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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