To the Family of Faith at St. Andrew’s,
The apostle Paul writes to the members of the young church in Rome, “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to stranger. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” (Romans 12:9-14). The church in Rome is off to a rocky start and it is no surprise. Paul would have a hard time finding a more difficult place to plant a church. Rome was the seat of the Roman Empire; it is the home of the Pantheon where all the gods reside. Even more, proclaiming Jesus as Lord, was a politically loaded statement because the Emperor was lord, not Jesus.
The church in Rome was in a tough time and Paul instructs them on personal activities in his letter. Once again, due to the pandemic, the church is in a tough time. This is a time to “look small” and do what we can instead of being overwhelmed by all that we can’t. The church has weathered storms large and small in the past because individuals were moved to continue sharing their faith. We have had to pivot many times in the last 6 months. We launched services online, we launched worship outdoors, we did a communion drive up, we have studied and prayed together on Zoom. I will continue to use the resources I have access to in the most creative and helpful ways I can, but the church needs YOU. I cannot do this ministry alone. Let us “look small” these days taking our cues from Paul. Let’s show each other and the world what genuine love looks like, let’s stand together in condemning evil (such as systematic racism) when we see it (either in person or online). In fact, maybe these words from Paul need to be written down in our own hand, put it on your bathroom mirror and read it every morning. This is a daily checklist for life.
We are going to be okay; we have work to do. We are invited to help usher in the kingdom of God, we are welcomed to help in ways big and small. During this time of pandemic and shut down, remember that God is all around you, working on you and working through you. You can come to our online book study, invite people to worship (online and outside, inside coming soon), you can help others when they are hurting and be a listening ear to those who just need to talk. The building is currently closed, but the church is very much open. In the past 6 months we have had many visitors and will be doing a new member class in the next few months. Many churches are receiving no new visitors because they are doing nothing new. We are doing all sorts of things we have never done before (like movie nights) and it is working. Neighbors are coming to worship, friends of friends are meeting here to enjoy a socially distant movie and learning about our community. Through loads of little interactions, the church continues to grow. Thank you for all the little things that you do to live out your calling as a disciple of Jesus.
See you on Sunday
(one way or the other)
For our outdoor services the front parking lot is reserved for persons who desire to remain in their vehicles. All others, please use the upper parking lot near the chapel house or the back parking lot and walk to the front lawn area. Our sound system should cover this area nicely. Please remember, the building will NOT be open and bathrooms NOT available.
Circles have been painted in the grass indicating seating areas at least 6 feet from any other. Communion cups are available on a self serve table. If you are remaining in your car notify an usher and communion supplies will be provided. A collection box will be placed in a central location to receive your offerings or you can give online by clicking HERE.
Kids must stay with parents at all times. The playground will be available but masks must be worn.
Social distancing is required mask wearing is encouraged.
From Pastor Dave Dockweiler- Mini Church, an online shorted addition of service, is now available.
Work and Pray
Lets Talk About Fear
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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.