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.


‘By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism’ You may have heard that we are marking the 500th

Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. It was October 31, 1517 that Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. Join Pastor Dave and Pastor Megan for a 7-session class designed to explore the biblical and historical context of the Small Catechism, its link to the church’s faith and its connection to Luther’s life and your life today. Each session will consist of a short video, time for discussion on the book and an opportunity to hear the words of the Small Catechism in a new way. Beginning September 26, ‘By Heart’ will be offered twice each week: Tuesdays at 10:00 am and repeated Sunday between worship services at 9:30 am. The cost for the participant book is $12.99. Please sign up by September 15 so that we can order the books. We will also have a copy “on reserve” in the St. Andrew’s library, which you can read in the library whenever the church is open. Dates/Topic: Sept 26/Oct 1 The Story of the Small Catechism; Oct 3/Oct 8 The Ten Commandments; Oct 10/Oct 15 The Apostles Creed; Oct 17/Oct 22 The Lord’s Prayer; Oct 24/Nov 5 The Sacrament of Baptism and Confession Oct 31 /Nov 12 The Sacrament of the Altar; Nov 7/Nov 19 Daily Prayer and the Household Chart. Participants will get the most out of the study by reading the appropriate chapter of the book prior to each session. Come be renewed in your faith! Come and (re)learn more about Luther, Lutheranism and the Small Catechism.  



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.


Prayer Shawl Ministry has received a Thrivent Grant for yarn for making prayer shawls.  If you need yarn to make a prayer shawl, some will be available at our October 24 meeting.  Our October 24, 10:00am, meeting will be a special project event to show off some of our prayer shawls, display some of the yarn we have purchased, and have us show the work we are doing to benefit those in need in our church and community.  Hope to see you all September 26, 10:00am; but if not then, for sure on October 24.  For more information contact Gail Olijnek, 326-2431.

Monday Night Bible Study Group, led by members of the group, will continue the series “Parables: The Greatest Stories Ever Told” September 25 at 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room. The study is Bible based and meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.   Everyone welcome; please join us. This Life Guide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader’s notes and a ‘Now or Later’ section in each study. Upcoming Lessons are: “Parables of Money & Self-Worth” “The Wise & Foolish Virgins” “Parable of the Talents” “The Pharisee & the Tax Collector” “Parable of the Rich Fool” “The Rich Man & Lazarus”   Each lesson is stand alone; come when you can or come to all.
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.  Please sign up on the kiosk to volunteer on Tuesday, September 26.  


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, October 1.

Rascals will be rewarded with an interesting and informative program given by Doug Hart who has spent a lot of time working with immigration. There’s much misinformation floating around and Doug can give us the real scoop. Thursday, October 12 at 5:00 pm with $8 for the delicious home cooked meal following. Please sign up on the kiosk by October 8th and make checks payable to Jean Gardner. Be there or be square! 😉


St. Andrew’s Preschool continues to accept 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.


St. Andrew’s wants you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as your kid’s head back to school! We care about staying in touch with young people while they take this next step in their lives, and try to send care packages and cards several times a year. To do this, we need addresses! Please send the mailing address and e-mailing address of any kid’s you have in school, trade school, or taking vocational training to Pastor Megan. Master’s programs count too. We want to walk with these young adults and support them as a congregation!


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, September 17 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.