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Blessing of the Animals

Join us this Sunday October 4th on the side lawn (Crawford Rd.) at 9:30 AM.  Family and friends (especially the furry kind) are encouraged to attend.  (This is part of the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi in churches around the world)  "Well mannered" pets should be on leashes or in cages.  There is plenty of room on the lawn to spread out for a short service of thanksgiving followed by individual blessings of pets.  If you can;t bring your animal, feel free to bring a picture.  Small children can bring their stuffed animals too. This is a great opportunity to meet newer people to our faith community or perhaps meet up with long time St. Andrew's folk with some very special members of the family. People are encouraged to bring donations of pet food for the Animal House Pet Project which provides food assistance to rescue shelters and low income residents with pets.  

Who Is Jesus for Me?

"Is he simply a name?  An idea?  A person from history?  Or is he really someone who loves me?  Who gave his life for me and walks with me?  All that we have in this world will not satisfy our hunger for the infinite.  We need Jesus; we need to remain with him, to nourish ourselves at his table, on his words of eternal life.  When we are attached to Jesus, in a true relationship of faith and love, we are not bound, but rather are profoundly free as we journey with him and through life." - Pope Francis

Life Long Learners - Faith Formation

Thank you, everyone who worked so hard up front and behind the scenes to make our Kick Off Sunday a great day.  Janice, Cindy, singers, Soulful Strings, members of the Hospitality team, Sunday School teachers and helpers, and other willing volunteers - well done good and faithful servants! As we begin a new year of learning for our children and youth, we also want to invite adults to new opportunities to learn as well.  Throughout the year, on Sundays at 9:30, there will be at least two groups engaging in faith formation.  During September and October, "Animate - Faith" will be meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room  (to the right of stairwell leading down from narthex / lobby past lower lot entrance).   Through video, discussion and group activities, we will be exploring challenging questions together.  Is faith something you just have or a quest?  What is the difference between being spiritual and being religious?  What is salvation?  How is the Bible differ

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 5 PM.  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 - Worship in Outdoor Chapel (weather permitting) - Feel free to dress casually for this brief celebration around word, prayer, and song led by Soulful Strings.  You are welcome to use our benches or bring a lawn chair of your choice.  If weather does not cooperate, we will move inside.  (8:15 Worship returns to sanctuary on September 20).  11:00 AM - Kick Off Sunday :  A simple but celebrative worship g