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.

 

The first Sunday of each month now 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, available at St. Andrew’s. Thank you for ‘Dining to Donate’ and supporting St. Andrew’s. September 3 vouchers are available at St. Andrew’s.

 

Tuesday Summer Concert Series August 22 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. “Swing Deliver” 12-member Big Band playing selections from the ‘Swing Era.’ Free will offering for concert. Each concert begins at 12:00 noon with lunch served at 12:45 pm. $6.00/person for lunch.

 

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, we have one Sunday service at 9:00 am and a 6:00 pm Wednesday lakeside worship.

 

W-O-W—Worship on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm down by the lakeside. Each weekly worship includes Holy Communion. Weather permitting, worship is followed by a campfire with hotdogs and S’mores. In case of inclement weather, worship is held in the Sanctuary.

 

ATTENTION RASCALS! Our first meeting will be Thursday, September 7th which is a week early. We have to meet the first Thursday of September because the younger “rascals” of the church will be preparing for the Bargains are Great on 38 Sale on the second Thursday. September meeting will be a time to visit and catch up with one another. Please sign up on the kiosk by Friday, September 1st which is earlier than usual because Labor Day complicates matters. Deb and Shelly will be preparing a delicious meal for us, and they’re keeping the price at $8.00. Where else do you find a full delicious meal for that price?! Put September 7th on your calendar for a fun evening!

 

Rally Sunday is Coming!! Be sure to put Sunday, September 10th on your calendar, because you won’t want to miss all the fun of Rally Sunday! We will have an outdoor worship (weather permitting) at 9:00 am in the practice field across the road from the church with tons of great music, communion and more! Then it’s back to the church parking lot for a kid’s carnival complete with Bounce house, games, prizes and face painting. A free community picnic will also be held at St. Andrew’s during the carnival. Finally, we will work on several service projects to celebrate God’s Work, Our Hand’s Day, an ELCA event in which congregations from all across the nation share God’s love through service work. It’s a great Sunday and you won’t want to miss any of the fun!!!!

 

Thirsty for a root beer float?  Members of the St. Andrew’s Scholarship Committee are serving up and selling tasty root beer floats on Sunday, September 17th. This is one of several efforts throughout the year to raise money to add to the church scholarship fund with the goal to support all of our congregation members pursuing post-secondary education. In addition to supporting the cause, you can enjoy a delicious treat!

 

Monday Night Bible Study Group, led by members of the group, will continue the series “Parables: The Greatest Stories Ever Told” in September. 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: “The Wheat & the Weeds” “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.

 

Everyone interested in becoming part of the family of faith at St. Andrew’s should participate in New Member Classes.  During this class, we cover the basics of Christianity from a distinctly Lutheran perspective and are introduced to the ministries of St. Andrew’s.  New Member Classes will be offered Thursdays, September 21 and September 28, with new members received into membership on Sunday, October 8 at the 10:30 am worship service. September 21 class will be from 6:30-8:00 pm. September 28 class will begin with a meal for new members and their sponsors at 6:00 pm; followed by class for new members from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please call the church office at 326-8508 to sign up to attend.

 

St. Andrew’s youth will once again be participating in the Highway 38 Sale on September 15th and 16th. We are currently collecting sale items and welcome any donations. Popular items include housewares, tools, sports equipment, furniture, toys, books, games, movies, small electronics (no Tube TVs please), hunting gear, craft supplies, fabric, holiday decorations, clothing in good shape (nothing faded or torn please) and more. Donations can be dropped off in the youth room from now until Thursday, September 14th! Thank you. This is our second biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds support high school and middle school youth ministry here at St. Andrew’s and will help to send youth to the 2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas! Thank you for your support!
 
 

St. Andrew’s Handbell choir will soon begin Fall rehearsals, and we need YOU! We are currently looking for a part-time paid director to lead the handbell choir. We are a volunteer, currently 10-member group that shares the joy of ringing for our 8:00 am and 10:30 am Sunday services once a month September through May. We rehearse once a week and own a beautiful 5-octave set of Schulmerich handbells. We are looking for an energetic, experienced musician who will help us prepare for and lead our Sunday handbell anthems. If interested, please email a resume and cover letter including contact info for at least 2 professional references to saintand@saintand.org.

 

Update on Swanson family—Aaron Swanson was diagnosed in mid-July with fungal pneumonia caused by blastomycosis; she is looking at 6 months of intense treatment. She has lost a significant amount of weight as the medicine is causing severe nausea and she is unable to eat much herself but needs help feeding her family. Myrna Peterson has volunteered to help coordinate meals for the family during this time. If you would like to provide a meal for the family, please e-mail or text Myrna with your name, the date you would like to provide a meal and what you will be bringing.  Myrna’s e-mail is myrnakay67@gmail.com and her phone is 218-301-6028. The Swanson’s are a family of 9: 2 girls, 5 boys, plus parents Aaron and Mike.  They are not picky eaters and deeply appreciate any help they can get.  Their only request is that food contain no nuts or peas due to serious allergies in the family to those foods.  We hope to continue providing meals through August. Thanks again to all of you for being a community that loves and supports each other.  It means the world to the Swanson’s to know they are in our hearts and prayers, and that they feel God’s love in every hot-dish, card and offer to help out!

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool is accepting 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.

 

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.
 
 

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.