Letter to Congregation – 7/13/2020

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So, my dear friends we find ourselves 4 months into the closure of the church building. Therefore, it has been almost the same amount of time that we have been living with this pandemic. There are moments that it feels like a lifetime, and then there are moments when I look back that it feels like time has moved very quickly.
We know so much more about COVID-19 than we did 4 months ago, and then again there is so much more that we need to learn. One thing that I do know is that the emotions around this pandemic are strong, some feel it is all a hoax, some feel that this will be the end of the world, many of us are somewhere in between.
One thing I do know is that we can continue to be dependent on a loving God who will walk us through this pandemic. And that we have each other to walk together (even though we are walking with Zoom, the phone, masks, and social distancing. I continue to be grateful for the new friends I am forming in these new ways, it is different, but still you are very valuable to me. I attribute that to a God who can connect us despite the pandemic
I also know that the pandemic will not be over tomorrow, and so we are going to have to continue to find ways to connect with each other in ways that are different than we are used to. But again, I trust that God will continue to be with us as long as this pandemic lasts and thereafter.
St. Andrew’s leadership continues to carefully look at ways that we can enhance worship and discuss the possibility of opening the church building. In addition, the Property Committee is looking at a leaky roof, and finally address that issue so that we do not have water come down on the church organ.
To that end please continue to keep the Congregation Council in your prayers as the struggle with this issues and try propose solutions that are safe for the congregation as well a compromise for the many differing views that make up St. Andrew’s.
What follows in “FROM THE COUNCIL” is a summary of the 7/13/2020 Council meeting. Keep in mind the decisions did consider the survey that you filled out and be reminded that a full summary of that survey will be published in an upcoming mailing.
Have Hope, God walks with us!
Pastor Neel

Letter to Congregation – 6/29/2020

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Sooo, the results of the survey are beginning to come in, as of the writing of this “From the Pastor” we have 90 results! That is fantastic and I really appreciate your response. Please keep the surveys coming. Please be assured you will see the results of the survey. And please be assured that the Congregation Council will make a decision about opening the church educated by the surveys.
One thing though is that when it comes to the comments at the end of the survey, ‘you all’ have a whole lot of differing opinions. I suppose that is to be expected, never-the-less it is so important that we respect each other’s opinions. Dare I say that no one is right, and no one is wrong, but still it is my assumption that for some emotions are running high.
It is so important that we never forget that we are a family at St. Andrew’s. As a family we can most certainly disagree, but in the end, we still need to love and support each even if we do not agree with their opinion.
While I don’t know what the Council’s response to the surveys will be, I do know that the Council will prayerfully consider what makes most sense for the congregation, based on love and care for all the people of the congregation.
So, I am asking for everyone’s patience and everyone’s prayers so that the decisions that we make are consistent with God’s direction and love.

Pastor’s Message

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Welcome! I am happy that you are exploring St. Andrew’s website.  My name is Pastor Tom Neel. I am thrilled to be a part St. Andrew’s ministry, and I would invite you to do the same.  St. Andrew’s is a warm and welcoming congregation, and I am sure you would experience that from the moment you walk through the door.

If you are in need of pastoral services, but do not have a church home, please feel free to contact me.  My contact numbers are listed below.

Just a little of my background, I have served parishes in Pottsville, Hellertown and Northampton Pennsylvania.  I also worked in the Drug and Alcohol Field in Admissions. I have two children and am married to my husband David for 5 years.

During this time of COVID-19, I would encourage you come back often to view the  Library page.  There you will find previous zoom services, daily devotions, and church newsletters.  The devotions are posted on a daily basis, and Sunday’s Worship is typically posted by Sunday evening each week.

When COVID-19 is part of our past, I look forward to seeing you face to face. Wishing you God’s richest blessings.

Church – (610) 252-2258
Home – (610) 829-0474
Cell – (610) 739-6791

PastorNeel@gmail.com