Coming Up

Apr 20

Traditional Worship Service

8:15 am – 9:15 am

This early morning service features special music, traditional hymns and a relevant message. If ...
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Sunday School for All Ages

9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Ascent - Contemporary Worship

9:30 am – 10:30 am

 The Ascent offers contemporary worship elements of praise music accompanied by a band ...
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Blended Worship Service

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 This late morning service features, both praise ...
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Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm
Friday 9am-12pm

Contact Us

We are located minutes from the Greene & Fairfield Commons Mall

350 N. Fairfield Rd.
Beavercreek, OH   45430
t. Phone 937-426-6491
f. Fax 937-426-6746
standrewumc@ameritech.net

Welcome to Saint Andrew!

A note from Pastor John

Lenten Journey To The Cross
I am keenly aware that as I write this spring is precisely 30 days, 2 hours and 24 minutes away. We will welcome spring on March 20 at 12:57 pm. If you count backwards, you will know that I’m writing this on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:33 am. There are several Countdown Timer apps available for the smart phone, and they allow us, with pinpoint precision, to see just when any specific event is going to occur. We are all looking forward to spring after what has been an especially long winter. The good news is that spring is less than a month away. YEAH! At this moment we can’t see the grass but we know that soon it will be greening up and all the other signs of spring will quickly be upon us.
 
There’s something else quickly approaching in the life of the Christian community: the season of Lent. I’m equally aware that, as of this writing, we are now just 15 days away from Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten season, which continues until Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer – through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. The season is heightened during Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday and marks the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is to this season that we as a Christian community of faith anxiously await.
 
We have been faithfully planning for Lent 2014 at St. Andrew for several months now. The Worship Committee, the Worship Planning Team, several committees and the staff have worked together to assemble a comprehensive Lenten experience that will take you deep in the faith journey. Later in the newsletter you will read about the “Lenten Passport” that will be available. Our hope is that it will provide an exciting way for young and old alike to connect with the many special services and opportunities during this season.
 
On Tuesday, March 4, everyone is invited to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. We hear much about Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans, a French tradition of parades, indulgence, and decadence.  But, Shrove Tuesday and the idea of the pancake dinner dates back to the 15th century in the church. It was done to help people use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Along with the fellowship that we will enjoy on March 4 there’s even talk of a pancake race or two.
 
On Ash Wednesday we will gather in the sanctuary at 7 pm to mark the beginning of the Lenten Season. During this service, we will be placing ashes on the foreheads of the congregation as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday here at St. Andrew. The ashes will be blessed and mixed with a small amount of olive oil, which serve as a fixative. While this is not a sacrament of the church, is it sacramental in nature and open to all. I’d like for you to also think about the Biblical significance of ashes. Ashes were used in ancient times to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. An ancient example of one expressing one's penitence is found in Job 42:3–6. Job says to God: "I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”(vv. 5–6,NLT) I encourage you to talk with your children about just what all this means so that they also may come with an understanding of what it going to happen.
 
So here we are, about ready to enter into this Holy Season of Lent. My prayer for you is that your heart will be stirred, your faith strengthened, and ultimately you will be drawn closer to our Savior than ever before.
 

May God Bless You and Your Family
Today and Always
Pastor John
 
 

Preview Our Services

Traditional - Sundays at 8:15am
Ascent (Contemporary) - Sundays at 9:30am
Tradtional / Contemporary Blend - Sundays at 11am

Wednesday at St. Andrew

 

Sermon Topics and
Scriptures Lessons for

March 2014
 
March 2
Communion Sunday
Mathew 5:38-48
“Do …..”
Rev. John Schlicher

March 9
Girl Scout Sunday
Genesis 2:15-172
 “Grown Up?"
Rev. John Schlicher
 
March 16
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
"Saved … by Grace"
Rev. John Schlicher
 
March 23
John 4:5-42
“Living Water”
Rev. John Schlicher
 
March 30
Ephesians 5:8-14
"Relationship"
Rev. John Schlicher