This week

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Second Sunday of Advent

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

Rev. Erin WathenIt's the second week of Advent, and another Sunday you really want to be at Saint Andrew: our children's choir is going to present their Christmas program, and it is not to be missed! These kiddos (ages Pre-K through 5th grade) have been hard at work learning their songs and their lines since early fall, and Amy Diediker, their fearless leader, has them so excited to share it with you at both services. They'll also be doing their program for the residents at Lakeview Terrace this Saturday morning, so say a prayer for them as they share their gifts and bring some holiday cheer. I love watching our kids experience the joy of serving others, while doing something they love so much.

In the meantime, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like Advent is not all sparkles and festive songs this year. With everything going on in the world, it seems kind of heavy. Like everyday brings news of some fresh outrage. Greed, violence, threat of war, fear of other, the powerful taking advantage of the vulnerable... Ugh. It is just all too much sometimes. I almost can't decide which thing to be angry about. Can't we all just watch Hallmark movies and bake cookies??

Well, no. In fact, if anything, this season should motivate us even more to push back against these darker forces that loom so large. After all, we're over here singing about the light that's coming. We gather around Advent candles, we plug in our trees, we set out luminaries... We witness to the light.

Let every fresh outrage be another reminder to witness to the light. To activate the hope we know God is sending us, and take part in this great story that God is still telling. Come Sunday, and hear our kids sing about that story... as only kids can! I promise, you will not want to sit through a sermon after all that, so I'll save my good word for the communion table. And I hope to see you there.

Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday
• Children's Christmas Music Program: in both Services
• Adult Education: Join us at 9:30am in Friends Hall, more information on the Adult Education page
• Art Sale: Located in Friends Hall, a benefit for Saint Andrew Youth Mission
• Hand of Welcome Advent Donation Drive: More info on the Mission page.
• A Christmas Concert with Cindy Egger, Joy Zimmerman & Darin Seidel: Tickets on sale in the Hearth Room; Concert at 4:30pm + Bake Sale!.All to benefit for Saint Andrew Youth Mission

Upcoming Events:
• Service of Remembrance & Hope - December 13: 7:00pm in the Sanctuary; Childcare available.
• Wise Women: Jewelry Auction for SafeHome and Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange - December 14: More information on the Women's PAGE.
• Christmas Eve @ Saint Andrew- December 24: Please Join Us! INFO HERE

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the MISSION & OUTREACH page under Hand of Welcome.

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.

Previous Sermons:
Follow this link to listen to Previous Sermons.

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