A message from Pastor Joyce Fiore







HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I can’t believe it is already the year 2019!
Is it really possible?  With a look back at the past year and
another to the future, we pause to pray.

Prayer is the essential conversation we are all called to
practice.  I don’t know when you pray; I find early morning is
my best time and then other times just pop up.  Each of us has
a personal time that works best.

Worship affords us the time to pray frequently and it is time
well spent to look at the worship bulletin and to notice when
we pause to pray.  So, you see me point to my personal prayer
and the corporate prayer and we go on from there.

This January we will begin a
prayer group that will meet and
pray together.  I have no idea what it will look like.  Probably
we would call it a "work in progress."  Possibilities include
gathering during the week at lunch time in Fellowship Hall with
our own packed lunches, have conversation, and pray.  Another
thought, keeping working people in mind (well, actually, we all
work in some way), gathering once a month for a pot luck and
engage in prayer.  That’s my vote since we may include people
who cannot come in the daytime.  On the other hand,…I love
dilemmas,…we could do both.  Another thought -- we could
gather at fellowship time.

I suggest
we begin all fellowship with prayer and I know that is
a challenge.  I find I don’t get downstairs for a period and don’t
want to miss prayer, but I don’t want to be the prayer leader.
Not sure what to do but let’s think about it...

In the meantime, we continue to read the names of people on
our prayer list once a month during prayers of intercession.
Recently I have noticed several people who remain on the list
for an extended period of time and perhaps should come off the
list.  We will talk about that -- who is appropriate for the
prayer list (although we all benefit from prayer).  

Keep in touch, this is a "mission in progress."  
In the meantime, I pray for all of you and ask you pray for me.

"My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in
God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you
have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold
and free we then become in his presence, freely asking
according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re
confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked
for is as good as ours."  1 John 5:14-15 The Message

















Confirmation Class, Riah, and Pizza:
what do they all have in common?

First and foremost, enhancing our understanding of God, the
bible, and how all our lives are interdependent.

I have the privilege of leading Emily and Ashley through
Confirmation studies with the goal of reaffirming their baptism
later this year.  It will be an additional blessing for Ashley since
it will be her Communion Day too!

We are also joined by Dorein, Chris, and Ray as they strive to
enhance their own knowledge and understanding. The variety
of ideas, experiences, and interpretations has been wonderful.
In sessions I am supposed to lead, I end up more of a student as
I learn something each time.  The experience has been such a
joy for me and I love being able to participate!

So, how does Riah and pizza fit in?  
Well, several weeks ago Jesse talked to me about a wonderful
program Riah participates in called "God and Family."  The
curriculum is designed to help youths understand the
importance of family and God’s role in a healthy family.  She
mentioned that as a project, Riah had to make a "mezuzah" (a
Jewish prayer piece that is placed in the doorway of houses to
bless all that enter) and a pizza!  Knowing how well we all love
to eat and that Paula makes a mean pizza, I said, "of course!"

Well, once I received the formal guide, I was surprised to find
out that the pizza Riah has to make was not real at all.  It was
very
symbolic, a 6 step process, each step of which had specific
bible readings with specific messages.  

So, I changed gears and asked the confirmation class to join
me in helping Riah through this special project which they, of
course, jumped on.  Riah did a great job, answered some pretty
hard questions and, based on his answers, showed a great
understanding of the messages.

We all learned and again the leader became the student!

Deacon Anne Cinquemani
















Pizza Lutheran Style

Here is the short version of the pizza project: --

1. Crust = the foundation needed to build faith upon
2. Sauce = your heritage and want brought you to this
foundation
3. Cheese = what holds everything together within your faith
family
4. Toppings = individual gifts and skills of your faith family
5. Baking = coming through the heat of any tough times
stronger and more joined together
6. Sharing = provides faith families with spiritual nourishment
…since Lutherans love to eat, Paula came and made real pizza
too that we all shared and enjoyed!


                                                          
















EPIPHANY:
Bringing Gifts for the Christ Child

Again this year, the Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
congregation donated gifts of toys, clothing, and food cards
that were distributed to five families in the hope of sharing the
love and peace of the
Christ Child this Christmas season!
Newsletter
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Joyce Fiore, Pastor
518/761-0917
sgfstandrew@live.com
www.saint-andrewonline.org
"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
January, 2019