Summer worship at St. Andrews – be here!

It’s summertime! Our choir is taking a break from regular worship leadership for the summer; 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, 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!  Sermons are posted  weekly (find them at a link on lower right side of blog).

Church office summer hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8AM to Noon beginning June 25th.  
Shawl Ministry meets Monday, July 2nd  9 am Woodfield Room
Fisherman’s Basket Food Pantry Update:  
Our older elementary and youth learners found it on their hearts this fall to open a food pantry for those in need in Spring Lake area. With your help, the “Fisherman’s Basket” is now open one Sunday per month in Wesley Hall. In May and June we served over 15 local residents, one who responded “you are the answer to my prayer.” Indeed, you are! We are also mindful that the pantry in Belmar misses the food we sent over there, so we are sharing some of what you donate here with them. As of June 17, our pantry can use the following items: Toiletries (trial & full size), peanut butter, jelly, dried potatoes, dry milk, crackers, detergent (dish & laundry), juices, snacks and canned vegetables (green and non-green).


Notes from the Finance Committee: 

THANK YOU to all who have responded to the  appeal to pay off the Air Conditioning/Heating Units debt. 39 of you have sent in $12,995.00 as of June 21st. Only 23,298.00 to go! We’re trying to pay this down by the end of June, so please prayerfully consider how your generosity can make this happen.

As we enter these summer months, some of you will be traveling and/or entertaining and may not make it to church every Sunday.  We wish you a pleasant and wonderful summer and hope you will be here as much as you can on Sunday mornings.  If you are missing Sundays here, please remember to send in your financial commitment, as our expenses do not stop in the summer.  Some of you already make sure your commitment is here every week through automatic on-line banking, we thank you and encourage others of you to do that. to be sure it gets here on a timely and regular basis. 
Staying in touch with St. Andew’s during the summer:
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June 23rd, 2012

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Dear dear friends, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life…  open up your lives. Live openly and expansively.”

(the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, 2 Corinthians 6:11-13, The Message translation)

A couple things come to mind as I and other leaders prepare to join our Youth in a week of mission reaching out to those in need in York Pennsylvania. In Christian community as well as in Bible reading and mission, we meet and experience the wide-open spacious life God offers us as described by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. And we are called to share this well-being, wholeness and peace that we find in God’s word in Christ and in our community of St. Andrew’s.

As we go about our summer lives with longer daylight, visits with family and friends or travel, let’s not forget our less fortunate neighbors near and far. I invite you to find ways to teach by example your children or grandchildren or neighborhood children, how to reach out to others in small ways, transforming the world in Jesus’ name, one person at a time. Open up your lives as you visit or write a note to one of our own who are less able to leave home; give a morning to a nursing home, soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet or whatever your heart leads you too. Take time and open your heart, to allow God to lead you in ways to be refreshed and renewed for God’s transforming work. Worship with us when you are in town, and bring a friend or neighbor!

Blessed to serve alongside you in ministry,

Francie

Growing as Disciples Through Education and Nurture

DISCIPLE Bible Study: BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY 

I invite you to prayerfully consider a life-affirming, faith-growing experience, a 34-week   intensive study of Old and New Testaments, from creation to the new Jerusalem.  We’ll study major persons, events, themes of the Bible in a chronological movement of the biblical story. DISCIPLE aims at transformation, not just information.  We meet for 2 hours once per week, day and time to be   determined by the group; each session includes a 15 minute video presentation by a Bible scholar, then guided discussion among the group that relates the reading to our lives and growth as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Homework reading is expected.  Hundreds of thousands of fellow Christian journeyers, including 10 from St. Andrew’s have grown and benefited from Disciple Bible Study since its introduction in the 1980’s by The United Methodist Church. We’ll have an information/introduction session in early September; in the meantime if you are interested or have questions, please contact    Pastor Francie.

Disciple 1 Graduates: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

Tom Fulton, Michele Neiberlien,
Peggy Fulton, Wanda Shoppell

      Disciple 4 Graduates: Under The Tree of Life

Bernice Natiello, Gaylen Nolan, Jackie Capestro, 
June Coles, Betty Rushton, Audrey Knox

The above list are the Disciple Bible Study Graduates who have finished the 32 & 34 week studies. 

 We will offer the introductory study again beginning in September 2012, and “Christian Believer”, a study of Christian beliefs. If you would like to know more, please speak to one of the  graduates or Pastor Francie. 

 Confirmation Class 2012

On Sunday June 10, Caroline Anne Fulton, Grant F. Gilbert, Sarah Lynn Lambert were confirmed and received into full membership.

 Things they learned:  Love God and love neighbor as yourself (Jesus); Do no harm;  do good; stay in love with God (John Wesley); Grace is God’s undeserved love; We are only baptized once, accepted into God’s family the church; As Methodists, we make decisions using Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason.

