Wednesday, November 25

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Friends,

As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend ahead, I want to wish you a truly blessed celebration.  Many of you will be gathering with loved ones and, while likely eating way too much food (Enjoy!),  offering thanks for God's abundant blessings.  May your joy be full and overflowing tomorrow and throughout the holiday season ahead.

However, let us also remember that there will be others for whom this festive season will not be experienced with the joy of abundance, nor surrounded by family and friends.  Many thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to bless the homeless and hungry of our communities at Thanksgiving and throughout the year to make a difference in lives that are hurting.

The weeks ahead can also be a time of great sorrow for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Take time to reach out to those experiencing loss, honoring boundaries and their desire to take a step back from festivities when needed, but reminding them that they are not alone.  

The Advent season in the life of the church is one of both contemplation and joy, sorrow and hope, darkness and light.  This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent (no Saturday worship this weekend) as we wait with tenacity and hope for the coming of Christ in history, mystery, and majesty.

For those of you who are traveling this weekend, may your travels be safe. Blessings in this time of watching, waiting, and giving thanks.


Pastor Mueller

Monday, November 9

Special Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving Service / Pot Luck Dinner: Sunday November 22 @ 6PM
Downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall

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 once again celebrating Thanksgiving with our faith community 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 a couple of hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, short scripture readings , a skit, and a brief reflection.  There will also be an opportunity (for those who desire) to share your blessings or prayer requests at your table). We tried this celebration last year in St. Andrew's Hall and it was a wonderful experience for everyone who attended.

 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 (  Please sign up with numbers and food to bring by Monday November 16.  

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. 22nd!

Thursday, November 5

New Faith Formation Opportunities

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes in preparation for what was a powerful, deeply moving All Saints celebration this past weekend.

As we transition into the month of November, we also want to invite adults to new opportunities for learning.  Throughout the year, on Sundays at 9:30, there will be at least two groups engaging in faith formation. 
Beginning this Sunday, "Famous Christians" will meet downstairs in Jerusalem Room(to the right of stairwell leading down from narthex / lobby past lower lot entrance).  Join this class to learn in the weeks ahead more about brothers and sisters in Christ whose qualities and characteristics had a major impact on the church and the world.  Included among these saints of the church will be Perpetua (one of the first female Christian martyrs), St. Benedict (whose life and ministry had a major impact on religious orders in Christian history), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a Lutheran pastor, professor, and martyr of World War II Nazi Germany), and Mother Teresa of Calcutta (whose ministry to the poor was known around the world).  

Upstairs in Daniel's Den,(in office wing off narthex / lobby), we will be gathering for "Not A Silent Night," a look at Jesus' life and ministry from the perspective of Mary, Mother of our Lord.  In this book study with video and discussion, we begin our story at the end with Mary at the Crucifixion and Resurrection then travel back in time as she witnesses Jesus' life and ministry.  During the month of December, we end our series at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a manger, a great way to prepare for the Christmas season.

For the next two weeks, an Inquirers Class will be meeting in the narthex.  This small group is designed for those new to the St. Andrew's community, those considering church membership, or just folks who want to know more about St. Andrew's or Lutheran Christianity.  Think about family members, friends, or neighbors who might benefit from this opportunity.

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, November 2

Like Breakfast?

Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 7- 11 AM 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.

Monday, October 26

For All the Saints

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Words cannot describe the power of the Spirit in worship yesterday as we celebrated the Reformation and prayed for the continual reform of the Church that Christ would be made known.  A special word of thanks to all of our musicians for offering their gifts to the glory of God.

Our celebration takes on a different tone this weekend and yet a very hopeful one as we celebrate All Saints Day and give thanks for all of God's faithful people from every time and every place and are especially mindful of those departed loved ones who have shaped us in faith and daily life.  Invite family and friends to worship as we sense God's holy presence and promises in our lives.

Lord God, you have surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses.  Grant that we, encouraged by the example of your faithful people, may persevere in the course that is set before us and, at the last, share in your eternal joy with all the saints in light, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen