NEW SERMON SERIES
RELUCTANCE INTO BOLDNESS This sermon series is based on the book, Moses, by Adam Hamilton. As we read passages in Exodus we will retrace the key moments of the life of Moses from his modest birth and rescue as a baby to the courts of Pharaoh, from herding flocks in Midian to leading his people out of Egypt. We will discover a reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given. We too can turn our own reluctance into boldness as we examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.
SERVICE WORSHIP THANK YOU KEELING ELEMENTARY
TO KNOW GOD AND MAKE GOD KNOWN THROUGH LIVES TRANSFORMED BY CHRIST. SERVICE WORSHIP THANK YOU LA FRONTERA STEPHEN MINISTRY
Stephen Ministry is like a crutch for a person with a sprained ankle – it will not heal you, but it will support you until you no longer need it. For more information, contact one of our pastors at 297-7201, or Cheryl Smith, or request a Stephen Minister on our church’s website, sapctucson.org/stephen-ministry CrossCurrents (020349) September 2018 Published monthly except July by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 7650 N Paseo del Norte Tucson, AZ 85704 Periodicals postage paid at Tucson, AZ 85726-9753 POSTMASTER, send address changes to: CrossCurrents 7650 N Paseo del Norte Tucson, AZ 85704
On behalf of the staff, students, and families of Keeling Elementary School, I would like to express our sincere thanks for the amazing services you provided for our school this summer. Our teachers were thrilled to have help and they accomplished so much! We are indebted to people like you who value public education and understand how important quality teachers are to our community. Teachers are often undervalued and underappreciated and this generous gift makes all the difference in the world. We appreciate your time and energy that you donate to the Tucson community. It is people like you that renew our hope in a good future for our youth. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Sincerely, Annette Orelup Principal, Keeling Elementary.
Thank you to Securaplane Technologies for the $500 donation for one of our Service Worship projects, La Frontera. We were able to purchase bus passes for clients that are severely mentally ill and unable to get around to their jobs except by bus. Thank you Securaplane Technologies for your generosity! We appreciate you!
HUGS (Happily under God’s Supervision) fall season will start on Wednesday, September 5. This interdenominational senior outreach program is open to all confessing to be a senior. We meet in Friendship Hall at St. Andrew’s. Our morning starts at 10:15 am, providing a fun filled time with devotions, hymn singing, and a musical program, games, or timely subject of interest to seniors. A hot $3 lunch is served at 12:00 pm and our time together normally ends at 12:30 pm. We welcome seniors to come check us out and find out how much fun and fellowship is available each Wednesday. For information, contact Susan Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Gross at email@example.com. Upcoming Dates: September 5 – Birthdays & Games September 12 – GRFD – Fire & Safety September 19 – Kino Mission/Art Kramer September 26 – Tag Trio Dance Band
MISSIONS MISSION OUTREACH MINISTRY
I had the privilege of leading the July Service Worship project for La Frontera Mental Health Clinic. Although this organization has three main clinics in Tucson, we focused on the Mountain Ave location because they serve a clientele that is 100% SMI (severely mentally ill), many of whom are homeless or living in shelters. On Monday morning we delivered 100 Blessing Bags filled with travel size hygiene products, 100 bagged lunches, and over a dozen cases of water which were all provided by you, the faithful servants of St. Andrew’s.
The feedback has been overwhelming! All the provisions were greatly appreciated and put to immediate use. As a result of the lunches, group therapy sessions increased in attendance and clients were found to be more cooperative and receptive to counsel because their tummies were full. They were very surprised and grateful for the many lunch items included in each bag. The staff likened their reactions to children
opening gifts on Christmas morning, saying, “They removed the food items one at a time, oohing and ahhing over each... Even the simple act of applying their own condiments to their sandwiches made them feel special and pampered.” One of the men hadn’t eaten for three days so he was especially grateful!
This project resulted in many blessings, not just for the recipients but for the providers as well, and emails continue to fly back and forth as God takes this onetime project and grows it into a ministry, called, appropriately enough, DAILY BREAD! We are also including a Scripture in each lunch so our friends do indeed receive their DAILY BREAD!
