A message from Pastor Joyce Fiore

It is a new world many of us are living in!  
What I do know: --
I can’t transact any action without being able to negotiate the
internet, Facebook, electronic tracking...and I have managed
to avoid
Twitter.  I don’t think that will last too long...  There
has never been a time when God’s people were able to avoid
keeping up with the current technology and we are no different.

Several years ago I told my children
I would not get a smart
which was laughable.  Now I receive numerous texts
every day, order merchandise online with the use of my smart
phone, and so on.  I know in the near future I will be upgrading
(can you believe I am saying that) to keep up.  Someone asked
me the other day if I knew how to text and I was taken aback.
Who doesn’t text?

I follow two people on
Caring Bridge which keeps me up to
date with their responses to difficult medical issues.  Very
frequently I go into the Upstate NY Synod website as well as
the ELCA.org website.  See the article on
podcasts on the next

As a church we are also called to be responsive to current
trends.  This is no different than in Jesus' time when Rome
took over the area and forced people to deal with new
innovations and thought processes.  

In the next months we will be looking at several approaches in
using this most useful tool called
technology. Discernment is
necessary as well as keeping up with the current tools of
communication and proclamation.  I look forward to talking to
you about the church moving forward and yet keeping the
truth of Christ on the Cross relevant in today’s world.  

It is true that when I travel, I now keep a small device to keep
all my electronic devices charged, four separate electric cords
if there is an outlet available, and a
hotspot (Ellipsis) so that I
may access the internet anywhere I am.  Was I surprised in the
airport a few days ago when someone came up to me to ask
how to get onto the airport internet.  The most amazing news
was that I had already accessed it and I could help him!  
(If you are under 60 this article is probably irrelevant to you).

Keep your eyes and ears open and see Saint Andrew Lutheran
Church continue to move forward technologically.  Please feel
free to offer advice and test me if I understand it.   
TTYL: "Talk to you later!"

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The
old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
2 Corinthians 5:17

Pastor Christopher Hoyer, Guest Celebrant at
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church

Top photo -- Saint Andrew Choir -- Gary Glidden, Director
2nd photo -- Lisa Pratt
3rd  photo -- Rudy Cragnolin
4th photo -- Pastor Christopher Hoyer, Emily Kamber, Acolyte,
and Anne Cinquemani, Congregational Deacon


Universally Accessible Playground and Spray Yard

A universal playground was designed by two boys who wanted
to play together despite the fact that one boy used a
wheelchair.  The plans are in place and the first phase is
scheduled to be built this year at Betar Park in Moreau, NY.

This started four years ago when
Logan Mahoney was 8 and
his friend
Nolan Jacox was 7.  Logan’s mother, Sandy, is the
town recreation director.  The Town Board broke the
playground into three phases because of the cost.  The Spray
Yard is included in the first phase.  

The entire plan includes everything the boys envisioned four
years ago, even a zip line.  Everything will be accessible to all,
with ramps to let everyone reach the top of the play structures
and swings that can hold larger children safely or hold a child in
a wheelchair.  The boys want this to be a playground for
everyone not just kids with disabilities.  

Saint Andrew has supported this project when the playground
was a recipient of last year’s
Change for a Dollar Fund Drive
and $500 from last year’s
Garage Sale.

During fellowship hour on Sunday, February 17, 2019, Logan
(now 12) and Nolan (now 11) and their mothers will be at Saint
Andrew Lutheran Church to talk to us and answer questions.

Come meet these boys and share in their dreams!

Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The annual congregational meeting of Saint Andrew Lutheran
Church will be held on
Sunday, February 10th at 11:00 AM
(immediately following the 10:00 AM worship service).  Copies
of the Annual Report for 2018 will be available in the narthex
Sunday, January 27th for you to take and review prior to
the meeting.

The Pastor’s report, the congregational President’s report,
and the reports from various committees will be reviewed.

The financial reports for 2018 will be presented for review as
we look to approve the proposed budget for 2019.

There will also be discussion regarding our loan for the
narthex/kitchen expansion which now stands at $19,000.

Two positions on the church council are open and we look for
nominees to fill those positions.

Finally, two candidates are needed to be voting members at the
Upstate NY Synod Assembly in June.

ELCA Podcasts Available

As a Body of Christ, we are called to stay contemporary.  
I love
podcasts and TED talks!  Here is your opportunity to
keep abreast of people’s stories.

Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

As a church that believes God is calling us into the world –
Three Sides presents diverse voices from across the

Typically, it’s said there are
two sides to every story.
often a middle or third side of the story is revealed,
providing another perspective to consider.  Listen as we share
unique stories from the many expressions of this church.  

From our
members whose lives are grounded in faith, love of
God and neighbor.

From our
congregations that work every day to share the love
of Christ with all God’s people.

From our
global companions and partners that
join us as we work to build up Christ’s church throughout the

For more information, go to the ELCA website: --
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Joyce Fiore, Pastor
"For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I have placed you as a light for the
Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.'" Acts 13:47
February, 2019