NO SUNDAY SERVICES on August 28, 2011 due to impending storm and mandatory evacuations in parts of Spring Lake. Please stay safe, find higher ground if you can, and JOIN US SEPTEMBER 4 for Service of Communion and Healing.

Storm information from our District Superintendent,
and our Conference and local Disaster Response Teams:

Please use common sense and safety in the face of danger. Rejoice in remembering that we are ultimately all in the hands of the one who can calm the wind and waves, and in whose care we can ride through and beyond the storms of life. (Rev. Fran Noll, District Superintendent)

The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference prayerfully anticipates the landfall of Hurricane Irene the weekend of August 27th. This website (http://www.gnjumc.org/) has been put up in advance to help all prepare.
Everyone is asked to:
1. Be in prayer for all who will be affected by this disaster
2. Develop your family’s disaster plan
• Create an emergency kit (check Red Cross for suggested list and procedures, http://www.redcross.org/)
• Determine your primary and secondary rally points in the event of an evacuation. Communicate this information to all of your family members.
• Provide security for important documents and electronic files.
• Determine how will you communicate with others and have contact names and numbers available.
• If you need to evacuate, inform someone of where you are going and how to communicate with you
3. Be safe, don’t be a hero! Let the emergency personnel do their job.
4. Please be sure to follow directions of the state, county and municipal authorities.
• The word from the governor’s office has been that if an evacuation order is issued, first responders will not be available to those who stay behind in these areas.

From our church disaster response team:
1.Secure all outside items that will blow around.
2.Food for several days, including items that do not need to be cooked.
3.Water for at least 3 days – one gallon per person per day.
4.Medications for a week, with a list ,in case of an emergency.
5.Flashlight/ extra batteries.
6.Battery powered or hand-crank radio/ extra batteries.
7. Fill up fuel tanks in cars, in case of emergency evacuation.
8. Have cash on hand.

In case of NO HOT WATER
1.Take shower ahead of time
2.Do dishes
3.Wash clothes

August 26th, 2011

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With full moon obscured by clouds on a very pleasant summer evening, last night 10 of us walked the labyrinth in our meditation garden. Some of us were mindful of the others, others lost within themselves, with God. One was aware of the night noises, the light breeze, the ground on which we walk, creation itself; another realized that while she walked she was unaware of any of that while walking. One of us prayed for the others as we passed and parted, passed and parted along the way. One felt the security and safety of the space, aware of God’s presence and protection. We all felt our spirits lifted, our hearts grateful for God’s love and presence, for the opportunity to walk, grateful for the others sharing our journey. “If you want to get to know God better, take a walk with God.” (Four year old Asa, quoted in Jill Kimberley Hartwell Geoffrion’s Living the Labyrinth)

Take a walk…

St. Andrew’s UMC’s labyrinth in Spring Lake is always open and you are welcome. If you are not near St. Andrew’s, check this website to find a labyrinth near you: http://labyrinthlocator.com/

August 14th, 2011

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The Church office will be CLOSED Tuesdays and Thursdays until September.

This Saturday, August 13 – Walk the Labyrinth

Join Pastor Francie and walk the labyrinth together on Saturday August 13 under the light of a full moon, beginning at 8PM (come early for moon rise at 7:37, or start at the boardwalk to see it rise!). Information will be provided, or there is information in mailboxes outside choir room. Contact Pastor Francie and let me know if you’ll be joining us.

Saturday Soup, August 26th & 27th, Volunteers needed to cook in Wesley Hall Friday 8/26 from 8-12 pm, and to serve Saturday 8/27 in Asbury Park from 9-2 pm. Please contact Barbara DeLuca. All Youth and Adults are encouraged to participate.

Summer worship at St. Andrews – be there!

It’s summertime!  Our choir is taking a break from regular worship leadership for the summer. Our summer morning worship services will be less formal, and will last less than an hour. Come as you are/as you are comfortable, but please continue to worship this summer, and bring family and visitors, neighbors and friends.  Let’s share the love and fellowship and outreach of St. Andrew’s with others this summer!

Pastor Francie will occasionally be posting sermons; find “selected sermons” on the right side of the Blog Homepage and click on the title of the sermon.  I hope you enjoy these whether you’ve been in worship or not! Visit http://springlakeumc.blogspot.com/

August Mission and Spiritual Growth Opportunities:

  

Homeless Camp in Bucks County Offers VIM Opportunity

A homeless camp located behind the Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA is being closed to the residents. Volunteers are needed to make cottages habitable including mold remediation, sheet-rocking, trim, painting and flooring, perhaps also plumbing and electrical work. Housing is available in a nearby United Methodist Church with showers in a nearby state park. Contact Ben Botti, Volunteers In Mission Coordinator, Eastern PA Conference of the UMC, at 215-723-8367 or bbbotti@verizon.net.

August 17 – Come to a Discussion: “What is Heaven Like?”

You are invited to the Woodfield Room on Wednesday August 17, 9:30 – 11AM to discuss heaven… what the Bible says, what our faith says, but most importantly what you think! We’ll discuss popular books such as Heaven is For Real and others you’ve read. Come for a stimulating and inspiring morning of heaven-talk! (If there is interest we will also meet that evening at 7-8:30 PM). Let me know of your interest… and questions. Contact Pastor Francie

August 12th, 2011

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