St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:57:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St. Andrews-Covenant 32 32 28761555 Prepare a Casseroles for the Domestic Violence Shelter Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:57:07 +0000 The casseroles in the church freezer that are taken weekly to the Domestic Violence Shelter are currently at an all time low. If you have the time to prepare a child-friendly 13 x 9 casserole for the clients at the DVS, please sign up for a day when casseroles are needed. On our sign-up form you’ll find instructions for picking up an aluminum casserole dish, and for returning your prepared casserole to the church. For further information, you may contact me at (910) 395-1464 or at Thank-you so much for considering the opportunity to nourish the bodies and souls of the clients at DVS with a delicious casserole through Go and Serve!

Carol Query
Chairman of the DVS Casseroles

August 26: Grounds Work Day Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:40:19 +0000 SACPC PreSchool starts September 5 and Rally Day is September 10. Our grounds, especially the playground area and 15th Street side, need attention. Help prepare our church for our youngest members…our children.

A clean up morning will be held from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. Please help! Bring your rakes, shovels, edgers, trimmers and other yard tools. Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen and water. Contact Peggy Hayes at (910) 343-8801 if you have questions.

“Garden Tools” by Ano Lobb is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Serve at Lakeside Reserve Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:30:44 +0000
Good Shepherd Center: Lakeside Reserve

The Good Shepherd Center’s new affordable housing community is now open and the first residents have moved in and are making it ‘home!’

You may recall Katrina Knight, Good Shepherd Director, sharing her vision for ‘Support Circles’ when she and Pastor Augustus delivered a joint sermon in April. A Support Circle is a small team of caring volunteers aligned to partner with residents as they transition from homelessness to re-housing.

SACPC has the opportunity to work with Good Shepherd to create the first Support Circle for a new Lakeside Reserve female resident who is anxious for this support. The plan is to create one or two Support Circles and get through the learning curve together. This is a one-year commitment and will include training to help ensure a successful partnership. Review the Support Circles document for more information.

Jeff and I have been anticipating this opportunity and are personally committed. We are looking for two to four congregants to join our Support Circle. Singles or couples are welcome. We expect one or two activities a month for each Circle member and we’d always work in teams. It’ll be a blessing to get to know each other through this ministry.

Please consider if you’re interested and contact us directly to discuss.

Kathy and Jeff Denlinger
Go and Serve Committee
(501) 554-3939

Pastor Notes: This is Exciting! Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:57:17 +0000 Dear St. Andrews-Covenant family:

During September, October, November, and December, we will focus on the four areas of ministry. Here’s what I mean:

In the four weeks of September, we have Rally Day on September 10 (Casual Dress Sunday) and we start POPS on Wednesday, September 13. Let’s work on building and nurturing relationships. How can we do that? You could enjoy all of the fellowship activities after 11 a.m. worship on Rally Day. Food and games! Talk and laugh together. You could attend a different worship service one time during September. You could invite someone new out to lunch or brunch after worship. You could decide to build a friendship bridge with a person because maybe the relationship needs restoration. You could start attending POPS, both dinner and one of the study groups. After all, we have a new cook, Jackie Norton, and she comes with great recommendations. Or you could spend a few moments with an old friend that needs your love.

During the five Sundays of October, we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with five sermons on Reformed Theology. Robb, Gary, and I will become a preaching team for study and preparation. Let’s work on discovering ways to teach the Bible. How can we do that? You could start a home Bible study. Maybe in your neighborhood! You could join a Sunday school class. You could start reading the Bible. Mark’s Gospel is a great place to begin. You could make a new commitment to read through the Bible (Reading three chapters a day will get you through in one year and reading one chapter a day will get you through in three years.) On the last Sunday of October, we worship together in the sanctuary (10:30 a.m. to noon) with a blended service of songs and hymns, guitar and organ, choral and band.

In November, we have stewardship and some visits with missionaries. How can we Go and Serve? Both here in Wilmington and across the world! You could start praying for the local and global missions that we support. You could decide to join a mission group, maybe in Malawi or here in North Carolina. You could think about helping the youth choir or youth fellowship with some of their mission trips. You could make a strong financial pledge so that our Go and Serve budget is well-funded. You could decide to be part of the Go and Serve team that meets monthly for dinner and strategy. You could start volunteering at Haven or Good Shepherd or many other SACPC supported local missions. And then at the end of November, we are reminded to be thankful, which is the basis for serving others.

