Monday, September 9

Coming Up In Adult Education

THIS FALL ON SUNDAY MORNINGS (AT 9:30 AM – (beginning this Sunday)

"Simon Says" ~ The Journey of Simon Peter (meets downstairs in Jerusalem Room)

This video / discussion series looks at the life and ministry of this faithful but flawed disciple who teaches us much about being a disciple but also about what it means to be very human. 




Wired Word (meets upstairs in Daniel's Den) 

Each week a group will gather for a guided devotion and discussion at the intersection of current events, scripture, and our faith journey and experience.






 Looking ahead to November… 

Honoring our Neighbor's Faith Part 2 Outside the Mainstream (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)

Continuing our overview of beliefs, practices, and piety of our brothers and sisters, we move on from mainstream Christian groups to communities on the fringes of Christian faith (including Quakers and Mormons) but play a role in our nation and culture. 




The Bible Tells Me So (meeting upstairs in Daniel's Den) 

An honest and sometimes humorous look at the messy, troubling, and weird book we call the Bible, letting go of the need to protect or defend it, and embracing it as it is as people of faith with many questions. Perhaps when we let the Bible be the Bible rather than what we expect it ought to be, or need it to be, we will find a deeper faith in the process.


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING & SHARING

Men's Breakfast – Beginning on October 5, meets on the first Saturday of the month at
7:30 AM at Keystone Grill (on Ridge Pike near Toscos) for a hot breakfast, alongside
group conversation and laughter, as well as discussion connected to our faith and daily
life.

Women's Breakfast – same time and location on the third Saturday of each month

Lunch Bunch – meets on Thursdays (begins this week) at noontime downstairs
in St. Andrew's Hall. Most weeks we dig a little deeper into the assigned texts that will
be proclaimed on Sunday at worship. We provide printed copies of the readings, coffee,
and occasional snacks. You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch and, should you desire,
a bible of your choice.



Tuesday, September 3

9:30 Worship for One More Sunday (Saturday Worship Begins)

September 7th & 8th
Kick-Off Weekend
Fall Worship Schedule Begins

Weekly Saturday Worship at 5:00 pm.

We return to our weekly service of Holy
Communion for the upcoming program year.  
This service is more intimate and a little less formal with more spoken liturgy and monthly appearances by our acoustic group, Soulful Strings. We always look forward to Saturdays
when they lead us in worship. Holy Communion is always offered on Saturday nights. As we begin a new program year together, think about family members, friends, co-workers,
and neighbors who could benefit from Saturday worship, especially those who have work or sports on Sunday and need a Sabbath with the Word. Also, think about those who may have medical issues that make mornings difficult or those who are returning to the church and
looking for something different. Growth opportunities abound.

9:30a.m. ~ Kick-Off Sunday
"Building Our Faith"

A simple but celebrative worship gathering, including songs with our Sunday School children and times of blessing for our children and teachers as we start a new year of  building together. Please make every effort to be with us this day as we will set the tone for much that awaits us in an exciting year ahead. Following
worship the young and the young at heart are nvited to join us for soft pretzels and water ice! Come join us as we reconnect at the end of summer and rejoice in God's abundant gifts in
our lives.

8:15 & 11 AM Worship resumes September 15th

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Monday, July 22

Blood Drive: Give the Gift of Life (This Friday)


Just a reminder that American Red Cross will be having a blood drive st St. Andrew's this Friday July 26  from 2 - 7 PM downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall.  You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by signing up online at redcrossblood.org. The blood supply tends to be particularly challenging during the summer months.  As you are able, please take some time out of your schedule on Friday to give this precious gift.










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Monday, June 10

Midweek Worship this Wednesday July 24


Dear Friends,

Come join us this Wednesday night at 7 PM for outdoor worship. Feel free to use our benches or bring a favorite lawn chair. We always have the option of moving indoors to our worship space if the weather is too hot or wet.  However, we have been blessed with great weather almost every time we have gathered on Wednesdays through the years and the forecast for this Wednesday looks great!

This  simple Service of Holy Communion will have it's own acoustic music, a spoken liturgy, and different readings and message from Sunday mornings. This summer we will be focusing on "Stories We Think We Know."  These are very familiar stories from Genesis that many of us learned in Sunday School and even many non-church people would recognize.  However, we are going to focus less on the events of the story and more on the context of the first writers, readers, and hearers of these stories.  We are going to ask the following questions:  What was at stake for them when these stories were written?  What is at stake for us today? This week we will look at the strange story of the Tower of Babel.  We hope you can join us Wednesday night.

See you in church!

Peace,

Pastor Mueller




Tuesday, June 4

A Prayer for Pentecost

This Sunday at 9:30 AM,  we celebrate one of the three great festivals of the church year, the Day of Pentecost.  Coming 50 days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, it is the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to Christ's followers, the birth of Christ's Church in the world, and our mission together. Historically, Pentecost has been a huge celebration in Europe, where church celebrations take on the tone of Easter here in the States.  Because Pentecost tends to fall over graduation weekends or Memorial Day (but not this year!), our celebrations tend to be more intimate and subdued.  However, in no way does this diminish the importance of this day in the life of Christ's Church. For that may have been the first Pentecost but there have been many more since that time as God's Spirit continues to work in, with, and through us for the sake of the world.

  If you are going to be in worship, here or elsewhere, this Sunday, wear something red as we celebrate the coming of the Spirit. (and St. Andrew's faithful - remember our important congregational meeting following 9:30 Worship)  May God continue to  bless us. empower us, and guide us for the joys and challenges of the journey ahead.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.  Breathe new life into us.  Help us to share this new life in what we do and say.  You are our Creator.  Help us to be creative.  You inspire us.  Help us to inspire others.  Help us to build up rather than to break down.  Help us to be renewed and refreshed when we are torn down and tired.  Call us by your Spirit into the way of New Life, through the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.