Red Letter Challenge

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This coming January we are kicking off a congregation-wide 40 day challenge called the Red Letter Challenge.

 https://www.redletterchallenge.com/

This challenge will begin January 21, 2020 with an introduction during worship services on January 19, 2020.  We encourage ALL St Andrews members to join this challenge. We would also like to encourage all current small groups to participate in this challenge with their groups.  We will be providing the materials needed. If you are not currently in a small group this will be a great time to join a group and we will be looking for new small groups to form to kick off this challenge.

The Red Letter Challenge (RLC) will encourage all of us to live more like Jesus using 5 main principles: Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving and Going.

Be prepared to draw closer to Jesus and live more like HE intended us to live in 2020!

 

20 Days of Prayer – January 1-20, 2020

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14

Let’s pray. Together. Each day. Let’s do this 20 days in a row (and beyond!). As we begin a new year and a new season and a new hope let’s first pray that God is our first treasure, our first hope, our first longing, and our first love. Let’s pray that His will is done before ours. Let’s pray that He does the things only He can do in us, around us, and through us. And then let’s thank and praise Him when He does what He has promised, which is more than we can ask or imagine.
Guided Resources for 20 Days of Prayer are available in the Fishhook, on our website, and in the the narthex (a large print edition). It will encourage you to read Scripture, pray through that Scripture, and continue to ponder and pray throughout your day. A psalm will also be suggested each day to read, ponder, and pray through (a great habit to get into). You are welcome to use whichever part is helpful in guiding your prayers and to pray far beyond what is suggested. Online resources have even more helpful tips on how to pray through Scripture, fast, other outlines for prayers, and more.

Taize Worship Service – Friday, December 20th

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Taize Worship
Prayer Around the Cross

Taize worshipers enter a darkened sanctuary in silence
and gather around a cross surrounded by soft light.

Taize Prayer and Worship is meditative and contemplative, filled with simple, repetitive songs, Bible readings, prayer, and silence. It is an opportunity to let go of the cares and stresses of the world. The readings, music, and silence help us connect with God in a unique way.

The service lasts about 45 minutes. It is held every third Friday of each month at 7:00pm.

Next Service: December 20th

A Special Christmas Gift Card

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Attention Parents and Grandparents – this year, in the true spirit of giving at Christmas, please consider buying your children/grandchildren one less gift for themselves and instead giving them a Christmas Gift Card for THEM to give to someone else.

The Christmas Gift Card asks them to choose a charity for you to give a gift to in their name.

There is a printable template (links below) that you can personalize with your child’s name, your name and the amount of the donation. It already has a list of charities on it, but you can change them to any that you prefer.

Follow the links below to download in PDF or Microsoft Word formats.  Just print it out, fold it in half and then fold it in half again and it will become a personalized Christmas Gift Card to give to your children/grandchildren.

This will help them think about the importance of giving, rather than receiving, this Christmas.

Christmas Gift Card – Fillable PDF Format

Christmas Gift Card – Microsft Word Document

NOTE:  The Microsoft Word format is best for customizing the document and looks the most professional.  The PDF document is the most compatible and easiest to use.

Advent Activities for Your Family

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To prepare for Christmas we will be using a spiritual formation tool called Advent in a Box! It is our hope that using the activities included in the box will help your family prepare for Christmas by having faith conversations at home during the week. Everything you need to complete the activities is in your box! There are “finish at your own pace” activities for the 4 weeks of Advent including  hands on  experiments interactive prayers and a few family challenges.  Each box also contains the contents to create an Advent Wreath and a nativity set. Advent in a Box is an awesome way to be invitational to people you know who might be uncomfortable coming to church. Take an extra box or two and give them out as gifts. Grandparents can pass one along to their grandchildren. Advent in a Box gives you the opportunity to send a light into your community in the shape of a box. Boxes will be available in the church entryway Sunday, November 17, 24 & December 1.

Cross+Gen Family Bible Study

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Cross+Gen
This year at Cross+Gen will be building our faith brick by brick as we learn more of the stories of the Bible. You won’t want to miss out on the fun and learning that will take place Sundays at 9:45am in the fellowship hall.  We hope you will join us weekly for the fun, learning, and relationship building. For more information contact Tracy at 209-957-8750 or tracy@stalc.org.

Faith 101 Class Begins October 6th

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Faith 101 

Looking to know more about the basics of the Faith? Haven’t been in to church in a while? Saint Andrews is starting up a New Members class this Fall! From the first Sunday in October to the second in November, there will be teaching topics, discussion, as well as simply time with one another. Get to know the church that supports and cares for you! The class will be held between our two services at 9:45 on each Sunday. All you have to do is watch two five minutes videos a week and then, just show up! We look forward to meeting you and growing in the grace of Christ! Contact the church office for more information or to signup.