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We would like to personally invite you to come join us some Sunday for our worship service. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, and relevant! Through meaningful messages, scripture and music, our goal is to help you grow deeper in your relationship with God each and every week!

Sunday School begins at 9:00am Fellowship begins at 10:00am Church begins at 10:30am Directions

From Pastor Dale’s Desk

Easter is Coming!- It’s the day we mark the biggest moment in history; the moment Christ conquered sin and death, assuring us of eternal life with Him.

As Easter approaches let me invite you to watch for some “little Easters” as well.  These will be the moments that remind us that the risen Christ is alive and breathing new life, and resurrection power into the impossible situations of our congregation and personal lives.

Here’s a few “little Easters” I’ve heard about from some of you: A member who said, “God answered my prayers! It took a while, but God answered. I know it!  I’m so glad I did not give up on Him.”—That’s a “little” Easter!

A returning member who said, “My faith in God is being rekindled. I’m beginning to trust again.”—That’s a “little” Easter!

One who shared, “Ten years ago our marriage was in big trouble. But we looked to God, got some help, and worked hard together, and it’s more solid than ever.” –That’s a “little” Easter!

Another said, “Our kids kinda wrote us out of their lives for a few years. But they’ve invited us to come by and get to know our grandchild.”—That’s a “little” Easter!

Easter is coming, and it’ll be a great day of celebration. But Resurrection Power is at work bringing little Easters every week. Praise God that “we serve a risen Savior, who’s in the world today!”

And don’t miss the “big” Easter as we celebrate the greatest moment in history on April 5th!

Pastor Dale

From Pastor Dale’s Desk

Did you know about these recent blessings at St. Andrew’s Church?

• At least 5 teachers stepped into weekly leadership roles—Some from among our young people—Thank You!

• Two new age-level Sunday School classes in the Children’s Department!

• A 20’s to 30’s age fellowship group getting together (Contact Collin for more info)

• 25 students at last night’s Sunday youth meeting

• Several new faces (and voices) in the chancel choir yesterday

• The start of a “Grief Share” support group for ministry to those who are grieving the death of a loved one

Join me in praising God for these recent blessings at St. Andrew’s!

For me, the most exciting part of being a pastor is seeing the people where I serve grow in their faith, discover their gifts, and step into a ministry for Christ and His Church.  That is how we measure our effectiveness in fulfilling the mission Jesus gave us of making disciples (Matthew 28); when we see people cross the line of commitment and get involved in the mission and ministry. If it’s the right ministry for them, they will grow even more, and experience that amazing sense of making a difference in the world as they serve.

When someone tells me that a few years ago they did not even go to church anywhere, and now we see them here on Sundays singing God’s praises, or leading a class, or volunteering on a ministry team, or giving to support God’s work, my eyes fill with tears of gratitude to God. This is a place where lives are being changed, and this is a congregation who welcomes and encourages new folks to “belong and become.” I can’t help but praise God and look forward to the next round of “blessings!”

Thanks for who you are St. Andrew’s congregation!

Pastor Dale

From Pastor Dale’s Desk

Each year, very early in December, I try to reread the Christmas Story from Luke 2 and Matthew 1-2. This read-through is not to gain new insights about Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, or even the Christ Child. I do this read, early in Advent, to remind myself of the “People Who Missed Christmas” when Christ came to Bethlehem’s manger. There’s the innkeeper, who was so busy with business that he passed up the opportunity to welcome the Lord. There’s King Herod, who was not going to give up the lordship of his life to any other king. There’s the religious leaders, who gave the Wise Men directions to Bethlehem, but were so caught up in their religious activity that it did not occur to them to personally go and celebrate the new thing God was doing in their world.

No doubt there will be people in December 2012 who will make the same mistakes and miss Christmas; people like you and me if we are not careful. We get over-booked, or haven’t surrendered our lives to the lordship of Christ, or get so caught up in the religious traditions that we miss encountering the God who longs to do something new in us. They are easy mistakes to make.

So reread the story with me, early in December. Let’s remind ourselves not to be among those who miss the true wonder of Christmas. “God is with us,” the Savior has come, God is at work in our neighborhood, there’s Good News of God’s love and salvation to share, Heaven has come to earth and our lives will never be the same—because of Christmas.—-Don’t miss it!

Peace and Love

Pastor Dale

From Pastor Dale’s Desk

Dear St. Andrew’s Family,

It’s hard to believe that Easter is only a few days away! We have spent the season of Lent on a journey with Jesus on his way to the cross; with stops in the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, Pilate’s Hall, and the hill called “Golgotha,” where the Savior was crucified.

On Easter we journey to the Empty Tomb and celebrate the Lord’s glorious resurrection. Make plans now to be with us for the celebration.

1) Attend as many of the services as you can:

The Cantata, “The Day He Wore My Crown” presented by our choir on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, at 7pm.

Easter Sunrise Breakfast with Devotional- Sunday at 7:30am.

