Easter Sunday Reservations

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During the current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, we will require reservations for our Easter services.  Please make a reservation for your “Household Group” of 6 people or less.  Please plan to bring and wear face coverings at all services.

Easter Sunrise Outdoor Service with Communion at 6:00AM
Outdoor Service without Communion at 7:30AM

Indoor Easter Services are at 9:00AM and 10:30AM
UPDATE:  As of 3/29/2021 all reservations are FULL for the indoor services

 Click HERE to Make Your Easter Reservations:
http://www.standrewsstockton.org/communion-reservations/

In addition, we will  Live Stream the Easter Service at 9:00AM; and then available to watch anytime thereafter on our YouTube Channel.

Grief and Gratitude in Lent

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There is a long relationship among the people of God with lament. To lament is to express sorrow and grief, often deeply and demonstrably. There are many psalms of lament. There is an entire book of lament, aptly named…Lamentations. We as Christians are well equipped in God’s word and among the fellowship of the saints to experience and understand lament and to live in it and walk through it. 

The New Testament does not end the tradition of lament among God’s people, but it does on multiple occasions include an interesting wrinkle: be grateful for the trials and tribulations, the sufferings and persecutions, that cause us to lament. In fact, rejoice in them. This is not the typical human response, but it is the response of humanity that lives through faith in the Son of God. 

The world has given us plenty of reason to lament this year. Many are hurting and lamenting more than at any other period in their lives. Yet we serve and have been saved by the “suffering servant,” the one who: 
has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).”

So during this season of Lent we will be exploring the tension of grief and gratitude together in worship. Our messages will be looking at several of the passages that hold this tension together and reveal how God’s people are to live the many sorrows of this life with joy and worship still on their hearts, minds, and souls. We pray it is a blessing for you as you navigate the grief and joy in your own life.

Midweek Lenten Services

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Ash Wednesday and Midweek Lenten Services
As Lent begins this week, we look forward to Christ coming for us as the Savior on the Cross. May our crucified Savior be with you this Lententide, and may you rejoice as Easter draws near.

In-Person Ash Wednesday Services on February 17
Noon: Indoor Communion service (no singing) and imposition of ashes
7PM: Indoor Communion service (with limited singing) and imposition of ashes

In-Person Wednesday Lenten Services on February 24 and March 3, 10, 17, and 24
7PM: Indoor services (with limited singing) with Pastor Dan, Pastor Brian, and Deacon Kirk sharing messages from the lives of Bible characters, including David, Job, Solomon, and Aaron.

College & Military Care Packages

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College & Military Care Packages
 

            
We are currently collecting names and addresses of those studying in college, and those military personnel that are away from family and friends. We want to encourage them and show that our thoughts and prayers are with them.  Please submit their names and addresses to Tracy no later than Sunday, January 31. We are also asking that the congregation would help out by bringing any the following items on or before Sunday, January 31:

 

Packages of pens or pencils

Boxes of granola bars

Boxes of microwaveable popcorn

Packages of wrapped candy

Boxes of hot chocolate (individual packets)

Snack packs of cookies or crackers

Notes of encouragement including your favorite Scripture verses

 

Our confirmation students will be helping to put together the boxes on Sunday, February 7 at 10am. Questions? Contact Tracy at tracy@stalc.org or 209-957-8750.


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Words of Encouragement

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Words of Encouragement 

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
As the days get shorter, and the temperatures drop, even if it’s just by a few degrees, Christmas gets closer and closer. Our Savior is coming, a bare child, wrapped in rags, nestled amongst hay, laying in a feeding trough. For our lives today, and maybe even for the lives of all sinners, God’s plan of salvation for humanity seems silly, and maybe even hopeless. A useless answer to the situation we are living in. COVID is still ravaging our communities, and maybe even your own family has been affected by it as well. Death, the loss of a job or income, or even just the isolation that comes when people fail to meet together, they all pull us away from Jesus. The holidays, Christmas and New Year’s, they seem to be a little less full of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love this year, don’t they?

            Malachi 3:7 says “Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’” and right now, in the middle of COVID, you may be asking yourself, “How will we return back to normal? How will my life ever be the same? How will we ever recover from this? How will I return to the hope I have in Christ?” As the world wanders about, afraid of the future, and awaiting the end of this horrible virus, Christmas is still getting closer and closer. And Jesus promises you: “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O Children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6).

            This Advent, and maybe especially during it’s third week, we remember the Joy that Christ has given us, not only through his birth, but through the many promises that He gives. The promise of everlasting life. The promises of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. The promise of forgiveness. And the promise of Family, the Body of Christ. Jesus is the Lord who does not change, and because of that, what He promises you remains true forever. As Advent comes to a close and Christmas gets closer and closer, we at Saint Andrews pray that you are inspired by the gifts God gives you, and that you do not fall into sadness this Christmas. Christ is for you, and He is born, a babe in a manger, for you! 

            And so, keep up those holiday traditions! Bake something for your neighbor. Talk to one another and see how you all are doing. The Hope you have in Christ is not gone. In fact, it calls you outwards towards others! Christ is coming and His promises remain sure. He defeated sin, death, and hell. And the same God that was crucified came down from heaven as a baby for you. Do not lose hope at the end of 2020. Why? Because Christ. Is. For. You!
 


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LCC WELCOMES ST. ANDREWS, STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, TO THE K-9 COMFORT DOG MINISTRY

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rahab will serve as a bridge for St. Andrews to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. Rahab Comfort Dog’s Bible verse is Joshua 2:11: “When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is one of presence. When the Lord calls, we must go and serve Him. Isaiah 6:8 tells us, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’” St. Andrews team has heard the call and has said “Here am I. Send me.”

The following new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry handlers have heard the call:
Top Dog Deb Rider, Bonnie Centers, Pastor Dan Deuel, Miriam Deuel, Brianna Kleinert, Amy Lapointe, Phillip Lapointe, Bobby Moore, Marybeth Muldowney, Ann Marie Rehbein, and Michael Rehbein
The following Ministry Partners have heard the call:
Barbara Britton, Justin Centers, Cathy Pauley, Laura Moore, Dustin Moore, Jeff Kramer, Pastor Brian Muldowney, Nancy Harrison-Werner, Brooke Kelly and Debbie Stamos
God is with them as they begin this new journey as part of the LCC K-9 Ministry. Please pray for God’s guidance for this new team as they go out to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those that are suffering and need.

Home Worship Resources

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There’s nothing like confessing, praying, and singing along with a large group of people, all worshipping the Lord in the same place. In fact, the book of Revelation describes a beautiful scene where “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” will worship the Lord at the foot of His throne (Revelation 7:9, 10). But is being in a large group the only way to enjoy praising God? Of course not!

King David wrote some of his prayers and worship songs while hiding in caves (see Psalms 57 and 142). Paul and Silas sang hymns together in a dungeon (Acts 16). Daniel prayed alone in his house every day (Daniel 6). Jesus told His followers  that it’s better to pray inside your room with the door shut than to show off with public prayer (Matthew 5:5, 6). Jonah even sang a prayer while inside the belly of a fish!

As Americans, most of us are used to the gift of being able to regularly worship in a group on Sundays and during the week. Right now, it’s best not to do that, so what can we do? In addition to joining St. Andrews for live-stream worship on Sundays at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., here are some worship-at-home ideas for you and your family!

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