Christmas Eve
6:00 PM Family Candlelight Service with special music
11:00 PM Candlelight with Choir & Wind Ensemble

Christmas Sunday morning: 9:30 AM
12 Days of Christmas – lessons and carols
bring the whole family

December 20th, 2011

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Sunday December 18, 4PM: A service for all who may not be feeling the joy our culture expects of us at this time of year. Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one, a job, a significant relationship, your health, a dream… Join us as we find the comfort and joy of God-with-us in the midst of pain.

December 16th, 2011

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DECEMBER COAT DRIVE: BRING YOUR GOOD, CLEAN USED COATS, JACKETS AND SWEATSHIRTS TO THE BOX IN THE BLAKEMAN ROOM DEADLINE: Sunday December 18th
Youth will deliver them to help keep our neighbors warm this winter.

Christmas Concert – Mary Eichhorn, our director of music, and Harry Eichhorn, director of the Atlantic Wind Ensemble, present the Annual Christmas Concert here at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, December 11th, at 7 PM. Don’t forget to invite your friends and arrive early for the best seating. A good will offering will support a local family in need. Finger food and cookies are needed for the reception, contact June Coles if you can help out.

Rebecca Circle will meet Wednesday, December 21st, 1:00 at Doolans in Spring Lake Heights. Contact Jane Greenwald for reservations.

Felted Sweater Workshop to help Tent City: We’re looking for your old 100% wool sweaters, in any condition, for a workshop in January. By “felting” the sweaters we can “re-purpose” them into hats and mittens. Anyone interested in attending the workshop can make something for yourself, for a gift, and/or for residents of Tent City in Lakewood. Bring your sweater to the box in the back of the sanctuary. Details and dates later. Questions? Contact Val Crossman.

Francis Asbury Manor will be holding 2 open houses, Thursday, December 29th, 10- 2pm, and Saturday January 14th, 10-2pm. FAM is located at 70 Stockton Ave. Ocean Grove. For more information Call Francis Asbury Manor at 732-774-1316.

Upcoming Meetings
Hymn Sing & Bible Study Thursdays, 9:30 am at the Arbors
Youth Group December 11, 11 am, in the Youth Room
Christmas Concert December 11, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
Advent Study December 12, 4pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple IV December 12, 7pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I December 13, 9 am in the Woodfield Room
Trustee Meeting Tuesday, December 13, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Evening Advent Study Wednesday, December 14, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Christmas Healing Service Sunday, December 18, 4 pm, in the Sanctuary
Advent Study December 19, 4pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I December 20, 9 am in the Woodfield Room

December 9th, 2011

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SPIRITUAL GROWTH THROUGH WORSHIP & STUDY

Celebrate Advent & Christmas at St. Andrew’s

3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 11
9:30 AM Worship
7:00 PM Christmas Concert

4th Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 18
9:30 AM Worship
4:00 PM Tidings of Comfort and Joy Service
A Christmas Healing Service

Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve (Music at both)
6:00 PM Family Candlelight Service
ALL Children are invited to participate
11:00 PM Candlelight and Special Music Service

Sunday, December 25 The 12 Days of Christmas
9:30 AM Worship A service of lessons and carols,
bring the whole family and a bell to ring.

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY
Worship Service of Hope & Healing at Christmas

On Sunday afternoon December 18 at 4PM in our sanctuary, we will offer a worship service of hope and healing, peace and prayer, comfort and joy, designed especially for you who are suffering, lonely, or sad during the holidays. For many of you, memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can be overwhelming, especially at Christmas or New Years. This service will include prayers, music and candle-lighting, and together we’ll reflect on the hope we have in the healing, renewing God, even in the midst of the pain, loneliness, or sadness you may be feeling. Come, and if you have a family member or neighbor who is suffering this season, invite them to join others in finding comfort and joy in the company of others. Let us together remember the good news of Jesus’ birth, “God-with-us” always, the One who knows your pain and loves you unconditionally.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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 11th, at 7 PM. Begin your Christmas Season with us !!

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SERVICE

December 6th, 11:30 AM at Manasquan
Presbyterian Church
All women in the Spring Lake, Manasquan area are invited. Luncheon to follow.

Women’s 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 Mondays, at 4pm, we’ll share 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.

Mid-week Bible Study on the Trinity will meet Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm and Wednesday, December 14, 7pm in the Woodfield Room.

