Sunday, August 2, 2015
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults
Scripture: John 6:24-35
In this week’s text, Jesus talks about “believing” in him. The word “believe” is tricky. If we say we believe something, we often mean we accept or know something to be factual or true. But wait -- sometimes, we use the phrase “I believe…” when we’re not sure. “I believe the speed limit is 65…but I’m not sure.” Sometimes in the church we talk about believing things literally. (Or not.) Sometimes belief reflects our hopes or passions – “I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!” – and sometimes it reflects our desire to have faith in something beyond ourselves that we can never conclusively prove. Sometimes belief implies certainty…and sometimes it implies uncertainty. What do you believe? In what do you believe? Ponder that for the next few days and we’ll talk more Sunday. Rev Denise Dugan, Associate Pastor of Faith Formation
Also this Sunday:
• Adult Education: "Engagement" Sunday, small group discussions
9:30 am in Friends Hall. (more information on the Adult Education page)
• Migrant Farmworkers Project Workday - August 3 (more information on the Mission page)
• 2nd Saturday Worship Experience - August 8: We will gather at 5pm on the Patio (Friends Hall if there is inclement weather). This service is an alternative to Sunday mornings in both style and setting. We gather at tables; sing together; share refreshments; engage in a conversational response to the message; and of course, celebrate communion. Children of all ages welcome.
• Washington Elementary; First Day of School Staff Lunch - August 12: Food & help needed (read more on the Mission page).
• Back to School Sunday - August 16: It's a big day! Kids will move up to their new grade in Sunday School. At the 10:45 service we will have backpack blessings followed by a Picnic on the Plaza at 11:45 with a bounce house and activities for the kids. This is Erika's last day so we will have a special cake in her honor. Please RSVP for the picnic (more details here).
• Thoughtful Parents - August 16: We'll meet at 9:30 am in Room 202 (more info on the Children's Page).
• Disciples 101 - August 16, 23 & 30: We will meet at 9:30am in the Pastor's Office.This class is for those wanting to learn more about the Disciples of Christ denomination and Saint Andrew Christian Church in particular. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
• Blood Drive - August 17: SACC Blood Drive is from 3-6 in Friends Hall. The Community Blood Center will be here to collect whole blood and double red blood cell donations. The easiest way to sign up is to follow this link and pick your time slot. Look for the sign up sheet in the Hearth Room. Thank you for your support!
• Ministry Fair!! - August 23: Stop by the patio, between services for information and to sign up. There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at Saint Andrew, from our kids & youth, to those in our community, to those in our world. Find out how to put your time and talents to use helping others. .
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities: check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203. (no RSVP needed)
• Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: July 19, read more on the SAGE Page.
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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.
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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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