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  • Home | St Andrews Dexter

    "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." ​ Matthew 11:28-30 Greetings to those of you who are visiting this website. St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Dexter, Michigan, is a Christ centered church for all people. ​ It is our prayerful hope that if you are seeking a people and place for a spiritual home that God just might be calling you to this congregation. The navigation bar will help inform you of our life together in Christ at St. Andrew’s, but better than reading our website, please come and be with us in worship on any Sunday morning at 10 am. The door always swings open! WORSHIP Worship is on Sunday at 10 am; with special services taking place on Christmas Eve, Holy Week and other Holy and Special Occasions. ​ ​ Past Liturgies, Songs & Sermons Sunday, August 16, 2020 Sunday, August 23, 2020 Sunday, August 30, 2020 Sunday, September 6, 2020 Sunday, September 13, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 OTHER VESPER SERVICES ​ Wednesday, October 6 at 3 pm REVEREND BIGELOW'S MONTHLY MESSAGE Please click to download a PDF. HERE Our Fellowship Hall is available for rent to local non-profits. Please contact the church office at 734.426.8610 or for information. info@standrewsdexter.org

  • Past Liturgies, Songs & Sermons | St Andrews Dexter

    Past Liturgies, Songs & Sermons ​ Staying home to stay safe? Out of town? Not feeling well? ​ Click below on an individual week to view and/or print. Easter-April 12, 2020 April 19, 2020 April 26, 2020 May 3, 2020 May 10, 2020 May 17, 2020 May 24, 2020 May 31, 2020 June 7, 2020 June 14, 2020 June 21, 2020 June 28, 2020 July 5, 2020 July 12, 2020 July 19, 2020 July 26, 2020

  • Members | St Andrew's United Church of Christ -Dexter | United States

    Members Only Looking for information on Baptisims, Confirmation Classes, Christian Education, Weddings and Funerals? Please contact the church office at 734.426.8610. The Fellowship Hall is also available for meetings and life events. Please contact the church office at 734.426.8610 to learn more.

  • Contact | St Andrew's United Church of Christ -Dexter | United States

    Contact Us 734-426-8610 7610 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, MI 48130 info@standrewsdexter.org ​ Church Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Mission and Outreach | St Andrews Dexter

    Mission & Outreach Though there are other programs that St. Andrew’s supports, the following represents a few of the annually supported programs. Crop Walk Held the 1st Sunday in October and occurs in Dexter or Chelsea in alternating years. The program provides food, clean water and essential tools and resources to help those in need to be self-sustaining. To maintain social distancing and safety this year, walkers should plan on wearing masks. There will not be an official large group starting time or post group gathering this year. If you are more comfortable walking on another day, or in another place, that is fine. Maps with the designated routes are available on the Sanctuary table and attached to worship materials. Operation Christmas Child This is a program that collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world, as well as within the United States. Faith in Action Dexter & Chelsea Is a community funded, faith based assistance and resource center with locations in Chelsea and Dexter, Michigan. Throughout the year we support FIA in various ways. We have monthly Food Drives. In the fall we support local students with a book bag, supplies and additional cash. During the Christmas season we collect hats, mittens and scarfs, along with hygiene products. Dinner Fundraiser/Bake Sale Though temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, dinner Fundraisers provide support to St. Andrew's and the Bake Sales assist many local agencies including: Fisher House, Clara’s House, North Star Reach, Mikey & Me, Ronald McDonald House and Shop With a Cop. We also assist local families in need of financial assistance due to medical illnesses. Piecemakers Quilters A group of local people who work hard doing all kinds of projects: making quilts for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Mott Children’s Hospital and Alpha House. Baby quilts are also made for families of veterans. We meet Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am and are always looking for new people of any skill level, to join the group! For questions or to learn more, contact the Church by phone or email.

