Sunday, November 23, 2014
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults
Jesus preached some of his best sermons around the dinner table.
You think your family seating chart is complicated for holidays? Jesus loved to mess with the place cards for big important gatherings. He made the rich sit next to the poor, the righteous sit next to the tax collector, the hired hands sit next to the host. And he made the Pharisees sit by HIM. Talk about awkward group dynamics…
Just as we celebrate communion as the heart of our worship service, food is central to life: the life of the body, community life, and life in the Spirit. In worship this Sunday, we’ll wrap up our stewardship series with Jesus’ parable of the banquet. After worship, we’ll gather for our all-church Thanksgiving potluck. [RSVP] We are blessed to have a church family where everyone is welcome at the table, and there is always more than enough. In the meantime, think about this… If Jesus were to show up at your house and shuffle the place cards, who would have to sit next to you?
Speaking of more than enough—have you turned in your pledge card yet? It’s not too late! But we do need this info as soon as possible, to help with our budget planning for next year. Thanks for all that you bring to the table, in this season and always. - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor
This Sunday's Special Music:
8:30 Cindy Egger-Farris & Joy Zimmerman and
10:45 – Saint Andrew Choir & Julie Haramia
Adult Education Offerings @ 9:30 am:
• "Migrant Farmworkers Project" with Suzanne Gladney - Friends Hall (more information on the Adult Education Page)
• Studying the Scriptures - Room 102
All-Church Annual Thanksgiving Dinner - 11:45 am
We hope you'll join us for our annual Thanksgiving Meal. This is a great Saint Andrew tradition providing us an opportunity to give thanks for our good fortune in having food on the table every day. RSVP and let us know how many are attending, if you will bring a side, salad, or dessert to share and if you can help with set up or clean up.
Advent Activities for your Home
During the Thanksgiving Dinner check out our Advent ideas in the Hearth Room. There will be Advent wreath supplies as well as other activities to help make Advent a meaningful time for your family. For families who started a Faith Journey Notebook at our Lenten workshop, Advent pages will be available.
• Beginning of Advent - November 30
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 - Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 14
If you are a crafter, artist, or creative person please consider participating in this sale to benefit the Saint Andrew Youth Program, RSVP to RSVP@SACChome.org.
• 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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