Cochrane Community Awards 2017

The Cochrane Community Awards 2017 event was held Sunday afternoon at the Cochrane Ranchehouse. The nominations for the many categories showed just how fortunate Cochrane is to have so many wonderful individuals, groups, and businesses making contributions to our community. Thank you to the Cochrane Community Awards program for all their work.

St. Andrew’s United is so proud of our minister, Ray Goodship, for receiving the “Citizen of the Year” Award, in recognition of his outstanding and ongoing contributions to our community! Congratulations Ray!

In addition, our Community Lunch program, initiated by Ray in recent years, and sustained by numerous enthusiastic volunteers every Tuesday for the Free Lunch program, was the recipient of the “Equity & Inclusion Champion of the Year” Award! Carole Clement accepted this Award on behalf of St. Andrew’s. Kudos to Ray and all our St. Andrew’s volunteers for making this possible!

Our hike at Glenbow Ranch Prov’l Park, 2017

Some photos today from our hike at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. It was a lot of fun.

GRPP hike 1, the group

GRPP hike 2, climbing trees

GRPP hike 3, Nice car – a fixer upper! Seriously?

GRPP hike 5, Hey Look, some deer!

GRPP hike 6, umm, prayer circle, or blowing grass

GRPP hike 8, wow, what a view

GRPP hike 9, at the chimney

GRPP hike 10, a good resting spot

GRPP hike 11, Woohoo!

Mother’s Day Gala 2017

Wow! That was fun! Our SOLD OUT! Mother’s Day Gala was held on
Saturday, May 13 …

This Gala is the time of year when the men of St. Andrew’s put on a special evening to honour all the women in our lives, not just our Mothers. The men did the grocery shopping, the cooking, the room preparation, the serving, the dishes, the clean-up, and of course the Silent Auction and the entertainment, with all the men doing their best to help provide a wonderful evening for the ladies to enjoy.

The Chefs Extraordinaire were Don, Bill, & Bob. Led by the Head Server Fred, the servers were all decked out in their black & whites, and attended the ladies throughout the meal. Following dinner, the entertainment began, featuring a variety of musicians, all from St. Andrew’s. We enjoyed listening to David (piano), Will (fiddle) and his dad Brad (guitar), Yaldi (Bob, Fred, & Edith; all vocals, with guitar, violin, & flute respectively), the Back Row Boys barbershop (Steve, Fred, Bob, & Ray), Martin (classical guitar), and 4Good (Bob, Jason, & Ray, all vocals & guitars), and finishing up with our inimitable Men’s Chorus.

The contributions to the Silent Auction were many, and the generous support of the bidders was so appreciated.

Thank you so much to all who made this event such a great success – the ticket purchasers, the auction bidders and contributors, and all the men who volunteered.

Cochrane Food Drive, April 29. 2017

The latest Cochrane & Area Food Drive was held Saturday, April 29. Over 30 of our St. Andrew’s volunteers met at our church at 9:30 a.m., listened to the plan from Georges Tambay, got their maps, and headed out. It was a sunny and reasonably warm spring day, a great day for all of the community-wide volunteers for the collection phase. After dropping off collected items at the Bow Valley Baptist Church, all volunteers could then enjoy a coffee, snack/lunch, and a chat with friends. Unless they were still hard at work sorting and then boxing the non-perishable food items for a couple of more hours. Kudos to all who participated. Please read the Thank You letter, below, from the Helping hands Society.

The next Food Drive is Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Spray Lakes Sports Centre. Hope to see you then.

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5th Cochrane Lego Competition, April 1, 2017

The 5th Cochrane Lego Competition took place on Saturday, April 1st, 2017.

There were over 70 projects entered.  Clearly, there are some very talented Lego kids in our community, and the judging was challenging, but still fun to do!

Many thanks to the organizers Billy and Sara for making this event happen, and to the volunteers who helped out, and of course to all the children who participated (as well as their parents being very supportive in the background).