Letter to the Congregation – 08/23/2021

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FROM THE PASTOR

I’d like everyone to save the date… December 19 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM David and I will be holding a holiday open house, and we are hoping everyone can stop by for some goodies and conversation. More details to follow… again, mark your calendars for December 19th.

Now moving on to something else. I want to grab an idea that comes directly from our ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. I find her to be a wonderful and inspiring leader. The question she posed: How would you tell people that you are a member of St. Andrew’s without saying St. Andrew’s? Nope, you can’t say the church at Freemansburg Ave and Stones Crossing; that would be cheating.

(I’m giving you time to think here)

  • Okay how about I’m part of a church that loves and accepts you without question no matter who you are.
  • I’m part of a church that cares about what happens in the community. I’m part of a church that believes in a gracious God that loves you unconditionally.

Think about it… we are called to share the good news of Jesus in an exciting way that helps people embrace the message of the Gospel just like St. Andrew’s did in the early 1950s. After all that is the heart and soul of who we are and who we need to be as Christians.

Let me know what your answers are, no, really, I mean that, let me know, I will publish all your ideas (no, I won’t put your name to your idea, not that you have anything to be ashamed of) but in the end it will be good to know what we all think about St. Andrew’s.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Pastor Neel

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