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”
Thank you to Men’s Choir and the Handbell Choir for providing special music this morning.
In our prayers:  Brian Busby, Leonn Greiner, Eileen Grosland, Kristi Kral, Vicky Lorenz, Cheryl Pauli, 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.  

We warmly welcome our newest members to St. Andrew’s! They are being received into membership Sunday, October 7 at worship.  Joining are:  Christopher, Christina, Ella and Kiel Monson; Gail Nelson; Aaron and Emily Burnside; and Chris, Nikki and Catherine Rud.   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.

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.  
Women of the ELCA Living Waters Conference Fall Gathering will be held Saturday, October 6th at St. Andrew’s.  Registration, coffee and rolls 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  $8.00 includes noon lunch.  Peg Christensen, Conference Coordinator, will lead the Gathering commencing at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship and Holy Communion will be presided by Pastor Vicki Taylor.   All women are welcome.  Please contact Diane Mangseth or Diane Hannah for more information.  
Who Is Your Neighbor?  You won’t want to miss the Monday Movie – Lunch – Discussion at the Reif Center Monday, October 8 starting at 10:00 am.  The focus of the movie, coincidently, is the cover story of Living Lutheran:  Heaven and Hell!  The commercial movie addresses this topic from the point of view of a fundamental pastor who comes to a crisis of faith over this issue.  No need to pre-register.  There will be a number of extra lunches available for $10 which includes soup, wrap, dessert and beverage.

Rascals will meet on Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 pm. Timberlake Lodge will cater the meal for $9.00. We’ll just visit and catch up with each other and discuss our meal options. Sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, 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.   Fall   Clean-Up Day is next Saturday, October 13 starting at 8:00 am. Please bring rakes, leaf blowers, wheelbarrows, etc. to help beautify the grounds of St. Andrew’s. Many hands make light work!!     Pat Surface and the Boundary Water Boys concert next Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 pm at St. Andrew’s. St. Andrew’s youth will be serving pie following the concert. Donations of pies being sought. Pat and Donna Surface will be providing music Sunday morning at our 9:00 am worship service.

St. Andrew’s Preschool has 2 openings for the upcoming school year in the 4-5 year old class.  This class meets Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 am, following the ISD 318 calendar.  Please call Sarah Litchke, Preschool Director, at 218-259-3043 for more information.  
Quarterly Budget Presentation—there will be a budget presentation at a special forum on Sunday, October 21st starting at 8:00 am.  Everyone welcome.
Please join us for a benefit to help Kristi Kral with medical related costs due to pancreatic cancer treatment on Sunday, October 21 at Grand Rapids Eagles Club from 1:00-6:00 pm. Spaghetti dinner; baked goods; music; drawings. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
It’s lefse time!!  Beginning at 9:00 am both days, we will be making/baking lefse for the annual fall bazaar on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 38.  Be watching for sign-up sheets and more information soon.
2018 Open Door Coat Rack.  Please check your closets for coats and boots you no longer need and bring them to church.  CLEAN, gently worn coats in good repair appreciated.  Please no jackets with advertising on back.  All sizes from infant snowsuits to adult jackets are needed.  We are also collecting hats and mittens.  Drop off your donations, etc. in the large box in the Narthex now through October 19th.  We’re looking for someone to deliver the coats to the Grand Rapids United Methodist Church weekly.  Please call St. Andrew’s 326-8508 if you can help.  Volunteers will be needed to help with distribution at the United Methodist Church on October 23rd and 24th.    Please call the United Methodist Church at 327-2216 to help with distribution.  
Women of ELCA Fall Bazaar and luncheon Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm.   Featured Items:  cookie walk, lefse, baked goods, canned goods, Equal Exchange coffee, and crafts.  The youth will be selling books and games.  Soup, roll, pie and beverage lunch $8.00.  
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 October, November and 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!!
Via de Cristo – If you have not attended a Via de Cristo weekend, you have an opportunity in October.  Via de Cristo is a three-day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians and bring them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace.  It begins on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon and is open to married people and single men and women.   The participants live, study, worship and commune together daily.  Through 14 progressive talks, Via de Cristo gives attendees a living understanding of basic Christian truths.  There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and a time for prayer.   The weekends will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.  The men’s weekend is October 4-7 and the women’s is October 11-14.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Myrna Peterson at or phone 218-301-6028.
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.

Anyone interested in being responsible to water the indoor plants here at St. Andrew’s on a regular basis?  Please contact Angie in the church office 326-8508.