Andychurch Outdoors

Andychurch Outdoors

I hope to start a group for outdoor activities that can organize and lead group adventures from canoeing to biking and hiking.  I created a Facebook page to provide a meeting place for this group.  The link for this site is:...
Joint Needs Assessment now online

Joint Needs Assessment now online

Congregational Meeting on May 7       A St. Andrew’s United Church Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 7 immediately following the worship service at Deer Park Church. The purpose of this meeting is present, discuss and approve the report of the...
Stewardship and Salvation

Stewardship and Salvation

I am finishing my blogs this week with the relationship between stewardship and salvation. Salvation is a condition of wholeness or wellness and the word comes from the same root as salves that are used to treat skin and muscle issues.  In the preaching of Jesus,...
Stewardship of Relationships

Stewardship of Relationships

For me, the centre of the ministry practiced by Jesus was relationship.  He describes his mission as restoring right relationships between us and God, with a special emphasis on people marginalized by health, poverty, and social status. Large parts of his preaching...
Stewardship of Faith

Stewardship of Faith

Our lives are most productive and satisfying when how we live fits with what we believe.  Good lives are helped by clarity and confidence in what we believe.  Taking time for faith development by adults has been an area of weakness for the United Church for quite a...
Stewardship of Our Christian Story

Stewardship of Our Christian Story

As the Israelites were preparing to enter the promised land, Moses gave them many instructions.  In Deuteronomy 11:18-21, he tells them to tell their story of liberation to their children, and to do so every generation.  This instruction is still followed today in...
Stewardship in Wholeness

Stewardship in Wholeness

In churches for the past few generations, stewardship equals donations for the work of the church.  This narrow view of stewardship has bothered me since my first year of seminary, and bothers me more each year since.  Stewardship is the work of a steward, someone who...
Ten Things Churches Should Not Say

Ten Things Churches Should Not Say

The following item is shared by Rev. Jim Kenney.  It’s a blog written by Rev. Paul Miller of Waterloo Presbytery, United Church of Canada.  Paul’s words  Ten Things Churches Should Stop Saying originally appeared in the United Church’s Embracing the...