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Waiting For Promises / Memorial Service for Mary Elyn Moyer

Dear Friends,        This Wednesday night following our Lenten Dinner at 6:30, we will gather for the first of five Lenten Midweek Services (beginning at 7:30 PM)  This week we are privileged to welcome back Pastor K to the pulpit as he speaks of Abraham and Sarah, key people of the promise in the Old Testament who took an unexpected journey of faith in the latter part of their lives.  We are part of the blessing God promised to them and through them.      God may one day call some of us to pack our bags and journey in faith.  Wherever we are called, God will go before us to prepare the way and with us to provide the guidance we need.     This Friday, we will commend to Almighty God, a fellow journeyer in the faith, St. Andrew's charter member Mary Elyn Moyer who died in Christ's promises yesterday.  There will be visitation with the Moyer family here at St. Andrew's on Friday from 11:00 - 11:45 AM with a Memorial Service beginning at noon.  In lieu of flowers, …

Lent Begins This Week

Dear Friends,     Ash Wednesday will soon be upon us.  For many of us, this is a tradition that we have participated in for many years while for others this may be very new.  In short, Ash Wednesday is the day that we begin the season of Lent, days of prayer, repentance, remembrance of baptismal promises, for some, preparation to be baptized, and the celebration of Easter.  Ash Wednesday symbolizes our acknowledgement that without God we are nothing and that our very life comes from God.  Recalling themes from the beginning of the book of Genesis, we hear the refrain, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  This is a time of contemplation and prayer.  We hope that you will be able to join us for worship on Ash Wednesday and throughout the Lenten season as we remember who we are and whose we are.  Ash Wednesday Noontime Devotion - a brief service of scripture, reflection, confession, and imposition of ashes.   7:30 PM - Worship with Imposition …

Mountaintops and Valleys

Dear Friends,  This upcoming Sunday, churches throughout the world who follow the assigned readings and festivals of the Church Year, will be celebrating Tranfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday before the Lenten season begins.  On this day, Jesus takes Peter, Andrew, James, and John to a mountaintop where they will experience an awesome vision they will never forget.  We need mountaintop experiences of our own  to give us strength in the valleys ahead.  We will also be following Jesus through the valleys during the season of Lent.  Our daily journey with Jesus will take us to:     - quiet places of prayer     - opportunities to feed the hungry     - nights in lonely gardens and angry storms     - the joy and peace of more mountaintop moments     - instructions to care for ourselves and those around us     - reminders that we are never alone but always in the power of the Spirit     - assurance that Jesus meets us exactly where we are but never leaves us that way.  Join us in wors…