Lectionary Readings During Advent Season

The Revised Common Lectionary is a calendar of suggested scripture readings over a three-year schedule, following the Christian year. It provides a systematic approach to the use of scripture in worship; each Sunday has a reading from the Psalms, the Old Testament, a New Testament Epistle, and a Gospel. Christ-centered, it assists us to celebrate the central mystery of our faith: the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Its two cycles of church year seasons, Advent-Christmas-Epiphany and Lent-Easter-Pentecost, provide times of preparation (Advent & Lent) followed by days of celebration (Christmas/Epiphany; Easter/Pentecost). The Lectionary enjoys wide-spread use in United Methodist churches in worship as well as in study, helping congregations and disciples to hear and experience the whole message of scripture. Here for your personal growth are Lectionary Readings for Dec.—Jan.

Dec. 4: Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13; Isaiah 40: 1-11; 2 Peter 3: 8-15a; Mark 1: 1-8;

Dec. 11: Psalm 126; Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11; John 1: 6-8, 19-28; 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24;

Dec. 18: 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 6; Luke 1: 47-55; Romans 16: 25-27; Luke 1: 26-38

Dec. 25: Psalm 98; Isaiah 52: 7-10; Hebrews 1: 1-4; John 1: 1-14;

Jan. 1: Psalm 148; Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3; Galatians 4: 4-7; Luke 2: 22-40;

SPIRITUAL GROWTH THROUGH MISSION & SERVICE

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE NEWS
In November members and friends of St. Andrew’s were asked to prayerfully return cards indicating our financial support for the 2012 operating budget, a vision of our mission and ministry in the coming year. As of this writing we have received 53 responses, and we thank you for your support of St. Andrew’s mission and ministry. If you have not yet returned your card, please do so, prayerfully considering how you might give proportionally in the next year to share the gifts God has given you in spreading the good news of God’s transforming love in Christ as lived out at St. Andrew’s.

DECEMBER COAT DRIVE

BRING YOUR GOOD, CLEAN USED COATS, JACKETS AND SWEATSHIRTS TO THE BOX IN
THE BLAKEMAN ROOM HALLWAY
DEADLINE: Sunday December 18th
Youth will deliver them before Christmas to help keep our neighbors warm this winter

Francis Asbury Manor, Resident Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, December 10th, 9:00 – 3:00 pm, at 70 Stockton Ave. Ocean Grove. Donations are being accepted. For more information call Jane Greenwald

New Member Sunday
We will be receiving new members December 18th. If you are interested in uniting formally with St. Andrew’s faith community as a “Professing Member”, please contact Pastor Francie.

Shawl Ministry
 
“I want to thank you for your prayers and blessings for a speedy
recovery.  It was very thoughtful of you.”
  (A Shawl Recipient)

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.

Thank you from the United Methodist Women
Thank you for a great Christmas Bazaar. We had a tremendous amount of “things’ and gifts donated. Many of you came to help set-up, price, sell, organize and clean up. We cleared over $4800.00. The proceeds will be used in mission by the United Methodist Women.

Thank you for Henderson Settlement Project. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all who bought and wrapped gifts for the 80 nine- and ten-year old children living in poverty in Kentucky! Your generosity and enthusiasm for the project made it possible ! And thanks to Tom Fulton for arranging to ship them; they all arrived just after Thanksgiving.

Thank you also to all who bought and wrapped gifts for our Christmas families from The Giving Tree – another 25 local children will have a blessed and happy Christmas because of your generosity. St. Andrew’s is a giving church.

Pray for Troops We Pray for All Men and Women serving in the Military including these close to our congregation; even as we pray for peace.

Martin Coe, Jr., Paul Schleich, Jason Gonzales, Beth Follador, Joe Turner, Vincent DiMichele, Nicholas DiMichele, James Carty, Andrew Clemmenson, April Clemmenson, Christopher Palkowetz

Also Continue to support our troops by donating money for phone cards, Contact Ray Miller

SPIRITUAL GROWTH THROUGH FELLOWSHIP

YOUTH GROUP NEWS
7TH – 12th grades
Bring a friend!

Dec 4 at 11 AM – Shop for Christmas Families
Meet in Wesley Hall
Dec 11 Meet 11-12 in Youth Room
Dec 18 – Sanctuary at 9:15 to light Advent Candles
Dec 24 – Come at 5:30 for Christmas Eve
Between Christmas & New Years we’ll deliver coats

On FaceBook at St Andrew’s United Methodist Church
and at www.springlakeumc.blogspot.com

To all our church family and friends, we wish you a blessed Holiday Christmas Season

December 2nd, 2011

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Tuesday, November 29th, 7pm, Our Annual Church Conference: All are encouraged to come to approve the 2012 budget, and celebrate the ministries of St Andrew’s. All professing members of St. Andrew’s may vote.

