Support the Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring: Sunday Feb. 6, our youth group will be joining over 15,000 groups to help the hungry.  As millions gather in front of television sets to watch the SuperBowl Championship game, with friends and lots of food, our youth will again be collecting money and canned foods for people who do not have enough to eat.  In addition, we’ll be selling sub sandwiches for $7.00 for pick up. All donations will go to our local food pantry/soup kitchen.  Please help the hungry this Souper Bowl Sunday, by dropping a dollar or loose change into the soup pots as you leave worship Feb 6, and pre-order your subs, by calling the church office as soon as possible.

February Communion Offering

Our February 6th Communion offering is going to alleviate local hunger by supporting the youth in Souper Bowl of Caring. Please make an extra effort during the month of February to bring canned goods to worship each Sunday. Carol & Al Campbell make sure all these items go immediately to a local food pantry.

A Word from the Pastor

St. Andrew’s UMC continues to be a blessing to so many people and the reign of God! Through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, the “holiday season” in the church, the people of St. Andrew’s are faithfully reaching out to our neighbors. As followers of Jesus’ teaching and preaching (which bring healing), you’ve helped to bring God’s love to more than 30 children in Monmouth County, and to children abroad, you’ve fed the hungry served by the Belmar food pantry, and prepared, delivered and served meals for 250 people in the Asbury Park Saturday soup kitchen. You’ve donated more than 12 bags of coats for the people of Asbury Park; you provided the people of Tent City in Lakewood with warm clothing in this cold snowy winter. You’ve studied and grown in Sunday School, Covenant group, Confirmation Class and Bible Studies, and gathered in Coffee Hours after worship. You’ve reached out individually and shared God’s love with visits, and delivering flowers and love to those of our fellowship unable to be with us in worship. Our musicians and choirs have led us in praising God, in a beautiful Advent Concert that raised money for a needy family, and in beautiful music in our worship services throughout the season. You’ve crafted much appreciated shawls with prayers and God’s love in every stitch, wrapping hurting people with God’s loving healing presence. Praise God! and to God be the glory!
With a late Easter, the season of Lent begins March 9 with our Ash Wednesday service, followed by a Lenten Study with our sister churches, providing us with a time of reflection and growing closer in our relationship with God. A late Lent means an extra long Season after Epiphany, in which we see God’s self-revelation in Jesus and through our lives of faithful living. I encourage you in these seasons of Epiphany and Lent, to look for God around you and with you, how God might be guiding you or protecting you or nudging you forward in your Christian life. If you’ve considered joining a Bible study or covenant group, or the choir, or would like to assist with Youth or children, these seasons of growth are a good time to try it on. In addition to any individual reflection you attend to and our regular worship services on Sunday mornings, I encourage you and invite you to participate in the offerings of fellowship and study listed in this newsletter. This cold snowy winter might be the time to gather more often with your faith family.

In gratitude to be serving with you in ministry,
Francie

THANK YOU FROM THE STAFF

The staff would like to thank all of you for the generous
Christmas gifts you provided to us from the Christmas love offering.
Frances Preston, Tina Rogers,
Mary Eichhorn,
Tim & Georgia Stenger

Winter and Spring Fellowship Gatherings

Mark your calendars and plan to join with your faith family – and bring your friends and neighbors to share in this fellowship!

UMW Breakfast – February 12 9 am in the Blakeman Room. All Women of the church are welcome. If you would like to bring a breakfast dish, please call Betty Rushton first.

Dinner Theater – February 19 –Come for dinner and a show! South Street Players production of “Moonlight and Magnolias”. Dinner at 7PM, Show at 8PM. Details in future bulletins and in the church office.

Variety Show and Pot Luck Supper –March 13 – 5 PM
come up with an act (we’re not calling this a “talent” show so you don’t need talent!) that will entertain and be fun. It can be serious, musical, comical… just good clean fun for the whole family. And bring a dish. More details later.

Spaghetti Dinner – March 27 Seating’s from 4:30 to 7 – always a favorite! More details later.

Shawl Knitting Ministry

In the 4 years of this ministry at St. Andrew’s, more than70 shawls have been given to people among and beyond our faith family, with the prayers of the congregation crafted into every stitch. If you know someone who would benefit from being wrapped in God’s love and the prayers of this congregation, please contact Francie; if you would like to join in contact Norma Westervelt.

Northern Shore District Resource Days are planned to equip the local church to give you the people of the church the tools you need to be in ministry.  The next one is scheduled for February 10 at Red Bank UMC 8:30 to 2PM with lunch provided, and 7-9 PM with light refreshments. 
Other Sheep, Other Rooms, Other Saviors?
Presenter:  Rev. Dr. Bruce Robbins

Today, we live and move amidst many faith communities.  What is our role as Christians and United Methodists in our communities and world?  Plan to join Pastor Francie at one of these sessions; let me know by Feb 3.

