Sunday, November 30, 2014
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11
The stories that we read this time of year are about people without place, home, or community. The Israelites, coming out of exile; Mary, pregnant and alone; Joseph, hurt and mystified; the Wise Men, who have to travel out of their way to avoid Herod; the holy family in their flight to Egypt.
Even though transience seems to be a running theme of the season, we find ourselves focused on comfortable homey things. Fires in the hearth; good smells and stuff to eat; a warmly lit tree; the closeness of family and friends. As much as we emphasize compassion for the poor during this time of year, we also turn inward. It is a time to nest, to celebrate, and to gather in.
This week starts our Advent series called ‘Sanctuary: The Way of Rest and Refuge.” In the midst of celebration, we turn our focus to those who may find themselves without home, family, or community. We will think about what Christmas means for immigrants and refugees; the homeless and mentally ill; the prisoner, the slave, the ‘other.’ We might even rediscover what ‘sanctuary’ means for each of us… what we find there, and how we are changed for the work of the gospel.
We’ll begin the season in the wilderness (Isaiah 40:1-11). Because where else can we turn inward and outward at the same time?
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall ransom captive Israel… - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor
This Sunday's Special Music:
8:30 - DaBand (Bill Bowsher, Darin Seidel, Kelly Alexander, Joy Zimmerman & Cindy Egger-Farris)
10:45 - Saint Andrew Choir & Julie Haramia
Adult Education Offerings @ 9:30 am:
• No Adult Education
• Studying the Scriptures - Room 102
Beginning of Advent
Some feel like strangers, wherever they go. All of us are strangers, somewhere. But not here. Come on in: to a community of faith, a spiritual sanctuary, where all may find a home...read more
Annual Art Sale - Begins Sunday!
Stop by Friends Hall before or after services to shop our annual Art Sale to benefit the Saint Andrew Youth Program.
(Last day of the Art Sale is December 14)
• Thoughtful Parents - December 7
“Preparing your Family for Christmas” with Traci McClellan-Sorell, 9:30am in Room 202. As we begin this second week of Advent, we'll discuss and experience ways to help focus ourselves and our families on Christmas. From praying a version of the Examen to participating in an imaginative prayer exercise, we'll explore ways that we can amplify how Jesus is revealed to our families using Ignatian spiritual principles.
Wise Women - December 11
"The Perfect Season" with Natalie Anderson and our annual cookie exchange. Read more on the Women's Page.
• Saint Andrew's Shift at Harvesters - December 13
Sign up on Sunday in the Hearth Room. For more information go to our Mission Page.
• "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" - December 14
Saint Andrew Christian Church presents
Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
All are invited to Saint Andrew's production of this heart-warming, hilarious tale of a church pageant that is sabotaged (or is it?) by the roughest kids in town. Come to listen and laugh; stay for a reception with Christmas goodies following the show. The charge for admission is one canned good, to be donated to a local food pantry. Questions? Send them to Erika@sacchome.org.
• Service of Remembrance - December 17
This season can be particularly difficult for those dealing with grief and loss. We hear constant calls to celebrate, but we need to hear words of comfort; we are rushed, but we need space and time for our sadness and concern. We need to know that we are not alone. For these reasons, Saint Andrew Christian Church offers a Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, December 17 at 7 o’clock in the evening.
Come to rest in God's presence, to share sacred memory, to look toward hope. All are welcome. Childcare is provided.
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203.
• Parents' Dinner In: fourth Friday of the month. Read more on the Children's Page.
• Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102.
• Town Hall Meetings: Once a month, we have an open forum to discuss ideas, events and opportunities in our congregation and community. Watch this space for the date of our next meeting.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: December 21, read more on the SAGE Page.
Follow this link to listen to Previous Sermons.
Our Shalom Statement
Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.
Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.
As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.
Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.
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