What's up with the BAC
Worship at St Andrews this last month has been about adapting to the indoor services. We have had four months of meeting in our Labyrinth. Now with the weather change we are worshiping indoors. We all need to continue to be aware of safety while meeting together during these challenging times. Our Governor has put a 25 person capacity limit on church services for at least the next two weeks. It is very important that we call or email the church for reservations. We need to know that we will stay under or at that 25 person limit. Please make reservations by Friday at 2:00pm for the following Sunday's service. Two o'clock is the end of our church secretary's work day on Friday's. She needs to know so she can type out the attendance roster and make the count.
We had a BAC meeting on November 17th. The treasurer brought to our attention the fact that there has been about half of the Stewardship Pledges turned in, compared to this time last year. St Andrews is in the process of advertising for a half-time vicar.
The church does have funds in reserve, but those need to be maintained for emergencies and will not permanently fund a half time vicar. If you are considering pledging to the church, please do so as soon as possible, so our budget committee will have some positive numbers to work with.
Thank-you, God Bless and stay Safe.
Ron Scott, Senior Warden
Junior Warden’s Report
In the midst of the chaos when the wind is howling, I hear the ancient song of the ones who went before,
And know that peace will come. *
*By poet Susan Stauter
Item(s) of note for the month:
We welcomed a new group Friday Night Throng N.A. to use our Social Hall for their meetings which will be held Fridays 7:00 - 8:30 pm. We now have four groups using our facility, and all of them are following our COVID-19 safety policies.
I met with our alarm company to review our system and will be updating our master 'call list' for their dispatch office. The alarm will automatically be turned on at 9:00pm and then turned off the following morning at 7:00am.
I'm working to obtain pricing from contractors for several maintenance items which I hope to be addressed in 2021; and Bob planted new rhododendrons to replace the plants in the front of the property that did not fare well during our dry summer.
Betty Malone, Jr. Warden
ST. ANDREW'S FINANCES FOR September 2020
September,2020 Income: $5,602.89
September Expenses:$ 3,339.92
September 2020 Net:$2,262.97
January- September 2020 Income
January- September 2020 Expenses
January- September 2020 Net:
ST ANDREW'S FINANCES FOR October 2020
October 2020 Income: $ 4,672.24
October 2020 Expenses: $5,155.52
October 2020 Net: ($483.28)
January- October 2020 Income: $70,858.93
January- October 2020 Expenses:
January- October 2020 Net:$24,873.51
THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING ®
LIGHTHOUSE CHAPTER, October, 2020
In this column during 2020 we have been exploring the seven motivational gifts according to Romans 12:6-8, with guidelines from the book "Discover Your God-Given Gifts".
This month we look at Jesus' characteristics. Only Jesus has demonstrated the complete and perfect operation of all seven of the motivational gifts in His life. (Scripture citations are from NIV translation)
As a Perceiver:
1. He spoke only what he heard the Father speak. (John 12:49)
2. He was the Truth. (John 14:6)
3. He saw into people's hearts. ( John 4: 18; Matthew 12:34)
4. He prayed and interceded. (Mark 1 :35)
5. He hated evil. (Matthew21:13)
6. He was frank and outspoken. (Matthew 23:27)
As a Server:
1. He worked with his hands, a carpenter with His father Joseph. (Luke 2:51)
2. He demonstrated service. (John 13:5)
3. He exalted serving. (Mark 10:43)
4. He had a high energy level and kept pace with the demands of His ministry. (Mark 10:1)
As a Teacher:
1. He taught God's truth. (Matthew 13:31)
2. He fulfilled the Law. (Matthew 5:17)
3. He quoted Scriptures. (Matthew 4:4, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3)
4. He built on scriptural truth. (Matthew 5:21-11)
5. He was intelligent and curious. (Luke 2:46)
6. He was self-controlled. (Luke 23:9-11)
As an Exhorter:
1. He taught people to live victoriously. (Matthew 5-7)
2. He gave positive exhortations. (Luke 6:27-35)
3. He prescribed precise steps of actions. (John 8: 11 ; Matthew 19:21)
4. He accepted people as they were. (John 4:4-30; Mark 2:13-16)
5. His own life was a witness to the truth. (John 18:37)
As a Giver:
1. He fed the five thousand. (Mark 6:41)
2. He gave His time, energy, abilities, and love to others - training disciples, teaching multitudes, healing the sick, casting out evil spirits, raising the dead.
