|A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On Sunday, September 13th, ELCA congregations observe
“God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday.
As church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love
of Jesus and serve our neighbors — even if such acts of service
look different this year.
This year our church — and our world — are living through the
COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way
we worship and serve. But the need is great and
God’s church is at work.
As Ephesians 2:8-10 reminds us, God has created us by grace
to live in union with Jesus Christ and has prepared us to live
faithful, fruitful lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus
Christ, God has reconciled us to God and to each other. This
life in Christ defines, shapes, and guides us as a community of
faith, the church. By God’s grace we can and do live
confidently and generously in this community of faith and in
service of others.
On “God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday, and every day, the Saint
Andrew family can work to strengthen our relationships with
God, nurture relationships with each other, and create a strong
presence with our communities.
Service opportunities are endless! The idea is to deepen our
experiences in our community and finding new ways to reach
out to our neighbor. The ELCA is committed to fostering unity
among all God’s children. We are church together for the
sake of the world.
Some ideas, specifically for this time, include: --
-- Write cards or letters or send care packages.
-- Express your gratitude for emergency workers, teachers,
frontline health care workers, postal and delivery workers,
those in the military, and all essential workers.
-- Offer your time at a local animal shelter.
-- Start a pen pal program for older adults in
nursing homes to connect or reconnect with members of your
-- Call or video-call seniors or those who are homebound or
-- Pack hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness.
-- Identify members in your congregation or community who
could use some help with yard work.
-- Then roll up your sleeves and get to work with
activities such as:
-- Pick up litter to care for creation and beautify your
-- Walk through a prayer labyrinth or consider adding one to
the church grounds as an act of service.
-- Deliver meals or groceries to folks who are not able to go
out. Ask them to supply a list or arrange to fetch a curbside-
pickup order on their behalf. Drop off a home-cooked meal or
bring over a takeout order. Be sure to inquire about allergies
and dietary restrictions ahead of time.
-- Gather donations of food or hygiene products or check out
the wish list of a local animal shelter.
-- Go through your closets at home and donate your clothng to
a local organization.
-- Find out what outside work needs attention around the
-- Make masks to give away -- it looks like we will be wearing
these for a while...
“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do
small things with great love.” Mother Teresa
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Jinney Vogel-Polizzi, Interim Pastor
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Worship at Saint Andrew
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Our Outdoor Sanctuary
Masks and Social Distancing per Guidelines
The Lord’s Table
On Sunday, August 23rd,
we celebrated The Lord’s Supper for the first time
since March, 2020
Lining up to receive Communion
Sunday, September 27, 2020 -- 10:30 AM --
Flu Shot Clinic (after service) --
Anna Sample, PharmD, is again offering to administer flu shots
(regular and HD for seniors) as she did last year.
Any members needing vaccines in addition to the flu, please
notify Anna and she will be able to take care of your needs for
the following: --
Friday & Saturday, October 2-3, 2020 -- 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM --
Saint Andrew Annual Garage Sale --
This year's annual garage sale will be held totally outdoors --
guidelines for social distancing and masks will be followed.
We need canopies/tents -- if you have one to lend to the
church, please contact Carole Glidden (518-796-2114) -- we
will need it set up by Sunday, September 27th.
Please contact Pat Miner (518-793-9243) or
Carole Glidden (518-796-2114) regarding donations and your
willingness to volunteer either at setting up for the sale
or working the days of the sale.
|Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
|"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.'"
|September 13, 2020