Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church Williamsport, Maryland 2017-10-18T15:25:31Z https://standrewpresbyterian.org/feed/atom/ WordPress admin <![CDATA[St. Andrew Celebrates Pastor]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=2280 2017-10-17T14:08:54Z 2017-10-17T14:06:40Z Pastor Mark Sandell was honored for his 25 years of ministry at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, MD on September 24, 2017. The celebration began with a special worship service followed by a luncheon provided by Leiter’s Catering. Pastor Mark and his wife, Annette, the Director of Christian Education, were honored with specially selected […]

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Pastor Mark Sandell was honored for his 25 years of ministry at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, MD on September 24, 2017. The celebration began with a special worship service followed by a luncheon provided by Leiter’s Catering.

Pastor Mark and his wife, Annette, the Director of Christian Education, were honored with specially selected music that included “Here I Am, Lord”, “All Good Things” from Godspell, and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a nod to Pastor Mark’s passion for baseball. Testimonies from the following children and adults acknowledged how God has blessed their lives and their faith through Pastor Mark and Annette’s ministry: Jeremy Hemphill, Will McKinley, Owen Woods, Garrett Woods, Dave Long, Susan Fearnow, Darin Coyle, Shirley Fox, and Margie Reed. Kevin Sandell, Mark and Annette’s son, also shared what it was like growing up as a Pastor’s Kid. Kevin also shared email reflections from his brothers, Keith Sandell and Brian Sandell, who were unable to attend. Other Sandell family members from out of town were in attendance.

A variety of gifts from organizations within the church were presented to Pastor Mark and Annette. These gifts included a decorated cake, flower and fruit arrangements, ceramic tiles designed by the Sunday school children, a blanket depicting photos of youth events over the past 25 years from the youth group, and a unique hand- crafted display using a shield, a shepherd’s crook, and a Bible. The congregation presented Pastor Mark and Annette with a monetary gift to help with expenses for their upcoming trip to the Holy Land.

During Pastor Mark’s reflection, he mentioned that it is very unusual to have a minister stay at the same church for longer than 7 years. He mentioned the diversity of our congregation is a strength since we all share the love of Jesus. Through the past 25 years, the congregation and the Sandell family have walked together through many of life’s events. They have shared in celebratory moments and also supported each other during difficult, life changing events. Pastor Mark and Annette and the St. Andrew congregation look forward to walking through life’s journey together for the next 25 years.

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admin <![CDATA[October Newsletter]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=2231 2017-10-01T19:13:19Z 2017-10-01T19:13:19Z Dear Friends, The columns for 2017 have been focusing on how to go deeper in your faith, using spiritual disciplines to do so. Each of the suggestions that I have made involve disciplines that we need in order to grow in our faith. Download October’s Newsletter Here» The disciplines that I have written about so […]

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Dear Friends,

The columns for 2017 have been focusing on how to go deeper in your faith, using spiritual disciplines to do so. Each of the suggestions that I have made involve disciplines that we need in order to grow in our faith.

Download October’s Newsletter Here»

The disciplines that I have written about so far are: study of the Word of God, worship attendance, scripture study with others (Sunday School and Bible Study), evangelism (inviting others to church and Sunday School), confession, fasting, meditation, and prayer.

This month, we will look at the discipline of Solitude. Solitude is the ability to be alone and not be lonely. Solitude means that we are okay with ourselves so that we can be alone with who we are. Solitude simply defined means that I am comfortable with who I am. It means I am resting in who God made me and the grace to deal with my failures. It revolves around the fact that I have gained self control so I can be with myself.

Solitude comes from wrestling with ourself and realizing that God created us with a purpose and with intention. The ability to live in solitude and enjoy silence comes from honestly assessing our actions and thoughts, and accepting the forgiveness that God extends. Once we have dealt with the ugly and beautiful in our own lives, then it is easier to be with our own thoughts.

How do we achieve this? First, be honest about the times you have failed and offended others. If possible, ask for forgiveness, and then accept the forgiveness of God. Secondly, embrace the truth of Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Allow your thoughts to be informed and transformed by the Living God. Thirdly, be constantly in prayer. In prayer, God does change us. Have a running dialogue with God all day. As you have God go deeper into your inner world, then it is easier to be comfortable in your mind, and thus be able to enjoy solitude.

As we grow closer to God, then together we can show others we are grounded in grace, that we live in love, and are growing for God.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Mark

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admin <![CDATA[Flags of Freedom]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=2225 2017-09-21T17:56:14Z 2017-09-21T17:56:14Z A dozen flags of freedom were on display in front of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Labor Day and September 11. Provided by the Presbyterian Men’s Group, the flags were purchased in memory of group leader Dick Wilks. The twelve flags represent the twelve disciples as well as honor those who protect our freedoms, including […]

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A dozen flags of freedom were on display in front of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Labor Day and September 11. Provided by the Presbyterian Men’s Group, the flags were purchased in memory of group leader Dick Wilks. The twelve flags represent the twelve disciples as well as honor those who protect our freedoms, including the freedom of religion. Our flags serve to honor veterans and those who are currently serving in the armed forces. The flags will be proudly displayed during patriotic holidays throughout the year.