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT HENDERSON SETTLEMENT

If you took envelopes, bought your gifts and turned them in, Thank You! If you have not yet bought your gift please do so.

Afternoon Advent Study – We’re reading Adam Hamilton’s The Journey; 28 days of reflections. Begin reading on November 27th , meet for discussion on Mondays, December 5, 12, & 19th at 4 pm, in the Woodfield Room.

Evening Advent Study – will meet on Wednesdays, 7-8 pm, December 7 & 14 in the Woodfield Room for a short study of the trinity. NO Homework, just come!

Mary Eichhorn, our director of music, and Harry Eichhorn, director of the Atlantic Wind Ensemble, will be presenting the Annual Christmas Concert here at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, December 11th, at 7 PM. Don’t forget to invite your friends and arrive early for the best seating. A good will offering will support a local family in need.

Nursery Care is available, 9:15—10:45, Sunday during worship, newborn to age 2 are welcome. Any questions contact Jill Lambert.

Find us on Facebook page: St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, “Like” us and you’ll receive updated information as it is posted. If you haven’t looked at our ‘Blog” yet, where we post weekly bulletin announcements, newsletters, and sermons, go to “springlakeumc.blogspot.com”; become a follower and/or sign up for e-mail notifications.

The Food Pantry at First UMC in Belmar is always low on the following items. As you shop for the pantry, you might want to include: small jars of peanut butter, jelly, tea bags, small coffee (even instant), canned meats, small cereals, oatmeal (individual pkts), & cheese/crackers. Thank you for your generosity to others.

Community Thanksgiving 1st UMC in Belmar will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at Noon, if you would like to help out at the dinner, please contact the church office.

Harrigan’s Pub in Sea Girt is hosting a FREE sit down dinner at noon on Thanksgiving for Seniors. The Knights of Columbus Council #5611 is coordinating the event and providing rides as necessary. For more information or reservations call Bob Phelan at 732-681-1126.

The Church office will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday the 25th.

Upcoming Meetings

Hymn Sing & Bible Study Thursdays, 9:30 am at the Arbors
Festival Choir Rehearsal Tuesday, November 22, 7pm in the Choir Room
Disciple IV Monday, November 28, 7pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I Tuesday, November 29, 9 am in the Woodfield Room
Church Conference Tuesday, November 29, 7pm in the Sanctuary
Festival Choir Rehearsal Wednesday, November 30, 7pm in the Choir Room
Circle of Friends Friday, December 2, Location TBA
Youth Group Sunday, December 4, 11 am, in the Youth Room
Shawl Ministry Monday, December 5, 9:30 am in the Woodfield Room
Advent Study Monday, December 5, 4pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple IV Monday, December 5, 7pm in the Woodfield Room
Festival Choir Dress Rehearsal Monday, December 5, 7pm in the Choir Room
Disciple I Tuesday, December 6, 9 am in the Woodfield Room
Women’s Ecumenical Service Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11am Manas Presbyterian church
Evening Advent Study Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room

November 18th, 2011

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From the Pastor

“…Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
(Matthew 25:40b)

As we move from a mild and beautiful autumn into the realities of winter, the church season move us to reflection on what it means to be a disciple, to be the church. And Jesus reminds us that, how we respond to our neighbors is a reflection of our response to Christ. We read about and perhaps even see, signs of hunger, homelessness, heartbreak, loneliness and unemployment; and what are we to do? Jesus calls us to reach out and feed, clothe, visit… how do we respond?
Signs of St. Andrew’s responding to need are all around: feeding the hungry at soup kitchens and giving to the food pantry in Belmar; donating and offering clothing and goods at the rummage sales and clothing closets; sending Christmas gifts to needy children; calling and visiting others who are absent from our Sunday morning fellowship; in your special offerings and all the acts of mercy you perform daily.
It is in these acts of justice, love and outreach that we are the church, the Body of Christ to the world, God’s people working with Christ to transform the world. Trusting in God’s promise of a life-filled future, we are God’s hands and feet in ministry, ushering in the kingdom of God: a realm of peace, justice, freedom from oppression, and prosperity – abundant life – for all. As we conclude this long season of reflection on how we are to be disciples of Jesus Christ, take time to reflect on your, and our, response to the needs of “the least of these who are members of (Christ’s) family.” Be thankful for all the blessings we receive, and be part of our response in thankfully sharing Christ’s love.

