|A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to autumn! For me, this time of the year brings a
great stirring in the soul.
Three things come to mind during this glorious time.
Fall brings the Autumn Equinox when Night and Day are
equal. The long, hot sunny days of summer give way to the
earlier and longer nights of winter. This is the time for
reflection of our inner self, our shadow side. We are afforded
the opportunity to review our thoughts and actions; those
times when our dark/shadow side has come to the surface. It is
a time to try to atone or make amends to those that we have
hurt or misunderstood. It is beautiful because we are allowed
to see our human self as a whole, both the light and the dark.
Leaves turn from green to a jeweled colored radiance surely
inspired by the Divine. The trees let them go to the ground
where they fade to brown, decay and return to the Earth. Yet,
matter how beautiful they were the trees don't mourn their
passing. Instead, they ready themselves for the long winter,
then spring, and the new buds. They let them go. As we watch
leaves fluttering to the ground in the fall, we are reminded that
nature's cycles are mirrored in our lives. We are reminded that
there is always a place for change. Autumn reminds us that
our bodies, minds, and soul are always changing. By accepting
and even inviting change we can focus on the impermanence of
what we know and try to hold onto, emphasizing how important
it is to embrace the present. How by letting go we open up
room for that which will serve the higher purpose to which we
Autumn also reminds us of the impermanence of everything.
We have experienced the budding of life in spring and the
flowerings and profusions of summer. Now the leaves fall and
bare branches remind us of the fleeting nature of all things.
We cherish the beauty of a sunrise, of a New England autumn,
of a relationship, of a child's hug, precisely because those
things will not be around forever and neither will we be around
to enjoy them." Fall also brings home to our consciousness
life’s many passings and the challenge to live every day to the
fullest. Autumn is here. Be blessed and be safe!
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time
to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to
kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to
build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to
mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a
time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time
to refrain from embracing." Ecclesiastes 3:1-5
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Jinney Vogel-Polizzi, Interim Pastor
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Worship at Saint Andrew
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church will continue their
OUTDOOR "Safe and Gentle Return to Gathered Worship."
One service will be held, at 10:00 AM. Services will be held
each Sunday, rain or shine. In the event of rainy or overly cold
weather, services will be held INDOORS.
Please be aware that numerous safety precautions have been
put into effect for any future indoor worship. Safe distancing
will be maintained, masks will be required, and the church will
be sanitized utilizing a defogger and approved solution before
and after each service. Access to areas of the building will be
God's Work. Our Hands
New Adventures at Saint Andrew!
With this year's garage sale, held on Friday and Saturday,
October 2-3, being totally outdoors there arose a need for
A neighbor of one of our members generously let us borrow his
20’ x 40’ canopy but was not available to set it up.
So seven brave souls from Saint Andrew set forth on a new
adventure! With no problems we had the canopy erected in
just under two hours!
Amazing what we can do when doing the Lord’s work!
Despite some rainfall, this year's garage sale netted
more than $3,500 for our church!
THANK YOU to all who worked so hard to make this year's
garage sale such a great success!
Saint Andrew's Social Ministries Team is now making plans
for the fall and winter season.
We were unable to have our Change for a Dollar Campaign
Plans for a Harvest/Thanksgiving food/money drive for local
food pantries will soon be announced.
Family Service has already been contacted regarding
Christmas gifts for adoptive families.
Finally, we are starting this fall with a collection of items for
the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society. A box will be available
for your donations. There are some restrictions as to the items
given -- cf. complete list below -- high priority items appear in
purple and are marked with an asterisk. Any questions, please
contact Anne Cinquemani, our Congregational Deacon.
Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society -- Wilton Location
They are in need of dog, cat, and small animal supplies
but here is the full wish list:
(NOTE: -- NO pillows or ANYTHING with stuffing or batting)
Cat, dog food (especially canned/wet food) *
Paper towels *
Kitten milk replacement (KMR) *
Laundry detergent (high-efficiency only, please) *
Dryer sheets *
Cat litter *
EZ Walk harnesses
Flea and tick preventative (Frontline, Advantage, Advantix) *
Puppy training pads
Plastic cat toys (no catnip, please) *
Rabbit water bottles
Toilet paper *
Hand sanitizer *
Dishwasher pods *
Kongs (large or extra-large)
Liquid hand soap *
Pooper scoopers for dogs (long-handled metal)
Large spray bottles
10'x10' or larger canopies
Flea and tick preventative
Our Call Process
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church has now entered the call
process for a new pastor.
The Ministry Site Profile was submitted and has been
approved by our Synod Bishop, Rev. John Macholz. Our
profile is available throughout the ELCA and is listed on the
“current openings” page of the ELCA website.
Call Process -- Current Openings
This process, as we have been made aware, may take up to
two years. Saint Andrew will continue to be served by
Ministers of Word & Sacrament. Any information or updates
will be made available to our congregation.
Please keep Saint Andrew in your prayers!
|"For this is what the Lord has commanded us: 'I have made you a light for
the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.'"
|Saint Andrew Lutheran Church