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June 27, 2018

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word…..

  

“Your word is a lamp to my feet,
And a light to my path.”  (Psalm 119:105 NRSV)


Psalm 119 is the longest of all and is divided into 22 segments of eight verses each. They are arranged in the order of the Hebrew alphabet.  The foundation of the entire work is to celebrate the law and to give glory to the revelation of the path of the Lord.

Words are important, but the Word of God holds the most important message of all. Generously summarized in the words “love the Lord your God” and your neighbors as yourself.” As is most often the case, Jesus deepens the meaning of the Old with the fulfillment of that law with the law of love.

 “You do well,” James writes, “if you really fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (James 2:8) And in summary of that, James give three tests of true faith, the fruit of the Spirit: guarding the tongue, the words we speak; caring for those in need, faith active in love; keeping oneself unstained by the world, the culture that woos us from the way of the Lord.

We live in times of strong rhetoric, unguarded words, and the power of quick chat with social media. How do our words enfold, uplift, and build the communities we are called to serve? As we live in an often harsh world, might we begin with the teachings of Paul? He writes:  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….” (Here is the context:  Colossians 3:12-17.)

In all things, let the Word of God root you in words that build up with thanksgiving and thanksliving.

Pastor McEachran

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

July 1 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship with Holy Communion:

9:30 am

 Sermon:

Pastor McEachran

 

Readings:

Lamentations 3:22-26; 2 Corinthians 8:8-15; Mark 5:21-43

Please Note:

· Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Room 212
· Fellowship hosted by the Stewardship Committee, 10:45 am, 301/Fellowship Hall

 

News to Share…

 

Visioning Workshops
Friday, July 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 14, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
These two workshops are the start of our visioning process…the process of putting clarity around where we are going…where God is taking us. This is just the start. We won’t complete the process during these workshops. We will be creating very important groundwork on which we will build our vision…our plans for the future. This groundwork will be used to build each successive step of the process. So, it is important that we start with a good representation of all of us. Please, make every effort to attend these workshops and have your voice heard.
Workshop 1: Friday, July 13, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This workshop will focus on the uniqueness of Saint Andrew’s: the community around us and its needs; the strengths and capabilities of our congregation; and what excites us and captures our passion. We will provide the hotdogs and condiments for a “picnic” meal. If you can, please bring something to share to go with the hotdogs: fruit, veggies, salad, cookies, etc.
Workshop 2: Saturday, July 14, 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This workshop will build on the work of the first. It will start with the ideas of what we can do better than other churches, of where to focus our ministry for the greatest impact. It will build on these ideas to develop, with clarity, what our mission should be going forward.
Child care will be provided for both workshops.

 

Congregation Hikes
July 24 and August 7
Each summer we plan a couple weekday hikes on a nearby trail. Leaders are needed for this summer’s hikes. Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, 425-746-2529 or sherry@SALChome.org, to volunteer or for questions.

 

All Church Retreat
August 17-19, Mt. Rainier National Park
Enjoy the company of family and friends and spend time focused on God. We have reserved group spots again at Cougar Rock Campground at Mt. Rainier National Park. Please sign up in the Narthex or online. For those who do not wish to tent camp, we recommend reserving an RV spot at Cougar Rock Campground or a room at the National Park Inn at Longmire, https://www.mtrainierguestservices.com/accommodations/national-parkinn. Reservations should be made as soon as possible.

 

Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…

 

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, July 1, 10:45 am, Room 212
Health and Wholeness Ministry offers blood pressure checks on the first Sunday of each month. They are in need of additional volunteers to assist in taking blood pressures. If interested in this ministry, contact Beverley Watt.

 

Dorcas Circle
Tuesday, July 3, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon, 302/Fellowship Hall South
Everyone is always welcome to join as we sew quilts, school bags, and complete other projects. Drop in anytime during the morning – sewing skills are not required! You can help from home by cutting and/or sewing quilt squares. Also welcome are donations of fabric, sheets (sheets are especially needed at this time), crochet or embroidery thread, quilt batting, sewing supplies, and blankets. Contact Linda Willenberg for more information.

 

Office Closed
Please note that the church office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

 

Trendings
Because of the Independence Day holiday, next week’s Trendings will be sent out on Thursday, July 5.

 

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon each day
VBS is being co-hosted by Saint Andrew’s and Our Savior Lutheran Church, with the theme of God’s Gardeners: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respond
Classes are for 4-year-olds (birth date between 9/1/2013 and 8/31/2014) through youth entering 7th grade. Older youth and adults are needed as volunteers.
Extended care from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm is available for Saint Andrew’s members.
Registration and volunteer forms are in the Narthex and online at vbs.SALChome.org. Contact Emily Harrow, emily@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529, for more information.

 

Summer Worship Schedule
Our summer worship schedule – one worship service at 9:30 am followed by a time of fellowship hosted by committees and groups – continues through Sunday, September 2.

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

> to participate in or volunteer for Vacation Bible School, July 9-13. Visit vbs.SALChome.org for links to online sign-up forms, or see the display in the Narthex.

> for the congregation hike on July 24. Sign up in the Narthex.

> for the congregation hike on August 7. Sign up in the Narthex.

> for the All Church Retreat on August 17-19. Sign up in the Narthex or online.

> to bake Communion Bread. Contact Jill Nichols-Hicks for more information.

> to become a member of Saint Andrew’s. Email Sherry Grindeland.

 

 


Outreach Opportunities….

~  Corner of Blessing: In June, we are collecting non-food essentials (toilet paper, feminine products, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste)
In July, we’re collecting individually packed non-perishable snacks (granola bars, snacking nuts, trail mix, fruit snacks, etc.)

~  Lattes for the Lord: Donations welcome for Hopelink’s “End Summer Hunger” program, to help feed children who do not have school-subsidized lunches during the summer.

~   Visit our Current Outreach Events and Projects webpage for more opportunities to serve.

 

 


Looking Ahead….

* Vacation Bible School, July 9-13, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon daily

* Dinner with Young Adults, July 11, 6:30 pm

* Visioning Workshop, July 13, 6:00 pm

* Visioning Workshop, July 14, 9:00 am

* Congregation Trip to Holden Village, July 15-20

* God Squad Summer Mission Trip, July 21-28

* Pop-up Bible Study, July 17, July 24, July 31, 9:30 am

* Congregation Hike, July 24

* Compline Service at St. Mark’s Cathedral, August 5

* Congregation Hike, August 7

* Dinner with Young Adults, August 12, 6:30 pm

* Owlet Adventure: Bainbridge Island, August 14

* All Church Retreat to Mt. Rainier National Park, August 17-19

* Mission Trip Sunday, August 26

* Summer Worship Schedule, through September 2
One worship service, 9:30 am

 

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Email Susan Hegedus, susan@SALChome.org

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