Covenant Group, Monday, September 27th, at 4pm in the Woodfield Room.
Disciple Bible Study Monday, September 27th, at 1pm in the Woodfield Room.
Disciple 3, Monday, September 27th, at 7pm in the Woodfield Room.
Finance Meeting Tuesday, September 28th, 7pm in the Blakeman Room.

Fall Rummage Sale

The fall rummage sale is planned for October 1st & 2nd. This is the sale you have been anticipating. It’s your chance to get rid of all those clothes in your closets that you no longer wear. Then you’ll have room for some new clothes for fall. While you’re at it, you can also donate stuff (lamps, small appliances, dishes etc.) you no longer want. Please donate only working toasters and irons etc. Clothing items should be clean & worthy of resale. The exception would be blankets etc. that we can donate to the animal shelter for bedding. This is your chance to clean your closets and help the UMW raise money for mission and give your unwanted items another life. It’s a win-win plan.
We’ll be accepting donations starting September 1st, call the church office for access. Your items can be dropped off in Wesley Hall and placed on the tables along the windows. The Hall is open most weekdays until 12:30 because of nursery school. Plan to help sort on September 29th & 30th and or sell on October 1st & 2nd. We’ll also need help cleaning up on Saturday, October 2nd from noon until 2 pm. It’s work but, it’s fun too and you meet the nicest people. If you have any questions contact Betty Rushton.

On World Communion Sunday, October 3rd the choir from St. Mark’s in Sea Girt will be singing with St. Andrew’s choir. A special offering will be taken to support World Communion Scholarships.

Atlantic Wind Ensemble Concert

How many of you remember how terribly hot St. Andrew’s was this summer? The Trustees are beginning to explore ways to install air conditioning in the sanctuary without disturbing the integrity of the historic building. It’s going to cost a rather large pile of bucks (estimates of $65,000+) so I’m really, really hoping you will all support this first fund raising effort. The Atlantic Wind Ensemble is performing a concert on Oct. 10th at 7:00 to kick off fund raising activities for AC in the sanctuary. There will be a free-will offering, so I’m not putting anyone on the spot, but we surely do like to see a full house when we give a concert!

A couple of AWE concerts in the past have gone to help St. Andrew’s (much-needed new roof & siding come to mind) but more like 95% of the offering from our Christmas and Pops Concerts have gone to help local families in need. To date, something over $175,000. has been raised for these many very good causes. But St. Andrew’s doesn’t have deep pockets. If we have an extra buck, it gets given away. Right now, we really could use air conditioning. Not having it hurts you as our summer attendance falls, as well as commitments for wedding dates which translates to less revenue, and discomfort for those who come for memorial services in summer.

If you can’t attend the concert but would like to donate, please mail or drop off your check to either Mary Eichhorn or St. Andrew’s. Make it out to St. Andrew’s UMC for a tax-deductible contribution, marked AC in memo line. If you’d just like to come and hear a good concert, that would be fine, too. The concert is an extra good one – selected from the best of last summer’s Ocean Grove Summer Band concert series. It’s a mostly light repertoire, with something for everyone, including pieces by Sousa, Offenbach, Richard Rodgers, Gershwin, and a TV sitcom medley. Soloists include Curt Morton on alto sax and Altha Morton alto, and you’ll be invited to sing along too!

Whether by your gifts or your presence or both, we hope to see you at 7PM at St. Andrew’s on October 10th.
Thanks! Mary Eichhorn for St Andrew’s

South Street Players Presents
Frankenstien” based on the novel by Mary Shelley
In Wesley Hall
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
Matinee at 2:00 p.m. on October 24
Cost: $22.00 $20.00 for Seniors/Students
(VISA, Master Card, Discover)

FOR RESERVATIONS Please call 732-447-5169, 732-462-4329

Sunday October 10 at 7PM: Atlantic Wind Ensemble Concert to benefit St Andrew’s

Sunday October 17 5-7PM FALLTASTIC – fall crafts, fun & fellowship, potluck supper and filling meals for The Center in Asbury Park.

