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Christmas Festival - Dec. 11; 9:30 and 11 a.m. A beautiful celebration of music featuring favorite carols, full orchestra, choirs, and sing-a-longs.

Celebrate a premier Christmas with music and worship as well as fun holiday activities at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. From Christmas concerts and candlelight services to photos with Santa and ice-skating in the courtyard, there are many opportunities throughout Advent to celebrate and reflect on the true meaning of season.

On December 8, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, St. Andrew will host “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale of the Coming of Christ” Advent song concert - the only Dallas-Fort Worth stop on the national tour - featuring Nashville singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson with guest artists The Arcadian Wild, Jess Ray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, and Skye Peterson. The two-part concert brings artists together for a “songwriters in the round” in the first half and a performance of the “Behold the Lamb of God” album performed in full in the second half. For a limited time, receive 20 percent off all tickets at https://events.platformtickets.com/csc?4874#/

On December 11, at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services in the sanctuary, enjoy a Sunday morning Festival of Music with favorite carols, choirs, full orchestra, and sing-a-longs. Before or after the festival, stop by to see Santa and his reindeer out front for a photo opportunity in his sleigh - complete with falling snow. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful music and fill your hearts with Christmas joy.

On December 17, bring your family for a special Children’s Nativity Service at 5:30 p.m. followed by ice skating in the courtyard– holiday fun for the whole family! Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a holiday movie on the pop-up screen. Come and be filled with the holiday spirit as you glide around the ice. Skates will be provided, and all are welcome to participate.

On December 18, St. Andrew will hold a Service of Comfort and Hope, designed for those experiencing grief and loss, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. The service will feature musical presentations as well as inspirational words to provide hope and healing.

At 5 p.m. on December 18, celebrate the season at Christmas Carols and Candy Canes with the international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5, accompanied on the piano by Taylor Davis, creative director of traditional music and worship, St. Andrew. This festive light-hearted evening features favorite Christmas carols and fun for the whole family.

On December 23-24, come celebrate the birth of Christ with beautiful worship and beloved carols at one of the Christmas Candlelight Services. Services will conclude with the traditional lighting of the candles and singing “Silent Night” together.

  • Traditional: Friday 12/23 at 7 p.m.
  • Contemporary: Sat 12/24 at 2 and 4 p.m.
  • Traditional: Sat 12/24 at 6, 8, and 11 p.m.

On Christmas morning, December 25, at 10 a.m., join us for a special blessing of the toys! Each child may bring his or her new favorite toy for a special blessing and a short message. Kids are invited to come in their PJs and hot cocoa (and coffee!) will be provided in the Narthex.

“As we prepare our hearts for Advent, we hope you will join us throughout the month of December and make your holidays holy days,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, senior pastor, St. Andrew. “Whether through music, worship, or fun activities, take time to reflect on the true meaning of the season, the birth of our Savior, and turn this season into one that is full of peace, joy, and happiness.”

Visit standrewumc.org/Christmas for information about all events.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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VOCES8

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community for a beautiful evening of music performed by the world-renowned British Vocal Ensemble VOCES8 on Sunday, October 30, at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. There is no admission fee.

Touring globally, VOCES8 performs an extensive repertory – from Renaissance to Nat King Cole – both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading musicians, orchestras, composers, and soloists around the world. The group has performed at many notable venues since its inception in 2005 including Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Sydney Opera House, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City among many others. This season they are performing over 100 concerts in the UK and across Europe, in Israel and the United States.

“It is always a privilege to welcome our friends from VOCES8 to St. Andrew,” said Taylor Davis, creative director of traditional music and worship. “Their stunning performances are an inspiration, providing impeccable harmony that sets the tone for an engaging and beautiful evening. To see this talented group perform live is an opportunity that should not be missed. We hope you can join us!”

For more information about this event and VOCES8 visit www.standrewumc.org or www.voces8.com.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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Trunk or Treat at St. Andrew

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to its annual Trunk or Treat event Sunday, October 30, 5 – 6 p.m., at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. All children are invited to come in costume and enjoy trick or treating from creatively decorated car trunks.

