WE WELCOME YOU to WORSHIP at St. Andrew’s!  A special welcome to visitors and guests. If you don’t have a church home in Grand Rapids, we invite you to consider St. Andrew’s. If our pastor can be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call the church at (218) 326-8508.


10:20 am Sunday school classes for Children, Youth & Adults using “The Story”
In our prayers:  Brian Busby, Tina Karges, Kristi Kral, Margaret Myers, Cheryl Pauli, David Schumacher, Stephanie Stevens, Cindy Walberg and our many shut-ins
The members of the PRAYER CHAIN are ready to offer their confidential help and support through prayer.  Please contact Jean Gardner at 999-9890 or Gail Olijnek at 326-2431 with your prayer requests.  
St. Andrew’s family is on an exciting journey through the Bible, using The Story as our guide!   If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to order books ($5 The Story; $7 study guide). The Story is an abridged, chronological sojourn through the Bible arranged in 31 chapters, using the text of the NIV Bible. We journey from Genesis through Revelation. Education for everyone—Adult study groups are formed, Sunday school is using The Story Children’s Curriculum, and there is Teen Curriculum for our youth. Sign up on the table in Fellowship Hall to order books for the study and also sign up to be a host and to join a group.   “The Story” is offered multiple times during the week.   The studies are open to everyone (male and female). Plan to join us. Sunday mornings following the 9:00 am worship in the Fellowship Hall. Monday night at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Tuesday morning at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room.
We are better together! Yes, God is calling us into a new and exciting chapter of ministry together as Christ’s church…together! It is For Such a Time as This that we are inviting your prayers, involvement and generosity as we seek to take care of a number of facility and property improvements and maintenance. We find joy as we care for the Lord’s church and as we renew our commitment to reach out to and welcome in our Grand Rapids neighbors. And be inspired by member’s faith devotions, which are emailed out each day. Please let our office know if we don’t as yet have your email address. Otherwise printed Appeal Devotions are available on the table in the Narthex. Initial Packets were delivered to our members last week. Please let the church office know if you didn’t receive one.
Sunday School Christmas Program will be presented at the 9:00 am worship service on Sunday, December 16th. All Sunday school kids are encouraged to participate in the program. All kids will get to wear costumes and help teach the story of Christ’s miraculous birth. Students will rehearse on Sunday mornings during the Sunday school hour and will have a dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 15th starting at 3:00 pm. Parents, please make every effort to have your child at all rehearsal times.
St. Andrew’s Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm.  Anyone interested in the choir and ringing bells, please join us at our rehearsal.  For more information, please contact the church office.  Men’s Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm and the Mixed Choir rehearses from 6:30-7:30 pm.  New choir members are always welcome.  
The fourth Tuesday of each month, St. Andrew’s works at the Community Café at the Keisler Wellness Center. Two volunteers are needed from 4:00-6:30 pm to help serve and clean up on Tuesday, January 22. Please sign up on the kiosk in the Fellowship Hall if you can help.

Rascals will meet on Thursday, December 13 at 5:00 pm. Timberlake Lodge will cater the meal for $9.00. Please bring a wrapped gift to share.  Sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, December October 7th. Make checks payable to Jean Gardner. We hope to have a good crowd, so we can decide how we want to proceed with Rascals.  

Shop ELCA Good Gifts this Christmas for gifts that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. ‘Good Gifts’ tags are located outside the church office. Make checks payable to St. Andrew’s and write “Good Gifts” in the memo. Leave a note as to what you are paying for with your check in the church office.
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank “Giving Tree.” We are again participating in the “Giving Tree.” The purpose of the Itasca Holiday Program is to provide two nonviolent educational gifts and a book for children ages one year to 12 years old who are from families who are working but could use assistance. Gingerbread boys and girls have been placed on the Christmas tree in the Narthex. Please take a tag, purchase the age appropriate gifts and return unwrapped to St. Andrew’s by Wednesday, December 12. Volunteer needed to drop off gifts at Zion Lutheran Church. Please contact Angie in the church office if you can help with this.
Worship Assistants needed.  Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to be Greeters, Lectors, Ushers and/or Communion Assistants.  Sign-up sheets are available for December on the kiosk in the Narthex.   Please sign up!
Please help keep St. Andrew’s Faith Chest Ministry vital.  We’re looking for hands interested in building/assembling faith chests that are given to children being baptized at St. Andrew’s.  Building plans are available or create your own style.  Please check with Angie in the church office for desired sizes.  Also, looking for someone to sew pads to put inside the Faith Chests.  If you’re able to help build faith chests or sew the pads, please contact the church office at (218) 326-8508.  THANK YOU!!
Time to freshen up St. Andrews!  Looking for volunteers to assist with painting interior walls of St. Andrew’s.  If you are able to help do some painting, check out the sign up board on the hallway bulletin board. Looking for a way you can help out around St. Andrew’s, but don’t know where to start?
Check out the Jobs Board located in the Fellowship Hall.  Small projects are listed on note cards that we are looking for congregational members to tackle.  Take a card for the project you, your family or a small group would like to champion and tackle the project.  If you have any questions, please contact a committee member listed on the Jobs Board.