Newsletter
January, 2021
"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.'"  
Acts 13:47
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
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A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,







So begins Charles Dickens in his 1859 book, A Tale of Two Cities.

The year
2020 has come to an end.  Unlike individual days such as
December 7, 1941, November 22, 1963, or September 11, 2001, we
now have an entire year which will live in our memories forever.

As in other years, the media, internet word searches, and various
online dictionaries have offered up their selections for
“Word of the Year.”

Those selected for 2020 have included “pandemic,” “quarantine,”
and “unprecedented.”  The pandemic turned once-obscure public-
health terminology like
“social distancing” and “flatten the curve”
into household terms and made words and phrases like
“lockdown”
and
“stay-at-home” common.  Social injustices increased the usage
of
“Black Lives Matter” and horrifically brought us “I can’t breathe.”

We have been forced to change our entire lives but not in a way we
may have outlined in our New Year’s resolutions.  We had not
expected to be faced with a year of challenge, change, and adversity.
Our hopes and aspirations were drowned out by a global pandemic,
social and racial injustices, deadly wildfires, political divisiveness,
and even the nightmare of "murder hornets" (Asian Giant
Hornets).  For too many, the illness and loss of loved ones will leave
a hole in families that will never be filled.

Yet even as many have suffered losses, we have gained a renewed
sense of gratitude for the small things that gave us hope. This in no
way lessens the pains and grief many -- including me -- have
experienced during this pandemic: the feelings of isolation, despair,
and hopelessness that have overtaken so many.

Even in these dark and challenging times, our country and our global
community continue to inspire me.  As the shutdown caused our
businesses of all sizes to close and our own friends and neighbors to
go without a paycheck, our communities rallied to support each other
however they could.  The year
2020 showed us that once again the
things that separate us are far outweighed by the things that
bring us together, even when the definition of
“together” has
drastically changed.

This past year has been a reminder of how much we depend on the
people and the world around us.  Because this is true, we have a
responsibility to them and for them.  This interdependence brings to
mind an ethical maxim from Rabbinic Jewish tradition based on
Micah 6:8:
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.  Do justly
now, love mercy now, walk humbly now.  You are not obligated to
complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

May your New Year be blessed and safe and remember that
God is with you always!



Yours in Christ,  
Pastor Jinney
The Rev. Jinney Vogel-Polizzi, Interim Pastor
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church





















The Longest Night (Blue Christmas)

The Longest Night (Blue Christmas) service is celebrated
annually on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year --
December 21st.

At this time of the year not everyone is excited and filled with
joy.  For some it is a lonely, sad, and painful time.

At
The Longest Night (Blue Christmas) worship service we
address our grief, our sadness, and our solitude through
moments of silence and the  lighting of candles.






The First Silence and Candle -- we hold to remember those
persons and companions whom we have loved and lost.






The Second Silence and Candle -- we hold to redeem the pain
of loss -- the loss of relationships, the loss of jobs, the loss of
health, the loss of joy and peace.






The Third Silence and Candle -- we hold for all who feel that
they are alone.






The Fourth Silence and Candle -- we hold for those who are
afflicted and oppressed.






The Fifth Silence and Candle -- we hold as a sign of hope.

This year's
The Longest Night (Blue Christmas) service was
a
first for Saint Andrew but hopefully it will become an
inspiring and treasured annual tradition!











Epiphany

The feast of Epiphany (“manifestation”) concludes the
Christmas season with a celebration of God’s glory revealed in
the person of Jesus Christ.  

Like the light of the star that guided the magi to Jesus,
the light reveals who we are: children of God who are claimed
and washed in the water of baptism.  

The visit of the magi is celebrated on
January 6th and the
baptism of our Lord on
January 10th.

During this season of Epiphany we see Jesus revealed from his
baptism to his transfiguration
(February 14th).

"We are sent out to be beacons of the light of Christ,
sharing the good news of God’s love to all people."









Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 2021 -- after worship

There will be a special congregational meeting on Sunday,
January 10, 2021
after worship.  

Our
candidate for part time pastor will be introduced to the
congregation.  The candidate will preach the
sermon at the
worship service.  

At the meeting the congregation will be able to
interview the
candidate.  After the interview there will be a
vote by the
congregation.

Saint Andrew will offer a choice of attending this meeting
either IN PERSON
in  the sanctuary or via ZOOM.  

For those choosing to attend IN PERSON, strict adherence to
the CDC guidelines will be observed.

For those choosing to attend via ZOOM -- cf.
sign in directions
on the CALENDAR page is this website and also the
recent EMAIL sent to you on
December 28, 2020.

Your participation and voting in this meeting are critically
important!  Please make every effort to
attend either IN PERSON or via ZOOM!
THANK YOU, in advance, for your support to
the mission of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church!









From the Church Office

During this pandemic things are not normal and that includes
communications with the church.  
Emails and the US Postal
Service
have become the ways to communicate.  Unfortunately
these do not always work...  

Currently, we have the following for distribution: --

  • New Offering Envelopes for 2021
  • The next quarter's copy of Christ in Our Home
    Devotional
  • 2021 Calendars -- courtesy of Kilmer Funeral Home

If you would like to stop by and pick up these items please
contact Carole Glidden, our Parish Coordinator, who is in the
office almost every day.

Carole can be reached at: --
518/761-0917 (Church Office) or at her email:
caroleg3642@outlook.com
"We Wish You All a Very Blessed and
Happy and Healthy New Year!"
-- Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of
times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the
age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the
season of Light, it was the season of
Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was
the winter of despair.”
This is the mission
statement of Saint Andrew
Lutheran Church!