From Pastor Dave Dockweiler

To the Family of Faith at St. Andrew’s,
October has begun and I am excited for the Fall. We love the changing seasons in our house and celebrate them all. Summer warmth gives way to crisp fall evenings, then the snow comes and eventually melts off, we find reasons to celebrate just about everything. A new church season is upon us as well. Our academic year has kicked off and Sunday School, Bible Study and Confirmation is all under way. If you have a young person that has not been included in our educational offerings, please let me or Sue Epting know and we can get them plugged in. Bible study for adults is offered every other Thursday evening, beginning on October 4th. We will be digging into the book of Hebrews, you can come, you don’t need to know anything about the Bible before coming to this gathering. Our Confirmation youth will be getting an overview of the Old Testament this year, last year we focused on the New Testament.
There are some new happenings coming up.
We launched our Capital Improvement Fund, which will allow our congregation to weather unexpected costs related to our physical plant. Everyone was wonderfully surprised when we learned that some generous member of our church is willing to match gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000. We have a great opportunity to make $20k into $40k. So far we have already raised over $8,000, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. To our big giver and to everyone that has put additional money in the collection plate towards this fund. Mark your calendar and come to our 2nd Trivia Night, October 19th at 6:30, which is a fund raiser going to this goal.
This year our Animal Blessing lands on the same Sunday that we usually do a “Harvest Sunday.” So, this year, we are asking for animal donations instead of the regular food staples that we usually collect. The SPCA of Westchester Wish List includes cat food (preferably Purina and Friskies) and dog food (preferably Pedigree or Halo), brushes, shampoo, leases and collars. All your animal donations will be brought to this great no kill shelter.
Looking further ahead we are gathering people interested in taking part in a mission trip this summer. Our high school aged youth will head to Lexington North Carolina between July 7th and 13th. Adults are invited to join a group headed to San Lucas Toliman Guatemala on June 23rd-28th. I have grown substantially in my faith through these two opportunities and I am so excited to offer these up for your consideration.
You are an amazing family of faith, willing to share your gifts, your time and offering your treasure-it is a pleasure and an honor to be your pastor. As always I end with an invitation.   

See you on Sunday,
Pastor Dave