Bead For Life

The United Methodist Women of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Spring Lake have a number of missions to which we donate our time, energy, and ultimately our fund-raising dollars. In recent years one of the causes dearest to our hearts has been “Bead for Life”……beautiful jewelry handmade by Ugandan women from recycled colorful paper. This unique jewelry is quite reasonable, ranging in price from $5 to $30, and makes a truly meaningful gift. The purchase of the beads supports a wonderful program for our Ugandan sisters, enabling these industrious and courageous women to pull their families out of poverty, grow in independence, and maintain their self-respect and dignity. As Christians don’t we celebrate these values and wish to make every effort to contribute to the well-being of those who are doing so much to help themselves?

On Tuesday, October 26th, St. Andrews is once again hosting a jewelry sale for Bead for Life. This year we will also be featuring a variety of handmade craft items from Uganda, including baskets, carvings, picture frames, wallets, and wooden figurines. Our event will take place from 4:00-8:00pm in the Blakeman room. As in the past we will offer gift boxes at cost. Additionally, child care will be provided on-site from 4:00-6:00pm to help Moms with young children to shop without distraction. These beads will again be available for purchase at our yearly Holiday Bazaar held on November 20th in Wesley Hall. Please go to the website to get a sense of the product line and for more detailed information about this worthy cause.

We are also in need of 4 people to volunteer 1/2 hour for child care.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Val Crossman or Janet Kane.

Annual Church Conference:
Save the date Wednesday October 27 at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary. PPR meeting with the District Superintendent at 6:30 PM. All committee heads please begin to write your annual reports.

September 22nd, 2010

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Not much of a sunrise today, and not many birds singing this time of year, but now a gloriously beautiful clear warm autumn day… coming back from the gym this morning, the sun illuminated a perfect spider’s web built between the face and the pole of a speed limit sign. The barricades came down as we waited for a train to pass, and the sun sparkled on the pond filled with ducks and lily pads. We don’t have to go away to exotic or spiritual places to enjoy the day and all that surrounds us. “God, our God, your glorious name all your wondrous works proclaim; in the heav’ns with radiant signs evermore your glory shines.” Psalm 8

September 15th, 2010

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“Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” (NRSV)
“God, come back! Smile your blessing smile: THAT will be our salvation.” (The Message)

Psalm 80:7

September 2010

Greetings! And God’s blessings to you all as we wind down a hot summer and go into the different busy-ness of autumn. As the roads and beaches thin out a bit, and we start thinking of our “program year” at the church, it doesn’t mean ministry has not been happening! The Member Care committee has continued to be a pastoral outreach to those in need, and the Trustees continue to maintain and improve our facilities so that we might grow in outreach and ministry. First UMC in Asbury Park is in deep gratitude for the dozen or so of you who assisted in August with Vacation Bible School and their Wednesday evening soup kitchen. And as I write this, the aroma of chicken cooking is a reminder that more of you have gathered early on a Friday to prepare to serve “Saturday Soup” at Trinity Church. Our Sunday School teachers are preparing for another year of growth and faith with our youngest disciples. And our special music offerings have helped bring life-enhancing, Spirit-filled worship to summer worshippers.
As a faith community we continue to grieve with our families who have lost loved ones in recent months. Earlier in August we shared in a meditation on Psalm 80. This is a lament psalm that helps us express our doubt, our anger, our uncertainty in God’s presence in the midst of tragedy, but also affirms God’s steadfast love and healing restoring presence in the lives of those who have come before us. It is part of our faith to doubt, to question, to wonder where IS God when bad things happen to good people. It is also part of our faith to hold one another up: when your faith is faltering, another’s will be strong and sustain you. We pray for one another, we hold each other up, we care for one another. And through it all, we are secure in our trust that God’s loving healing presence is at work and will renew us, will restore us and sustain us. We trust that God is constantly at work in each of us, and in this community called St. Andrew’s; that God’s face shines on us and we are restored.
In gratitude to be along side you in ministry,

Rally Day – September 19th
Sunday Worship and Fall Sunday School

As we come back together as a worshipping community after a summer of well-deserved vacations for our choir, teachers and committees, a time of travels and visits with family and friends, we’ll celebrate the ministries of the church in Sunday worship, including kick-off for Sunday School . Come Celebrate with us!

