Traditionally the Session tries to keep the Loonie offerings close to home but this month we have decided to support a worthy organization doing a good work in the hardest hit areas of our world. Doctors Without Borders Canada (click to view their webpage).
“Founded to save lives and speak out, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a Nobel Prize-winning emergency humanitarian medical organization that has helped tens of millions of people since its founding in 1971. MSF now has more than 40,000 staff members on the front lines of humanitarian crises in close to 70 countries.”
“It is easy to write inspiring words to define an organization’s mission – it is much harder to put those principles into practice. At the core of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s identity is a commitment to independence, neutrality and impartiality. These are the MSF principles.
These ideals have driven every aspect of our work – from medical care and logistics to finance and communications – since MSF was established in 1971.
Our commitment to these principles, and the impact of the organization built on them, was recognized in 1999 when we were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize was accepted by then MSF International President, Dr. James Orbinski.”
You can give your Loonie offering in three ways:
1 Place your gift in the Loonie jar at Church (it will not be receipted)
2 Place your gift in the collection plate designated to Loonie offering; or mail your donations to; St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1981 9th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm BC, V1E 2L2 or e-transfer to email@example.com designated to Loonie offering. (these gifts will be receipted by St. Andrew’s)
3 Give directly to Doctors Without Borders via their website (above) or the address below.
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada
551 Adelaide Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 0N8
+1 (800) 982-7903
If you wish to help you may do so through the St. Andrew’s, marking your donation PWS&D “Lebanon Crisis.”, or follow the links in the info below.
John Love, had an early morning inspiration to issue a challenge to all the seniors in St. Andrew’s, who feel they are financially able, to donate there $300 gift from the Federal Government to the Second Harvest Food Bank. If you wish to accept John’s challenge you may do so in one of three ways:
- put your gift in the offering plate designated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
- send your donations to; St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1981 9th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm BC, V1E 2L2.
- e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the month or early August all the gifts will be combined and one large gift from St. Andrew’s will be given to Second Harvest. (Be sure to have your name or envelope # on your donation so it can be receipted by St. Andrew’s)
Here is some information about contributing to the loonie offering this summer.
Lakeside’s address is:
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Salmon Arm, BC
June 9, 2020
Dear People of St. Andrew’s
As promised, I am writing to update you on the decisions made regarding the opening of our building to worship.
We will officially begin worship together on Sunday June 21 at 11:00 am.
First of all, we want you to know that if you are in anyway uncomfortable, or not feeling ready to come and be physically present in worship we understand. For that reason, we will continue to post worship on the website so that you are free to attend virtually. There will be a slight change in the on-line format. The printed version of the full worship service will be posted for first thing Sunday morning; the video of the sermon will not be posted until after the worship service, so you can look for that to appear early on Sunday afternoon.
For those of you who will be coming to the Sanctuary for worship, the process will be a little different than it has been in the past. Our “new normal” will be as follows.
You will enter by the door on the ramp side of the building.
You will be greeted by an usher who will invite you to sanitize your hands.
You will sign in with name and phone number.
These steps will be outlined by a poster as you enter. The poster will also include a reminder that if you desire to participate in singing, that a mask will be mandatory. (You can take off the mask between hymns, this step has been taken to address the extra droplet spread that singing produces.)
The greeter/usher will then show you to your seat. We will be filling the sanctuary (with distancing) from the front. First come first seated. Seating will begin about 15 minutes prior to the service. (This will allow adequate time for Living Waters to sanitize the sanctuary and all other touch points before we enter.)
There will be a plate for your offering on a table in the Narthex just before you enter the Sanctuary. Please deposit it at that time, there will be no collection of the offering during worship. On the first Sunday of the month the basket for the loonie offering will also be provided on that table, prior to worship.
One thing you will notice is that in the center of every pew there will be a box of Kleenex and an ice-cream pail. These are provided for your convenience. However, we do remind you that if you think you may have a cold or other illness to stay home.
Following worship, you will be invited to leave one row at a time, beginning from the back.
If you want to socialize you are encouraged to gather in physically distanced groups in the parking lot, following worship.
We hope this will not be forever, but the plans we have laid out, follow the guidelines of the BC government and the guidelines of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. As government restrictions loosen the Session will take a careful look at our practices and discern when, if and how to include other things, like coffee hours, and hopefully one day social events like potlucks. But for now, we recognize that they are not yet available for us and may indeed be realized only in the distant future.
I look forward to continuing to connect with you all, via phone or in person.
Peace and Blessings to all as we navigate this “new normal”.
Dear Ministerial Members,
I was wondering if you could circulate this e-mail to the ministerial on behalf of The Salvation Army.
Right now, at the food bank, we need some more people. We have had a skeleton crew who have been faithful, but after 10 weeks, they are tired. The three main things we need help with are:
– support driving and picking up donations from grocery stores and restaurants in the morning. It starts between 7 and 8.
– receiving those donations, weighing them and beginning the sorting process. This starts around 7:30
– helping with the donations table. This role has the most exposure as it is handing out food that is just past due or close to it to people that walk up to the door. The table person(s) usually begins at around 8.
The Lighthouse (food bank) is “open” to the public 9:00-12:00 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 9:00-2:00 on Tuesday and Thursday.
We also have a daily time of prayer at 8:30.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
If you wish to help PWS&D you may send your donations to: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1981 9th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm BC, V1E 2L2 or e-transfer to email@example.com or donate directly using the links in the article below.
Thank you to all who continue to support our Loonie Offerings even while in isolation. To the end of April there has been $650 donated to the different Loonie offerings. Some of you have been giving directly to the different causes and that is great. In fact $300, of the $650 given to date, was given directly. If you wish what you give directly, to be included in the year-to-date total; you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see that your donation amount is added in. Other than the total givings no other information will be shared. God bless you all for your continued support of the Loonie Offerings.