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  • The Scroll Newsletter of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church

    21206 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

    Phone: 434-239-2788

    OCTOBER 2016

    Volume 62, Issue 10

    Deadline: Third Monday of every month

    Email Submissions to:

    Frieda Krohn: friedak@sapclynchburg.org.

    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

    thinkers:

    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

    of deterioration.

    Sadly, there are plenty of news stories demonstrating

    how little some people value life: random shootings

    in a

    Macy’s

    store,

    bombs

    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

    (Continued on page 3)

  • 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

    ministry team!

    OFFICER NOMINATIONS

    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

    2019.

    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 pawprintsmobilevet@gmail.com) 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:

    1.

    2.

    3.

    I suggest that the following be considered as an elder:

    1.

    2.

    3. You may place this in the offering plate

  • PUAH CIRCLE

    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,

    PRAYER CLOSET Early Thanksgiving

    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.

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  • 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

    fellowship committee.

    Pictures are from a recent event at Lynchburg College.

    WALKING TOUR

    PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERY

    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

    cemetery.

    Margie Anderson, Dave Roberts, Shonda Roberts

    and Terri Cornwell, from Rustburg Presbyterian will

    be portraying some of the "permanent residents".

    There wi