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 our visitors. Holy communion is served today by intinction, dipping of bread into the wine. Gluten free wafers and white grape juice are also available. Come, all are welcome. Please let an usher know if you prefer Holy Communion brought to you in the pew.

 

St. Andrew’s has a Staffed Nursery for parents with young children during 8:00 am worship service this morning. The Nursery is available to children 3 years and younger and is located in the Education Wing.

 

Beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 28) and ending Labor Day weekend, worship schedule will be one Sunday service at 9:00 am and a 6:00 pm Wednesday lakeside worship.

 

The first Sunday of each month now through December, St. Andrew’s is partnering with Applebee’s in “Dining to Donate.15% of your food order will be donated by Applebee’s back to St. Andrew’s Sight and Sound Fund. You must have a voucher from St. Andrew’s to be eligible, available at St. Andrew’s. Thank you for ‘Dining to Donate’ and supporting St. Andrew’s. July 2 vouchers are available on the table in the Narthex at St. Andrew’s.

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2017 and toilet trained. Please contact Kelly Olsen, Preschool Director, at 218-360-0293 for more information and to register.

 

Tuesday Summer Concert Series June 27 at First Lutheran Church. “Over the Rainbow” music that we love to play and sing, woven together in harmony and performed on guitar and ukulele by Maria Annoni, Jonathon Shields and Marina Whight. Free will offering for concert. Each concert begins at 12:00 noon with lunch served at 12:45 pm. $6.00/person for lunch.

 

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, we have one Sunday service at 9:00 am and a 6:00 pm Wednesday lakeside worship.

 

W-O-W—Worship on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm down by the lakeside. Each weekly worship includes Holy Communion. Weather permitting, worship is followed by a campfire with hotdogs and S’mores. In case of inclement weather, worship is held in the Sanctuary.

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2017 and toilet trained. Please contact Kelly Olsen, Preschool Director, at 218-360-0293 for more information and to register.

 

In an effort to reduce spending, St. Andrew’s is now sending monthly newsletters via email 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 so we can be sure you don’t miss important information by calling the church office at 326-8508 or emailing saintand@saintand.org. For those without computer access, stop in the church office for a printed copy.

 

St. Andrew’s Youth For Hire – Do you have a project around the house that you need some extra help with, leaves to be raked, windows to be washed, wood piles moved, floors to be scrubbed? St. Andrew’s youth are at your service! We are happy to help out with your project and accepting donations for our 2017 Service Learning Trip to Seattle. Our theme this year is “Expanding Faith” and it focuses on how faith has been shared in the past, and how we share our faith with others today. Service learning trips are great opportunities for youth to really focus on their faith journey and relationship with God through Bible study, service work, cultural learning, team building and fun! We appreciate all St. Andrew’s does to support youth in going on these trips. If you’d like to hire the youth or you’d like more information on Service Learning Trips, please contact Pastor Megan.

 

We are pleased to announce that we have two St. Andrew’s Summer cruises planned on the special equipped

“Lets Go Fishing” pontoon. They will be Sundays, July 9th and August 20th from 4:00-6:30 pm. This will allow us time to have a fun and informative tour on Pokegama Lake and also to break bread [sandwiches or pizza] together as we thank God for all of the blessings that He has given us. You will board at the Tioga Beach pier where we can load walkers or wheelchairs if needed. Please contact Marn Flicker 326-0811 to reserve a spot on these tours. We are limited to 10 guests so reserve a spot early if you wish to join in on one of these tours.

 

St. Andrew’s Spud Shack is coming up soon! Youth will once again be selling spuds at the fairgrounds during the Car Show/Swap Meet the weekend of July 28th-30th. We need LOTS of volunteers to make this event successful. Please sign up to work the booth, bake potatoes, help with prep work and set up, or be a runner helping get things to and from the booth on the sign up sheets on the kiosk. All funds raised will go towards supporting the high school and middle school youth ministry program here at St. Andrew’s. Thanks for your help!

 
 

Water Filter Festival – Ready, Set, Get WET!!!!! It’s time for our 2nd annual Water Filter Festival on Wednesday, August 2nd! This year, we will have special guests with us at the event from our companion synod in Honduras. (They are the ones who help distribute the water filters.) Join us for minnow races, water balloon fights, cardboard canoe races and, of course, try to dunk the Pastors in the dunk tank! All funds raised will be used to support clean water projects in Honduras and around the world: Schedule of events:

1:30-3:00 pm—Cardboard canoe building starts – teams of youth (or adults welcome to participate!)

3:30 pm—Water games, dunk tank, minnow races and more!

5:30 pm—Water Balloon FIGHT

6:00 pm—Lakeside worship and bonfire

7:00 pm—Cardboard Canoe Races on McKinney Lake

Join us for all the fun. We will also be signing up volunteers in the fellowship hall – youth and adult volunteers needed. Please see Pastor Megan for more details.

 

Guests from Honduras—St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church will be hosting several guests from Honduras this August and is looking for people to help by offering housing for 2 males or 2 females on August 2nd and 3rd. Our guests are all leading members of the Lutheran Church in Honduras, and are very kind. Please contact Pastor Megan if you can help with housing and be sure to come to the water filter festival and to Wednesday night worship on August 2nd to meet our guests.

 

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.
 
 

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.

 
 
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.

 

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 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.