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.


March is Food Share Month. Your help today is vital. March is the time of year when donations made to our local food shelf are totaled and used to determine statewide incentive allocation. The more dollars we raise, the more the Food Shelf will receive from the allocation fund. With our help during the month of March, our dollars will go further in helping meet the needs of the hundreds of struggling families, children and elderly that visit the Food Shelf at Second Harvest. All donations must be received by Second Harvest by March 31st in order to count towards the Food Share allocation. Non-perishable foods are also appreciated and can be placed in the food cart in the Narthex. Monetary donations are especially valuable, providing 5 meals to those in need for every dollar donated. Drop your monetary donations in the ‘shopping cart’ on the table in the Narthex; please make checks payable to St. Andrew’s, designated Food Shelf. Thank you for your donations.


Rascals will meet at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 8th to hear about Harold and Diane Goetzman’s trip to Israel and Palestine.  Harold will focus on the Biblical sites in the Holy Lands.  They were there last Easter, so the program will be quite timely and special. Sign up by March 4th on the kiosk, and make checks for $8 payable to Jean Gardner.  Let’s make it a full house. 


Middle School Event Sunday, March 11—March is National Food Share Month and for our Monthly Middle School Youth activity we will be doing a Service Learning Event where youth will learn about how hunger impacts people both locally and globally, talk about our response to hunger as Christians, and learn about how they can help make a difference. Please e-mail Pastor Megan at mcrouch604@gmail.com if you can help out and if your youth would like to attend! The event will include lunch and as always friends are welcome! Hope you can join us!


St. Andrew’s Youth Polar Plunge!!!!! According to the World Health Organization, over 2 billion people use an unsafe drinking water source daily, and according the CDD, around 2.5 billion people (35% of the earth’s population) do not have access to basic sanitation like a pit toilet. This leads to disease and death in impoverished communities. Lack of these resources close to home also means millions of hours of work are lost each day as families devote time and energy into simply gathering the basic things they need to survive.  These are chilling facts, but we can change them! St. Andrew’s Youth want to raise over $1,000 to help provide clean safe water and sanitation for people around the world. If we meet our Goal and raise $1,000 in pledges, Pastor Megan will take the Plunge into a frozen McKinney Lake and post a video of it on the church Facebook and website! If we raise $1,500, Kory Cease and a few of the youth will join her in taking the plunge! Youth will be collecting pledges between worship services. All funds raised will go towards clean water projects through ELCA World Hunger. Make your pledges now!

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.

March 12           Ch 5    Good Advice 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:8

March 26           Ch 6    Keep on Praying Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8

April 9              Ch 7    How Does God Speak John 14:15-27

April 23            Ch 8    What if I Make the Wrong Decision Genesis 16

May 14             Ch 9    Worry-Free Decisions Luke 12:13-34


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.


Youth Nights continue on WEDNESDAYS from 6:00-8:00 pm. We start with dinner followed by devotions, activities and more. Volunteers needed to cook or help at a youth night. Sign up on our website or on the Youth Board in the Fellowship Hall.

LENT Soup Suppers will be served at 6:00 pm on Wednesday prior to 7:00 pm Lenten worship services. We will be using the Holden Evening Prayer at our Lent services.


REVELATION FOR LENT—Over the course of the six weeks of Lent, we are reading and reflecting on chapters 2 and 3 – that portion that contains the letters to the angels of the seven churches. Christians in these churches are encouraged to “hold on to what you have,” and challenged as they read “but this I have against you.” As we read these 7 letters, we will ponder how their messages still apply to us today. Please commit to gathering for worship each Wednesday during Lent at 7:00 pm. And may “anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Wednesdays begin with soup supper served from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Worship begins at 7:00 pm.

March 14 Letters to Sardis AND Philadelphia Revelation 3:1-13

March 21 Letter to Laodicea  Revelation 3:14-22

Maundy Thursday, March 29 SEDER SUPPER

Good Friday, March 30 Tenebrae Service of Darkness – “Extreme Love”
Women’s Coffee and Conversation Group will meet on Tuesday, March 20th 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.
March 25–April 9. Your input is needed! Please participate in the “Missional Assessment Profile” to share your perspective on our congregation’s ministry and our future. This information is important as we plan the next steps of the mission and ministry we share. A link to the online survey will be emailed to you March 25, so please make sure the church has an email address for every confirmed member of your household. Paper copies (for those who prefer not to take the survey online) will also be available beginning March 25.
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, March 27th 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, February 27th.  


Post-secondary students: It’s that time of year to apply for one of several St. Andrew’s Scholarships. The application is available online on the church website (click on the Health and Wellness link) or in the church office. Applications are due April 1st (no foolin’!). Scholarships will be awarded in late April and will be distributed in May.


Seder Supper on Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 pm. Sign up on the kiosk to attend. Also, help is needed with setup, in the kitchen, clean-up and to bring food items. See the kiosk for information.


The next two-session New Members Class is Thursday, April 19th (6:30-8:00 PM) and April 26th (6:00-8:00 pm). New Members Class is a time to learn about the history, present and future of St. Andrew’s. Ministries and programs of the congregation are introduced and explained. We cover the basics of Christianity from a distinctly Lutheran perspective and how that is lived out in and through St. Andrew’s. The Marks of Discipleship (prayer, worship, Bible reading, service, relationships and giving) provide the basic shape to this class. It’s a time to ask questions, hear preliminary answers, meet staff and other course participants. All people interested in joining St. Andrew’s should be part of a New Member Class. Please indicate your intent to be part of the New Member Class by contacting the church office.


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.


It’s officially March, and even though that groundhog might have seen his shadow last month, we are undaunted and on our way to summer! Are you signed up for camp yet?  Early Bird Camper Discount is happening now through April 10th. Information available in the Fellowship Hall or visit VLM website to register. Email VLM@vlmcamps.org or call their office at (800) 331-5148.


April and May 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.


EcoFaith Summit: Renewing Energy: People, Planet, and Promise at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, March 17 from 9:30 am-4:30 pm. A one-day Summit exploring our role as individuals and congregations in promoting the use of renewable energy, it’s value to the health of our planet, and the role renewable energy plays in keeping our promise to God to be stewards of his creation. Keynote speaker is J. Drake Hamilton, Science Director at Fresh Energy. She is recognized as a state and national expert in climate and energy policy. We need 5-6 volunteers to prepare, serve and clean-up for lunch. Please contact the pastors or the church office if you can help.


Nuts and Bolts and a Few Loose Screws—Tools for Your Congregational Toolbox on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-4:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church. Please see the kiosk at St. Andrew’s for more information on this event.


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 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.