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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