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.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE – 9:00 AM Sundays

10:20 am Sunday school classes for Children, Youth & Adults

 
Support the youth! The Highway 38 Rummage Sale will be Friday, September 14th from 3:00-6:00pm and Saturday, September 15th from 8:00am-3:00pm. The youth are now collecting items! Please consider donating items, your time and your patronage. Drop off donations in the Youth Room. Contact Nikki if you are able to help with set up on Thursday or Friday during school hours. Donuts and coffee will be provided as an enticing bribe!
 
 
Women’s Coffee and Conversation Group will next meet Tuesday, September 18 from 9:30-11:00 am in the Fireside Room. 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.
Beginning Tuesday, September 25, the group will be participating weekly in ‘The Story’ Bible study from 9:30-11:00 am in the Fireside Room.  ALL men and women are welcome to attend.
 
 
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.
 
 
We warmly welcome Cassie Thuen as our new Handbell Choir Director. Anyone interested in the handbell choir and ringing bells, please join us at our rehearsals on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm. For more information, please contact the church office.
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Highway 38 Rummage Sale will be Friday, September 14th from 3:00-6:00pm and Saturday, September 15th from 8:00am-3:00pm. The youth are now collecting items! Please consider donating items, your time and your patronage. Drop off donations in the Youth Room. Contact Nikki if you are able to help with set up on Thursday or Friday during school hours. Donuts and coffee will be provided as an enticing bribe!
 
 
Beginning September 23, St. Andrew’s family will be embarking on an exciting journey through the Bible, using The Story as our guide!   Order books now ($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 will journey from Genesis (the first book of the Bible) through Revelation (the last book of the Bible). Education for everyone—Adult study groups are forming (see display on the kiosk to host or to join a group), Sunday school will be using The Story Children’s Curriculum, and there is Teen Curriculum for our youth. Sign up on the kiosk to order books for the study and also sign up to be a host and to join a group.  
 
Sunday School Resource Supply Drive – Through the month of September, we will be accepting donations to revive our dwindling basic art supplies. Glue, crayons, markers, construction paper, pencils, and other supplies as such would be much appreciated! Look for the shiny blue box outside of the church office to place your donations…THANKS!
 
St. Andrew’s Preschool begin classes September 10. The 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. Come join us for the Preschool art show of the year featuring Twisted Metals! Onsite paint booth and hand cutouts to make those special customizable memories. Also featuring, winter roll outs! A little something for everyone. Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 am—1:00 pm at St. Andrew’s! Check out and view product prior to the show at www.twistedmetalsmn.com.  
 
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Tuesday, September 25 at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  We are a group of women who enjoy getting together to work on our prayer shawls for those in need of comfort and love.  New members are always welcome; please consider being a part of this wonderful ministry of our church.  Please contact Gail Olijnek for more information at 326-2431.
 
 
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. Sign up sheets are available for September,  October and November.  Descriptions of duties for each volunteer position are available.  Please sign up!
 
 
The fourth Tuesday of each month, St. Andrew’s continues working at the Community Café at its new location in the Kiesler Wellness Center.  We are 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, September 25th
 
 
 
NURSERY ATTENDANT TEAM – We are still looking to form a team of people who would be willing to take turns working in the nursery.  It pays $10/hr.  With one Nursery Attendant and one Sunday worship service, that Attendant cannot worship (and worship is important!).  With a team, there could be a rotation.  Please consider being a part of this team so we can continue this ministry of hospitality.  Contact Pastor Dave, or Jen Balzum (218-969-8816) for more information.  
 
 
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.  If you’re able to help build faith chests, please contact the church office at (218) 326-8508.  THANK YOU!!  
 
 
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.
 
 
Capital Appeal Upcoming Events:

Leadership Gather Friday, September 28th

Advance Giving event Saturday, September 29th

Kick Off Sunday, September 30th
Celebration Sunday will be October 21st
Check out your September newsletter for full details on all these events.   Beginning in September, the St. Andrew’s family will be embarking on an exciting journey through the Bible, using The Story as our guide! The Story is a condensed, chronological sojourn through the Bible arranged in 31 chapters, using the text of the NIV Bible.   We will journey from Genesis (the first book of the Bible) through Revelation (the last book of the Bible).   Please see the September newsletter for complete information.
 
 
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 myrnakay67@gmail.com or phone 218-301-6028.
 

Quilting Ministry continues to meet on Wednesday at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room.  If you can’t join us on Wednesdays, you can 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.

 
 

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.