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Beauty From Ashes

Summer is Upon Us

By Beauty From Ashes

“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” – Psalm 119:89-90 Dear St. Andrew’s Family, I hope you all have enjoyed a relaxing Memorial Day weekend and have taken the opportunity to give thanks to God for those that have given their…

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Preparing for Eternity

By Beauty From Ashes

Dear St. Andrew’s Family, One month ago today our Ministry Center burned.  It is still so very odd to write those words. And yet, as odd as they may be, they are true words.  Our Ministry Center burned. The loss, though, of our Ministry Center has afforded the opportunity for our Lord to show Himself…

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Bathed in Prayer, Restoration & Demolition

By Beauty From Ashes

Dear St. Andrew’s family, My heart is still warmed by the afterglow of our worship service last Wednesday.  It was more than I imagined. Everyone I’ve spoken with after was blessed by being present, or sad that they missed the night.  One of the night’s greatest blessings was the incredible witness to the goodness of…

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Praying Forward

By Beauty From Ashes

To Our Dear St. Andrew’s Family, My heart is full. Perhaps you were with us last night at our Memorial Service for the Ministry Center?  We gave out just over 600 bulletins. The Food Trucks, capable of serving 325 – 350 people each, ran out of food.  It was the most extraordinary worship service I’ve…

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Centering Our Common Life

By Beauty From Ashes
Dear St. Andrew’s Family, In his play, Steel Magnolias, the playwright Robert Harling penned one of my favorite lines.  His character, Truvy Jones (played by Dolly Parton in the movie) quipped, “laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” It has become mine as well.  And, it does not take much these days to bring tears...
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Mt Pleasant Sunday Services for May 6

By Beauty From Ashes

At Mt Pleasant Academy (map) 9 am & 10:45 am – Contemporary Communion Service with Worship Team Children’s Ministry (6 weeks – 5th Grade) – Please check your child in when you arrive and you’ll be directed to the proper place. Both the service and the music are contemporary. Worship music is led by a band. The…

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You Stood With Us

By Beauty From Ashes

Dear St. Andrew’s Family, Today was a whir of activity all around the campus. Demo crews arrived this morning.  They began simultaneously tearing out the damaged walls and ceiling tiles in the portion of the Ministry Center that is rehabitable while also clearing out the Deep End (the Children’s Ministry area under the Sanctuary of…

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Fire Cause

By Beauty From Ashes

We’ve received the report from the insurance company’s cause and origin forensic investigator. He agreed with the fire inspector’s conclusion that the fire was an electrical fire that began on the third floor. There is no evidence of foul play involved.

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Orange Fencing

By Beauty From Ashes

What’s Going On Around the Historic Church? Several people have inquired about the orange fencing around the Historic Church. This is part of a our new construction. Surprisingly, even with the Ministry Center fire, some parts of the construction on the campus will continue as we sort out the way forward with the Ministry Center…

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One More Worship Service

By Beauty From Ashes

Dear St. Andrew’s Family, Everyday seems to get better than the day before. Folks still stop by with regularity to talk and pray at John’s blue tent.  This afternoon when I walked up there must have been 20 people gathered. Many of the conversations swirled back to life’s memories that took place in our Ministry…

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