Blessed to be in ministry along side you, Francie

THANKSGIVING: WE GROW AS WE GIVE THANKS

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
November 20th

In gratitude we bring our pledges of support for
St. Andrew’s 2012 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 2012. Bring your cards Stewardship Sunday or mail them to the church .

THANK YOU
from the United Methodist Women
Thank you for a great rummage sale. We had a tremendous amount of “things’ and clothing donated. Wesley Hall was stuffed. Many of you came to help sort, price, sell, organize and clean up. We cleared $3600.00, which will be used in mission by the United Methodist Women.

from the Sunday School
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 146 meals for AIDS patients at The Center in Asbury Park. Thanks to all who made that possible.

Thanksgiving Community Dinners
1st UMC in Belmar will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at Noon, if you would like to help out at the dinner, please contact the church office.

Harrigan’s Pub in Sea Girt is once again hosting a FREE dinner at noon on Thanksgiving for Seniors who might otherwise be “Home Alone”. The Knights of Columbus Council #5611 is coordinating the event and providing rides as necessary. For more information, reservations or rides, call Bob Phelan at 732-681-1126.

Thanksgiving Envelopes
Don’t forget your special Thanksgiving offering. If you already have envelopes there will be one in the box. It may be returned to the church office or placed in the offering plate any time.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS: WE GROW AS WE SERVE

Christmas Bazaar
November 19th, 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. Contact Jill Lambert
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

Christmas Party At Henderson Settlement
Your help is urgently needed to make a Merry Christmas for some really needy kids at Henderson Settlement, a United Methodist Mission in Frakes Kentucky. This is a poverty stricken area where families live on under $15,000 annually.
St. Andrew’s has made a commitment to Henderson Settlement to buy presents for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls who will attend a Christmas party on December 10. There are 40 boys and 40 girls in this age group. That means we need to send 160 presents to KY. Each boy and girl gets 2 gifts each at the party.
If you have the means to do so, we prayerfully ask that you sign up to buy 2 gifts. Spend about $25 on each gift. Write your name on the sign up at the back of the church and indicate how many presents you will purchase. Take 2 envelopes if you are buying 2 gifts. In the envelope there are suggestions for gifts and a tag to put on your wrapped gift with a space to write the name of your gift. If you can buy only one gift, please do so. Sign your name and take just one envelope. Every gift helps us reach our goal.
GIFTS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO CHURCH BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 so we can get them mailed in a timely fashion. If you are able, please return the envelope/s with a $7 donation for each gift you purchase. This donation will help defray the cost of postage.
If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project but are not able to get out to shop for gifts, send a check to the church payable to the UMW and earmark it for Henderson Settlement. Someone will shop for you.
There is some information in the back of the church for you to read more about Henderson Settlement. Please leave it for others to read.
Suggestions for gifts include:
For Boys: books, sports equipment, board games, hand held electronic games, science kit, lego sets, laser tag systems, walkie talkies, magnetics, CD’s, movies, action figures, watches.
For Girls: jewelry, CD’s, movies, arts and craft supplies, books, board games, makeup kit, watches, wallets, age appropriate dolls, lego sets.
For more gift suggestions, Google “gift suggestions for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls”.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to help with this United Methodist Christmas project.

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 21st, 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.

Christmas Poinsettias
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 (15+ blooms) with a color choice of red or white. Order forms will be available in upcoming bulletins, in the back of the sanctuary or you can call the church office and we will mail one to you. Order deadline is December 5th. 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

Women’s Community Christmas Service
December 6th, 11:30 AM at Manasquan Presbyterian Church All women in the Spring Lake, Manasquan area are invited. Light lunch included. Child care available.

Christmas Concert
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 11th, at 7 PM. Begin your Christmas Season with us !!

Francis Asbury Manor, Resident Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 12th, 9:00 – 3:00 pm, at 70 Stockton Ave. Ocean Grove. Donations are being accepted. For more information call Jane Greenwald

New Member Sunday
We will receive new members into the fellowship of St. Andrew’s on December 11th. 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 4th following worship in the Pastors office. 

