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Staying Connected

Things You Need to Know
  to Attend In-Person Worship 

  • RSVP to attend the in-person worship using this LINK. The deadline to RSVP is July 2. RSVPs are required to assign seats by family. 
  • For your safety and the safety of others, MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON SERVICE. Please bring a mask with you for each member of your family above the age of 2. If you forget a mask, one will be provided.
  • Doors will open at 8:10 a.m. - there will be no coffee or beverage service available.
  • You will be ASSIGNED A SEAT and an usher will help you find your seat assignment.
  • Please enter St. Andrew through the FRONT door on the left side of the set of double doors ONLY. We are limiting the entrance and exiting of the building through one door for your safety and the safety of others.
  • If you are not ready to return quite yet, that’s okay. You can continue to support St. Andrew by worshiping online until you’re ready.
  • After service, you will be asked to go directly outside as you are dismissed from your seat. It will be good to see our fellow worshipers in person, but we’ll need to refrain from greeting them with hugs or handshakes for now. A nod of the head or a simple gesture like praying hands works almost as well, both before and after service.
  • We will NOT have a printed bulletin, Bibles, hymnals, attendance pads, or other high-touch items. Rather than passing the collection plate, we ask that you drop  your offering in a designated box on your way into or out of worship. You can also continue to give online or via automatic withdrawal from your private bank.
  • Congregational singing will be allowed with masks in place. The praise team will not be wearing masks while singing but will be distanced from the congregation.
  • Communion will be offered by individual cup and wafer packages that will be distributed to you as you enter the service.
  • Unfortunately, no Sunday school classes, nursery, childcare, and other Sunday morning ministries will be available at this time.
  • As Methodists, we enjoy fellowship time before and after worship. It is difficult to serve food and beverages safely and our church doesn’t want to encourage us to gather too closely. Maybe we can each bring our own coffee and chat in the parking lot while maintaining a safe physical distance.
  • Please remember that the intersection just north of the church on CR 50 W is closed until August 1. If you normally come to church that way, please plan a different route.
  • As we return, whether now or later, let us do our best to stay well. Stay healthy, and in the words of John Wesley, “Let’s continue to watch over one another in love,” whether we’re together or from a safe social distance. 
 

Information from the
Director of Family Ministries
as You Return to 
In-Person Worship


Hello, Families of St. Andrew, 

We are so excited to come back together again! I just wanted to share a few things from Family Ministries as we prepare.
 
At the very beginning of this reopening process, there will not be art tables available in the sanctuary, and no nursery, orgrowth groups provided at this time. 

We are offering table seating for those families that indicate they are interested. Please RSVP using the link below and in the comments indicate your family would like to be seated at a table.
 
We are providing family-specific art kits that you can pick up on your way into service and leave at the church. This kit will be refreshed as needed and will only be used by your family. 

There is a mask requirement for children over the age of 2 and we intend to consider the standards that our area schools set so that there is consistency in expectations for children and families as we move forward. 
 
We recognize that everyone is at different comfort levels during this time. We absolutely support each family's decision when to resume in-person activities and will continue to provide virtual options throughout this process. 
 
Desiré Wuertember, Director of Family Ministries

 

Scholarships Awarded for 2020-21

Through the generosity of Lorraine Edwards St. Andrew United Methodist Church is fortunate to offer two $500 scholarships. The selection of recipients is based on service to St. Andrew, involvement in community activities, and academic success. This year the scholarships were awarded to Abigail Screen and Christopher Pinto.
 
Abigail is a 2020 graduate of Harrison High School. She has been accepted to Butler University where she plans to major in biology. While attending St. Andrew, Abigail has volunteered at Vacation Bible School and she has been a Sprouts leader. Her school activities have included membership in the National Honor Society and Keyettes. She also participated in the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy. Abigail noted she will be moving to Indianapolis, but she added, “I know that there will always be a family of believers that will welcome me with open arms here in West Lafayette and that is something I will treasure forever.”

Christopher just completed his freshman year at Ball State University. He is pursuing a degree in music education. While attending St. Andrew, Christopher played the drums for the 11 a.m. service. He played the trumpet for the Christmas and Easter services. He was involved in the senior high youth group, and he helped prepare food for homeless shelters. He also attended retreats and camps. He is currently a member of the Association of Future Music Educators and the International Trumpet Guild. He plays in the Ball State marching and pep bands. Christopher said, “…my involvement in organizations has allowed me to meet many amazing people and share my given gifts and passion with the world.”
 
St. Andrew is blessed to have youth who are living a life of service to Christ as well as taking their faith with them in their community activities. Congratulations to Abigail and Christopher! Best wishes in your future endeavors.

 
Are you looking for a study to help you grasp a better understanding of racism and learn how you can join the fight to dismantle it? LOOK NO FURTHER! Join Pastor Annettra and friends for an eight-week study using Joseph Barndt's book "Understanding & Dismantling Racism."

THIS STUDY IS FOR EVERYBODY! Join the convo on Thursdays at 7 pm via Facebook Live. If you're not on Facebook you can listen in by dialing (617) 691-8246. Contact Laurie at the church if you need a book. Contact Pastor Annettra with any questions. 

Worshipful Wednesday 

Please join us as Greg Deason shares his musical gifts with us. Pastor Chris will also offer some words of encouragement for the week. You can view either by:  We want your feedback about Worshipful Wednesday! Please contact Greg Deason to share your thoughts and ideas at: gwdeason64@gmail.com

Thoughtful Thursday

Join Pastor Chris and Pastor Annettra on Facebook Live Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.for some inspirational words and prayers to help you get through the week. 
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