November Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In my column this year, we are looking at what it means to be a faithful member at St. Andrew. The Book of Order (our guide book for how to do things in the church) states that a “faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s church.” It then lists out eleven different ways in which one can be responsible in their ministry here.

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We have explored the first two: proclaiming the good news in word and deed, and taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation. The third one is lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support.
We seek to give you opportunities to do this in a variety of ways. Each week we share prayer concerns in church so that you have a knowledge and basis on which to pray. We share the concerns through the bulletin and also in the Pastoral prayer. We do this almost every week so that you are able to know the concern that is present and then to see how God worked to solve that concern. We also share in the joy of answered prayer so that we can experience the goodness and greatness of God.

Does it make a difference that you may not know the person that we are praying for? In the grand scheme of things, no, because we are being faithful to the call from scripture to make our petitions known to the Almighty God.
In addition to this, we send cards to our shut-ins and our college students, adding our prayers as they are unable to attend with us on a regular basis. The Helping Hands gets these cards ready in order to send them out. Anyone is welcome to take the college cards and write a note of encouragement.

On top of this, the Deacons are responsible for a number of families in the church. The Deacons reach out in ministry to those who are hurting, sharing their concern. They also invite the members in their parish to participate in a wide range of church activities.
We seek to be faithful to the call that we share in ministry together. We do this so that we can be faithful to the task of being grounded in grace, living in love and growing for God.

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Mark