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Always Growing

Dear Friends,    I am so grateful for another outstanding weekend here at St. A's with a beautiful Saturday for a wedding (Congratulations Jen and Chris!) and then three spirited services led by our Senior High Youth and members of Soulful Strings, our acoustic group who often leads worship on Saturday evenings but this weekend even joined us for Sunday worship. It is so exciting to watch our youth grow in leadership, our youngest members of Soulful Strings developing so much talent,  and our youngest children in worship with smiles on their faces (especially enjoyed "Get Down" during the Children's Message at 11 AM).  One of the things that struck me as I worshipped, learned and served among you this weekend is the way that our faith community continues to grow and change. Yes, children and youth get taller and all of our faces change with time, but even the dynamics of the congregation continue to change with the influx of new faces, ideas, a…

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 our traditional liturgy to praise the living God.  Gospel text for this service is from our assigned lectionary readings: Mark 7:24-37, a challenging text to understand and even more challenging to preach!11:00 AM - Kick Off Sunday - "Disciples in Training" :  A simple but celebrative …