St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.


         From the Sr. Associate Pastor’s Desk




   Shortly after the Dallas Theological Seminary was founded in 1924, it almost didn't make it. It nearly went under fact, it came to the very point of bankruptcy and teetered on the edge. The creditors were planning to foreclose at noon  on this particular day. Everything humanly possible had been tried. It was a gloomy day.     


On this morning of doomsday, many of the faculty and board members met in the president's office with Dr. Chafer  for prayer that God would somehow provide the miracle of finance. As it is the custom in Baptist circles, a prayer circle was formed and each man prayed in turn.     Among those present were Dr. Harry Ironside. When it was his turn to pray, he prayed in his characteristic-to-the-point manner: "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are Thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money." When completed, the next person prayed and they continued all around this very concerned group of men.     


While they were in the prayer meeting, a tall Texan with boots, jeans, and an open collared shirt walked into the business office and said to the receptionist, " I just sold two carloads of cattle in Fort Worth. I've been trying to make a business deal go through and it won't work and I've been compelled to give the money to the seminary and I don't know if you need it or not, but here's the check!'     


That little secretary reached for the check, looked at the amount, and being well aware of the critical nature of the situation, immediately got up and headed in the direction of the prayer meeting. She timidly knocked, not wanting to disturb the prayers, but needing to get somebody's attention. She kept on tapping until finally, the president, Dr. Chafer went to the door. With great excitement she explained what had happened and handed him the check. Dr. Chafter took the check from her hand, looked at the amount only to see it was made out in exactly the amount for which they had been praying. He then glanced at the name on the check and recognized it as the cattleman from Forth Worth. He then turned around and returned to the prayer meeting which he interrupted in mid-prayer, turned to Dr. Harry Ironside,  and almost shouted in his excitement, "Harry, God sold the cattle!" 


    Today, you may be hurting in a financial way. You may be questioning God and His provision. Hold on -God still cares and He still provides !       


"And my God, with all his abundant wealth in Christ Jesus, will supply all your needs             (Phil.4:19;TEV).                                                                                                                             

In His service               









From the Associate Pastor’s Desk

It’s summertime! Beaches are being frequented, grills are being lit, many of us St. Andrew saints are

 heading to Epworth by the Sea, and White Water here I come! The summer is a time filled with fun in the sun for many of us. For many, we are fortunate enough to associate summertime with vacation time!


Growing up for years every summer my dad would drive the family down to St. Augustine, Florida. I can

vividly remember crossing the state line into Florida and singing songs from the Beach Boys – “Good

Vibrations”, “409”. Yes, I may be the youngest pastor here, but I still know my classic oldies! We always had the tradition, too, of unloading my dad’s van as quickly as possible once we got to the condominiums so we could then change into our swimsuits and race down to the beach. There are so many great memories I have of these vacations to St. Augustine - feeling care-free, loved, and safe. And feeling that I belonged.


My family is not perfect. We have our squabbles and struggles. Even on our amazing vacations I know there were times we might have gotten short or flat out frustrated with one another. This is part of being a

family! But in good times and bad times, I’ve always known my family loves me and with them I belong.

I am blessed. I hope many of you reading this are also blessed in this way, too.


One of my favorite Christian authors, John Ortberg, writes, “Get close enough to anyone and you will see it: everybody’s normal till you get to know them and yet…the yearning to attach and connect, to love and be loved, is the fiercest longing of the soul


As a pastor I come across and sit with many people in the community and sometimes even the church who wrestle with wondering if they really, truly belong with others. We are made for community and

relationships! Even God is relational and in community in the mystery of the Holy Trinity!


As you vacation, grill out, plan for a neighborhood gathering – invite someone. Share your faith. Invite

questions. We never know how what might seem like such a simple invitation to “join the group” might lead someone to Christ. We never know unless we ask. So enjoy these warm days and enjoy being in fellowship in new ways with those whom God puts in your path.


“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:20


In Christ,

Rev. Beth