Welcome to our new Childrenâ€™s Director and his family! Today we welcome Kevin Johnston as our new Childrenâ€™s Director. Kevin and his wife, Meggan, live in Greencastle with their sons Daniel and William, and newborn daughter, Evelyn. Kevin teaches fourth grade in Plainfield, and comes to us with a terrific record of successful ministry to children and youth. Please greet Kevin and his family today during coffee hour.
Family Pizza Dinner. On Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. the Childrenâ€™s Ministry Group will host a pizza dinner for all parents and children of the parish. Afterwards, the children will enjoy a movie while the parents gather in the sanctuary to meet our new Childrenâ€™s Minister Kevin Johnston and discuss plans for the service on Sunday, October 4. Please RSVP to Renee Hood, our Office Administrator, by Tuesday, September 15.
Fall Sermon Series Starting September 27. During Jesusâ€™ ministry there was one topic he spoke about far more often than any other: â€œThe Kingdom of God,â€ a concept we will unpack and explore through some of the parables found in the Gospels. If you want to understand the heart of what Jesus came to teach, then this sermon series is for you. September 27, The World is too Much With Us, Mark 1:9â€“20. October 11, Prepared to Encounter God, Matthew 25:1â€“13. October 18, A Perspective of Grace, Matthew 20:1â€“16.
October 25, Letâ€™s Party! Luke 14:1â€“23. November 1, No Room to Hold Grudges, Matthew 18:21-35. November 8, How Our Lives Fit In, Matthew 25:14â€“30. November 15, Thereâ€™s Room for the Old and the New, Matthew 13:44â€“52.
Adult Study Groups Forming. Beginning the first week of October, adults are invited to one of three study groups led by Father John concerning the topic of each weekâ€™s sermon (see above for topics). Tuesday groups will be held 12:00â€“1:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, and 7:00â€“8:00 p.m. in the home of Martha Rainbolt and Carl Huffman (707 East Seminary Street). The Wednesday group will be held 6:30â€“7:30 p.m. at the home of Justin and Dana Glessner (639 East Seminary Street), with childrenâ€™s program at the church during this time. See following announcement.
Mid-week Childrenâ€™s Program Starting Soon. Starting on October 7, our new Childrenâ€™s Minister Kevin Johnston will be leading our youth on Wednesday nights from 6:15â€“7:45 p.m. in Hamilton Hall and our new childrenâ€™s ministry space. These gatherings will correspond with the adult study group meeting on Wednesdays at the same time.
Choir for 2015â€“2016. The Saint Andrewâ€™s Choir has begun its Fall semester. If you have not been part of the Choir previously and are interested in joining, please speak with Christian Hoffland, our Choirmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Connections Program. On Sunday, September 13 the Pastoral Care Ministry Group will roll out our new Connections Program at Saint Andrewâ€™s. By signing up, you and your family will be paired with another individual or family within the parish for a six-month period. During that time you are encouraged to find ways to get to know each otherâ€”attending childrenâ€™s events together, having a meal, serving together, and so on. (A list of ideas will be presented on September 13.) While no-one in the parish is required to participate, all are encouraged to do so as we strive to deepen our â€œinreach,â€ and the ways that we care and support one another as a spiritual community.
Parking Lot Spaces. The nine newly-paved spaces at the back of our lot are now available for use. The area will be painted sometime in late September.
Beyond Homeless Monthly Meal Donation. Saint Andrewâ€™s donates a meal on the third Sunday of each month. We provide a main dish, side, and dessert to serve 12â€“15 people (as well as any Saint Andrewâ€™s members who wish to stay and eat with the residents, which is highly encouraged, but not required). Food needs to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. Sign-up online at tinyurl.com/nvcl34x or talk to Martha Rainbolt or Brooke Cox.
Hamilton Hall Renovations Update. The facilities passed the final building and fire inspections with flying colors. The flooring and carpeting are now finished in all of the floor areas; a decision will be made Thursday on the color and dimensions of the carpeting and runner that will go on the stairs from the first floor to the second. We are almost there!