This year’s event will also feature a Bubble bus and bounce houses. Concessions are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the youth ministry’s annual ski trip.

 

“It’s wonderful to see families from the community coming together each year for this fun, annual event,” said Rachel Kortum, director of children’s ministry, St. Andrew. “Our staff and volunteers do an incredible job decorating their trunks and providing a fun atmosphere for all. Join us!”

For more information, call 972-380-8001 or visit www.standrewumc.org.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

 

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6th Annual Cars for Community Car Show Benefiting The Storehouse of Collin County- FREE ADMISSION

6th Annual St. Andrew Cars for Community Car Show to benefit The Storehouse of Collin County

Annual fundraiser supports The Storehouse’s mission to feed, clothe, and care as neighbors in one community

The 6th Annual St. Andrew Cars for Community Car Show, hosted by St. Andrew’s United Methodist Men’s Ministry, is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, from 12 – 3 p.m. (Awards presented at 3 p.m.) Open to the general public with no admission fee, the event invites car enthusiasts to show off cars while benefiting The Storehouse of Collin County, a nonprofit which provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need.

“We are excited to be back in full force,” said Ron Weaver, organizer. “The car show is not only great fun, but it supports The Storehouse, which is doing incredible work helping so many in need in our community. All proceeds go toward supporting its mission to feed, clothe, and care as neighbors in one community. Your donations help provide nutritious meals, essential clothing items, life-changing resources, and educational opportunities.”

The event features raffle prizes and food vendors as well as goody bags for the first 100 entrants. Onsite registration on the day of the event takes place from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and is $25. Online pre-registration is $25. Go to https://give.thestorehousecc.org/event/cars-for-community-car-show/e405948

“We are so grateful to the men of St. Andrew for organizing this annual fundraiser benefiting our neighbors at The Storehouse, said Candace Winslow, executive director, The Storehouse of Collin County. “Both the pandemic and inflation have dramatically increased food insecurity within our community, and we are now serving more than 3,000 families each month – a number that has tripled since March 2020 before the Covid pandemic. Each donation we receive enables us to serve our neighbors holistically, not only meeting their food and clothing needs, but also serving as a ‘conduit of care’ to help with other aspects of their lives.”

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, Project Hope Neighbor Care, and The Academy Education Program. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community, which provided food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 3,000 families on average access Seven Loaves each month. The Storehouse provides clothing at no cost through Joseph’s Coat as well as counseling and case management through Project Hope. The Academy provides free and reduced-cost classes to assist with language, job, or life skills development. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org. The Storehouse EIN: 27-1883333

 

 

 

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Rev. Robert Hasley, January 2,1952 - July 21, 2022 Rev. Robert Hasley was the founding pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist church, where he served for 36 years.

A devoted and passionate servant of Christ, Rev. Hasley touched many lives within St. Andrew as well as in the community, inspiring others to serve in His name

After more than 15 months of thriving with cancer, St. Andrew United Methodist Church’s founding pastor, Rev. Robert Hasley, age 70, died the way that he lived – with hope and confidence. It was May 1, 1986, when Hasley, a young associate pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church, was appointed by the Bishop of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to organize a new church in a growing area of Plano. He did not know what the future held, but with the gift of God’s grace through Jesus Christ, he was confident – as he often said – that everything was going to be all right. He always believed that God places the right people at the right time at the right place, that needs are met, and prayers are answered.

For the past 36 years, he devoted his life to serving Christ full time as a pastor at St. Andrew, not only shepherding his congregants but also reaching out and inspiring others to be the hands and feet of Jesus to help those in need. Even before St. Andrew had its own building, Rev. Hasley began mission work with an apartment ministry in East Plano for latchkey children; giving them a safe place under the influence of the church to come after school. In 2009, Hasley and his wife Sharon had the vision for The Storehouse of Collin County, which began as a food pantry feeding one family of four on its first day. Today the Storehouse feeds more than 600 families on a single day and provides clothing and care as well as a new educational program promoting skill development. Additional projects led by Hasley include launching Helping Hands, a ministry which provided meals to first responders and hospital workers during the pandemic; assisting those affected by natural disaster; providing funding and volunteers to build over 20 Habitat for Humanity homes; and establishing St. Andrew’s 4 Corners Global ministry serving the Cabécar people in the remote southern mountains of Costa Rica by providing them with a medical clinic, care, and most recently, cook stoves.

