March 16, 2017
The Shield | St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Pastor's Column 
    
   I had a series of communications with my daughter on Ash Wednesday that went something like this:
1:00 pm textPapa, the Presbyterian and Methodist church only have one time to go for ashes, and I am busy.  They should learn from your church and have multiple times.
Early evening phone message:   Papa, when I saw my roommate tonight she had ashes on her forehead from going to the Catholic church.  I just wiped some off and did it to myself.  Hope that's ok.
Live phone conversation later in the evening:
Me:  I have good news and bad news.  Bad news, you're going to hell for pretending to be a minister.  Good news, you might know lots of people there.
Daughter:  Ha, ha.  I did it just like you do it, and I even did one of my friends. I made the sign of the cross and said, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Me:  Wrong ritual.  On Ash Wednesday, you should say, "From dust you have come and to dust you shall return.  Repent and believe the gospel."
Daughter:  Well, she has some more ashes on her forehead.  I'm going for a redo!  
 
   I have grown to appreciate the liturgy and rituals of our faith, and I am moved every year by the Ash Wednesday services and the imposition of ashes. The conversation above, however, reminds me that the liturgy and rituals find their power when they invite us into the presence of God and allow us to discover God in our midst.  The yearning we see and hear in the world to be engaged spiritually and touched by the holy is not satisfied by rituals alone.  We need to create authentic opportunities to encounter God and an expectation that God can be found.  While I would not lift up the sharing of ashes in a dorm room as the perfect ritual, I commend the churches which have created an expectation among those three young women that we can encounter God's presence and feel God's claim on our lives through our rituals. 
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Richard 
Presbyterian Social Club
    The Presbyterian Social Club is going to see The Shack this Saturday at 4:20 at the Cinemark Denton.  They now have luxury loungers, so you reserve the seats.  Please go ahead and buy your tickets for this Saturday to guarantee you'll be able to get tickets.  After the movie, we have the patio reserved at Bone Daddy's (right in front of the theater) for dinner, drinks, and discussion.
 
The nursery will be available to drop kiddos off at 3:30, to be picked up by 8:30.  Please email Ms. Sue at [email protected] if you haven't reserved the nursery yet.
Women's Retreat
   All women, ages 18 to 98, are invited to beautiful Prothro Center at Lake Texoma March 24 and 25.  Trish Matthews, a chaplain at  Denton's Presbyterian Hospital, will lead us in a time of getting better acquainted with each other; and with learning to find hope in our everyday struggles with life. The cost is $110 per person. We will leave Friday at 5:00pm and return Saturday at 5:30pm. You can register online at https://www.saint-andrew.com/womens-retreat/. If you have any questions, contact Kathi Sale at [email protected] or Lisa Patterson at [email protected] 
Presbyterian 101  
   For four weeks this spring, we will be having a class entitled Presbyterian 101. It is designed for people who are interested in joining St. Andrew or have recently joined, but anyone who is interested in learning more about God's call to membership, being Presbyterian, or St. Andrew and its many ministries can attend.  The classes will take place in the Church parlor from 9:15 am-10:15am on the following Sundays:
Sunday, March 26
 "God's Call and Church Membership"
Richard Culp

Sunday, April 2
 "We Presbyterians" (including tour of the facility)
Lisa Patterson

Sunday, April 9
        "St. Andrew in Particular"
Fred Cassell
Sunday, April 23
"Ministry and Fellowship"
Various members



New Alto Scholarship Singer
    The Chancel Choir is pleased to introduce Hannah Ceniseros as our new alto scholarship singer. She replaces Claire Choquette, who graduated in December, and has moved to Paraguay! Hannah is from Garland and is a junior at UNT majoring in vocal performance. She is a member of A Cappella Choir and has received the Stephen Thomas Farish, Jr. Memorial Voice Scholarship, Cecelia Cunningham Box Scholarship, Dean's Camerata-Jeff Snider Voice Scholarship, and UNT Continued Academic Scholarship. In the fall of 2015, she was invited to travel to the Czech Republic for language coaching at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno in preparation for her role as alto soloist in Jakub Jan Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass. As a part of the UNT Czech Music Festival, she performed the mass with the Symphony Orchestra and University Singers and then on tour throughout Texas.  Last season Hannah sang the role of Isabel Wentworth in the UNT Opera Theatre production of Virgil Thompson's The Mother of Us All and in April she will sing the role of Mother Marie in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.
Denton Record Chronicle Article
   The Denton Record Chronicle published the following article on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

