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Bega Kwa Bega – Kipanga Parish, Tanzania

By |2023-05-02T13:29:30-05:00March 11th, 2023|News & Updates|

At St. Andrew's Annual Meeting in November 2022, we announced that St. Andrew's has voted to move forward with our Lutheran partners in Tanzania.  We are officially partnering with the people of the Kipanga Parish, our new congregational partner in Iringa, Tanzania.  We will walk shoulder to shoulder ("Bega Kwa Bega" in Swahili) together. Bega Kwa Bega is the name of the St. Paul Area Synod's companion synod program with the Iringa Diocese in Tanzania. This partnership commits us to three things: Prayer – SALC and the people of the Kipanga Parish promise to pray for one another, as sisters and brothers in Christ. Presence – We commit to visiting one another; being present with one another. We are thrilled for the ways that can happen and we’ll have more news eventually about what it will look like for us to travel to Tanzania. Projects – Intentionally third, we are first rooted in prayer/presence, but this partnership commits us to supporting projects alongside the congregation to support their life and ministry in that place. This has been a long journey for St. Andrew's, and we are pleased to take this next step. Many in the St. Andrew's congregation have been advocates for this partnership for years, and it's a blessing to bring it to fruition. An exploratory ambassador trip with a small group from St. Andrew's to Kipanga Parish will occur in July 2023. We ask your prayers for the people of the Kipanga Parish, for the people of St. Andrew's, for the ways this relationship will continue to grow, and for the ways that God will work in and through this partnership.  More information about how we will begin to integrate this partnership into our ministries will be coming soon! Tupo pamoja! [...]

Vision Slovakia

By |2023-03-11T19:41:22-06:00March 11th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Help Build a Lasting Center for Christian Education Since opening in 1998, the Center for Christian Education (CCE) has grown from a small weekend Bible school into a preschool through high school, including a higher education program and outreach facility. We are gradually transitioning towards self-sufficiency, from being 100% dependent on foreign aid two decades ago, to 15% now.  Visit their website:  www.cce.sk The people of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church have a warm relationship with the people of Martin, Slovakia. St. Andrew’s first became involved in Martin by helping build a church in nearby Prievidza that was dedicated in 1995. Pastor Roger Eigenfeld and Bohdan Hrobon met about that time while Bohdan was beginning plans for the Bible School in Martin. Since then, St. Andrew’s choirs, youth and adult groups have traveled to Slovakia, and the congregation here has helped both financially and by donating time for renovations. This is a partnership. St. Andrew’s is helping them spread the word of Christ, and they are coming here to share with us. It is about working together to spread Christ’s word. Background and history of Vision Slovakia

Foundation – Ways to Give

By |2023-03-07T13:30:13-06:00March 7th, 2023|News & Updates|

In partnership with The Foundation of St. Andrew’s, give while you’re living and see your gifts at work and/or leave a legacy that will give into perpetuity. Some ways to leave a legacy through The Foundation of St. Andrew’s: Make a one-time or recurring gift to one of The Foundation’s endowed funds or as an undesignated donation Donate stocks, bonds, or other appreciated assets which can provide significant tax value to you while funding your missional interests If you’re age 70 1/2 or older, make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to The Foundation as part or all of your annual Required Minimum Distribution. Plan an end-of-life gift through your Will or Trust by designating a specific dollar amount or percentage of assets to The Foundation Name The Foundation as a beneficiary or partial beneficiary of your: —IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plan —Life insurance policy or an annuity Establish a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust Both current gifts and legacy gifts must be payable to The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church to ensure that your intentions are met. Do not shorten to St. Andrew’s or St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Please reach out to Christa Getchell cgetchell@saintandrews.org, 651.762.9102 for assistance in getting started. Gifts to 501(c)3 organizations normally receive favorable tax treatment. Donors should always seek advice from their tax advisors regarding tax treatment of donations to charitable organizations. As you navigate changes in your life, we can help you with your estate planning. You can support both the ministries of St. Andrew’s and your family when you make a charitable bequest, a gift made without using your current resources. The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a nonprofit organization and a separate 501(c)(3) from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. The Foundation is classified by the IRS as a non-operating private foundation (Tax ID# 41-2001369). [...]

Foundation – What We Fund

By |2023-03-07T13:40:28-06:00March 6th, 2023|News & Updates|

Foundation Funds and Focus Areas: NEW FUNDS (2022) Jan Gilbertson Music Ministry - In honor of Jan Gilbertson, who retired from St. Andrew's in 2022after more than 30 years as Music Director Mighty Organ Fund - A generous donor with a lifelong passion for playing and teaching the organ established the Mighty Organ Endowed Fund to help maintain it and ensure that we will enjoy it for years to come! Vision Slovakia - In honor of the Center for Christian Education (CCE) in Slovakia, and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Paul and Mary Ellen Berg established a new endowed fund for Vision Slovakia to help our partners there achieve their vision. Environmental Stewardship - A group of environmentally conscious members established this fund, which will support a variety of activities including education, outreach, special worship and more. Additional Ministries The Foundation funds numerous ministries through endowed funds that exemplify the passion of donors as well as advance St. Andrew's mission in the world. Mission Jamaica Seminary Scholarships Children, Youth & Family Ministry Youth Bibles Community Resource Center Habitat for Humanity General Operations Pastoral Care

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