|“Come, Holy Spirit! (Comforter, Trouble Maker!)”Scripture: John 14:16-26|
Let’s continue to enjoy the “Season of the Spirit” and explore the work of the Holy Spirit this week.
As Jesus prepared to leave his disciples, he promised the coming of the Advocate, the Spirit of the Living Christ. The Holy Spirit lives alongside us, within us, helping us navigate the ebbs and flows of life, guiding us and even chiding us into our next steps. The Holy Spirit assures a life of adventure!
I’m relying on the Holy Spirit a lot these days. Listening for God’s voice as I learn about this vibrant church. Noticing the Spirit working through you and the wise leadership here. Thank you for your gracious welcoming and your guidance as I make my way.
I know St. Andrew may feel a bit strange to you during this time… the church continues in its steady, energetic work. Yet, with your loss of Rich and the fundamental change in pastoral leadership, you are bound to feel “off kilter.”
It is the nature of transition; it can be unsettling. Let’s find our way together with our advocate, the Holy Spirit – an enlightening travel companion! – who will love and comfort us, and also lead us into the new day.
Blessings in Christ,
Rev. Jan Reynolds
WORSHIP NEWS:CARAVAN BUY-A-MILE! Help our youth group get to Los Angeles …and back! Our fundraising goal is $2,500. Twenty-three youth and 5 adults will be spending a week in Los Angeles in early July, working with CSM (City | Service | Mission) Los Angeles and the homeless population. Drop your donation in the offering plate this Sunday – Thank you for supporting our Youth!
NEW MEMBERS INFORMATIONAL CLASS —11:45AM in the CONFERENCE ROOM: THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD: Join Rev. Jan Reynolds for a light lunch and discussion on what it means to be a member of St. Andrew.
“GOOD GRIEF” SHARING GROUPS —11:45AM in the FELLOWSHIP HALL: THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD for Men and SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH for Women. St. Andrew members and friends are invited to join with others in sharing our experiences with grief over Rich’s passing. We will break into small groups to talk about how we’re doing, and offer support to one another. This is one of the ways we can support one another as a community through this time of transition; we can do this periodically as desired. Just drop in—no need to RSVP
SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN: Spiritual Growth Group—Graceful Aging. This small group gives women at St. Andrew an opportunity to connect and enrich their lives through learning and conversation. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 27TH from 2:00PM-4:00PM in the St. Andrew Conference Room. Anyone who is interested is invited to join—limited to 12 participants.Please RSVP to Dawne or the Church Office via email at[email protected]
THE THURSDAY NIGHT HEALING GROUP —7:00PM-8:30PM every Thursday evening in the Fellowship Hall. Beginning Thursday, June 20th—August 15th (no meeting July 4th), we will focus on the subject of grief and recovery. The source text for the sessions will be Melody Beattie’s, “The Grief Club, The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change”. “The Grief Club” is “part memoir, part self-help book…Beatty shares her belief that the secret for getting through life’s losses lies in joining with others and sharing your story with people who listen, care and understand as you in turn will do also.” The Thursday night meetings will include a weekly reading, focus topics, reflection time and both small and large group sharing. All are welcome!