Newsletter of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church
21206 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Volume 62, Issue 10
Deadline: Third Monday of every month
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The Psalms teach us that God knew us before we
were born. Even earlier than that! God told the
prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb,
I knew you...” (Jeremiah 1:5). God made each one of
us as a particular person, created uniquely, known
personally, and bearing God’s image (Genesis 1:26).
Roman Catholic writer George Weigel has put it
succinctly, and in a way that contrasts this
understanding with the view of many modern
We are not congealed stardust, an accidental by-
product of cosmic chemistry. We are not just
something; we are someone.
At the other end of our lives, the Psalms teach us that
all the days ordained for us were written in God’s
book before a single one occurred (Psalm 139:16).
Job said that the number of our days is determined in
advance by God (Job 14:5). God knows the moment
of our conception, the moment of our expiration, and
every moment in between.
These are some of the reasons that I consider every
person to be sacred. I believe that every human life
deserves to be protected and preserved, regardless of
their stage of development, depth of depravity, or rate
Sadly, there are plenty of news stories demonstrating
how little some people value life: random shootings
exploded in Manhattan, hospitals bombed in Syria.
The numerous protests of those killed by law
enforcement officers have us all asking questions
about the appropriate use of deadly force. But one
story has challenged my view more than any other:
the national opioid crisis. Record numbers of people
are overdosing on heroin and other drugs. After their
self-induced overdose, they are often discovered at
the edge of death and then rescued by the
administration of a life-saving drug known as
Narcan. First responders and even family members
keep this drug on hand to save the lives of those who
are abusing drugs.
A recent AP story in The News and Advance
highlights the conundrum. “Authorities say people
have expressed frustration about rescuing addicts
who often immediately resume using the potentially
deadly drug.” I’m one of those frustrated people. It
challenges my beliefs about the value of human life.
Why should we work so hard to preserve the lives of
those who won’t protect themselves? Some
individuals have been revived as many as 15 times by
the administration of Narcan. People say it amounts
to subsidizing recklessness. I’m ashamed to admit
that I am sometimes tempted to suggest a “sluggish”
response to overdose cases like this.
However, a Pennsylvania fire chief quoted in the
same article reminds me of the greater truth:
“Whether a firefighter is saving one from a burning
building or administering Narcan, you're still saving
that human being's life, so that's a big deal to us."
Even in the midst of my frustration, I realize that
should be a big deal to us. It should always be a big
deal to save a life. Another fire captain points out that
some of his firefighters have children who are
hooked on these drugs. Indeed, every person rescued
must be someone’s precious daughter or son. Every
person rescued is a unique and known creation of
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NEW YOUTH INTERN
We are excited to welcome Briana Ybarra as our Youth Intern for 2016-2017! Briana has
an education degree from Sam Houston State in TX, and is starting a Masters in Christian
Ministries at Liberty University this year. She has lots of experience as a camp counselor as
well. She will start her employment here on October 1 and support our Sunday School and
Sunday night youth programs alongside Pastor Dave and our volunteers. She will also
spend time in worship and outside of church as an older Christian friend and role model for
our middle and high schoolers. We’re looking forward to a great addition to our youth
the congregation elected the following people to serve on the Nominating Committee for this year:
Grace Hildebrand, Jerry Houck, Kristi Moon, Genevieve Neale (chair), Donna Templeton, and Sandra
Thompson. This committee will present to the congregation a slate of church officers for the class of
This committee will appreciate your suggestions of church members who might make good deacons or
elders. To suggest someone for service, you may contact Genevieve Neale (telephone 444-3043 or e-
mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or any other member of the committee. Or you may complete
the form below and place it in the offering plate on a Sunday.
If you are contacted about serving as a deacon or elder at Saint Andrew, the committee hopes that you
will give it serious, prayerful consideration and offer a prompt response.
To the Nominating Committee
I suggest that the following be considered as a deacon:
I suggest that the following be considered as an elder:
You may place this in the offering plate
Puah will meet on Wed. Oct. 12th
@12:30 at Dale Nichols' lake
house. Our lesson assignment is
to read chapters 3-5 from
Learning to Walk in the
Dark. Lunch will be provided.
God. I realize it’s complicated, but whenever we’re tempted to devalue someone, we should look closely to
recognize the image of God within that human soul—the very same image we bear in ours.
With you in following the Master,
God’s word shows us how to pray in many different places. One of our favorite places is
in the letters we are privileged to read which Paul wrote to those in the early church. For
those in Greece, Paul prays, “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly
so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love everyone of you has for
each other is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your
perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”
-2 Thessalonians l:3
Have you given thanks to God for the ones beside you in the pew at Saint Andrew? Have
you thanked God for the beautiful voices lifted in song, praise, and prayer during the
worship service you attended last? When you see an increase in love, do
you thank God for it? Do you boast among your church friends in
celebration how our youth are excelling in service and mission, how our
elder members are bravely facing health and heart trials, how our
toddlers are growing and sharing? Our faith is growing, more and more.
Thanks be to God for our blessings of church here at Saint Andrew.
BRING A ROCK TO CHURCH
Several years ago we built our labyrinth using
some man made rocks given to us by a builder.
Let’s replace them with REAL rocks! As you are
outside this summer, on vacation, in your garden,
etc.- please look for rocks to finish our labyrinth.
Just pull the man made rocks out and replace them
with the real thing! The man made can be placed
along the outside edge of the labyrinth. Invite
your friends and neighbors to walk the labyrinth.
STOP HUNGER NOW
October 22nd at 10 AM through lunch (pizza).
Packing of supplies for the Stop Hunger Now program to provide
thousands of meals. Sponsored by your service committee and the
Pictures are from a recent event at Lynchburg College.
A walking tour of the Presbyterian Cemetery will be held on Sat., Oct. 8th. Tours will last
approximately one hour and will begin on the half hour starting at 4:30 p.m. at the cemetery, 2020 Grace
street. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at the cemetery, Lynchburg Visitors Center, and
Lynchburgtickets.com. The proceeds will go towards historical preservation projects around the
Margie Anderson, Dave Roberts, Shonda Roberts
and Terri Cornwell, from Rustburg Presbyterian will
be portraying some of the "permanent residents".