Announcements

Christmas Eve 4:00

Please join us for a family-friendly early service!  All ages will share in favorite carols, the Christmas story, and Holy Communion.

Our twentieth birthday!

Please join us on September 23 for a day of great joy -- the dedication of our new education building, music room, and canopy, as well as a party to mark St. Andrew's 20 years of service to God in Gulf Shores.

A special guest on August 12

You've heard him on the radio!  Please welcome Wallace Davis, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Southeast, which does the Lord's work for people in need all over our region.

Vacation Bible School

This year VBS will be held on June 18-21 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Our theme will be “Rolling River Rampage,” and it will be the first event in our wonderful new education building.  Watch for further information in the bulletin and newsletter. 

Click here for the registration page.

Please join us for Holy Week

From large ecumenical services to moments of personal reflection, this is a time for all Christians to appreciate the grace of God.

Palm Sunday

10:00 a.m. Children will process with palm branches, recalling the acclaim for Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.  Readings and music will take us from that triumphant moment to Jesus' understanding that he would be rejected.   

Maundy Thursday

6:00 p.m.  Holy Communion becomes ever more poignant as we recall Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples, which forever changed the Passover meal.

Good Friday

12:00 noon, Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.  An ecumenical service, this observance brings together the Island's Christian community.  Choir members from several churches will present a choral work by Dubois, "The Seven Last Words of Christ," and clergy will offer scripture readings and prayers. 

Easter Sunrise

6:30 a.m., Gulf State Park Pavilion.  Please join us for this ecumenical service, which has become one of the area's cherished religious traditions. 

Easter Worship with Holy Communion 

10:00 a.m.  Handbells, hymns, and high spirits mark the most joyous day of the Christian year.  Rev. Wood will bring the message.  Please join us at the close of worship in singing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."  And children are invited to an Easter egg hunt on the lawn!

Christmas concert

Please join us for the annual Service of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 3, 4:00 p.m, followed by a live Nativity and holiday refreshments! 

Dinner and concert, Nov 12

Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner is coming up on November 12th.  The Fellowship committee has taken care of the turkeys and hams, as well as desserts.  Please come and bring side dishes, salads, vegetables, etc. and enjoy kicking off this holiday season.  This will be a great day for fellowship – Veteran’s Day celebration followed by a wonderful gospel concert.

In conjunction with the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, St. Andrew by the Sea will present a gospel concert featuring three award-winning Nashville songwriters – Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and Jerry Salley – at 2 p.m.  These songwriters create beautiful, inspiring music together as well as separately. The concert is free and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Please invite your friends and neighbors!

All Saints Sunday, Nov 5

Join us for Communion with the Saints -- loved ones who have gone on to the Lord.

Camp with St Andrew!

Children's Choir

Awesome Wednesday nights are back!

September 6th is our first Wednesday night back. We will have dinner at 5:45 and activities begin at 7pm.

Summer Family outings!

A tentative calendar of family outings this summer: June 11th - Blue Wahoo’s baseball game in Pensacola, game time is 4 p.m. $11 per person, 2 & under free. *Please notify the church office to reserve your tickets ASAP. June 14th - dinner at GT by the Bay - July 12th - Ginny Lane's at the Wharf July 15th - Styx River

6th grade and UP! Meet Mondays Starting June 5th

Our children, 6th grade and up will meet on Monday's from 10am to 4pm starting June 5th at Saint Andrew for a bible study, lunch and an outing.

Sara's commissioning

St. Andrew will commission Sara Hunter as our Assistant Pastor on Sunday, May 7.  Please join us!

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries to offer One-Day Retreat:   "Danger: Prayer Zone!"

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries to offer One-Day Retreat:   "Danger: Prayer Zone!" 

This special Day of Fellowship & Bible Study on Prayer will be held Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. at Gulf Shores

Surf & Raquet Club, Hwy 182 West in Gulf Shores. Lunch will be provided. There is no fee, but donations will be accepted. 

Arrive at 8:30 for Coffee & Pastries! For registration & details, call St Andrew office at 251) 968-3900. 

We will have ample break time for those who want to check out the beach or enjoy the pier! 

Holy Week

Please join us for worship on Palm Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; for Communion on Maundy Thursday at 6:00 p.m.; and Easter Sunday at 10:00.  We look forward to sharing these sacred and joyous days.    

