WELCOME TO WORSHIP!  A special welcome to our visitors and guests. If you don’t have a church home in Grand Rapids, we invite you to consider St. Andrew’s. If our pastors can be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.

 

All are welcome to Holy Communion. We extend a special invitation to visitors. Please let an usher know if you prefer to have the pastors bring Holy Communion to you in the pew.

 

Nursery is available Sunday mornings during 8:00 am worship service for children ages 3 years and younger. The Nursery is staffed by a paid adult.

 

Sight & Sound System—Phase One (sound) of the Sight and Sound Project is complete! We continue to raise funds for Phase Two (sight). Please make checks payable to St. Andrew’s and indicate “Sight & Sound” in the memo. You can also go to the church website at www.saintand.org and click the “donate now” button. Or scan the QR code below with a smart phone which will take you to a donation site/form. Thank you for your continued donations.

 

Equal Exchange Coffee – Assorted flavors of coffee (drip and whole bean), tea, chocolate bars, baking cocoa, hot chocolate and almonds are available to purchase. All proceeds support small farmers in Asia, Africa and South America.  Equal exchange Coffee can be purchased during the week through the church office.
 
 

Special Bible Study Opportunity: Mark your calendars for Mondays, 10:00 am starting April 17 (Easter Monday) for a discussion of challenging biblical texts. Pastor Vicki Taylor, retired assistant to the bishop, will lead sessions with the first three at St. Andrew’s and the second three at Zion Lutheran. No cost and no preregistration.

 

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool currently has two openings in the Monday-Wednesday-Friday class for 4-year-olds. There is also one opening in the Tuesday-Thursday class which is for children 3 years old by September 1, 2016. Also, registrations are being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year in both classes. Please contact Kelly Olsen, Preschool Director at 218-360-0293 for more information.

 

Monday Night Bible Study will next meet on Monday, May 8 and the topicis “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!  The lessons are led by participants of the study. Everyone welcome. 

 

Do you love kids?  Do you love having fun?  Are you looking for a short-term commitment to get more involved at St. Andrew’s???  We invite you to come to our 2017 VBS planning committee meeting on Monday, May 1st at 6:00 pm.  Everybody has something to offer and we’d love to see some new faces at this meeting.  Questions?  Contact Dawn Jenkins at 218-340-5043.

 
 

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am at the Forest Lake Restaurant. Each week, they discuss the scripture for the next Sunday’s worship service. It’s a nice way to start the day. All men are welcome to attend.

 
 

WELCA Spring Banquet will be Thursday, May 4th.  Ladies, guests and children of all ages are welcome.  ‘OUR MISSION WITH TANZANIA” will be our theme this year with a style show.  The program will be presented by Pastor Megan Crouch.   Registration and social time starts at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:00 pm.  You may sign up before  and after services on April 23rd and April 30th, or during the week at the church office.  The cost is $10 for adults and $5.00 for children, age 12 and under.   Please RSVP by Sunday, April 30th

 

Camp Hiawatha Work Day will be Saturday, May 6th. Contact Myrna Peterson, VLM Volunteer Coordinator at 301-6028 for more information.

 

Pie and Service Auction will be held Sunday, May 7 following the 10:30 am worship. The success of our auction depends on the creativity and generosity of all who contribute pies, products and services to be auctioned.  Think about what you do best or what you can donate and put it on the auction block.  Keep your eyes peeled for items you would like to bid on because some of the bidding sheets/items are already posted, so start bidding now. There will be several door prizes awarded during the auction event and a 50/50 split the pot tickets will be done again this year on Sunday mornings or in the church office. Your participation determines the success of the auction.  Proceeds will be used for the “Front Entry Accessibility Doors.”  Please plan to join us for a fun event and bring your friends!  Chili and hot dogs will be served (free-will donation for meal).  

 

 

St. Andrew’s Rascals (ages 55+) will meet Thursday, May 11th at 5:00 pm. Roger Clark with Itasca County Search & Rescue will speak about the various services the volunteer group does in our county. A delicious catered dinner follows at 6:00 pm.  Cost is $8.00 (payable in advance).  Please sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, May 7th. Checks should be made payable to Jean Gardner and can be left in the church office.

 

The May newsletter is available online on our website at www.saintand.org. In an effort to reduce spending, St. Andrew’s is no mailing newsletters. It is being emailed as a pdf attachment to all those we have addresses for and will only be mailed to those who do not have computer access. Please make sure we have your correct email address. Please call the church office at 326-8508 or email saintand@saintand.org. For those without computer access, stop in the church office for a printed copy.

