Tuesday, February 21

Mountaintops and Valleys

Dear Friends,

 This upcoming Sunday, churches throughout the world who follow the assigned readings and festivals of the Church Year will be celebrating Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday before the Lenten season begins.  On this day, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up  to a mountaintop to pray.   There they will experience an awesome vision they will never forget.  We need mountaintop experiences of our own, places to pray, and sources of strength for the valleys ahead.  We will also be following Jesus through the valleys during the season of Lent.  Our daily journey with Jesus will take us to:
    - quiet places of prayer
    - opportunities to feed the hungry
    - nights in lonely gardens and angry storms
    - the joy and peace of more mountaintop moments
    - instructions to care for ourselves and those around us
    - reminders that we are never alone but always in the power of the Spirit
    - assurance that Jesus meets us exactly where we are but never leaves us that way.
Join us this weekend as we gather around Word and Sacrament as our eyes are opened to the ways that Jesus transfigures and transforms lives.  See you in church!
Peace,

Pastor Mueller 









Tuesday, January 3

A New Year Together

Dear Friends,
 This Sunday we will celebrate the Baptism  of our Lord as we return to our regular schedule with worship at 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday Worship at 8:15 & 11 AM, and Christian Education on Sunday at 9:30 AM. We will also have our Annual Congregational Meeting following 11:00 AM Worship. The agenda for this important meeting includes the appointment of new council leadership for 2017,approval of our Endowment Fund Board Budget, a brief update on building plans, and consideration of  our 2017 Spending Plan.


 Also this Sunday we begin two new exciting adult education gatherings at 9:30 AM:


Animate: Faith Practices (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)
An interactive introduction to central practices of our faith.  Topics include: Worship, Prayer, Food, Sacraments, Money, Service, and Community.

Gospel of John: Light and Life (meeting upstairs in Daniel's Den - office wing)
An overview of of the major themes of this profound Gospel, a guide for your own reading, and a source of personal growth (Many of our assigned readings in church  during Lent and Easter seasons  this year are from the Gospel of John.)

 Finally, I make a sad face as I inform you that Christmas decorations will start coming down this Thursday at 6:30 PM.  Time marches on and while admittedly it is not as much fun as putting the decorations up, the company is just as good.  If you would be willing to help, it would be greatly appreciated.

   
 A blessed New Year to all.  See you in church!
Peace,
Pastor Mueller
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Tuesday, December 13

A Blessed 2017


New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
Services of Holy Communion at 5 PM on New Year's Eve and 10 AM on New Year's Day to accommodate holiday plans and celebrations.  Begin the New Year in praise and prayer!
Our regular Sunday worship schedule resumes on January 8  (Baptism of Our Lord) with worship at 8:15 and 11 AM, Christian Education at 9:30 AM.  








Thursday, December 8

Journey in the Wilderness

Dear Friends,

Each year in the Advent season, our assigned Sunday readings lead us to John the Baptist in the wilderness preparing the way of the Lord.  Wilderness journeys are significant in scripture including Elijah on the run,  the ministry of John the Baptist, Israel wandering for 40 years, and Jesus' temptation.  

The wilderness is a place of searching, the arena for answers about life, fulfillment, salvation, and prophecy.  The wilderness is a place that challenges us out of our comfort zones to learn more about who we are, who God is, what God's will is for us and the community around us, and what God has prepared for the next season of our lives.    If you are one of those people who feels like you are in the wilderness in this Advent / Christmas season, you are not alone.  Many have journeyed through this season in times of grief, doubt and confusion,  many have experienced tremendous growth through this difficult  pilgrimage, and many have gone on to be a rich blessing to others in their wilderness journeys.

Take time in this hurried and busy season to pray, to reflect, and to serve others in need.  Opportunities abound at St. Andrew's in the days ahead.  (Search for your December newsletter and ask how God may be calling you to worship, learn and serve).  Above all, know that the coming Christ is with us, for us, and going ahead of us to bring restoration, reunion, wholeness, and peace.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mueller


Monday, November 28

Christmas Cantata this weekend

A word of thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes on this year's Advent Family Night.  What a wonderful evening for God's children of all ages.  A special thank you to our Director of Christian Education, Mrs. Janice Stickley and members of our Christian Education for their many hours this event.

We hope to see many of you here, along with family and friends, at 5 PM this Saturday night for our Christmas Cantata.  Join us for a joy filled hour together featuring special music from the choirs of St. Andrew's, the Christmas story retold, and beloved Christmas carols sung together.  This is a great way to get into the spirit of the season and an opportunity for those of you who will be traveling or have other commitments on Christmas Eve this year to celebrate with your faith community.  Bring family members, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for this special night together.

Also, mark your calendars for our Christmas pageant on Sunday December 18 at 11 AM.  
Christmas Eve Worship will once again be at 4, 7, & 10 PM and there will be one simple but joyous service of Holy Communion on Christmas Day at 10 AM,

Blessings in this Advent season and in all of your Christmas preparations.
Peace,


Pastor Mueller