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.


Tuesday Summer Concert Series July 10th at Our Redeemer Lutheran with ‘Northern MN Memories & Musings.” Original songs with northwoods themes; vocal guitar and spoons with John & Sandy Perkins. Concerts are every Tuesday from 12:00-12:45 pm; free will offering . Lunch follows at 12:45 pm; $6.00/ person. See complete schedule on the kiosk.


WORSHIP SCHEDULE – 9:00 AM Sundays; 6:00 PM Wednesdays Lakeside

Ministry of Hospitality opportunity—looking for volunteer(s) with side-by-side wheeler to help transport people down to the lakeside for Wednesday worship services. Please contact Pastor Dave or the church office if you can help. Wednesday worship begins at 6:00 pm.


Women’s Coffee and Conversation Group will continue meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:30-11:00 am in the Fireside Room. They will next meet Tuesday, July 17. We are very enthused about the Bible study being used based on the Sunday scripture lessons. This is an opportunity for fellowship and to deepen our faith through Bible study. All ages of women are welcome. Questions? Please call Myrna Peterson at 218-301-6028.  

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.

Jan Bilden, our organist, will be joined by Anissa Grotjohn (flute) and Kristine Arntson (violin) for a noon recital on Wednesday, July 18 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing. Hibbing is in it’s 20th year of Organs in Review summer series. Everyone welcome!


Holy Smoke BBQ, July 20, 2018 at Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids 4:30-7:00 pm. All are welcome at this phenomenal community BBQ where they’re serving up BBQ’d pork loin and chicken, calico beans, coleslaw, rolls, and homemade pie. Eat-in or carry-out! Check out our silent auction, dessert auction, country store, and kids games too.​ Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Kids, $50 for a family of four available at Community Presbyterian Church. Contact Katie Petermeier at (218) 326-8515 or office@communitypresbyterianchurch.com.


The fourth Tuesday of each month, St. Andrew’s will be working at the Community Café 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 4:00-6:00 pm to serve the meal and help with clean up.  Please sign up on the kiosk to volunteer on Tuesday, July 24th .  


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY—July 26th is St. Andrew’s build day for Itasca Habitat for Humanity. Habitat has begun construction of a new home near the old hospital building in Grand Rapids.  Concrete is poured along with lay out of the walls for framing.  If you have the time to spend a day or just a few hours that day, please sign up to help on the kiosk. If you have any questions, please call Jim Willford at 218-244-8990 or email jvwillfo@paulbunyan.net.


Prayer Shawl Ministry will not meet throughout the summer, but will meet the 4th Tuesday of each month starting in September 2018 through May 2019.  Please continue to knit/crochet and pray as you find time this summer.  If you finish a prayer shawl, please bring it into the church office as prayer shawls are always needed.  We still have beautiful yarn available through the Thrivent action team event, so if you need some to make a prayer shawl, contact Gail Olijnek at 218-326-2431.  Thank you all for continuing to be a part of this important ministry of the church. 


Time to freshen up St. Andrews!  We are looking for volunteers to assist with painting the interior walls of St. Andrew’s.  If you are able to help purchase paint and supplies or would like to volunteer to do the painting, check out the sign up board in the Fellowship Hall.


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.


July/August Worship Assistants needed. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to be Greeters, Lectors, Ushers and/or Communion Assistants. Assistants are needed for 9:00 am Sunday worship services and 6:00 pm Wednesday worship services.


St. Andrew’s Spud Shack—St. Andrew’s youth will once again be serving spuds at the 2018 Car Show/Swap Meet Friday-Sunday, July 27th-29th. If you’re walking around the fairgrounds July 27th-29th, be sure to stop by and see us for a fresh baked potato, caramel apple slices, cold pop or water, walking taco or giant pickle!! If you’re a high school or middle school youth, plan to volunteer to earn funds for our youth ministry program and future service learning trips!     Many volunteers will be needed. Please watch for sign up sheets to be posted in the Fellowship Hall in early July.


Bike and Build – St. Andrew’s once again has the privilege of hosting the Bike and Build riders Friday, July 20th—Saturday, July 21st. This is a group of college students who spend their summer biking across the United States raising funds and awareness for affordable housing programs. Come meet them as we serve them dinner on Friday, July 20th and hear about their amazing journey. Plus kids can bring their bikes and go for a short ride with members of the group. Anyone who would like to participate should bring their bikes and helmets. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm with presentation and ride to follow. Hope to see you there. If you would like to volunteer to help with this dinner, please contact Kory Cease for more information.


CLEANERS – After more than two decades of cleaning at St. Andrew’s, the mother-daughter team of Alvina Mathiason and Keyna Childs have determined that it is time to step down. Their last day on the job will be August 20th. While the Executive Team needs to do some work on the Job Description, the Council wanted to let the congregation know now, in case there may be members who want to express an interest in the position. It could be one person, or, as has been the case the past 24 years, a team of 2. It might be perfect for a recently retired person or couple, or a younger parent who may have some time while the kids are at school. During the school year, it is a 10-15 hour/week position; less during the summer months. If you have questions or suggestions, please talk with Steve Teff, President of the Council (218-326-4128) or with Pastor Dave.


PRESCHOOL TEACHER – St. Andrew’s Preschool is looking for a Lead Teacher for the 3-year-old class beginning September 2018. This is a Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 am – noon position, plus 2 hours prep time for each of those days. If you are interested in more information, please talk with Sarah Litchke, Preschool Director (218-259-3043) or Pastor Dave.


HANDBELL CHOIR DIRECTOR – St. Andrew’s is also in need of a person to direct our Handbell Choir. The Handbell Choir practices weekly during the school year and plays one Sunday each month during worship. If you have questions or suggestions, please talk with Pastor Dave.


Quilting Ministry will not be meeting during the summer but you can still help! Pick up a quilt top kit, take it home, sew it together according to the instructions and return it to the bin located in the Fellowship Hall by the office windows. Help us make this a record year for LWR quilts. Questions? Call Gail Shoemaker at 218-245-1202.


Special music for summer worship… Our Men’s, Mixed and Hand Bell Choirs are on break for the summer months. If you or a family member would be interested and willing to provide special music on a Sunday morning this summer at our 9:00 am worship service, please contact Pastor David Anderson to schedule. We’re also looking for musicians (especially guitarists) for Wednesday worship services at 6:00 pm. Please contact Pastor David. He can be reached at the church office (218) 326-8508 or via email at pastordavid@saintand.org.


Quilting Ministry—the quilters will not be meeting during the summer but you can still help! Pick up a quilt top kit, take it home, sew it together according to the instructions and return it to the bin located under the long table by the office windows. Help us make this a record year for LWR quilts. Questions? Please call Gail Shoemaker at 245-1202.



August/September Worship Assistants needed. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to be Greeters, Lectors, Ushers and/or Communion Assistants. Assistants are needed for 9:00 am Sunday worship and 6:00 pm Wednesday worship services.



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. 

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? St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is 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 218-999-9890 or Gail Olijnek at 218-326-2431 with your prayer requests.


If our pastor 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.