On the second row of pews sat a woman I
did not know. She was close enough to the front
that I went to greet her. She introduced herself
with these words: "I'm Ann from First
Presbyterian, Amarillo." "What does that mean?"
I replied with all my pastoral brilliance on
display. "I visit here once a year," she told
me. I must have looked confused because she went
on to explain, "I come to a conference in Dallas
once a year, and I love worshipping with St.
Andrew so much that I drive up here on Sunday
morning every year when I am in town." Then, it
was time to start worship. I did so with a
renewed sense of the power of worship, a
reminder that we never know who is in the pews,
a commitment to continue the excellent worship
at St. Andrew that Ann had experienced here
previously, and a bit in awe of the way worship
brings people together.
Potluck and Hymn Sing
The potluck Sunday morning begins at
Fellowship Hall. Bring some food to share, enjoy
the fellowship, and get your vocal chords tuned
up for the hymn sing that will
begin at 10:30am in the Sanctuary as
part of our worship.
Sunday, we will "bless the backpacks," which
means asking God to be with our students,
teachers, administrators and parents as they
begin and move through the school year. As
we remember members of St. Andrew, we also ask
God's blessing for those whom have received the
Apple Tree gift cards and the school supplies we
have provided. Each child or youth present will
receive a bag tag which reads, "Lead me, guide
me, walk beside me." Those words serve as
a reminder that God walks with us and sends
people to walk alongside in all times, including
during the school year.
at Noon, Room
Join this lively discussion group
as they read and discuss the editorials written
by John Buchanan, former publisher of the
Christian Century, and our Fall Festival of
Faith speaker for 2017. The editorials are
focused on a range of subjects from "The
Mainline and the World" to "Matters of Faith"
and "Popular Culture." Questions? Ask Lisa
From the Editor's
Desk: Thinking Critically, Living Faithfully at
the Dawn of a New Christian Century
John M. Buchanan ($12, available in the
and join us for lunch and a presentation of what
is new and forthcoming in the world of faith
learning and formation by Leah Wykoff, Grace
Presbytery resource director.
Committee Kick-off Meeting
Plan to be here for our next Kirkin'
o' the Tartans service, October 29, 2017! The
Kirkin' Committee will have its kick-off meeting
on Sunday, August 20th, at 11:45am in Room 200,
and we need your ideas and helping hands.
Please come to this meeting and help us make the
2017 Kirkin' a memorable church and community
Acolyte Training for 4th and
5th Graders is on Sunday, September 17
immediately following worship in the chancel
area. This is an important way for our older
elementary children to serve in worship, and it
begins and ends each Sunday worship service.
Questions? Contact Michael Ball at
for Change | Children and Youth Raise Over $600
for Heifer International
Thank you for
bringing plastic bags of coins, rolled up
pennies, and for emptying your pockets of loose
change! Your generosity and the good humor you
displayed by bringing heavy bags of coins from
home and to the table in the corner of the
Narthex each week garnered over $500 in loose
change and small bills. The Mission Committee
very generously volunteered to "pay" $2 for
every child and youth who attended Sunday School
each week this summer and that amount is $104.
That brings the grand total to $604! There will
be a Moment for Mission on Rally Day when the
children and youth will announce the results of
their vote to decide what will be purchased - so
stay tuned for their results.
Andrew Co-ed Kickball Team
Have you been
longing to get outside and play? Well join us
for a recreational co-ed kickball team in a
league through the City of Denton. Participants
must be 16 years old or older. We are looking to
field one-maybe two teams! Participants will
need to pay $20 each to play. Cost covers entry
into league and cost of jerseys. Games are
played on Tuesday evenings, starting Septtember
12. If you would like more information or would
like to sign up, please talk to Brandi (
Ushers are still needed for
the following fall and winter service dates.
Usher Needs by Date:
29: 4 ushers
November 12: 4 ushers
November 19: 3 ushers
26: 4 ushers
December 3 & 10: 3 ushers
7, 24, & 31: 4 ushers
Christmas Eve Services (5:00pm
or 7:00pm): 3 ushers
Many thanks to all the Saint Andrew volunteers
and attendees at the Our Daily Bread Benefit,
Fab Friday 2, Friday, August 1, sponsored by
Artists Enclave of Denton County, 7Feathers
Denton, The Bearded Monk and Denton County
Brewing Company. Donations are still being
counted, but we know at this time that with your
help more than $600 was donated through raffle
ticket purchases. And, that doesn't even include
the value of the items that were donated!
Proceeds from vendor sales have not been tallied
yet, so this is a very preliminary total. Our
Daily Bread Executive Director Brenda Jackson
hopes the money will help fulfill special
equipment needs for servicing Our Daily Bread's
It was a pleasant
evening to share good fellowship with the
community, all for a good cause. Thank you for
Did You Know?
St. Andrew's own Nancy Bray has
been named 2017 Independent Living Volunteer of
the Year at Good Samaritan Society Denton
Village. Nancy plays organ for worship services
in the Chapel there.
Give a Meal a
June and July
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
members were very generous in June and July with
contributions to the Denton Community Food
Center. We donated 86 pounds of food and $225.
The total monetary donations for both months
equals more than $1575 worth of food purchasing
power. Since January, we've given 428 pounds of
food and donated a total of $868 in monetary
contributions. As of right now, we have
surpassed the entire monetary amount given in
2016 by $246. Keep up the good work everyone!
Fun Fact #1:The DCFC has
empty shelves right now due to a lack of funds.
Monetary donations are desperately needed.
Remember, your monetary donation has 5-10 times
more food purchasing power since the food is
purchased through the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Fun Fact #2: Summer is
hard on low income parents since their children
are not getting a free breakfast and lunch at
school. Food and monetary donations are needed
the most during summer months.
Fun Fact #3: June was our
second highest month in total monetary
Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna, Canned Black-eyed
Peas, Canned Fruit
Optional: Cooking Oil or
Please return your
non-perishable donations for the Denton
Community Food Center to the collection bin by
the Coke machine near Fellowship Hall. Thank
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, August 13
"Am I Saved?"
Breakfast @ 9:30am, Fellowship Hall
Blessing of the Backpacks
Potluck and Hymn Sing
9:30am, Fellowship Hall
Sunday, August 13
Wednesday, August 16
11:30am, Room 206/208