“Come as you are to worship!” All people are welcome! Large print prayers books are available.
Our Sunday Rite II service is at 9:30 a.m. with hymns and praise music. Coffee time and Adult Inspirations follow the service. Children (ages 3 through 6th grade) meet during the readings and sermon and return for the Peace and Communion with their families. Living the Good News lessons are presented during the school year and activities during the summer.
On the first and third Wednesdays, the service is held at Rittenhouse at 9:30 a.m.. Equally as important as connecting with God, these services afford us an opportunity to connect with the residents. Come worship and be a friend to our senior brothers and sisters in Christ! http://www.rittenhousesl.com/comm-michigancity/
Our Adult Inspirations class will resume on November 11 with the DVD study of “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi” by Amy-Jill Levine. Professor Levine is a Jewish scholar specializing in the study of Christian Scripture at Vanderbilt University. Professor Levine’s interpretation of these parables demonstrate how these powerful stories continue to challenge hearers, even 2,000 years later. Nov. 11 — The Pearl of Great Price; Nov. 18 — The Mustard Seed; Nov. 25 — The Laborers in the Vineyard
A Thanksgiving Day worship service will be held at St. Andrew’s at 10 a.m.on Thanksgiving Day. Our brothers and sisters from Trinity Episcopal Church will join us.
Bishop Sparks is scheduled to visit our church on Sunday, December 2, 2018. When bishops visit, they often confirm believers who want to make an adult profession of their faith. Bishops also receive people into the church who have come from other denominational backgrounds. If anyone would like to be officially received into the Episcopal Church at Bishop Spark’s upcoming visit, please speak with Fr. Rob.
From Fr. Rob. Following are events that I want to draw your attention to.
Pasha Ducey was confirmed on Sunday, November 4 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Earlier this year, the leadership team at Trinity generously invited our teenagers to join teens from their congregation in exploring the Christian faith in preparation for confirmation. We used the “Confirming Not Conforming” curriculum and met for approximately 20 sessions over the past year. I’m very proud of the work that Pasha and the candidates from Trinity have done over the last year. Pasha was planning on being confirmed at St. Andrew’s when the Bishop visits on December 2, but that date conflicted with a family event, making confirmation at Trinity the most logical option.
The recent tragic shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was a grim reminder that sacred spaces may not be safe places. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Valparaiso is hosting a Parish Safety Training seminar on Saturday, November 17 from 10 am to noon. It would be wonderful if some of our church members could attend that event and bring back some information that could be useful for our situation. The event is free, but registering ahead of time is greatly appreciated. Talk with Fr. Rob if you would like more information.
Last Sunday, I was surprised to find an envelope on my desk that contained a note of appreciation signed by many of the members of St. Andrew’s along with a gift card for admission to Fair Oaks Farm for the kids and me! Apparently, Pastor Appreciation Day is the second Sunday of October (who knew?) and I was greatly blessed by your thoughtfulness.
God bless you and see you at worship on Sunday! Rob +
Please note the following events on your December calendars!
Dec. 1 Breakfast with St. Nicholas
Dec. 2 Bishop Sparks’ Annual Visit
Dec. 8 Holiday Music Concert at St. Andrew’s featuring Southern Moonshine Birdbath
Dec. 16 Caroling at Rittenhouse
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