Upcoming Meetings

Covenant Group Monday, September 26, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
Disciple Meeting Tuesday, September 27, 9 am in the Woodfield Room
PPRC Meeting Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Bible Study Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Rummage Sale Setup Wed. Sept. 28 & Thur. the 29th , 9am in the Wesley Hall
Rummage Sale Fri. Sept. 30 & Sat. Oct 1st , 9am in the Wesley Hall

Disciple: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study: Tuesday, September 27, 9 am in the Woodfield Room. Would you like to know more about the Bible, but haven’t figured out how to do it alone? It’s meant to be studied with others, and to make connections to your life! Here’s your chance to join thousands of beginners and experienced readers around the world who gather and are transformed in small groups of 8-15 people who explore 80% of the Bible from September to May. It’s an experience you will not regret, as you grow as biblically informed and transformed disciples in Jesus Christ.

Fall Rummage Sale

Help is needed to set up tables Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm, call Betty Rushton at 732-449-5796 if you can help. Also we are need of large shopping bags, (bigger than the food stores ones.)
 
The time is now to bring in clothes, books, small appliances, dishes, etc. for the Fall rummage sale. PLEASE PLACE ITEMS on tables by the windows in Wesley Hall which is open daily from 9 AM – Noon, Monday – Friday. Rummage Sale Set-Up Wed., Sept 28 & Thurs., Sept 29 RUMMAGE SALE Friday, Sept. 30 & Saturday, Oct. 1

Beadforlife Jewelry

Several times in the past few years St. Andrew’s UMC has held a jewelry sale for Ugandan women through the Beadforlife organization. While we will not be holding a sale at the church this year, Beadforlife jewelry will be available to view or purchase in my home until mid October. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. The sale of their jewelry pays them fair market wages and provides them with training and support to open businesses of their own, breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations. 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). Thank you for your support. In Christ, St. Andrew’s UMW

September 26th, 2011

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Disciple Bible Study: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study will begin Tuesday morning, October 4, 9AM – 11AM. If you’ve thought about Disciple and were waiting for a daytime group, this is your year! Come to an information gathering on Tuesday September 27 9AM in the Woodfield Room of Wesley Hall – no obligation, but come hear about what you’ll be missing if you don’t join this group! Ask a Disciple graduate about how this study has changed and enriched their lives and their love of God in Christ, and enhanced their worship experience: June Coles, Gaylen Nolan, Bernice Natiello, John Jankowski, Betty Rushton, Audrey Knox, Jackie Capestro… or see Pastor Francie

Disciple 4 Under the Tree of Life is open to anyone who has completed Disciple 1 (you do not have to have done 2 or 3). Group meets Mondays 7PM to 9PM beginning September 26 with Session 1 (read the first week’s readings). Let Pastor Francie know of your interest.

September 18th, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings

Covenant Group Monday, September 19, 4 pm, Woodfield Room
AWE Rehearsal Monday, September 19, 7 pm, Blakeman Room
Rebecca Circle Wednesday, September 21, 11 am, Woodfield Room
Youth Group Sunday, September 25, 10:45 am, Wesley Hall
Covenant Group Monday, September 26, 4 pm, Woodfield Room
AWE Rehearsal Monday, September 26, 7 pm, Blakeman Room
PPRC Meeting Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm, Blakeman Room
Bible Study Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm, Woodfield Room
Rummage Sale Setup Wed. Sept. 28 & Thur. 29th , 9am, Wesley Hall

Disciple: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study: Would you like to know more about the Bible, but haven’t figured out how to do it alone? Find out more; come to an information meeting following worship, TODAY. It’s meant to be studied with others, and to make connections to your life! Here’s your chance to join thousands of beginners and experienced readers around the world who gather and are transformed in small groups of 8-15 people who explore 80% of the Bible from September to May. It’s an experience you will not regret, as you grow as biblically informed and transformed disciples in Jesus Christ. Come speak with a disciple graduate, June Coles, Bernice Natiello, Betty Rushton, Gaylen Nolan, Jackie Capestro, John Jankowski, Betty Robinson, Val & Bix Crossman, Eleanor McClymont or Pastor Francie. And if you are a disciple graduate, please come to the meeting to share your experience and we’ll begin discussion of Disciple 4 “Under the Tree of Life.”

