We were privileged to once again welcome the New Creation Choir from Teen Challenge (both Orange County and Riverside Counties) at St. Andrew’s this past Labor Day weekend in all 4 worship services.
The New Creation Choir always provides us with spirited and passionate testimonies and worship. This past weekend, the member who shared his testimony actually grew up at St. Andrew’s and also went to high school at Newport Harbor. We rejoice with him and his family at all God has done in his life through the ministry of Teen Challenge the past 4 months! We also welcomed David Jones, (former choir member who has been with us the past several years) as the new director of the New Creation Choir. As part of our tradition of hosting Teen Challenge each Labor Day weekend, we also heard from our dear friend, Ron Brown, the executive director of Teen Challenge Orange County who reminded our congregation of the many opportunities afforded us as the family of St. Andrew’s to serve together with Teen Challenge during the year – including several mission trips around the world, as well as in Mississippi, and closer to home, on our own campus each week with Northeast of the Well on Monday evenings. Ron Brown thanked St. Andrew’s for their strong prayerful and financial support in assisting the ministry of Teen Challenge, as well as celebrating and participating in the graduations of those from the Teen Challenge Program.
We were also blessed to have Vanguard University students and interns lead us in worship, along with the Teen Challenge Choir – which allowed for our Sanctuary Choir, as well as Brandon Muchow, a well-deserved weekend of rest before our Fall kick-up begins!
- Dr. James Melton
Minister of Worship and Music