This Week’s E-News

Our emailed news with our most current info is generally sent out each Thursday afternoon.

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St. Andrew Response to Coronavirus

Read an update letter to the congregation sent April 14, 2020.


March 16, 2020

Links to Live Streams:
Hilton Head Campus
Bluffton Campus

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/standrewbythesea
www.facebook.com/blufftonworship

As always, please feel free to email your prayer
requests for our pastoral staff to
standrewbythesea@gmail.com
or to
blufftonworship@gmail.com


March 13, 2020
Dear St. Andrew Church Family & Friends:

As we are all aware of the spread of coronavirus, we wanted to take the opportunity to address the issue as a community of faith so we can continue to gather in a safe and healthy environment.

What is most important to us is that we, as Christ-followers, are engaging with these concerns in a Christ-like way. While it is crucial to be informed, sensitive and wise in the way we approach this outbreak, it is equally crucial that we conduct ourselves in a way that reflects our confidence and trust in a God who offers hope regardless of circumstance. We encourage you to take this as an opportunity to display peace rather than panic, prayer rather than fear.

Our team is working diligently to keep high-contact surfaces clean and disinfected. We have multiple hand-sanitizing stations throughout our facilities. We are encouraging any volunteers and staff members to stay home if they are feeling unwell. However, no one is reporting being ill at this time. That being said, we appreciate your grace for any lower staffing or volunteer coverage that may occur.

When you greet others, opt for a smile and a wave rather than a handshake.

Our hospitality ministries are using gloves, disposables, and taking extra precautions. The Soup Kitchen will be providing take out packages instead of in-house dining.

If you or a family member have a weakened immune system, health concerns, or are feeling unwell, we encourage you to stay home and take advantage of our live streams available through Facebook or on our website. (see below)   We are always grateful for your support of our ministries which are on-going and remind you that you may give on-line through InFellowship  or though the mail.

If you would like more information about the virus and proper prevention measures, we recommend visiting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website .

We hope you will join us in prayer and sensitivity for those affected or at risk during this time. Thank you for your understanding and support, and thank you for continuing to extend love and hope into our community.

Blessings,
Pastors Neil Yongue, Daniel Burbage & Frank Lybrand


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.