Fall Rummage Sale
 
The time is now to bring in clothes, books, small appliances, dishes, etc. for the Fall Rummage sale. PLEASE PLACE ITEMS on tables by the windows in Wesley Hall which is open daily from 9 AM – Noon, Monday – Friday. Rummage Sale Set-Up Wed., Sept 28 & Thurs., Sept 29; RUMMAGE SALE Friday, Sept. 30 & Saturday, Oct. 1

Bishop’s Day on the District

Our bishop will be meeting with lay people of the district on Thursday, 7 pm on September 22nd, at Saint Lukes UMC in Long Branch. This is your chance to meet and ask questions of the Bishop.

September 16th, 2011

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Pastor’s Post
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
 
As the summer winds down, changes are all around us; baby ducks on the lake are almost full-grown, leaves are turning red, and yellow and orange, the nights are cooler, the sunsets are earlier. At the fresh markets we see late summer fruits and vegetables and will soon see fall and then winter choices.
Ministry continued in its summer way; worship was less formal as you enjoyed family and friends and travel and the choir had time to sit in the congregation; a couple of spiritual formation gatherings brought some of you together for discussion and walking the labyrinth; and several brave ones gathered as the hurricane approached to cook and package up almost 200 meals for the soup kitchen patrons in Asbury Park. Spiritual formation through worship, study, fellowship, and mission continues in small and larger ways throughout the year.
There are signs that the seasons change at St. Andrew’s but also remain the same: increased opportunities for ministry include Sunday School and Confirmation classes, Covenant Group and Bible Studies which offer growth through study and fellowship to all ages. Find fellowship also at the Coffee Hour after worship, the UMW Breakfast, Circle of Friends, and FallTastic Fair. The Rummage Sale and Soup Kitchen in Belmar are a couple opportunities for mission and service as well as fellowship. And there is more; ideas and opportunities evolve and change as well as resume; come tell me an idea you have.
All this study, worship, fellowship, mission and service have a purpose: so that we would all grow as and make faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin in their book, Bearing Fruit, suggest that “so that” are powerful words as we engage in ministry, and ask us to complete this simple sentence: “I will do so that will happen.”
As we enter this season of increased activity in and through the church, I invite you to prayerfully consider what God is calling you to do, so that we may all share God’s love with all we meet, to change the world.
 
Blessed to be in ministry along side you,
Francie

Spiritual Growth Opportunities for all ages through Study

Disciple: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study: Would you like to know more about the Bible, but haven’t figured out how to do it alone? It’s meant to be studied with others, and to make connections to your life! Here’s your chance to join thousands of beginners and experienced readers around the world who gather and are transformed in small groups of 8-15 people who explore 80% of the Bible from September to May. It’s an experience you will not regret, as you grow as biblically informed and transformed disciples in Jesus Christ. Find out more; come to an information meeting following worship, about 10:45 on Sunday, September 18th. Or you may speak to a disciple graduate, June Coles, Bernice Natiello, Betty Rushton, Gaylen Nolan, Jackie Capestro, John Jankowski, Betty Robinson, Val & Bix Crossman, Eleanor McClymont or Pastor Francie. And if you are a disciple graduate, please come to the meeting to share your experience and we’ll begin discussion of Disciple 4 “Under the Tree of Life.”

Wednesday Bible Study: Mid-week evening Bible Study is open to all interested,beginners and more experienced Bible-readers alike.  Meetings are informal, sessions will be 4-8 weeks, with each lesson standing alone, so you can come and go as you are available.  We’ll begin September 28, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Woodfield Room; bring your Bible and a friend or neighbor. 

Children grades K-8 meet for Sunday School beginning in worship with parents, then go to classrooms with teachers after the Children’s Message and until worship ends.  Ages Pre-school meet with Jen Robbins downstairs in Wesley Hall before worship and should be picked up following worship. 

Confirmation Class: We hope to have a confirmation class this year, all students associated with the church who are 7th grade or older… Help get the word to those who might not know—7th, 8th, 9th, 10th graders who have not been confirmed are invited and encouraged to join this group. We’ll begin in October, with an information meeting for parents and youth, Sunday October 2 during coffee hour – get your beverage and a snack and meet Pastor Francie in Pastor’s office upstairs.