   75 Years Ago from March 1942.
First services Sunday in new Presbyterian edifice
   Culminating some 20 years of work toward a new church building, members of the First Presbyterian Church, USA, will Sunday hold the first services in the new, just completed, rose brick edifice at the corner of West Oak and Bolivar Streets.
   Work toward the structure, whose total cost, including the ground, is about $80,000, was begun about 15 years ago.
   At the south end of the building is a large round "rose" window whose full beauty can be seen only from the inside when the light throws various colors of the cathedral glass into the chancel of the church.
   Architects were Wilbur Kent and Truett Coston of Lufkin and the contractor was S.J. Churchill of Dallas. 
Stewardship Tips
    If you own appreciated stock or have traditional IRAs, there are tax advantages to giving using those assets.  Please talk to your financial advisor if you want more information.
Mother's Day Gift Bags
   Once again, we are approaching that time of year when we have an opportunity to donate Mother's Day Gift Bags to give encouragement and hopefully bring a bright spot into the lives of some of the homeless and less fortunate moms in our community through Giving Hope, Inc. We are requesting help from the congregation in the form of new personal care and beauty products such as, shampoo, conditioner, nail products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, lipstick, etc.
   Join us in creating awesome Mother's Day Gift Bags for these moms! Please place your donations in the designated collection bins by the soda machine outside Fellowship Hall during the months of March and April. Thank You! 
Easter Music and Flowers
   The Worship and Music Committee invites you to give to the St. Andrew Easter Music and Flower fund. This Easter, let's fill the sanctuary with beautiful lillies and festive Easter music. You are invited to honor or remember family and friends through your donations to this campaign. Forms for you to fill out and a folder for your donation are available in the church office.
Volunteers for After Worship Refreshments Needed
   Do you enjoy conversing with friends over a cup of coffee with a treat in the Narthex after worship on Sundays?  If so, please consider signing up to help one Sunday by hosting or providing refreshments.  Contact Sara Armstrong at 940.453.7046 or [email protected] for available time slots.  You may view the signup calendar online once you provide your email to Sara, or a printed copy is available in the Sacristy on the cabinets.  
Ladies' Lenten Book Study
The Joy and Human Flourishing:
Essays on Theology, Culture, and the Good Life
   Wednesdays in Lent continuing to April 12. Books are now available in the Narthex for $23. Please bring payment to the church office or pay Lisa Patterson.
Change to Shield and Bulletin Communication
   Beginning March 20, Lou Korom will be out of the office on paternity leave for four weeks. In Lou's absence, Derek Shorethose will serve as contact for the Shield and the Bulletin. Deadlines will stay the same--all announcements will be due Tuesday at 11pm for publication in that week's Shield and the following week's bulletin. Please email Derek at [email protected] to include your announcement. Lou Korom will return to the office on April 17.
Lenten "Big Book" Study
   As we move through Lent toward Easter, we have an opportunity to prepare to buy into discipleship again by participating in the Lenten "big book study." Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, you can participate in a small group study (including videos) of Jesus' "I Am" statements." Each Sunday's sermon topic will be based on the study series during Lent. The videos will take us to the places Jesus lived out his ministry and will invite us to more fully see and experience the God who calls us to discipleship. Please note the following class meeting times:
         
Super Wednesday 
6:30pm - 7:30pm 
March 1-April 12 
Led by Richard Culp
Pathfinders Sunday morning 
9:30am - 10:15am 
March 5 - April 16 
Led by Richard Sale
Breakfast Club Sunday morning 
9:30am - 10:15am 
March 5 - April 16
Led by Rafat Haddad
 
Sunday Evening Lenten Meditations
   "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." James 4:8
Your brothers and sisters in Christ at Trinity Presbyterian invite you to join us each Sunday evening in Lent from 7:00 to 7:30. We are holding candlelight meditation services as a way to intentionally create space for God in our lives during this Lenten season. Please join us for this informal time of scripture, prayer, and meditation. The March 26th service will be in the Taize tradition.
Parents' Night Out
    Parents' Night Out is a program for the young families of St. Andrew. The program has a two-fold purpose: it gives parents an opportunity to spend quality time together without their children and it gives the children an evening of fun, age-appropriate activities with their friends at St. Andrew. The evening runs from 4:00pm-8:00pm for infants-3 yr. olds in the Nursery. In the Rec. Center, 4 yr. olds-elementary age will meet from 4:00pm-9:00pm. We ask parents to make reservations no later than Thursday, the week of PNO. Please email Ms. Sue at: [email protected], or call at 940-300-9262, for reservations.  
Spring dates: 4/8, 5/13
Time to Spring Clean for the Youth Garage Sale!
    On April 22nd, the youth will be hosting a garage sale at Iron Guard Storage for the second year. In the weeks leading up to the sale we will announce times for drop offs of items to sell, so as you're cleaning out your closets this spring, keep us in mind! We will be taking donations of items not including clothing or shoes this year. Thanks so much for your support!

March Give-a-Meal
Beef Ravioli or Tuna, Canned Corn, Macaroni and Cheese, Canned Fruit
Optional: Sugar, Flour
   Please return your non-perishable donations for the Denton Community Food Center to the collection bin by the Coke machine near Fellowship Hall. Thank You!
Calendar

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Saturday, March 18
9:00am, Rec Center

Stephen Ministry 
Monday, March 19
6:00pm, Room 206/208

Theology on Tap
Monday, March 19
6:30pm, East Side Social Club

Tuesday Afternoon Women's Bible Study
Tuesday, March 20
1:30pm, Room 206

Diaconate Meeting
Tuesday, March 20
7:00pm, Room 206

Ladies' Lenten Book Study
Wednesday, March 21
12pm, Room 206/208

Super Wednesday
Wednesday, March 21
5:30pm, Meal
6:30pm, Adult Tracts

Session Meeting
Wednesday, March 21
7:40pm, Room 206/208

Men's Book Study

Thursday, March 16
8am, Upper Park Cafe