The congregation of St. Andrew's extends its heartfelt gratitude to Intern Pastor Christine Belfrey for her year of service among us. Belfrey is a part of our ongoing commitment to developing leaders through St. Andrew's Internship program which hosts intern pastors for a year to provide extended learning opportunities. "We are profoundly grateful for the heart and passion Christine brought to our mission." said Pastor Kyle Jackson. "She offered tremendous spirit through song and word not only in the pulpit, but throughout pastoral care as well." “Many thanks to the St Andrews family for the opportunity to minister as I found my pastoral voice to preach and serve within this space. I too was blessed with the support to be my authentic self and feel all the more equipped to minister out in the world. Continued blessings & peace to the St Andrews family!” said Intern Pastor Christine. Intern Pastor Chrisine Belfrey will preach her final sermon this Sunday at 10:15am. Please join us for a blessing as we congratulate her on her approval for candidacy and wish her well. Please submit a video greeting here https://share.vidday.com/f-97aie4 or send your words of encouragement and gratitude to Intern Pastor Christine Belfrey c/o St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd. Mahtomedi, MN
The family home is the center for growing faith in children, youth, and families! Join an interactive conversation about how your family can experience worship and prayer in your home. We’ll discuss how to use meal times as opportunities for connecting in faith, how to create a home altar, and ways to make faith practices part of your family’s daily rhythm.
There is a pilgrim’s journey in all of us. As we journey through life’s travels, we realize the more substantive way is the deeper pilgrimage into sacred space within us. How do we become more self-aware of our interior self and let our true self deep within us shine? The answer is simple: By experiencing new spiritual prayer practices that integrate into our daily rhythms. Every week we will try a new spiritual practice ranging from Lectio Divina, the Examen, Centering Prayer, the Labyrinth, Contemplative Photography, and more. Come join us for a deeper Pilgrimage Within.
Barbara Brown Taylor in her book, "Holy Envy" tackles the questions, worries, and concerns that arise when we encounter "other" religions. She nudges us away from spiritual appropriation and comparison, and toward challenging discernment of our faith and the faith of others. Join us as we discuss her book and discover the spiritual riches God can teach us from the faith of others. Please read the first 4 chapters for our first Class on October 14.
Carlos Gantchoff has been named the new Director of the Community Resource Center (CRC) at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church effective immediately. Gantchoff brings more than 30 years of experience in community service and education, and is passionate about empowering the underprivileged and underserved. He is excited about being part of the CRC, which offers hope and support while providing basic needs (food, clothing, supplies) and supportive case management to assist families in crisis. “I saw in this community and in this congregation a genuine love for people,” stated Gantchoff, 54. “People here are looking for good work, good things to do for others. We have the same mission and goals we can accomplish together. I think we will be lions moving in the same direction for good.” “We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the team!” said Kyle Jackson, St. Andrew’s Executive Pastor of Serve and Care. “Carlos has spent his life seeking after justice and working with those who have been hurt by life's circumstances. His camping ministry and teaching with underserved communities uniquely suits him to this role. Please join me in welcoming Carlos Gantchoff!” That camping ministry was in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where Gantchoff in his 20s ran a children’s camp for underprivileged children for 10 years. After obtaining an education degree, he taught at the same elementary school he had attended as a child in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I taught the underserved community in that school that they are worth something,” he said. “I was one of the underserved when I was their age. I wanted to make sure kids like me knew that they can be amazing people. I used to tell them, ‘You have to be better than me, and I’m pretty good.’” Gantchoff was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Scottsdale, and flaunts his [...]
Please help support kids as they begin this next school year. The CRC will once again be providing kids with the supplies they need to have a successful learning experience. You can be a part of this by donating a new school backpack. You can bring your donated backpack to the CRC on Tuesday, August 11, or Thursday, August 13, between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or to the outside worship event on Saturday, August 15. Backpacks will be filled with school supplies, blessed and distributed in our community for a new year of learning!
Thanks to our community for voting us the Best Preschool in the White Bear Lake / Mahtomedi community! Results were announced in July 2020 in White Bear Lake Magazine.