Month: July 2021

Letter to the Congregation – 07/20/2021

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FROM THE PASTOR

So, we have to talk money. Of course, nobody wants to talk money; I get that, but facts are facts we must talk money. First the figures. For this past month, we ended approximately $1,000 behind expenses and about $2,000 behind budget. In comparison to last month, this was a better month by about $3,000. So, there is good and bad news in those facts. Giving increased! Thank you, thank you, thank you. But we need to bump it up a bit more to dig out of our deficit spending.

This does not mean that we are not appreciative of those who increased their giving, of course we are. But, it does seem to me that the few are supporting the many. Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, a lot more people were giving to support the mission and ministry of St. Andrew’s. That pattern started to slack off right after Easter. This is not a pattern that is a sustainable growth pattern for the church. All gifts to St. Andrew’s matter. Of course, if one person wrote a $30,000.00 check once a month that would pay the bills. You and I both know that won’t happen, but I do know that lots of people can write a $25.00 or $50.00 check a month. That is a pattern that will promote growth.

One of the things that makes a church special, and what makes St. Andrew’s special, is that we come together as a group to make a difference in our community. We did that when we raised $750.00 worth of diapers. Together your gifts are supporting the re-start of the Youth and Community Care groups. It supports ongoing ministries like Saint Andrew’s Women. You support the worship experience. I could continue but suffice it to say that St. Andrew’s is a vital place, and it needs everyone’s support to stay that way.

So, if you have increased your giving and you give on a regular basis, thank you! If giving to St. Andrew’s is not a priority, please bump your offering up the priority list. We need your support; we need everybody’s support. That is who church is, a group of people who come together to celebrate and proclaim the good news of Jesus. Together we will prosper.

Thank you!
Pastor Neel

Letter to the Congregation – 07/15/2020

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FROM THE PASTOR

We seem to be in the same kind of situation that we were in way back in March of 2020. Getting a whole lot of information that seems to change in a quick fashion. Ok, if you are vaccinated it seems like we are going to be good to go… but then again there is the variant, and just how well does the vaccine hold up against the new variant. Well, that seems like it depends on what you read. So much can vary, and it feels like every expert has a different opinion.

Again, seems like March of 2020. One of the things that the Congregation Council decided at that time was to go with one source of information on which to base our decisions. The Council choose to use the recommendations from the CDC. That really helped the Council in its decision-making process. That is not to say that every one of our decisions have been perfect, but I think we are doing okay. And I am going to encourage you to do the same. Choose a trusted source and make your decisions based on one source. Limit how much news you are watching. An overabundance of news/information does not help rather it serves to make us more anxious.

And to be sure God needs to be your anchor, pray, take time to pray.

Moving on to the next item to think about, the compromise in the asphalt in the front parking lot. Just to repeat what I said during the announcements on Sunday. There is so much we do not know, and to be sure we do not know that the ‘compromise’ is a sink****. And I am not going to say it unless the professionals tell me that is what it is. We are under contract with a firm who will investigate the ‘compromise’ and we will keep you up to date.

On a more exciting note, a group concerned with re-energizing our youth program is meeting on July 19th and the Community Care Committee is meeting on July 29th. I am excited about the potential of getting these ministries going. Anyone is invited to join us for either of those meetings. I see this as the beginning of lots of exciting things that will happen at St. Andrew’s. JOIN US!

Pastor Neel