Hasley often stated, “Jesus teaches us that each time we help the hungry and reach out to the sick, helping someone in need, we are serving Christ. We thank God for reminding us of who we are and giving us hope for the future. If by His grace, we move forward, there are many miracles to be performed. We must continue to serve in His name.”

Rev. Hasley served on various boards such as the Methodist Hospital System, Perkins School of Theology at SMU, various committees with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and with Plano Independent School District related to strategic vision planning and diversity.

With vision and faith, Hasley was instrumental in the church’s growth. Up until his final days on this earth, Rev. Hasley was busy with the launch of a new ministry for those newly, nearing or already retired called The Second Act. In 2012, St. Andrew launched a contemporary service to reach and engage a younger generation as the church continued toward the next 25 years. This was the beginning of his friendship with Rev. Arthur Jones, who came to St. Andrew to lead this service. Just a few weeks prior to his cancer diagnosis in 2021, Rev. Hasley passed the baton of senior pastor to Rev. Jones, who became only the second senior pastor in the history of St. Andrew.

“Robert was the shepherd of the St. Andrew community for 36 years and showed each person he knew how to live with grace, kindness, and love,” said Rev. Jones, Sr. Pastor, St. Andrew. “Robert lived each day knowing that death is not the end but the beginning of life eternal and his voice and legacy will forever echo in the walls of St. Andrew and in our hearts. As a dear friend to so many, we will miss him deeply; but in the words of Robert Hasley, ‘we have faith that everything is gonna be all right’ as we celebrate his life and vow to continue the mission.”

A memorial service for Rev. Robert Hasley will be held Tuesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Andrew, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas. The St. Andrew family has chosen to celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Hasley with the building of the Hasley Chapel, to be completed in early summer 2023.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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Joseph's Coat Clothing Closet needs boys and girls summer clothing, sizes 4-16, as well as athletic shoes

Joseph's Coat, a program of The Storehouse of Collin County, distributes gently used and new clothing to families at no cost. With summer in full swing, there is a tremendous need for boys and girls summer clothing, sizes 4-16, as well as athletic shoes.

“This is such a generous community, and we receive wonderful donations throughout the year, but we receive limited children’s clothing," said Christi Ferrell, director, Joseph’s Coat. "Each summer the need for children's clothing as well as athletic shoes dramatically increases. We can never get enough donations of kids' athletic shoes as they are also needed for the school year! We are so grateful for the community's donations which enable our team to serve so many in need."

In 2021, Joseph’s Coat distributed 43,804 articles of clothing at no cost to 1,322 households. Please visit Joseph’s Coat’s outside donation shed, located in the north parking lot at 1401 Mira Vista Drive in Plano, to drop off these needed items. For more details, visit www.thestorehousecc.org/in-kind-donations

The Storehouse of Collin County provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need through the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, and Project Hope. The nonprofit was founded in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves Community which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. Over 3,000 families on average access the Seven Loaves Food Pantry each month. The Storehouse also provides an opportunity to receive clothing at no cost through Joseph’s Coat as well as holistic assessment, counseling, goal setting, and referrals to community resources through the Project Hope relational program. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org. The Storehouse EIN: 27-1883333

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St. Andrew UMC Mission Trip Students work at Mission OKC

Twelve vans of 65 high school students, 33 middle school students, and 30 adult volunteers and staff headed to Oklahoma City on June 12 for a week of serving others as participants in St. Andrew United Methodist Church’s 2022 Mission Trip. Students were divided into groups that served through three organizations: Mission OKC, Reaching Our City (ROC), and Habitat for Humanity.

