“Being church”

“Being church”

Shrove Tuesday Party

We took a trip to New Orleans (our PLC) for Mardi Gras, great food, great music and a whole lot of fun.  Our local Town Jazz Band delighted us at this event which got us in the mood to celebrate, before we enter this time of inward reflection and repentance. We began at 5:30 p.m. with marvelous food, some real down-home Louisiana cooking with a Dixieland beat.  When you think you can’t eat anymore, the Beignets, hot and loaded with…

Our Bishop’s Visit

Our Bishop’s visit. We are blessed today with our bishop’s presence among us. Although she is often here for other events or meetings, today is her official bishop visit with us which happens every two years. Our bishop is our shepherd and chief pastor so her visit with us is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better, to experience worship together, and for us to share our passions around God’s mission here in Shippensburg, and to…

Taize Contemplative Service

We gathered in candlelight, turned our hearts toward the holiness drawn near to us by the harpist, and settled into holy and sacred space. Through chanting, prayer, quiet, intimacy, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we found a new expression of the love of God made real to us in community. We offer these Taize Contemplative Eucharists on the first Saturday of every other month as a way to draw those of us who find God through contemplative practices…

Christmas Day Dinner

Our Christmas Day Dinner was fabulous, full of friendship, abundant and delicious food, laughter, and joy. So many people came to enjoy a wonderful meal and spend Christmas with their friends. We also had bags of treats (freshly baked cookies, oranges) and a loaf of homemade bread for everyone to take home. A table filled with books and presents and activity bags was offered so all the young people could go home with a gift and it was wonderful to…

Christmas Eve Services

The birth of Jesus was illuminated to us by our faithful and joyful worship on Christmas Eve. The family service was filled with families with young children as well as families whose children were once young, and worshiping here at St. Andrew’s every year is part of their family tradition, bringing back wonderful memories. Our young people led the service with being the readers of the Holy Scripture, the narrators of the pageant, instrumentalists, and homilist. It was spectacular. It…

Blue Christmas Service

We began our beautiful service tonight with the following prayer: God of abundant mercy, you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice, even though our hearts are broken and our voices tremble with grief and sorrow. Comfort, comfort, Lord, your holy people. Comfort those of us who sit in darkness, mourning beneath our sorrow’s load. Speak to us of the peace that awaits us, of the balm of healing for our weary and wounded souls.…

Candlelight vigil for Brian Helman

In the beauty of our candlelit sanctuary, in the midst of people from within and beyond our parish community, in the “active and alive” silence shared by people in prayer, and in companionship of grief, we prayed for Brian Helman, our church musician who was severely injured two weeks ago. This prayer vigil was organized as an effort of love with Brian’s family, St. Andrew’s, the Cumberland Valley School of Music. This time of silent prayer felt like a thin…

Head Start Very Merry Christmas

Each year, our parish collects presents for a family who participates in the Head Start Program. It is such a joyful time to sign up for what we can offer and jump into the Christmas spirit and purchase all sorts goodies for the family. This year we were able to purchase gifts for a mom and her 8 month old son. What fun it was to shop in the baby department! We are grateful that members of our church live…

Christmas Baking

Friends gathered to learn how to make some very special desserts for Christmas and to make some really impressive-looking cookies, under the guidance and direction of Jane Offner. It was a time of real enjoyment as preparation for Christmas began!

Holy Hike

A wonderful way to spend the day– with friends, sharing communion, and embracing God’s glorious creation.