Christian Education, Sunday School Recognition Sunday

On Sunday June 17th we celebrated Christian Education at St. Andrew’s.  We recognized and showed our appreciation for our teachers for their faithfulness and love of their students; we celebrated our children and adult learners for their faithfulness in growing as disciples.  As we give our teachers time to refresh and renew in the summer months and because of the heat and schedules of the summer, our services will be more informal, and our children are encouraged to stay through the shorter worship services. 

We Recognize these Teachers Substitute Teachers

Jennifer Winemiller Robbins, Jill Lambert, Michele Neiberlien, Karen Fulton,

Barbara Winemiller, Tom Fulton, Karen Jankowski

Fellowship Groups

 

Women’s Covenant Group, This committed, faithful group will resume in September to study and grow in  faith. We invite you to join us! Mondays 4pm in the Blakeman Room.  Contact Pastor Francie for   information.

If your are interested in a Men’s Group, Contact Pastor Francie.

Member Care Committee

 

As warmer weather and the summer season approaches, we tend to be busy with outdoor work, entertaining, and vacationing.  Rest assured that the work of  Member Care does not go on   vacation. This committee is here to serve the needs of this congregation by being in touch with those who need to be ministered to through a meal, a visit, a call, or a card. We are calling upon you to be our eyes and ears.  Let us know who would benefit from some TLC.  Call the office, the pastor, or a member of the committee so we can reach out to that person or family. We get meaningful feedback from folks who feel St. Andrew’s presence in their lives when they most need it.  Help us to continue to be a channel of love to members and prospective members of this congregation. Our faithful committee members are:  Gen Barbur, Carol Campbell, Jackie Capestro, Jacky Cloud, Dee Dee Fabry, Janet Kane, Audrey Knox,  Nancy Moore, Betty Papsdorf, Stephanie Patterson, Wanda Shoppell, Judy Thomas, Norma Westervelt

There are many others in the congregation who are willing to provide a meal and we thank you for your help.  If you would like to help in this area, please contact Dee Fabry.

Growing as Disciples Through Worship

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!

Choir Recognition and Celebration of Music Ministry

On Sunday June 3 we celebrated our music ministry and recognized and thanked our choir and music director Mary Eichhorn.  The choir will resume in September, and we will enjoy special music through the summer.

 Invitation to unite formally with St. Andrew’s

We will be receiving new members on Sunday July 21st, for those of you who worship with us but have not united formally as a member of St. Andrew’s.  If you would like to join the church, or if you have questions about membership, please contact Pastor Francie. 

 
Growing as Disciples Through Mission
Shawl Knitting Ministry
         Behold I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  (Isaiah 3:19)
The Shawl Ministry was started in 1998 by clergywomen in Connecticut who knit shawls for women   undergoing treatment for breast cancer and for new mothers. Others began knitting to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, friendship and love, and  personal and professional achievements, as well as consoling those who grieve, comforting those who are ill, bringing hope to those who are in despair. People all over the world are knitting (and crocheting) and receiving shawls as gifts of love. When someone wears a shawl, or uses it as a lap blanket, they are connected not only with those who made it, those in the congregation who prayed over it, and many people around the world, but also the healing power of God’s unending love. We ask God’s blessings on those who craft and give away their shawls, that they may be blessed by the shawls as they are given extending that blessing to those who receive. Since 2007 The St. Andrew’s Shawl Ministry has crafted and given over 109 shawls; reaching out with God’s love. If you know someone who could benefit from being wrapped in a physical    representation of the comforting love-filled arms of God, please contact Pastor Francie. If you’d like to join us, or learn to knit, let us know. Directions      are available in the mailboxes across from the choir room, or online at www.shawlministry.com.
 The 18th Annual Walk for All Ages
 The 18th Walk for All Ages was held on Sunday June 10th on the lawn of in front of the Great  Auditorium in Ocean Grove  to raise money for the Fellowship Fund. St. Andrew’s team was represented by Carol Fitzgerald, Jane Greenwald , Bette Height, Bernice Natiello, and Maureen Miller, and raised $710.00 to be matched by Prudential and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.
United Methodist Homes provides care to 1300 seniors in 10 communities.  The founders of UMH made this promise: “no resident will ever be asked to leave due to inability to pay the total cost of care.”  Your generous contributions to The Fellowship Fund make it possible to keep this promise. Thank you for your support.
 