SERVICE WORSHIP THANK YOU LA CIMA MIDDLE
To St. Andrew’s Congregation:
I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous support you have bestowed upon our school and our staff. You are all certainly a blessing to us at La Cima. Words cannot express how grateful and appreciative we all are for your generosity and caring hearts. Thank you! I’m blessed to have you in my life! Julie Valenzuela Principal- La Cima
If you feel God stirring your heart as you read this, and you would like to help donate 10 sandwiches a month or would like to help with pudding cups, fruit cups, granola bars or chips, please reach out to RuthAnn Smithrud at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Louise Boost email@example.com. Thank you for blessing others in need!
MOMENT FOR MISSION
Hearing the Moment for Mission about the Haven Totes project really resonated with me and inspired me to step up. The thought of children coming to school hungry on a Monday morning, after having little to no food over the weekend, really caught my attention. For most of us, we have never truly experienced hunger. Sure, we sometimes have a busy day and don’t have time to grab lunch, so by evening, we’re hungry and irritable. But, hunger is a reality for these children. It only makes sense that after not receiving good nourishment over the weekend, these kids are likely to be lethargic, unable to focus, perhaps grumpy, and as a result, it is only logical that their learning is significantly impacted. The message really tugged at my heartstrings, and I wanted to go and scout out the best deals I could to stretch my dollars to buy as much food as possible to help fill those weekend food bags. For me, I felt like God was calling me to help answer this need. Later, as I was driving home from the grocery store, it occurred to me that if every time each of us in our church went to the grocery store, we were to buy one item, such as a case of canned corn or a large box of oatmeal packets, we would SO quickly fill the 130+ bags that St. Andrew’s is providing for Haven Totes each week. In fact, it would likely allow the CONTACT church’s contribution to the program to expand and provide RUTHANN SMITHRUD for many more families as well. I appreciate the opportunities Director of Mission Outreach that the Moment for Missions provides. -Brenda Tranchina firstname.lastname@example.org 297-7201 x204
YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY
GOLF TOURNAMENT 2018: SEPTEMBER 15 Love to play golf? Want to support Youth Ministry? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! Grab your foursome and get ready for an awesome scramble to benefit SAPC YOUTH! Our Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Youth Ministry will be held at El Conquistador Golf and Tennis. Don’t play golf? There are plenty of opportunities for support, including tee sign sponsorship and prize donations! Get ready for SEPTEMBER 15. Register at sapcyouth.com. To become a tee sponsor, contact Tim at email@example.com. $100 PER PLAYER || $100 PER TEE SIGN
FOREST HOME UPDATE We are so thrilled for our students that camp was rescheduled for the end of July! Praise God! Most of our students were still able to attend Forest Home this summer after their original trip was cancelled due to forest fires. Thank you for all your prayers!!! Students had an amazing time in the San Bernardino Mountains - enjoying a week filled with encounters with God’s love and meaningful relationships and experiences. Thank you all for your support in prayer as well as financially. We could not do it without you!
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SEARCH
We are looking for an Assistant Director of Youth Ministry! Apply today! The Assistant Director of Youth Ministry demonstrates a personal deep, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, and seeks to create a positive, exciting, and nurturing environment where middle school and high school students can learn about and grow in God’s love. The primary responsibilities are to assist the Youth Director in planning for weekly middle and high school youth group and special events, oversee the implementation of Sunday school, and assist in various administrative roles. This position requires a motivated, energetic individual who is able to effectively reach out to young people both within and outside of the Church. The Assistant Youth Director will be committed to working in a collegial environment for the purpose of building up God’s Kingdom through evangelistic outreach, discipleship, worship and mission. This part time position (20 hours per week) works with and is accountable to the Youth Director and Associate Pastor. To learn more or apply, visit sapctucson.org/careers.
CONTACT TIM CHRISTIAN Director of Youth Discipleship Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org 520-297-7201 x228
CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY HELPING CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES DEVELOP A LASTING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST
TRUNK OR TREAT: Save the date for the 4th Annual St. Andrew’s Trunk or Treat event. Trunk or Treat will be on Sunday, October 28 from 4:00 pm -6:00 pm in the SW Campus parking lot. We are trying something new this year and having the event on Sunday afternoon. Start thinking about how you want to decorate your trunk! Sign up will begin on September 10 at Get Connected LIVE. Stop by the CDM table and choose your spot. Are you wondering “What’s Trunk or Treat?” People sign up to decorate their trunks and children from the church and community come and trick or treat at each trunk. Those decorating trunks pass out candy to the kids. Last year some people had games or interactive activities at their trunks. You can pair up with other people and decorate together. This is a way for us to reach out to the community and offer a safe, fun place for their children to come.
