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A Blessed New Year

Dear Friends,  As we begin a new decade together, I want to thank so many of you for being such a blessing to our congregation and communities in 2019.
This year concluded in wondrous ways for our faith community.  Over three services on Christmas Eve, we had about 600 people praising our newborn king. A big thanks to all of you who volunteered so much of your time during the Advent and Christmas season.  Also, a huge word of thanks is extended for your financial support throughout the year and especially during the month of December where we experienced overwhelming generosity  The way you have opened your hands, your hearts,and  your voices has brought more blessings to people in this community and abroad than you will ever know. 
This Sunday we will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord as we return to our regular worship schedule with worship at 5 PM on Saturday, Sunday Worship at 8:15 & 11 AM, and Christian Education on Sunday at 9:30 AM.  Next Sunday, January 12, we will have our…
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A Blessed Christmas

Christmas Eve: 4:00, 7:00, & 10:00 PM
4:00  PM - Family Worship A more informal worship experience with familiar Christmas carols and many St. Andrew's children participating in the leadership of worship.  This experience is great for families with younger children (including a glow stick "candlelighting"), those of you who need to get home to prepare dinner, parties, and family gatherings, and those of you who are young at heart who will have your hearts stirred as we bring the innocent and wise together to praise the new born king. 7:00 and 10:00 PM - Candlelight Communion Traditional Christmas Eve worship with familiar carols, special music from our choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists, the proclamation of the birth of our Lord, the celebration of Communion, and gathering with lit candles for the singing of Silent Night.  7:00 PM has more of a festive feel with music from our choirs throughout the service.(Come a little early to secure the se…

Christmas Cantata and Reception Coming Up

A word of thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes on this year's Advent Family Night.  What an incredible evening for God's children of all ages.Thank you to everyone who shared in crafts, food, laughter, and love.  Thank you to everyone who pitched in cleaning up at the end of our night together.  And a very special thank you to our Director of Christian Education, Mrs. Nicole Kruvczuk, the Crist family for coordinating dinner,  and members of our Christian Education Committee for all of their preparation for  this wonderful event.  If you missed it, bummer!  There's always next year!

We hope to see many of you here, along with family and friends on Saturday December 14 at 5 PM  for our Annual Christmas Cantata.  Join us for a joy filled hour together featuring special music from the choirs of St. Andrew's (adults, children, bells, chimes, and brass), the Christmas story retold, and beloved hymns sung together.  This is a great way to get into the spirit of the…

St. Andrew's Toy Drive This Week

It's about that time of year again!  Time to find those bargains on toys or pack up those unused toys (in good condition) to share with a family in need.  We are collecting new and lightly used toys for distribution at Grace Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia.  This annual tradition of giving and receiving brings smiles to many faces.  Please drop off your toys in the narthex or St. Andrew's Hall by December 8th.   If the toy needs batteries, we would appreciate it if you could supply / install them as a special gift. We will also need a few hands on deck on Wednesday morning December 11th to help load up the truck for delivery.  Blessings  to you in this season of giving!

Advent Family Night Sign Up & Thanksgiving Greetings - Please Respond

Our Annual Advent Family Night is scheduled for Sunday December 1  from 4-7 PM downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall.  Invite family and friends to join us for this fun event for all ages around Christmas crafts and ornaments of your choosing (Many simple - all make and take), food, laughter, and Christmas joy.  If you have not yet responded or signed up, please respond to this e-mail, sign up in the church narthex,  or contact the church office to let us know you are attending. 
The easiest way for planners to get your information quickly is by signing up through the Sign Up Genius link here and carefully follow the instructions:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4ea8a82aa2ff2-advent

As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day I want to wish you a truly blessed celebration.  Many of you will be gathering with loved ones and, while likely eating way too much food (Enjoy!),  offering thanks for God's abundant blessings.  May your joy be full and overflowing on Thanksgiving and throug…

Changing Seasons

Dear Friends,
As we gradually put things away from our 60th Anniversary Celebration, we are reminded on a number of levels how all things come to an end, seasons change, and new focuses emerge.  The vibrant green leaves that filled our summer changed to beautiful fall colors and are now giving way to the rustling dead leaves of fall (which many of you will be raking this Sunday.  Thanks in advance!)  Soon the bare trees of winter will be all that greet us.  But I will not soon forget the beauty of those fall leaves and I will even appreciate the bareness of the trees as they reveal new views as well as bright blue skies and snow crystals on branches and on the ground.  
Our lives move through seasons just as our life as a congregation moves through seasons.  Some are long and joyful.  Some are short and hurtful.  Others are there to prepare us for what is yet to come.  Some seasons stagnate, some grow, and some rest.  But all are part of life in the body, both as individuals and as  …

Welcome Home!

Dear Friends,
Where is home for you?  Maybe home is the house where you grew up.  Maybe it's spending time with family and close friends. Maybe home is something more elusive for you but there are those places where you find strength, peace, or a sense of belonging, if even for a short time.  Home is complicated.  None of us grew up in a perfect home but we have images of what home is and means, and we long for it.
As our 60th Anniversary Celebration approaches (Sunday October 27th @ 9:30 AM), there are many people planning to attend who see St. Andrew's as their spiritual home, a place of confirmation, marriage, family baptisms, and funerals.  A place that was there in every age and stage of children's lives, a special place in the Audubon community.  However, there are also many of the St. Andrew's faithful who did not grow up here, who don't know a lot of familiar faces, and maybe just feel like they are passing through.  We all have a place in this special cele…