Dear Friends,

Our 'Star Magnolia' is blooming, and I didn't want anyone to miss it! Even with the rain it has stayed beautiful for over a week, gracing the back corner of our Memorial Garden.

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You may notice that our ‘E-news’ is also blooming. Special thanks to Kim, our new Administrative Assistant, for our updated theme and layout! Our Vestry has recognized the need to through the doors open again on all our life-giving ministries, so we’re updating the enews, we’re updating the website, and we’re looking forward to a new ministry board in the Great Hall and new signage and imagery around the church.

Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.”  -Luke 21:29-31

Our hope is to make every St. Andrew’s “entryway” a faithful sign of how the kingdom of God is truly coming near in our worship and ministries. Whenever I see our magnolia tree, I just have to pause for a minute and wonder at its beauty. I know people sometimes feel the same seeing our hospitality to a homeless family, or the artwork of our children’s camp, or during a hymn at Communion.

How can our beauty be visible from the roadside? How can our song be heard from across town? How can our hospitality be felt by every neighbor in need?

If an idea springs to your mind, would you send it along?

There are a lot of people searching for the way we live at St. Andrew’s. And a lot of people I’d like to learn from, who haven’t walked through our door yet.

In Peace,