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It's Not Just Memorial Day!

Dear Friends,       This Sunday is also the Festival of Pentecost for Christians throughout the world.  Pentecost means 50th day and is one of the three major festivals of the Christian Church  (Easter and Christmas are the other two). Unfortunately, it is sometimes called the forgoten festival, especially when it falls on graduation days or Memorial Day weekend!   Pentecost was originally a Jewish holiday celebrated 50 days after the Passover celebration toward the end of the grain harvest.  It was a festival of offering first fruits and then having a feast (similar to our national Thanksgiving observances, particularly when we were a more agrarian culture). Also associated with the Jewish Pentecost was the giving of the Law and the founding of the Jewish community of faith.  Early Christians found in their Pentecost a thanksgiving for the fruits of the Holy Spirit as well as the founding of the Christian Church.  In fact, most Christians think of Penteco

Enjoy a meal, support a worthy cause

The Women's Bridge Resource Center is an important mission partner of St. Andrew's who help women in crisis or transition achieve financial security, find adequate housing, obtain sustainable employment, and gain emotional stability.  There are a number of ways that we can support them in the days ahead.   - Dine @ Brother Paul's (intersection of Ridge Pk & Eagleville Rd.) this Thursday May 24th.   With coupons here at church or by mentioning Women's Bridge, 10% of receipts go to this ministry.   - Donate new or gently used baby boy clothes, blankets, crib sheets, disposable diapers, or target gift cards for a local mother in need whose baby is due in June. (donations in church narthex)   - Pray for Women's Bridge as they relocate to their new center at Norriton Presbyterian Church.  Some of our youth as well as members of our Men's Breakfast will be helping with the move on June 2 (Please note there will be no car wash th

Exciting weekend ahead

- Ordination  / Installation of Stacy Kyle Rea   This Saturday May 19 at 10 AM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Folcroft, PA.  Hope to see many of you there.  Please keep Stacy Kyle  and our brothers and sisters in Christ at St. John's in your prayers.   - Final Saturday Worship of the Season   We have had a great year together.  Thanks to all who have come out to praise God, pray, hear God's Word, receive the Sacrament, and support one another.  A special word of thanks to all of our volunteer musicians who week after week add so much to our time together.  This service is a real blessing to our church and community and certainly has been a blessing to me.  As attendance dips with the warmer weather, it is time to give our musicians and other volunteers a break and your pastor is looking forward to spending some Saturday afternoons with family and friends without constantly looking at his watch!  Looking forward to this Saturday and