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Sunday, December 28, 2008


Pastor Spike suggests we check out My95 for use by small groups in 2009. Looks to be a great resource for anyone to use.

Introducing my95!
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Do you ever stop to think that we spend about 5% of our waking hours in church-related activities? 95% of our time we spend somewhere else - at home, at work, at school, and in our community. What happens in my95?

Why my95?
God is at work in your 95. He is sending you to be a part of the work he is doing. My95 is a two hour missional experience. Discover God at work in My95 and ways to partner with him there.

Download a sampler of the material
Want a preview of my95? Download this sampler, which includes one of the daily devotions, one small group session, an excerpt of the workshop script, and excerpt of the campaign manual.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Services

Please join us for
Christmas Eve/Candlelight Services!

They will be held at
5:30 PM and at 11:00 PM.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Night of Miracles

Night of Miracles

A Christmas Cantata

John W. Peterson

Sunday, December 14, 2008

7:00 PM

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
712 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Please join us for a wonderful evening

Celebrating the miracle of a special night

More than 2,000 years ago!

Presented by : St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Choir

With strings, brass, timpani, flute and oboe


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving Celebration : Covered Dish Dinner

November 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM

The Men of the Church are hosting our annual Thanksgiving Covered Dish Dinner on
Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

The Men of the Church will provide turkeys and dressing. You are asked to being the other "fixings" that accompany the dinner.

Come and enjoy the food and fellowship.


Indoor/Outdoor Church Workday

There will be an Indoor/Outdoor Church Workday on Saturday, November 22nd from 8AM- 12Noon, sponsored by the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Building Task Force.

Tasks will include: indoor painting (fellowship hall kitchen, upstairs hall office building), and "sprucing up" the grounds before the hilidays.

Paint and painting supplies will be provided. Please bring rakes, trimmers and other outdoor tools.

These are the final tasks in "Phase I" of our building improvement plan! Join with your church family to help us finish the project by the end of 2008! See you there!


Holiday Bazaar 2008

Did you come? There were many treasures at the Bazaar and at the yard sale. They say that one man's junk is another man's treasure. There were wonderful hand made gifts, good things to eat and fun and fellowship all around. Let's take a peak...just in case you could not make it.

First stop the garage sale. There was some of everything under the sun to choose from.

Are they working hard or HARDLY working?
(Lunch by the Men of the Church)

Last but not least...a quick trip to the Bazaar!

Okra soup, baked goods and beautiful crafts.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

High Tea Highlites

The Choir hosted another High Tea on Friday, November 14th. The music was a delight! We all enjoyed the tea, scones, cakes and music. There was also lots to choose from with the silent auction. The tea was one of the fundraisers the Choir is hosting to help get them to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia in May of 2009.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Visit to Crisis Ministries

On Monday of this week, October 20th, members of St. Andrew's and James Island Presbyterian Church partnered together to serve a meal at Crisis Ministries on Meeting Street. James Island provided the great food and both congregations worked together to put the meal together on plates. All worked together forming an assembly line to get the job done.

The ladies at James Island prepared a great meal for the residents. Red rice, cole slaw, beans, ham, rolls, water and tea. Let's not forget dessert. Several selections of cake were offered.

Dinner began at 6pm. The residents were served and once that was done, we had the opportunity to grab a plate and eat with the residents. We were able to spend time with the women and children there.

As this blog reporter looked around the room, the hard time that the women had and were still having was clearly visible on some of their faces. I sat down at a table with a child (no relation to the young woman) and a young woman in her early 20's. As the three of us ate, we talked and I was able to find out the story of the young woman and how she came to be homeless. After having trouble at home, she boarded a bus for South Carolina, to find her only relative in Charleston. After living here with that relative for a while, that situation did not work out and she ended up with no place to live. She ended up at Crisis Ministries.

She asked me lots of questions about my jobs and my schooling. She told me about her goals. She is now in school completing her GED and after that she will be taking a nursing class to become a CNA. As she spoke to me about her school and dreams, I could hear the hope in her voice and see it in the smile on her face. We talked about the aging population in our country and that as a CNA, she should be able to find many jobs in her field. We talked about how important getting her education would be to her future because, once you have an education, no one can take that away. Before we all left I went to her and thanked her for sharing and talking to me. She smiled and said she had enjoyed it to.

Talking to her was really a gift. It made me think...there for the Grace Of God Go I. Talking to her made me think of things we take for granted. It make me think of many things to be thankful for...things I needed to thank God for. Again. I added her to my prayers last night, for her future to be bright and for her to have success in all she does.

For more information about Crisis Ministries check out their website: Crisis Ministries


Congregational Meeting: November 9th, 2008

Congregational Meeting

November 9th, 2008

Purpose: Electing members to serve as officers

(1 Trustee, 2 Elders, 9 Deacons)


Men of the Church

The Men of the Church have adopted the responsibility of the church grounds. They are asking for church members to help cut the grass and maintain the grounds. Please give Nick Gainey a call (571-2105) if you can help.

"To equip and train all men to pursue the will of Jesus through: mission outreach; leadership; and discipleship." (Presbyterian Men Mission Statement as approved at the April 27, 2007, annual meeting)


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Sunday 2008 Podcast

March 23, 2008
Click player below to listen: Hymns and the Easter Sunday Sermon

Click here to get your own player.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Good Friday Service

The Good Friday Service

will be held at St. Andrew's

on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM.