“All of the students felt a strong connection to this year’s theme, ‘The Rebuild,’” said Michael Agnew, director of student ministry, St. Andrew UMC. “The theme was tied to the story of Nehemiah who was tasked with rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. He gathered his people together, equipped them, and led them in rebuilding the city walls while ensuring all understood God’s Law. Our students came together in this same spirit of rebuilding not only with the physical building and tasks they completed but also with mental and spiritual rebuilding – reconnecting their lives in community while serving our neighbors in need. The pandemic impacted everyone, and after three years of not having mission trip, it felt so good to be together and watch the life-changing impact of this special week not only on those we served but also on our students.”

At Mission OKC, which provides hope to children and families living in poverty areas across Oklahoma City, students made 300 lunches a day for inner-city children and personally delivered the lunches while inviting the children to join them in the afternoon for Vacation Bible School and activities. The students returned in the afternoons to help pick up the children and take them to Mission OKC. On average, 150 children participated each day.

“We had seven groups working with Mission OKC,” added Agnew. “Our students were blown away at the thought that these children were willing to get on a bus with people they did not know because they knew it was their best option for a meal that day. It was quite a reality check for the students. As the week progressed and the students returned to the neighborhoods going door to door, the parents started coming out, hugging, and thanking the students. Our kids could not quit talking about how cool that was, and they went all in to make sure the kids had an amazing time each day. They set up the activities for the children, led them in worship, and played and connected with them.” 

“We packed tons of lunches, played basketball hoops, had a snow cone machine, and basically just spent each afternoon from 2 – 4 p.m. loving on these kids and having a blast,” said Blake Rossley, 20, a college intern on Mission Trip.

“My favorite part of the Mission Trip was making friends with two of the campers, Christian and Dimari,” said William Wonsmos, age 11. “I noticed that one of them wore the same shirt to camp every day, so on the last day, I gave him one of my St. Andrew shirts. It felt really good to help people and spread God’s love."

At Reaching Our City, a nonprofit that provides resources for impoverished and homeless communities, the students participated in landscaping, laying a gravel driveaway, painting, carpeting, repairing a fence, and laying epoxy on floor. They also worked in a local resale shop helping organize the retail space.

“On the day our students were tasked with laying a gravel driveway, ROC staff thought it would take them an entire day,” added Agnew. “They were done in a couple of hours, which amazed the organizers. These kids worked hard and made an impact everywhere they worked.”

At the two Habitat sites, the older kids worked on construction tasks, including weatherproofing, roofing, and putting up boards.

“You know when people think of mission trips, building projects like this are what they think of,” said Cody Meyers, 18. “But at night and in the mornings, when you get to sit and worship, sing songs, and hear a message, you get closer to God by serving others. There is nothing better than that.”

During mission trip, the group awakens at 6:45 a.m. and begins the day with a devotional at 7:15 a.m. and breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Everyone heads to their worksites at 8:15 a.m. and returns around 5 p.m. for dinner and worship.

“Starting and ending each day with a time of worship really helped set the tone for our group to put Jesus at the forefront of all we were doing,” said Jeff Wonsmos, who volunteered with his son William. “It was really inspiring to watch our kids step out of their comfort zones and befriend the children in the community we were serving.”

"I have always known and loved God, but by serving on the mission trip, I really felt connected to Him,” added William Wonsmos. “Since this was my first mission trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had the best week and can't wait to go back next summer.”

“Making earth as it is in Heaven is what we aim to do every day,” said St. Andrew Senior Pastor Arthur Jones. “These kids got a taste of that this week. One mother of a student shared with me that her child discovered on mission trip that there is a better way to live, and they want to feel on most weeks like they did on the trip. On mission trip, the students discover that there is hope and possibility, and we can change the world.”

