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What We Believe


Primary Beliefs
 
Presbyterians, along with all other Christians, affirm Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  This is the central belief of the church, and the only belief necessary for membership in the Presbyterian Church.  All individuals who affirm Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; commit to trusting in him; and seek to be his disciples, obey his word, and show his love are welcome to become members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. 

We view the church primarily as a community whose purpose is to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed among each other and with all the world. We seek to fulfill Christ’s mission on earth by:
 
  • Equipping people to spread the good news about faith, repentance, and the abundant life of God in Jesus Christ.
  • Following the example of Jesus Christ and addressing wrongs in every aspect of life, intentionally working with and on behalf of the poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people.
  • Growing in discipleship through Scripture, worship, prayer, study, stewardship, and service, relying on the Holy Spirit to shape our lives more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
  • Leading by the example of Jesus Christ, identifying and using our spiritual gifts and abilities with the church and in society.
Worship
 
We believe worshipping God together as a faith community is central to strong relationships with God in Jesus Christ.  Worship is the heart of all that we do.  It allows us to draw strength and inspiration from God, who is  our Creator, Savior and Spirit-companion. Each Sunday we gather to:
  • Hear God speak to us through the Scriptures;
  • Apply God’s word to the practical dimensions of everyday living;
  • Confess our sin and receive Christ’s forgiveness;
  • Commune with Christ in the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism;
  • Pray for the concerns of one another and our world;
  • Express our thanks for the guidance and support of the Holy Spirit;
  • Respond to God’s grace by committing ourselves anew to witness to the love and justice of Christ in our homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
For a detailed description of the statement of faith for Presbyterian churches in the United States, (PCUSA) please click here: http://www.pcusa.org/101/101-faith.htm
 
The Sacraments
 
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and at special times during the church year.  At this meal we give thanks for God’s saving work in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This joyful feast of the people of God takes place as people walk forward to the Lord’s Table to receive the bread and cup (wine or juice). 
 
Baptism of infants, youth and adults takes place during our regular Sunday worship with prior approval of the Session.  Following a time of instruction, parents bring their children to be marked and claimed by Christ and adopted into the household of faith.  In baptism we die to our old selves and are raised with Christ to the new life he brings.
 
Healing & Intercessory Prayer

The opportunity for individuals to pray privately with a trained prayer minister is offered on the 1st Sunday of each month as part of the worship experience.  Worshipers leave briefly, go to the prayer area for private prayer, and then reenter the sanctuary.       
 

Governance and History

Presbyterians are unique in two ways. First, we express faith in the Reformed tradition, which means we emphasize God’s supremacy over everything and believe that humanity’s chief purpose is to glorify and enjoy God forever.
 
“Presbyterian” comes from the Greek “Presbuteros” meaning “elder.” The word appears seventy-two times in the New Testament. Elders, or presbyters, are people elected from the congregation who exercise leadership. They have responsibilities for the life and worship of a particular congregation as well as for the larger church, including ecumenical relationships.

The body of elders elected to govern a particular church is called a session. The congregation elects them and they are to represent the other members of the church as well as the mind of Christ. Presbyterian elders are elected and ordained. Most of their vows are identical to ordained pastors, but their function in the body of the church is different.

The Presbyterian Church was first organized in the United States in 1707, and several offshoots developed over the centuries since. In 1983 the two main branches of Presbyterians in America reunited to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). St. Andrew's is a congregaton of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
 
Connecting with God Connecting with our community
April 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 VHFL Meeting
Location: CH
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm

Deacons Meeting
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 7:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm

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2 Men's Breakfast & Study
Location: Golden Touch Rest.
Time: 7:00am

City of Portland Meeting
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:00am -12:00am

Dorcas Circle
Location: Lounge
Time: 12:00pm -1:30pm

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Practice
Location: Music Rm.
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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3 "Seekers" Book Study
Location: Chapel
Time: 10:00am

Angels
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Young Adults Committee
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge or Chapel
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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4 PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -9:00pm

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5 Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

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6 "Animate Bible"
Location: Chapel
Time: 9:00am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

Nominating Committee Meeting
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 11:15am

"Animate Bible"
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:30am

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7 PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Choral Arts Ensemble Rehearsal
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

Facilities Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 7:00pm

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8 VHFL Meeting
Location: CH
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm

NCL
Location: CH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm

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9 Quilting Ministry
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 9:30am

City of Portland Meeting
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:00am -12:00am

Knitting/Crochet Ministry
Location: Lounge
Time: 2:00pm

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Practice
Location: Music Rm.
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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10 Children's Ministry
Location: Lighthouse
Time: 9:30am -11:00am

"Seekers" Book Study
Location: Chapel
Time: 10:00am

Angels
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

Book Club
Location: Lounge
Time: 12:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Worship Team
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 7:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge or Chapel
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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11 Movie Night/Easter Egg Stuffing
Location: Youth Room
Time: 6:00pm -8:00pm

VHFLC Parents Night Out
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

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12 Spring Cleanup
Time: 8:00am -1:00pm

Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Neuropathy
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 10:00am

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13 "Animate Bible"
Location: Chapel
Time: 9:00am

Kitchen Committee
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 9:00am

PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP - "SONG OF THE SHADOWS"
Time: 10:00am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

Newcomers Class
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:15am

"Animate Bible"
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:30am

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14 PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Choral Arts Ensemble Rehearsal
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

Mission Team Mtg
Location: Conf Room
Time: 7:00pm

Stewardship Mtg.
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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15 VHFL Meeting
Location: CH
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm

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16 Men's Breakfast & Study
Location: Golden Touch Rest.
Time: 7:30am

City of Portland Meeting
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:00am -12:00am

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Practice
Location: Music Rm.
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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17 "Seekers" Book Study
Location: Chapel
Time: 10:00am

Angels
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

Welcome Team Mtg
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 11:00am

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge or Chapel
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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18 GOOD FRIDAY - STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Time: 6:30pm -8:00pm

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19 Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

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20 EASTER SUNDAY - WORSHIP
Time: 9:00am

Easter Egg Hunt
Time: 10:00am

EASTER SUNDAY - WORSHIP
Time: 11:00am

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21 Adult Ministry
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 6:00pm -7:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Choral Arts Ensemble Rehearsal
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

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22 VHFL Meeting
Location: CH
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm

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23 CROSSROADS DEADLINE

City of Portland Meeting
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:00am -12:00am

Chapel Team Meeting
Location: Lounge
Time: 6:00pm

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

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24 "Seekers" Book Study
Location: Chapel
Time: 10:00am

Angels
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge or Chapel
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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25 Choral Arts Ensemble
Location: Sanct.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

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26 Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Sacred Flight
Location: Sanc.
Time: 11:00am -9:00pm

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27 Worship
Time: 10:00am

Cuba Team Meeting
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:30am

Turning Pt. Tutoring Orientation
Location: Lounge
Time: 11:30am

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28 PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Session
Location: CH
Time: 7:00pm

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29 VHFL Meeting
Location: CH
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm

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30 City of Portland Meeting
Location: Chapel
Time: 11:00am -12:00am

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Practice
Location: Music Rm.
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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