Pews News – 19th November 2017

19th November 2017 – Second Sunday Before Advent

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Thanks
Many thanks from Greg and Fran for the sympathy cards and condolence messages following the death of Greg’s dad last Sunday. Your love, kindness and prayers have helped so much at this difficult time.

Deanery Synod
For the first time in five years or more, St Andrew’s will be hosting Deanery Synod on Wednesday 29th November.  We are looking for a couple of volunteers to serve tea and coffee from 7-7.30pm. If you are able to help, please speak to Greg.

Allesley Green Prayer
A small group of people will be meeting at the Vicarage on Tuesday 28th November at 7.30pm for an hour to pray for the Allesley Green estate.

Nightingales
Please note that the Nightingales concert on 10th December has been cancelled because of illness for Pat Trickett, their musical director. Please do pray for her as she awaits surgery.

St Andrew’s Infant School Christmas Fayre
St Andrew’s Infant School Christmas Fayre is on Friday 24th November from 3.30-5pm.They would be grateful of volunteers for setting up from 2pm or to run stalls from 3.30pm, and obviously would welcome anyone who fancies popping along to visit the Fayre. There will be cakes, tombolas, festive games, and shopping stalls plus a disco bouncy castle. If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact the school office on 024 7646 6309 and leave your details. 

Christmas Cards for Prisoners of Conscience
Our annual card writing evening is on Wednesday 6th December at 7.30pm in the side room. We shall be writing cards to prisoners of conscience around the world (with guidance on wording from Amnesty International). Seasonal refreshments are provided. Donations towards postage will be gratefully received even if you’re unable to come. Trevor Hill & Flix Haynes.

Shoebox Appeal
The Shoebox Appeal is running again this year and the closing date for collection is 25th November 2017. Instructions for assembling the shoeboxes, contents and labelling can be found at the back of the Church. Julia McNaney is coordinating the collections so if you have any questions please feel free to contact her on 07872 614688.

Advent Course
Is it that time already? The clocks have gone back, the shops have been decorated for Christmas and the merchandise displayed to start us thinking about Christmas. At St Andrew’s we too are preparing for Christmas by holding a four week Advent group and all are welcome. We will meet on Thursday mornings from 10.30-12 noon starting on Thursday 23rd November, and will meet at Rita Muir’s home, 9 Nailcote Avenue, Tile Hill. Among the preparation for Christmas can you make space to meet with others to look at the Bible and think afresh about the meaning of Advent and Christmas. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.

Volunteers Wanted
The church is being decorated on Saturday 2nd December for Christmas. Please spare half an hour to come at 9.15am and help make our lovely church look even more beautiful. Thank you, Ann Dove.

60s/70s Night
Saturday 25th November at 7.30pm ’til late at Westwood Club. Live entertainment. Fancy dress optional but preferred. A fun night not to be missed! Tickets are £12 per person and include a fish ‘n’ chip supper. Tickets now available from Fran, Rosemarie, Linda and Jackie. Also available from Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Dates for your Diary
60s/70s Night at Westwood Heath Social Club on Saturday 25th November
The Nativity on Bannerbrook Park Thursday Dec 14th and Friday 15th December

City Praise
The biannual gathering of all Coventry churches takes place tonight at 6.30pm, 19th November at the Welcome Centre in Parkside. City Praise brings together up to 70 different churches and hundreds of people to praise God and pray for the city. If you would like to go and need a lift, please speak to Greg.

Confirmation
Please pray for our only confirmation candidate, Shirley Lewis, who will be confirmed at Coventry Cathedral next Saturday.

Please Help
Tako Ngambi, an 11 year old boy from Eastern Green is undergoing temporary treatment for a rare disease, aplastic anaemia. A desperate search for a bone marrow donor is being made as he urgently needs a transplant. Tako was admitted to University Hospital in July, but is now undergoing treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. A justgiving page has been set up by the Firefighter Junior Football Team which Tako plays for and is raising money to buy something to help pass the time while Tako is in hospital and to support his family whilst they have to take time off work and help with travel costs: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tako?utm_id=2&utm_term=WmRm4P9xZ

You can also help by joining the Anthony Nolan register, which is a charity that helps find bone marrow matches.

Christmas Hampers for Deprived Families
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, Kidz Klub Coventry are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. If you would like to help to put together a hamper please see the letter and information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Nativity 2017
St Andrew’s will be staging a live Nativity on Bannerbrook Park on December 14th and 15th 2017.  Tickets are available from Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847 at a cost of £5 adults and £2 children. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

St Andrew’s Day
There will be a special service on St Andrew’s Day, Thursday 30th November to celebrate our patron Saint at 7pm. If you would like to help at the service with sidespersons duties, leading intercessions or doing a reading, please speak to Greg.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jane Caswell, Pat Trickett, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Dove, Emma Read, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Mary Lee, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Pam Bennell, Jo Hanney, Hannah Miller and Trevor Ratcliffe. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates Nov
Sun 19th 6.30pm City Praise at the Welcome Centre
Mon 20th 7.30pm Leadership meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Tues 21st 12-3pm Ladies Fellowship to meet at Oakes Farm Café
Tues 21st 6.30pm Nativity planning meeting at the Penny Farthing
Tues 21st 6.45pm Choir Practice
Thurs 23rd 6-7pm Drama at St Oswald’s Church
Thurs 23rd 6.45pm-7.30pm Nativity rehearsal at St Oswald’s Church
Sat 25th 4.00pm Confirmation Service at Coventry Cathedral
Sat 25th 60s/70s night at Westwood Club
Tues 28th 2.00pm Forget me Not team meeting at church
Tues 28th 7.30pm Allesley Green prayer group at the Vicarage
Weds 29th 7.30pm Children’s Council Meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Readings 1 Thess 5.1-11 (p 1188) & Matthew 25.14-30 (p 994)
Readers Hilary Wankling & Sara Parkes
Preacher Greg Smith
Led by Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Sidespersons Steve & Hilary Wankling
Children Lesley/Gary/Jill
Next week Eph 1.15-23 & Matthew 25.31-46