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).
Today at SAPC
- Equal Exchange coffees, teas, chocolates & more during the Fellowship Hour.
- Nominating Committee meeting @ 11:20 a.m. in the Lounge.
- Youth Group (grades 6-12) @ 5:30 p.m.
- Handbell Rehearsal @ 6:00 p.m.
Come & Color!
Coloring is popular right now among people of all ages, and it can be a great intergenerational activity for everyone in our congregation. Each Sunday during the Fellowship Hour, we will have a poster available to color. All are welcome and encouraged to sit down and color as little or as much as you would like. We hope you find it to be a relaxing, creative, and fun activity. It is also a great way for people of different ages to get to know one another and engage in conversation.
One Great Hour of Sharing – Special Offering
Time to bring back the fish! Make sure to bring your One Great Hour of Sharing fish back with you next Sunday for Palm Sunday!
Throughout Lent, our youth have been providing Moments for Mission on behalf of One Great Hour of Sharing, bringing our attention to worldly needs and the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. The three programs supported by OGHS — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People — all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. This year’s collection will be held on Palm Sunday, March 25th. Please see the insert and special offering envelope in your bulletin for more information, and please give generously.
Why Is There A Tree In Our Sanctuary?
The tree is an expressive way for children and youth to engage in worship during Lent. We begin the season of Lent with a bare tree, to remind ourselves that Lent can be a time for spiritual reflection and awareness.
Every week, the children will add leaves to the tree as a visual reminder that we are growing spiritually with God. On Easter Sunday, our tree will then be filled with spring-colored flowers handmade by our Sunday School classes.
Our purpose in bringing liturgical art into our worship space is four-fold: to illuminate the scripture, to enhance our experience of worship, to involve congregants in the liturgical seasons, and to cultivate beauty in our worship space.
Monday Night Bible Study
Monday Night Bible Study will resume beginning this Monday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the lounge. There is no homework, nothing to prepare for each week, so please join us as you are able. We will start with Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians.
The Ladies Lunch group will meet this Tuesday, March 20th at noon in the lounge. Please bring a bag lunch, beverages and drinks will be provided. All women of the church are invited to this fun time of fellowship and getting to know one another better. Please note that if the Groton schools are delayed or closed, we will not meet.
Red Cross Blood Drive – March 22
Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 22nd when we will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive 12:30 -7:00 p.m. Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet and more info to come soon. For more info, contact Katey Kokomoor at: email@example.com
FRESH New London Needs
Thanks to your generosity – we are all set with seeds! The current need is for 6 or 4 cell-packs and small to medium sized pots. Seed trays and potting soil are always welcomed! There is a bin in Fellowship Hall to collect your donations.
FRESH New London builds momentum for food system change through local agriculture and youth empowerment. We use food to connect the community, encourage stewardship, inspire leadership, and incite change. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Laidlaw at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grocery Cart Needs
Our Deacon’s Grocery Cart is always ready to collect your non-perishable items for donation to the Groton Human Services food pantry. In preparation for upcoming Easter dinners, please consider picking up a few additional items the next time you are grocery shopping. Items such as: canned pie fillings, stuffing, and canned veggies. Items always in high demand year round are: diapers & wipes, peanut butter & jelly, mac & cheese, tuna, Chef Boyardee canned dinners, soups, rice, pasta and so much more. Please check expiration dates before donating. And thank you for your continued generosity to this ministry.
The Best Use Of Your Money Is Using It To Get People To Heaven
This simple but powerful statement of using the money that God gives you to bring people to Christ was sent a few days ago as part of Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Hope e-blast. You have undoubtedly heard the expression, “You can’t take it with you”; but the Bible says you can send it on ahead by investing in people who are going there. Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, our pledged giving for 2018 is up sharply, representing a solid investment for all eternity. Your faithful and generous giving allows St. Andrew to fulfill its mission of making disciples of Christ, spiritual growth and servant ministry. Through the year, you will be hearing compelling and heartfelt stories of people taking part in God’s work and God’s plan. Your continued support is vital as we transform lives and get more people to heaven.
~ Bill Smith, Stewardship Chair
Never Spend Another Nickel
Never spend another nickel! Save those nickels to drop into the “Nickels for Nicholas” jar on the table in the Narthex. Nicholas is the Compassion International child from Ghana that we have adopted to support. Our Service Project Youth correspond with Nicholas regularly. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
So remember, don’t ever spend another nickel!