2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Today’s Sermon: The Rev. Robert Cook Sermon Title: The Gift of Repentence
DECEMBER 4, 2016
Today’s Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Matthew 3:1-12
Our mission is to transform lives and communities through God’s extraordinary love and to be a community of God’s grace and healing.
St. Andrew’s Church | 501.614.6061 | www.saclr.org 8:45 a.m. - Traditional service; 11:00 a.m. - Contemporary service
Maturing in the Faith Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. (Colossians 1:28)
KINGDOM LIFE CLASS
The Messiah’s Arrival
Taught by St. Andrew’s Clergy Commons November 27–December 18
God waited for millennia to send Jesus the Messiah. Since then we Christians have been waiting for millennia for Jesus’ triumphant return. During Advent—a word that means “coming, or arrival”— we set aside the four weeks leading up to Christmas to focus on Jesus’ arrival. This class will unpack many of the passages we become so familiar with in this season. We’ll focus on Jesus’ arrival in the first century, today, and on the last day.
Red poinsettias will adorn the sanctuary from Christmas Eve until Epiphany. If you would like to purchase one (or more) of these to be in memory of or in honor of a loved one, you can pick up a donation envelope at the Welcome Desk on Sunday or complete the online form at saclr.org/christmas-poinsettias/ and mail a check to the church.
St. Andrew’s is passionate about families. Our goal is to partner with families to raise up a generation that will KNOW God, GROW in him and GO share his love with the world.
8:45 & 11 a.m. services
Beginnings (infant & preschool): Classes are available throughtout the service for this age group. Parents are invited to pick their children up at The Peace for Communion. KREW (K–6th grade): Children may follow the cross out of the sanctuary after the Gospel reading for KREW Cuts, a creative time of worship designed specifically for kids, before returning for Holy Communion.
10:10 a.m. Sunday school classes today
Beginnings (infant & preschool): Music class is held in the preschool room. KREW (K–6th grade): Children learn about our faith in Christ in an ageappropriate way through lessons built around Great Commission Publication Kids’ Quest Catechism Club. DASH (youth): Seventh – twelfth graders participate in teaching and discussion on a companion verse or parallel topic to the day’s sermon.
11 a.m. service only
eXtraordinary Lives (special needs): Special needs students and young adults may follow the cross out of the sanctuary after the Gospel reading for their own time of teaching, with a scripture lesson based on that day’s sermon scripture, before returning for Holy Communion.
For your convenience, there is a cry room for mothers and their infants and toddlers available next to the elevator in the hallway. Fathers may use the Andrew Room around the corner from the Mothers’ Room.
Christmas Service Schedule and Office Hours
Christmas Eve December 24 • 4 & 10 p.m.
Worship with us at one of two Christmas Eve services. The earlier service is the family service; while the later service is a traditional candlelight service. Both services with include Holy Communion.
Christmas Day December 25 • 10 a.m.
We will read and sing our way through the Christmas story in one, combined, family worship service. There will be no Kingdom Life or children’s Sunday school classes, KREW Cuts or early childhood classes.
Holiday Office Hours December 26-30 & January 2 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The church office will be open, but the staff will not be present as they will be celebrating the holidays with their families. In the event of a pastoral need, please contact Dustin+ or Robert+.
New Years’ Day January 1 • 10 a.m.
We will worship together in one combined service. There will be early childhood classes and KREW Cuts.
Baptism Sunday Sunday, January 8 • 8:45 & 11 a.m.
This Sunday, we return to our regular Sunday worship schedule. Sunday school and Kingdom life classes resume, as well. Additionally, we will celebrate the sacrement of Baptism during both services.
DECEMBER 4, 2016
Giving our Lives In Mission For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:35)
Coats for Wilson School Kids
Next Sunday, December 11, is the deadline for gathering children’s coats, size 3T to 18, for the boys and girls at Wilson Elementary School. The coats can be gently used or brand new. Please place the coats in the designated hampers in the Narthex. Contact Carol Nichols (904.662.6435; jlncbn@att. net) for more information.
We will be stuffing Christmas stockings for our friends at The Manor within the next couple of weeks. There are currently 30 men and 55 women living there. We are looking to give wrapped candies, small candy canes, small packages of tissue, lip balm, pens, breath mints, socks with grippers, mini note pads, lotion and aftershave. Items can be dropped in the in the bin labeled “The Manor” by the Missions desk in the Narthex on Sundays or during normal working hours during the week. If you have questions, call or text Carole Harvey (352.8565).
Box of Love: A Christmas Meal For A Family In Need
We are still collecting Boxes of Love to distribute to our Wilson School families and GiG families. You can pick up boxes, a shopping list and a donation envelope in the Narthex and return to the church office by December 9.
Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer for a night of celebrating Jesus with Wilson School students and their families on Tuesday, December 6. We only need seven table hosts and eight beverage servers to complete all of our sign-ups. Please sign up in the Narthex at the Missions Desk or email Kimberly (email@example.com) or Leigh Ann (leighannraper@ yahoo.com).