Stewardship Stories
My Goal for the Year is to be Below Average
by Rich Hendrickson (coordinator of Stewardship Education & Development, GNJAC)

Considering the following, the goal I’ve set for me and my family for 2012 is to be as far below average as fiscally possible:

Average credit card debt per U.S. household is $9300.
Young adults 25-34 carry an average of $5200. in credit card debt.
College seniors have an average of 4 credit cards and $3000. in credit card debt.
Young people 18 and under will spend and influence the spending of more than $1 trillion dollars in 2012.
Children today spend five times more money than their parents did at the same age (and that’s adjusted for inflation).

(The above statistics are taken from Financial Sanity: Share, Save, Spend) If it’s your goal to also be below average in 2012 here are some healthy financial habits that will help you reach your goal:
Give to God first – “God knows all your needs, and God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for God and make the Kingdom of God your main concern.” Matthew 6: 32b-33.
Save Second – “In the house of the wise are stores of food and oil, but the fool devours all they have.” Proverbs 21:20.
Live on what is left – “Be on your guard against all kind of greed, for life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15.

GIVING: WE GROW AS WE GIVE

St. Andrew’s 2011 working budget is $243,264.
As of October 31st our giving has been $145,305.

(even though it’s $15,366. more than 2010; it is still down $18,339. from 2008)
As we have entered the final financial quarter of the year, please be sure you are caught up on your 2011 pledge before the year comes to an end. Your full support of our budget makes it possible for St. Andrew’s to respond to God’s call to be faithful disciples, in service to those in the Spring Lake area as well as all in need around the world.

Memorial Gift Cards or Cards in Honor of a Loved One cards are available from the church office to send as memorial 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.

On All Saints Sunday we remembered loved ones who have died in the past year, including two St. Andrew’s Saints; Inga Scheurer and Ralph Hickok

The Food Pantry at First UMC in Belmar is always low on the following items. As you shop for the pantry, you might want to include: small jars of peanut butter, jelly, tea bags, small coffee (even instant), canned meats, small cereals, oatmeal (individual pkts), & cheese/crackers. Thank you for your generosity to others.

Pray for Troops We Pray for All Men and Women serving in the Military including these close to our congregation; even as we pray for peace.
Martin Coe, Jr., Paul Schleich, Jason Gonzales, Beth Follador, Joe Turner, Vincent DiMichele, Nicholas DiMichele, James Carty, Andrew Clemmenson, April Clemmenson Christopher Palkowetz
Also Continue to support our troops by donating money for phone cards, Contact Ray Miller

Tuesday, November 29, 7PM, Our Annual Church Conference: all are encouraged to come, approval of 2012 Budget, and to celebrate ministries of St. Andrew’s.

Celebrate Advent at St. Andrew’s

1st Sunday of Advent Sunday, November 27
9:30 AM Worship Rev. Ray DuBois Preaching

2nd Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 4
9:30 AM Worship

3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 11
9:30 AM Worship
7:00 PM Christmas Concert

4th Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 18
9:30 AM Worship
4:00 PM Tidings of Comfort and Joy Service
A Christmas Healing Service

November 4th, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings

Hymn Sing & Bible Study Thursdays, 9:30 AM at the Arbors
Covenant Group Mondays, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple IV Group Mondays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I Group Tuesdays, 9-11 am in the Woodfield Room
Wednesday Bible Study Wednesdays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Pumpkin Olympics TODAY, 4-8 pm, for Youth ? See Francie
Shawl Ministry Monday, November 7, 9:30 am in the Woodfield Room
Festival Choir Rehearsal Tuesday, November 8, 7pm in the Choir Room
Finance Committee Tuesday, November 8, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Ad Council Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 pm in the Blakeman Room
Deadline – Conference Reports Monday, November 14th
Festival Choir Rehearsal Thursday, November 17, 7pm in the Choir Room
Bazaar Set-up Thursday, Nov. 17, 9 am in Wesley Hall
Bazaar Set-up Friday, Nov. 18, 9 am in Wesley Hall
Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 am in Wesley Hall

Nursery Care is available, 9:15—10:45, Sunday during worship, newborn to age 2 are welcome. Any questions contact Jill Lambert at 732-974-8019.

Beadforlife jewelry is available to view or purchase in my home. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, by Ugandan women, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. More information at www.Beadforlife.org; if you are interested in seeing or purchasing some, call Val Crossman to arrange a time.

Find us on Facebook page: St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, “Like” us and you’ll receive updated information as it is posted. If you haven’t looked at our ‘Blog” yet, where we post weekly bulletin announcements, newsletters, and sermons, go to “springlakeumc.blogspot.com”; become a follower and or sign up for e-mail notifications.

