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 using “The Story”
 
In our prayers:  Cindy Busby, Ardy Flaherty, Russ & Barb Garman, Mary Gohlike, Lucy Kluz, Jeff Miels, Margaret Myers, Cheryl Pauli, Myrna Peterson, David Schumacher and our many shut-ins
 
The members of the PRAYER CHAIN are ready to offer their confidential help and support through prayer.  Please contact Jean Gardner at 999-9890 or Gail Olijnek at 326-2431 with your prayer requests.  
 
 
St. Andrew’s Sunday School Youth (S.A.S.S.Y.) 3 yr. olds-8th Grade, Sunday mornings from 10:20-11:20 am. We start AND end Sunday School in the Sanctuary. Kids will need to be signed out for safety reasons…thank you for understanding! To help keep things flowing well on Sunday mornings, we have a Sunday School Express Lane for kids to pick up their after-worship snacks before the Sunday School hour starts. There is a table off to side of the serving window just for the children.
 
 
St. Andrew’s family continues an exciting journey through the Bible, using The Story as our guide!   The Story is an abridged, chronological sojourn through the Bible arranged in 31 chapters, using the text of the NIV Bible. We journey from Genesis through Revelation. Education for everyone—Adult study groups are formed, Sunday school is using The Story Children’s Curriculum, and there is Teen Curriculum for our youth. Bible studies offered at the following times: Sunday mornings 10:20 am in the Fellowship Hall; Monday night at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room and Tuesday morning at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room.
 
 
Capital Appeal. We celebrate that each of you are a part of God’s Family here at St. Andrew’s, and that each of you has faith that is active in love. Indeed, we are better together! Each one of us is invited to express our financial support for the ministry we all share through a one-year pledge for 2019 ministry, and a gift and/or three-year pledge for our Capital Appeal. This is a special time for us—one which we have been praying about and talking together for some time. It is through our generosity that we express our love for God and our involvement in the mission and ministry of St. Andrew’s. Thank you as you offer your intentions. And know that you are a blessing to others through your generosity as we share in Christ’s calling and mission For Such a Time as This! Check out the sailing ship on the wall in the Fellowship Hall for our current status.
 
 
New carpeting was installed recently in the education wing and hallways.  It’s looks great! The Site Care and Planning Team is still looking for volunteers to paint remaining areas in the church (i.e. Fellowship Hall, kitchen, offices…) before remaining carpet can be installed.  If you have time, have some experience in painting interior walls, and are willing to pitch in and paint, please contact Alan Anderberg (218-230-9245) or Linda Flom (507-298-0173) for more information. Paint and supplies are provided.  
 
 
 
Once again, those St. Andrew’s members who plan to attend a post-secondary institution next school year are invited to apply for one of several $250 St. Andrew’s Scholarships. The online application form is available at
 http://www.saintand.org/ under the Ministries menu and the Health and Wellness link. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2019. The scholarships will be awarded in May of 2019.  
 
 
Senior High Summer Trip Opportunities—This summer, 9th-12th graders are invited to go with Nikki on a mission trip to New Orleans, LA in June AND/OR a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip with Pastor Dave in July. You can do both if you choose! For more information about these trips, please contact Nikki or Pastor Dave.  
 
 
2018 Financial Giving Statements were emailed to all those we have addresses for. If you didn’t receive it or you’re unable to print it yourself for tax purposes, please contact the church office for a printed copy.  
 
 
Hey all you Rascals! (ages 55+) Put on your hiking boots and get ready to hear an interesting program about Yellowstone National Park by our own Keith Young, a former Yellowstone park ranger. How cool is that? Time and place is March 10th at 5:00 pm here at St. Andrew’s. The cost is $11. Please sign up on the kiosk by March 3 and make checks payable to Jean Gardner.  
 
 
Adult Painting Class—Pending grant application, a free acrylic and watercolor class is in the works!  All materials will be supplied.  Proposed class dates are Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 1:00-3:30 pm.  We will cover some design and color concepts, as well as demonstration and in class practice.  Class size will be limited to 10 students. If you know of someone with an interest in either of these topics, they are also welcome. For further information, please contact Jan Stenson 218-256-7471 (cell) or 218-999-9551 (home).
 
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday, March 26 from 10:00-11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall to work on our prayer shawls.  If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, we hope you will consider joining this important ministry of the church.  All are welcome!  Contact Gail Olijnek at 326-2431 with any questions.
 
 
 
Attention Thrivent Members:  through the Thrivent Choice Dollars program, you may have undirected choice dollars remaining from 2018.  By directing Choice dollars, you can recommend where Thrivent distributes a portion of its charitable grant funds.  St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a registered participant in Thrivent Choice.  Your 2018 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2019.  You have two options: 1) go online to Thrivent.com/thrivent choice or 2) call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice.”  Thank you for donating your Choice Dollars to St. Andrew’s.
 
Also, if you are a Thrivent Member, you may be able to apply for a Thrivent Action Team Grant. Action Team Grants provide ‘seed money’ for events hosted at/by St. Andrew’s. Please contact the church office and let us know you are a Thrivent member so we can help you can take advantage of this program.
 
 
We have a new software program in the church office called BREEZE for maintaining church membership information. It allows us to include individual pictures of all our members and also family pictures for each household. Eventually, we should be able to publish our own picture directory. We’re asking you to submit digitally a photo you would like us to use for yourself and also a family photo via email to saintand@saintand.org. You may also drop off photos in the church office and Angie can scan it (please be sure to label your pictures if dropping off). Or stop by the church office, and we’ll take your picture in person! ;-}
 
 
St. Andrew’s Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm.  Anyone interested in the choir and ringing bells, please join us at our rehearsal.  For more information, please contact the church office.  Men’s Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm and the Mixed Choir rehearses from 6:30-7:30 pm.  New choir members are always welcome.  
 
 
The fourth Tuesday of each month, St. Andrew’s helps at the Community Café. We are part of the Community Cafe’s mission to serve a nutritious meal to low income families, people with disabilities and to anyone in need while providing all with a sense of social connection.  Two volunteers are needed from 4:00-6:30 pm to help serve and clean up. What a great way to make a difference – and it only takes a couple of hours each month! St. Andrew’s next event will be Tuesday, March 26. Please sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex.
 
 
 
Worship Assistants needed.  Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to be Greeters, Lectors, Ushers and/or Communion Assistants.  Sign-up sheets are available for March, April and May on the kiosk in the Narthex.   Please sign up!
 
 
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.  Also, looking for someone to sew pads to put inside the Faith Chests.  If you’re able to help build faith chests or sew the pads, please contact the church office at (218) 326-8508.  THANK YOU!!
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Would you find it helpful to have your offerings debited directly from your bank account as you probably do with other obligations?  St. Andrew’s offers electronic giving for those of you who wish to have contributions transferred electronically to the church’s account.  If you have plans to travel or will be gone during the winter months, electronic giving gives you a convenient way to keep us with your intended offerings.  ”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 218-326-8508.