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Come to the Table of Peace

“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?”- Psalm 78:19

Psalm 78 offers a song about God’s “glorious deeds” and “the wonders” God has done.  It stresses that God is continually and forever faithful to the people God has chosen.  This is true, the psalmist writes, even though God’s people forget.  Miracle after miracle is recounted, God’s presence and care throughout history are described, and the people still ask, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?”

We live in divisive times.  Our experience of political, social, or religious division can make our lives, our communities, and our worlds feel like a wilderness.  The news reports of violent acts seem only to increase.  We watch millions displaced by war, and hear of women and children battered and abused.  As people of God, we might be tempted to ask, “Can God spread a table in this wilderness?”
However we also know that in our wilderness God not only can but does spread a table of justice, unity and peace.  By participating in the Peace & Global Witness Offering this month that leads up to World Communion Sunday, we connect and add our support to Presbyterian ministries that witness to Christ as a Prince of Peace.

Giving to the Peace and Global Offering is one way we come to God’s table of peace.  Twenty-five percent remains right here with St. Andrew, 25% expands our witness throughout the region supporting ministries of peace and reconciliation, and 50% supports the global witness to Christ’s peace through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

Please give in gratitude to the God who spreads such a bountiful table of peace.
 
Thank You,
CJP Team
Modified from Presbyterian resources
BLESSING THE BACKPACKS
We would like to take some time this coming Sunday September 11th to bless all those who are heading back to school. If you are a student, teacher, or otherwise involved in education, please bring to worship your back-packs, book bags, or whatever represents your place at school. We will gather these symbols, remember our role in supporting you this year, and pray for you and the year ahead. 
ANNUAL REPORT, PART 2
No, we weren't going for a Friday-before-the-holiday-weekend news dump. We just neglected to let you know that the Annual Report is posted and available back in August. Our apologies! Read all about the last year here! You'll find reports from the pastors, elders and deacons and all sorts of good news deserving of prime coverage!
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS
Thanks to the group of volunteers who have made themselves available each Sunday to staff the nursery. We are currently scheduling out for the fall. If you haven’t been included but are interested, we could use you! Send us an email at communications@standrewpc.org. We currently have a group of 11 volunteers. Thanks for helping to bless and shape the next generation, and for remembering your baptism!
BUILDING TEAM UPDATE
Thanks to those of you who joined us for our recent Aftertalk discussion. You will find updated documents and additional information available on the church website. The Building Team is currently holding meetings with building user groups and ministry partners to ensure their questions are answered and to understand how to minimize the impacts of the upcoming remodeling on their activities. If you have additional questions contact anyone on the Building Team: Patti Warden, Bob Seel, Frank Sickinger, Mike Dittmar, Dan Clawson, or Dan O’Rear.
RENTON MEAL COALITION

St. Andrew will partner with Nativity Lutheran to provide and serve the meal on Sunday, Sept 11th at Daystar Baptist Church on Smithers Ave. in downtown Renton. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board for those who wish to donate food and/or serve or you can email Sheila Greene directly.

We usually arrive about 4:30pm, serve between 5:30 to 6:30 and finish cleaning up by 7:00.  Thanks to all of you who have participated in the past. It’s fun getting to know our friends at Nativity Lutheran and also all those from our community.

CHOIR BEGINS SEPTEMBER 14th
Come and fill our hearts with your peace...

Choir practices start again on Wednesday, September 14th. If singing fills your soul, come and join us. Practices are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30PM.
OFFICE SCHEDULE
Nicholas Hein completed his work with us as Communications Coordinator this past Wednesday. We are so grateful for his gracious, gentle, and creative presence in our midst over the past two years. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to send him a word of thanks we in the office will be happy to forward them for you. And please keep him and Gabbie in your prayers in the transition.

As we move forward we will rely more on the volunteer work of Pat Sharpe and Carolynn Yahoudy. Pat will be present in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00AM-12:00PM. Scott will also manage more of the weekly communications. The communications@standrewpc.org email will be the primary means for communication if you have scheduling or announcement information or questions.

Julie Kae will be on vacation through September 13th.
READINGS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
Jeremiah 18:1-11 • Psalm 139 • Philemon 1-21 • Luke 14:25-33
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