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









Tuesday, November 22

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Friends,

As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend ahead, 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 tomorrow and throughout the holiday season ahead.

However, let us also remember that there will be others for whom this festive season will not be experienced with the joy of abundance, nor surrounded by family and friends.  Many thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to bless the homeless and hungry of our communities at Thanksgiving and throughout the year to make a difference in lives that are hurting.

The weeks ahead can also be a time of great sorrow for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Take time to reach out to those experiencing loss, honoring boundaries and their desire to take a step back from festivities when needed, but reminding them that they are not alone.  

The Advent season in the life of the church is one of both contemplation and joy, sorrow and hope, darkness and light.  This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent (no Saturday worship this weekend) as we wait with tenacity and hope for the coming of Christ in history, mystery, and majesty.

For those of you who are traveling this weekend, may your travels be safe. Blessings in this time of watching, waiting, and giving thanks.

Peace,

Pastor Mueller



Monday, October 24

Always Reforming

"This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise.  We are not yet what we shall be, bit we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road.  All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified." - Martin Luther

Join us this Sunday as, with favorite hymns, music from St. Andrew's Brass, and special music from our choirs,  we celebrate the Reformation, giving thanks for Martin Luther and church reformers who continue to refocus the church's attention on the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Let us continue to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the Spirit's presence among us as we continue to see reformation in our churches, communities, and our daily lives.  And let us give thanks for the gift of faith that sustains and strengthens us every step of the way.  For those of you who are unable to join us this Sunday, continue to pray for our mission together.  I am so grateful for the incredible generosity and grace of so many of our members, for the ways that you encourage one another, and for  the ways that you embody Christ'a grace and healing power.  It is truly a privilege to serve among you.  Exciting and challenging times ahead!  See you in church!

Peace,

Pastor Mueller








Monday, September 26

Blessing of the Animals

Join us this Sunday October 2nd in our outdoor chapel area (across parking lot from main entrance) at 9:30 AM.  Family and friends (especially the furry kind) are encouraged to attend.  (This is part of the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi in churches around the world)  "Well mannered" pets should be on leashes or in cages.  There is plenty of room in chapel area and also on the lawn above to spread out for a short service of thanksgiving followed by individual blessings of pets.  If you have school age children who want to be part of this brief service, you as parents are responsible to get them to their Sunday School classes.  While I will need to return to class before 10 AM, you are welcome to hang out with one another or take a walk somewhere else.

This is a great opportunity to meet newer people to our faith community or perhaps meet up with long time St. Andrew's folk with some very special members of the family.  Looking forward to Sunday.

Peace,

Pastor Mueller






Monday, September 12

Adult Education this Fall

Dear Friends,

Many thanks to all of you who offered your time and gifts to an exciting and inspiring kick off weekend.  Let a new program year in mission begin.  Below are some opportunities to grow in faith in the Sundays ahead at 9:30 AM.

The Creed (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)

An overview of the major doctrines  of the Nicene Creed, how they were formulated, the history and heresies the creed addresses, and how the creed continues to speak to us in a changing context.  



Genesis: In the Beginning (meeting upstairs in Daniel's Den)

An overview of major stories and figures in this first book of the Hebrew Scriptures, how they shaped Israel as a community of faith, and how they still shape us today.

Looking Ahead: Inquirers Class (meeting November 6 &13 in Narthex / Church lobby)
A small group for those looking for an introduction or refresher on Lutheran Christianity and also for those who have questions about the mission and ministries of St. Andrew's Church.  Come join us and also think about inviting others who are newer to our congregation or community.

 Thanks be to God that many of you had an opportunity for rest and renewal over the summer months.  May God give us the strength we need for the challenges and opportunities ahead to bear Christ's presence to others at St. Andrew's and in our daily lives.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Mueller
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