Second Harvest Food Drive, needs help Apr. 28th – May 2nd. (click Here)

NeighbourLink via Second Harvest are conducting a Food Drive this coming week for FIVE days commencing the 28th and running until May 2nd. This “Drop Off” food drive will take place at the following locations:

WalMart 28th, Save-On 29th, No Frills 30th, UPtown Askew’s 1st and DOWNtown Askew’s on the 2nd.

We are looking for volunteers to bring a lawnchair and sit at a social distance next to the Salvation Army (Lighthouse) van in participation of the drop-off. It has been suggested that TWO people be present for 3 hour shifts (10am-1pm and 1pm to 4pm). At the time of this writing, we have ONE person to cover the mornings of the 28th, 29th & 30th……We need one more person for each of these shifts. We also have one person for the afternoon shift on the 1st, so will need one more person for that day.

If you can help please let Don Cann know at 250 832-8220

A congregational letter from Rev. Ena (click here)

Congregational Letter

It has now been a little over a month since we all went into our homes and self-isolated.

A little more than a month, the time has both seemed to speed by and felt like an eternity.

I have been gratified to know from the phone calls that you are all doing well.  You are weathering isolation with grace, and humour and sometimes creativity.  I have heard of a luncheon where the guests were invited to bring their own food, and then asked to sit at one end of a six foot picnic table while the hosts sat at the other end.  I live in a building where we never see each other, so it was nice one day in the grocery store to talk with one of the other residents. 

Then there are all the stories that I am hearing, of the creative ways that you are working together to make worship meaningful to you.  I am grateful to John Hanna who figured out how to put links in so that we could sing the hymns along with music and sometimes even other voices to help us feel connected in worship.  I am also grateful to Don Cann who found out all the information we needed to make sure that we are continuing to give to our community needs.  And to Gloria and Diane and Janet who figured out a couple of ways in which we can give our regular offerings.  It truly takes a community to be a Church and you are proving that we don’t need a building to be that community.

This has been a time for learning for me.  Part of that has come as I have tried to work on being spiritually strong.  I am watching videos of lectures from the Worship Symposium at Calvin College.  I am zooming in every Monday for a discussion time with the Centre for Missional Leadership where we worship, pray and break into small groups.  Then we have a lecture on a pastorally significant topic for being the scattered church and then again into small breakout rooms to talk about how that is working for us in our congregations.   I have so much to share about how you are working as a congregation, from sending letters, to phoning each other, to continuing to plant the garden.  God’s work continues and every time I tell a story about you, I am grateful to be your minister at this time.  So grateful.

As for me, I am learning other things as well.  I have been the Chaplain coordinator at the Hospital since I moved here.  It’s not a big job, just assign the ministers who are signed up to the weeks they are on call and then giving the list to the volunteer coordinator.  Since the hospital has closed those lists have stopped, but I have been asked to work with them on a way of doing Pastoral Care and Death and Dying ministry from a distance.  So I have downloaded and learned how to administer Zoom conversations.  I have learned how to record the meetings, which I can have alone with only me, so that I am playing with how to record the Sermon and John thinks he can post it or embed it in the printed service on the website.  We will see how it goes. I had thought we could use it for meetings but not enough people have the tools or the skills so we will continue as we are.

But if you have a need, or a desire for face to face conversations I am always willing.  Email me at standrews-salmonarm@outlook.com and I will be glad to set up a zoom talk with you.  No need to get your own zoom account you can be a guest on my account.

The scheduled Bible study is finished but I asked the group if they wanted to continue.  I got three votes yes, no votes no and everyone else abstained.  In Presbyterian Polity if you abstain you vote with the majority.  So we will continue starting in mid May.  Between now and then I will come up with an outline.  Then I have a week’s vacation and a week’s study leave booked.  I am no longer going to Ontario, but have cleared with the Presbytery a reading course on Mission.  So that’s what I will do—all  by myself in my shrinking apartment. 

Personally I am well.  Craving human company, but study, work, lectures, blogging and going to zoom meetings are certainly helping. 

I like all of you have been affected by this virus.  My cousin in Penticton had the virus and is now well.  I have another cousin in Abbotsford who is waiting for a kidney transplant and very nervous about going in for dialysis 3 times a week.  Sadly a son of one of my Mom’s second cousin has died of the virus.  We know about this because Tabitha started a face book group for family photos, which has become a way of sharing, but also to get to know relatives in Europe and across Canada.

What am I doing with the time on my hands?  I have tried my hand at oven drying fruit, if I am at home with no where to give the 5-6 hours it takes is really nothing.  The other day I learned about ginger pickled carrots for which I will get the ingredients the next time I leave my bubble and go to the grocery store.

In the meantime you are all in my prayers.  I will continue to reach out to you from time to time, and I am grateful to hear how you use the worship services, and what they mean to you.  We continue to be the church triumphant.  Thanks be to God.  Blessings to you all.   Ena

More ways to Help (click here)

How Can We Help in these uncertain Times?

At St. Andrew’s, the answer to this question has been crafted to fit the circumstances.  Session has stated that the Loonie Offering for APRIL is to go to Second Harvest Food Bank.  With no “collection” possible at the present time, we are encouraging everyone to support this Ministry by simply making a Cash donation through the mail.  Cheques can be mailed to:

Neighbourlink Shuswap

Box 741

Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N8

Please make your cheque payable to Second Harvest Food Bank

Our Church has a long history in Salmon Arm supporting the work of Neighbourlink who, in turn, operate the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Recently, we placed a box in the Narthex for donations of personal hygiene items. Non-perishable food items have also been collected during Communion services as well.  With the current isolation situation, these methods of donation are not possible.  Please consider your support in monetary terms as you feel the Lord’s leading.

Second Harvest continues to operate, and we see the needs increasing as the pandemic progresses.  At this time, with “Social Distancing” measures, the volunteers are preparing hampers in the facility and simply handing them out during their operating hours.  If you are looking for a way to serve this ministry, please call Don Cann to discuss the options.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Neighbourlink Shuswap and the community of Salmon Arm, I will take this opportunity to Thank You for your support.

Helping Others (click here)

Hello all:  We often ask how can we be the church in isolation… well, today I learned about an initiative of the BC Government to help connect volunteers with seniors.  My mother’s doctor contacted her and said that he was ordering her to stay at home.  I suspect other seniors are in the same situation.  Not everyone has a family member to run errands, get groceries or just give a quick call.  So if you can do more than you are already doing in regard to our own congregation, please consider this request.  To register to help, or to request help you can do so at BC211 online or 211 phone line.  Let us continue to prayerfully consider how to be the Church at this time.

Options for Church Offerings (click here)

St Andrew’s now has the ability to receive donations by e-transfer. The email address for e-transfers is: standrews1981@outlook.com

The simplest way to donate to the work of the church on an ongoing basis is to join our PAR (pre-authorized remittance) program; you can do so by talking to Diane Bylsma or Janet Hanna. For more info on PAR (click here)

You may also mail cheques to the Church’s address: 1981 9th Ave. NE, Salmon Arm BC, V1E 2L2 Thank you to our church family for all your support. God bless you as you do what is necessary to stay healthy through this time.

 

Wow; can you imagine what heaven is going to be like? The praise, the choir of angels, the eternal joy; heaven will be a celebration, a party, an adventure. Our worship on Sunday should be a foretaste of heaven; a party, an adventure. To hear more about this listen to Rev. Ena’s sermon from the 19th entitled “Party? Adventure? Come and See!” . (click here or check out the Sermons tab)

https://standrews-salmonarm.com/sermons/party-adventure-come-and-see/