Let’s rally to have a full church and Sunday School
on September 19th at 9:30 AM

Round-Up Sunday – Sept. 26th
Sunday Worship at 9:30 AM
Let’s Share the good news and all you love about St. Andrew’s!

Invite a neighbor, family member or friend after the way of Jesus who called Peter and Andrew, Mary Magdalene and many others! Jesus calls us today to make disciples: this is the central mission of the church. We gather with open hearts, open minds and open doors to share the love and grace of God with all.

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class begins in October: We will offer Confirmation to all children grade 7 and older who have not been confirmed. Information meeting Sunday, October 3rd after worship; parents and children get your beverage and snack at coffee hour, and meet in the Pastors office about 10:45. If you have any questions contact Francie at the church.

Choir Returns and Rehearsals Begin

The St. Andrew’s Choir will return to worship on Sunday, September 19th, regular Thursday night rehearsals will resume on September 23rd, at 7pm in the Choir Room, All singers are welcome!

Women’s Breakfast Meeting
September 18th

All women are invited to breakfast in the Blakeman Room (under the sanctuary) on Saturday, September 18 at 9 am . Take time to relax, socialize and enjoy some tasty food. We’ll have a business meeting and be done by 11 am. If you wish to help with breakfast (casserole, coffee cake, bagels, hard rolls, fruit or juice) please contact Betty Rushton at 732 449-5796. See you there!

Grounds and Gardens

A huge THANK YOU to all who lovingly care for the gardens around St. Andrew’s all spring and summer and into the fall! We thank Betty Robinson for general oversight , care and watering; Catherine Metcalf and her committee for the beautiful meditative Memorial Garden, and Karen Jankowski’s inspiring planting and care of the urns that welcome us into the sanctuary.

Volunteers Needed

Coffee Hour Fellowship Time Information:

Coffee Hour after worship will begin Sunday, September 19 in the Blakeman Room …  Once again we are grateful to Bonnie Brendle who will make the coffee every week, make sure the coffee/tea supplies are there, handle the sign up sheets and be sure paper goods are taken care of. We need YOU (those of you who enjoy week to week not only the fellowship and the coffee, but the baked goods that go with it), to sign up to bring something and clean up afterward.  It does not need to be elaborate, just something nice to go with the coffee and tea!  Sign up sheets will be posted this week or next…  As a general practice, if there are openings we will try to let the congregation know so you can sign up, otherwise some weeks it may just be coffee if no one signs up.  Please support this ministry of hospitality! For more information you can contact Bonnie at 732-245-2087.

Worship Participants Welcome!

If you would like to usher or read scripture in Sunday Worship, or greet at the door, please sign up in the back of the sanctuary or call the church office. We would like to get YOU involved.

Shawl Ministry

May God’s grace be upon this shawl… warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing. May this mantle be a safe haven, a sacred place of security and well-being… sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones. May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love.
(Prayer of Blessing for this Shawl, by Janet Bristow)

The powerful healing of a prayer shawl is expressed in this blessing.  So many people feel the presence of God’s arms wrapped around them, and the prayers of this congregation as they have been knit or crocheted into each stitch. If you know someone who could benefit from the “physical arms of God” around them in a time of grief, illness, loss, or in a time of celebration, please let Pastor Francie know.  We are all in gratitude for those who lovingly make the shawls and gather for sustaining fellowship once a month.  Won’t you consider joining this group?

