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News from St. Andrew's - August 5, 2020

Dear St. Andrew's Community:

As I write this week, I am mindful of the many challenges across the nation and world as we try to find a safe way to educate children while supporting working parents.  WIth two of our daughters and my wife working in public education, I am impressed with how complicated it all is.  I hope and pray this experience will be redemptive in the long run, instructing us all as we seek to create sustainable and equitable patterns of life and work.

John Lewis' memorial service was very moving and inspiring in many ways.  Certainly one for me was to see former presidents from different parties taking turns giving eloquent testimonies to a remarkable man; in doing so they exhibited the kind of basic decency, mutual respect and honor we used to take for granted in public life. It felt like a soft rain after a long drought.

I'll be beginning a new sermon series this Sunday.  I'm calling it "Glimpses of Paradise," and it will explore different Biblical accounts of people experiencing what lies beyond our ordinary, visible world.  For a long time, I've been fascinated with spiritual experience, and it was a strong factor leading me into both ministry and hospice work.  I believe in this modern age we can be reluctant to talk about "heaven" because we're not sure what is credible and we don't want to seem naive.  But I think we can find a way to engage these stories and interpret them in a contemporary context that can illuminate important truths about our life and what might lie beyond.  (One of the most transformational reading experiences in my life was reading Dante's Divine Comedy some years ago, particularly his imaginative journey to Paradise which is filled with psychological and spiritual insights.)  So, this week we'll begin the journey with Jacob's "stairway to heaven" dream in Genesis 28.

Finally, I'll end on a light note.  Two weeks ago the New Yorker had a short piece called "Lexicon for a Pandemic," by Jay Martel.   He's coined a series of new words we can in the COVID era.  Here's a sample --

Body Zoom-morphia
: Finding your own image on a group video call so unappealing that you are unable to focus on anything else. 
: A potentially dangerous increase in the baking of bread in a quarantined home. 
: Formerly COVID-15; the amount of weight gained by an average adult during quarantine.  Sometimes related to a pan-demic. 
Flattening the Curve: Trying to fit into your jeans after three months of sweatpants. (See COVID-30).

May we all find blessings in this week as we find our way through this complicated time.



NOTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO ELECT CHURCH OFFICERS:  A meeting of the Congregation will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, August 30 at 10:30AM at the beginning of the virtual Coffee Hour for the purpose of electing Church Officers.

Get ready to ZOOM to the Congregational Meeting

We hope that a large number of our congregation will be able to participate in the Congregational Meeting via ZOOM.  If you feel challenged by participating in a Zoom meeting via computer or smart phone give a call to Scott.  He will try to set up a practice session with you to familiarize you with the Zoom process.

Request to Rosie

During a discussion of Erin's recordings of hymns for our virtual worship at the "Meet Roxie" gathering it was requested that Roxie's older sister, Rosie, make a recording in addition to Erin's videos.  Rosie did so.  Here's a link if you'd like to see and hear her... Wild Mountain Thyme.


Adult Education This Sunday:  Explore the mysterious, beautiful and alluring Song of Songs, at times referred to as Song of Solomon, in a study led by Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University and an ordained minister in the UCC.  Combining deep scholarship with a charming enthusiasm for the text, Dr. Wolfe navigates this intricate and sometimes puzzling book.  Who Wrote it?  What sort of people are the main characters?  Is it based in history, mythology … or both?  As you enter into the world of the lovers Ra’yati and Dodi, you will have plenty of opportunities to laugh and even blush, right along with Dr. Wolfe.  We invite you into the adventure of re-reading and re-imagining this powerful and intriguing work of poetry and literature in our Zoom Adult Education Class on Sunday August 9th at 11:00 AM.

The syllabus for the class is available HERE.

The Adult Education Committee will begin this series on July 12, 2020. Please join us on Zoom at 11 AM on Sundays!

Topic: Adult Education Class: Uppity Women of the Bible
Time: August 9, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Sun, until Aug 30, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)

Jul 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Jul 26, 2020 11:00 AM
Aug 2, 2020 11:00 AM
Aug 9, 2020 11:00 AM
Aug 16, 2020 11:00 AM
Aug 23, 2020 11:00 AM
Aug 30, 2020 11:00 AM

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