“For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above,offering upon every shore her pure sacrifice of love; Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.(Folliot S. Pierpoint, UMH #92)
Greetings to the faith family of St Andrew’s:
I give thanks for you and your faithfulness and ministry in the Spring Lake area. As shared at the annual church conference, not only do we have much to be thankful for, but as the presence of Christ is made known through you in so many ways, those we reach have much to be thankful for.
How is St. Andrew’s the presence of Christ among us? In worship with inspiring music led by a gifted and dedicated music director and choir, followed by fellowship for all ages at coffee hour; in growing in our knowledge of a loving and living God in children’s Sunday School, youth group and adult bible studies and covenant group; in fellowship at our all-church suppers and variety show, in working together on rummage sales and bazaars.
How is St. Andrew’s the presence of Christ beyond us? In those of you who give time and material to soup kitchens and food pantries and meals for The Center, in the clothing closet, through the mission money raised at the rummage sales and bazaars, in our prayers, and in the shawls prayerfully made for those in need of knowing God’s healing presence in a physical way.
St. Andrew’s as a partner in the United Methodist connection, shares the presence of Christ to the wider world through our Ministry Shares (apportionments). Our share, based on the value of our property and our operating budget, is around $2400 per month (making each member’s share $10 per member per month if all members gave). It is considered St. Andrew’s “first-mile” giving; all other outreach – ALL other – is second-mile giving and should only be given when our apportionment shares are current. Right now we are several months behind ($14,000) in paying these ministry shares because not enough money has come in on pledges and plate, and with difficulty our “bills” are being paid first.
As we enter this season of Thanks-giving, first take a moment to pray; thank God for every day, for the abundance all around us, for the opportunity to be in ministry at St. Andrew’s. Ask God how your monetary gifts represent Christ to you and those around you and around the world. Then, be sure you are current in your regular giving so we are able to BE Christ’s presence among us and beyond us; and please prayerfully determine YOUR share of this Shared Ministry according to the blessings you enjoy, and return it to the church in the enclosed Thanksgiving Offering envelop. It represents our gratitude for all the blessings we have, and our blessing to be the very presence of Christ in the world. Let this be our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as we share Christ’s presence.
In gratitude to be in ministry with you,
November 21st, 9:30 AM Worship
In gratitude we bring our pledges of support for St. Andrew’s 2011 expenses to the altar
In mid November you will receive your annual Commitment card and letter from our Stewardship Committee. Prayerfully consider the blessings you’ve received from God and respond in gratitude with your support for our ministry and mission for 2011. Bring your cards that Sunday or mail them to the church .
New Member Sunday
We will receive new members into the fellowship of St. Andrew’s on December 12th. If you are interested in formally uniting with us, please see Pastor Francie. There will be an information meeting for all interested in finding out about membership, on December 5th following worship in the Pastors office.
November 20th, 9:30 AM – 2 PM, in Wesley Hall
Save this date to support your UMW mission projects. Tell your friends and neighbors about our fun event and plan to be there yourself.
Lunch will be served by the Susannah Rachel Circle. Freshly made gourmet turkey salad is the main event. Hannah Circles’ bakery and deli is asking for donations of baked goods, jams, etc. If you can make something it would be greatly appreciated.
The jewelry table can use your old jewelry for its sale. We are also looking for a jewelry lover to head up this table. It involves 3-4 hours of presale work as well as the day of the sale.
The gift auction is doing well seeking gifts from merchants. If you wish to donate a gift for this auction, it will also be greatly appreciated.
See You at the Bazaar
Betty Rushton, UMW President
Francis Asbury Manor, Resident Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, December 11th, 9:00 – 3:00 pm, at 70 Stockton Ave. Ocean Grove. Donations are being accepted. For more information call Jane Greenwald .
Now is the time to place your order for Christmas poinsettias. The cost is $8.50 for each 6” pot (5-7 blooms), and $15.00 for each 8” pot (10-12 blooms) with a color choice of red or white. Order forms are enclosed, available in the back of the sanctuary or you can call the church office and we will mail one to you. Order deadline is December 6th. Please place your orders early so that we can have the best selection available from the grower. Any questions, call the church office or Mary Eichhorn .
Mary Eichhorn, our director of music, and Harry Eichhorn, director of the Atlantic Wind Ensemble, and 100 musicians are preparing for the annual Christmas concert here at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, December 12th, at 7 PM.Begin your Christmas Season with us !!
