Operation Christmas Child

Our Sunday School kids will be participating in Operation Christmas Child this year, a gospel ministry of Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org). Through the month of October, we invite you to donate your empty shoeboxes and items to fill them (small toys, school supplies, toiletry items). These shoeboxes will be sent to children around the world who may never have received a Christmas gift or heard about Jesus Christ and his life-giving message of salvation. In November, after we have collected our shoeboxes and gifts, we will have a shoebox – wrapping party to get our boxes ready for mailing! Please join us in this wonderful project! There will be a box outside the Sunday School room to collect donations.

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News from our Sunday school!

As part of our Sunday School program on missionaries, our children will be corresponding with a missionary family who is currently living and working in Bethlehem. They are originally from Northwest Arkansas and are sponsored by a local church. They return to NWA each summer, so there is a good chance we would get to meet them in person! It will be fun and interesting getting to know them and learning about their life and work. I think this experience of connecting with “real” missionaries will make Sunday School lessons so much more meaningful for our kids!

We stand with our brothers and sisters of St. Andrew’s Fort Worth! Updated Part II

FAITHFUL FORT WORTH
EPISCOPALIANS
STAND FIRM ON THE WORD OF GOD
IN FAITH AND MORALS

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the mother parish of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, together with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth under its Bishop since 1995, the Right Reverend Jack Leo Iker, withdrew in 2008 from the Episcopal Church’s General Convention because the latter’s national leadership, even then, had taken irreversible steps to betray its own Episcopal heritage of biblical Christianity. Last week’s authorization by that same body’s General Convention of provision for the formal blessing of same-sex relationships, as well as the ordination of trans-sexual persons, represents a further stage in the erosion of Christian faith and morals. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church stands with Bishop Iker and his Diocese in our commitment to uphold, within Fort Worth’s Christian community, the authentic Episcopal and Anglican tradition in which faithful, monogamous marriage between one man and one woman is the essential and sole standard in Christian life for the expression of human sexuality. Furthermore, we continue to affirm that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the essential and sole standard of divinely inspired truth about what constitutes both human morality as such and the moral foundation of ordained ministry. We repudiate all claims that any other practice or provision is faithful to what it means to be Episcopalian, Anglican, or indeed Christian.
FAITHFUL FORT WORTH
EPISCOPALIANS
STAND FIRM ON THE WORD OF GOD
Part II
Throughout the history of the Christian Church, there have been times when the integrity and substance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been betrayed from within the Church itself. Last week was such a time at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the leaders of which continued their decades-long betrayal of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). In the name of a false inclusivity and pluralism, the General Convention rejected the biblical, doctrinal, and pastoral standards of faith and morals which the Church has upheld for over two thousand years.
Fully aware of the sinfulness of each and every one of us, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church humbly and prayerfully invites all Episcopalians to return to, and remain steadfast in, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who said of Himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The eternal Son of God, by His incarnation in Jesus, has taken unto Himself our human nature, cleansing and healing us by the power of His Spirit, redeeming us from sin and death by His Cross, raising us to eternal life in His resurrection, and incorporating us into His new humanity by grace through faith. This Jesus is the Savior of the world, the one mediator between God and Man, in whom we find forgiveness, rebirth in His Spirit, and fellowship in His kingdom. While we do not presume to judge how the all-holy and all-merciful God may or may not bring other sinners to salvation, yet as as sinners ourselves we do emphatically declare Jesus to be the rightful Lord and Savior of humankind, and we embrace His Great Commission to proclaim, with evangelical love, His Good News to the world. To deny this divinely revealed truth about the absolute lordship of Christ Jesus and His unique salvation, a denial reflected in recent actions and decisions by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, is to eviscerate the heart and vitality of the Church’s evangelical mission.
Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church repudiates the false teaching that the salvation of humankind can be found apart from the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We repudiate the false teaching that the plain testimony of the Holy Scriptures in faith and morals may in whole or in part be supplanted by the views and values of contemporary society. We affirm that all sinners, like ourselves, are called and enabled by the Spirit of Jesus to repent and be saved, whatever their race, ethnicity, sexuality, or status; that all are beloved of God; and that all are warmly welcome to worship God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost with us at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Parish Bar-B-Q/Pot Luck Sunday with guest speaker!

Sunday May 6th we will be having a parish Bar-B-Q/Pot Luck following the service. We will also have a guest speaker from the Cobblestone project come speak with us about how we can get involved in the work they do with the poor and disenfranchised in NW Arkansas. Please make every effort to attend. We will have a great time with great food and a GREAT GOD! See you then!

Blessings and love,

Fr. John+