  • About Us | St Andrew's United Church of Christ -Dexter | United States

    About Us Mission Statement Passionate in Community – Growing in Faith – Serving in Christ's Name Worship Reverend Charles Bigelow ​ “Draw near to God and God will draw near to you”…Worship is an act that we engage in to draw near to God and to declare that the living Triune God — Father, Son, and Spirit — is worthy of praise, adoration and gratitude. We enter the worship service with reverence and joy. Worship is central in our life at St. Andrew’s. Our approach to worship is traditional, but with an openness to the Spirit’s leading in different forms. Music is generally lead by the organ, but other kinds of instrumentation like flute, saxophone and dulcimer are incorporated as well. The Chancel Choir offers a Ministry of Music during worship from September to June. The goal is to be faithful, not fanciful or faddish in our approach to God. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month and is open to all who wish to know the presence of Christ and share in the community of God’s people. Elders Bob Anderson Bob Smith Cathy Gagalis Coleen Tomshany Carol Jones ​ Church Leadership Deacons Thelma Bertonaschi Judie Dioszegi Bill Sumner ​ Karen McIlroy Elaine Milbocker Meet Our Staff Reverend Charles Bigelow Pastor Bigelow was baptized, made profession of faith and was ordained to Gospel ministry in the Reformed Church in America. He is a graduate of Hope College, and New Brunswick and Western Theological Seminaries of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). He served in the First Reformed Church of Little Falls, NJ for 26 years and the Montville Reformed Church in Montville, NJ for 14 years where he retired as ‘Pastor Emeritus.’ ​ After he and his wife retired in New Jersey, they moved to Dexter to be closer to family and three of their six grandchildren. ​ Through an interesting confluence of events, God, with his sense of humor, called Chuck back into active ministry here at the St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ. A Formula of Agreement between the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in American, permits Pastor Bigelow to serve as a ‘settled pastor’ in the United Church of Christ. ​ Chuck and his wife love living in Dexter and being near to their family and grandchildren. Currently they have two Newfs, Nellie and Muffin, that enrich their lives and keep them busy. Chuck also enjoys playing in the dirt in his garden. ​ At this season of life, Chuck describes himself as: Blessed, humbled and thankful. Paula Allison-England Paula Allison-England is the Music Director and Organist for St. Andrews United Church of Christ. She prepares our choir’s sacred music for Sunday services, seasonal music during the liturgical calendar, special music for the handbell choir, and special numbers for instrumental and vocal soloists. Music is a valued gift for each of us by sharing the beauty and joy of this form of worship. Paula received her BS in Music Education (organ) at DePauw University, living in Oxford, England for over two years. She has served as Organist and Handbell Choir Director at Saline United Methodist Church while teaching piano students. Before taking the position of Organist at St. Andrews, she earned a BS in Nursing and worked as a Staff Nurse at Mott Children’s Hospital and the Unit for Clinical Research at the University of Michigan. During her tenure as organist, she continued to work in the medical field until retiring. Vocal and instrumental music are a constant in her life. Currently, and for many years, she has sung with the University Choral Union which is an auditioned choir which performs large works from diverse repertoires and performs with excellent orchestras at Hill Auditorium, Michigan Theater, Orchestra Hall, Peristyle Auditorium and Carnegie Hall. Cindy Adams Cindy Adams has been the Office Manager at St. Andrew's since the fall of 2018. She manages the day-to-day business of the church -- everything from accounting and scheduling to preparing bulletins and circulating news to the congregation. She is a warm and caring person who is always ready to answer a question or lend a hand. Cindy has lived in the area her entire life and is enjoying working part-time for St. Andrew's. Cindy says, "I love working here and the people are very nice and helpful!" Cindy and her husband Danny, enjoy camping and traveling to Tennessee to see their daughter Melissa, and her husband Cody.

  • History | St Andrew's United Church of Christ -Dexter | United States

    "But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them written to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." ​ John 21:25 ​ Corner stone from our original church and it translates to "German Lutheran St Andrew's Church, 1883" History The volumes of the history of Christianity which include peoples beliefs and stories in all times and all places would as the Gospel notes is a monumental task. The history or his-story of the St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, is a small grain of sand in the greater history of Christianity. However infinitesimal, it has its place in the community and in the lives of those who helped write the history. This is a thumbnail sketch of our story. St. Andrew's United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud of its long history that has deep roots and connections in the Dexter community. The church was founded in March of 1883 by German families that had settled in the Dexter area and was known as the German Evangelical Church, which combined the Evangelical and Lutheran traditions. By October of 1883, a church building was constructed on "Piety Hill," which is our current location. In 1934, the Evangelical Synod (changed from German Evangelical in 1927) merged with the Reformed Church of the United States to become the Evangelical and Reformed (E & R). ​ In 1957, the E & R Church merged with the Congregational Church and became known as the United Church of Christ (UCC). As the congregation grew, there was a need for a larger church. In 1974, the old wood frame church building (pictured here) was sold and moved across the street and now houses the Dexter Area Museum. The lovely brick church was built on the site of the old church and opened for services in September of 1974. ​ The roots go deep, but more important than deep roots, is a hope that looks forward and is anchored in the future. We are a deeply hope-filled people and put our money on tomorrow. As St Paul writes, "Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it on my own, but his one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14) ​ St. Andrew’s continues to look forward to Revealing Jesus Christ in its life together as we strive to be light and salt in this dark and broken world. A non-abridged version of our history is also available. ​ Please contact the church office at 734.426.8610.

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    "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." ​ Psalm 118:24

7610 Ann Arbor Street

Dexter, MI 48130

(734) 426-8610

info@standrewsdexter.org

The Church office is open
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday unless otherwise noted.

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