Bringing Christmas to Local Families
“ Christmas is not your birthday!” Mike Slaughter
Once again we are asking St. Andrew’s support to help out local families this Christmas. Look for a tree in the foyer later this month and please take an ornament for food or gifts to make a needy family’s Christmas special. We will be providing filled stockings, gifts, and new clothes as well as food (including turkeys). We will also need volunteers to sort, box and (or) deliver. For more information call Val Crossman or Pat Voorhees.
WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SERVICE
December 7th, 11:30 AM at Manasquan
All women in the Spring Lake, Manasquan area are invited. It is followed by a light lunch. Child care available. Rev. Francie will be preaching.
MEMORIAL GIFT CARDS
Available Now – Memorial Gift Cards or Cards in Honor of a Loved One
Cards are now available from the church office to send as memorial gifts or honorary gifts. Purchase cost is whatever a person wants to donate for the card. Proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Meditation Garden and Labyrinth.
Women’s Covenant Group & Advent Study
Join this group of faithful fellow-worshippers who gather together weekly for fellowship and personal spiritual growth, relating our faith to our lives. On Monday, November 22nd, at 4pm, we’ll begin an Advent study to help us keep the weeks approaching Christmas in perspective. This is a good time to join the group if you’ve thought about it but are hesitant. If you are interested in an evening Advent study please contact Francie.
Sunday School News
The “Falltastic” in October was indeed a fun filled fantastic time of fellowship. All ages of our church family gathered for fun, crafts, food and fellowship. After we finished eating we boxed 110 meals for AIDS patients at The Center in Asbury Park. Thanks to all who made that possible. Our teachers and youngest learners continue to grow in faith each Sunday in the classrooms.
We have a team of acolytes who enhance our worship with their candle lighting ministry. If you are 4th grade or older interested and not yet trained please see Pastor Francie.
Flu Season is Upon Us
As we enter flu season, the United Methodist Church recommends we take extra precautions as we gather for worship. The flu’s are spread by air and skin contact (i.e. cough, sneeze, hand shaking, hugs). One recommendation is, as the angels say in greeting, “Do not be afraid!” continue to Celebrate Worship! And ate Communion. We’ve always taken precautions as we prepare and serve Communion (washing hands, etc), there is low risk and will be no change there. Another recommendation is to share the peace (and in our case the benediction) in a way that does not involve hand-shaking or hand-holding. Some of you miss the closer contact and may continue to hold or shake hands; however if you prefer, you may share the peace with a nod and a smile, and the benediction with a raising of our hands in praise.
The three-stitch seed pattern of the shawl is symbolic of planting peace, healing, love, comfort and hope. As the knitter or crocheter works the stitches, prayers are also worked into each stitch, with the hope and expectation that the wearer will be embraced by the love and healing of God. In the Christian tradition, three symbolizes the Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Three also represents the phases of life: past/present/future; birth/life/death; birth/death/rebirth or life after death). Three also is represented in body/mind/spirit; faith/hope/love. We also see three in the primary colors from which all colors are possible, and in the universe: matter/astral/spirit; and in nature: earth/sea/sky. When someone you love receives a shawl that has prayers crafted into it, and is blessed and prayed over, they are truly wrapped in the loving healing arms of God who gives wholeness. May God continue to bless this ministry and all who participate in it.
Celebrate Advent & Christmas at St. Andrew’s
Sunday, November 28 1st Sunday of Advent
9:30 AM Worship, Rev. Ray DuBois Preaching
Sunday, December 5 2nd Sunday of Advent
9:30 AM Worship
Sunday, December 12 3rd Sunday of Advent
9:30 AM Worship
7:00 PM Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 19 4th Sunday of Advent
9:30 AM Worship
4:00 PM Tidings of Comfort and Joy Service
A Christmas Healing Service followed by soup and sandwich
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7TH – 12th grades SUNDAYS Nov 7, 14, 21, 11AM-noon
YOUTH ROOM upstairs in Wesley Hall
Invite your friends!
Other November Youth Activities:
November 7 Pumpkin Olympics
in Toms River – meet at Wesley Hall 2:30 PM
November 20 – St. Andrew’s BAZAAR Café
(meet IN Wesley Hall 10AM)
November 28 Greet & Usher
Meet in the sanctuary 9:15AM
(no meeting November 28)
Reminder: Confirmation Class: Nov 14 & 21 6-7PM
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