St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.


         From the Sr. Associate Pastor’s


Driven to the Edge The enemy of our soul is wise in waging warfare – it’s not so much in the big battles, but it’s the constant hammering away in the little things. We are prepared for the major battles….but the drip, drip, erosion of the never ending attacks behind the scenes get to us. Here’s a poem that seems to sum this struggle up.


The author is unknown.

I thought, if defeat came at all,

It would be in a big,bold

Definite joust

With a cause or a name.

And it came.

I had not thought the daily skirmish

With a few details, worthwhile;

And so I turned my back upon them

Year on year; until one day

A million minutia blanketed together

Rose up and overwhelmed me.


A pastor from Texas, who shall remain unnamed, was scheduled to speak at a minister’s conference. He was running late because the alarm hadn’t gone off. In his hurrying he cut himself while shaving – lots of blood. Then his shirt wasn’t properly ironed from the dry-cleaners. And when he left the hotel, running to his car, he noticed a flat tire!


Really disgusted and harried by this time, he finally got underway with a squeal of tires and a burst of speed. Racing through the town he ran a stop sign. As fate or whatever would have it, a police squad was checking that intersection and he immediately heard the scream of a siren and saw the flashing of red lights!


Really angered now, the minister jumped out of his car, nearly ran back to the patrol man, almost shouting, “Well, go ahead and give me the ticket. Everything else has gone wrong today!” The policeman quietly got out of his car and walked to meet the minister saying quietly, “Sir, I used to have days like this before I became a Christian.”


Well, needless to say, the quiet rebuke from this stranger did its work. The pastor apologized, chagrined, asked forgiveness, and went on his way; this time praying for strength and discipline to correct a faulty attitude.


In His Service

Terry and Mary 








From the Associate Pastor’s Desk

“Choose joy.” This was the advice concluding a talk I listened to this past weekend by Brené Brown. If you are not familiar with her work, I highly recommend it! She is best known for her research, Ted Talks, and numerous books on courage, vulnerability, shame, and resilience. In her talk “A Call to Courage”, Brown talks about how courage and vulnerability are intrinsically linked. She makes the point that to be courageous, we must also be vulnerable – and we must be willing to fail. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, we must “do the things we think we cannot do.” And then, even if – and when (at times) we fail, we have the opportunity to choose joy. 




In Christ,

Rev. Beth+