We're still collecting stories for our story project! We'd like stories from members, friends, families, and neighbors of Emsworth and St. Andrew's. If you didn't get a chance to write out some of your stories on story night, or if you thought of some more since then, take a few minutes to share them here!
It's that time of year again!
We're starting planning for our third annual motorcycle blessing and safety fair!
We're looking for volunteers to help with planning, PR, media, and on the ground help on the day of.
Please save the date, start spreading the word, and click below to let us know what you're able to help us with this year!
Check out some great music events hosted by some of our fellow churches!
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church
shadyside presbyterian church
Worship & Prayer
Community & Friendship
Good Neighbor Ministry Leadership Team Meeting: Monday, 1/20 at 2pm, St. Andrew's
Welcoming Everyone and the Sewickley Presbyterian Church invite you to
Sharing Common Ground: An Interfaith Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Daniel P. Scheid, Duquesne University
Sunday, January 26th at 3PM
Sewickley Presbyterian Church 414 Grant Street
A light meal will be served
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear friends of St. Andrew's,
I know. . . it's not as fun as hanging them up, but the time has come to pack away the Christmas decorations for this year. Please try to make it to church by 10:30 next week, January 19th, so we can pack up Advent and Christmas for another year. It's important that we have all hands on deck. . . or at least most hands on deck.
This February (February 28- March 3), Pastor Charissa, as well as two others from our local church community, will be heading to the US/Mexico Border with Presbyterian Peacemaking for a travel study seminar. We know, this can be a little bit of a hot button issue. That's exactly why it's a great idea to go see things there firsthand. We want to be responsible in our witness and learn as much as we can about the world around us before speaking about justice and injustice.
The Peacemaking program is still accepting applications for the trip until January 17th, so if you are interested in going on this trip, please apply soon or talk to Pastor Charissa about your questions or concerns. You can find out more about the trip at the link below.
Every year now for the past 5 years, I (Pastor Charissa) have passed out something called "Epiphany stars" on Epiphany Sunday . This is a tradition that has gathered steam over the past few years and each of the congregations I've served in that four years has enjoyed the practice.
Epiphany is the day after Christmas ends. There are 12 days of Christmas, so for most traditions, that puts Epiphany on January 6th. It's the observance of the magi coming from far away to visit baby Jesus (probably more like toddler Jesus, but let's not get too hung up on the historical aspect just now). They found him by reading the stars and following the one that indicated the birth of a new kind of king.
Epiphany symbolizes the idea that God came to earth for ALL people of EVERY race, EVERY heritage, etc. It's the day when we recognize that God is revealed to all people and we all have a star to follow.
Epiphany star words are simply words printed on paper or cardboard stars. Each person is given one randomly as a star to follow for the year. It's a meditation and reflection word to live with for that year.
If you didn't get one at church this year, check out the random star word generator I put together last year.
I've discovered one major problem with these star words, however. Everyone (myself included) gets really excited about them in January and talks about them for a few weeks, but by March or April, they have gone the way of New Year's Resolutions. We've either forgotten about them or we've run out of ways to interact with them and/or think we've got it nailed. So last year, I put together some study tools to help with keeping up on the star words. You're welcome to download and print these for your own use, but if you'd like to copy and distribute them at something like a bible study or Sunday school class, please touch base with me first for permission.
There are three ways you can use these. They all contain the same content, but it's organized a little bit differently. The outline just gives some guidance as to themes and trajectory for the year. There are a few questions to reflect on each month/theme, but that's about it.
There are also journal pages that you can print and insert into your journal of choice. They are half-page sized so they should fit in most journals. These include a title page for each month with some journal prompts and questions.
The most "ready to use" version is the workbook. This is literally a workbook that you can print out and work through during the year. At church, I spiral bound these for everyone, but you could also just use a small three ring binder.
I have also given our church community a collective star word to think about together. This year, that word is:
So, explore your own star word, and the word "welcome" this year.
Start to live with the word day to day