From the Pastor

To all the Faithful at St. Andrew’s,

What a month it has been! I have many thank you cards to write because you have been working hard as disciples of Jesus Christ. Because of your welcoming spirit we welcomed 9 new members to the congregation. I have not heard of another church welcoming new members during the pandemic, in fact, other pastors have been shocked at this news! Our new families describe YOU as welcoming, warm and friendly. One family came specifically because of our outdoor worship. Another because of the welcome extended to their children. Well done St. Andrew’s! Through your hard work our first ever Pumpkin Bash was an enormous success both in fund raising AND friend raising. You have stepped up to the plate and I am humbled to be your pastor. I love this church and I love you! You are good and faithful servants.

We still have financial hurdles to overcome. Thank you for giving throughout this season of uncertainty. Some of our community members have lost jobs or had hours reduced. Covid has hit everyone in some way. During the pandemic our regular donations have dropped by about $2000 a month, coupled with a decrease in rental income means we have a substantial hole to fill.  We have already cut out expenses and begun fundraisers (Pumpkin Bash and more on the way) and we will write grants. I will continue to be as honest and clear about our situation as possible. I need you to consider your financial situation and prayerfully ask yourself if additional giving is possible. I think it became habit for many folks to throw $20 or $40 in the offering plate every week. Covid, took away the offering plate and for many, regular in-person church attendance. Now, we must ask directly, and you need to respond intentionally.

Our work towards this goal has already born fruit. We worked with parents from OMS to create a homeschooling co-op who has rented the chapel house. Our fundraising committee has lined up an event per month through January already. The Pumpkin Bash netted over $1000 and introduced our congregation to 50-100 people. We are going to build on this success with the produce sale (Nov 21/22), the Christmas light display with a Living Nativity (Dec 18/19).

Churches have survived pandemics in the past, world wars and financial downturns. St. Andrew’s has been around for over 60 years, the church of Christ for 2000, if we do the work and are faithful with the gifts God has given, this community will weather the storm. 

There are lots of ways to help. Covid has affected household finances irregularly. Financially some have done very well in the last few months while others have seen job cuts and reductions. Your financial support of the work being done here is needed. A long term way to help the church is to add a gift from your estate into your will. As you consider your legacy and identify who will receive a financial blessing upon your death, consider adding the congregation to your will. Our amazing church windows were funded in this way.

Thank you for all the ways you support this church and the ministries that happen through this place.

See you Sunday,

           Pastor Dave

 

   

Social distancing is required mask wearing is required.

 

From Pastor Dave Dockweiler- Mini Church, an online shorted addition of service, is now available.

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See you on Sunday, Pastor Dave

Our Mission Statement

Inspiring Change by Following Jesus.”
Inspiring change by following Jesus is why this place exists, why this community meets and what we are set on doing.

INSPIRING The angels inspired the shepherds to run to see the new born Jesus, the Spirit inspired the disciples to march with purpose out of the upper room where they were hiding after the death of Jesus and throughout the ages people have been inspired to share their faith with others. Through this inspiration people have been moved with compassion and it is the fuel that moves the church. “Inspiring” also is a means of how we are to function. We don’t use fear to scare others into faith (we know that doesn’t work) we show them what God has done in our lives and we invite them to wonder about what God can do in theirs. Being inspired to do something new is invitational, just like Jesus.

CHANGE Something is out-of-whack in our world, in our communities and within ourselves. One of the founders of the church, the Apostle Paul, wrote that he doesn’t understand what he does, and he does the stuff he hates. Change is hard, it takes time and tons of effort to redirect our efforts at times. We read countless stories in the Bible of Jesus meeting people in the most random places of their lives and offering them something far better. Physical, spiritual and mental healing, reconnecting someone with their community, lifting those that have been ostracized by others-Jesus brings change and we welcome God’s changes in our lives.

BY Here is how this inspired change is going to happen. Spoiler alert, it isn’t because of what we do.

FOLLOWING Jesus asks his disciples to leave their comfort zones. They walked away from jobs, family, friends, a life that they knew-to follow Jesus into one where they didn’t know much, except for the Rabbi. “Following” admits that we don’t know exactly where we are headed or how to get there. It is an act of humble worship and great trust to allow Jesus to lead our community and our lives.

JESUS Our leader, our rabbi, the one who has come into our lives and invited us into something greater. God’s dreams are better then our own, God’s vision for our lives is far more colorful and fun than we could imagine, so come join us in following our amazing God into a world we hardly knew existed.

Well that’s all good and nice, but how do we actually do it? There are three values that we uplift which will make our missional goal a reality.

First, we “worship to deepen our connections.” Using the cross itself as an example, we worship to connect with God (the vertical) and we worship alongside each other to connect with one another (the horizontal). If our worship doesn’t bring us closer to God or others, than we are doing something wrong.

Secondly, we value “education to challenge our understanding of God.” Growth always means some level of discomfort, and we welcome the challenge of seeing God in new ways. We need to push ourselves to see God in places and faces that we would have overlooked without becoming aware.

Lastly, we do what Jesus did. “Service with others to change the world.”  Jesus often brought people into his miracles to change the world around them. Changing the world is a big job but doing so means that we begin with God changing our world. We invite God into our lives to give us a glimpse of what God is up to, and what we are being invited into and we join together to get to work making God’s kingdom show up on earth.