Congregation Updates

Men's Fellowship Group

Written by Donna Biehl on . Posted in General Announcements

Dear St. Andrew Men (SAM),
It's a challenge to be a faithful Christian man in our "anything goes" American culture. We'd like to form a men's group at St. Andrew that can help us all meet that challenge. Together, we can tackle tough questions like "What kind of disciples do we want to be? How can we get there?"
Please consider joining us for food, fun, and fellowship on Friday, October 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  We will be seeking your input on future men's gatherings, activities, service projects, and more.  We want you to give us feedback.  We want you to help us create a sustainable, meaningful men's fellowship with Jesus and with each other.  I (Scott) felt this scripture come alive as I read it for disciples class. 
"If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin." (I John 1:6-7 ).
No pressure for this group—just come as you are and share your thoughts.  Share in a safe environment and care for one another.  We have ideas we would like to share with everyone.  Please come eat (meat on a stick), drink (soda, tea), and be merry (but not too merry or we'll get in trouble with our neighbors...).  please email me.  I am trying to purchase meat and only have 8 people confirmed.  Please send confirmation email by Friday at noon.  If you do not send an email please join us anyway.  We will have plenty of food.  Meet for meat at the fire pit in the northwest corner of the church property.  
Scott Eaker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dean Brusnighan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Beverly Bryan Passes Away

Written by Donna Biehl on . Posted in Loss and Arrangements

Sad News to the Congregation...
It is with a grieving heart that I send this note to the congregation to let you know that our long-time friend and member of St. Andrew, Beverly Bryan, passed away yesterday, August 17. Her passing was quite sudden and peaceful. John and the Bryan family covet your prayers and support at this time as they grieve the loss of their wife and mother.
Arrangements for Beverly’s services are through the Bodine Funeral Home in Rossville, and I believe the obituary will be in the Journal and Courier on Friday. The calling hours will be at St. Andrew from 11-2:00 this Saturday with the funeral service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Following the service, there will be a procession to Rossville for the graveside rites.
Our heartfelt sympathy is offered to the Bryan family.

Helping Out Our Brookston Neighbors

Written by Donna Biehl on . Posted in General Announcements

Brookston in state of emergency...
Hope you weathered last night's storm.  While we needed the rain, it's heartbreaking to see the news and hear of those who sustained damage, are without power and have a monumental task of cleaning up and then repairing.  Prayers for Bonnie and Dave Wagner who sustained damage to their property in the overnight storm. 
Donna has been in contact with Red Cross who is manning a shelter for about 50 families at the Federated Church in Brookston. They could use wrapped snacks for shelter guests as well as Gatorade and juices. They also need breakfast food—cereals, granola bars, doughnuts, etc. for tomorrow morning.
If you would like to help, please take donations to the St. Andrew church and Pam Robertson will see that it gets to Brookston.  
Another way we can help the Brookston folks is with clean-up. Our own members, Dave and Bonnie Wagner have immediate need of some roof repair before it rains again. Can anyone help them? If so, contact the church and let us know. They have a shed that is down and needs to be cleaned up as soon as the insurance company gives them the go-ahead.  Nathan Biehl and his family live near the area and he personally knows of several folks who have trees in the yards, on their houses and on their cars. There is a great deal of work to be done. Let the church know if you can be a part of team to help clean up Brookston. We are in contact with the Emergency Management in White county but have yet to be directed to the way we can best assist. We will gather names of willing folks and the tools they have to share when they work and then put them in the best place to assist when we know where that is.
Thank You!!

Book Fair

Written by Donna Biehl on . Posted in Church-wide Events

Just a reminder…
9th Annual Book Fair
The Book Fair will be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday!
Stop by the Intersection on Saturday for a less crowded and more relaxed Book Fair experience.
Bring your children, friends and neighbors!
Also, bring your wallet or checkbook because the Book Fair is a fund raiser and we are counting on your generous support! This year we are raising money for: the Tippecanoe County United Food Pantries and Special Olympics Indiana.
Park near the playground and enter through the doors closest to the Intersection.
Sponsored by St. Andrew’s
Echoes of the Gospel Book Group

Staff/Parish Announcement

Written by Donna Biehl on . Posted in General Announcements

It is with great excitement and anticipation that Staff/Parish announces Joseph Seger as St. Andrew’s new Associate Pastor, beginning July 1. He is currently appointed to the Loogootee/Shoals United Methodist church in southern Indiana. Pastor Seger is married to Jennifer and they have four children. St. Andrew looks forward to being in ministry with the Segers and a letter of introduction from Pastor Seger follows:
Dear St. Andrew family,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!  We pray this letter finds you all well in the grace and peace of God!  Our Bishop Michael Coyner has appointed us to you starting July 1.  We thank God for the reports Pastor Chris, our District Superintendent Chris, and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee have given of your faithfulness and eagerness to the gospel.  You have such a beautiful building and facilities – it was great to hear the church which inhabits it matches it for God’s glory. We are excited beyond words to be joining you this summer.  Together, we will build God’s Kingdom in West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and beyond.
Though far from our native lands (Jennifer hails from Edgerton, Wisconsin and I from Jasper, Indiana), we have long held this area as a second home to our hearts.  We met and became engaged in West Lafayette as Jennifer attended Purdue University and I Wabash College. We both look with great eagerness to our second foray as we now will be bringing with us our four children – Courtney(7), Caiden(6), Caleb(4), and Samuel(4).  The lands along the Wabash River will yield many memories as we join the St. Andrew family in the years to come.
A little about us – Joseph loves Jesus, the outdoors, the people in front of him, reading, great conversation, and adventure.  Jennifer is fairly partial to Jesus as well,  and spends her time being a mother, sewing,  giving our dog Dixie a good belly rub, enjoying good books, and hanging out with friends and family.  The kiddos love sports, being outside, weekends at the grandparents, fishing, horses, and so much more.
There is so much to share, and we will do so come July 1 and over the years.  How great it will be together to worship God, follow Jesus, listen to the Holy Spirit, love all and share the gospel to one another and the communities we find ourselves within.  We will be praying for you.  Please, pray for us to finish the work God has for us do in Loogootee and Shoals so we may persevere and come freely and joyfully to you in less than five months.
In Christ,
Pastor Joseph, Jennifer, Courtney, Caiden, Caleb, & Samuel Seger (woof…and Dixie)
There will be more information about the Segers and their family in the weeks to come. Please keep them in your prayers as they make this transition to a new location and church.
Rev. Jack Hartman
Rev. Paul Newman-Jacobs