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 Nursery will be provided starting Sunday, September 17 at the 8:00 am worship service. Nursery is for children under 3 years old.

 

Kids Quiet Zone—This is a fun quiet place for families with busy youngsters to spend time during worship, and still be a part of worship. Families are welcome to use the space which is designed to provide a quiet outlet for children. We ask that parents supervise their kids while there, and clean up after them. We hope this space will provide another way for families with young children to participate in worship together.

 

St. Andrew’s Church Council will present at Forum this morning beginning at 9:15 am to look at the 2018 Implications of Reduced Income. All St. Andrew’s members are encouraged to attend.  

 

Middle School Youth Christmas Party today, December 10th from 12:00-2:00 pm. Please bring a $5 gift for the gift exchange and come ready to have fun! Games, food, and Jan Stenson will be doing a canvas painting class with the kids. Parents needed to help and friends are welcome. Come join us!!!!

 

Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus and Friends will present their annual Christmas Concert Sunday, December 10, 2:30 pm, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Joining the chorus for the performance will be the St. Andrew’s Bell Choir and the Greenway Raider Singers. The concert will include both sacred and secular songs of the holiday season. Refreshments will be served following the performance. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken.

 

Celebration of Light and Music today at Camp Hiawatha from 2:00-7:00 pm. Spend an afternoon of fellowship, holiday fare, winter activities and celebrating the season of Advent. There is something for all ages as we gather in community to prepare our hearts for the coming Christ child. We invite you to participate in all or part of this day. See schedule posted on the kiosk.
 

All women are invited to join us at Coffee and Conversation on Tuesday, December 12 at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room. We are trying out an ELCA study called Daily Faith Practices based on the Sunday readings. Enjoy meaningful conversation, good treats and an opportunity to enrich your faith and worship experience.

 

We are again participating in the Itasca Holiday Program “Giving Tree.” The purpose of this 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 will be placed on the Christmas tree in the Narthex following the Women of the ELCA bazaar. To participate, please take a gingerbread tag from the tree, purchase the age appropriate gifts, and return unwrapped to St. Andrew’s no later than Wednesday, December 13.

 

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.

 

Youth Nights are now on WEDNESDAYS from 6:00-8:00 pm. We start with dinner which FINK kids and leaders, and choir members are welcome to join us for! Then there are devotions, activities, and more. We need your help to make youth ministry happen. Volunteer to cook or help at a youth night by signing up on our website or on the Youth Board in the Fellowship Hall.

 

We have started practicing for our Sunday School Christmas Program “Christmas around the World!” Sunday school kids ages pre-K through Middle school will be practicing lines, songs, and making crafts each Sunday in December. Practice for all costumed and speaking characters on Saturday, December 16th from 9:30-11:00 am. Our program will be presented on Sunday, December 17th at 10:30 am worship, with a special presentation from our middle school students at the 8:00 am service! Please be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend this special Sunday and journey around the world with us as we learn how our brothers and sisters in faith celebrate the birth of Christ!!!! The kids are very excited to see you there!!!!

 

The second annual Sundae Sunday is coming up December 17th. After each of the church services, ice cream sundaes capped off with variety of delicious toppings can be purchased with all funds collected going towards the St. Andrew’s Church Scholarship Fund. This ministry supports church members who are pursuing post-secondary endeavors.

 

Volunteers are being sought for characters in the Christmas Eve adult live nativity during the 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm worship services on Sunday, December 24. Help is needed to assist with costumes and to help assemble fencing for the animals in the live nativity outside. In addition, help will be needed to assemble the outdoor Nativity stable and fences, clear the hillside path of snow, and set out and light the luminaries (this is a great family activity) in the parking lot on Christmas Eve. Sign-up sheets are posted on the kiosk. Please call the church office at 326-8508 and talk to Angie for more information.

 

The fourth Tuesday of each month, St. Andrew’s will be working at the Community Cafe at its new location in the Kiesler Wellness Center.  We will be part of the Community Cafe’s mission to serve a nutritious meal to low income families and people with disabilities while providing all with a sense of social connection. Two volunteers are needed 2:00-4:30 pm to prepare the meal, and two are needed from 4:00-6:30 pm to serve and clean up.  Sign up on the kiosk to volunteer Tuesday, December 26.  

 

ELCA Good Gifts – Advent Tree with Good Gifts ornaments is set up in the Fellowship Hall.   You can give chicks, honey bees, a goat, a pig, fruit trees or school fees, even a COW! and more If we fulfilled all the ornaments on the tree, St. Andrew’s will have donations over $3,000 to the ELCA Good Gifts project. WOW!! Checks can be made payable to St. Andrew’s and indicate “Good Gifts” in the memo of your check.

 

 
Monday Night Bible Study Group, led by members of the group, series titled “Decisions – Seeking God’s Guidance by Donald Baker.  Do you sometimes wish that the Bible could make your decisions for you? Donald Baker is familiar with this desire. He writes, “God has given me free will, and while I appreciate his confidence in my ability to choose, there are times when I wish that he would make the decisions for me.” The Bible won’t give you a direct answer to each choice you face, but the Bible will teach you how to make decisions wisely, confidently and in harmony with God’s will.

 January 8         Ch 1    Why is God Silent? Isaiah 58

January 22        Ch 2    Hard & Painful Decisions Acts 20:17 – 21:14

February 12       Ch 3    God’s Unique Plan Romans 12

February 26       Ch 4    The Anatomy of a Wise Decision Proverbs 3:1-26

March 12           Ch 5    Good Advice 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:8

March 26           Ch 6    Keep on Praying Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8

April 9              Ch 7    How Does God Speak John 14:15-27

April 23            Ch 8    What if I Make the Wrong Decision Genesis 16

May 14             Ch 9    Worry-Free Decisions Luke 12:13-34

 
 

 

The first Sunday of each month 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. Thank you for ‘Dining to Donate’ and supporting St. Andrew’s on Sunday, December 3.
 
 
Get ready to party, Rascals! Thursday, December 14th is our annual Christmas party where we bring a “white elephant” gift and share some time, laughs, songs and delicious food. The cost is still $8.00, and the time is still 5:00 pm. Please sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, December 10th and make checks payable to Jean Gardner. Ho Ho Hope to see you!
 

2018 Offering Envelopes are available in the Fellowship Hall. Please help us save postage and pick yours up today.

 

Worship Assistants are needed for Christmas Eve services (9:00 am, 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 10:30 pm). Please contact Angie in the church office to help. January/February/March worship assistants needed. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

 

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.  Equal Exchange Coffee will be served and for sale on Sunday, November 5 in the Fellowship Hall at St. Andrew’s.
 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 

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 

 

The members of the PRAYER CHAIN are ready to offer their confidential help and support through prayer. Please call Jean Gardner at 999-9890 or Gail Olijnek at 326-2431 with your prayer requests.

 

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