painted walls and resurfaced floors.  We hope to be good stewards of what we have inherited, that we might ensure that this church facility continues to share God’s love in Cairo for another hundred years.  Please contribute through a special envelope.

Volunteer for Refugee Services Refugee Services; Material Donations
St. Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) is a multifaceted program for refugees of our city that include services related to education, legal counseling and psychosocial services.  If you would like to volunteer in the programs, please contact Erin Odgers-Chew at standrews.volunteer@gmail.com.  Specifically, St Andrew’s Refugee Services is looking for volunteer to manage its clothing donations.  This sorting involves four hours once every two weeks and making sure the cabinet is properly stored and tidy. Giveaways are organized once every 3-6 months, depending on the level of donations received.  Preparing for this event requires 6-8 hours.  If you feel that you could give your time to this project, please contact Erin or Pastor Peter.

Upcoming Meetings
Church Council, St. Andrew’s Congregation:  October 10 at 5:30pm 
Board, St. Andrew’s Refugee Services:          September 21 at 6pm

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