Announcements

Welcome to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church!

We invite you to take some time for quiet meditation as we gather for worship. We hope you enjoy the worship service.  Afterward, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a cup of coffee or tea and some good conversation.

Welcome Guests! If you have any questions, one of our ushers will be glad to assist you.

  • Hearing impaired? See one of our ushers to obtain the use of a hearing assistance device on the table in the narthex.
  • We invite you to fill out a yellow visitor card with your contact information and place it in the offering plate.
  • Please be sure all cell phones and other electronic devices are turned off during worship.
  • Large print bulletins are available on the table in the narthex.

Welcome Children! We love children and want them to feel at home. There are books, crayons, and children’s bulletins available at the entrance to the sanctuary. Nursery care is available for children through age 4. Halfway through the worship service Mini-Church will be available for children in K-2nd grade (listed in your bulletin).

Welcome Children!We love children and want them to feel at home.

To the Parents of our young children, may we suggest….

  • RELAX!! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome.
  • Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of other’s heads.
  • Quietly explain the parts of the worship services and actions of the pastor, choir, etc.
  • Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
  • If you must leave the sanctuary with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
  • For those with small children who may need more room, we

have a nursery and the foyer area has speakers and comfy chairs.

  • There are activity sheets and bags of crayons available in the narthex.

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, to God and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship. Nursery care is available for children through age 4. Halfway through the worship service Mini-Church will be available for children in K-2nd grade (listed in your bulletin).

Stewardship Committee – It’s Great To Be Back

Summer vacations are over, the kids are back to school and the new fall programs at St. Andrew are underway.  It’s great to return to the fellowship and personal connections of our Christian community and participate in the many ways to grow our faith and serve God.  As we share our gifts of time, talent and treasure, it’s important to note that that our year to date giving is up over 10% and the budget is being carefully managed by the Session.  And while we are trending well, I would ask that everyone review their planned giving to the church and make any necessary “catch-up” payments.  Your faithful and generous  giving allows St. Andrew to fulfill its mission of  making disciples of Christ, spiritual growth and servant ministry. It is great to be back to participate in God’s work and God’s plan to transform lives and make the world a better place.  Bill Smith, Stewardship Chair 858-449-6559.

Health & Wellness at SAPC

Please join The Health and Wellness Team on Thursday September 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (in the church Lounge) to discuss upcoming events and activities.  Everyone is welcome; You can volunteer for one or all activities, or submit your ideas with no further commitment required.  We are excited to continue The Daniel Plan, Blood Drives, Health and Wellness Education, and much more.  If you have any questions please contact: Katey Kokomoor 860-705-1278 or Christine Gentry 860-235-0525.

Mission Outreach

Meet The Need Ministries is a new mission / outreach of St Andrew. The purpose of this ministry is to unify the youth of the surrounding churches and communities by assisting the elderly, less fortunate and/or handicap with free home repairs.

We are already off to a great start with exciting things to come. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to be a part of this ministry, we will be meeting on the 4thTuesday of every month.  Please join us here at St Andrew for our next meeting on September 25thwhere we will report on the progress and our tasks going forward. This meeting is open to anyone High School age or older.

Contact Terry O’Hanlon for more info at: terry1oh@comcast.net

Tagless Tag Sale!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s time to get ready for the SAPC Annual Tag Sale on Saturday, October 20th(collections start on Sunday, October 7th). So as you clean out the garage, basement, attic, etc., please set aside items for SAPC. There will be many opportunities to volunteer to help out, so be on the lookout for more info and signup sheets to come. Contact Katey Kokomoor for more information at wellfitct@gmail.com

Service Project Youth

Kids in grades 3-5 – we are kicking off our Service Project year next Sunday, September 23rdduring the worship hour in the foosball room. We will be writing letters to Nicholas, our Compassion International child.

Adult Bible Study – Thursdays

o Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – noon or 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

o Begins this Thursday, September 20th– May

o Sign up on the bulletin board outside Fellowship Hall

 

The Disciple Bible Study  is a 34-week in depth study of most of the Bible giving the Old and New Testaments equal time and emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. This training for Christian leaders has been completed by nearly two million graduates in more than 10,000 congregations and 30 denominations worldwide. It was last offered at SAPC nearly 20 years ago. The class will meet for two hours each week and will end in May with some breaks to be determined by the class. The Thursday evening class will be offered if the interest is sufficient. Please contact Pastor Jason pastorjason@sapc-ct.orgor Dale Green orgreen@sbcglobal.net  for more information.

Guatemala Mission Trip

It is time to decide if you will be on the 2019 Mission trip to Guatemala, January 19-27, 2019. In addition to information being presented in Fellowship Hall today, there will be a meeting  on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the lounge. Any and all questions will be answered and we will collect a $100 non-refundable deposit from anyone who plans to go on the trip. To have questions answered before the meeting, contact Pastor Jason.

Ladies Lunch

We will be having a Ladies Lunch on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at noon in the lounge.  Please bring your sandwich; dessert and beverages will be provided.  All ladies of the church are invited, so please consider joining us for this time of fellowship.

We will meet the third Tuesday of each monthunless it is indicated to do otherwise.  Remember, if Groton schools are delayed or closed due to the weather, we will not meet.

CROP Walk

The Mystic Area Ecumenical Council is hosting the area wide Crop Walk for Hunger again this year on Sunday, October 14that 1:00 p.m. 

  • Walkers will depart from St. Marks Church, Pearl Street, Mystic and walk to Noank Baptist Church and back again.
  • Walkers will depart at 1:30 p.m. There will be cars available for those who are not able to walk the entire way.
  • Snacks provided!

Those interested in participating can register online at https.//www.crophungerwalk.org/or you can register here at the St. Andrew Church.  See the information and materials on the easel in the narthex. Contact Jean Degrooth for more information at: j.degrooth@gmail.com 

Soup Kitchen

Volunteers are always needed to work at the New London Community Meal Center located at 12 Montauk Avenue, New London, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. to finalize meal preparation, serve the meal, wash the large cooking items and clean up the kitchen and serving area.

St. Andrew will be manning the kitchen on Friday, September 28th. Please contact Beth Borden at lizzieborden@snet.netif you would like to assist.

No special skills are needed, just a desire to help members of our community. Please remember to bring a hat to wear while volunteering and no open toe shoes.

Coins for Compassion

Why not “Nickels for Nicholas?” Because all coins are welcome in our Compassion International jar on the table in the narthex. All the coins help support Nicholas “KK,” the child we support in Uganda through Compassion International.