Monday, September 10

Coming Up In Adult Education

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

I'd Like You If You Were More Like Me (meeting in Daniel's Den in office
hallway) 
This book study addresses, from a perspective of faith, the challenge of finding relationships where we can share and trust  and find joy without having to hide our flaws and failures.






Honoring our Neighbor's Faith (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)

An overview of beliefs, practices, and piety of our brothers and sisters in Christ from other denominations as well as an introduction t groups on the fringes of Christian faith but play a role in our nation and culture







Looking ahead to November -
All the Places to Go – (meeting in Daniel's Den in office hallway)
A closer look at the countless doors God places before us each day, how to
recognize them, and how to take risks to step out in faith and embrace the
opportunities that await us.

Forgotten God – The Holy Spirit (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)
The Holy Spirit is the least understood and often most forgotten member of the
Trinity and yet is the part that is closest to us and impacts us most directly. Join
us as we continue this fascination study and exploration of our faith.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING & SHARING

Men's Breakfast – Beginning on October 6 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 at noontime beginning on September 13 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.




Monday, September 3

Sunday Worship @ 9:30 for one more week

September 8th & 9th
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, begin to
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
"God's Love Is Constant"
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 mission
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
invited 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 16th

Monday, July 23

Midweek Worship this Wednesday July 25

Dear Friends,

Come join us Wednesday evening at 7 PM for outdoor worship in our chapel across the parking lot from upper entrance.  Feel free to use our benches or bring a favorite lawn chair. We are hoping that the weather is drier than today (We have been very fortunate in the past) and it doesn't get too hot.  However, when the weather doesn't cooperate (which has been rare) we simply move to our  air conditioned worship space.

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 are focusing on the book of Proverbs, which gets little or no attention in our assigned Sunday readings.    We hope you can join us Wednesday night.  

(And yes, for those of you who have been away for awhile we are still here on Sundays @ 9:30 too!)

Hope and pray you find some time for rest and renewal in these weeks of summer.  See you in church!


Peace,

Pastor Mueller









Tuesday, May 22

Memorial Day - 9:30 Worship Begins

Dear Friends,

For those of you who are getting through this week by looking forward to an extended weekend, rejoice that we have such a gift as we transition into beautiful weather and the summer months ahead.  However, I encourage you to remember to give thanks this weekend for the reason we have this holiday in the first place.  Let us give thanks to God for those members of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy.  Also, if you see someone in uniform in the days ahead, thank them for their service to our nation as well.

If you find yourself around a special meal with family and friends on Monday or if you find yourselves gathered around the barbecue, take time to say grace giving thanks for our many blessings.  Also, feel free to print out and read the following prayer as well:

Almighty God, you are our strength and our shield.  We give you thanks for the men and women of our armed forces, past and present, especially for those who have died while serving.  May their sacrifices serve the cause of peace, and may our nation be ever grateful for their service.  With your wisdom and strength guide our military's leaders, and give to your people a desire for justice and peace.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

We pray for safety in your travels and if you are in the area, we hope you will have the opportunity to join us for Sunday worship.  Remember that we begin our summer schedule this weekend with one service at 9:30 AM.  This Sunday, we will also have another installment of "Ask the Pastor"  as the message will be shaped by your anonymous questions about the Bible, Church History, Liturgy and Worship, St. Andrew's, or faith and daily life. Come with your questions or simply listen and learn from the questions of others.   

By the way, as we collect the many hymn requests submitted in recent weeks, there were some that were requested repeatedly.  We will be singing several of them on Sunday, including Holy, Holy, Holy,   Here I Am, Lord, and the Battle Hymn (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory)  

A blessed week and weekend to you all.  See you in church!

Peace,

Pastor Mueller






Tuesday, May 15

A Prayer for Pentecost

This Sunday 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.  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.