St. Andrew mission trip participants share their thoughts about the 2022 trip in this video link:

 

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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Eric Hutto, the new CEO of Diversified and former COO of Unisys

Corporate and nonprofit leaders share experiences and practical advice, including how to lead with authenticity and compassion; the importance of communication, doing the right thing, and teamwork

St. Andrew United Methodist Church launches “Leading People,” a podcast featuring conversations with church members and non-members; males and females; and big and small companies both public and private – all sharing personal leadership experiences, perspective, and wisdom, appropriate for any level of leader. St. Andrew’s Senior Pastor Rev. Jones and co-host Julie Chisum engage with these leaders in real and transparent conversations covering a wide range of topics, from things they wished they had known at the beginning of their careers to how to lead with authenticity and compassion, and the importance of communication, doing the right thing, teamwork, prayer, and more.

“When I stepped into my new role as senior pastor a year ago, I knew I was blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible leaders within our church,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, senior pastor, St. Andrew. “I reached out to them, and we met one on one, and I asked them for their advice in my new role. I received incredible counsel that I immediately knew would also be helpful to others leading people in today’s world. Whether we are leading within our family, work or faith, everyone wants to be their best selves. We want to lead with compassion, honesty and authenticity, and with faith, not fear. How incredible it is to be able to tap into the experiences of others and share that wisdom with the community?”

“Leading People,” a free podcast that launched June 1, will continue with a new episode each week throughout the summer. June guests feature:

June 1Eric Hutto, the new CEO of Diversified and former COO of Unisys; Candace Winslow, executive director of The Storehouse of Collin County; and Natalie Mills, a global ladies fashion, jewelry, and accessory brand with an in-house initiative focused on giving back to others.

June 8: Robert Taylor, executive vice president, senior advisor, United Supermarkets, LLC (Market Street); retired as CEO, 2021

June 15: Dean Clubb, retired 1998, executive vice president over defense systems and electronics, Texas Instruments (TI). Clubb worked at TI for 30 years.

Upcoming speakers in July include Brent Garrett, business owner; Jenny McGhee, senior sports executive; Scott Rowe, former CIO; David Ridley, retired Southwest Airlines executive; Carolyn Getridge, former school superintendent, and more.

 

“I believe each podcast has something you can take and incorporate into your life,” added Rev. Jones. “Choose the right way versus the easy way, treat people equally, and be willing to learn, unlearn and relearn, are just a few valuable takeaways from some of the featured June interviews. Thirty or 40 years ago, there were shared expectations about values and culture and what unites us together that have been lost over the last few decades. It is our hope that these conversations will provide valuable and thoughtful advice to help us share our values with others in today’s world and go forward as our best selves.”

Visit leadingpeople.org to subscribe.  Subscribe to Leading People

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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St. Andrew UMC Mission Trip 2022 Deadline to register is June 6

Annual trip gives students an opportunity to make a difference for others in need, make new friends while working together, and strengthen their faith 

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites students, Grades 6 to 12 and recent high school graduates to sign up for the annual mission trip, Sunday, June 12 to Friday, June 17. More than 100 students and 20 adults will head to Oklahoma City to fix up houses for those in need and partner with multiple local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Mission OKC to serve the community. The week-long trip includes a variety of work projects, fellowship, worship, and fun social activities. The final day of registration is Monday, June 6.

“We are excited to be headed off campus this year as this will be our first out-of-town mission work since the pandemic,” said Michael Agnew, director of student ministry, St. Andrew UMC. “There is nothing like spending days and evenings together and seeing the impact that one week has on the students.  To meet the families that we are helping and see firsthand the joy and emotion in their eyes when our students complete a project at their homes is so rewarding. To see the students make new friends while working hard together at 10 worksites, caring for others, and worshipping together is powerful. This trip is life-changing for our students as much as it is for those we serve.”

This year, the construction projects through Habitat for Humanity will include painting, roof repair, flooring installation, landscaping, demolition, and more. Students will also enjoy working with children in an afternoon Vacation Bible School program with Mission OKC.

Buses will caravan from St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, to Oklahoma City at noon on Sunday, June 17, and will return to Plano by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17. The cost for students is $550 for students and $350 for adults and college student helpers. The deadline to register is June 6. Register at https://standrewumc.org/students.

