Monday, November 10

Special Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving Service / Pot Luck Dinner: Sunday November 23 @ 6PM
Downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall

We have come to realize that our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service is not an ideal time for many individuals and families to gather for worship.  On the night before Thanksgiving many people are traveling, getting ready to travel, or preparing for guests who are arriving on Thanksgiving morning.  This trend has certainly been reflected in declining numbers at Thanksgiving Eve worship each year.

Keeping this in mind, we are going to celebrate Thanksgiving with our faith community this year on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving and we will do it around a meal.  The meal, designed with children in mind, will be about an hour in length and will include hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a scripture reading, short skit, and message.  There will also be an opportunity (for those who desire) to share your blessings or prayer requests at your table).

Reminder: There will be no Thanksgiving Eve Service @ St. Andrew's this year.
 A sign- up sheet is posted in the narthex so that we know about how many people will be attending (family and friends welcome) as well as whether you are planning to bring a salad, entrĂ©e item, or dessert.  If you do not have an opportunity to sign up at church, you can e-mail this information to Eileen in the church office (emielke@standrewslutheran.com).  Please sign up with numbers and food to bring by Monday November 17.  

We are also requesting that each individual or family attending bring at least one non-perishable food item as we continue to support local food pantries and share of our abundant blessings.

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and his mercy endures forever."  See you on Nov. 23rd!



Monday, November 3

Opportunities to Grow in Faith

Thank you, everyone who worked so hard up front and behind the scenes for what was a truly powerful All Saints Celebration.  We especially want to thank our choirs for adding so much to our day together.  We are looking forward to some very special music this upcoming Sunday as well.  We hope that you will join us!

This Sunday at 9:30 AM, we will also be starting  new offerings in adult education.  Downstairs in Jerusalem Room (classroom at bottom of stairs near church office) we will be gathering for "Vocation: It's Not Just A Job," focusing on our life and faith journey beyond Sunday morning and beyond the boundaries of occupation.  Join us for this Bible Study, discussion, and some powerful guest speakers who will challenge us and inspire us to think about how we are called to serve Christ all week long.

Also at 9:30 this Sunday, we begin a series, "Walking the Road to Bethlehem" that meets in Daniel's Den (on right side of office wing hallway).  Incorporating video filmed on location on the road from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Adam Hamilton uses historical information, archaeological evidence, and personal encounters to shed light on a profound journey , and prepares us for the Christmas season.

Finally, an Inquirer's Class will be meeting in the Narthex (church lobby) on Sundays November 9 & 16 at 9:30 AM for those seeking more information about St. Andrew's and / or membership at St. Andrew's.  New members will be received in worship on Sunday, November 23.

These gatherings are designed so that you can drop in any week and not feel like you are "in the middle of the movie."  So grab a cup of coffee and join us as together we are enriched in faith.






Monday, October 27

Like Breakfast?

Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 7-11AM in downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall with proceeds to benefit Bear Creek Camp Scholarship Fund
Under 2 years            free
2 - 4 years old             $1.00
5 - 11 years old           $3.00
12 - 64 years old          $ 6.00
65 years and older        $5.00

Invite family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this great annual event.
Also coming up...
All Saints Celebrations in Worship this weekend - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 8:15 and 11AM
See you in church!
Peace,

Pastor Mueller




Tuesday, October 21

Addressing Ebola - God's Work.Our Hands

Dear Friends,

Over the last couple of weeks, several people have asked me what the broader church is doing to address the ebola crisis and how we can help.  Here is an update:

Lutheran Disaster Response is walking with those impacted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by:
- supplying and shipping essentail protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phoebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia
- providing food assistance to the Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone.
- providing education and awareness of symptoms and prevention methods
- completing construction of isolation centers (that meet World Health Organization standards) in hospitals and nursing schools.  

If you would like to know more about LDR's work in West Africa and throughout the world, please note the following link to their blog blogs.elca.org/disasterresponse.  Also, inserts will be included in this Sunday's worship bulletin for those who would like to make monetary donations to Lutheran Disaster Response.  Furthermore, we will be receiving material donations in worship this Sunday to be delivered to our mission partners at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lansdowne (a congregation of many African immigrants).  The following needed items will be assembled into kits to be sent overseas:

Disposable masks
Large bottles of bleach
Large bottles of hand sanitizer
Bags of rice
Gallon containers of vegetable oil

Please keep all those who have been affected (including medical and relief workers on the ground) in your prayers.  





Monday, September 8

Life Long Learners - Faith Formation

Thank you, everyone who worked so hard up front and behind the scenes to make our Kick Off Sunday a great day.  Janice, John, Cindy and members of the Hospitality team, Sunday School teachers and helpers, and other willing volunteers - well done good and faithful servants!

As we begin a new year of learning for our children and youth, we also what to invite adults to new opportunities to learn as well.  Throughout the year, on Sundays at 9:30, there will be at least two groups engaging in faith formation. During September and October, "Animate - The Bible" will be meeting downstairs in Jerusalem (to the right of stairwell leading down from narthex / lobby past lower lot entrance.
 Through video, discussion and group activities, we will be exploring such topics as how the Bible came to be, different kinds of literature in the Bible, differences between Old and New Testaments, differences between Gospels, and how to deal with difficult passages.

Upstairs in Daniel's Den (in office wing off narthex / lobby), we will be gathering for  "Lutheranism 101", including history of Luther and the Lutheran Church, key points of our theology and beliefs, our relationships with other Christians, and what difference it can make in our daily life.

These gatherings are designed so that you can drop in any week and not feel like you are "in the middle of the movie."  So grab a cup of coffee and join us as together we are enriched in faith.