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Sunday we will welcome new elders and deacons into leadership. Amber Oakes and Chuck Sigars will be ordained and installed as teaching elders. Laurie Rossnagel will be ordained and installed as a deacon, and Diane Schott, Sheila Greene and Leslie Delfin, having been ordained previously, will be installed as deacons. Join us after for ice cream and fellowship!
Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 PM - at Doofers Bar and Grill
All are welcome to join us for a relaxing evening of comfort foods, refreshing beverages, and stress-busting conversation!  Happy Hour prices are honored until 6 PM but come whenever you can.  Our usual tables have been reserved so just look for some friendly faces!
Those of you who were around last summer may remember the way the church was transformed into a jungle for a week for Manantial's VBS program. Be on the lookout this coming week as the church is "submerged" into another week of activity for their kids! You may want to bring your SCUBA gear with you! And let's drench them with our prayer too.
If you missed it last week, here's the link to the video from Bridge Ministry Sunday. Thanks again to Derona Burkholder for creating the slide show and for her leadership... and yours! Enjoy!
Wow! A lot happened at the General Assembly! A sampling:

We have new Co-Moderators! The Rev. Jan Edmiston (Chicago Presbytery) and the Rev. Denise Anderson (National Capital Presbytery) were elected on the first ballot as our first co-moderators. Read all about Jan and Denise here.

We have a new Stated Clerk!  The Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson was elected on the first ballot as our next Stated Clerk.  Read all about J Herbert here.

We have a new Confession! The Belhar Confession was adopted by the General Assembly. Read all about Belhar here, which includes a study guide on our newest confession for your congregation.  

Eight new international Mission Co-Workers were installed and commissioned! Read about their ministries on our behalf here.  

A Vision Team 2020 and Administrative Commission were adopted to work on the configuration of the agencies of the church.  You can read about these teams here.  

Many decisions were made on the role and structure of mid-councils including our Synods. You can read about these decisions here.  

New revisions have been made to the Directory for Worship. You can read about the changes here.  

Many decisions were made around Middle East issues.  You can read about these decisions here.

We voted to continue corporate engagement and phased divestment from Fossil Fuels.  You can read about their decision here.

Many other decisions and events happened at the 222nd General Assembly.  All of the daily GA Online "Newspapers" are catalogued at this link.  

Our new Co-Moderators, Stated Clerk and Interim Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency issued the following pastoral letter to the whole church today at the close of the Assembly.  It can be accessed at this link. 
By Maggie Breen

In the past three years the Center of Hope has moved almost one hundred families into more permanent housing. St Andrew has been part of this work in so many different ways. One specific way has been to host families at the church overnight for a few months each year. When COH was getting started our Compassion Justice and Peace team discerned a clear call to help in this way.

In the last few months the team has taken some time to listen again to whether this is still part of St Andrew’s call as we support Center of Hope. It was beautiful to be present as folks from Manantial de la Vida, the Center of Hope, St Andrew Compassion Justice and Peace and Creation Care ministries, and Scouts gathered together recently to listen deeply to how the Center of Hope’s Overnight Shelter enriches and challenges their life at St Andrew. It was a privilege to be present as each of those present took time to explain their experiences, needs and hopes. While all affirmed the good things that come from hosting, we also heard that there were significant strains as folks tried to carry on their essential ministries while accommodating others in the building. Recently, the Compassion Justice and Peace team came back together to reflect on this gathering. We listened for creative solutions and a possible way forward and in the process we discerned that it is time to take a step back from hosting COH.
Read more.
Amos 7:7-17 • Psalm 82:1-8 • Colossians 1:1-14 • Luke 10:25-37
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