Leading Caring Communicating: Lay Ministry Opportunities

Lay Speaking Ministries is a program to provide training opportunities and experiences to equip disciples of Jesus Christ to realize and respond to their personal call to ministry. Striving to help disciples become aware of their particular gift or gifts, it is an excellent vehicle for servant ministry skill development and has aided thousands of church members to be better servants of Jesus Christ, to become stronger church family leaders, and to more capably assist their pastors. If you would like to know more about Lay Speakers, talk to Francie

Northern Shore Basic Lay Speaking Class
Wednesdays, Feb. 16 – April 13
7:00 – 9:30 PM, Manasquan UMC

District Day of Learning

District Day of Learning is held annually to equip the leaders of the church to be in effective ministry.  This year, plan to join Pastor Francie on Saturday, March 19th in Toms River, for a morning or day of workshops, including for Trustees, Staff Pastor Parish Relations, Youth and Children, Mission, church growth, Finance & Stewardship, and spirituality.
Pre-Lenten Gathering for Laity

You are all invited to a Pre-Lenten Gathering for Laity on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7PM at St. Johns United Methodist Church at 200 Florence Ave., Hazlet. Keynote speaker Stephanie Hand is a Christian Education consultant for the Western North Carolina Conference and Minister of Christian Education at Mouzon United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephanie loves to tell the old, old story from the voice of a new generation. She is a wife, mother, sister and friend. If you’d like to attend, please contact Pastor Francie.

St. Andrew’s in Mission

Saturday Soup is an outreach program of Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park that feeds around 150 guests each week and never serves soup. St. Andrew’s members join other volunteers twice a year to prepare the meal. We provide chicken and other food to make one of the best meals offered. Needless to say, Sue Foster (in charge of the meal) is always very happy to see us. Most recently, six people cooked 160 pounds of chicken breasts and legs on January 21st in Wesley Hall then ten of us worked at Trinity Church on January 22nd to feed 230 guests.

Our Youth and Sunday School children are in mission

This fall, the Sunday School raised $86 to support a Share of a Doctor for $7, Milk for a Child for a Week for $4, and a Share of a House for $75.  Their Winter project will be raising money for a goat for a family.  We commend these faithful young Christians in their outreach to those in need

The Youth Coat Drive gathered – from you – more than a dozen big bags of coats, sweatshirts and sweaters to be distributed at 1st UMC in Asbury Park.  THANK YOU for assisting those in our area in need. The youth continue to collect used eye glasses for the needy. (basket in the back of the sanctuary)

Christmas Giving Tree Thanks:

Family and Children’s Service sends their thank you to St. Andrew’s on behalf of the families they support at Christmas.  Including YOUR generous gifts to bring Christmas joy to more than 30 children, they were able to distribute new clothes, toys, gifts and food to 400 families in Monmouth County.  In addition, your contributions of warm
clothing for the Tent City residents are much appreciated, as they survived the snow storms and cold of this winter. Thanks to Val Crossman, Michele Neiberlien and Pat Voorhees for their leadership.

Church Leadership

We are grateful for you who serve in leadership at St. Andrew’s.  The Church Council, composed of leaders of the ministries of the church, meets four times per year, providing guidance and vision.  The Finance Committee oversees the provision of financial resources to support our ministry, including property and personnel, Children and Youth, the office, and our annual Shared Ministries to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference which expands our outreach beyond what a local church can do alone.  The Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee also meets four times per year, to support the Pastor in ministry and visioning, to oversee the staff, and to set annual salaries.  The Trustees are responsible for the property as well as custodians of all assets of the church.  Visionary as well as hands-on, they work constantly to maintain and improve our facilities so that we may continue our ministry, and to attract outside groups to share our buildings, helping with finances. These persons were elected at the annual Church Conference in October to serve you in 2011; we thank them for their faithfulness and encourage you to speak to them about how you may serve in ministry at St. Andrew’s: Council: Linda Henderson, Chair; Richard Gardner Vice Chair; Lay Member to Conference: Eleanor McClymont; Lay Leader: Chip Craig;Finance Chair: Eileen Scandrett; Stewardship Chair: Mary Eichhorn; Treasurer: Tom Fulton;  Trustee Chair: Tom Metcalf; Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair: Darren Gilbert;  Worship Chair: Dianne Woolley; Membership Chair: Judy Beliveau;  UMW President: Betty Rushton; Christian Education Chair: Michele Neiberlien; Member Care: Dee Fabry; Members at large: Betty Robinson, Wanda Shoppell, Norman Westervelt. New members of the Committee on Staff Parish are Nancy Moore, Jacky Cloud and Christina Faria.  New member of the Trustees is Tom Irving, replacing Betty Robinson who served faithfully for so many years.

