St. Andrew Weekly Announcements for November 28, 2021 - The First Sunday of Advent
Here is the worship bulletin for Sunday, November 28, 2021. Click on the link below to download it to your computer and print it out.
Join us in person or from home, Sunday at 9:30 a.m., for Worship
Due to the newest recommendations from the CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health, masks are still required during worship. We will also continue social distancing in worship and passing the peace by waving to one another. Our worship service will continue to be live-streamed through our church's website (www.standrewabq.org)
for those who prefer to worship from home.
Sermon: Signs of New Life – Rev. Roger Scott Powers
Special Music: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus –sung by Jim Copeland
Five special hymns – with words – for all to sing
Our worship services are recorded, so you can experience them any time. At the top of our church website, place your cursor over the "Live Stream" button, and just below it a "Past Streams" button will appear. Click on the "Past Streams" button and you will see a list of past worship services. Click on the link for the worship service you want to watch.
If you have Joys and Concerns to share during our Prayers of the People please email them to Pastor Roger by the end of the day on Saturday at email@example.com
We encourage you to mail your Tithes and Offerings to the church office (5301 Ponderosa Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110) or contribute online at the church's website: www.standrewabq.org To contribute online, click on the "donations" button at the top of the website's home page and follow the simple instructions.
There is also an Enhanced On-Line Giving Option!
In addition to designating your on-line gift for the General Fund or the Building Fund, you can now select "Other" and list the purpose of your contribution in the "Notes" section at the bottom of the second page.
Hanging of the Greens
Volunteers are needed this Sunday, November 28,following worship to decorate the sanctuary for the Advent/Christmas Season.
Adult Christian Education Advent Study
Our Advent Study will begin this Sunday, November 28. Catherine Robinson will be leading us through the book, Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, which explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. The book is by Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary). Copies of the book are now available in the church office for $10 each.
We are still looking for your ideas for Spring Classes.
For suggestions, questions, comments, or anonymous complaints, please contact Elder Max Bartlett,
Once again our sanctuary will be brightened by colorful poinsettias on Christmas Eve and December 26. The poinsettia is America’s most popular flowering holiday plant. Native to Mexico, the plant is called Flor de la Noche Buena (Flower of the Holy Night), due to its resemblance to the Star of Bethlehem.
The Worship Committee needs your support to bring the beauty and symbolism of poinsettias to our special Christmas Eve and Lessons and Carols services. It’s long been a tradition at St Andrew to help defray the cost of the poinsettias by members purchasing the poinsettias in honor of or in memory of a special person. Unfortunately, as with so many things, the price of poinsettias has gone up. So we are asking for a $20 donation per plant. The name of your honored person will be listed in the Christmas Eve and Lessons and Carols bulletins. Bright green order slips are available at the back of the sanctuary (and also in the church office) that you can place in the collection basket, or mail to the church office, along with your payment. You may take your plant after the service on December 26, or the deacons will distribute them to some of our friends who are unable to attend our services. Thanks so much for helping to make our sanctuary a festive and joyful setting!
Successful Alternative Christmas Fair
Dear Generous and Hardworking Friends,
Thank you for your generosity at this year's Alternative Christmas Fair. We shared a wonderful time together and were able to raise these funds:
$610 Family Promise
$970 Fathers Building Futures
$1,500 Habitat (via Marilyn)
$1,663 Heifer International
$3,000 Silent Auction for Habitat
(still collecting to hit that number)
$1,064.51 Food for Habitat
Look for your PDF digital copy of the combined December/January issue in your email in-box; and for those that requested a paper copy, they are in the mail. Paper copies are also available on the center table in the Narthex.
Shine Partnership with Governor Bent Elementary
We're starting to collect food items again for Governor Bent Feed the Kids Bags. So, if you want to pick up any of the items below, please do! Bring them to St. Andrew where we will have a box in front of the church office.
Feed the Kids Bag Items:
Drinks: hot chocolate, small bottles of water
Breakfast: breakfast bars, cold cereal, oatmeal
Lunch/Dinner: chicken, mac & cheese boxes, mac & cheese individual servings, ramen noodles, ravioli, spaghetti cans, rice and pasta envelopes, soup large, soup, small tuna can, tuna pouch, vienna sausages
Fruit: applesauce, fruit cups
Snacks: cookies, fruit rolls, fruit snacks, individual gold fish, graham crackers, granola bars, peanut butter bars, peanut butter individual cups, popcorn, Ritz crackers, saltines, and snack crackers.
Thank you! -- Patty Emord
The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25, and also on Friday November 26.
The office will reopen on Tuesday November 30 at 9:00 am.
Child Care During Worship
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is once again providing quality child care during our Sunday morning worship services for infants, toddlers, and children up to 7 years of age. Our dedicated child care space has been refurbished and our child care workers are back. Emphasis is placed on each child's need for love and acceptance. Children are encouraged to spend the first part of worship with their parents (or grandparents). Please let your family, friends, and neighbors know. (Post it on Nextdoor if you have an account and share it on Facebook.) Let them know that worship begins at 9:30 a.m. and that we are located at 5301 Ponderosa Avenue NE, in Albuquerque (right across from Montgomery Park).
