Here is the worship bulletin for Sunday, September 27.
Click on the link to download it to your computer and print it out for Sunday.
In-Person Worship at St. Andrew Remains Suspended
Worship from Home via the Live-Streamed Service
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our congregation during this pandemic, in-person worship at St. Andrew will remain suspended at least through the end of 2020. We invite you to continue worshiping with us from home on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. via our live-streamed service on our church's website, www.standrewabq.org.
Please do not come to church unless you are directly involved in the live-streamed worship service. Can't join us online at 9:30 a.m.? No problem. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Fellowship Time After Worship
Following worship you are invited to join us for Fellowship Time online via Zoom. You may join with your computer using the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82650092437 OR you can join the conversation by phone simply by calling the following number 1-346-248-7799 and entering the Meeting ID (826 5009 2437) when prompted.
Adult Christian Education
Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4:00pm: "What About Hell?" with facilitator Bill Miller! Do you know the rest of the Matthew 25 story (25:41-46) where the "goats" are sent away into eternal punishment? In Christian and Muslim scriptures, only a faithful few win eternal life with God, while the vast majority of God's children are losers condemned to tortuous hellfire forever. How can that be if God's very nature is Love, and even human parents could not do that to their children? Come discuss your concerns, childhood images, and current beliefs. You may participate on your computer using the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84705256725OR you can connect by phone simply by calling 1-346-248-7799 and entering the Meeting ID (847 0525 6725) when prompted.
Request Your Mail-In Ballot NOW!
If you plan to vote absentee in the November 3rd election, request your ballot ASAP and send it in the mail very early! You can request the ballot online by going to: NMVote.org and then follow the easy directions. The ballot can be requested now at any time!
St. Andrew Family Game Night
Join us for a Virtual Family Game Night on October 3rd at 4:00 pm. We'll have a variety of Zoom-friendly games that we can play virtually, from wherever you are joining us from. Please RSVP and register for the Zoom group at
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcO-oqzoqH9fQZiOoc5gM4lLKSv0HzZsw You'll receive an email with information after registering. The game options available to play as a whole group or in smaller "Break Out Rooms" will be:
Name, Place, Animal, Thing
Announcements Due Sep. 29
Calling all Bakers (and Buyers) of Bread!
Though we're all still at home, attending worship online, we can still make World Communion Sunday special. We are asking folks to make, or buy, a bread that represents your culture - or any culture - to have on the Communion Table on World Communion Sunday.
Carolyn Gonzales and Barbara Sanders will be at the church -wearing our masks - to collect bread on Saturday Oct 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Carolyn will make tortillas and Barbara will make Irish soda bread. Please consider bringing something by the church for Communion on October 4. Please call Barbara at 505-238-9358 or Carolyn at 505-249-4669 if you plan to contribute bread.
Presbyterian Women will meet at church on Tuesday, October 6th, at 10:00 am to discuss lesson 2 of our Bible Study, "Into the Light, Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament". A short business meeting will begin at 9:30. We hope that you will plan on joining us in the large CE room; masks are required. We had a wonderful turn-out in September; thank you to Pastor Roger for facilitating this study and to all of the women who participated.
Since 1888, Presbyterian Women have expressed their deep sense of gratitude for God's blessings in their lives by giving back to people in their communities and around the world. Through our annual Thank Offering, we help fund programs that provide education, relief from disasters, safe housing, training for justice and advocacy work, and much much more. In 2020, there are 13 grant recipients in the USA and 2 international recipients. Our own Presbytery of Santa Fe is receiving $9000 earmarked for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to help them continue their work with refugee middle and high school students. Please consider donating to this traditional fall offering by sending a check to church made out to St. Andrew PW and marked "Thank Offering" on the memo line. We truly appreciate your help with this important mission.
Peace & Global Witness Offering October 4, 2020
May the God of peace . . .give you peace at all times in all ways. 2Thessalonians 3:16
You can extend the gift of peace locally and globally through your donation to the Peace & Global Witness Offering October 4, 2020
Thanks to all of you who have been supporting FaithWorks. Our St. Andrew Family contributed $3900.00 toward the FaithWorks budget this summer. Listed below are items FaithWorks needs to continue support to the homeless and needy families who visit daily:
Small toiletries, i.e.. soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, band-aids, deodorant; Socks, white or black; New Underwear for men, women and children; Granola Bars, any kind; Ramen noodles; Snack packages of crackers.
You may drop these in the box outside the office for distribution, or call Beth Dillow and I'll pick them up at your home.