Ash Wednesday

Please join us at 5:00 p.m. for a brief service marking the beginning of Lent.

Women's Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study:

After the joy and celebration that mark the Christmas season and New Year have ended, it is good to get back to the 'real world' of a more normal routine and activities. Prayer Group continues to meet each Tuesday morning at 9 in the sanctuary. We will begin a new Bible study on Jan. 31, "66 Ways God Loves You", based on the book by Jennifer Rothschild, will begin immediately after prayer, in room 1. 

GET YOUR CHILI POTS AND SOUP POTS READY FOR ST. ANDREW'S ANNUAL CHILI/SOUP/DESSERT COOK OFF!

GET YOUR CHILI POTS AND SOUP POTS READY FOR ST. ANDREW'S ANNUAL CHILI/SOUP/DESSERT COOK OFF! 

Have you checked out the plaques on the wall in the Fellowship Hall? They display the winners in chili/soup and dessert categories for the past years. We always have a first, second and third place. Want to see if yours can be added? Bring your best chili or soup in a crock pot, with serving spoon and extension cord to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 19th. Those that don't make soups and chili, bring a dessert. The sign-up sheet will be in the Fellowship Hall or call Susan Coyne(205-492-2205)

Four Winds Barbershop Concert

Four Winds Barbershop Chorus to Perform in Gulf Shores

 The St. Andrew Men's Club welcomes back for the 11th consecutive year the  always  popular Four Winds Barbershop Chorus. The Four Winds will present a benefit concert in the sanctuary of St. Andrew by the Sea, Community Church, on Monday,  February 13th at 7 p.m. Comprised of snowbirds and some locals, the group began singing in 1994.  The Four Winds perform December through March in the local area. At the invitation of the Four Winds, The Reveliers, a Barber Shop Quartet, whose  members hail from southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana will entertain with several songs.   

The  St. Andrew Men will accept a love offering at the end of the concert. All proceeds will benefit  the Alabama Sheriffs Boys Ranch in Summerdale and the Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores. 

Since there will be no ticket sales, it is suggested you come early for a good seat. A warm invitation is extended to the public to enjoy this outstanding musical event.

 St. Andrew by the Sea Community Church, is located at 17263 State Highway 180 West (Fort Morgan Road) in Gulf Shores.  For more information call 968-3900.

3rd Annual Gospel Jubilee

3rd Annual Gospel Jubilee 

Please join us on Feb. 12th for our 3rd Annual St. Andrew Choir Gospel Jubilee at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a fun filled evening of memorable gospel music! Child care will be provided

Our growing church

At its annual meeting, the congregation approved a new Education Building.  Now the Church Board will talk with our neighbors and the Planning Commission, and a fundraising team will encourage all the church family to help out in any way.  Please keep St. Andrew in your prayers at this exciting time! 

New Year's Day

Come in your pajamas for on New Year's Day!  There will be a cereal bar in Fellowship Hall from 8:30-9:00, and Holy Communion in the sanctuary during 10:00 worship.

Christmas morning worship

Please join us at 10:00 for a brief, kid-friendly service!  Each child is welcome to bring one toy and sit up in the chancel beside the tree, and there will be cocoa afterward.  May Christ be born in your heart!

Christmas Eve 5:00

Please join us for carols, Communion, and candlelight -- a wonderful time for all ages!  Child care will be provided.

Candlelight - A Service of Lessons and Carols 12/4 at 4PM

4th Annual Joni Hicks Memorial Style Show Friday, Sept 30

The 4th annual Joni Hicks Memorial Style Show and Luncheon is coming soon. It will be Friday, Sept. 30th beginning at 11:30. Tickets are now on sale for $25 and can be purchased from Ann Jones, Teresa Matherne or in the church office. Fashions then and now plus others. A fun time will be had by all, get your tickets early, our space is limited this year

New Class to meet at 9:00 a.m. in Brides Room, Sunday, Sept 11! Experiencing God in Grief & Loss

New Class to meet at 9:00 a.m. in Brides Room, beginning Sunday, Sept 11!

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries is pleased to offer a new Class @ 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Experiencing God in Grief & Loss will be one of our topical classes to be offered, short or long term, depending on response & participation. Theresa Williamson will lead the discussion & materials will be available through the Church Office. You may call the office, 968-3900, Ann Wright (205-335-7900) or Jo Roy @ 251-967-1740 for details. We trust these topics may address some specific needs of our Church Family. Please feel free to invite friends & family, and to offer additional topics for consideration. May God bless our study & sharing. 

Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

From Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries: Due to great interest in our recent Bible Study topic, we will be continuing our study of The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. We meet weekly at the Oyster Bay Village Clubhouse at 6:00 p.m. Each week's schedule will include a video, followed by group discussion of the book and related Scriptures. Anyone interested in sharing this time of study & fellowship may register & request a book through St Andrew office, 968-3900, or call Dee Derstine at 251) 923-6935. The Divine Conspiracy is an in-depth look at the Christian life, as we have the privilege to live it in the Kingdom of God, in the here and now. You will find great spiritual treasures in this experience, so come join us! 

Would you like to help with Sunday morning breakfasts? We need you!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP WITH SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFASTS? They’re deeply appreciated, and make it much easier for families to attend Sunday school. By taking a turn now and then, individuals, friends, and classes can make St. Andrew a welcoming place. Please see the signup sheet outside the church office, or call Pat Strahan at 968-3900. Many thanks!

Sunday school Kick off! August 21

SUNDAY SCHOOL KICK-OFF AUGUST 21 Miss Sara and her crew will flip flapjacks at 8:30, and that’s just the start of our school-year kickoff. On this “promotion Sunday,” children will be promoted to their new classes, older kids will receive their own Bibles, and teachers will be honored.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP WITH SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFASTS? They’re deeply appreciated, and make it much easier for families to attend Sunday school. By taking a turn now and then, individuals, friends, and classes can make St. Andrew a welcoming place. Please see the signup sheet outside the church office, or call Pat Strahan at 968-3900. Many thanks!

An Invitation! A Day to Dream at Camp Beckwith - Education and Discipleship Idea Generation

AN INVITATION!

To all St Andrew friends & family who have served, are now serving, or think you may be interested in Christian Education & Spiritual Growth areas, which include Sunday School Classes for all ages, Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, other small groups, or week night activities & VBS with children & youth:

The Education & Adult Spiritual Growth Committees have planned A Day to Dream at Camp Beckwith,

August 6, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please consider sharing in this day to dream, plan, and map some goals for the future of Christian Education & Discipleship for all ages at St Andrew by the Sea! With your presence and your ideas, we will inspire each other as we join together to meet the needs & challenges of our growing Church Family. Don't miss this great opportunity to find your niche at St Andrew! 

Contact St Andrew office for details, 251-968-3900. 

Lunch Bunch for April

Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet on April 25th at 12 noon at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores.  It is a lovely setting and the food is wonderful.  We hope you will join us and bring a friend along.  Please notify Laura Geneux by Monday, April 18th via email at laurag2012saw@gmail.com or call at 970-3311 to ensure reservations

St. Andrew Church Barbeque, April 17.

St. Andrew Church Barbeque - Are you ready for spring and good barbeque?  The Fellowship Committee's annual barbeque will be held Sunday, April 17th, immediately following church services.  Those attending are asked to bring sides:  deviled eggs, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, etc., dessert will be provided.  Please make plans to attend.   

Kids vs Adults Kickball: Sunday, April 10th at 12:00 pm, we will have a Cook-out!

Kids vs Adults Kickball: Sunday, April 10th at 12:00 pm, we will have a Cook-out with hamburgers and hotdogs along with a Kids vs Adult’s Kickball Game. Wear comfy clothes and your game faces!

Holy Week

We will observe Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion at 6:00 p.m.  St. Andrew will also host the community Good Friday service at 12:00 noon. 

Please join us Easter Sunday morning for worship at 10:00 with Holy Communion.  The Rev. Wood's message will be titled "Good to Be Seen."


Palm Sunday

Please join us this Palm Sunday, March 20, at 10:00.  The children's choir will process with palms, and Rev. Wood's sermon will be titled "Fruit of the Tree."

New Stephen Ministries Class starting in April

A new Stephen Ministries Class will be starting in April. We are now taking applications which you can pick up in the church office or from Rod & Linda Chappelle. Applications need to be turned in by Sunday March 13th. 