Youth:  Let’s begin to meet again on September 11th from 11-12 noon, in Wesley Hall youth room..  All youth 7th grade and older, invite your friends.  Call each other, facebook message or whatever, and be there! 

Womens Covenant Group will resume Monday September 19, 4-5 PM in the Woodfield Room.  Bring a friend.

Walk to Emmaus Spiritual Weekend (you don’t walk, it’s a spiritual journey): A transforming experience of Christian love, this weekend retreat is designed for you who have a desire to strengthen your spiritual life; want to grow in your faith.  You will enjoy three days singing, learning, laughing, worshipping, reflecting, praying and participating in loving small groups.  Luke 24:13-35 relates the story of two disciples of Jesus walking along the road when Jesus joined them, taught them, and was made known in the breaking of bread. Men’s Walk is scheduled for November 3-6; Women’s Walk is November 10-13 (Registration deadlines are early in October). More information at www.swte.org.   
If you are at all interested in exploring this, please speak with Gaylen Nolan, June Coles, Eleanor McClymont, Chip Craig, or Francie
  
Spiritual Growth through Fellowship

Women’s Breakfast Meeting
September 17th

All women are invited to breakfast in the Blakeman Room (under the sanctuary) on Saturday, September 17 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.
See you there!

Coffee Hour Fellowship

Coffee Hour after worship will begin Sunday, September 11 in the Blakeman Room. 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 contact church office.

Spiritual Growth Opportunities through Mission and Service:
 
Soup Kitchen at 1st UMC Belmar:  We’ve partnered with Manasquan, 1st Belmar and Wall United Methodist churches to begin a soup kitchen lunch for about 30-50 people on the last Saturday of the month, at 1st UMC Belmar.  Our date to prepare and serve lunch to area hungry is Saturday October 29.  If you are interested, whether you have notified me earlier or not, please contact Francie.  We are looking for a coordinator of this one day, and unpaid servants of all ages. 
 
In addition, the Food Pantry at 1st UMC Belmar is in need of food donations any day anytime.  Bring your donations of non-perishable healthy food to the narthex in the rear of the sanctuary, and they will be delivered during the week, or you may drop them off on Mondays or Thursdays 10AM – Noon, at 701 D Street.  Food pantry phone number is 732-681-4510.
 
Worship Participants, all ages: If you would like to be a greeter before worship, an usher before and during worship, or a reader during worship, or outside of worship do “pew maintenance” or other assistance, OR if you are a youth or child grade 4 or older and would like to be an acolyte, please contact Pastor Francie or the church office.  We would like YOU to be involved in the worship experience.

Falltastic Fair/Meals for The Center: The Sunday School will once again sponsor a fun-filled Fall Festival for ALL AGES on October 23, 4:30-7. In addition to fun, food, fellowship for all ages, fall-crafts for the children, we will once again package and label food for The Center in Asbury Park.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors, along with plenty of meat, fish or poultry, vegetable or starch, no casseroles, THEN we’ll package up the “loaves and fishes” “left-overs” into over 100 boxed meals for local HIV-AIDS patients.  Mark your calendar and BE THERE! Questions? Contact Michele Neiberlien or Val Crossman or the church office at 449-5147.
 
Annual Fall Rummage Sale The fall rummage sale is planned for September 30th & October 1st. 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 on the tables under the windows. The Hall is open most weekdays until 12:30 because of nursery school.
Plan to help sort on September 28th & 29th and or sell on September 30th & October 1st. 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.

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?

BeadforLife Jewelry Several times in the past few years St. Andrew’s UMC has held a jewelry sale for Ugandan women through the Beadforlife organization. While we will not be holding a sale at the church this year, Beadforlife jewelry will be available to view or purchase in my home until mid October. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. The sale of their jewelry pays them fair market wages and provides them with training and support to open businesses of their own,breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations. 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. Thank you for your support. In Christ, St. Andrew’s UMW

Member Care Member Care hopes you enjoyed 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, please contact the church office.

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.

