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AFTERTALK THIS SUNDAY
It might be fair to say there is a "little bit" going on in our culture of late! Black lives matter. All lives matter. Shootings and demonstrations. Uprisings around the world.

Sunday, we'll find ourselves gathering on the Lord's Day between two political conventions. Apropos, perhaps, for the sense of being squeezed by all sorts of questions. Would you like to try to make sense of this, and think about your/our response? Join us after worship. And before you come, check out the resources we've prepared for you on the website.
TRIENNIUM BLOG: CALLED TO BE HERE
By Derona Burkholder

​It is our first day here at Purdue University for Triennum 2016. This youth trip is very dear to my heart because I attended twice when I was in high school so many years ago. I also attended three years ago as a youth leader. This time it felt different, busy different. I decided that I would be the registrar for the Seattle Presbytery. At the time of Presbytery putting out a call for youth leaders no one was stepping up. To me I thought that I couldn't let our delegation not be able to experience the amazing power this conference has on our youth, and at a time when we need the youth to be together and figure out how they see themselves going into the world to be disciples of Christ. Like I said, this time though felt different because I took on way more than I thought and going into the months of logistical planning and collaborating with my other youth leaders I felt overwhelmed. I have to be honest I wasn't looking forward to going this time and felt like backing out.  

Then I got here and attended the first worship with our youth...

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SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY
A small group is being formed and hosted by Dan and Candis ORear. This group will revolve around music and fellowship. We will meet to share our stories about music in our lives and learn to perform songs that we will share with the congregation during worship. The format will be three rehearsal meetings during which we will learn one song then share it in worship the following Sunday. All ages and all levels of experience are invited. Do you have an instrument you haven't played in years? Bring it along and remember what fun you can have. Love to sing but don't know how to read music? No problem. The group will help you learn a part. The purpose of this group is not to create a performance piece, it is to enjoy the process of making music in fellowship and sharing it with others. Interested?  Talk to Dan or Candis, or drop us an email .
PCUSA RESOURCES

Julie Kae loves her links, and these two are her new favorites.  AND they happen to be written by our Co-Moderators of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). 

Rev. T. Denise Anderson writes at soulascriptura.com.  

Rev. Jan Edmiston writes at achurchforstarvingartists.wordpress.com.  Even the names of their blogs are evocative. 

Jan's latest entry is a response to a recent Pew poll. The title to her entry is "It's Not About Getting Younger Members." Her suggestions can certainly add to our conversation at St. Andrew! Check it out.
MANANTIAL VBS
Thanks to all of you for your accommodation for the Manantial VBS program! The building showed no signs last Sunday that it had been inundated by an underwater scene that dramatically changed each room. Pastor Oscar expressed his appreciation for our hospitality, for our generosity with the building, and for our shared sense of mission. They were able to share their program with 86 kids. Let's keep the congregation and those kids in prayer.
SPEAKING OF MANANTIAL...
Our summer picnic is coming up in two weeks on Saturday, August 6th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Bring a dish if you can. Come even if you can't. Join us for dinner and games and a chance once again to enjoy our brothers and sisters of Manantial de Vida.
HAMILTON!

By Julie Kae Sigars

Well the word got around they said this kid is insane man…

 

And the world’s gonna know your name, what’s your name man…
 

Alexander Hamilton, my name is Alexander Hamilton,
and there’s a million things I haven’t done,
but just you wait, just you wait!   
    
   - from opening number of Hamilton, musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

Hamilton people (and those curious about this phenomenon), the wait is over! 

 

We are having a “Hamilton Night” at St. Andrew Wednesday, August 10 sometime between 6-9pm. Save the date. What we know for sure is that there will be Hamilton food:  the menu is based on lyrics from the show! Ask Amber Oakes to see if you can contribute.

 

There may be a couple of Wednesday evenings before August 10 for folks to come and practice on a few of the numbers so we can have an even more awesome time. Julie Kae will have music for those who want to do that. Stay tuned!

 

For those who are curious: Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, lyrics, and music for Hamilton, based on the critically acclaimed book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  It took him six years… and my goodness, it is amazing. In the first song, I learned so much history that I was reeling. What else is unusual about this show? A big chunk is based on the genre of rap. Yes, you read that right. Alexander Hamilton was a man of many words. Miranda translated the story to the rap genre.  I would understand if that may not seem enticing. But, at least for me, it has been amazing. (I keep using that word…) The rhythm and the rhymes are so energizing. There are also musically lyrical numbers, some that are heartbreakingly beautiful, some that are hysterically funny. The Broadway production is also mostly people of color, which adds a uniquely American lens.  AND, somehow, all of this seems to speak to us and our lives NOW.  This show has turned millions of kids onto learning the history of the birth of our country.  And as I wrote above, I have learned so much.  Like this.  Aaron Burr, who killed Hamilton in a duel, was the grandson of Jonathan Edwards. (!) One of my favorite lines Burr sings:

 

  “my grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher;
 but there are things that the homilies and hymns won’t teach ya.”

      â€œWait for It” from Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

The hope for this evening will be that some of us can sing along (with the recording) to most of the songs, and most of us can add our voices at wonderfully communal times!  (Rise up!) All fun.

 

If this is a whole new thing for you, just ask Amber Oakes, Molly McAdams, Megan McAdams, Maggie, Julie Kae, Chuck Sigars, Lainey Sinkinger…we might be able to shed some light. If you trust us, you might buy the soundtrack (which has sold a bazillion copies). Or check it out on YouTube.

 

I am not throwing away my shot...Ya know I am just like my country, I’m young, scrappy,  and hungry. And I’m not throwing away my shot. Everybody sing! Woah Woah Woah!
READINGS FOR THIS SUNDAY
Hosea 1:2-10 â€¢ Psalm 85:1-13 â€¢ Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) â€¢ Luke 11:1-13
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