Welcome to St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Welcome! We are glad that God led you to our site. Please come and worship with us on County Farm Road, just north of West Lafayette, Indiana. If you'd like to see how we worship, you're welcome to check out our traditional and contemporary worship services on video.



I Don't Know

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Do you remember middle school?  That moment when the teacher calls on you the very moment all thoughts and attention decided to run down a rabbit hole?  I am talking about when no recallable answer is in sight and the deep void and rising anxiety and sweaty palms make repeating back words from the question in a different order or just looking at the page and saying whatever your eyes fall upon not possible.  There may have been a fidget or two, but ultimately - and possibly after glancing around at those whose affirmation we so desperately desired - we are forced to let out an, "I don't know," and disappear into the shell of ourselves until the bell mercifully rang.





Sin vs Sin

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One Sunday when I was in high school, I glanced at the church bulletin and thought, “That’s weird.  I wonder why Pastor Terry is preaching on trigonometry this morning.”  Of course, he wasn’t.  When I saw the single-word sermon title “Sin” I read it as the abbreviation for “Sine,” the ratio of the length of the opposite side of a right triangle to the length of the triangle’s hypotenuse.  Of course, Pastor Terry’s topic was Sin.  As in, as Billy Graham once described the phenomenon, any thought or action that falls short of God’s will.  My mom was sitting next to me in the church pew.  I nudged her and shared my sin vs. sin confusion…we still laugh about the mix-up. 



Re-Membering Lenten Devo

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This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ as well.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty years ago  in the Lenten Devotional of 1987 - March 27th to be precise:

1 Corinthians 13:11 b

"When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."

It is traditional to 'give things up for Lent.' But God challenges us to give up much more than some one thing or one addiction, and for much longer than a few weeks.  "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitudes of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:22-24 )



Where He Leads Me - Part II

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Check out Part I of John's story here.

While I was at peace knowing that I would be following God’s direction in some manner, I was confused about my experience. Why would God call me to the ministry and then lead me in an opposite direction? Obviously He knew ahead of time what decisions I would make, but did I know? Maybe God was showing me that I was willing to give up a budding career to serve Him. This was certainly a reordering of my priorities, and I had to demonstrate to myself that I was willing to give up this job-centered priority for a God-centered priority.

Once I understood that, He set me on a different course that He already had in mind for me. Interestingly enough, I didn’t take the position that was offered – RCA asked me to come back from my layoff into a new, more interesting position. I returned to RCA and my career “took off.” I continued my career for a total of 45 years, retiring about two months ago.



 

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St Andrew Blood Drive 4 May 2017. Posted in Announcements
Surprise! 3 May 2017. Posted in Come and See
Where He Leads Me - Part I 25 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Woods Edge Summer Ministry 25 April 2017. Posted in General Announcements
I AM Called 25 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Chasing God 21 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Worship to Water 18 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
An Easter Reflection 16 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
#FirstWorldGuilt 14 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Hard Things? 11 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Following Jesus 7 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Beautiful You 4 April 2017. Posted in Come and See
Emerging Majesty 31 March 2017. Posted in Come and See
A Step Back 28 March 2017. Posted in Come and See
Born Bad 24 March 2017. Posted in Come and See