“Seeing God working through people in their darkest times is what impacts me the most on the multiple mission trips I have been on,” said Bryce Farnham, 21. “We always need to act and stand up for the faith we believe in. On mission trips you not only learn more about God in your small groups, you also get to know new people as you work together. Mission trips have allowed me to have amazing friendships with five guys who have shaped me into the person I am today.”

St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.

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The 3rd Annual St. Andrew Open Golf Tournament

Hole-in-One Prize: Trip for Two to the 2023 Masters

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to support promising high school seniors with dreams of higher education as well as aspiring seminary students by sponsoring or playing in the third annual St. Andrew Open Golf Tournament, Monday, May 9, with shot gun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at The Clubs of Prestonwood, Creek Course, 15909 Preston Road, Dallas. Proceeds from The St. Andrew Open support both St. Andrew scholarship programs. This year’s tournament will feature a Trip for Two to the 2023 Masters as a hole-in-one prize.

“Last year’s tournament raised a net total of almost $50,000, benefiting the Messenger of Hope Scholarship Fund for high school seniors and the Charles Stokes Seminary Education Fund for students interested in pursuing a life in ministry,” said Jimmy Decker, associate pastor, connectional ministries, St. Andrew UMC. “Since 2000, we have raised and distributed over $1 million to students through these two scholarships.”

The Messenger of Hope Scholarship Fund, presented by The United Methodist Men of St. Andrew, provides funding and mentorship programming for dozens of deserving students each year. Last year, this fund, which receives annual funding from the tournament and additional resources, provided a total of $70,800 in scholarships to 33 high school seniors, representing ten different area high schools: Arlington Bowie, Frisco, J.J. Pearce, Lake Highlands, Plano East, Plano Senior, Plano West, Richardson, R.L. Turner, and Woodrow Wilson. Scholarship recipients attended 19 different colleges including Baylor University, Brookhaven College, Louisiana State University, Midwestern State, Oklahoma State, Richland Community College, Sam Houston State, Tarleton State University, Texas Technical University, Texas A&M, Texas Woman’s University, University of Arkansas, University of Mississippi, University of North Texas, University of Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Tyler, and Wake Forest.

“The average tuition cost of each class at area community colleges is $500 so it’s easy to understand how this tournament can make an impact,” said Ray Adams, Messenger of Hope Scholarship Founder. “Too often, students earn good grades and have a true desire for a higher education, but family disruption, health issues or situations beyond their control, such as the effects of the pandemic, make college a financial impossibility."

Each year, through a partnership with the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, the Charles Stokes Seminary Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to qualified applicants who show gifts for a promising future in church leadership. In 2021, the fund was able to offer $15,000 scholarships to three seminary students. This scholarship fund was established by the late St. Andrew Pastor Charles Stokes and his wife Louise. The couple saw the tremendous need for new pastors, and this scholarship enables those with a drive and passion to serve in ministry to attend seminary. Coupled with this scholarship, St. Andrew staff members mentor these students over three years to help develop them into future leaders of the United Methodist Church. 

“It is our belief that by affirming these men and women and supporting them both spiritually and financially, we can continue the mission of the church by ensuring strong leadership for the future,” said David Keene, Charles Stokes Seminary Education Scholarship Founder. “In the last nine years, we have provided well over $100,000 in scholarship funds for seminary students, including some of the current pastors at St. Andrew, including Jimmy Decker, who helps lead this important fundraising effort. Please join us on May 9, and together, let’s make the dreams of many area students come true.”

Additionally, on May 1, St. Andrew is hosting a Family Fun Day called the St. Andrew Cup on its campus, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, at 10:40 a.m., giving all ages a fun chance to come together and support this cause. Events include a putt-putt course, a chipping contest, food and more.

To sponsor or play in The Open and to learn more about the St. Andrew Cup Family Fun Day, visit https://www.standrewumc.org/standrewopen.

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church began in 1986 in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.