Sunday School for all ages at Sunday at 9:00am.

Worship Celebration, Sunday at 10:30am with all choirs participating

2) Invite friends. You may be surprised to learn that many of your friends are looking for a church to attend on Easter.

3) Lend a hand to help. Extra services will mean more work to be ready. Volunteer to greet, usher, (pick up a piece of trash if you notice one), say “Hello” to the person you sit beside (you never know how God may use your welcoming smile!)

4) Celebrate Personally the Good News for your life. Your past is forgiven, your future is in heaven, and “the same power that raised Jesus from the dead” is available to give you power for living today! (Ephesians 1:19-20)

Hallelujah! It’s Easter!

Pastor Dale

From Pastor Dale’s Desk

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds… let us encourage one another…” Hebrews 10:24-25

Recently, my personal Bible study reintroduced me to one of my New Testament heroes; Barnabas-the “Encourager.”  In fact, I was thinking that we might even want to form a “Barnabas Brigade.” We meet Barnabas in the book of Acts. His was such an important ministry in the early Church. He spent his life building up his fellow Christians with his encouraging words and actions. When this man joined the Church his name was Joe, but he was so good at encouraging others that the folks at Church changed his name to “Barnabas-The Son of Encouragement.” (Acts 4:36) I’m convinced that part of the reason the early Church was so vibrant, magnetic and growing was its member, Barnabas, “The Encourager.”

The Church in every generation needs people like Barnabas. St. Andrew’s will continue to draw folks in and see lives changed as we add more “encouragers” to our ranks. That’s why I am asking you to enlist in the “Barnabas Brigade.” There are no meetings, no dues; just an investment of time and love.  Simply make a private commitment to God that you will encourage at least one person from the congregation each day and you are in the “the Brigade.” Through a note, a card, a phone call, a visit, a smoke signal, whatever, members of the “Barnabas Brigade” will show appreciation and concern for their friends at St. Andrew’s.  Ushers, teachers, nursery volunteers, homebound persons, leaders, choir members, visitors, and others will be strengthened and encouraged through our Barnabases. (Or is it Barnabi?)

How about joining? Will you make a commitment to offer encouragement to at least one member of your St. Andrew’s family every day? That’s all it takes. But, ooohhhh, what a difference you will make! The Barnabas Brigade needs you!

– Pastor Dale

Stewardship is Not Just Finances

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10

As you study the above verse, Peter is telling us stewardship is not just finances, but also our time, talents, and encouraging others. God did not give us spiritual gifts to keep to ourselves, nor did He give us the same gifs. We are to share them in service with each other in service to our God.

Why not begin by bringing your spiritual gift to a Sunday school class. There is a class for everyone.

Want to spend more time in God’s word, join in with one of our Bible study groups. There is a Wednesday evening Bible study group at 6:15pm in the church boardroom. The ladies have a Sweet Fourth Saturday Bible study each month as well!

One can always start a small group Bible study in their home. Any of these opportunities is a great way to begin the new year!

Are You Experiencing a “Winter” in Your Life?

In addition to the cold weather outside, many people experience “winters” in their personal lives. A recent loss through death, divorce, or relocation may leave them lonely. A hospitalization, cancer diagnosis, or ongoing medical problems may leave them feeling isolated. The loss of a job, the fear of layoffs, or a financial setback can devastate one’s self-esteem. Family and personal struggles may leave them with nowhere to turn for support.

If you are going through a difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can bring God’s warm love back into your life. The provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will meet with you privately on a weekly basis to listen, support, and encourage you, to pray with and for you, and to walk with you for the duration of your crisis.

To find out more about Stephen Ministry and how you or someone you know can be matched with a Stephen Minister, contact us today! Larry or Marie Gray at 742-7037, our Stephen Ministers are ready to care for you!

From Pastor Dale’s Desk

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans…to give you a future and a Hope… you will find me when you look for me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11, 13

What a great couple of verses to take with us into the New Year! Especially after listening to all the prophets and pollsters of negativity telling us we are still in for rough times. (Not to mention the whole Mayan calendar thing for 2012!) What is forecast by experts for the next 365 days is, at best, an educated guess. But you and I have the promises of God! God has plans for us; good plans, for a future and a hope! God’s word is sure! So we can face the future with confidence and hope, whatever the circumstances.

I like the story of Thomas Edison, who at age 67, watched as fire destroyed much of his work and equipment. Did he give up on the future, give in to negativity, or quit in despair? Not at all! “All our mistakes are burned up,” the inventor said. “Now we can start anew.”
A new year gives us the opportunity to start anew as well. Ask God what He wants you to be doing in 2012; set some God honoring goals. Live one day at a time; not regretting the past or worrying about the future. Enjoy today as you walk with God. Be a difference maker as a part of God’s mission here at St. Andrew’s. And one more thing – Stand on the promise of God knowing that God has a good plan and purpose of your life.
Have a Happy and Hope-filled New Year!

– Pastor Dale