|A message from Pastor Joyce Fiore
I am especially intrigued by the reading that was assigned for
this past June 24th which is frequently associated with healing.
This month has been especially challenging given a more than
usual number of calls I have received concerning physical and
emotional challenges. So many individuals and families face
daunting decisions and church is often where they receive
comfort. One person told me she comes to church to “ground
herself” while facing several difficult decisions.
The Gospel of Luke contains stories of healing. The reading
you heard on June 24th is such a story.
Jesus comes across the water and meets up with a young man
in Gerasenes who is acting in a most peculiar way. Jesus heals
the person who wishes to stay with Our Lord. “The man from
whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him;
but Jesus sent him away, saying, 'Return to your home, and
declare how much God has done for you.' So he went away,
proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for
him." (Luke 8:26-39)
We are called to do the same. Probably, the most healing
effort is listening and understanding even when we cannot
change the situation. End that conversation with a prayer
which invites Our Lord to enter the dilemma.
God bless you for reaching out to those in need and blessings
to you who are willing to ask for help. It is often more difficult
to ask for a helping hand or word than reaching out to someone
else. A kind word, a phone call is often enough to soothe and
make the day easier. I hear so many people say how grateful
they are for that listening ear.
Thank you, dear friends, for listening to others, for
proclaiming what Jesus has done for you and for the
congregation of Saint Andrew!
Grace and peace,
Reaffirmation Of Vows
June 16, 2019 -- Trinity Sunday
"Best Wishes and Godspeed to you, Anne!"
On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday, Chris Kopf
became a full member of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church!
He had been an associate member.
He shared this experience with Ashley Baines (right) who
received her First Communion!
Also sharing in this celebration was Tehara Kopf (left).
“...that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you
are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may
have the power to comprehend...and to know the love of Christ
that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the
fullness of God.” -- Ephesians 3:17-19
A Gift to Saint Andrew
Recently Saint Andrew Lutheran Church received a generous
gift of $10,000 from a former member. This gift is very much
appreciated and we offer our thanks and God’s blessings to the
The Finance Team and the Church Council met to discuss how
we would use this money.
Saint Andrew’s practice of tithing gave us the opportunity to
consider several non-profits. We exceeded the 10% and
decided to give $300 to each of four organizations.
The four groups are: --
“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
Upstate New York
This year Pastor Joyce and Jesse and Cindy Fuller attended
the Upstate New York Synod Assembly, held on
May 30-June 1, 2019 in Rochester, NY.
The theme of this year's Assembly was
"You Will Be My Witness."
They took with them the can tabs we collected all year and
also a check for $542 for the ELCA World Hunger fund.
On left -- Jesse handing over a box full of soda can tabs.
On right -- Cindy handing over the check for the
ELCA World Hunger fund.
Healing and Prayer Service
Sunday, July 14, 2019
“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.”
Garden Blessing -- Special Worship --
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Please join us on Sunday, July 28th as part of our worship will
be in our Community Garden.
We will offer thanksgiving for God’s creation and ask
blessings on the gardeners and the crops. We will also erect a
Cross dedicated to Pastor Richard Rieger.
We will worship in Fellowship Hall as a reminder that God’s
work is present everywhere.
A special fellowship -- a "Strawberry Social" -- will follow with
strawberries, shortcake and ice cream!
All are WELCOME!
|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
|Greetings as we
enter the season
after Pentecost. So
lessons are coming