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What Time Is It?

"For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear Friends,

Each November by looking at the calendar, I understand that in theory that I should be getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, in past years as Christmas decorations sit alongside Haloween costumes in stores throughout October, I must confess to being a bit distracted and maybe even singing a few bars of the Chicago song, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" If the truth were told, how many of us would admit that Thanksgiving for many has become yet another rushed weekend of food, football, shopping, and travel?

Perhaps it is time to slow down, set some priorities, and spend some time enjoying and giving thanks for the many God given blessings of our lives: food, family, friends, material possessions, talents, and the gift of time itself. Perhaps it is time for us to once again take time to really give thanks to God the giver of …

Weekend Reminders

Fall Clean Up Day - This Saturday from 9AM - Noon
Looks like we will have crisp, dry weather as we gather to do some raking, bagging, and landscaping work around our property. Many hands make light work and a shorter morning. Our property committee will provide food and drink. Please bring rakes, gloves, and gardening tools if you have them. This is an opportunity to get to know others in the St. Andrew's community a little better while putting our best face forward to the broader community. Hope to see many of you on Saturday.

Planned Giving Seminar
On Sunday at 9:30 in Jerusalem Room (downstairs from church lobby), Mr. John Kochel will be here from Thrivent to provide a presentation on how to not only give generously but to give smart. As you think about charitable giving and estate planning, there are ways to maximize benefits to your family, your church, and other non-profit organizations. Grab a cup of coffee and join us downstairs for this presentation and free resourc…

Like Breakfast?

There are two opportunities coming up to start your day with a good meal and some great company. 1. Pancake Breakfast this Saturday - from 7-11AM in downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall with proceeds to benefit Bear Creek Camp Scholarship Fund 2 - 4 years old            free 5 - 11 years old           $1.00 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. 2. Men's Breakfast on Saturday Nov. 12th - 7AM at Keystone Grille on Ridge Pike near Mt. Kirk Ave.  Enjoy a good breakfast, conversation, laughter,and a brief devotion, and still be out the door to get on with your day by 8:30 AM.  A sign up sheet is posted on the narthex bulletin board near the water fountain.  You can also respond to this e-mail if you are planning to attend. Also coming up... All Saints Celebrations in Worship this weekend - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 8:15 and 11AM Christmas Cantata Saturday December…