 

 

Beginning Sunday, May 7 from 11:00 am—5:00 pm, St. Andrew’s is partnering with Applebee’s Restaurant in “Dining to Donate.15% of your food order will be donated by Applebee’s American back to St. Andrew’s Sight and Sound Fund. We will participate in the program the first Sunday of each month through December 2017. You must have a voucher from St.

Andrew’s to be eligible. Please pick up at St. Andrew’s. 
 
 
The Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus (GRAMC) will present their annual Spring Concert, Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Wilcox Theater of the Reif Performing Arts Center. Joining the chorus as guest performer will be violinist Olivia Skaja. This year’s theme is “Thank You for the Music”, and will feature a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, spirituals, folk songs and broadway tunes. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students.

 

Graduating Seniors and their parents are invited to attend a dinner honoring St. Andrew’s Students from the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:00 pm. Please RSVP by Sunday, May 8th by calling the church office 326-8508.
 
 

Help for John & Heather DeVries family – On March 7th, John made contact with an energized power line while restoring outages from a storm. The resulting injuries mean he is facing a long road to recovery.  John and Heather are coping with the fallout from his injury in addition to parenting three children age 3 and under!  Meal planning and preparation is a chore for lots of young families even without the added difficulty of medical challenges so we would like to invite you to help support them with freezer meals. John’s dietary needs at the present time call for high protein meal options such as marinated meats, meatballs, protein-heavy casseroles, etc.  However, family members do have lactose-intolerance issues so please avoid any recipes that include sour cream, milk or yogurt.  Recipes containing cheese are ok and it’s also ok to substitute almond milk for cow’s milk in recipes. The family likes rice dishes and soups but they aren’t big fans of pasta, mushrooms or celery.  It is easiest for the family for us to freeze our meal offerings and leave them in the freezers in the church kitchen for them to pick up.  Please write their name on the meal you leave so we know it’s intended for them.  If you have questions, please contact Kim Jamtgaard at 244-3355.  Thank you for supporting one of our St. Andrew’s families through this challenging time!

 

 

In an effort to reduce spending, St. Andrew’s will now be sending monthly newsletters via email as a pdf attachment to all those we have addresses for. Newsletters will only be mailed to those who are out of the area or those who do not have computer access. Please make sure we have your correct email address so we can be sure you don’t miss important information by calling the church office at 326-8508 or emailing saintand@saintand.org. The newsletter is also able to be viewed on our website at www.saintand.org.

 

Faith Chests – There are a few faith chest kits available for completion. Wood is cut to size,  hardware included along with the plans. If interested in keeping this ministry going, inquire in the church office.

 

 

The Altar Guild is responsible for many aspects of worship here at St. Andrew’s. Please consider joining us in our duties of baking communion bread, setting up for communion services, changing of the banners and paraments, attending to the candles and tapers and care of the Acolyte robes. Please contact Myrna Peterson at 301–6028 or by email myrnakay67@gmail.com to join the Altar Guild.

 

 

St. Andrew’s website—Check it out www.saintand.org. You’ll find a daily Bible reading, weekly announcements, church calendar so you can keep up with meetings and activities, monthly newsletters and much more! Open the website and just ‘click and go’ to navigate through the different pages.

 

A reminder to all congregation members. When writing checks to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, use only St. Andrew’s on the “Pay to the Order” line of your check. Anything else, such as Youth, WELCA, specific fundraising, etc., should be on the memo line. This change is part of our new accounting system. The various ministries are tracked by our accounting firm, but there are no longer individual bank accounts for each one.  The bank will be returning checks, to be reissued or corrected, by the maker of the check if they are written incorrectly.   

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool currently has two openings in the Monday-Wednesday-Friday class. This class is for 4-year-olds. There is also one opening in the Tuesday-Thursday class. This class is for children who were 3 years old by September 1, 2016. Please contact Kelly Olsen, Preschool Director, at 218-360-0293 for more information.  Registrations are NOW being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please contact Kelly Olsen for more information.

 

St. Andrew’s reminds you we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving is convenient for our congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. ‘Simply Giving’ is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Simply Giving’ is easy and convenient. If you would like to set up a convenient process for consistent giving to St. Andrew’s, please contact the church office at 326-8508. “Simply Giving’ participants can find laminated cards in the pews to place in the offering plate as an indication of your giving.
 
 

Did you know? Both St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and St. Andrew’s Preschool are enrolled as participating organizations in Thrivent Choice. Thrivent Choice is a charitable grant program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach grant funds each year. A donation is received whenever a Thrivent member designates their Thrivent Choice dollars. If you are interested in learning more about this, please visit the on-line catalog in the Thrivent Choice section at www.thrivent.com 

 

If our pastors can be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call. Please call the church office at 326-8508. If after hours and an emergency, please call Pastor David Anderson at 218-838-8202 or Pastor Megan Crouch at 231-730-4127.