A message from Pastor Joyce Fiore

March -- the Month of Prayer, Meditation, and

On Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019,  we gather to contemplate
our world without Christ. Ashes are put on our forehead to
remind us that “from ashes we come and to ashes we return.”  

Ash Wednesday launches us into the
Lenten season.  Every
Wednesday night until Holy Week we offer a worship service
here at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church.  We begin with a
small meal of soup and bread in Fellowship Hall (downstairs)
to remind us of all the people who will not eat anything that

We then go upstairs to the sanctuary where we engage in the
Holden Evening Prayer service.  This service was
designed to be done around a campfire but March is a little
cool to do so.  Perhaps this summer we will consider doing this
service around a campfire at Moreau Lake State Park!

Lent is also a time of learning and understanding.
Christian Education programs
are being offered this year: --

First, our ongoing
Confirmation Classes led by our
Congregational Deacon, Anne Cinquemani.  These classes
take place in the sanctuary and include both youth and adults
preparing for the Affirmation of Baptism.  Regular attendance
is not necessary…just choose a Sunday morning when class is
offered and join in!  Deacon Anne allows for participants to
take some time for fellowship before class begins.  
The classes are
interactive with lively discussion encouraged!

Secondly, this year, during each
Midweek Lenten Worship
(Five Wednesdays, March 13 - April 10, 2019), we are
featuring the
DVD -- "Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple"
by Rev. Adam Hamilton.  Shot on location in Israel and Italy,
this is an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of
Simon Peter.

Thirdly, beginning on
Sunday, March 10, 2019 (after
, we will offer an Adult Forum series on Addiction
and Faith
-- featuring the DVD Study, "Knowledge to Power:  
Understanding and Overcoming Addiction"
by Rev. Kal W. Rissman.

The news, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and funeral
homes are full of stories about the opioid crisis.  There
isn’t a person in the congregation without some experience
with addiction personally or within their family or social circle.
Addiction is not new, but the understanding and treatment of
addiction is growing exponentially.

"Knowledge to Power" is a program designed by a Lutheran
Pastor whose life's work has concentrated on this very
subject.  His experiences are invaluable learning tools for us
all.  THE GOOD NEWS: -- There is now an understandable,
yet comprehensive treatment of this problem in this DVD!

More than 50 years ago, the government revealed the harm of
cigarette smoking.  Now the attention of our health services is
turning to the
addiction crisis.  Education is the key and
churches have always been at the forefront of advancing
health care.  Remember the recent initiative taken by the
ELCA in providing supplies to prevent Malaria in Africa.  

We are called to make a difference by being aware and
educated.  In our
Adult Forum meetings, we will take as much
time as needed for discussion and contemplation.
Please consider joining us!

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works,  
and in your teaching show integrity, dignity”  Titus 2:7

2019 Saint Andrew Lutheran Church Council

President -- Chris Hadsell; Vice-President -- Dorein
Pascalides; Treasurer -- John Joseph;  Recording Secretary --
Ruth Irving; Pastor Joyce; Cindy Fuller; Debra Grobe-
Searles; Mary Touart; Lyn Chase
Absent (on medical leave): Financial Secretary -- Donna
Debra Grobe-Searles and Dorein Pascalides were voting
members on the Council at our recent Annual Congregational
Terri Hart and Ken Simmons have retired from the Council.

Universally Accessible Playground and Spray Yard

At Fellowship on Sunday, February 17, 2019, we had a chance
to meet and greet Nolan Jacox (age 11) and Logan Mahoney
(age 12).

These two boys who wanted to play together despite the fact
that one boy used a wheelchair designed a
Universally Accessible Playground and Spray Yard.  
This started four years ago when Logan was only 8 years old
and his friend Nolan was only 7 years old!  

At Fellowship, Nolan and Logan shared their dreams with us
and detailed how they planned this amazing park!

Logan’s mother, Sandy Mahoney, Moreau's Town Recreation
Director, updated us on the Town Board's plans to move
forward this year with Phase 1 -- construction of the Spray

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

KUDOS to Logan and Nolan for "making a difference" in the
community and for an extraordinary job WELL DONE!

Saturday, March 16th -- National Quilt Day

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, you are invited to Saint Peter
Lutheran Church
, 2776 Route 9, Malta, New York 12020
(across from the Malta Drive-In) to celebrate this age-old
craft and the
Lutheran World Relief  Mission Quilt Project.

Join us any time between 10:00 AM - NOON for a cup of
coffee and a sweet treat.  If you have the time, help us tie a
few quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  You can also take a look
at the ones we have completed to date that are ready to ship
this May to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse. We’ll also
have a sample of a “fleece tied” blanket that Lutheran World
Relief accepts for distribution around the world.

Since 2010 a small group of women at Saint Peter Lutheran
Church have been meeting on a couple of Saturdays every
month during the fall and winter to assemble and tie quilts for
Lutheran World Relief.  
They have sent over 140 quilts to
Lutheran World Relief which then have been sent on to places
around the world!


For more information contact: --
Cindy Hare at: share31050@gmail.com
Sarah Fisher at: fishersarah@me.com

Midweek Lenten Worship
Five Wednesdays -- March 13, 20, 27, and April 3, 10, 2019

We will meet at 6:00 PM for Soup and Bread and then gather
in the sanctuary at
6:45 PM for Midweek Lenten Worship
using the
Holden Evening Prayer.  

Our worship will focus on a DVD entitled
"Simon Peter --
Flawed but Faithful Disciple"
by Rev. Adam Hamilton.  We
will travel through the Holy Land as we look at the life, faith,
and character of Simon Peter.  (Some of us are familiar with
the excellent presentations by Rev. Adam Hamilton.  This
DVD, shot in Israel and Italy in 2018, promises to be one of his

Simon Peter was an ordinary fisherman who heard an
extraordinary call.  He was not rich or educated but was
familiar with hard work.  He was quick-tempered and
impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the
world.  He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggles
with doubt and fear.

We will explore what
lessons we can learn from the life of
Simon Peter.
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
March, 2019
Logan Mahoney with his
mother, Sandy Mahoney,
Moreau's Town Recreation