Rio Grande Food Project
Now that we have returned to in-person worship, we will resume collecting non-perishable food and canned goods on the first Sunday of every month for the food pantry located at Rio Grande Presbyterian Church.
Historical Jesus Group
The Historical Jesus Group (HJG) is reading the book:
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, by Cynthia Bourgeault. This book study will continue through December on second and fourth Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Schedule: December 14 Chapters 16-18. All are welcome to join the discussion. There will be NO HJG meeting on Thanksgiving Day, November 25. Please contact Richard Stoops for more information.
NEW Church Office E-mail Address
The office has a new e-mail address with gmail that we have begun to use, and it replaces the older AOL.com address. Please update all of your email address lists to reflect this change.
PLEASE NOTE: Pastor Roger's email address has NOT changed. It is still firstname.lastname@example.org
Be Sure to Get Your Flu Shot
Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against influenza virus infection, it's best to get vaccinated as soon as possible. That’s why UNM Health is holding several free drive-through flu shot clinics for everyone six months and older through October 30. The clinics will be held in large parking lots at high schools, stadiums and health centers around the metro area. Flu shots are also available at nearly all major medical providers, pharmacy chains and supermarkets with in-store pharmacies. The New Mexico Department of Health offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other health insurance should bring their insurance cards with them to the clinic, or to the pharmacy. Don't delay; protect yourself and those you love by getting your flu shot today.
ABQ FaithWorks Collaborative
Blanket Drive! Warm blankets and sleeping bags are in great need by those sleeping in the rough as the weather gets cold. Bring them to the UCC church (Lomas Blvd. & Girard NE) weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for distribution at outreach centers, and at the door.
Coats for the cold! Jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, sweaters! Bring them all to the UCC church (Lomas & Girard) weekdays 10-3 for distribution at outreach centers and at the door.
Social Justice Mission Committee
The Social Justice Mission Committee is moving their regular meeting time from the 1st Wednesday of the month to the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm.
Weekly Announcements are due by Tuesday, November 30
Join us for 'Sunday Socks and Sandwiches'
If you feel comfortable, we are still helping 10-12 of our neighborhood friends Sunday mornings after worship. We have socks and sandwiches as well as hygiene and a cup of coffee. We open the front doors and have two tables separating us so we maintain social distancing and lots of fresh air. If you would like to help, give Suzanne a call or contact her by email.
Your help on Sunday or making sandwiches would be greatly appreciated.
A New Publication
Anna Redsand and Catherine Robinson are grateful to announce the release of the pdf version of our book, Life with God: A Course for Growing a Spiritual Practice.
Do you sometimes long for a deeper connection with God, at other times feel like prayer is an obligation, or even that God is just an abstraction? Eminently practical and never preachy, Life with God invites you into the aliveness of God’s presence rather than prescribing a certain way of thinking or feeling about God. Life with God is not a book to be read or even savored; it is an interactive, eleven-week course. Each chapter begins with stories from the authors’ experiences, illustrating that there is no single way to experience God or to develop a daily discipline. Scripture passages, quotes from many traditions, hymns, and exercises expand ways of experiencing the Divine. The book can be accompanied by a separate leader’s guide for groups. The cost is $10. Order at https://www.revcatherinerobinson.com
If you don’t want to use PayPal, email Catherine at email@example.com and we’ll work out another way for you to buy the book.
Year-End Financial Planning
Contributions received by 12/31/2021 will be credited to your 2021 giving record.
Contributions dated by 12/31/2021 (even if received in 2022) will be credited to your 2021 giving record.
Pre-paid 2022 contributions dated and received in 2021 should be marked “pre-paid” and will be credited to your 2021 giving record.
Contributions received and dated in 2022 will be credited to your 2022 giving record.
Thank you. Chuck Evans, Financial Secretary
Spiritual Formation Group
This small group gathers via Zoom on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10:00 a.m. It aims to take a deep dive into Scripture, opening minds and hearts to whatever God may convey through the Word. Group members usually choose passages from the lectionary, reading each aloud and discussing what meanings they find in them.
Racial Justice Group
St. Andrew's Racial Justice Group meets on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. This is an open group. All are welcome. You can join the group online using the Zoom link below:
OR on your phone by calling by calling 1-346-248-7799, Meeting ID: 896 6698 2247 Passcode:647032
St. Andrew's Vision
Building a community of faith unleashed into the world by the love of God
Proclaiming and living the Good News of Jesus Christ by:
-- Listening to a loving God
-- Celebrating our faith together
-- Nurturing each other in Christian love and spiritual
-- Working for social justice and peace
-- Reaching out in compassionate Service
-- Being stewards of all God's gift