Fellowship Committee's Annual Chili/Soup/Dessert Cook-Off! Join us on Sunday, Feb. 21st, at 5:30 p.m

Get ready for the Fellowship Committee's Annual Chili/Soup/Dessert Cook-Off! Join us on Sunday, Feb. 21st, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and bring you best chili/soup/dessert in your crock pot along with serving spoon and extension cord. If you are bringing chili, soup or a dessert please sign up in the Fellowship Hall. For more info call Susan Coyne, 205-492-2205. Please support the Fellowship Committee by coming by to sample a wide variety of homemade chili, soup and desserts and vote by making a donation to your favorite dish. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be determined by the money donated for each dish. This is a fun evening and can be quite competitive!

Four Winds Barbershop Chorus Monday, Feb 22, 7pm

Four Winds Barbershop Chorus: The St. Andrew Men's Club welcomes back the always popular Four Winds Barbershop Chorus. The Four Winds will present a benefit concert in the sanctuary of St. Andrew by the Sea, a Community Church, on Monday, Feb. 22nd at 7 p.m. The St. Andrew Men will accept a love offering at the end of the concert. The proceeds will benefit the ongoing outreach to charities in the south Baldwin County area.

Feb 11th, SAW Teacher Cookie Bags

St. Andrew Women: Join us on Feb. 11th at 10:30 AM, were we will put together Teacher Cookie Bags. Please come and enjoy the fellowship, and bring several dozen cookies. This treat is a special way to recognize & thank our local teachers for all they do. Remember to also bring a SACK LUNCH.

Join us as we mark the season of Lent beginning: Feb. 10th - Ash Wednesday

Join us as we mark the season of Lent beginning: Feb. 10th - Ash Wednesday - services at 7:30 a.m., 12 noon, and 5:30 p.m. Lenten Daily Devotional are now available in the Narthex.

Gospel Jubilee 4PM Sunday, Feb. 28th.

Please join us on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4PM for our 2nd annual Gospel Jubilee.  The St Andrew Chancel Choir has worked hard to provide you with a fun filled evening of memorable gospel music.  Child care will be provided.

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage Jan 24th following Worship Service!

Red Beans and Rice with Sausage: Join the Choir on Jan. 24th following the worship service for their fundraising lunch featuring our very own, St. Andrew Men’s master chef Paul Barefield and his famous Louisiana Red Beans and Rice with Sausage dinner. Our theme will be Mardi Gras complete with a parade with moon pies and beads for the children. So, dress your children up and let them join in the fun. Adult tickets are $10 and children $3. Children will have a choice of red beans and rice or hot dogs with chips. Tickets are available from choir members or may be purchased from the church office. For further information please contact Anne Saunders at 968-7260.

St Andrew Youth January 15th we will have a Lock-in for 4th grade and up!

On January 15th we will have a Lock-in for 4th grade and up! What fun it will be to fellowship with your friends while we have a lock-in at St. Andrew! Drop off by 5:30 on Friday evening. We will leave for the Bodenhamer Recreation Center around 6 p.m. where we will enjoy swimming, basketball, racket ball and all that the center has to offer. We will spend the night in the fellowship hall, so bring your sleeping bag and necessities. Pick-up will be at 8:30 Saturday morning. Invite a friend to join us!

Annual Membership Meeting January 17th immediately following the Worship Service, Fellowship Hall

Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Jan. 17th immediately following the Worship Service.
Our Annual Membership Meeting is very important. We will approve our 2016 Budget, review the 2015 year, elect our officers for the new year, and set goals for the future. You will receive an agenda packet in the mail soon. Nursery care will be provided. Please mark your calendar for this very important meeting. If you are unable to attend please call the office at 968-3900, to ensure a quorum.

Winter Bible Study Tuesdays, Jan 19-March 8

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries will offer a Winter Bible Study, Tuesday evening, Jan 19 through March 8. Our Scripture sources will be the Gospels and Acts. Our supplemental resource will be The Divine Conspiracy: A Master Class for Followers of Jesus, by Dallas Willard. Books will be available at $7.00 each through St Andrew office, 251-968-3900. Each session will begin with a covered dish meal at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship hall, with study following at 6:00 in the Covenant SS Classroom. For additional details & signup, please contact Jo Roy, 251-927-1740.

Christmas Eve service

Please join us at 5:00 p.m. for lessons, carols, Holy Communion, and candlelight.  All ages are welcome; childcare will be provided.  Merry Christmas!

