Backpack Manna Update

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
— Matthew 25:35-36

Jesus is calling us to action, and Backpack Manna is one of many ways in which our congregants and church neighbors are answering that call. The Backpack Manna ministry provides food to supplement the weekend diets of students in need at Oakland Elementary. During the 2017-2018 school year, we collected over 17,000 food items, filled 1,428 gallon bags and fed an average of 42 students each week.  

Thank you to all who made this work possible!

Backpack Manna

As summer approaches, we are already preparing to serve more students next fall. You can help with that effort by shopping for our "most-needed" items...

Horizon 2% Milk Boxes
Pop Tarts
Nutri-Grain Bars
Fruit & Applesauce Cups
Juice Boxes
Chef-Boy-R-Dee Pasta Cups
Peanut Butter Cups*
Small Cereal Boxes (Individual Servings)*

We will host a neighborhood food blast in the fall. Please stay tuned for details! Until then, food items can be dropped off at the church during office hours or before/after Sunday morning worship.

*For student safety and convenience, we only accept items that are packaged for individual consumption. We cannot accept large boxes of cereal or jars of peanut butter at this time.

Relay for Life Registration

Relay for Life is coming up soon! Have you marked your calendar?

Relay for Life
Friday, May 11, 2018
West Ashley High School

There is still time to join the SAPUMC team. Here's how...

  1. Visit to find the Charleston event.
  2. Click "Join this Relay."
  3. The Relay for Life website will prompt you to create an account with your email address. Once your account is created, click "Join a Team."
  4. Use the search field to locate our team (St. Andrews Parish UMC Love Not Fear). 

We hope that you will join us! If you have any questions, please see Deb Underwood or Hope Treadway. 

A Shower of Love for Lowcountry Orphan Relief

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of St. Andrews Parish UMC recently hosted a shower for Lowcountry Orphan Relief, and the event was an amazing success! SAPUMC, Grace UMC, Cokesbury UMC and Walmart contributed toiletries, clothing and plush animals in addition to cash donations (which totaled $242). Thank you to all who gave! 

Holy Week Schedule

Easter Egg Hunt | Cross Walk | Sunrise Easter Service Charleston, SC

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 25th
Contemporary Worship at 8:45am
Traditional Worship at 11:15am

Maundy Thursday Service, March 29th
Hosted by Cokesbury UMC at 7:00pm
Good Friday Cross Walk, March 30th
Meeting on the Bike Path at 8:30am
Good Friday Tenebrae Service, March 30th
The Tenebrae Service is at 8:00pm. A Prayer Vigil will begin after the Tenebrae Service and continue around the clock until Easter morning.
Easter Sunday, April 1st
Sunrise Service with Communion at 7:00am
Contemporary Worship at 8:45am
Traditional Worship at 11:15am

We are excited to join forces with Cokesbury UMC for this year's Maundy Thursday Service and Good Friday Tenebrae Service. Please note that the Maundy Thursday service will be hosted at Cokesbury (4990 Dorchester Road in North Charleston). The Tenebrae service will be hosted in our sanctuary per usual (3225 Ashley River Road). 

All Holy Week events are open to the public. Please invite friends, family members, casual acquaintances and complete strangers... We look forward to celebrating the good news together!


UMW Accepting Scholarship Applications

SAPUMC United Methodist Women Charleston, SC

The SAPUMC chapter of the United Methodist Women is now accepting scholarship applications. UMW Scholarships are available to individuals who are actively pursuing post-secondary education. Interested parties should complete an application and submit it to Letha Henry by April 1, 2018.

Applicants must be members of Saint Andrews Parish United Methodist Church or an immediate family member (spouse, son, daughter or qualified dependent) of a congregation member. Applicants can be graduating seniors or high school graduates who have already been accepted into a program of further study. Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited program such as a 4-year bachelors, 2-year associates, trade certification or Master's program may also qualify. Click here to view detailed scholarship criteria. 

Click to view an editable application. Responses may be handwritten or typed. Please be sure to sign the application prior to submission. Applications may be hand delivered or emailed to Letha Henry. To request Letha's email address, please contact the church office.

Family Worship Night & Potluck

Our FAN Committee and youth group members are teaming up to host a special worship night...