During December, we celebrate the birth of Jesus through our preparation during Advent, and through the music and sights and lights and color and interest and song of Christmas, as we provide opportunities for worship in so many ways. What can we do? You could prepare yourself for worship each Sunday. You could volunteer to help as an usher or choir member or band member. You could speak to worship coordinators about needs. You could realize that worship is not just what you receive but what you give as well. You could think and pray about how SACPC can provide more opportunities for worship, maybe beyond the walls of our church.

This is exciting for me! Through the emphasis on these four areas of ministry focus, we can establish the vision for our church based on worship, scripture, relationships, and mission.

With the unfailing love of God!

Moments: Preparing a Meal Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:38:39 +0000 Go and Serve team preparing dinner for Good Shepherd guests.  

How Blessed We Are Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:00:06 +0000 SACPC has recently wrapped up another week of hosting the families of Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear/Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network. More than 40 SACPC members shared their gifts of hospitality with the two families we were blessed to be with this past week. As one of the four SACPC WIHN coordinators, I am lucky enough to witness the love of God bestowed on our guests through our members.

SACPC’s Sisson House

It all started this time with one of SACPC families taking a couple hours of their Sunday afternoon to prepare the Sisson house for the arrival of our guests. There was a lot of laughter, smiles and joking going on as the beds were made and towels were placed out for our guests. The week ended with two more members of our WIHN team taking on the great piles of laundry and spending the time to make sure everything was ready for the next time our WIHN guests visit us.

Sunday is my favorite time during the week when I witness the guests’ look of joy entering the Sisson House with our roomy kitchen, dining room, living room and toy room on the first floor and bedrooms (two of which have ensuites) on the second floor. The parents listen carefully at the welcome meeting and ask questions about staying with us for the week. Both moms had full-time jobs, leaving with their children at 6:10 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. for dinner lovingly prepared by our hosts. Very few WIHN weeks have gone by without a hitch and this week was no exception (including one of our volunteers getting stuck in the powder room for a half hour), but our WIHN servers gracefully handled the bumps along the week’s way.

To coordinate this week means lots of emails and phone calls, but it also means lots of hugs and wonderful chats with guests and SACPC members. Many volunteers thank me and the other coordinators for all we do to prepare for the arrival of our WIHN guests. But I know God is blessing me when He sends you, the ones who are specially called to work with each child and parent that walks through the threshold of the Sisson House and into the warmth of our congregation’s care.

Jan McGowan

Moments: Mercy Pouch Packing Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:30:23 +0000 This past week the youth group packed Mercy Pouches in the Hub. In the photo below, our youth gather with Mercy Pouch champion J. David Nall. What does the “J” stand for? Stay tuned!

SACPC Youth Mercy Pouch Packing Party

Moments: Packing Backpacks Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:18:32 +0000 Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for your generosity during the month of July for the Backpack donations. A total of 51 backpacks were received as well as an abundance of school supplies that were placed in each backpack. The local agencies that received these backpacks were Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network/Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear (WIHN); Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place, Inc. (WRAAP); and the Domestic Violence Shelter (DVS). You have made 51 students from the ages of 6 to 17 years old very happy.

The Go and Serve Team

Go & Serve: Hurricane Matthew Mission Trip Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:01:52 +0000 Go and Serve is sponsoring a mission trip to Fayetteville, NC, from Sunday, October 22 (leaving midafternoon) until Friday October 26 (returning in the evening). We will be doing repair of and maintenance on houses damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. We will be staying on the second floor of the recreation center wing of Highland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville. While we would love for you to spend the entire time with us, you can come for part of the week or even one day since the site is only two hours from Wilmington. Please direct questions to and/or indicate your interest in participating to Gary Smith by calling (724) 992-9495 or emailing

Home Group Leader Training August 20 Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:00:43 +0000 Home Groups consist of 6-12 people who grow closer to God and each other through Bible study, prayers and fellowship.

Leader Training – If you would like to be a Home Group Leader or at least explore the possibility, there will be two important training sessions on Sundays, August 20 and 27, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Parlor (come in the 15th Street entrance by the Sanctuary). Contact Robb Lapp at or ext. 215 for more information.

Home Groups – If you are interested in being a part of a home group this fall, let us know. There are existing groups with openings and new groups forming. Contact Robb Lapp at or ext. 215 for more information. Please leave your name, address, email and best phone number to reach you.