SAW Christmas Party Dec 8th, LuLu's

St. Andrew Women’s Christmas Party:  The Seventh Annual St. Andrew Women’s Christmas Party at Lulu’s will be Tues., Dec. 8th at noon.  We will order from the menu with separate checks.  There will be door prizes, a gift basket from Lulu’s gift shop, free desserts and entertainment.  Please mark your calendars.   You certainly may invite guests.

St. Andrew Choir Christmas Program, “Lessons and Carols” on Dec. 6th at 4PM

St. Andrew Choir will be presenting their Christmas Program, “Lessons and Carols” on Dec. 6th at 4 p.m. Please join us for this annual Advent Season celebration.  Nursery care provided.

Advent Devotions "Why this Jubilee?"

Advent Devotions“Why this Jubilee?"

Tuesdays, Nov. 24-Dec 15.  6:00PM

24 Reflections on well-known Carols, Christmas songs and Hymns.  A study by James Howell. We’ll consider the meaning of certain phrases from these familiar tunes and relate them to our daily lives.  A rich remembrance of the Christ-Mas Season!  Join with your fellow St Andrew members and friends for music and Jubilee!Brought to you by the Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries Committee.  We are looking for some great new members, come and join us.For more Information  Jo Roy 615-927-8491

Adult Spiritual Ministries at St Andrew

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries at St Andrew:  Want to recharge your spiritual battery? Your participation in Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries may be just the answer. We focus on developing our understanding & practice of the ways of Jesus in our daily lives. Our mission is to pray, plan and provide opportunities for Spiritual growth for Adult members and friends of St Andrew. These activities include, but are not limited to, Bible Studies, small group experiences, retreats, and prayer cells. Check out the opportunities and find some that work for you! You may join us at any time. For more information, call the Church Office, 251-968-3900. 

Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat

The annual fried chicken box dinner to benefit the music program will be Sunday, October 25, after worship in Fellowship Hall.  There will be a bake sale as well as games, face-painting, and trunk-or-treating.  Children are welcome to wear their costumes!  Please come and support our children and the choir!  Box dinners from Woodson's Barge-N will include chicken, baked beans, slaw, and a roll.  Tickets will be available from any choir member or the church office at a cost of $10 for adults and $3 for children.  We hope you'll join us for a wonderful time! 

Family Movie Night on the lawn

We'll be watching "Home" on Friday, October 23, 6:30.  Bring your blanket or chairs and join us  for hot chocolate and popcorn.

Style Show and Luncheon

St. Andrew Women invite you to the 3rd Annual Joni Hicks Memorial Style Show and Luncheon, October 22 at the Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley.  This year's theme is "Fashions Over Time."  Doors open at 11:00, and of course there will be prizes from many area merchants.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased from any SAW member or the church office.

Branyon Bells and Choir Resumes Practice Wed. Sept 9th.

Calling all Bell Ringers and Choir members!  Branyon Bells will resume practice on Wed. Sept. 9th at 5 p.m. as well as Choir Practice at 6 p.m. Those of you who are interested in joining either of these groups please contact Joan Hand at 955 -5807.  Everyone is welcome!  Child care will be available. 

Women's Prayer Group and Bible Study

Women's Prayer Group and Bible Study - The  prayer group meets at 9:00 each Tuesday morning to pray corporately for those on the St. Andrew prayer list and others in need. Beginning on Sept. 8th we will begin a bible study following prayer time, "Finding Balance, Loving God with Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength", by Becca Stevens. This is a six week study and we would love to have anyone join us. If you are interested, please contact Harriet Slaughter at 251-422-4073 so we can have plenty of books

Festival Bell Choir Begins Practice Tues, Sept 8th. Join Us!

The Festival Bell Choir will begin practicing on Tuesday, Sept. 8th.  We would love to have some new ringers join us.  We practice from 5:30-6:30 every Tuesday.  Not only do we play bells, but we have lots of fun together!!  If you have ever considered ringing, please give us a try!!  Call Harriet Slaughter at 251-422-4073 for information.  

Youth Group Facebook page

Visit our Facebook page to see what St Andrew youth have been up to.  Like Us and keep in touch.

www.facebook.com/youthsaintandrewgulfshores

Family Nights to return September 9th

Wednesday nights will once again be Family Nights at St. Andrew, with something for every age. 

