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Christmas Cantata this weekend

A word of thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes on this year's Advent Family Night.  What a wonderful evening for God's children of all ages.  A special thank you to our Director of Christian Education, Mrs. Janice Stickley, and members of our Christian Education for coordinating this event.
We hope to see many of you here, along with family and friends, at 5 PM this Saturday night for our Christmas Cantata. 

Join us for a joy filled hour together featuring special music from the choirs of St. Andrew's and Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, the Christmas story retold, and beloved Christmas carols sung together.  This is a great way to get into the spirit of the season and an opportunity for those of you who will be traveling or have other commitments on Christmas Eve this year to celebrate with your faith community.  Bring family members, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for this special night together.
Also, mark your calendars for our Christmas pageant on Sunda…

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Friends,

As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend ahead, I want to wish you a truly blessed celebration.  Many of you will be gathering with loved ones and, while likely eating way too much food (Enjoy!),  offering thanks for God's abundant blessings.  May your joy be full and overflowing tomorrow and throughout the holiday season ahead.
However, let us also remember that there will be others for whom this festive season will not be experienced with the joy of abundance, nor surrounded by family and friends.  Many thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to bless the homeless and hungry of our communities at Thanksgiving and throughout the year to make a difference in lives that are hurting.
The weeks ahead can also be a time of great sorrow for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Take time to reach out to those experiencing loss, honoring boundaries and their desire to take a step back from festivities when needed, but reminding them …

Special Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving Service / Pot Luck Dinner: Sunday November 22 @ 6PM Downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall
On the night before Thanksgiving many people are traveling, getting ready to travel, or preparing for guests who are arriving on Thanksgiving morning.  This trend has certainly been reflected in declining numbers at Thanksgiving Eve worship each year.
Keeping this in mind, we are once again celebrating Thanksgiving with our faith community on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving and we will do it around a meal.  The meal, designed with children in mind, will be about an hour in length and will include a couple of hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, short scripture readings , a skit, and a brief reflection.  There will also be an opportunity (for those who desire) to share your blessings or prayer requests at your table). We tried this celebration last year in St. Andrew's Hall and it was a wonderful experience for everyone who attended.
 A sign- up sheet is posted in the narthex so th…

New Faith Formation Opportunities

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes in preparation for what was a powerful, deeply moving All Saints celebration this past weekend.

As we transition into the month of November, we also want to invite adults to new opportunities for learning.  Throughout the year, on Sundays at 9:30, there will be at least two groups engaging in faith formation.  Beginning this Sunday, "Famous Christians" will meet downstairs in Jerusalem Room(to the right of stairwell leading down from narthex / lobby past lower lot entrance).  Join this class to learn in the weeks ahead more about brothers and sisters in Christ whose qualities and characteristics had a major impact on the church and the world.  Included among these saints of the church will be Perpetua (one of the first female Christian martyrs), St. Benedict (whose life and ministry had a major impact on religious orders in Christian history), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a Lutheran pastor, professor, and martyr of World Wa…

Like Breakfast?

Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 7- 11 AM in downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall with proceeds to benefit Bear Creek Camp Scholarship Fund
Under 2 years            free 2 - 4 years old             $1.00 5 - 11 years old           $3.00 12 - 64 years old          $ 6.00 65 years and older        $5.00 Invite family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this great annual event. bearcreekcamp.org