CONTACT SHELLY AKINS Director of Children’s Discipleship Ministry email@example.com 520-297-7201 x233
HOLY MOLIES Holy Molies will start up again in September! This group for 4th and 5th graders meets the third Wednesday of the month, starting September 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Room F. We have dinner together, play games, have a devotional, do service projects, fellowship, and have fun! Parents are encouraged to volunteer with their kids. Please bring $5 to offset the cost of dinner. Questions? Let Shelly know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 297-7201.
THIRD GRADE BIBLES
Bibles will be presented during the 9:00 am and 10:45 am services on September 9. Students need to RSVP for this so we can make sure to have Bibles for everyone. Contact Shelly at email@example.com to RSVP. Please RSVP by September 5.
Sunday Morning Childcare Available on SW Campus: Worship Services and Classes 9:00 am and 10:45 am (Reservations not required) Childcare for 7:30 am can be provided with requests. > Regular weekday childcare continues as needed with reservations. > Regular weekday evening childcare continues as needed. To avoid extra cost to the church, the nursery will only be staffed for prearranged groups or specific requests. Reservations help us adequately staff for childcare. Cancellations are needed if your plans change to help the church avoid unnecessary childcare expenses. Contact Anita Degnan for information or reservations at 297-7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
•• CHRISTMAS EVENTS FOR YOUR CALENDAR: •• NOVEMBER 11: CHRISTMAS PLAY PRACTICE BEGINS. •• DECEMBER 1: ADVENT KICK-OFF •• DECEMBER 2: ANGEL SUNDAY •• DECEMBER 8: COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT •• DECEMBER 24: CHRISTMAS EVE •• (CHRISTMAS PLAY AT THE 5:00 PM FAMILY SERVICE ) •• DECEMBER 30: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL / 5
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY ALPHA
Come and join us at Alpha beginning on September 11 at 6:15 pm here at St. Andrew’s. Bring a friend! Alpha is an opportunity to explore questions about life and faith. It’s low-key, friendly, and FUN. Dinner is provided as well as Kidz Alpha programming for grades K-5 and childcare for younger ones. Contact Connie Randall at email@example.com or visit the Discipleship Table in the Gathering Place.
Save the date for Faith Uncorked on September 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm! Faith Uncorked is an opportunity for women to hang out, eat some food, enjoy a beverage, have a chance for fellowship, and get a chance to share life and faith. Bring an appetizer to share, and your favorite beverage. Contact Connie Randall for questions or to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAITH ON TAP
Save the date for the 2018 Women’s Retreat, Soaked in the Spirit: A Retreat for Women, on November 9 and 10 at St. Andrew’s. More info to come! For questions, contact Connie Randall at email@example.com.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES
Think about joining us for the Wednesday Night Edition of Women’s Bible Study as we begin a new study September 12 in the Library from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. We’ll be delving into a 15 week Joy of Living study titled Highlights of the Old Testament, Wisdom & Prophecy. Our time is spent discussing the lesson and praying for one another. Study books will be available on CONTACT CONNIE RANDALL Director of Adult Discipleship Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org 297-7201 x211
September 12. Contact Linda Sebastian at LindaAndPhil2@gmail.com for more information. We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend. It’s time to kick off Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study, September 14 at 9:00 am in Friendship Hall. We will be doing an overview on the Highlights of the Old Testament, Wisdom & Prophecy, Joy of Living series. We have a time of fellowship, worship, lecture, and the all important small group. Plus, there will be food! Snacks are provided the first Friday of every month by the different small groups. Books will be available to purchase September 14. Contact Jan Littlefield at email@example.com.
Faith on Tap is an amazing opportunity for men to hang out, eat some great food, partake in a fantastic beverage, and get a chance for fellowship and chat about life and God. The hope is to connect men to each other and a deeper sense of who God is calling us to be. The cost is $10 and bring your own beverage! Looking forward to seeing you there! Upcoming Dates: September 7 October 5 November 2
GET CONNECTED LIVE
The Adult Discipleship Ministry will be hosting Get Connected Live on Sunday, September 9 and 16 at St. Andrew’s. Get Connected Live will be an opportunity for us to showcase the Adult and Youth discipleship activities, Church Life ministries, our Library, and local outreach ministries that are occurring at St. Andrew’s. This event will provide an opportunity for people to become aware of the many ways to get involved here and meet the folks who are leading.
