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 will be for sale in the Fellowship Hall Sunday, May 7. Assorted flavors of coffee (drip and whole bean), tea, chocolate bars, baking cocoa, hot chocolate and almonds are available. All proceeds support small farmers in Asia, Africa and South America.  Equal exchange Coffee can be purchased during the week through the church office.
 
 

Crucified: By My Hands? For My Sake! Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continuing for the next 5 Wednesdays, and even perhaps through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we will be looking at the crucifixion of Jesus through the lens of biblical characters. Each night’s theme and character will be introduced through a brief homily, which will be followed by a member of our congregation portraying a biblical character who actually did have a hand in the crucifixion of Jesus. Each character realizes that Jesus’ death was in some way by their hand. But more importantly, they realize that Jesus’ death was for their sake. Each week we will come to grasp that we are not innocent either. Our actions, or lack of action, our words or our silence make us complicit in Jesus’ death. And yet, in the ultimate act of love – going to the cross as our Servant-King, Jesus defeated the power of sin, death and the devil – For our Sake. Consider this hymn text:  Was it for sins that I had done he groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity, grace unknown, and love beyond degree. ELW #337, stanza 2

Yes, it was by our hand – “by sins I had done.”

And Yes, it was for our sake – “love beyond degree.”

Prior to worship on Wednesdays during Lent starting March 8, we gather at 6:00 pm for a light meal of soup and bread. There will also be a light meal served at 6:00 pm on Maundy Thursday. Free-will offering collected for the meals.

 

 

Helping our sister congregation—Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Duluth suffered a serious fire last February 2016 which destroyed their 1906 sanctuary and caused extensive damage to the 1950s education and office building. Located in the central hillside area of Duluth, they are committed to a ministry with and to those in homeless shelters, low income housing and nursing homes. Their church family is now displaced and worshiping in a temporary location, but are planning to rebuild the interior of their sanctuary. While their insurance coverage was very good, it will not cover all expenses involved, and we at St. Andrew’s would like to show our support of their ministry. To that end, a Thrivent Action Team and WELCA will host the Lenten supper on Wednesday, April 5 and all donations will go directly to Gloria Dei. Please join us for the meal, and if you would like to assist, contact Jan Bilden or Francis Haubrich. Gloria Dei has been directly or indirectly responsible for 44 congregations or ministry institutions and now find themselves a mission congregation. How fortunate we are to be able to help!

 

Hawaiian Luau fundraiser for St. Andrew’s Preschool!! Enjoy a Saturday morning filled with family, fun and dancing at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00-11:30 am. $2.00 a person gains you Entrance to the dance, Fun craft, Popcorn snack, Drinks and other fun surprises. Please join us for this great event.

 

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.

 

Are your taste buds aquiver for some lefse? The St. Andrew’s Scholarship crew is making up a batch of lefse just for you! For $3, you can pick up a pack of fresh homemade lefse on Palm Sunday, April 9. All monies collected from the sale will benefit the St. Andrew’s Scholarship Fund. Thanks to all for supporting the growth and learning of our St. Andrew’s students.
 
 

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, April 10.  A new Bible Study begins March 27 and the topic will be “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. 

 

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.

 

St. Andrew’s Rascals—will not meet in April.  Watch for announcement for a May gathering.  

 

If you are a St. Andrew’s member and are seeking a post-secondary education in 2017, then here’s an opportunity for you! Apply for one of five $250 St. Andrew’s scholarships. The application is available online at www.saintand.org under the “Health and Wellness” tab. Applications must be posted and transcripts received by April 1, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded in May 2017.

 

The April 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.

 

Spring Clean-Up Day will be Saturday, April 29 starting at 9:00 am. Please bring yard tools, chainsaws, leaf blowers, wheelbarrows, etc. to help make beautiful the grounds of St. Andrew’s. Please come help us!

 

CONGREGATIONAL FORUM Sunday, April 23—All are invited to be part of this meeting to get an update from the Congregation Council as to how this congregation is doing as concerns our giving vis-à-vis the budget. The plan is to hold such information meetings after each quarter of the year. The council will be reviewing our financial reports from the first quarter of 2017 at their meeting on April 18th, and will then be able to share them and any insights they may have with interested congregation members the very next Sunday.  In response to a recommendation made by the Finance Team, the council will also be presenting several alternative scenarios for our ministry together. The Finance Team suggested presenting a plan of what our ministry might look like if our congregational giving is less than we had anticipated.   This is particularly pertinent as we have already reduced our budget to “bare bones.”   They suggested presenting contingency plans that would have St. Andrew’s reducing its expenses by $20,000 and $16,000 and $12,000 per year.   The council will also be presenting scenarios how we might grow our ministries, as they believe that God is calling us to make an even greater impact not only in the lives of those who worship here, but in the lives of people all around us in our community. Shrinking ministry is daunting. Expanding ministry is exciting!  Come on Sunday, April 23rd, and be part of this important conversation. The ministry we do together deserves more than just the cursory look we give it at a once-a-year Annual Meeting.

 

 
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  Thrivent Choice dollars expire March 31, 2017.  Designate yours soon.

 

If our pastor 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.