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September’s Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The Covid Crisis has tested us as individuals, as a nation, and as a church. We have re-alized in the midst of all of this to pray for those on the front lines of the crisis—the doctors, the nurses, the aides. Then, as the crisis continued, we realized that there are others in our lives who are needed for our lives to be normal—grocery clerks, the truck drivers, those who are in the manufacturing business, those who make masks, those who make hand sanitizer and toilet paper and sanitizing wipes, and those who collect our trash to name a few. As we pro-ceeded through the crisis, we began to realize that those who keep us safe are also vital—the police, the military, the fire fighters, the EMTs. In addition, we need to pray for those in gov-ernment who seek to lead us through this crisis.

As the restrictions were being lifted, we were shocked by the murder of George Floyd. We as a nation should continue to seek justice and fairness for all people, regardless of the color of their skin. We as Christians are to especially see that every person is valuable. Every person is made in the image of God and according to the likeness of God. Every person is of value. So valuable is the individual person that God sent Jesus to die for our sins. Every one of us is in the heart of God and the love of Jesus Christ. We as Christians are not to devalue any person. All people should be loved and should be respected, regardless of the color of their skin or their political leaning.

As we continued through the pandemic, we also realized that we can be one of those who make a difference. Our Deacons have been working tremendously well to make certain that those who were sheltered in place knew that they were thought of and prayed for. Our Session met extra times to steer the church through these troubled times. Our staff has gone above and beyond to move us through this time. The church members have been so support-ive and generous.

And as we move forward, we need each member of the congregation to continue to pray for the church and society so that we may demonstrate in our actions that we are ground-ed in grace, living in love, and growing for God here at St. Andrew.

Your faithful servant, Pastor Mark

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