Mid-Week Bible Study On Wednesdays 11/9, 11/16, at 7-8 PM in the Woodfield Room, All are welcome. Book of James.

Community Thanksgiving 1st UMC in Belmar will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at Noon, if you would like to help out at the dinner, please contact the church office.

Harrigan’s Pub in Sea Girt is hosting a FREE sit down dinner at noon on Thanksgiving for Seniors. The Knights of Columbus Council #5611 is coordinating the event and providing rides as necessary. For more information or reservations call Bob Phelan at 732-681-1126.

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT HENDERSON SETTLEMENT
Revised information

Your help is urgently needed to make a Merry Christmas for some really needy kids at Henderson Settlement, a United Methodist Mission in Frakes Kentucky. This is a poverty stricken area where families live on under $15,000 annually.
St. Andrew’s has made a commitment to Henderson Settlement to buy presents for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls who will attend a Christmas party on December 10. There are 40 boys and 40 girls in this age group. That means we need to send 160 presents to KY. Each boy and girl gets 2 gifts each at the party.
If you have the means to do so, we prayerfully ask that you sign up to buy 2 gifts. Spend about $25 on each gift. Write your name on the sign up at the back of the church and indicate how many presents you will purchase.. Take 2 envelopes if you are buying 2 gifts. In the envelope there are suggestions for gifts and a tag to put on your wrapped gift with a space to write the name of your gift. If you can buy only one gift, please do so. Sign your name and take just one envelope. Every gift helps us reach our goal.

GIFTS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO CHURCH BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 so we can get them mailed in a timely fashion. If you are able, please return the envelope/s with a $7 donation for each gift you purchase. This donation will help defray the cost of postage.

If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project but are not able to get out to shop for gifts, send a check to the church payable to the UMW and earmark it for Henderson Settlement. Someone will shop for you.
There is some information in the back of the church for you to read more about Henderson Settlement. Please leave it for others to read.
Suggestions for gifts include:
For Boys: books, sports equipment, board games, hand held electronic games, science kit, lego sets, laser tag systems, walkie talkies, magnetics, CD’s, movies, action figures, watches.

For Girls: jewelry, CD’s, movies, arts and craft supplies, books, board games, makeup kit, watches, wallets, age appropriate dolls, lego sets.

For more gift suggestions, Google “gift suggestions for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls” .

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help with this United Methodist Christmas project.

The Food Pantry at First UMC in Belmar is always low on the following items. As you shop for the pantry, you might want to include: small jars of peanut butter, jelly, tea bags, small coffee (even instant), canned meats, small cereals, oatmeal (individual pkts), & cheese/crackers. Thank you for your generosity to others.
 
Tuesday, November 29th, 7pm, Our Annual Church Conference: All are encouraged to come, approval of the 2012 budget, and celebrate the ministries of St Andrew’s.

November 4th, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings
Hymn Sing & Bible Study Thursdays, 9:30 AM at the Arbors
Covenant Group Mondays, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple IV Group Mondays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I Group Tuesdays, 9-11 am in the Woodfield Room
Wednesday Bible Study Wednesdays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
PPRC Meeting Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm in the Pastors Office
Shawl Ministry Monday, November 7, 9:30 am in the Woodfield Room
Finance Committee Tuesday, November 8, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Ad Council Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 pm in the Blakeman Room

Nursery Care is available, 9:15—10:45, Sunday during worship, newborn to age 2 are welcome. Any questions contact Jill Lambert.

If you have lost a loved one in the past year you will have the opportunity to remember them at our All Saints Service on Sunday, November 6th.

The Nominating Committee is forming the 2012 Leadership. Places to serve include Lay Member, Committees on Ad Council, Finance, Stewardship. Staff Parish, Trustees,Worship and Outreach. If you are interested in any position, please contact Francie or the church office.

Beadforlife jewelry will be available to view or purchase in my home. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, by Ugandan women, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. You can go to their website www.Beadforlife.org to view the products and if you are interested in seeing or purchasing some, call me (Val Crossman)to arrange a time.

Find us on Facebook page: St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, “Like” us and you’ll receive updated information as it is posted. Also, if you haven’t looked at our ‘Blog” yet, where we post weekly bulletin announcements, newsletters, and sermons, check us out at “springlakeumc.blogspot.com” and become a follower and or sign up for e-mail notifications

Mid-Week Bible Study On Wednesdays 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, at 7-8 PM in the Woodfield Room, All are welcome. Book of James.