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admin <![CDATA[September Newsletter]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=2165 2017-09-01T17:50:30Z 2017-09-01T17:50:30Z Dear Friends, The columns for 2017 have been focusing on how to go deeper in your faith, using spiritual disciplines to do so. Though I have not used the words “Spiritual Disciplines” yet, each of the suggestions that I have made involve disciplines that we need to grow in our faith. Download Septembers Newsletter Here […]

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Dear Friends,

The columns for 2017 have been focusing on how to go deeper in your faith, using spiritual disciplines to do so. Though I have not used the words “Spiritual Disciplines” yet, each of the suggestions that I have made involve disciplines that we need to grow in our faith.

Download Septembers Newsletter Here
The disciplines that I have written about so far are: study of the Word of God; worship attendance; scripture study with others (Sunday School and Bible Study), evangelism (inviting others to Church and Sunday School), confession, fasting, meditation, and prayer.

The discipline that I would like to highlight this month is confession. Generally we think of confession as simply a private matter between us and God. In reality, confession has a corporate aspect to it in the sense that when we offend another, we go and confess our error.

We often think that the core of confession is admitting when I am wrong. In reality, the core of confession is love. We love God and Jesus so much that we are willing to set the situation
straight by correcting a wrong that we have done. When we fail God, we need to correct that issue by confessing our sin. Also, when we offend another, we are also offending God because we show our love for God by showing our love to others.

Confession is specific in the sense that we confess specific sins we have done. It is not effective if we say, “God forgive any wrong I may have done.” The reason that this is not effective is that without recognition of our wrong, there is a greater chance we will repeat it because we don’t know what we have done wrong. Confession sets all relationships right in the sense that we wipe away the hurt and the past so that we can live effectively in the present.

As we are serious about our relationships with others and with God by confessing our faults, God helps us to live out our mission statement to the world that we are grounded in grace, living in love, and growing for God.

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Mark

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admin <![CDATA[Legacy Hall and Memorial Garden]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=2142 2017-07-28T17:25:45Z 2017-07-28T17:25:45Z “All things bright and beautiful” so a beloved hymn begins. Folks walking into Legacy Hall, our new banquet room, for the first time spoke those same words. It is indeed bright, beautiful and spacious. Even with a crowd of over 200 on its dedication day and a large crowd again during the Father’s Day coffee […]

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“All things bright and beautiful” so a beloved hymn begins. Folks walking into Legacy Hall, our new banquet room, for the first time spoke those same words. It is indeed bright, beautiful and spacious. Even with a crowd of over 200 on its dedication day and a large crowd again during the Father’s Day coffee hour, there was plenty of room for families and friends to gather and fellowship. No longer do people have to finish quickly so they can give their seats to those waiting to sit.
Legacy Hall has been well used in its first month of completion. Besides the two gatherings mentioned above, during VBS week. Teachers and helpers and their families were fed delicious suppers prepared by the Fellowship Committee. Then during class time, the Adult VBS class met on the other side of the room. There has also been a Deacon’s fundraiser tea. Legacy Hall continues the spirit of food, friendship and fellowship that matches St. Andrew’s namesake.

The bright and beautiful blessings of Legacy Hall continue outside. The Memorial Garden has now been landscaped with a few flowering trees and perennials. The grounds in front of the large windows of Legacy Hall are adorned with red roses and yellow flowers. Even the courtyard between the addition and the sanctuary has been planted with a variety of perennials and bushes. Through these plants, we are reminded of promise of life eternal found in Jesus Christ.

This wonderful building and the beautiful gardens are the result of all our combined efforts over the past 10 years. Whether we donated money through various fundraisers, memorial donations, or pledges made during our capital campaigns, we must all agree that our goal was achieved. We wanted a large fellowship hall, with a ground level kitchen where our church family could fellowship as one body. The beautiful gardens outside accentuate the beauty found inside. Together, we worked to make this possible and together we will enjoy using it for years to come. Thanks to the New Building Committee for the wise design decisions that were made and are now appreciated. We indeed are blessed.

As the hymn mentioned above continues, “All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” And so we thank God for blessing us with Legacy Hall.

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admin <![CDATA[VBS 2017]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=2033 2017-07-06T20:02:33Z 2017-07-06T20:02:33Z Thanks to all who attended Vacation Bible School 2017 and to all the volunteers. You can watch a slide show of some of our activities by clicking here»

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Thanks to all who attended Vacation Bible School 2017 and to all the volunteers. You can watch a slide show of some of our activities by clicking here»

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admin <![CDATA[Congratulations to the Chili Cook Off winners!]]> https://standrewpresbyterian.org/?p=1729 2017-02-01T18:34:52Z 2017-02-01T18:34:52Z Congratulations to the Chili Cook Off winners held on Sunday, January 29th! The winners are (Tied for 1st place): Karen and Karina Dekany Chris Johnson Thanks to all who participated!

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Congratulations to the Chili Cook Off winners held on Sunday, January 29th!

The winners are (Tied for 1st place):

  • Karen and Karina Dekany
  • Chris Johnson

Thanks to all who participated!

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