HISTORY STUDY GROUP
MENS BIBLE STUDY
F R I D AY S / / 9 : 0 0 A M - 1 1 : 3 0 A M
T H U R S D AY S / / 9 : 1 5 A M - 1 0 : 1 5 A M
T H U R S D AY S / / 7 : 0 0 A M - 8 : 0 0 A M
MOMS Group 2018 Fall Semester starts September 14! Our Friday mornings are a great break for any mom! Come and connect with other women and, most importantly, stay connected to God. We offer small group Bible study, outreach events, and fun socials in a supportive, Christ-centered environment. MOMS with kids of all ages are invited to join us. No fee to attend, material cost is $20. For questions, contact Karin Fiore at firstname.lastname@example.org
History Study Group meets Thursdays from 9:15 am - 10:15 am in Fireside. We are reviewing a DVD lecture series on the history of the Reformation that concludes September 6. A new series titled The World’s Greatest Church Buildings will begin on September 13. For more information, contact Dick Kampa dickkampa @gmail.com; or Louise Doran email@example.com.
Men’s Bible Study meets every Thursday from 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Alpha room. Our normal morning study consists of church announcements, prayer requests, and needs.
WIDOWS OF ST. ANDREW’S
ST. ANDREW’S WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB
FAITH WALK BOOK CLUB
1 S T T H U R S D AY S / / 1 2 : 0 0 P M
All widows are invited to our monthly luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 12:00 pm, at Firebird (LaEncantada Mall) Please RSVP to Myra Christenson firstname.lastname@example.org. Each month we meet on the first Thursday at 12:00 pm. Upcoming dates are October 4-Macaroni Grill and November 1-Westward Look; All widows are always welcome!
FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT June total revenue Monthly revenue required Difference
$165,932 170,047 ($4,115)
Additionally, we will have a lesson study on Pastor Jim’s current sermon series. Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study welcomes all members and friends of St. Andrew’s as we have an enjoyable time together in sharing, prayer, and study.
4 T H T U E S D AY S / / 7 : 0 0 P M
4 T H T H U R S D AY S / / 4 : 0 0 P M - 5 : 0 0 P M
St. Andrew’s Women’s book club will be meeting on Tuesday, September 25 to discuss another interesting book-A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. We hope you can join us!
The Faith Walk book for September is The Way of Letting Go: One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness by Wilma Derkson.
For more info, contact Katrina Lantz at email@example.com.
We will meet on September 27 to discuss the book in the church library at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Contact Jean O’Hanlon, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please feel free to join us.
The views and opinions expressed in the books do not necessarily reflect those of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Year to Date Revenue $1,040,435 YTD Revenue Required 1,120,885 Difference ($80,450)
During the months from May through September our income regularly falls below the expenses for the same period. This is a good illustration of the need for more regular pledged giving, so revenues continue to meet expenses during the times that many of us are away from Tucson. / 7
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LEAVE A LEGACY
How can we secure a stable financial future at St. Andrew’s for generations to come? We can fund an endowment which will provide a steady income stream in perpetuity. Your gift to the endowment will further the spiritual and charitable purposes of our church. A substantial endowment will decrease the reliance and pressure on annual giving. Besides a cash or estate gift, other options include required minimum distributions from an IRA, stock, gifts that pay income to you, life insurance, and more. Please consider St. Andrew’s as part of your estate planning. For more information contact the church office at 297-7201.
IN MEMORIAM JIM FREEMAN July 26, 2018 Memorial Service will be held September 8 at 10:30 am in the SW Sanctuary. 8 /
SEPTEMBER ARTIST: SUSAN HILDRETH
volume 2018 - number 8
Do you like nature? To me, it represents the unending manifestation of God. I am a nurse, botanist, birdwatcher, and now an artist. I try to represent the beauty and joy we see around us. Most of my life has been in the midwest, and now in Tucson. I volunteer with a seniors art group each week. Art is a means of personal satisfaction, expression, and therapy. It is very helpful to keep our brains sharp and healthy. Each week new stories on these themes emerge. It is so imprtant for all of us to find an outlet for expression and keep working on it. My paintings will be on display from September 9 to October 14. I hope you enjoy looking at them.
The monthly newsletter of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Tucson, AZ.