This Week’s e-News & Monthly Newsletter

Our emailed news with our most current info is generally sent out each Thursday afternoon and our monthly newsletter is called The Fisherman. Links to The Fisherman are included when you subscribe to our e-News and you can always find them here on our website.

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St. Andrew Response to Coronavirus

COVID Update January 5, 2021

We have been reminded recently that we cannot be too careful in taking precautions to prevent a spread of COVID cases.  In December two of our worship team members in Bluffton tested positive for the virus.  They have both recovered, quarantined and are anxious to return to serving.  Daniel and the Bluffton team quickly substituted other participants and thoroughly sanitized the facility.  At Pope, one of the Soup Kitchen volunteers tested positive.  Others on the team were informed and tested and no further cases were identified.  A back-up crew was able to distribute food and the mission continued.

We have been fortunate to have managed to avoid this insidious virus throughout the majority of 2020.  Our actions to avoid in-person worship and substitute outdoor events instead has no doubt been helpful in keeping COVID at bay.  We are all anxious to see each other and worship together, but this “scare” reminds us that we need to continue to be vigilant and patient for a while longer as cases climb in Beaufort County. The advent of a new year and vaccines give us hope that with God’s guidance we will be in person at the right time sometime soon!  Meanwhile, be smart and safe. Sarah Coffin, Chair, Church Council


March 16, 2020

Links to Live Streams:
Hilton Head Campus
Bluffton Campus

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requests for our pastoral staff to
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Way Forward Program & Resources

Due to Covid-19, the next UMC General Conference has been postponed to 2021.

Click here for the live stream of the Way Forward program that was held on March 12 at the Hilton Head Campus.

Click here for an Excel workbook of resources.

A Sermon by Rev. Frank Lybrand Feb. 23, 2020 relating to the Way Forward.


UMC Separation Proposal

On January 4, 2020, Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released a statement regarding the announcement of a proposal to split the United Methodist Church.

Click here… to read his message as well as to find links to the actual proposal and FAQs.

Click here… for a link to an article by United Methodist Communications.

Click here… for an article on Youth Worker Collective entitled Did the UMC just Split?

Click here… to go to UMCOM’s site for a comparison of all plans being offered at General Conference 2020

Click here… for an archived live stream of a discussion that took place on Monday, January 13 with a panel of those who worked together to create the “protocol” proposal.


A message from Sr. Pastor Neil Yongue following General Conference 2019

The 2019 meeting of the United Methodist General Conference concluded Feb. 26 in St. Louis.  The purpose of this special called session was to make a choice as to how the United Methodist Church would relate to matters of full inclusion for members of the LGBTQ community in the life and ministry of our fellowship.

Despite the best efforts of well-meaning leaders on several sides of this issue, the discussion, particularly on the final day, was tense, tearful and sometimes acrimonious.  To quote the book of Acts regarding a similar church conference early in our history: “there was no small discussion.”    The decision to support the Traditional Plan, which maintains prohibitions for marriage and ordination of homosexuals, left some deeply disappointed and others jubilant.  There is still much to learn regarding how this decision will effect the life of the church. There will be ongoing discussions as to how the United Methodist denomination will incorporate the spirit of this choice, including a review of some of the aspects of this plan by our church courts.

As pastor of St. Andrew By-The-Sea, I simply want us to be reminded of the opening words of our local church’s mission statement.  “We are an open, nurturing body of Christian believers…”  There is room in our church for people of every age, color, and orientation.  No matter who we are, where we are from, what we’ve done, we all stand in need of the grace and mercy that God alone can supply.  I can promise you that it is my intention at every meeting, in every prayer, in every mission effort and every worship service and sermon to make that love as real and available as possible.  I would also say that your church needs you now more than ever before as we pursue the calling of Christ throughout the low country and the world.

I do not know where the Spirit might lead in this matter, but I am firmly convinced we will be a church for all people and that within the arms of our fellowship, people will find true acceptance and love.   
Your family will be waiting to see you this Sunday.