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August 6, 2014
‘Saying to the prisoners: Come out!’
Isaiah 49 9
When something is held captive in us, it is much like a person in prison. This creates a lack of freedom, holds us back, closes us off. I find there’s always something more that needs to be freed in me. Just when I think I’ve let the last prisoner out of my inner soul, I locate another one that need to be released. More recently, I discovered I was holding ‘acceptance of others’ in my prison.
A new man started working at my local post office. He was the ‘angry white postman’ from the horror movies (you know the one who goes ballistic and kills everyone). He was always yelling and rude to everyone. I didn’t like him and found myself hoping each time that I’d be waited on by someone else. One day I looked at this man I disliked and asked God to help me be kind to him. I made a deliberate effort to be cheerful and pleasant to him for the next few weeks. And you know what – it didn’t make the slightest difference – in him. But as I left the post office this week, instead of feeling angry at how he treated people, I felt free because I had not let his bad behavior impact me or my day or how I treated the people I came in contact with next. I could accept him as he was and continue to pray and hope that one day we can ‘kill his anger with kindness’ and he will be free of his prison as well.
In the Spirit of the Lord,
St. Andrew's Preschool Registration 2014-2015
Fill out the information at this link and return it to the office with a $110.00 non-refundable registration fee to guarantee your child’s placement for next year. A full Registration packet will need to be filled out and returned to the office, packets will be handed out at the Parent Orientation in August. Please check the class you wish for your child to attend. We register on a first come first registered basis, we will not be able to hold spots for children until this form is filled out and the registration fee is paid.
Thank you, Kathy Bowen, Preschool Director 360-491-2030
August Children’s Church Teachers Needed– We need people to teach Children’s Church during the 11am Worship for August 10, 17 and 24. Activities can include watching a children’s video, sharing a story, playing Bible bingo, doing a craft project or many other options. Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Children’s Reading Goal: 500 Books & $800
Help the children reach their goal. For every donation made to Heifer we will uncover a part of the 2 posters in the Fellowship Hall - revealing which animals the children are hoping to purchase with the money raised. Mark your donation Heifer and place in the offering plate or church office. We also have Heifer car decals for sale for $2.
Aug 4-7 Workshop of Wonders - Vacation Bible School
Monday - Thursday, 9-11:30am
Aug 7 Family Fun Night - 5:30pm
Bring family and friends for food, games, music and fun.
Aug 9 Parking Lot Sale 9:00am-3:00pm
Check out all the great items we will have for sale Saturday. Some of the funds raised will go to Mission and to General budget expenses.
FORKids Backpack program
NEEDED: Oatmeal, Fruit cups, applesauce lunch cups, pudding cups. Place in box on the floor inside Sanctuary doors
Items we collect Year Round
Besides food for the school bags and the Food Bank we collect:
Aluminum Cans – we recycle and the $ goes for Missions. Place in the small house to the left of the dumpster in parking lot.
Hygiene items – for homeless. Especially needed are trial size soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Also toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, and feminine product. Must be new still in packaging. Place in ‘Donation’ bin across from Pastors’ Office
Plastic Shopping Bags & Empty Egg Cartons that hold a dozen eggs: Food bank could use your clean plastic shopping bags and empty egg cartons to use in passing out food to families. Please put in the Food Bank bin just inside the Sanctuary doors.
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United Methodist Market – The shopping portal explained in the bulletin insert last month has changed names. Go to http://www.umcmarket.net/ Start here for all your internet shopping and St. Andrew’s will receive a donation at no cost to you. The market has already raised $54,000 for United Methodist churches.
Small Group Meetings – EVERYBODY WELCOME:
Adult Sunday School will begin at 9:30am and will end at 10:30 when the choir starts to practice. Childcare is available in the Nursery during this time.
Singles Luncheon Group – meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at Colonial Inn at 11:00am For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.) Lunch is $5.50 Contact: Chris Regester
No-host After Church lunch – meets every Sunday after 11:00 service for lunch at Emperor’s Palace (on Martin)