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Connect & Care Groups: Building Community Amidst Coronavirus Concerns and Precautions

By Hannah Reasoner / March 13, 2020

Dear Friends, “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way fulfill the law of Christ,” writes Paul to the community in Galatia. Since I woke up this morning, far earlier than was necessary or desired, I have had this verse on my mind. It’s always been my own personal gospel, the way in which I’ve […]

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From your Pastors: Online Worship Services and Note from Bishop Bickerton

By Hannah Reasoner / March 13, 2020

Dear Friends, These are strange times.  Our first priority as a community of followers of Jesus is to keep the body of Christ safe and whole, so that we are able to act as God’s people in a fear-filled and hurting world. Bishop Bickerton, our episcopal leader, has requested that the churches in our area […]

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From your Pastors: SPSA’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19

By Brent Ness / March 12, 2020

Dear Friends, Like all of you, St. Paul & St. Andrew has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), with the well-being and safety of our entire community in mind.  We wanted to let you know of several precautions we are taking.   At this time, we are continuing worship services (update: on March 13, […]

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Lent & Easter at SPSA

By Hannah Reasoner / March 4, 2020

Find daily Lenten Devotionals here or every morning on our Facebook page.  Sign up for St. Paul & St. Andrew’s emails here to stay up to date on all church activities. SHROVE TUESDAY, February 25 6:00pm – Pancake Supper at the Parsonage ASH WEDNESDAY, February 26 Ashes and prayers will be offered on the sidewalk […]

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Going Deeper on Immigration: Resource Guide for Immigration & Christian Ethics Study Group

By Hannah Reasoner / January 22, 2020

Going deeper on immigration compiled by Carol Scott, January 2020 Comprehensive coverage: The War on Immigrants series from The Intercept Border Patrol: Greg Grandin, 1/12/2019, The Border Patrol has been a Cult Of Brutality Since 1924 The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’: From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in […]

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Immigration & Christian Ethics in 2020 Study Group Syllabus with Dr. Dorothee Benz

By Hannah Reasoner / January 14, 2020

What does it mean to be people of faith in an unjust world? Sundays after worship, boardroom, January 19 – February 9, 90 minutes each week  OVERVIEW  In this four-week study group, we take an unflinching look at current U.S. immigration policies and ask, What does the Lord require of us in this moment in […]

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Breaking News: “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation”

By Brent Ness / January 3, 2020

Dear friends, As you likely have seen, there is breaking news on the United Methodist scene.  A group of 16 folks from interested parties from across the connection, including conservatives, moderates, and progressives, has been meeting with a mediator to try to come to an agreement for how to move forward.  In a news release […]

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This Undocumented Mom Is Taking Sanctuary at an NYC Church to Fight Her Deportation

By Edgar / June 26, 2018

via Colorlines The southern border isn’t the only theater of immigration-based family separation. In New York City, Debora Berenice Barrios-Vasquez is fighting to stay in the U.S. with her two young citizen children. Click here to continue reading.

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Methodist minister Lea Matthews is on a mission to stop an undocumented mother from being deported

By Edgar / June 26, 2018

via Mic.com When Rev. Lea Matthews answered her phone in early June, she did not realize the call would be a divine one. “I got a call on a Saturday night and was informed that there was a family that needed an immediate safe space,” Matthews said in a video interview. “And would this church […]

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SPSA Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Mother

By Edgar / June 26, 2018

via the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Earlier this month, the Church of St. Peter and St. Andrew United Methodist (SPSA) in Manhattan was asked to put into action a commitment they had made in January 2018 to become a sanctuary church… Click here to continue reading.

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