The adult choir, Branyon bell choir, and children’s choir will begin rehearsals; the pastors will offer a class on a lively topic; there will be structured activities for children and youth, plus a class for young adults.  More details will come in the September newsletter.

Last year the Boller family generously provided dinner every week.  This year, we’d like to involve many volunteers and cover expenses through a free-will offering.  Would you please consider how you might help?  Sign-ups may be found at the church office.  

Fall Bible Study

The Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries at St Andrew will offer an eight-week Bible Study on the Book of Hebrews. Our study guide, Hebrews for Everyone, by N T Wright, has been ordered and should be available by mid-August. The study will be held each Tuesday evening beginning Sept 1 and will conclude on October 20. A covered dish meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. and study will begin at 6:00. All St Andrew family & friends are invited! To register & reserve a book, please call the church office, 251-968-3900, or Kim Gyuricsko, 334-790-2348. Come join us!  and watch for more details in Sunday bulletins!

Andy Andrews is coming July 26!

New York Times bestselling author and local resident Andy Andrews will bring our message on Sunday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.!  Please join us for "Tales of the Talents," as Andy will draw the names of twelve persons who will be entrusted with modest gifts to do good works.

G-FORCE ADVENTURE PARK VBS

At G-FORCE ADVENTURE PARK, your children will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to experience God’s love in action.  During Vacation Bible School at G-FORCE: GOD’S LOVE IN ACTION, your children will become Navigators and explore how to serve God and others with active love.  After a high-energy opening assembly at the G-FORCE Zone, the Navigators make their way to the Scripture Zone.  Interactive Bible lessons reveal five Action Words for following God’s plan for our lives, and your Navigators will discover Velocity Verses, Bible memory verses that will move them in their faith long after VBS.  The children will expand on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at the Craft Zone, singing new music at the Music Zone, exploring science activities at Science Zone, participating in recreational activities at the Recreation Zone, and enjoying tasty snacks at the Snack Zone.  Along the way, the Navigators will hear about our mission project and enjoy being active!  Let’s go!  Join us at St. Andrew by the Sea from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday, July 20-24.  To register or to find out more about G-FORCE, call the church office at 251-968-3900.

Youth Group exploring the ways God can help you with Stress

St Andrew by the Sea’s Youth Group will be exploring Stress and the ways God can help you with everything including  the stress of being a preteen in today’s world.

Please join us on Wednesday nights starting on June 10th for a full month of Stress related studies and games for preteens.  These classes will be every Wednesday night in June starting at 6:00 p.m. in the CAYAC at St Andrew by the Sea.  A light meal will be provided as well beginning at 5:30.  The classes should be run for about an hour and should end around 7:00 p.m. Classes include the following topics: Week 1 – Anxious Heart: Stressful things are a part of our lives, and we cannot make them go away. The stress of everyday life can often lead to having an anxious heart, which is something the Bible says we should not have. Thankfully, we are not alone in our fight against anxiousness. We have God on our side.  Week 2 – Handling Stress by Trusting God’s Promises: Life can be full of stress, but the Bible is full of promises from God that will help us handle that stress. If you believe those promises, than the stressful things don’t seem as significant, and you know exactly how to handle them.    Week 3 – Priorities & Stress: Not having your priorities in the right order can lead to a very stressful life. Trying to figure out what your priorities should be can be stressful, but having the wrong priorities can be even more stressful. Thankfully, the Bible tells us a lot about what our priorities should be.   Week 4 – Combating Stress: Confidence or Fear:  When there is stress is our life, we get to choose how to deal with it. We can either deal with it with fear and worrying, or with confidence.  The confidence we can have in God, knowing He is on our side and will take care of us, is the best way to face stress head-on.

Please contact the Church office at 251-968-3900 for more information or to sign up for the Preteen Stress Workshops.  We hope to see your preteen at St. Andrew by the Sea on Wednesday nights beginning June 10th.  It should be a very fun and informative time for your preteen.  Your preteen can attend one or all sessions and all sessions are free.  

St Andrew at the Beach

Our church had its beginnings at the seashore, among people who wanted to renew their faith. On Sunday, June 7, at 3:30 p.m., we'll return to the Gulf State Park Pavilion for Baptism, Communion, hymns, and great fellowship.

