January 6, 2010
This week I made a trip out of town for an overnight at Anafora, the Coptic retreat center on the road to Alexandria. It was a time of relative quiet and calm, and has become a good place for personal and devotional reflection.
The New Year comes following the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Trusting that God is with us, it is an opportunity to look ahead contemplatively. For us at St. Andrew’s, what does God have in store for us as a church? What kind of new people will we meet within our community this year? What opportunities will present themselves to us for learning and service?
Thank you for your presence within the life of our congregation. May God open new doors for us this coming year.
Friday Group to Begin on January 15
You are invited to attend a new adult learning and fellowship group meeting each Friday after church from 12 pm until 1:30. Friday Group will alternate between two formats. The first will be a Bible Study on the Book of Acts, discovering anew the ways God leads people of faith into purposeful daily life. Other weeks, speakers will be invited to share faith journeys and experiences, especially their spiritual motivation for living out their faith in daily life. All are welcome. Please speak to Jacob Chew, Erin Odgers or Pastor Peter if you have any questions.
Book Exchange January 15
Is your bookshelf full and you have nothing new to read? We will hold an informal book exchange during fellowship after the Friday, January 15 service. Bring a book or two that you don’t mind exchanging with other members. Contact Michele Johnson with any questions.
Church (Sunday) School Resumes January 15
With Christmas vacation from school, Sunday School also is on break. We will resume gathering during our Friday worship services for ages pre-kindergarten to 5th grade on Friday, January 15.
2010 Habitat for Humanity Project — One Volunteer Spot Remains
Habitat for Humanity Egypt will be sponsoring a special building project during the weekend of February 19-20 in which members of St. Andrew’s and the American University in Cairo are invited to participate. We will travel to the El Minya area and will be working to help families improve their housing. Past work has included painting, roofing, masonry, and transporting materials to work sites. Each volunteer will be required to pay 1100 LE to cover the costs of transportation, housing, and meals during the 2-day trip. The maximum team size for volunteers is 12 people and there is one spot remaining. The deadline for registration and payment of fees is early January, so sign up now! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.