Mission Opportunities
MISSION TEAM GOING TO YORK, PENNSYLVANIA
All who take upon themselves the name of Christ are called into ministries of love and     service by the example of Christ. June 24th we commissioned several members who are  going on a mission trip to work among the people of York, PA. We pray God’s blessing upon them: Henry Neiberlien, Emily Neiberlien, Caroline Fulton, Jackie Fulton, Jake Woolley, Tom Fulton, Michele Neiberlien and Pastor Francie.
Opportunities for mission within the church we always welcome new people to the ministries of the church and would welcome you to these tasks :
 · Serving in worship as ushers, readers, acolytes.
· preparation of coffee on Sunday mornings for our Coffee Hour fellowship and schedule those who bring finger food to enhance the coffee. 
· leadership of the ministries in Asbury Park and the Soup Kitchen in Belmar
· “pew maintenance”- going through the pews periodically to be sure there are prayer                 cards, fellowship pads, etc. 
· altar flower scheduling and arranging  
· occasional window washing and other  seasonal cleaning
· Rummage Sales and Bazaars, Falltastic Pot Luck
Opportunities for mission outside the church:  Soup kitchens, clothing closet, food pantry, and where ever your heart leads you. (contact Pastor Francie if even a little bit interested or intrigued and we’ll guide you!)
Fisherman’s Basket Food Pantry Update:
Our older elementary and youth learners found it on their hearts this fall to open a food pantry for those in need in Spring Lake area. With your help, the “Fisherman’s Basket” is now open one Sunday per month in Wesley Hall. In May and June we served over 15 local residents, one who responded “you are the answer to my prayer.” Indeed, you are! We are also mindful that the pantry in Belmar misses the food we sent over there, so we are sharing some of what you donate here with them. As of June 17, our pantry can use the following items: Toiletries (trial & full size), peanut butter, jelly, dried potatoes, dry milk, crackers, detergent (dish & laundry), juices, snacks and canned vegetables (green and non-green).
 Growing as Disciples Through Giving
THANK YOU to all who have responded to the  appeal to pay off the Air Conditioning/Heating Units debt. 39 of you have sent in $12,995.00 as of June19th. Only 23,298.00 to go! We’re trying to pay this down by the end of June, so please prayerfully consider how your generosity can make this happen.
As we enter these summer months, some of you will be traveling and/or entertaining and may not make it to church every Sunday.  We wish you a pleasant and wonderful summer and hope you will be here as much as you can on Sunday mornings.  If you are missing Sundays here, please remember to send in your financial commitment, as our expenses do not go down in the summer.  Some of you already make sure your commitment is here every week through automatic on-line banking, and we encourage others of you to do that.  Along with the payments you make regularly on-line, please add your contribution to the church and be sure it gets here on a timely and regular basis.  Blessings all…
Fixed Monthly Expenses (which includes Personnel expenses, Shared  Ministries,  utilities,Insurance and Sunday School Curriculum.)
 Plus Additional Expenses NOT  included in the fixed monthly expense is the Line of Credit, postage, office and cleaning supplies, lawn and equipment maintenance or  building maintenance and repair.
Needed monthly  $ 17,366.00
 Actual Monthly Giving:     
January $  18,736.00
February   18,564.00
March       14,417.00
April          21,521.00
May          14,503.11
Thank You from Your Finance Committee
                                                 Lectionary Readings
June 24             I Samuel 17: 1, 19-23, Psalm 9: 9-20, 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13, Mark 4: 35-41
 July  1                2 Samuel 1: 1, 17-27, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15, Mark 5: 21-43
July 8                 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10, Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10,  Mark 6: 1-13
July 15 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12-19,  Psalm 24,  Ephesians 1: 3-14,  Mark 6: 14-29
July 22 2 Samuel 7: 1-14a,  Psalm 89: 20-37,  Ephesians 2: 11-22,  Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56
July 29 2 Samuel 11: 1-15,  Psalm 14,  Ephesians 3: 14-21,  John 6: 1-21
August 5 2 Samuel 11: 26-12: 13a,  Psalm 51: 1-12,  Ephesians 4: 1-16,  John 6: 24-35
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.

June 21st, 2012

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This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday; Come and Welcome our new members !!!

From your Finance Committee: THANK YOU to all who have responded to the appeal to pay off the Air Conditioning/Heating Units debt. 18 of you have sent in $5,895.00 so far in June. Only $29,887 to go! We’re trying to pay this down by the end of June, so please prayerfully consider how your generosity can make this happen.

Upcoming Meetings

Hymn Sing & Bible Study    Thursdays, 9:30 AM at the Arbors

Walk for All Ages    Sunday, 6-10, 1:30 pm Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove

Disciple I  Group          Tuesday,  June 12, 9 am at Michele Neiberlien’s

“Surf Movie”   Saturday, June 16th 8:30 pm in Wesley Hall

UMW Annual Spring Bazaar

Saturday, June 23rd

 In the fall,  gifts for the  Bazaar   are given by local merchants, but for the Spring Bazaar the  UMW asks for church individuals to donate a gift such as a certificate for dinner at a local  restaurant or a gift made by someone. Also donations for Granny’s  Attic,  old jewelry and baked goods are needed. So come out and support the UMW.  For more information contact Sue Gardner.
The Month of June at St. Andrew’s
Celebration of Christian Education           
Sunday, June17th, during worship
UMW Annual Spring Bazaar
Saturday, June 23rd
Commission June 24-29 Youth Mission Team
Sunday June 24, during worship
 

June 8th, 2012

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