Look Back: Good Friday Service 2007


Maundy Thursday Service

Tonight the Maundy Thursday Service will begin at 7:00 pm.

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week (the Thursday before Easter). It was the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, sharing a meal with them which we call the Last Supper.In those days it was usual for a servant to wash the guests feet on arrival. On this occasion there was no servant present and none of the disciples volunteered to do the menial task. Instead, Jesus got up and washed his disciples feet, giving them an object lesson in humility and service.The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin for 'command' (mandatum). It refers to the command given by Jesus at the Last Supper, that his disciples should love one another.

Maundy Thurdsday 2007


Monday, March 17, 2008

Seder Meal 2008

The Seder Meal will be held this coming Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact the church office if you would like to attend. Here is a little about the Seder Meal.


Lamb The word 'pesach' (pasch, passover) applies to the Lamb of sacrifice as well as to the deliverance from Egypt and to the feast itself.

Unleavened bread (Matzoh) called "bread of affliction" because it recalls the unleavened bread prepared for the hasty flight by night from Egypt. Three large matzohs are broken and consumed during the ceremony.

Bitter herbs (Moror) is a reminder of the bitterness of slavery and suffering in Egypt.

Green herbs to be dipped in salt water. Salt water represents tears of sorrow shed during the captivity of the Lord's people.

Haroseth (or 'haroses') represents the mortar used by Jews in building palaces and pyramids of Egypt during their slavery. (It is a mixture of chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and wine.)

Wine is dipped from a common bowl. The 'Four Cups,' Thanksgiving, Hagadah ('telling'), Blessing, and Melchisedek ('righteousness'), are "four different words for redemption, spoken by God to Moses."

Check out pictures from last years Seder meal.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Holy Week Study

Pastor Spike has suggested that during this holy week, the bible book to study is Matthew . In addition, we should listen to the words of this song by Jars of Clay called Worlds Apart. You can watch Jars of Clay perform it live in the video below.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Internation Justice Mission Sunday

This Sunday, the Rev. Larry Martin, Sr. VP of International Justice Mission, will speak. He will speak to adults at 9:45 at St. Andrew's in the fellowship hall, and then will preach during worship. Sunday evening, he will speak at Second Presbyterian Church at 7:00. IJM is involved in remarkable ways in the world, sharing in the mission of God to set the captives free--literally!! I pray that you will receive this opportunity as a gift to learn more about ways that the Lord is at work in the world and how we can share in that mission.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday Services will be held on February 6th at 6:30 PM. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a period of self reflections and self examination to prepare us to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Supper

The day before the beginning of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. To shrive someone, in old-fashioned English (he shrives, he shrove, he has shriven or he shrives, he shrived, he has shrived), is to hear his acknowledgement of his sins, to assure him of God's forgiveness, and to give him appropriate spiritual advice. The term survives today in ordinary usage in the expression "short shrift". To give someone short shrift is to pay very little attention to his excuses or problems. The longer expression is, "to give him short shrift and a long rope," which formerly meant to hang a criminal with a minimum of delay.

On Shrove Tuesday, many Christians make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with. Often they consult on these matters with a spiritual counselor, or receive shrift.

Shrove Tuesday is also called Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi=Tuesday; gras=fat, as in "pate de foie gras", which is liver paste and very fatty), because on that day a thrifty housewife uses up the fats that she has kept around (the can of bacon drippings, or whatever) for cooking, but that she will not be using during Lent. Since pancakes are a standard way of using up fat, the day is also called Pancake Tuesday. In England, and perhaps elsewhere, the day is celebrated with pancake races. The contestants run a course while holding a griddle and flipping a pancake. Points are awarded for time, for number and height of flips, and number of times the pancake turns over. There are of course penalties for dropping the pancake.

(Digression: In December, Jews celebrate the feast of Hanukkah, the re-dedication of the Temple after it had been captured by pagans and desecrated. (See John 10:22 and also the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees 4:36-59.) It is said (though not in our earliest sources) that when the Temple was rededicated, there was only enough pure oil to light the lamps for one day, and no prospect of getting more for eight days. It was decided to light the lamps anyway, and the supply of oil lasted for eight days, until more could be gotten. To commemorate this abundance of oil, Jews are accustomed at Hanukkah to eat potato pancakes, called latkes, which are made with an abundance of oil. Thus the custom of eating pancakes at a time when oil or fat is presumably abundant is common to both traditions.)

Today at 6:00 PM, the Men of the Church
will be preparing their delicious pancakes! Come and enjoy the fellowship.
Donations will be acepted at the door.


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Souper Bowl Sunday!


On Sunday, February 3rd, St. Andrew's Youth will be hosting the annual Souper Bowl of Caring event, along with Youth across the country and around the world. The Youth will be collecting money in Soup Pots following worship. You are invited to join us at Moments of Fellowship for a Soup Luncheon, prepared by the Youth. The money collected for the Souper Bowl 2008 will go to HELP, an agency that has been supported by our congregation for many years. It helps individuals secure basic needs. Plan to join with St. Andrew's youth on February 3rd, to show that you care.

More information about the: Souper Bowl of Caring