Would you please join us? There will be a very ample chicken picnic dinner (just $5 per person), plus games for children. To make sure no one is left out, we hope to arrange transportation across the sand for those who have difficulty walking. Just call the church office so we might plan on you. 968-3900  Blessed be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian Love!

Better Bible Reading Retreat

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries invites you to a one-day, beachside retreat -- Bible study, great fellowship, and great food, all in a beautiful setting on The Lagoon in Gulf Shores.  It will be Saturday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gulf Shores Surf and Raquet Club.

Would you like to read the Bible with greater understanding and perhaps a better sense of application for your own faith journey? There are some tried-and-true ways that are not complicated.  As Jesus said to his disciples, "Come and see," and we invite you to come join your church family and friends for an inspiring look at two of these methods, Sacred Reading and Word for Word.   You'll be blessed, and you will be a blessing!  There is no fee.  A light breakfast and good lunch will be served, bring your own coffee cup and join us! For registration and details, call 967-1740 or the St. Andrew office, 968-3900.

Mayors' Prayer Breakfast

Women and men -- please join us at the Erie Meyer Civic Center on the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 7:30 a.m. Mayors Robert Craft (Gulf Shores) and Tony Kennon (Orange Beach) will be honored and supported with our prayers.   Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison, an almost legendary preacher who served 36 years as pastor of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery.  Joe Thrasher, a member of St. Andrew and also the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, will provide the music.  This event is co-sponsored by the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association, the Rotary Club of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and the St. Andrew Men's Community Prayer Breakfast.  Tickets are $20 or $160 for a reserved table of 8. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels of Gulf Shores.  Please call Pat at 968-3900.

Confirmation Sunday

Please join us this Sunday, May 3, at 10:00 as confirmands step into Christian discipleship.  Also, Rod and Linda Chappelle will be commissioned as Stephen Leaders.

Youth Sunday

Our Confirmands will lead the worship service, and three of them will bring our message.  Please join us for this special Sunday. 

Church Barbecue

Mark your calendar and join the St. Andrew family for a wonderful barbecue dinner.  It will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship service.  Those attending are asked to bring one of the following: baked beans, salad (potato, coleslaw, etc.), deviled eggs, or a vegetable.  Dessert will be provided.   Come and have fun!

Men's and Women's Golf Scramble

Please join us for our 8th (annual, occasional) 9-Hole Mixed Golf Scramble and Putting Contest!  Cost is $40 per person ($25 for golf, $15 donation to St. Andrew Men).  Make checks payable to St. Andrew Men and give to Mike Vaughn or Tom Gauntt.  Signup will run through 2:45 p.m. on tournament day.  Earlier 18-hole play is available. 

Passover Seder

The festival of Passover, one of the holiest weeks for Jews, was also the time of Jesus' Last Supper.  This ancient meal, which celebrates the deliverance of Hebrews from slavery and death to freedom and life, is central to our life of faith.  Please join us in Fellowship Hall on Maundy Thursday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m.  All ages are welcome; the service can be especially meaningful for children.  Beyond the ceremonial elements, there will be a truly hearty meal, followed by a Communion service in the sanctuary.  Please contact Pat Strahan in the church office at 968-3900. 

Lenten luncheons

St. Andrew will observe the Lenten season with lunch and devotionals each Wednesday at noon, through April 1.  Members of our own church family will share the reflections.  There is no cost.  Calling the office at 968-3900 will help us to prepare the meal.  Please bring a friend and join us!

Men's community prayer breakfast

Thursday, March 19, 7:00, in Fellowship Hall.  We encourage you to bring a friend and join us for this wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with other men in our community.  Jim Roy will be our devotional speaker.  Please contact Perry Hand at 251-604-7936 for your reservation.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday services will be held at 5:00 p.m., February 18.

Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries Committee

The Adult Spiritual Growth Ministries Committee will begin their Bible Study on Tuesday, August 27th and continue through October 29th. A covered dish supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. and study will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in the Covenant Sunday School Classroom, space permitting; otherwise, we will meet in Fellowship Hall. Our scripture sources will be fromThe New Testament & our Study Guide will be Following Jesus: Steps to aPassionate Faith, by Carolyn Slaughter. St Andrew members, friends, and thecommunity are invited. If you were unable to register and would still like to bea part of the Bible Study, please feel free join us on Aug. 27th. Books will be available for purchase ($7) the night of the study or at the church office (968-3900).

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