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WORSHIP FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT—IN-PERSON AND ONLINE
The Angel Visiting Joseph in a Dream

When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him;

~Matthew 1:24

 

Dreams, angels, the subconscious, principalities, powers. Call it what you will. There is likely more we don’t know than we do about what literally to make of these stories. But most of us likely know something about those inner voices that speak to us with prescience, of warning, of promise, of a deep sense of what is or what is coming.

Immediately after Joseph resolves to quietly dismiss Mary to an uncertain and fraught future without him for the child that is not his, he is confronted with a counter call to courage, to faith.

And he listens!

If only Ahaz (Isaiah 7) had done the same thing.

Joseph listens—like Mary, like Elizabeth, like Zechariah before him, girded by the 42 generations of ancestors Matthew lists just before this story. He listens and responds with courage. Don’t be afraid, Joseph. And the result seems to be a developed ear for faith. He gets two more visitations that steer him and his family from the danger that awaits as the story unfolds. He grows an ear for the God who comes to him with goodwill. And the future unfolds in blessing and safety.

Most of us know something about that inner voice, that voice that speaks good, not harm, that sets our future path. Let us train our ears and tune our hearts to the promise of the birthing, saving, rising one Advent promises.


Enter into worship: this Sunday at 10:00AM.

Watch for the Sunday morning email or go to the St. Andrew website.

About the image: La Tour, Georges du Mesnil de, 1593-1652. The Angel Visiting Joseph in a Dream, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46742 [retrieved December 12, 2022]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Georges_de_La_Tour_022.jpg.
LET'S CELEBRATE ANN VANDERMAY
St. Andy's Gals invite you to join us after Sunday worship to honor Anne Vandermay on her 90th birthday! No need to bring anything — just come and enjoy some fellowship, a hearty lunch and a celebration. While we are getting things set up we have some Christmas Carols to sing as well. Please join us for this special event!
CHRISTMAS FESTIVITY, FUN & FOOD—ST. ANDY’S GALS TRADITIONS!
Feasting on a potluck of hors d’oeurves and seasonal specialties is a fine beginning for our festive meeting on Monday, December 19th at 12:30 PM! Frivolity ensues when numbers are drawn for the crazy melee gift exchange -- each person brings a white elephant or $15.00 gift for the exchange, and SOME ladies wrap gifts with deceptive intent that adds to the fun!

Everyone, come for fun and fellowship. Please join us!

Questions? Call Karen Mullen 425-255-2580.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE ST. ANDREW STAFF
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is blessed with creative, caring, talented and committed employees: Scott and Julie Kae, our pastoral staff; Andrea in family & children’s ministry; Chuck, our video producer; Carlos and Ali, our musicians; and Bounsy, our custodian. To show our gratitude and appreciation, we will be accepting donations for a Christmas gift for them any time through December 31st. Please note that these donations are not tax-deductible and will not be included in your end-of-the-year giving statements.
 
If you would like to contribute to this fund, you may put your donation in the offering plate. You may also mail a check to the church. In either case, please indicate that the donation is for the “Staff Christmas Gift” on the envelope or on the check memo line.
 
If more convenient, you may also donate using the Give electronic donation option, available on the church web site, using the Designated category option with “Staff Christmas Gift” entered in the Note field.
 
Please contact Karen Mullen at 425-255-2580 with any questions. Thank you!
SAVE THE DATES!
Has the tragic shooting at the LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs left you wondering what WE can do to support our LGBTQ neighbors and family? The Learning Group will be proposing that St. Andrew join the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and become a "More Light" church. We facilitated our first discussion last Sunday and will host one more Aftertalk on January 8th to study the vision statements of these groups and how joining them could show our support of the Queer community.

Goals of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians include:
  • Engaging the church to invite all of God’s children into safe and welcoming congregational spaces of affirmation, healing, dignity and purpose; 
  • Educating the church to expand our welcome of LGBTQIA+ people, to affirm their gifts for ordained office, and to uphold marriage equality for all; and 
  • Equipping the church to bear witness to justice through advocacy and activism at the international, national and local church levels; speaking a prophetic word in anxious and divided times; and standing with others in fighting hate and oppression against any of God’s children. The Covenant Network of Presbyterians calls the church to bear a unified witness to generous hospitality and faithful justice.
Still curious? You can read more about the Covenant Network on their website.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
On behalf of the children and families helped by our Honey Dew Holiday Support program, the CJP team thanks everyone for their donations. We presented Family Liaison Sarah Michelle Leonard with 20 gift cards, which she will use to help local families in need through the holiday season. We will continue to collect donations through the end of the year, allowing St. Andrew’s support to continue well beyond the holidays. Checks can be made out to St. Andrew, and designated for Honey Dew. Thanks again for your support!
COVID TESTS AVAILABLE!

Say Yes COVID home tests are back in stock! Washington households can order up to 10 free at-home tests each month. Visit SayYesCovidHomeTest.org or call 1-800-525-0127. Remember: expiration dates have been extended. Open the box with the soonest expiration date first to avoid waste.

DIGGING DEEPER DIGS DEEP!

If you haven't stopped by our Tuesday night discussions yet, or haven't been back in a while, there's no time like the present!

Topics change, and sometimes we just improvise or tell stories, but we always have a great time and think you will, too! Meetings are always held on Tuesdays, from 7 pm to about 8 pm, and reminders are sent out each week containing the Zoom Meeting Link. ALL ARE WELCOME!

How To Join the Zoom: NOTE: We've changed the meeting ID and password, so please click below or copy the new info, thanks! You can click directly on this link. If that doesn't work, the meeting ID is 880 3121 5781 and the password is DigDeep. Look for the Tuesday afternoon reminder where you'll find the link again.
WEDNESDAY MIDDAY PRAYER 
Wednesday Midday Prayer
The middle of the week
The middle of the day.
A time to stop and sing and pray.


This service of prayer will begin on Facebook Live at 12:15 on Wednesdays, on the St. Andrew Facebook page, and will be around twenty minutes, offering a psalm of the day, one other scripture, short meditation, and prayers of thanksgiving and intercession. Join us! Come and find a quiet center.

And if you miss it, the recording will be on our Facebook page shortly after the conclusion for viewing. Please look for the Wednesday email with more details!
If you have items for the calendar, newsletter or worship aid, please send them to communications@standrewpc.org by Wednesday at noon. Thanks!

If you want to know what else is going on, you can always find our calendar online on the website.
ST. ANDREW PRAYERS
How important it is to hold one another close in prayer! We continue to collect prayers from one another in a variety of ways and together offer them to God throughout the week. Here's one way: Follow this link to send an email to Pat Sharpe who will collect our joys and concerns and send them out according to our typical pattern to the St. Andrew Prayers email list. 
Happy birthday to Anne Vandermay, who celebrates the big Nine-Zero on December 21! See above for details on how we’ll all mark this special day (and person!).
LOOKING FOR A PAST NEWSLETTER?
Have you found yourself trying to remember what time that meeting was...what the location (or Zoom code!) was for that conversation you wanted to join...or just wanted to read that article again? If so, you can always find a link to our newsletter archives on the church website. Have a look!
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