St. Andrew’s Community Announcements: December 19, 2011

A great Carol Service enjoyed by all!

Over one hundred people attended St. Andrew’s on Thursday night to enjoy our Carol Service.  Christmas at St. Andrew’s included carols, readings and special music and gave us the opportunity to say a sad farewell to our pastor, Peter Johnson.  Pastor Peter was presented with a card and a beautiful applique hanging as a momento of his time with us in Cairo.  He will be greatly missed by us all and we know that we have grown both in numbers and in faith during his ministry among us.  We will also miss Michele and Alex, Andrew and Liam.  We pray that God will guide them in the future and lead them into the special plans he has for them.

Video of the Carol Service, including Pastor Peter’s sermon and presentation, can be seen at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSscH25iSd0&feature=plcp&context=C31c38a8UDOEgsToPDskLouj5OfDGwcOjoJxMnUqLa

Christmas Celebration Planned for December 25th at 6pm.

Join members of our community alongside members of Cairo Christian Fellowship for the celebration of Christ’s birth.  Together, we will hold a combined service of lessons and carols on December 25th at 6pm.

Please note that St. Andrew’s will not be worshipping on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) this year.

Christmas Worship Schedule; Note Changes to Times

Friday, 23rd December, 10 am, Morning Worship

Saturday, 24th December, St. Andrew’s will not worship on Christmas Eve.

Sunday, December 25, 6pm, Christmas Day Service, together with the Cairo Christian Fellowship

Friday, 30th December, 10 am, Morning Worship

Sunday, 1st January.  No Evening Prayer Service.

Friday, 6th January, 10 am, Morning Worship

Sunday, 8th January.  Evening Prayer returns.

Special Christmas Offering to be Collected

Each year, St. Andrew’s collects a special Christmas offering to support a special ministry. 100% of collection is donated to this collection.  This year, St. Andrew’s Church Council has designated St. Andrew’s Refugee Services Children’s Educational Program, the refugee ministry attached to our congregation, to receive this special offering.  Please give generously to support the education of our refugee community.

Nominating Committee for Council and StARS Board

The Church Council is forming a nominating committee to help facilitate the election of new church council members to one year terms.  The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held on the final Friday of January, 2012.  If you are interested in serving on Church Council, speak to Iain Baxter.  Stay tuned for more announcements regarding this Committee and the nominations process.

Sign up for Assisting in Worship

A new signup sheet for worship assistants has been prepared.  Please sign up to share your gifts with us by reading in church, providing refreshments or giving the flowers. Thank you for sharing in our ministry in these ways.

Note from Pastor Peter

I want to express my sincere gratitude to God and to each of you who make up our St. Andrew’s congregation.  Together, we have formed a unique and special community in downtown Cairo that has been a privilege to share with you.  You have also blessed my family in rich ways, as well.  As I depart today, I wish for you God’s presence and peace as you continue our important purpose in downtown as both a vital congregation of diverse and faithful individuals combined with strong dedicate to refugees and vulnerable migrants.

Our contact information in the United States is:

Peter and Michele Johnson (Alex, Andrew and Liam)

5217 West 61st Street Edina, MN  55436 USA

950-200-1061 (mobile)

pjohnson.cairo@gmail.com

The warmest of Advent blessings and Christmas peace to the whole of the St. Andrew’s community and each of you.

In Christ’s Love and Service,

Pastor Peter Johnson

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