Connections WELCOME. We are so glad you are here. Our desire is that you would personally experience God as you worship with us. Please take a moment to fill out the information below and place it in the offering plate. You will find information about our church at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. If you are new to St. Andrew’s, come by, we have a gift for you. □ 1st visit □ 2nd visit □ information update
□ 8:45 service □ 11:00 service
children & ages
city, state & zip
Mission Gift Cards
For a donation of $10 to the global mission of your choice, you will receive a beautiful hand-drawn card that can be sent to those you want to honor at Christmas. The card lets the recipient know that you have made a contribution in their honor to the St. Andrew’s global mission. Mission Gift Cards are one of the ways we raise awareness for our missionaries and help support their needs. You can place an order in the Narthex and when the orders are ready, they can be picked up in the office with Lorri.
Preferred Method of Communication: □ home phone □ cell phone □ email □ mail □ text
How did you learn about St. Andrew’s?
Men’s Fellowship (Men)
Age: □ Under 18 □ 18-25 □ 26-35
Sundays, 9/18–12/11 • 2:30-4:30 p.m. • Commons Contact: Ed McDonald – 351.7615/ Gay White – 343.4304 Wednesdays • noon • Commons Contact: Mickey Harbour – 350.5660
Growing in Grace (GiG)
Wednesdays • 6–8:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner is followed by a recovery service and a smallgroup, 12-step-style meeting. Child care is provided for the entire evening. Contact: Don Blair – 786.0711
Wednesdays • 6 p.m. • Youth Room Contact: AJ Green – firstname.lastname@example.org
□ 36-45 □ 46-55 □ Even older and wiser
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CHURCH STAFF The Rev. Robert Cook, Senior Pastor email@example.com The Rev. Dustin Freeman, Executive Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev Ryan Owsley, Associate Pastor of Adult Education email@example.com Annabel Stavey, Interim Worship Leader firstname.lastname@example.org AJ Green, Director of Family Ministry/Youth email@example.com Kay Michael, Children’s Ministry Leader firstname.lastname@example.org Tongua Williams, Early Childhood Ministry Leader email@example.com Kathy Stephenson, Connection Ministry Leader firstname.lastname@example.org Ann Berg, Accountant email@example.com Beka LeMaster, Office Manager/ Communications Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Jessie Smith, Executive Assistant to Executive Pastor and Family Ministry email@example.com Lorri Harper, Receptionist/Missions Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Christian Peter, Facilities Manager email@example.com
NON-STAFF, AMiA CLERGY
Good to Know Information that is “of interest” to our church body.
2017 Commitment Cards
We are still collecting 2017 Commitment Cards to allow us to budget wisely for the coming year. If you have forgotten your card at home, there are extras on the Welcome Desk. Please drop the card into the offering plate today or use our electronic form at saclr.org/worship/ giving. However you choose to submit your pledge, we thank you for your faithfulness and generosity!
Save The Date: AMiA Winter Conference
Mark your calendars for Winter Conference 2017, the Anglican Mission’s annual gathering of churches from across North America. The conference will take place in Dallas on Wednesday, January 25-Saturday, January 28. More information can be found at theamia. org/winter-conference.html.
Directory Picture Days
We have begun production on a new St. Andrew’s pictorial directory. We will be offering two “picture days” for directory pictures— today and December 18 (note these are not consecutive dates). If you are a member or regular attender and do not have a picture in the current directory or would like to update the one that is there, please join us anytime between 9:30 and 12:45 a.m. either Sunday. If you have not submitted your updated contact information for the directory, please complete the secure form at saclr.org/directory-update.
Early Childhood Nativity Pictures
During both services today the early childhood classes (birth—pre-K4) will take group and individual pictures in our nativity. Costumes will be available for children to dress up as their favorite nativity character. If your child isn’t in an early childhood class but is birth through pre-k age, you are invited to bring them to the early childhood area at the beginning of each service for our photo time.
At 10:10 a.m., on Sunday, December 11, everyone is invited to participate with the preschool children in a brief Christmas sing-a-long during Sunday school in the Andrew Room.
Advent Calendar & Devotional
The Rev. Robert Cook
We have designed an Advent calendar for the 25 days leading up to Christmas and a corresponding devotional guide for each of the four Sundays of Advent. The activities on the calendar and the devotional questions are family-oriented and have been created to cultivate holy expectation in our hearts this holiday season. Calendars and devotional guides are available on the Welcome Desk.
The Rev. Dr. Nate Smith
Cooks’ Open House
The Rev. Dr. Nate Smith
LEADERSHIP TEAM Sylvia Brady Dean Hughen Rick Adkins
You are invited to stop by Robert+ and Kimberly’s home (181 Pebble Beach Dr.; 72212) between 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, for a Christmas party.
Joey Nichols David Young
The Rt. Rev. Philip H. Jones, Apostolic Vicar The Rt. Rev. Sospeter Ndenza
Nov. 27 GriefShare Dec. 4
Nativity pictures Directory picture day GriefShare Christmas Blessing
Dec. 11 Christmas Sing-a-long GriefShare Cook’s Open House Dec. 18 Directory picture day