Midweek Update from St. Andrew's - January 13, 2021
A Prayer for the Civil Servant
Today I walked to the post office to check on a package that should have been delivered a week ago. As the postal worker opened the half door to hear my complaint, he had a look that has become ubiquitous in the government workers I have encountered over the past year: he was both fatigued and wary as if he were prepared for this exchange to get ugly.
Our beloved civil servants, the ones who deliver our mail, pick up our garbage, carry out public health policies, monitor soil quality, patrol state parks, secure government buildings, etc., have been wedged between a rock and hard place. They work for institutions that have been gutted by political interests (remember the disappearing mail boxes?) and they interface with a public that is stressed and angry and looking for a target. To this mix we can now add understaffed due to the pandemic. So what can be done?
The postal worker that opened the door had to deliver bad news. “Things are incredibly backed up right now. It could be another week, or even a month before you get that package.” It wasn’t his fault. If he had my package he would have gladly given it to me. I was upset. But it wouldn’t have been right or helpful to project my anger onto him. So I smiled and thanked him for being honest. Throughout our exchange I was calm, respectful, and kind. He and I were just people trying to deal with difficult circumstances. We were in the same boat. As our exchanged went on his shoulders relaxed, his wariness melted away. Someone else made a joke and we both laughed. As I turned to walk away, he called out “have a nice rest of your day.”
The way of Jesus is to look for Christ in everyone we meet. This is actually a pretty simple, mundane task, but it is by no means easy. It has taken me decades to cultivate a compassionate view of all people. But, this is our calling. We do it in community. We do it together.
May God strengthen you in this call,
Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing!
If you register for the Santa Barbara Mission Conference now through Jan. 19, you’ll pay the discounted price of $49 general admission, $10 students. Afterwards, the price will be $74 general admission, $15 students. Act now! Register by going online at sbmissionconference.org or by downloading the registration form on our website and sending it with your check (postmarked no later than Jan. 19). This year’s virtual conference takes place Friday evening, Jan. 29, and all-day Saturday, Jan. 30. It will feature keynote speakers Shane Claiborne and Reggie Williams plus four outstanding breakout leaders.
January 31, 2021
Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, January 31, at 10:30AM at the beginning of the virtual Coffee Hour. Please join us for this important yearly meeting. Thank you.
Scholarship Deadline this Friday
Brad & Dorothy Naegle Scholarship - Deadline to Apply 1/15/21
To St. Andrew’s Members,
We are so fortunate that Brad and Dorothy Naegle, long time members at St. Andrew’s, upon their passing, left a generous donation to our church. As part of their legacy, they allocated funds for a postsecondary scholarship to be awarded to a member of St. Andrew’s. This year, we expect this award to be in excess of $7,000.
This scholarship is being administered through the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Therefore, any member interested in being considered for this funding must apply through the Foundation and the Foundation will make all decisions regarding the awarding of this scholarship. In accordance with the Naegle’s wishes, preference will be given to a student seeking to study education, music, or a church/seminary related field.
Please be aware that the deadline for applying is January 15, 2021. Applicants must complete the online General Scholarship Program application. Applications are available at www.sbscholarship.org. For additional information, contact the Scholarship Foundation at (805) 687-6065 or email@example.com.
Adult Education continues this Sunday, January 17, with the Faith and Reason Series, “The Future of Christianity.” John Dominic Crossan will present Jesus & Divine Violence. Is God violent or not? Crossan emphasizes the importance of looking to the historical Jesus as the one who informs us about the answer to that question. Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for John Dominic Crossan's presentation.
NEXT WEEK: Q & A with Chittister, Borg and Crossan
Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: Jesus & Divine Violence