3. He taught on giving. (Mark 12:42-43)
4. He had a strong focus on the Gospel. (Luke 4:43)
5. He gave His life for us. (John 15: 13)
As an Administrator:
1. He organized His followers, with an inner circle of three (Mark 9:2); trained twelve disciples (Mark 3: 13-14); sent out the seventy two-by-two (Luke 10: 1)
2. He was highly motivated to fulfill His mission. (Hebrews 12:2)
3. He was a man under authority and taught about authority. (Matthew 28:18)
4. He was an effective leader. (Matthew 10:5-8)
5. He endured criticism for the long-range goal of the cross. (Matthew 20:28)
As a Compassion Person:
1. He had a tremendous capacity to show love. (Matthew 14:14)
2. He was aware of people's physical needs. (Matthew 15:32)
3. He was alert to emotional and psychological needs. (Matthew 9:36)
4. He cared for children. (Matthew 19: 14)
5. He had empathy for others. (Luke 7:13)
6. He expressed emotion. (John 11 :35)
7. He mourned over Jerusalem. (Matthew 23:37)
"Each of us, as part of the corporate Body of Christ on this earth, has received one or more of the motivational gifts to enable us to continue the work Jesus began here. Working together, we can accomplish as much and even more than Jesus did in His three years' earthly ministry." (From the book, authors D. & K. Fortune)
In this column during 2020 we have been exploring the seven motivational gifts according to Romans 12:6-8, with guidelines from the book "Discover Your God-Given Gifts". This month we look at "Living Your Gift".
When you know your giftedness you can follow the commands found in 1 Peter 4: 10, and Romans 12:6 to use it, discovering what a joy it is to function in those gifts. Functioning in your giftedness enables you to make wise choices and decisions, and to live life to the fullest, deliberately being a blessing to others, and accepting and appreciating others as they operate in their giftedness.
A quick review of problems of each gift:
Perceiver: Judgmental, intolerant, critical, prideful, domineering, controlling, unforgiving, poor self-image.
Server: Perfectionist, critical, interfering, over dependent on appreciation, won't cut apron strings.
Teacher: Prideful, intolerant, legalistic, dogmatic, opinionated, aloof, unromantic, know-it-all attitude.
Exhorter: Opinionated, interruptive, compromising, over talkative, pushy, stretches the truth.
Giver: Stingy, manipulative, too focused on money, workaholic, too frugal, spoils children, steals.
Administrator: Bossy, domineering, insensitive, callous, over-zealous, procrastinates, neglects routine work.
Here are some observations on witnessing within the framework of a person's gift that will at least earn you the right to be heard. First striving to build a bridge, let the person know of your genuine interest in her/him, and her/his needs and opinions.
Perceivers respond best to questions about right and wrong, good versus evil, God's justice, or other ultimate things.
Servers respond to a Gospel that is practical and useful. For example, "What is a person's greatest need?" or "Have you considered how much Jesus focused on the importance of having a servant's heart?"
Teachers will want to know facts and the reliable basis or proof for what you share. "Have you ever considered the claims of Christ? Do you think they are valid?"
Exhorters have concern for people's problems and how they can help. "What do you consider to be of greatest importance for having a fulfilled life?" or "Would you like to hear how I dealt with the same problem you are now facing?"
Givers have an inborn eager responsiveness to the Gospel. "What is the greatest gift you can give God?" or "What do you think the word salvation means in the Bible?"
Administrators are interested in the overall view of life and the universe. Questions like this can catch their interest: "Why do you think God created people?" or "What do you think will happen to the human race?" or "What is the most important thing the Bible teaches?"
Compassion people relate best on a feeling level - logic leaves them cold . "How do you feel God wants us to treat each other?" or "If Jesus were here today, what do you feel He'd want to spend His time doing?"
Important to remember: the focal point for each gift is different. As one person works with others (in discovering individual gifts/strengths/weaknesses) there is awareness of the variety of ways in which each comes to Jesus.
The perceiver will likely feel the need to repent and make salvation a deliberate choice of the will. The server will be attracted by the good works of Jesus, and want to do good works, too. The teacher, reads through the New Testament, gaining facts needed to make an intellectual decision. The exhorter, glad to learn about Jesus' methods of helping people, wants to be joined together with Him. The giver, excited by the Gospel suddenly making sense, will want to witness to others right away. The administrator examining the whole story from
creation to the future, decides Jesus is God's Son. The compassion person is moved to tears of jov over the greatness of God's love for her/him personally.
Next month: "Every Christian, a Minister" completes this study of God-Given Gifts.
Search Committee Update
Our Profile has been approved by the Bishop. We are now awaiting applicants . If you would Like to see the Profile, it is on the church website www.standrewsflorence.org
United Thank Offering
Due to your abundant generosity St Andrews has raised $42.91 for the month of November.
Diocese of Oregon United Thank Offering Representative
Did you know that St. Vinnies can collect our styrofoam for recycling? (1 of our least biodegradable/worst polluters!) They have a large container outside in their donation area.
Habitat for Humanity is Happy to accept your deposit cans & bottles on drop off days announced in the newspaper.
CRAFT GUILD meets Fridays, 9:30 - Noon, Parish Hall, Come and make things in good fellowship with the Craft Guild!
NOTE FROM CHURCH SECRETARY
The Church Directory was printed and is ready for you to pick up. It is on the usual table in the Parish Hall.
Don't forget to call or e-mail the church office if you plan to attend worship services at St. Andrew's - on Wednesdays, Sundays or both. We are keeping attendance lists for contact tracing purposes. Deadline for Reservations is 2pm Friday.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water!
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days.
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
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