Monday, October 27

Like Breakfast?

Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 7-11AM in downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall with proceeds to benefit Bear Creek Camp Scholarship Fund
Under 2 years            free
2 - 4 years old             $1.00
5 - 11 years old           $3.00
12 - 64 years old          $ 6.00
65 years and older        $5.00

Invite family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this great annual event.
Also coming up...
All Saints Celebrations in Worship this weekend - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 8:15 and 11AM
See you in church!
Peace,

Pastor Mueller




Tuesday, October 21

Addressing Ebola - God's Work.Our Hands

Dear Friends,

Over the last couple of weeks, several people have asked me what the broader church is doing to address the ebola crisis and how we can help.  Here is an update:

Lutheran Disaster Response is walking with those impacted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by:
- supplying and shipping essentail protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phoebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia
- providing food assistance to the Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone.
- providing education and awareness of symptoms and prevention methods
- completing construction of isolation centers (that meet World Health Organization standards) in hospitals and nursing schools.  

If you would like to know more about LDR's work in West Africa and throughout the world, please note the following link to their blog blogs.elca.org/disasterresponse.  Also, inserts will be included in this Sunday's worship bulletin for those who would like to make monetary donations to Lutheran Disaster Response.  Furthermore, we will be receiving material donations in worship this Sunday to be delivered to our mission partners at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lansdowne (a congregation of many African immigrants).  The following needed items will be assembled into kits to be sent overseas:

Disposable masks
Large bottles of bleach
Large bottles of hand sanitizer
Bags of rice
Gallon containers of vegetable oil

Please keep all those who have been affected (including medical and relief workers on the ground) in your prayers.  





Monday, September 8

Life Long Learners - Faith Formation

Thank you, everyone who worked so hard up front and behind the scenes to make our Kick Off Sunday a great day.  Janice, John, Cindy and members of the Hospitality team, Sunday School teachers and helpers, and other willing volunteers - well done good and faithful servants!

As we begin a new year of learning for our children and youth, we also what to invite adults to new opportunities to learn as well.  Throughout the year, on Sundays at 9:30, there will be at least two groups engaging in faith formation. During September and October, "Animate - The Bible" will be meeting downstairs in Jerusalem (to the right of stairwell leading down from narthex / lobby past lower lot entrance.
 Through video, discussion and group activities, we will be exploring such topics as how the Bible came to be, different kinds of literature in the Bible, differences between Old and New Testaments, differences between Gospels, and how to deal with difficult passages.

Upstairs in Daniel's Den (in office wing off narthex / lobby), we will be gathering for  "Lutheranism 101", including history of Luther and the Lutheran Church, key points of our theology and beliefs, our relationships with other Christians, and what difference it can make in our daily life.

These gatherings are designed so that you can drop in any week and not feel like you are "in the middle of the movie."  So grab a cup of coffee and join us as together we are enriched in faith.



Tuesday, September 2

Fall Season Underway

Dear Friends,
 As many of of us adjust our schedules with the beginning of a new school year, so St. Andrew's adjusts to the routine of our program year.  This Saturday we return to our regular weekly service of Holy Communion at 5PM.  This service is more intimate and little less formal with more spoken liturgy and monthly appearances by our acoustic group.   Begin to think about family members, friends, and neighbors who could benefit from Saturday worship.  We also return to our regular worship schedule on Sunday mornings as well.

8:15 AM - Traditional Worship: On this "Kickoff Sunday", this will certainly be the more reflective service of the two as we use a traditional liturgy to praise the living God.  The Gospel text for this service is from our assigned lectionary readings: Matthew 18:15-20, a  challenging text for our life together.

11:00 AM - Kick Off Sunday:  A simple but celebrative worship gathering, with guided liturgy for children of all ages, as we give thanks to God, our rock and refuge, for His constant presence and power in our lives. This service, about 45 minutes in length will lead us directly to our luncheon, provided by our Hospitality team.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us after worship downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy a meal, reconnect with folks we haven't seen for much of the summer, and get to know some new faces as well.

As we begin a new year in mission, please keep in your prayers:

-  those who mourn the loss of loved ones
- the sick and home bound of St. Andrew's and our surrounding community 
- the unemployed and underemployed of our communities
- families experiencing broken relationships and in need of healing
- young adults away from home at school or in military service
- those whose lives have been devastated by terrorism and senseless violence
- Astrid Montes, our new nursery school director and our entire staff as we begin a new school year
- our Sunday School teachers and students as they begin a new program year
- the churches of this community and our common mission to be the hands of God in the world. 

See you in church!

Peace,






Thursday, August 7

A Picture of Bear Creek Camp

Dear Friends,

In between parish visits this week, I am preparing to serve as chaplain at Bear Creek, our Lutheran Camp in the Poconos.  Many of our children and youth at St. Andrew's have already experienced an incredible week up there this summer.  A larger number from St. A's will be journeying there this Sunday after church (returning the following Saturday).
 Please keep us, as well as the staff of Bear Creek who have been serving there since early June, in your prayers.  Also, know that your donations, whether through Benevolence in your offering envelopes, direct financial donations to Bear Creek, or material donations (to be posted in a future newsletter) go a long way toward making a week at camp possible for one of our young people or a youth with financial challenges from another congregation.  Also, you are helping the broader church as well since so many church leaders identify camp as a formative experience that called them into church leadership (certainly the case for your pastor).  Below is a link to a youtube video from Bear Creek Camp that will give you a better picture of the adventure that awaits.  

If you are traveling in the days ahead, may God give you safe journeys.  For those of you who are in the area, I hope to see you on Sunday.

Peace,

Pastor Mueller

Bear Creek Video (click here) - http://youtu.be/Geuj4vwQRug