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News from St. Andrew's - September 9, 2020
Painting: The Ordination of Elders in a Scottish Kirk, by John Henry Lorimert

Dear St. Andrew’s Community:

This is truly an exciting time as we prepare to meet the candidate that the Pastoral Nominating Committee has nominated to be the next pastor at St. Andrew’s next weekend. In the pre-COVID era, there would be a meet-and-greet on Saturday, followed by the person preaching on Sunday.  Then there would be a congregational meeting to vote on the nominee.  Given the limitations that exist at present, there will be a similar schedule, but, of course, everything will be on Zoom.  The PNC and Scott are hard at work to make sure every member will have access to the proceedings, even if someone does not use Zoom.  Stay tuned for the specific details and be in prayer for everyone involved.

This coming Sunday we will install and ordain the new church officers at 10:30am. This will be followed by a coffee hour and then an adult study following the coffee hour.

In worship, I’ll be continuing my series on “Glimpses of Paradise” with a focus on the exchange between Jesus and the two criminals in Luke 23; the sermon is called “Border Crossing.”

Chris Davis drives to Los Angeles on Friday, will be with us for Zoom coffee hour on Sunday, then fly to his new life in Taiwan that night.  He’s been adding recordings for us right up to his departure.

As you may know, I’ve been involved with the Human Family Project since last year.  This initiative is based at the local Jewish synagogue, B’nai B’rith, and includes a wide representation of various spiritual traditions in town.  Before COVID, we were going to be hosting monthly “Come and Learn” events at various houses of worship.  That program is now starting again using Zoom, and the first event will be featuring Congregation B’nai B’rith on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm.  Following a brief meeting with Rabbi Steve Cohen, Rabbi Daniel Brenner will give a short, pre-recorded video tour of CBB, followed by a live zoom Question and Answer session with anyone who is attending. Here is the zoom link for the Come And Learn event:  This is a chance to learn about our local Jewish community as we seek to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect.

I look forward to seeing everyone Sunday as we anticipate the following weekend when we will meet the candidate.


Another St. Andrew's

NOTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO CALL A NEW PASTOR: A meeting of the Congregation will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, September 20 at 10:30AM for the purpose of approving the Call of a new Pastor.

Dear Fellow St. Andrew’s Members,

After many months of work, your Pastor Nominating Committee is pleased to present to you a candidate for Pastor.

For the moment, information must remain confidential, but we want you to know what is coming as your participation is vital as we move forward.

On Saturday morning, September 19th we will send a biography of the candidate to the St. Andrew’s members who receive this email. That afternoon we will host a Zoom “Meet and Greet” for members to meet the candidate.

The candidate will participate in our recorded Sunday, September 20th, Worship Service posted on Youtube. Our usual Sunday morning Zoom Coffee Hour will be replaced by our Congregational Meeting to vote to approve the Call of the candidate as our new Pastor.

Your PNC believes you will be well pleased with the candidate. Your Session chose the members of the PNC well to represent the diversity of our congregation. As such, we were determined to be unanimous in nominating the next Pastor. We are!

Specific information about the Congregational Meeting and “Meet and Greet” will be sent in the near future.


Diana, Julie, Kirk, Linda, Michelle, Nevin, and Tom
St. Andrew’s Pastor Nominating Committee


Join us this Sunday, September 13 at 10:30am for a brief service to ordain and install the the new and renewed Deacons and Ruling Elders who will serve St. Andrew's.  The election of these people was held via a "ZOOM" congregational meeting, and we will Ordain and Install them via a "ZOOM" service this week.  Coffee Hour will follow immediately after the service.  Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Installation/Ordination Service ->  Zoom to Service & Coffee Hour


Adult Education Series Beginning tthis Sunday: Experience renowned theologians Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Joan Chittister together live on stage exploring topics of faith and life with honesty, integrity, and expertise. We can look forward to serious and useful examination about whether Christianity has a future or not  This FAITHANDREASON seminar was held at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, Houston, TX, October 18 & 19, 2013. Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after the Ordination Service and Coffee Hour for Dr. Borg’s presentation. Subsequent lectures will be presented weekly.

Marcus BorgWhy I Am Still a Christian.

Joan Chittister, OSBWhy I Am Still a Catholic
John Dominic CrossanWhy I Am Still a Christian

Marcus BorgProgressive Christianity and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSBWho Is God In An Evolutionary World?
John Dominic CrossanCovenant & Divine Violence

Marcus BorgThe Cross and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB
American Women and the Women of the World
John Dominic CrossanJesus & Divine Violence

Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: Does Christianity Have a Future?

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