Don’t Forget !!! You get an extra hour of sleep if you remember to set your clocks back on Saturday night, November 5th before you go to bed.

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER FOR KIDS IN NJ AND APPALACHIA, KY

We need your help to make Christmas merry for some really needy kids at Henderson Settlement, a United Methodist Mission in Frakes Kentucky. It is difficult to comprehend that families living in that area live on less than $15,000 annually.
St. Andrew’s has made a commitment to Henderson Settlement to buy presents for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls who will attend a Christmas party on December 10. There are 40 boys and 40 girls in this age group and each child gets two gifts each, so you can see the need is great…but with your help we can be God’s hands and put smiles on some needy children’s faces.
We ask that you spend about $25 on each gift; please bring gifts to the church by Sunday, November 20 so we can get them mailed in a timely fashion. At the back of the sanctuary, look for a sign up sheet. Follow directions to fill out the sheet. Also, take an envelope for boys or girls. In it you will find a list of suggested items to buy. There is also a colored tag with either boy or girl written on it and a white space for you to write the name of the gift you purchased.
Wrap your gift and put the colored tag on it. Return the envelope/s with a $7 donation for each gift purchased. The $7 is to help defray the cost of mailing the gifts. Return the gift and postage envelope by Sunday, November 20. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project but are not able to shop for gifts, send a check to the church payable to the UMW and earmark it for Henderson Settlement. Someone will shop for you.
Suggestions for gifts include: For Boys: books, sports equipment, board games, hand held electronic games, science kit, lego sets, laser tag systems, walkie talkies, kinects, magnetics, CD’s, movies, action figures, watches. For Girls: jewelry, CD’s, movies, arts and craft supplies, books, boardgames, makeup kit, watches, wallets, age appropriate dolls, lego sets.
For more gift suggestions, Google “gift suggestions for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls.” A letter from the Director of Community Outreach and some brochures are in the back of the church for you to read more about Henderson Settlement. Please leave them for others to read.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help with this United Methodist Christmas project.

October 31st, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings
Hymn Sing & Bible Study Thursdays, 9:30 AM at the Arbors
Covenant Group Mondays, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple IV Group Mondays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I Group Tuesdays, 9-11 am in the Woodfield Room
Wednesday Bible Study Wednesdays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room not 10/26
Youth Group TODAY, 11-12 set up for Falltastic in great room
Nomination Committee Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm in the Pastors Office

The Nomination Committee will be meeting to form the 2012 Leadership. Places to serve include Lay Member, Committees on Ad Council, Finance, Stewardship. Staff Parish, Trustees, Nomination, Worship and Outreach. If you are interested in any position, please contact Francie or the church office.

St. Andrew’s UMC
“Hoe Down / Falltastic”

ALL CHURCH MEET & GREET
WITH A MISSION

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
4:30 – 7:00pm in WESLEY HALL

October 23rd is the annual Sunday School sponsored All-Church “Falltastic” from 4:30-7:00 in Wesley hall. Once again it will be a covered-dish dinner with lots of fun, and Fall crafts for the children. It is a chance for the whole congregation to gather and have some fun together. We will box and label extra food for The Center in Asbury Park, which 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 over 150 dinners. We will need your help to at least match last years goal. Please mark October 23rd 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. Together we will put the meals together and label them. It should be a fun time for everyone, children, youth and adults – and will fill a lot of freezer space at The Center. Thanks in advance for your support. Any questions call Michele Neiberlien.

The Center is also in dire need of items for hygiene kits: tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, soap, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. If you can provide any of these things they can be left in the Wesley Hall kitchen or brought with you to the Falltastic. We will deliver them along with our meals. Thanks for helping The Center and so many others.

Beadforlife Jewelry

Beadforlife jewelry will be available to view or purchase in my home. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, by Ugandan women, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. You can go to their website www.Beadforlife.org to view the products and if you are interested in seeing or purchasing some, call me (Val Crossman) at 732-449-6723 to arrange a time.

Find us on Facebook and Our Blog!

We have a Facebook page: St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, “Like” us and you’ll receive updated information as it is posted. Also, if you haven’t looked at our ‘Blog” yet, where we post weekly bulletin announcements, newsletters, and sermons, check us out at “springlakeumc.blogspot.com” and become a follower and or sign up for e-mail notifications.

