Special Events

The Witting Tree, A Faith Witness

November 1 through 11 at 7:30 am

Veterans Day Service of Worship and Covenant Commitment
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 am

From Wednesday, November 1, through Saturday, November 11, we will once again engage the public witness that we call The Witting Tree. Gathering each morning at 7:30 am, around the tree at the bottom of the church driveway, we participate in a silent and faith-filled observance, hanging dog tags on the tree in remembrance of the many veterans who take their lives each day.

Studies in recent years have estimated that 18 to 22 veterans (their collective services spanning many years and wars) commit suicide daily. Sit with that painful reality for a moment. The burdens of war and military service are carried heavily by our veterans. We pray that the entire nation, and our faith communities, are being made aware of the impact of war on veterans and the wounds of body and soul that they can bear, many of them for decades. There is a communal need for honest acknowledgment, careful tending, and genuine homecoming. There is also an urgent need for our society as a whole to take responsibility to interrupt and transform destructive cycles that cost our service people, their families, our communities, and the world so much. It is critical that as people of faith we claim our deep relationship with the se brothers and sisters.

Our daily witness typically lasts 10 to 15 minutes. On Veterans Day, November 11 , we will hold a heartfelt service of Worship and Covenant Community at the tree beginning at 7:30 am, and concluding by 8:00 am. Please join us!

“wit.ting” (adjective)
–done in full awareness or consciousness; deliberate
–(of a person) conscious or aware of the full facts of a situation

At St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ the mission of our Touchstone Veteran’s
Outreach Veteran’s Ministry Team includes:

  • Be a safe and welcoming place for veterans and their families.
  • In partnering with Soldier’s Heart, we will hold works hops, retreats, and events for
    veterans, their families, and the civilian community.

  • We are committed to hosting “Circles of Trust”, drawing from a variety of traditions, and we plan to conduct them on a regular basis.
  • We are open to other ministerial needs of the community and are planning training for other congregations to support our local growth.

All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 5

All Saints Sunday is a day when we celebrate the richness of our lives together with great intention. We marvel at treasures revealed in the wonder of lives given by God; lives lived vulnerably a nd gratefully. We are awed by the ways we have become part of one another. We embrace the unavoidable reckoning with our own mortality and the inevitable pain of loss in even the most blessed of lives. And at the same time we welcome generous measures of eternity!

On this All Saints Sunday, we will praise God for those saints — each one of them an immeasurable gift — whom we have commended to God in this last year. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion together. As we do, we will give thanks for all the saints in the 150 years of this congregation’s existence, and for the twenty centuries of Christian discipleship.

Fall Food Fair

Saturday, November 11
9:00 am to Noon

9″ Pies – $8.00 each
Apple – Pumpkin – Shoofly – Funny Cake

9″ Mincemeat Pie – $15.00
5″ Mincemeat Pie – $7.50

Mincemeat – $7.50 per pound
Apple Dumplings – $5.00 each
Homemade Soups – $6.00 per quart
(Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Beef, Ham & Bean)

Consecration Sunday Guest Preacher

Sunday, November 12

Dr. Tony Campolo!

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to create and support programs serving needy communities. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians as well as, for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a program which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on tonycampolo.org and redletterchristians.org. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

Please plan to join us after worship in Fellowship Hall for a delicious meal provided by the Culinary Team.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm

We are grateful for the opportunity to give thanks to God along with our sister congregation, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, and will be welcoming Rev. Dr. Phil Krey to the pulpit that evening. Worship will be filled with the praise of a united choir representing both of our congregations.

Let us offer our sisters and brothers a warm and generous welcome!

Decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas

Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 am

Please help us beautify the sanctuary.

Come join the Altar Guild to help us decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas.

All are welcome!