I was told that the three steps to a memorable speech are 1) tell the audience what you are going to say, 2) then say it, and finally 3) tell the audience what you just said. I don't know that I have taken that advice to heart in sermon delivery, but I am vigilant to practice it when launching a new initiative in church. So, it should not be a surprise that I am going to talk again about live streaming worship—why, when, and how.
Why: There are three simple reasons 1) it makes it possible to have worship with a portion of people in the sanctuary while others stay at home, which is critical in making the transition to in-person worship. 2) It will enable homebound members or traveling members to continue to worship with the congregation even when they can't be in-person. Finally, 3) it will serve as a way for curious people to get to know us better, which may become the standard way to find churches post-pandemic.
When: I am aiming to start the Sunday after Easter. That means we won't have any changes before the big Sunday of the year. If we can't launch the new technology by then, it will be shortly after that. I will keep everyone posted on the progress.
How: Once we are ready to switch to live streaming, all that is required is to click on the link in the worship email at 9:30 am on Sunday morning. It should be that simple. I realize that there are members of St. Andrew's who do not like church on the computer. I get that, believe me. I much prefer to see people in person. Nevertheless, live streaming offers an opportunity to expand our reach to strangers and members alike.
If you have any concerns, please call me. I'd be happy to listen and answer any questions you may have. Change can be a little disorienting for a while, but before you know it the new thing has become the old tradition.
Life is moving forward!
March April 2021 Newsletter
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Please join us this Sunday, March 7, for virtual communion as you partake of the bread and cup in your home.
Starting March 1, vaccine appointments will open for Phase 1B residents, including educators, childcare workers, and agricultural industry workers. For more information, go to the County's COVID-19 Information Portal at https://publichealthsbc.org/
Starting March 15, vaccine appointments will be opened for ages 16-64 with specific underlying health conditions. For more information, see the County's vaccination page at https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/
If you want to get vaccinated but are having a hard time navigating the web to sign up, give us a call at the church and we will try to match you with someone who can help. Don't struggle in frustration alone, call us at 805-967-6327.
Love Your Neighbor
This weekend, March 11-14, is Interfaith Sanctuary Alliance's Love Your Neighbor Weekend. For more information about how you can support our immigrant neighbors, go to: http://loveyourneighborsb.org/action/.
Office Hours Announcement
Office Closed March 16 and 17
The church secretary will be out of the office on Tuesday, March 16th, and Wednesday, March 17th, but Pastor Jen will be in those days from 10:00AM until the afternoon. Normal office hours resume Thursday, March 18th. Thank you.
Lent Zoom Series
Topic: "Faith and..." series
Time: Sundays, February 28, March 7, 14 & 21 from 6:00 - 7:30PM
The Presbytery Church in the World Committee invites us all to join a special 4-week series on Zoom.
Let us know what your favorite hymn is and we will include it in the worship service on the Sundays following Easter. Since it takes time to record the hymns, the deadline for sending in your request is Sunday, March 17. Provided Erin can sing them and Tim can play them (and they can pretty much do anything), we will get them in! Thank you.
Rev. Jen Fraser will present "Listen, Help, and Care" the fifth lesson of her six-week class, "Reclaiming Evangelism.” This series is an honest examination of the history and practice of evangelism with an eye toward re-discovering the intention and meaning behind Matthew 28: 19-20. The Lesson Titles of the course are:
Week 1: "The Early Church"
Week 2: "The Dominant Church"
Week 3: "Colonialism and the Church"
Week 4: "Evangelism and Relationship"
Week 5: "Listen, Help, and Care"
Week 6: "There is Something Real About Jesus"
Please Join us Sundays right after Coffee Hour at 11 AM on Zoom!