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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education for Children, Youth & Adults: 9:30am

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Ephesians 4:25-5:2

It's one of the best Sundays of the year--Back to School Sunday!

I'm not just saying that because I'm ready for my kids to go back to school. Full disclosure, they're bouncing off the walls and we're all ready to get back into a routine... But that's not what makes this Sunday great! I love the excitement as some of our kids and youth move up to a new Sunday School class. I love the potluck. And the bounce house. And did I mention the potluck??

But mostly, I love that the kids bring their backpacks to church and we get to "bless" them for the year ahead.

It's a simple thing. We say a short prayer. We give them something to clip or pin on their school bag. Just a few words that will remind them that God is with them, and that their church family has their back. Basically, we are sending them into the adventure of a new year with a physical reminder that they are loved--by Jesus, and by us!

In our scripture for Sunday, we're back to Ephesians (that is one long letter!) In this passage, Paul talks to the church about the power of words. He says to use only words that are "useful for building that your words may give grace to those who hear." As we send our kids back to school, I'm especially mindful of the power of words. Those that can build up... and those that can tear down.

This seems like a good reminder to all of us: to use our words. To employ our voices for good, wherever we are able. Join us Sunday and we'll talk more about "good words" and "bad words." I'm thinking that could get interesting quickly... Don't miss it! Don't miss all the back to school festivities following worship. And, youth groups start back Sunday evening. See? I told you it was a great day.

Rev.Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall - more info on the ADULT EDUCATION page.

Upcoming Events:
Saint Andrew Blood Drive - Aug. 20:
Sign up on Sunday in the Hearth Room or online and use the sponsor code standrew.
Harry Potter Night - Aug. 24: All things Harry Potter, 6:30pm, Info & sign-up in the Hearth Room.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm

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