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Christian Formation--A Ministry Minute

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A Ministry Minute by Jeff Kramer
Hello. I’m Jeff Kramer and have been a member of St. Andrew’s since 1999. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here for Christian formation and education. I’ve participated in various classes as well as giving back a little as a cook for the Wednesday program, an adult leader for vacation bible school, or as a Sunday school teacher.

For me, education of any sort is a journey that never stops. Studies at St. Andrew’s give depth and breadth to my understanding of Christianity, God, the Bible, and the teachings of Jesus. Over the years I’ve learned about the historical and political context for events in the Bible, geographical settings, Jewish culture and its influence on the development of Christianity, individual books of the Bible, and many other areas that have helped me understand the whys of whats of what we believe. Not difficult Ph.D.-level stuff but enough to provide context and insights that changed the way I think about my faith.

I’m also thankful that these classes allow me to get to know my fellow St Andrew’s parishioners a little better. Their abundant knowledge and experiences add richness to the journey as well.

Thank you.

Pastoral Care--A Ministry Minute

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A Ministry Minute by Deacon Anne
Good morning! My name is Deacon Anne and I have been serving at St. Andrew’s for the past eight years. I am so grateful to God for allowing me to be part of this incredible congregation. Even before becoming a deacon, Pastoral Care for me was a way of life, an opportunity to give back to God and to my community. But I discovered at St. Andrew’s that Pastoral Care was more than visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Here, Pastoral Care became a way of sharing burdens and joys and heartaches. I have found that Pastoral Care isn’t a vocation – it’s a way of life that involves not only our community of believers at St. Andrew’s but includes the homeless and those who bear the burden of broken lives. The love I have found at St. Andrew’s has truly transformed my life. I have received far more than I’ve given. I will always be thankful to God for leading me to the one place that will always be home for me. And to all those who continue to make this church a light in Las Cruces, I am truly grateful.

I Will, with God's Help

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St. Andrew's Friends,

Ten years ago, Friday, September 25, I was ordained to the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. Bill Frey with the almost Bishop Michael Vono as preacher (he was three weeks away from being ordained/consecrated). What an amazing time it was for the two congregations I served, St. John’s Cathedral and St. Chad’s. I was humbled and terrified at the same time—you mean me, Lord? Really? The comforting words of the ordination vows, “I will with God’s help” have stayed with me.

I still pray the Prayer of Self Dedication regularly and I invite you to pray it along with me:

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (BCP)

Mo. Jan

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