CONGREGATIONAL FORUM—All are invited to be part of this meeting to get an update from the Congregation Council as to how this congregation is doing as concerns our giving vis-à-vis the budget. The plan is to hold such information meetings after each quarter of the year. The council will be reviewing our financial reports from the first quarter of 2017 at their meeting on April 18th, and will then be able to share them and any insights they may have with interested congregation members the very next Sunday. In response to a recommendation made by the Finance Team, the council will also be presenting several alternative scenarios for our ministry together. The Finance Team suggested presenting a plan of what our ministry might look like if our congregational giving is less than we had anticipated. This is particularly pertinent as we have already reduced our budget to “bare bones.” They suggested presenting contingency plans that would have St. Andrew’s reducing its expenses by $20,000 and $16,000 and $12,000 per year. The council will also be presenting scenarios how we might grow our ministries, as they believe that God is calling us to make an even greater impact not only in the lives of those who worship here, but in the lives of people all around us in our community. Shrinking ministry is daunting. Expanding ministry is exciting! Come on Sunday, April 23rd, and be part of this important conversation. The ministry we do together deserves more than just the cursory look we give it at a once-a-year Annual Meeting.
Monday Night Bible Study led by members of the study meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at St. Andrew’s in the Fireside Room. Next study night will be Monday, April 10. Everyone welcome! A new Bible Study began March 27 and the topic will be “Parables: The Greatest Stories Ever Told.” This Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room during the school year. The group will not meet during June, July and August. Come Join Us!
- Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-23
- The “Lost” Parables Luke 15:1-32
- The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
- The Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-35
- The Widow & the Judge Luke 18:1-8
- The Wheat & the Weeds Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
- Parables of Money & Self-Worth Matthew 19:16—20:16
- The Wise & Foolish Virgins Matthew 24:36—25:13
- Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30
- The Pharisee & the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14
- Parable of the Rich Fool Luke 12:13-21
- The Rich Man & Lazarus Luke 16:19-31
SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITY: Area ELCA congregations have joined in inviting Pastor Vicki Taylor to lead a 6 session weekly Bible study in April and May. Pastor Vicki is recently retired from the Northeastern Minnesota Synod office and when asked what would be a good topic, suggested difficult or challenging biblical texts. For instance: And Jesus said, “Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!” Luke 12:51. Scripture is filled with these hard texts – texts that may not seem to fit with our concept of a loving and just God; texts that may elude our Western understanding of how life is to be lived; texts that challenge our faith and confuse us. Often we gloss over these stories, parables and sayings in the Bible for just those reasons, but what happens if we decide to wrestle with them and ruminate upon them? You are invited to a six week “wrestling match” with some of the most uncomfortable parts of scripture. It might be enlightening . . . it may be disturbing, but it’s a chance to have a conversation with this Living Word and perhaps even argue with God. Please join the Bible study every Monday or when you are able. We will gather at 9:45 am for coffee and simple refreshments and the hour long study will begin at 10:00 am. No need to pre-register or sign up: just show up!
* The first 3 meetings will be at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church: April 4, April 11 and April 18
* The second 3 meetings will be at Zion Lutheran Church: April 25, May 2 and May 9