The realtor who was selling the home that we brought is the person who led us to St. Andrew. During this process the realtor, Claudia, mentioned that she belonged to a church with a fairly small congregation but with very big, open and warm hearts. On our first day at St. Andrew and after only being in Sarasota just a few weeks, we were invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the church. This meant so much to us because this was the first holiday we had been away from our families. We had a wonderful time that day and were overwhelmed by the love and friendship bestowed on us by all who were part of our first Thanksgiving in our new home. From the very beginning we have felt welcome at St. Andrew and part of community and family that we were desperately looking for in starting our new lives together.
We are committed to one another and to community in the service of God’s love. We were married in Massachusetts in a civil ceremony and realized then that our spiritual union was between us and God. It was an overwhelming feeling of joy and peace. Both of us have always had a spiritual interest, and that was one of the attractions that drew us together. Our relationship is stable and secure because of the presence of God in our life.
We both look forward to a life at St. Andrew that is filled with love, friendship, and social commitment, both to the community and one other.