End of Year Information from the Finance Committee

The church’s annual operating budget supports personnel and weekly services, turns on the lights and heats and maintains our beautiful buildings, supports our conference mission work, provides faith development for our children and youth and pastoral care for our people. For 2010 the total operating and ministry cost was $238,832. Your regular giving, plate and holiday offerings and other undesignated donations supported $193,698 of these costs. Building use fees from groups using Wesley Hall totaled $17,295. Although we ended the year with $300 in the checking account, you can see from these numbers we do not bring in as much as we spend. Giving is not supporting our ministry.
While it’s important for you to know the cost of being in ministry, and to give to support our budget, this is not why you give to the church. United Methodists give for many reasons, including but not limited to these: We give because God first gave to us. Through the greatest gift God gives us, abundant life in Jesus Christ, God sustains us, renews us, and restores us. We give because we love God. Giving is a way to build a closer relationship with God. We give because that’s what Christians do; the apostle Paul took up a collection in the first century and we’ve been giving ever since to support spreading the gospel message. We give because that’s what United Methodists do; John Wesley expected his followers to “earn all you can; save all you can; and give all you can.” We give to make ministry and mission happen. After his resurrection, Jesus told Peter and every disciple since, “Feed my lambs.” Our giving fulfills this command to reach out to God’s children among us and beyond us. We give because, together, we can do what no one individual or congregation can do separately. Together, with other United Methodists, we can share the gospel through mission, education, outreach. Summarizing, because God so loved the world that God gave, we give to show our we love God and neighbor.
The Finance Committee thanks you for your continued support of the ministries of the church, and encourages you to give regularly. One way to do that is to sign up for on-line banking, asking your bank to send your commitment, ensuring it will be here even when you cannot be.

Your Finance Committee and Pastor Francie

Walk to Emmaus Spiritual Weekend

Experience for yourself the journey with Christ: The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Two friends were walking together, sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked. This experience on the road was a heart-warming experience as the risen Christ walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell others. (Luke 24:13-35). Emmaus weekend is for you who want to grow spiritually, who want to understand the Christian faith more fully and mature as disciples of Jesus. Men’s Walk is scheduled for March 31-April 3; Women’s Walk is April 7-10. If you are at all interested in exploring this, please speak with Gaylen Nolan, June Coles, Eleanor McClymont, Chip Craig, or Francie

South Street Players Presents
www.southstreetplayers.org
“Moonlight and Magnolias”
In Wesley Hall
February 11, 12, 18, 25, 26, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
February 19th, is dinner theater seating at 7 pm cost: $35.00
Matinee at 2:00 p.m. on February 20
Cost: $22.00 $20.00 for Seniors/Students
(VISA, Master Card, Discover)

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

Celebrate Lent & Easter at St. Andrew’s

Wednesday March 9 Ash Wednesday 7:00 pm Worship

Lenten Soup, Bread & Evening Worship/Study
Wednesdays 6:00 pm– 7:45 pm

March 16  at   Belmar UMC

March 23 at   Wall UMC Spring Lake Heights

March 30  at   West Belmar UMC

April 6  at   St. Andrew’s UMC

April 13  at   Manasquan UMC

Thursday, April 21 Holy Thursday Service 7 pm

Friday, April 22 Good Friday Service 12 noon

Easter Services Sunrise Service, 6 am
Worship at St Andrew’s 9 & 11 am

January 25th, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings

Disciple III Group Monday, January 3, 7pm in the Woodfield Room
Circle of Friends Friday, January 7, noon at Edgar’s in Sea Girt
Covenant Group Monday, January 10, 4pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple III Group Monday, January 10, 7pm in the Woodfield Room
Finance Meeting Tuesday, January 11, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Shawl Ministry Monday, January 17, 9:30am in the Woodfield Room
Covenant Group Monday, January 17, 4pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple III Group Monday, January 17, 7pm in the Woodfield Room

Saturday Soup, January 21st & 22nd, Volunteers needed to cook in Wesley Hall Friday 1/21 from 8-12 pm, and to serve Saturday 1/22 in Asbury Park from 9-2 pm. Please contact Barbara DeLuca, if you can help. All Youth and Adults are encouraged to participate.

Our Youth and Sunday School children are in mission

This fall, the Sunday School raised $86 to support a Share of a Doctor for $7, Milk for a Child for a Week for $4, and a Share of a House for $75.  Their Winter project will be raising money for a goat for a family.  We commend these faithful young Christians in their outreach to those in need

The Youth Coat Drive gathered – from you – more than a dozen big bags of coats, sweatshirts and sweaters to be distributed at 1st UMC in Asbury Park. 
THANK YOU for assisting those in our area in need

Pick up your 2011 Offering Envelops

Your 2011 Offering Envelops are ready for your use!  Pick them up, either in the back of the sanctuary, or the choir room.  If your commitment comes directly from your bank, we did not make up envelops for you, so ask if you still want them. The youth continue to collect used eye glasses for the needy. (basket in the back of the sanctuary)

January 7th, 2011

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