July 13, 2017
The Shield | St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Spotlight on the Diaconate 
   As chairperson of the Hospitality and Membership Committee, which is one of two committees that comprise the Diaconate, I would like to fill you in about the Congregational Care subcommittee 's activities. As of the end of June, members had shared God's love with the congregation through the following:
  • Three Bereavement Teams took turns providing receptions and a luncheon for the grieving after five funerals.
  • Deacons delivered altar flowers each Sunday they are available to those on the Home Ministry and Prayer Lists, as well as anyone who might need encouragement.
  • Nine cradle crosses were given to newborn children and grandchildren of members, or children being baptized who had not previously received one.
  • Home Communion was offered monthly by ordained deacons and elders to 13 members who are unable to attend church due to health reasons.
  • Two Meal Trains were arranged to support members through a life challenge. Do you know we have members who really enjoy being able to serve others in this way? Please do not hesitate to request a Meal Train when it would be helpful.
  • Three Prayer Ministry Teams and the Stephen Ministers have prayed faithfully for those on the published prayer list, as well as those from the confidential prayer box. The beautiful wooden oval box can be found on the cabinet next to the parlor door.
  • Countless cards, home visits and phone calls have gone out to our Home Ministry members and those on the prayer list thanks to the Home Ministry team and the Liaison for Pastoral Concerns.
   Whew...that's a lot of God's love being shared! Most of these programs rely on volunteers from the congregation, and they do not need to be deacons. If you feel led to participate, or learn more about, any of the Congregational Care programs, please contact Leigh Kitchens, [email protected], Roger Lewis, [email protected], or Jan Hillman, [email protected].

Leigh Kitchens
Red Cross Blood Drive
Saturday, July 15
9am-2pm, Rec Center
   Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: standrew to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Lunch n' Learn
with The Rev. Renee Roederer
on Nones and Dones

Sunday, July 23, 11:45am, Fellowship Hall
   Do you know people who might describe themselves as spiritually curious but institutionally suspicious? Perhaps you've heard of the Nones, a growing number of people in the U.S. who are religiously unaffiliated, or the Dones, a growing number of Christians who have left traditional, institutional congregations. After worship on Sunday, July 23, everyone is invited to the Lunch n' Learn at 11:45am to hear the Rev. Renée Roederer, a guest speaker from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She will tell us about Michigan Nones and Dones, a new community in Southeast Michigan that brings both Nones and Dones together for friendship and conversations of spiritual exploration. This vision has invigorated her work as a minister and taught her a great deal about the changing religious landscape in the United States.
   The Rev. Renee Roederer is serving as a Community Chaplain in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Roederer has been commissioned by the Presbytery of Detroit to serve as the first Community Chaplain for Nones and Dones in the PC(USA). Come join us for Lunch n' Learn as Rev. Roederer tells us the exciting, unfolding story of Michigan Nones and Dones, a new community of friendship and spiritual exploration for people who are "spiritually curious but institutionally suspicious."
Volunteers Needed for Fab Friday 2!
   Artists Enclave will be hosting Fab Friday 2, an all-ages free benefit for Our Daily Bread at the Bearded Monk and Denton Brewing Company on Friday, August 4 from 6pm-9pm. Live music, Almost Famous Pizza food truck, live t-shirt printing, and a raffle will all be a part of the festivities. Please plan to enter the raffle with prizes from local businesses by bringing donations of cash, travel-sized health and beauty items (shampoo, soaps, and deodorants), and bottled water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
   We need your help! St. Andrew is providing volunteers for the event. We need 1-2 volunteers to help with the raffle and 1-2 volunteers to help monitor the art vendor area, per 1 hour shifts (6 to 7 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m., 8 to 9 p.m.). Come work a shift and stay for the fun! Contact Linda Anderson at [email protected] to sign up.
Save the Date!
   Save the Date for our next Kirkin' service!  On October 29, the church will be alive with the sound of bagpipes and drums, kilts will again be fashionable and we will celebrate the Scottish heritage of our Presbyterian church.  If you would like to help plan this festive service, please contact DeLila at [email protected].
Wedding Band Found 
   A wedding band with five gemstones was found in the Heifer Project collection bin. Please contact Derek Shorethose at [email protected] if you are the owner.
Executive Assistant Position Search in Grace Presbytery
   Grace Presbytery is currently seeking an Executive Assistant to the Senior Director of Ministry and Church transitions. More details about the position can be found here.
Good Start Back to School Giveaway
   Health Services of North Texas, in an effort to supplement the Apple Tree Project and service many of the 11,000 low-income students in Denton, is collecting back to school backpack supplies and is offering health information and screenings at no cost. The Good Start Back to School Giveaway will be held on Saturday, August 5, from 9:00am to 11:00am, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2255 Bonnie Brae. Donations of school supplies would be greatly appreciated and may be left in the donation box in the Narthex. Volunteers to work that day are also needed, and you may call Judy Stoughton for more details.
Summer Pastoral Care 
   As one of the core groups providing pastoral care at St. Andrew, Stephen Ministers (Deacons and pastors provide pastoral care as well) will be the "go to" people for any needs the two weeks both Dr. Culp and Rev. Patterson are out-of-town simultaneously. To be specific, if you have pastoral care needs arise on the week of July 17-July 21, please contact Karen Dower (940-367-1001) or the church office (940-387-3897), and a Stephen Minister will be contacted to provide pastoral care assistance.  
June Give-a-Meal  
(Basic Needs Month--Your Pick)
Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna, Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Dried Beans, Rice, Soup, Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti and Canned Sauce
Optional: Cereal, Coffee, Dry Milk 
   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! 
Summer Church Office Hours   
   The church office switched to summer office hours on Monday, June 5. The church office is open on Mondays from 8:30am-5:00pm and on Tuesday-Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm. 
Sunday, July 16

9:30am Sunday School

10:30am Worship Service 

Scripture Lessons:
Hebrews 11: 8-19
Genesis 22: 1-19

Sermon Title:

"Here I Am?"
 
Calendar

Women's Retreat Departs
Saturday, July 15
5:45am, St. Andrew Parking Lot

Red Cross Blood Drive
Saturday, July 15
9am-2pm, Rec Center

Theology on Tap
Monday, July 24
6:30pm, Denton County Brewing Co.
200 E. McKinney