St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.
 
 

Welcome to St. Andrew United Methodist Church!

 
Our Mission Statement
St. Andrew United Methodist Church strives to be a family of caring, nurturing followers of Jesus
Christ welcoming all those seeking to know and grow in God’s service.
 
 

Worship Times

 
Sunday School
   9:30am
10:45 Young Adults
Sunday Morning
8:30am Traditional (Sanctuary)
9:30am Blended Contemporary (Keheley Center)
10:45am Traditional (Sanctuary)
 
 

  
 
 
 
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St. Andrew Hosting Family Promise
2016 Dates
October 23-30
December 18-25
(Sun-Sun)
 

 SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, October 4 @ 5:00pm

Pumpkins Arrive!!!

 
 
 
 
 
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Christian spiritual renewal 
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The Child Who Had No Manners

(and she was dirty, too)

A we begin another year of Preschool and Sunday School, I felt led to share the following article with you:

What if a child came to your church and you knew the child’s mother was a single woman who worked in a bar? What if you knew that mother had been married multiple times and had not used good judgement on any of the marriages? What if the child was not well-dressed or very clean, had no manners and was loud and disruptive!? What if you knew the mother only took the child to church so she could have some time off, and the child seemed to want to cause trouble just to get attention?

How would you act toward that child? Would you be kind? Would you treat that child so special, she’d beg to be able to come back? Would you make that child feel as important as another kid with nice clothes, from a solid home, who was clean and used manners and smelled wonderful? Would you use the extra patience it would take to get to the heart of the problem with that child? Would you love her so she could understand what it meant when the Bible said, “He greets us with His love”?

I’m asking that because years ago, I was that dirty child from the broken home. I was the child that caused everyone to shake their heads when my mom dropped me off at the local church on Sundays and Wednesdays. I was the child with no manners. I was the child you would have voted most likely to fail.

But in the church where my mom dropped me off, I discovered a nurturing group of people who seemed to think I was worth something. Sunday School teachers who went the second mile for me when I had no way of paying them for the first. They told me stories about people in the Bible who had it even worse than me.

First there was this guy, Joseph, who was dropped in a well by his brothers. There was David who was hiding from a crazy king who wanted to kill him. There was Rahab, who had been known to work in a job that wasn’t respected, yet ended up being mentioned as one of the most faithful people in the Bible.

In Sunday School lessons, I learned of a God who could use anybody or anything committed to him. A God who could take something awful and completely change it so you’d never recognize it for what it used to be.

And I learned from the way my teachers treated me that God’s view of things was different from the world’s. That God saw everyone as having been at one time on the “wrong side of the tracks,” and what was important was not where we’d been but where we were headed.

The church I went to as a child had people in it who seemed to feel if they acted out God’s love toward a small, dirty child from a broken home, it could make a difference. And it has. Martha Marks, from the book, 101 Simple Lessons For Life. 


In Christ, 

  

Mack

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Church Office

770-926-3488
 

Preschool

 770-592-7250
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Storytelling at the Pumpkin Patch for Preschools and More!

Your school is invited to bring children for storytelling
at the St. Andrew UMC Pumpkin Patch during the week of
October 17-21.
Storytelling will be during the morning
from 9:30-11:00am.
Groups must make a reservation.
Contact Lisa Springer at
770-926-3488 or
lisa@thepumpkinchurch.org
to make a
reservation for your children.

We look forward to seeing you in the patch!
 
 
20th ANNUAL WOMEN’S REPLENISHING RETREAT

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016
Forrest Hills Mountain Retreat, Dahlonega, GA

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
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