FAN Potluck Dinner & Family Worship Night

Family Worship Night & FAN Potluck Dinner

Sunday, March 11th at 5:30pm

Bring a healthy dish to share.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us Sunday, March 11th at 5:30pm for a family-friendly worship night and potluck dinner. Our youth will be sharing a message, and representatives from our Relay for Life team will be present with 2018 event details. Our FAN committee will also be present to announce some new "Activity" initiatives at SAPUMC, including Relay Prep Walking/Running Groups. 

Potluck Sign-Ups

In the spirit of Faith, Activity and Nutrition, our FAN committee is challenging everyone to bring a healthy dish for the potluck. The best dish (delicious and healthy) will win a prize! 

This event is completely free and open to the public, but we do ask that you RSVP in advance to indicate if you will bring a dish. You can sign-up online or at church, on the bulletin board. Hope to see you there!

Reading Through the Gospels

Lenten Discipline | St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church

Have you accepted Pastor Brad's "Lenten Discipline" challenge? Bookmarks were distributed on Sunday, and they featured a daily Bible reading for the entirety of Lent. By following the bookmark schedule (copied below for easy reference), you will read through the Jesus Story as found in the four Gospels of the New Testament.

Each Sunday features a reading from one of the Resurrection Stories. The early church mothers and fathers considered every Sunday to be a "little Easter," a reminder that we are Resurrection People. The reading schedule also includes the Passion Narrative, Jesus’ last few days and subsequent crucifixion. As we anticipate Easter, this schedule is designed to help us discover anew the story of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Lenten Discipline 2018: Daily Bible Readings

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14th - Matthew 1-3
  • Thursday, Feb. 15th - Mark 1&2
  • Friday, Feb. 16th - Luke 1&2
  • Saturday, Feb. - John 1&2
  • Sunday, Feb. 18th - Matthew 28
  • Monday, Feb. 19th - Matthew 4-6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th - Mark 3&4
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21st - Luke 3&4
  • Thursday, Feb. 22nd - John 3&4
  • Friday, Feb. 23rd - Matthew 7&8
  • Saturday, Feb. 24th - Mark 5&6
  • Sunday,  Feb. 25th - Mark 16
  • Monday, Feb. 26th - Luke 5&6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27th - John 5&6
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28th - Matthew 9-11
  • Thursday, Mar. 1st - Mark 7&8
  • Friday, Mar. 2nd - Luke 7&8
  • Saturday, Mar. 3rd - John 7-9
  • Sunday,  Mar. 4th - Luke 24
  • Monday, Mar. 5th - Matthew 12&13
  • Tuesday, Mar. 6th - Mark 9&10
  • Wednesday, Mar. 7th - Luke 9-11
  • Thursday,  Mar. 8th - John 10-12
  • Friday, Mar. 9th - Matthew 14-16
  • Saturday, Mar. 10th - Mark 11
  • Sunday,  Mar. 11th - John 20
  • Monday, Mar. 12th - Luke 12&13
  • Tuesday, Mar. 13th - Matthew 17&18
  • Wednesday, Mar. 14th - Luke 14&15
  • Thursday, Mar. 15th - Matthew 19&20
  • Friday, Mar. 16th - Luke 16&17
  • Saturday, Mar. 17th - Matthew 21&22
  • Sunday,  Mar. 18th - John 21
  • Monday, Mar. 19th - Matthew 23-25
  • Tuesday, Mar. 20th - Luke 18&19
  • Wednesday, Mar. 21st - Luke 20&21
  • Thursday, Mar. 22nd - Mark 12&13
  • Friday, Mar. 23rd - John 13&14
  • Saturday, Mar. 24th - John 15&16
  • Sunday,  Mar. 25th - John 17
  • Monday, Mar. 26th - Matthew 26
  • Tuesday, Mar. 27th - Matthew 27
  • Wednesday, Mar. 28th - Mark 14
  • Thursday, Mar. 29th - Mark 15
  • Friday, Mar. 30th - Luke 22&23
  • Saturday, Mar. 31st - John 18&19

The reading schedule begins February 14th in conjunction with Ash Wednesday. As you prepare your heart and mind for Lent, consider joining Pastor Brad for Drive Thru Ashes Wednesday morning between 7:00am and 9:00am, or join us for our traditional Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.