St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Fiddling event raises over $700 for Kids Curing Cancer

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Kids Curing Cancer (KCC) has returned for their fifth year of helping to combat the disease and fundraising efforts started Sunday afternoon.

Fiddlers, including KCC organizer Lauren Baillargeon, performed at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in what is the first of at least three major fundraising events for KCC. This will be the second straight year that KCC will donate its proceeds to the Fight Like Mason Foundation.

The recent “Fiddle Extravaganza” at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church topped $700.

The Kids Curing Cancer event, featuring founder Lauren Baillargeon (right), was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

KCC donated just over $13,000 this past year to the Fight Like Mason Foundation and hopes for more this year. They have raised $39,000 overall for cancer-fighting organizations.

“We had so much fun partnering with them last time,” explained Lauren, a Grade 9 student at General Amherst High School. “We wanted to stick with them and support them for another year.”

Lauren said they have been monitoring the progress the Fight Like Mason Foundation has been making locally and they are happy with what they are seeing.

Lauren’s mother Jodi said the other two fundraising events will be the Hockey Day in January at the Libro Centre and the main dinner fundraiser Feb. 16 at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. A final date has yet to be chosen for the Hockey Day but the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association is on board. The Amherstburg Admirals have also helped with that event.

The Feb. 16 event will feature a pasta dinner, a live auction, door prizes and more. Tickets for that are $25 with children ages 3-10 being $10. Children under three are free. Tickets are selling fast, Jodi said, and anyone interested can e-mail her at jodibaillargeon@gmail.com.

St. Andrew’s Church musical director presents “A Concert for Marguerite”

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Matthew Kulbacki lost his mother in March and paid tribute to her recently.

Kulbacki, the musical director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, organized “A Concert for Marguerite.” A packed house came to the Simcoe St. church to listen to Kulbacki perform along with Chris Borshuk, Phil Kasurak, Tracey Atin, Daniela Marentette and Mike Houston.

“My mother passed away in late-March,” he said. “I wanted to do a tribute to her involving a bunch of friends.”

Matthew Kulbacki performs during “A Concert for Marguerite” (above), which was a tribute to his late mother.

Throughout the concert, Kulbacki reminisced about his mother and showed slides of his family. The performers then provided a “potpourri” of music. Works by Domenico Scarlatti and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Blind Tom Wiggins and Samuel Barber were featured as part of the performance.

“It also gives me an opportunity as a solo pianist to break in some new material,” said Kulbacki.

Calling the concert “cathartic” and “emotional to put together,” he added it was also a fundraiser for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The church puts on several concerts in a year but Kulbacki said what was raised through the free will offering will be put towards the church.

Kulbacki didn’t envision a similar concert in memory of his mother, but noted there are other concerts on the horizon.

One such concert is this Sunday’s “An Afternoon of Song” featuring tenor Michael Parr and soprano Kimerica Ottogalli Paar. They will be accompanied by Kulbacki with the performance to feature songs by Wolf, Mozart, Donizetti, Jean Coulthard and more.

The show is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.

New minister welcomed at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

A local church has welcomed a new face to their clergy.

Reverend Dr. Tim Reddish, who was born in a coal-mining village in central England, has a diverse scientific background. He spent ages 9 through 16 in Nigeria, and attended Hillcrest Boarding School. His parents lived in the Gwoza area for three years, in the North-East, and were mainly involved with training pastors in the Hausa language and building programs for the bible school and missionary hospitals.

Reddish moved on to Manchester University to study physics, during which time he got married while studying for his PhD in experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.

After his research positions at Manchester and Vancouver, in 1989 Reddish became a lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK. He then moved with his wife Anne and their son Phillip to Canada in 2002 where Reddish was a professor at the University of Windsor.

Reverend Dr. Tim Reddish was welcomed as the new minister of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church during a special mass and ceremony Sunday night.

“I was able to come to the University of Windsor with all my equipment from Newcastle University, which was a key asset in establishing my research profile in Canada,” explained Reddish. “This was further enabled by regular NSERC funding and some truly amazing graduate students, along with my international collaborations with colleagues in France, Italy and Australia. I loved teaching undergraduate physics and engaging with students. I was promoted to a full professorship in physics in 2010, and was Head of Department for a short period of time.”

Reddish explained, he has been a Christian since his teenaged years. Being a physicist, he has always been interested in creation and to him, it seemed no major change to focus his studies on “the creator.” It was in 2011 when he resigned from his position at the University of Windsor to study theology at Knox College in Toronto.

“I also felt the call of God on my life to serve Christ’s church in a more involved way than only in my free time,’” said Reddish. “Although one of my passions was reading theology books, to switch disciplines requires more structured learning; in other words, going to seminary.”

Reddish explained he was raised in a Pentecostal family, but during his time in university he attended a “lively Anglican church,” where he said he found the formal liturgy to be “grounding” as he wrestled with his doubts. Later his year in Vancouver, he attended a Baptist church.

“Since graduating from Knox College I have been househusband, author, and a guest preacher at various Presbyterian churches in Essex-Kent,” said Reddish. “In seeking the next step in what I believe to be God’s call on my life in serving the Church, I wanted it to be the right place for me and my family and not simply the first available position. I discovered an affinity with St. Andrews, Amherstburg, during my visits as a guest preacher and was interested in exploring the possibility of being their minister once the position became vacant. My prayer for churches in such situations is that, “God will be preparing the church for the new minister, and the new minister for the church.” I believe that prayer has been answered in this situation and I’m very excited at the prospect of being St Andrew’s new minister.”

Reddish plans on focusing on getting to know the congregation in Amherstburg. Once that’s done, he plans on doing some strategic visioning for the church’s future. His overall hope is to help to congregants as well as the wider community to explore the Christian faith. He also hopes to partner with other churches in Amherstburg and work together to become “an effective Christian presence in the community.”

Windsor church finding home in Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A Windsor church has found that many people from Amherstburg make the trip to the city so the church is returning the favour.

The Pentecostal Church of Windsor, located at Wyandotte St. and Fairview in Windsor, use St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Assistant pastor Caleb Fallon said they are trying to find ways to reach out to the Amherstburg community.

“We’re starting to get a lot of followers who live in Amherstburg,” said Fallon.

By coming to Amherstburg, it allows local residents to celebrate their faith closer to home, he said, with a long-term plan for a permanent structure of their own not out of the question.

While the Pentecostal Church of Windsor has been meeting the last several months at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, they aren’t strangers to Amherstburg, Fallon indicated.

“We’ve been meeting in homes within Amherstburg and at the Libro Centre for the last year-and-a-half to two years,” he said. “We love it. Amherstburg is a wonderful place.”

Fallon said everyone is welcome to their services, which are usually followed by small receptions over coffee and treats afterward.

“We’re thankful to be here,” said Fallon.

Good Friday happenings in Amherstburg

 

By RTT Staff

There are a few events happening on Good Friday in Amherstburg.

St. John the Baptist Church is hosting its annual procession through the streets of town, weather permitting.

The route is expected to be similar to what has been used in the past. It is scheduled to start at approximately 10:30 a.m. so motorists are asked to be patient should they encounter it April 14.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is also hosting a Good Friday breakfast. It starts at 9 a.m. in the church hall. A free will offering will be collected and there will be gluten-free options available.

St. Andrew’s church service will follow at 10 a.m.