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Message from Mo. Jan

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From Mother Jan...

Well, last week was a roller coaster; this week is a sled! Stay safe out there.

As we enter into the week of the election, I pray all of you will vote. I also pray that no matter the outcome all of you will be peaceful and civil. There is certain to be high emotions and varying opinions. We have to accept the outcome. At some level, we also must remember that God has this! I am not naive or fatalistic; I just understand that God has the big picture and the plan. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do our part; we do. We vote! We are Christ in the world. The light of Christ shines through us to others; be aware of the light you shine and make it brilliant.

As Julia of Norwich said, “All shall well, all shall be well, all manner of things shall be well.”

A prayer for the election:
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)

A prayer for the Search for a new Rector:
Almighty God, look graciously on the people of St. Andrew’s. Be with us and lead us as we seek the next rector for our church. We ask your direction and guidance for those who shall choose our new spiritual leader, that we may receive an upright and faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries. Grant us perception, faithfulness, and joy, so that we may hear your voice in all our deliberations. Grant us also the desire and the ability to truly hear each other and those who have entrusted us with this process. Give us courage to respond and act as you lead us.
Come Holy Spirit.
We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you have not sent in your pledge form yet, please give prayerful consideration to an amount that is meaningful to you, complete the form, and return it to the church as soon as possible. Treasurer, Norm Todd, and I will be working on the budget for 2021 and we need your input.

It is with that continual Attitude of Gratitude that we are able to be church in the world. God bless you, my friends.

Mo. Jan+

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Music -- A Ministry Minute

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A Ministry Minute by Cory Gasparich

Hi. My name is Cory Gasparich and I am the music director here at St Andrew’s. I cannot begin to describe the gracious outpouring that God has given to me from the very first moments I came through the doors of this church. With enthusiasm, this congregation of the body of Christ has welcomed me with open arms and warm hearts and rendered to me a sense of purpose that was sorely missing in my life. I have been richly rewarded by your generosity of spirit, your commitment to community, your mindfulness to Christian responsibility, and the comfort many of you have afforded to me personally in my times of need.

At the time, I was searching for the “next step” and, as it has been many times in my life it was the Lord who acted. I received a phone call asking if I was interested in the position. With zero hesitation, I said yes! I have not once regretted that decision. Not even once. The gifts that God has granted me fit perfectly into this position and I have grown tremendously, learning from the guidance and advice of many of you who have been kind enough to point out the easier paths to managing a fruitful ministry. With jovial spirits you have helped me work through the many bloopers and faux pas that come with gaining experience, for which I am so thankful.

Well, just when I felt I was getting the true knack of the thing, a couple of knocks hit the knack. The first was very manageable. Mother Jan has been a true blessing to work with and nothing but helpful with my positions and my needs. The Covid crisis has created challenges and causes me to up my creativity. It may not look like much from the other side of the screen, but quite a bit has been going on to maintain proper music on this end. Just so you know, I plan to continue to return the generosity you have shown me as we see this thing through.

I can only hope that my weekly charge has ministered to your hearts in this difficult time and I look for the day, soon, when the clouds will roll away and we can get back to the business of worshiping God in fulness, together as a congregation. It is my hope then to restore, with even greater fervor our dedication to quality and excellence, in worship and praise, in our choir, our band, and our bell choir.

October 21, 2020 Update

From Mother Jan...
What a rollercoaster we are on! Most of you have already seen my message regarding closing down and I am so disappointed that we had to move in that direction; especially when we were so close to opening on a limited basis. This virus is insidious. It keeps creeping up on us and we are weary of all the restrictions and are becoming lax in our precautions. Please wear a mask and wash your hands. These simple tasks are the best way to love your neighbor and yourself in this Covid time.

We will continue in this phase of minimal exposure until such time as the numbers for Dona Ana County drop significantly. Please keep praying for the safety of all healthcare works and all victims of Covid. Please keep praying for our church. Pray for our nation and the world as we move into this time of voting, that we may be led to right actions and wise decisions.

God Bless you always, my friends,

Mo. Jan+

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