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Week of October 29

10.31.17 | Weekly updates | by Fr. Andrew Van Kirk

 Week of October 29

    Week of October 29, 2017

    Brothers and Sisters,

    Happy Halloween! I pray that whether you're on the candy dispensing or candy collection end of this holiday, you have a safe and enjoyable time. If you end up with more sweet treats than you want or need, check the details below about our candy collection drive for troops and first responders. 

    In this last week of our stewardship campaign, we're focusing on participating. As I explained in my sermon on Sunday, a church can be well prayed for and well paid for, but it can't be the body of God's people without being God's people working together. There's lots of great stuff coming up at St. Andrew's in which you can participate. Here's a reminder of some of the things coming up soon:  

    • Commemoration of the Faithful Departed — Nov, 2, 7 pm: We're going to have a special service to remember and celebrate the lives of our departed relatives and friends. Come pray, reflect, and worship. As the celebrations of the holiday season draw near, it's a fitting time to remember the gift of those who have gone from us, and to remember them before our Lord.
    • Daylight Savings Time: OK, so this really isn't a St. Andrew's event — but remember that "fall back" is this weekend. So enjoy that extra hour of sleep, and then come to worship bright-eyed and full of energy!
    • Commitment Sunday — Nov. 5: We are asking everyone to pray, pledge and participate at St. Andrew's in 2018, and on Sunday, November 5, at all the services, we will be offering our commitment cards in worship. In the meantime, continue to pray about what the Lord is calling you to give of your prayers, monetary resources, and skills in the coming year.
    • Halloween Candy for Troops and First Responders: If your tummy starts hurting from all that candy, stop. We have a better idea. Join us in sending it to troops and first responders. You can drop it off at church between now and Nov. 5. We're also collecting toothbrushes (because those are important for people eating candy) and would love some notes or letters or drawings to let our heroes know you care. Parents, this is a great way to help your children put giving into practice. Blue collection bins will be in the hospitality hallway; deadline is November 5.
    • Thanksgiving Baskets for Burks: This year, we are adopting 15 Burks families to help provide Thanksgiving dinner (Burks is the Title I elementary school with which we partner). We are collecting the following items in the blue bins in the hospitality hall: canned cranberry sauces, canned green beans, canned corn, canned yams, cream of mushroom soup, dried onions, mini marshmallows, boxed pie crust mix, pie filling, evaporated milk, condensed milk, cake mix, frosting, and disposable aluminum roasting pans. Items can be dropped off at church between now and November 12.
    • SAY (St. Andrew's Youth): SAY is back again this weekend. Junior High meet at 4:30 p.m.; senior high meet at 6 p.m. Dinner for both groups is at 5:30 p.m. Also, parents, make note: there is a parent's meeting on November 12 at 3 p.m. The topics of this meeting include the summer mission trip and a time change for the SAY! weekly meetings.

    Finally, a pastoral note. Barbara Maxwell — our sister in Christ, friend to many, and mother of Susan Gelinger — died last Friday. We will be celebrating her memorial service at St. Andrew's on November 11 at 2 p.m.

    You can always check out our website for information on the events coming up a little farther in the future as well as listen to past sermons. Blessings on the rest of your week, friends! 

    May the grace and peace of our Lord be with you.

    In Christ, Andrew+

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    See the service calendars for this week by using the links below:
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