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER FOR KIDS IN NJ AND APPALACHIA, KY

We need your help to make Christmas merry for some really needy kids at Henderson Settlement, a United Methodist Mission in Frakes Kentucky. It is difficult to comprehend that families living in that area live on less than $15,000 annually.
St. Andrew’s has made a commitment to Henderson Settlement to buy presents for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls who will attend a Christmas party on December 10. There are 40 boys and 40 girls in this age group and each child gets two gifts each, so you can see the need is great…but with your help we can be God’s hands and put smiles on some needy children’s faces.
We ask that you spend about $25 on each gift; please bring gifts to the church by Sunday, November 20 so we can get them mailed in a timely fashion. At the back of the sanctuary, look for a sign up sheet. Follow directions to fill out the sheet. Also, take an envelope for boys or girls. In it you will find a list of suggested items to buy. There is also a colored tag with either boy or girl written on it and a white space for you to write the name of the gift you purchased.
Wrap your gift and put the colored tag on it. Return the envelope/s with a $7 donation for each gift purchased. The $7 is to help defray the cost of mailing the gifts. Return the gift and postage envelope by Sunday, November 20. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project but are not able to shop for gifts, send a check to the church payable to the UMW and earmark it for Henderson Settlement. Someone will shop for you.
Suggestions for gifts include: For Boys: books, sports equipment, board games, hand held electronic games, science kit, lego sets, laser tag systems, walkie talkies, kinects, magnetics, CD’s, movies, action figures, watches. For Girls: jewelry, CD’s, movies, arts and craft supplies, books, boardgames, makeup kit, watches, wallets, age appropriate dolls, lego sets.
For more gift suggestions, Google “gift suggestions for 9 and 10 year old boys and girls.” A letter from the Director of Community Outreach and some brochures are in the back of the church for you to read more about Henderson Settlement. Please leave them for others to read.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help with this United Methodist Christmas project.

October 21st, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings
Hymn Sing & Bible Study Thursdays, 9:30 AM at the Arbors
Covenant Group Mondays, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple IV Group Mondays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple I Group Tuesdays, 9-11 am in the Woodfield Room
Wednesday Bible Study Wednesdays, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Youth Group TODAY, 11-12 in the Youth Room
Nomination Committee Tuesday, October 18th, 7 pm in the Pastor’s Office
Susannah Rach Meeting Wednesday, October 19th, 11 am in the Blakeman Room
Rebecca Circle Meeting Wednesday, October 19th, 11 am in the Woodfield Room

Mid-Week Bible Study On Wednesdays 10/19, 11/2, 11/9, at 7-8 PM in the Woodfield Room, All are welcome. Book of James

St. Andrew’s UMC
“Hoe Down / Falltastic”
ALL CHURCH MEET & GREET
WITH A MISSION
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
4:30 – 7:00pm in WESLEY HALL

October 23rd is the annual Sunday School sponsored All-Church “Falltastic” from 4:30-7:00 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. We plan to box and label extra food for The Center in Asbury Park. 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 over 150 dinners. We will need your help to at least match last years goal. Please mark October 23rd 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. Together we will put the meals together and label them. It should be a fun time for everyone, children, youth and adults – and will fill a lot of freezer space at The Center. Thanks in advance for your support. Any questions call Michele Neiberlien.

The Center is in dire need of items for hygiene kits- items needed are tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, soap, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. If you can provide any of these things they can be left in the Wesley Hall kitchen or brought with you to the Falltastic. We will deliver them along with our meals. Thanks for helping The Center and so many others.

Beadforlife Jewelry

Beadforlife jewelry will be available to view or purchase in my home until mid October. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, by Ugandan women, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. You can go to their website www.Beadforlife.org to view the products and if you are interested in seeing or purchasing some, call me (Val Crossman)to arrange a time.

South Street Players Presents
“Driving Miss Daisy”
In Wesley Hall
St. Andrews Methodist Church
Dessert Theater
October 21, 22, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
Matinee at 2:00 p.m. on October 16th
Cost: $22.00 $20.00 for Seniors/Students
(VISA, Master Card, Discover)
FOR RESERVATIONS Please call 732-447-5169

Find us on Facebook and Our Blog!
We have a Facebook page: St Andrew’s United Methodist Church, “Like” us and you’ll receive updated information as it is posted. Also, if you haven’t looked at our ‘Blog” yet, where we post weekly bulletin announcements and newsletters, check us out at “springlakeumc.blogspot.com” and become a follower and or sign up for e-mail notifications.

October 14th, 2011

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