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Upcoming Events
JAN

20

SUN
CELEBRATION EARLY WORSHIP
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CHILDREN'S CHURCH
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Family Game Night & Tacos
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us for Family Game Night (here at St. Andrew’s) on Sunday, January 20th 4:00pm
Education Committee will be providing Tacos and all the fixings. Please bring a dessert to share.
JAN

22

TUE
Quilters Ministry
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Quilters Ministry - The quilting ministry at St. Andrew's exists primarily to provide comfort quilts to those seeking spiritual comfort in their lives. The quilters meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 10am - 2pm (Jan. 22 is the next meeting) - with a potluck lunch at noon. Ideas, projects, enthusiasm, and fellowship are shared by all. All are welcome and no skill or experience is necessary
JAN

23

WED
Choir Practice
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
JAN

26

SAT
St. Benedict’s Community Dinner
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
St. Benedict’s Community Dinner – Saturday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. We serve a hot meal for the homeless and low-income people in our community.
JAN

27

SUN
CELEBRATION EARLY WORSHIP
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CHILDREN'S CHURCH
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FEB

03

SUN
CELEBRATION EARLY WORSHIP
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CHILDREN'S CHURCH
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bible Search

Happy New Year!

The turn of the year seems to provide an almost instinctual time for people and society to reflect on the past year. News stations recap the “biggest” events in the past year, political commentators discuss the “most” important decisions of the year, and individuals share their “goods” and “bads” of the year. Though the day simply turns over at it happens ever twenty-four hours, the New Year often stands as a reflective moment. The New Year also seems to welcome hopefulness: a time for us to make new plans, new resolutions, and new goals. There is, for me, poetic beauty in the marking of a new year.

As we end 2018 and bring in 2019, I invite each of you into prayer. I invite you to reflect and see how God worked in and through your life in the past year, and to pray for the awareness and grace you hope to see in the New Year. To do this, I’d like to share with you a prayer – known as the Examen – popularized by St. Ignatius of Loyola. While this prayer is intended for daily use, it is also a great way to reflect on the past year and look into the new one.

I invite you to prepare 10-15 minutes of your day in quiet and solitude. Find a place you feel comfortable, safe, and peaceful. And when you’re ready, pray this prayer:

1. Become aware of God’s presence. Ask for God’s peace and presence and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this process.

2. Review the year with gratitude. Gratitude is foundational to our spiritual relationship with the Divine. With the guidance of the Spirit, think back to the events and people in 2018 that brought you joy and delight. Pay attention to the small things.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. Awareness of emotions is what makes us human. It is likely that remembering these events have stirred emotions. What emotions are you feeling? How are the emotions guiding your reflection? What can God teach you through these emotions?

4. Choose one or two events of the year and pray from them. Likely, there is something that was extremely meaningful to you. Ask the Spirit to guide you: why was this important; what did you learn from it; how are you changed by it (or are you)?

5. Look toward 2019. Ask God to give you light for this year’s challenges. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask God for help and understanding. Pray for hope.

[Source: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen]

I pray that as you reflect on the past year and look towards plans and goals for the New Year that you find God’s guidance, wisdom, and peace! A blessed New Year to you all…

Many blessings,

Pastor Dirk

Methodist 101 Class: Interested in becoming a member of the church? Did you go through confirmation "eons" ago? Simply curious about The United Methodist Church and its beliefs? Pastor Dirk will host a Methodist 101 classes during the Lenten Season (March 6th - April 20th). Recognizing the diverse schedules of our congregation, the classes will be held on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights (more specific details will be forthcoming). Registration isn't required, but helpful - please see Pastor Dirk or call the church office.

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