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DECEMBER 8, 2019



The Rev. Robert Cook

Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7 Matthew 3:1-6

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God Comes in the Most Surprising Ways

OUR MISSION 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

8300 Kanis Rd., Little Rock, AR 72204 501.614.6061 •

Services: 8:45 a.m.–Traditional; 11 a.m.–Contemporary; 4 p.m–Cornerstone Sunday school and Kingdom Life classes: 10:10 a.m.

Advent Calendar We have again produced an Advent calendar to help you and your family step away from the hustle and bustle of the season and focus on expectantly awaiting the arrival of the messiah. The calendar can be picked up at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex.

Christmas Poinsettias White 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 and mail a check to the church. Today is the final day to purchase poinsettias.

Early Childhood Nativity Photos TODAY • BOTH SERVICES Simple costumes will be available for children to dress up as their favorite nativity character for individual photos. 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.

Christmas Eve Services DECEMBER 24 • 4 & 10 p.m. Worship with us at one of our Christmas Eve candlelight services. At 4 p.m., everyone will worship together at our family service, which include Christmas carols, a short message, a children’s gift, Holy Communion and end with the candlelight singing of Silent Night. At 10 p.m., celebrate the birth of our savior at our traditional candlelight service.

Holiday Office Hours DECEMBER 26-27, 30-31 • 10 A.M.–2 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.

Lessons & Carols DECEMBER 29 • 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, ENCOUNTER kids or Early Childhood classes.

Baptism Sunday JANUARY 12 • BOTH SERVICES We will celebrate the sacrament of Baptism during both services on Epiphany Sunday, January 12. If you would like to be baptized, or have your child baptized, please contact Kathy Stephenson ( no later than Thursday, January 2.

MISSIONS Missions Gift Cards Mission Gift Cards are designed by St. Andrew’s artists and are available year round for any special occasion for a minimum $10 donation/card. Money generated by donations is gifted directly to the missionary or mission project selected by each purchaser. An insert describing the chosen ministry is included with each card. Cards will be available for purchase between services in the Narthex through Sunday, December 15. Cards are available for purchase during the week in the church office. For additional information, contact Kay Lindley (501.831.3314) or Gail Douglas (501.954.9883).

YoungLife Capernaum Capernaum, Young Life’s ministry to teenagers and young adults with special needs, is looking for someone to sit in the back during the December 19 event (6:30-8 p.m. in the Commons) to make sure no one leaves without adult supervision. For more information or to volunteer, contact Amber Waldron (479.213.0660; amber.

DECEMBER 8, 2019

CONNECTIONS WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re 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’ll find information about our church at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. If you’re new to St. Andrew’s, come by, we have a gift for you. 1st visit 2nd visit information update

8:45 service 11 service


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Blessing Bags The youth have assembled Blessing Bags, care kits for the homeless that contain a small variety of practical items, and they are now available for pick up in the Narthex. Grab a few and keep them in your car to give out the next time you see someone in need.


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Midday Gathering Tuesdays • noon • Sanctuary Contact: Tongua Williams—

Men’s Fellowship—Romans Tuesdays • 12:15 p.m. • Andrew Room Contact: Mickey Harbour—501.350.5660

DASH (youth) Wednesday • 6 p.m. • Youth Room Contact: AJ Green—

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Preferred Method of Communication: home phone email text

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Growing in Grace (GiG) Wednesday • 6–8:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner is followed by a recovery service and a small-group, 12-step-style meeting. Child care is provided for the entire evening. Contact: Don Blair—501.786.0711

Anglican Evening Prayer Friday • 5:30-6 p.m. • Prayer Room Contact: Ephraim McNair—501.410.0120

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36-45 46-55 Even older and wiser


CHURCH STAFF The Rev. Robert Cook, Rector


The Rev. Dustin Freeman, Associate Pastor The Rev. Canon Ryan Owsley, Associate Pastor AJ Green, Director of Family Ministry/Youth Becca Swarna, Children’s Ministry Leader Tongua Williams, Early Childhood Ministry Leader Kathy Stephenson, Executive Assistant to Robert Cook Beka LeMaster, Communications Director & Executive Assistant to Ryan Owsley Jessie Smith, Connection Ministry Leader & Executive Assistant to Dustin Freeman

Taught by the Leadership Team • Commons November 24–December 22 This Advent season, the St. Andrew’s Leadership Team will reflect on key passages of Scripture that point to the incarnation. Please join us to prepare your hearts and minds to celebrate the birth of Christ.

FAMILY MINISTRY 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 throughout the service for this age group. Parents may pick up their children for Communion at The Peace. ENCOUNTER Kids (K–5th grade): Children may follow the cross out of the sanctuary after the gospel reading for a creative time of worship designed specifically for kids, before returning for Holy Communion.

10:10 a.m. Sunday school

Veronica Zamora, Receptionist Jesse Trickett, Maintenance Ann Berg, Accountant

NON-STAFF, AMIA CLERGY The Rev. Dr. Nate Smith

LEADERSHIP TEAM The Rev. Robert Cook The Rev. Dr. Nate Smith Sylvia Brady

Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing or event

Dean Hughen Rick Adkins David Young

ANGLICAN MISSION The Rt. Rev. Philip H. Jones, Apostolic Vicar The Rt. Rev. Sospeter Ndenza

Beginnings (infant & preschool): Music class is held in the preschool room. ENCOUNTER Kids (K–5th grade): Children learn about our faith in Christ in an age-appropriate way through lessons from the Gospel Story Book curriculum. DASH (youth): Sixth–12th graders participate in teaching and discussion on a companion verse/parallel topic to the day’s sermon.

11 a.m. Service Only eXtraordinary Lives (special needs): Students and young adults with special needs 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. A cry room for mothers and their infants/toddlers is available next to the elevator in the hallway.

GOOD TO KNOW Church Plant Funding


Early Childhood nativity pictures

December 24

Christmas Eve services

For the time being, all offerings received at the 4 p.m. service will go toward St. Andrew’s. If you’d like to support the church plant directly with an offering above your pledge, please do so either through our online giving system by selecting “Church Plant” or by writing “Church Plant” in the memo line of your check.

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