COVID-19 Statement:
Dear Family and Friends of St. Andrew’s:
The Congregation Council met Tuesday March 17 and made the difficult decision to “suspend in person worship and close the building to all other activities, and cancel all church events on site and elsewhere so that we can abide by the numbers restriction and the social distancing directives from the CDC for eight weeks. (until May 11).  This affirms and extends the decision the Executive Team had made about worship last Sunday and worship Wednesday March 18.  This is also the strong encouragement we received from Bishop Thomas Aitken of our Northeastern Minnesota Synod. 
We will, however, continue to live-stream worship on Facebook Live at 9:00 am each Sunday and at 6:00 pm each Wednesday.  (Just Pastor Dave, a pianist/organist, an additional singer or two and those recording the service will be present).  Additionally we will post our worship services to our website shortly after they conclude.
We will all be learning about and adapting to what it means to be the church in these times we cannot gather together in person.  I anticipate the ability to hold on-line meetings and bible studies soon.  I encourage everyone to be intentional about reaching out and calling others on the phone.  Call the church office with questions or to share concerns.
To continue our ministry in these changing circumstances requires the continued financial support of everyone in this family of faith. If you are not using Simply Giving or giving electronically online, please consider doing so now.  Click here for more information.  You may also mail in your offerings and donations. If you are not yet a sustaining member of St. Andrew’s I cannot think of a better time to step up and begin.  $10 a week can make a big difference.  And speaking of “stepping up” as some people may lose jobs or part of their income due to shutdowns and closings, and may not be able to give as much to their church,  those who are not as impacted need to step up and give even more.  We are in this together.     


We are being church remotely out of love and concern for the most vulnerable in our society, community and congregation: the elderly, the frail, and those with compromised immune systems.  We do not want to be a place or a people who contribute to the spread of the corona virus.  We want to be part of the solution.  For the sake of “the other” let’s all be safe.

~Pastor Dave