Conversation on Racial Justice Moves to New Time
Over the summer several of us have been having a weekly Conversation on Racial Justice. We started by discussing what we were learning from the PC(USA) 21-day Racial Justice Challenge. Since then, we have discussed articles and videos that participants have brought to the group. And we have shared from our own personal experiences.
We invite you to join the conversation at our new time! We will be meeting (via Zoom) on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. You can join the group on your computer using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83573680666 OR on the phone by calling +1 346 248 7799 (Meeting ID: 835 7368 0666).
ABQ FaithWorks Quarterly Meeting
St. Andrew helped found ABQ FaithWorks along with several other congregations to help connect people who come to our churches' doors with the social services they need. The Collaborative is now in its second year and is supported by eleven churches as well as the city and county. If you would like to hear about the good work ABQ FaithWorks is doing, you are invited to attend the ABQ FaithWorks Quarterly Meeting (online) on Wed., Sept. 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Here's the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6456846642?pwd=UGdGakVaKzVWc0pmQmZCZ0UyNDJRQT09 ;Meeting ID: 645 684 6642; Password: 870537; One tap mobile: +12532158782.
Church Library Book Giveaway
The Worship & Music Committee has culled the collection of worship resources in the church library. There are a number of hymnals, prayer books, devotionals, etc., piled on the long, central table in the church library, which we are ready to give away. Church members and friends are invited to come to the church library and take home any of the books on the table that they would like to have for personal use. After October 15, we will begin recycling what is left on the table.
Updated Military Addresses
If anyone is interested in writing a note to any of our family and/or friends in the military, there is an updated address list on the bulletin board by Pastor Roger's office. If you'd like an electronic copy contact Marie and she'll send you one.
Need a little volunteer activity right here at St Andrew?
Pass out lunches and hygiene to our Neighborhood Friends!
So easy, on Sunday mornings from 11:00 to 11:30 am, pass out a pre-packaged lunch, a little hygiene packet, and some socks. Our neighborhood friends are pretty faithful with their masks, and we provide them if needed. We're so glad this ministry is going well, we have about 16 people each week, and they are so grateful for a meal. If you are in the mood to do an easy activity, contact Suzanne Busch and we'll visit.
Historical Jesus Group
This small group, which gathers on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, has moved its meetings online. It explores the impact and implementation of God's word in the present time. Discussions range from current political, social, and economic issues, to the founding tenets of Christianity. Selected books and articles provide the basis for lively discussion, differing opinions and ideas. To find out what book or articles will be discussed, contact Richard Stoops. You can join the group on Thursday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m. on your computer using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964630940 OR on the phone by calling +1 346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 849 6463 0940
Spiritual Formation Group
This small group, which gathers on the first and third Thursdays of the month, has moved its meetings online. 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. You can join the next group Thursday, October 1, at 10:00 a.m. on your computer using this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85437938109 OR on your phone by calling +1 346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 854 3793 8109
Third Quarter Giving Statements
A link to your 3rd quarter giving statement will be emailed to you in the second week of October. Simply click on the link and view/print your statement. Any questions should be directed to Chuck Evans.
Be a Faith Climate Voter!
The link to the New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light pledge to be a Faith Climate Voter is:
https://www.nm-ipl.org/pledge-to-be-a-climate-voter/ Click on the link, cursor down to the words in bold: "Sign the Pledge Here." Click on the words, and sign the pledge. You won't need to go by the Church to pick up a card to sign.
We need as many St. Andrew members and friends as possible to sign the pledge!
--The Climate Crisis Committee
Our Community Banner
The banner project is turning out to be beautiful! Thank you to all who have returned their pieces. They are beautiful, meaningful and artistic. Quite the creative community! Everyone is so different...drawings, painting, stitching, iron on, and all so thoughtfully and beautifully created. Now, for those of you who still have their pieces out, please feel free to drop off your finished creation in the church office and I will pick it up. I am anxious to put it all together...the story of us in this time apart, but together. What have I learned? We are a strong, connected family even in this time of uncertainty. We are family. Thank you!
The Presbytery of Santa Fe has established a Family-To-Family Fund to help those who have been financially affected by the corona virus quarantines. If you know of someone who may need assistance, please let them know that they can apply for funds through the Santa Fe Presbytery website. If you would like to contribute to the Family-to-Family Fund, you can use the PayPal link on the Presbytery's website or mail a check earmarked for the "Family-to-Family Fund" to: Santa Fe Presbytery, 217 Locust St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
So please respond to the U.S. Census!
There are 3 ways to do so:
1) Go online at www.2020census.gov.
2) Respond by phone at 844-330-2020.
3) Mail back the paper questionnaire.
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