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Opportunities to Grow in Faith

Thank you, everyone who worked so hard up front and behind the scenes for what was a truly powerful All Saints Celebration.  We especially want to thank our choirs for adding so much to our day together.  We are looking forward to some very special music this upcoming Sunday as well.  We hope that you will join us!

This Sunday at 9:30 AM, we will also be starting  new offerings in adult education.  Downstairs in Jerusalem Room (classroom at bottom of stairs near church office) we will be gathering for "Vocation: It's Not Just A Job," focusing on our life and faith journey beyond Sunday morning and beyond the boundaries of occupation.  Join us for this Bible Study, discussion, and some powerful guest speakers who will challenge us and inspire us to think about how we are called to serve Christ all week long.

Also at 9:30 this Sunday, we begin a series, "Walking the Road to Bethlehem" that meets in Daniel's Den (on right side of office wing hallway).  Incorporating video filmed on location on the road from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Adam Hamilton uses historical information, archaeological evidence, and personal encounters to shed light on a profound journey , and prepares us for the Christmas season.

Finally, an Inquirer's Class will be meeting in the Narthex (church lobby) on Sundays November 9 & 16 at 9:30 AM for those seeking more information about St. Andrew's and / or membership at St. Andrew's.  New members will be received in worship on Sunday, November 23.

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.






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