Member Care

Member Care hopes you are enjoying your summer break before the fall routines reappear. Even though summer may give you a chance to slow down, unwind and relax a little, the work of our committee continues. We are always ready to reach out to our church family with our prayers, cards and meals. You can help Member Care stay involved and informed with the joys and concerns of our church family. Do you know someone in our congregation celebrating a special birthday, anniversary or event in their life? Do you have child who has achieved a special goal? Member Care continues to recognize and acknowledge these important milestones in our church family. Do you know someone facing a difficult challenge that you believe could use a note of encouragement and support? Member Care remembers and lifts up in prayer all who receive a card from our committee.
Member Care will also coordinate meals for someone coming home from a hospital stay. Please let us know if you would be willing to add your name to our list of meal makers. It is only with your help that we are able to provide this service. Thank you to all who have answered “Yes!” to our requests for help. If you are thinking of getting more involved with the church and are considering joining a committee we would love to have you. Many hands make light the work so please join us. There are not a lot of meetings involved, just reaching out to our church family.

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, who are many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us….” Romans 12:4-6

We are here to answer the call, please let us be of help in your time of need. God loves you, and we love you too.

The committee warmly invites you to be part of this ministry, If you have an interest in joining the committee, please contact the church office.

Food Pantry

Belmar First United Methodist Church Food Pantry is in desperate need of food donations, you may bring your donations to the narthex in the rear of the sanctuary or you may drop them off in Belmar on Monday or Thursday 10am to noon, at 701 D Street. Food Pantry phone number is 732-681-4510.

Disciple Bible Study

Ever wanted to know more about the Bible? Here’s your chance to join thousands of beginners and experienced readers around the world who have: in a small group setting that includes connection to your life. Contact Pastor Francie about being one of 8-15 people who will explore 80% of the Bible beginning in September and continuing through May. It’s an experience you won’t regret, as you grow as a biblically informed disciple of Jesus Christ. Find out more; come to an information meeting following worship, about 10:45, on Sunday, September 19th. And if you are a Disciple Bible Study graduate, join us to share your experience!

Mid-Week Bible Study

This is your opportunity to be part of an on going Bible Study. These classes are very informal, knowledge of the Bible is not necessary. Those seeking appreciation of the Bible are welcome. Come out and open your mind and heart to this relevant study. Bring your Bible and a friend.Contact Pastor Franice for atart up date.

2010 Annual Church Conference– save the date!

Our annual Charge Conference is scheduled for 7:30 PM, Wednesday, October 27, 2010. This celebration – open to all who worship at St. Andrew’s – will be incorporated into a worship service. If you/your committee have reports, please turn them into the office by October 12th. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us as we celebrate the ministries of St. Andrew’s UMC this past year, meet our District Superintendant, Rev. Frances Noll and look forward to 2011.

St. Andrew’s Annual Fall Rummage Sale

The fall rummage sale is planned for October 1st & 2nd. This is the sale you have been anticipating. It’s your chance to get rid of all those clothes in your closets that you no longer wear. Then you’ll have room for some new clothes for fall. While you’re at it, you can also donate stuff (lamps, small appliances, dishes etc.) you no longer want. Please donate only working toasters and irons etc. Clothing items should be worthy of resale. The exception would be blankets etc. that we can donate to the animal shelter for bedding. This is your chance to clean your closets and help the UMW raise money for mission and give your unwanted items another life. It’s a win-win plan.
We’ll be accepting donations starting September 7th. Your items can be dropped off in Wesley Hall and placed tables next to the windows. The Hall is open most weekdays until 12:30 because of nursery school.
Plan to help sort on September 29th & 30thand or sell on October 1st & 2nd. We’ll also need help cleaning up on Saturday, October 2nd from noon until 2 pm. It’s work but, it’s fun too and you meet the nicest people. If you have any questions contact Betty Rushton at 732-449-5796.

News release about SMART Program

As the school year gets under way, St. Andrew’s is offering an afternoon program of homework support. Under Project SMART, students attending school in local districts (AVON, BELMAR, BRADLEY BEACH, LAKE COMO, MANASQUAN, SPRING LAKE, SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS, and SEA GIRT) will be offered a program of homework support staffed with certified teachers. This program will be available every Wednesday afternoon from 5:00PM TO 6:30PM. This is a program of community outreach for which there is no cost. Parents will be responsible for transportation.
If you believe that your child would benefit from this type of assistance with homework assignments, Please contact Rev. Francie Preston at (732) 449-5147. She will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a registration form. The program is scheduled to commence in early October and run through the end of May.

