April Newsletter and Cancellations

Hello St. Andrew Members & Friends,

With the COVID-19 restrictions continuing all church activities have been canceled. You can Download April’s Newsletter Here»

Pastor Mark will continue to do his sermons live on the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Facebook page at 11 am each Sunday morning. The link to the Facebook page will be posted on the website www.standrewpresbyterian.org and you should be able to watch without having a Facebook account.

There will be Facebook live services on Thursday, April 9th at 7 pm for Maundy Thursday Service; Friday, April 10th at noon for the Cross Walk; Sunday, April 12th – Easter Sonrise Service 7 am & 11 am (regular service).

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Letter from Pastor Mark

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As we face these troubling times, may we remember what the risen Savior said, “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The reason for writing is to inform you that the Session in consultation with the staff and the Deacons have decided to cancel the next two weeks of worship services (March 22 and 29) due to the coronavirus. We will evaluate what we need to do next at our regularly scheduled Session meeting of March 30. At that point, we will inform you of what we will be doing next in terms of ministry.

In addition to this, all scheduled activities in our building will be postponed until further notice. The office will still be open for us to do essential work and to deal with any pastoral emergencies that may occur. If you need counseling or just to talk, please call me.

As a result of not gathering for worship, we will be utilizing the variety of avenues out there to minister to you. There will be a Sunday School packet arriving so that your young people can still engage in Christian learning. We will go live on Facebook Sunday morning at 11:00 am with a scaled down worship service. This is through our Church Facebook page. We will also post the sermons on the website as well as you can receive the sermons and special music by email. Just call or email us, and we will get it to you.

Many of you may experience economic hardships as a result of this. If you need meals or someone to go to the grocery store, please call the office, and we help you with this matter. We in the Williamsport Ministerium are committed to keeping the Food Bank open. Since you are a member or a regular attender, you have access to the Food Bank. It is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We will also continue Shepherd’s Table meals. We will cook them in our kitchen and hand them out to your cars at Williamsport United Methodist Church.

We are seeking to comply with good sense measures put out by our government. We are also seeking to continue in ministry with these restrictions. Please remember that together we are stronger. If you need a reminder, think back to the Christmas Eve services. When we join our candles together, we can make a difference in this world.

Always your servant,
Pastor Mark Sandell

March’s Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The season of Lent occurs primarily in March this year. Lent is a forty day period leading up to Easter. It is patterned after Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, that can be found in Matthew 4, Luke 4, and Mark 1. Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness to replicate the wanderings of the nation of Israel as they were attempting to make their way to the promised land. The wanderings of Israel was to purify them in order for them to take possession of the land and to be a light to the nations around them.

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February’s Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In the sermon of Sunday, January 12, I gave you a means by which you can remember the Ten Commandments using your ten fingers.  Here is the repeat of that portion of the sermon.

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Angel Tree Presents

Big thank you to the Presbyterian Women who collected for the residents at Holy Place. As seen on the image, they covered the entire bottom of the Angel tree with presents!

Organist/Pianist Needed

Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church Organist/Pianist Position

Summary: Play for two traditional Sunday morning services, one mid-week rehearsal, and occasional special events. Seeking a person with experience and the ability to play the pipe organ who will fit into a team approach to ministry.

Please send resume by November 18, 2019 to: Search Committee, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795

Souper Bowl Offering for The Williamsport Food Bank

The Youth Group of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church collected the Souper Bowl Offering on February 6 after both services.  The offering went to the Williamsport Food Bank.  The amount collected was $350!

souper bowl

left, Owen Woods, Vice President of the Youth Group; center-LeighAnn Stotelmyer, Food Bank Coordinator; right-Garrett Woods, President of the Youth Group

St. Andrew Celebrates Pastor

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.

Flags of Freedom

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.

Legacy Hall and Memorial Garden

“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.
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