Phone Cards THANK YOU to Ray Miller and all who have supported our troops through phone cards.  Ray collects money and/or AT&T (international) Phone cards to send to our troops overseas.  For every $10 he collects, a soldier receives a 150-minute phone card to stay connected with family and friends.  Most recent cards have gone to Chaplain Mac stationed in Kuwait where soldiers travel through on their way to and from war zones, many on emergency leave.  For more information, contact Ray or the church office.

Saturday Soup: THANK YOU to Barbara DeLuca and her team of unpaid servants who shopped for, prepared and delivered almost 200 meals to the Saturday Soup mission in Asbury Park.  Because of hurricane Irene and partial evacuation in Asbury Park, the team packaged the meal and recipients picked them up and took them home instead of gathering in the church.  We thank all of you for your faithfulness to this important outreach ministry; as Irene caused uncertainty all around us you showed our poor neighbors that God’s love and care is constant. 
 
The Finance Committee thanks all of you who kept current with your financial commitment to St. Andrew’s through the summer.  More and more of you have arranged for a check to be sent automatically from your bank; your regular giving helps you be faithful and helps St. Andrew’s pay its bills while summer worship attendance is lighter.  We still come into September a little light on revenues, so please update your commitment as possible so we can continue to fund ministry this fall.

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2011 Church/Charge Conference– save the date!

Our annual Charge Conference is scheduled for 7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 29, 2011. 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 November 15. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us as we celebrate the ministries of St. Andrew’s UMC this past year.

Upcoming Meetings

Finance Meeting Tuesday, September 13, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Ad Council Meeting Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 pm in the Blakeman Room
General UMW Breakfast Saturday, September 17, 9 am in the Blakeman Room
Covenant Group Monday, September 19, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
Covenant Group Monday, September 26, 4 pm in the Woodfield Room
PPRC Meeting Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Bible Study Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room
Rummage Sale Set-up Wednesday, September 28 & Sept. 29, Wesley Hall
Rummage Sale Friday, September 30 & Oct 1, 9:00 am in the Wesley Hall
Membercare Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm in the Woodfield Room

St. Andrew’s Mission Statement

“Through faith in Christ, we open our hearts, minds and doors, reaching out to all.” Reach out to someone in the name of Christ this week.

September 8th, 2011

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Upcoming Meetings

Special Choir rehears Thursday, September 8, 7 pm in the Choir Room
Youth Group Sunday, September 11, 10:45 am in the Youth Room
Shawl Ministry Monday, September 12, 9:30 am in the Woodfield Room
Finance Meeting Tuesday, September 13, 7 pm in the Blakeman Room
Ad Council Meeting Tuesday, September 13, 7:45 pm in the Blakeman Room
General UMW Breakfast Saturday, September 17, 9 am in the Blakeman Room

Beadforlife Jewelry

Several times in the past few years St. Andrew’s UMC has held a jewelry sale for Ugandan women through the Beadforlife organization. While we will not be holding a sale at the church this year, Beadforlife jewelry will be available to view or purchase in my home until mid October. The jewelry is handmade from colorful paper, is reasonably priced and makes a great gift for the holidays while helping women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. The sale of their jewelry pays them fair market wages and provides them with training and support to open businesses of their own, breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations. You can go to their website www.Beadforlife.org to view the products and if you are interested in seeing or purchasing some, call (Val Crossman) to arrange a time. Thank you for your support. In Christ, St. Andrew’s UMW

Sunday School and Youth Group begin September 11th Bring a Friend !!
Sunday School ages pre-K through grade 8 will meet at 9:30 during worship;
Youth group will meet from 11 am-noon in Wesley Hall

Sunday, September 11th, 2011 Worship Services

9:30 AM at St. Andrew’s UMC: Worship Service of Remembrance and Hope at regular worship hour, with prayers and special music.

4:00 PM A Time To Remember… A Time Never To Forget: A community wide religious remembrance service, at the Algonquin Theatre in the Plaza. We’ll gather in God’s name, with friends and neighbors, and focus on our help, who is God, the maker of heaven and earth. If possible, you are asked to bring items to send to troops in Afghanistan: powered drink mix, snacks, eye drops, socks, baby wipes, canned meats/fruit/veggies. Monetary donations also accepted as each box cost $13 to ship.

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September 2nd, 2011

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