“Fall” tastic

October 17th is the annual Sunday School sponsored “Falltastic” from 4:30-7:30 in Wesley hall. Once again it will be a covered-dish dinner with lots of fun, and Fall crafts for the children. It will be a chance for the whole congregation to gather and have some fun together again. We plan to box and label extra food for The Center in Asbury Park. For those who don’t know, The Center provides home cooked, simple meals for AIDS patients as well as support and services for people suffering from this awful disease. Last year St. Andrew’s packed and delivered 150 dinners. We will need your help to at least match last years goal. Please mark October 17th on your calendar and plan to join the Sunday School kids and staff in this effort. All that is required is that your dish be a meat, fish or poultry, vegetable, or starch, preferably not a casserole, and there be plenty of it. We will need some help after dinner, putting the meals together and labeling them. It should be a fun time for everyone, children, youth and adults – and will, hopefully, fill a lot of freezer space at The Center. Thanks in advance for your support of your Sunday School. Any questions call Michele Neiberlien at 732-223-5002 or Val Crossman at 732-449-6723.

Need Space to Party?

Did you know?  You – and your friends and neighbors – can use our buildings for birthday parties…  anniversaries etc…  anytime your home just isn’t big enough – call the office for details!

The Walk to Emmaus

The Walk to Emmaus 3-day weekend is a time to be renewed spiritually and return energized, informed and motivated. It is called a “Walk” referring to the walk to Emmaus that two disciples took with Jesus (Luke 24:13-35).  The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The “Emmaus community,” made up of those who have attended a weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening.  Men and women attend separate weekends.  If you are interested, please contact Francie or talk to one of the participants from this church who have attended, and plan now: Chip Craig, Eleanor McClymont, June Coles, and Gaylen Nolan.  The next weekends are: Men’s Weekend: November 11-14, 2010; Women’s Weekend: November 18-21, 2010. Registration deadline early October.

Here are excerpts from an August 10, 2010 letter from our Bishop to the congregations of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As I made an appeal on the floor of the Annual Conference, may I request you now in Christian love to participate in the celebration of the shared Eucharist with our brothers and sisters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Saturday, October 9th at the East Calvary Korean United Methodist Church, East Brunswick. The day will begin with worship at 10AM. In the afternoon there will be break-out sessions at the Calvary and Aldersgate Churches. The day will conclude at 3PM. Bishop E. Roy Riley, New Jersey Synod of the ELCA will preach and I will celebrate at the Table.
A lunch will be provided for a donation of $10. Kindly send to your respective district offices the number of people attending the event from your church along with the donation for lunch not later than Friday, September 30, 2010.
Bishop Riley and I look forward to seeing you all!
In Christ’s love, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

“Everyone Sing!” – Bishop’s SongFest

“Everyone Sing!” at the Bishop’s annual SongFest in the Ocean Grove Auditorium, September 26th at 4PM. Celebrate God’s joy through music. In addition to ethnic and praise ensembles, there will be a combined choir for all who would like to participate. If you’re interested in singing, contact Pastor Francie at the church.

Great Job!

Francis Asbury Manor Annual Fair & Bazaar was held August 5th & 6th. From the Bazaar,they raised $8500.00 for the fellowship fund. The Auxiliary appreciates all the help and donations from St. Andrew’smembers.

2011 Entertainment Books

Are now on sale for $30.00 to benefit The Service Auxiliary to Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove. To purchase a book contact Jane Greenwald at 732-449-8221.

Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week

The 2nd week of September has been designated Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week in New Jersey. According to the United Mitochondria Disease Foundation the body is made up of mitochondria, which produces 90 percent of the body’s energy. When disease affects it, the body is unable to convert food into energy that helps sustain life.

The disease usually affects at least 3 organs, and typically the most affected parts are the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, which of course need the most energy. This disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common. There is no cure for this disease, but much research is being done. If you would like more information about this disease or the Foundation, contact Maureen Miller at 732-449-2750.

September 3rd, 2010

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