WELCOME TO WORSHIP at St. Andrew’s!  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.

 

St. Andrew’s Nursery is provided at the 8:00 am worship service for parents with young children. Nursery is staffed by a paid adult. The Nursery is for children under 3 years old and is located in the Education Wing.

 

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.

 

Women’s Coffee and Conversation Group will meet on Tuesday, May 15th from 9:30-11:00 am in the Fireside Room. This is an opportunity for fellowship and to deepen our faith through Bible study. We enjoy discussing the Bible readings for the next Sunday, visiting and sharing some goodies. All women are welcome to join us. Questions? Please call Myrna Peterson at 218-301-6028.
 
 
 
Monday Night Bible Study Group, led by members of the group, continue the series “Decisions – Seeking God’s Guidance” by Donald Baker.  Do you sometimes wish that the Bible could make your decisions for you? Donald Baker is familiar with this desire. He writes, “God has given me free will, and while I appreciate his confidence in my ability to choose, there are times when I wish that he would make the decisions for me.” The Bible won’t give you a direct answer to each choice you face, but the Bible will teach you how to make decisions wisely, confidently and in harmony with God’s will.
May 14             Ch 9    Worry-Free Decisions Luke 12:13-34
 
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to meet the 4th Tuesday of the month to knit, crochet, pray and chat as they work on prayer shawls.  If you are not able to join us and as you work on your prayer shawls at home, think about and pray for those who struggle with burdens that we might not even know about.  The group will next meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room.  Knitters, crocheters and “wannabees” come join us.  We have yarn available through a Thrivent action team event, so if you need some to make a prayer shawl, contact Gail Olijnek at 218-326-2431.
 
 
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 Tuesday, May 22nd.  

 

St. Andrew’s will be honoring our graduating high school seniors with a dinner on Wednesday, May 16th at 5:00 pm. All graduates and their parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP by calling the church office at 218-326-8508 or emailing mcrouch604@gmail.com and let us know how many family members will be attending. We look forward to celebrating with you! Letters were mailed to the graduates; please call the church office if you didn’t receive one.

 

Sunday School Pentecost Party Sunday, May 20 from 8:15-8:50 am. This will be Pastor Megan’s last Sunday school at St. Andrew’s and she wants to end the year with a fun party about how the Holy Spirit binds us all together as family to share God’s Love!! There will be balloons, special craft and devotion, and of course a piñata! Join us for this special event.

 

 

MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION

SUNDAY, MAY 20th at 10:30 AM

following ONE worship service at 9:00 AM

The Congregation Council of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is calling a meeting of the congregation for the purpose of deciding whether to proceed with a capital appeal.

 

 

Who wants a great breakfast? Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy… come get it while they’re hot! Hosted by the Knights of Columbus on Sunday, May 20th from 8:30 am to noon at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. Free will offering. Help us build community not just homes! All proceeds benefit Itasca County Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

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, May 22nd .  

 

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.

 

It’s that time of year again… time to get excited about VBS!!!!!! This year, we are thrilled to offer a new camping themed program that will take place Sunday, June 10th-Thursday, June 14th from 4:30-7:30 pm. VBS will have a light meal and offer crafts, games, Bible Story, service opportunities, and more! It is open to potty-trained kids age 3 through 4th grade. Adults and Youth in grades 5-12 are encouraged to sign up as volunteers for this fun program! We are collecting empty oatmeal containers and toilet paper tubes for decorating projects for this year’s VBS and we will once again be collecting items to create personal hygiene kits for LWR, so start grabbing towels, nail clippers, soap, and toothbrushes when they go on sale. Register online on our website at www.saintand.org. Please contact Pastor Megan if you have any questions!

 

June/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 and 6:00 pm Wednesday worship services.

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool is accepting enrollment applications for 2018-2019 school year. Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex. Return completed form with check payable to St. Andrew’s Lutheran in the church office.

 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE CHANGES

Beginning Sunday, May 20th   9:00 AM Sundays

Beginning Wednesday, May 30th   6:00 PM Wednesdays

 

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 May 30th at 6:00 pm.

 

Tuesday Summer Concert Series begins June 5th with the ‘Eagle Nest Band’ performing at Assemblies of God Church. 3-5 piece band playing an eclectic mix from classis country & classic rock to new country & pop. Concert every Tuesday from 12:00-12:45 pm; free will offering . Lunch follows at 12:45 pm; $6.00 each. See complete schedule on the kiosk.

 

 

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.

 

St. Andrew’s Preschool is accepting enrollment applications for 2018-2019 school year. Registration forms are on the table in the Narthex. Return completed form with check payable to St. Andrew’s to the church office.

 

June, July and August worship assistants needed. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to be Greeters, Lector, Ushers and/or Communion Assistants.

 

If the pastors can be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call. They can be reached at the church office at 326-8508. If after hours and an emergency, please call Pastor David Anderson at 218-838-8202 or Pastor Megan Crouch at 231-730-4127.

 

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 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.