Couples are facing numerous challenges as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The external stressors involved with the pandemic are tapping into couple’s relational resources in ways that few have experienced before. The extraordinary daily demands involved with life right now often leaves little time (or in some cases too much time) and/or energy for couples to connect. St. Andrews is offering individual online COVID-19 Marriage Check-Ups on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 for couples who would like to “check in” about how they are doing. St. Andrews is partnering with Jeff and Mary Sanders, licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and relationship educators who have worked with the St. Andrew’s community in the past. Sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for couples to connect and to focus on their relationship. Sessions are 75 minutes in length, online, and cost $50. Scholarships are available. Please sign up for your preferred time slot via the registration link and an appointment scheduler will email confirmation of your assigned appointment time. Additional information will be sent to you prior to the session, including the login information to start your counseling session. Register here: https://connect.saintandrews.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=4111&eventID=126683
Presented by St. Andrew's Inclusion Ministry: Civil Conversations: Stories of Our Community Wednesday, October 28 6:30 to 8:00 PM Join Sara Renner, Tonia Hughes, Billy Steele and David Young in a live panel discussion on Zoom as they share life stories, bless us with their musical gifts and engage each other in a meaningful conversation. Register now to receive the Zoom link and join this event. Register here https://connect.saintandrews.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=4111&eventID=126674
Thanksgiving Food Distribution The CRC will be hosting a COVID-friendly Thanksgiving food distribution (turkeys, potatoes, vegetable, etc.) to Mahtomedi and North St. Paul area residents to make their Thanksgiving meal. The food distribution will take place on Thursday, November 19. Shifts are available from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Volunteers are utilized to help set up, pick up the turkeys, and to help the family member select their food items. For more information, contact Debbie Larson at 651.762.9148 or firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0849abab2aaafb6-thanksgiving1
Join Us for Pledge Kickoff Weekend - October 31 & November 1 Walk through the new Fellowship Hall Grab a cookie and grab one to give away Say hello to St. Andrew's pastors and staff Pick up supplies for worshiping at home Sign up for a 15- minute slot - Sat., Oct 31 3:30 - 5 p.m. or Sun., Nov. 1, 8-11 a.m. Registration required! We will be able to accommodate a limited number of walk-in guests for a tour but we encourage you to register so we can plan to provide a safe experience for all. Masks required indoors at all times. This event takes the place of our typical fall pledge weekend. Kindly make your pledge of support for the year ahead online or if you prefer you can bring a pledge card to this event and drop it off. Questions? Call us at 612-888-2940. A message from Lead Pastor Mike Carlson: We are called together as one community, in one church, under one God. We live in abundant life, knowing Christ, living in Christ and loving Christ. It is difficult when the world quantifies abundance in the form of material possessions, but when we break through that noise, center our hearts and minds in Christ, we find true joy and abundant life. This year, we are focusing on the gift of life and invite you to join us with financial support of mission and minstry of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Make a Pledge Give an online gift via your credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard) or directly through your bank account.* Online giving can be set up as recurring OR a one-time gift. *The most cost-effective way to give is by entering your checking account and routing number, as there are fewer fees associated with this method. [...]
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 6-7 p.m. - Sanctuary This family favorite is back! Come in costume (non-violent) for a virtual, video "parade" on Sanctuary screens. • Concert includes the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach • A short message from Pastor Kyle Jackson • Treat bags following the concert; freewill offering We will be following all COVID-19 in-person protocols that have been in use at St. Andrew's since this summer. Registration required. Note: this concert also will be livestreamed at live.saintandrews.org Register here!
We will resume Holy Communion in all weekend worship services online and in person beginning the weekend of Sept. 12-13. In-person: We will be following appropriate protocols to bring you a safe and meaningful communion experience with bread, wine and juice in our services in the Great Hall and the Sanctuary. At home: Just as the meal is holy, set apart and sacred, we invite you to use a special plate or cup that have meaning to you. It is not necessary to have any certain bread, wine or grape juice. We invite you to set it out ahead of worship to help maintain the reverence of communion. Together we will commune when the pastor does and be reminded of our unity, and that together we are the body of Christ.
Wellness Wednesdays: Congregational Connection Small Groups We were created to be in relationship with God and each other. We need connection. Professor of Social Work, Author and Researcher Brene Brown tells us, "Connection is why we're here. We are hardwired to connect with others. It's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering." During these times of increased isolation, St. Andrew's invites you to experience Wellness Wednesdays - small online connection groups of people who will experience a devotion together, listen and support one another, and create the space for healing that can only take place in community. This is a way for people to get together (remotely, via Zoom) to share, listen and support each other, with a devotion and prayer as a guide. This is not a Bible study group, recovery or psychological support group, but a way to connect with a small group of others at St. Andrew's. We will facilitate one-hour small group meetings at different times throughout the day on Wednesdays, October 14-Dec. 9. Please see individual group times below. Questions? Please contact Heidi Lender, email@example.com. 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m. Noon - 1 p.m. 2 - 3 p.m. 5- 6 p.m. Asynchronous Group (on demand, no set time) Register here.
New! Genesis Zoom Room for Women – begins Thursday, September 24, 11:10 a.m. to noon through Dec. 17 Begins shortly after A LIVING HOPE Bible Study of Genesis concludes each Thursday. Join us for a follow-up Zoom Room to reflect on what we heard from Pastors Mike and Sarah. Join when you can, leave when you must. Hosted by Sue Lennartson and Joan McCormick. Questions - firstname.lastname@example.org. Click below for Zoom link: https://saintandrews-org.zoom.us/j/93564937630?pwd=OUZWdktCTW83QW1jU3VHTGVtOFVldz09 Meeting ID: 935 6493 7630 Passcode: 565656
Adult, Youth Choirs and Instrumental Groups Suspended Message from Jan Gilbertson, Director, St. Andrew’s Music: St. Andrew’s is known for its strong music ministry, with choirs for adults and children, instrumental music, the powerful Casavant organ and congregational singing. Our programs offer musical experiences for all abilities, so that we can all serve God through our music ministry. However, COVID-19 has brought a change in the way we worship through music. With the gradual return to limited attendance/physically distanced indoor worship planned for September, we have determined that the time is still not right for choral and instrumental groups to rehearse and participate in Traditional Worship. While this is disappointing for everyone, we place the need for health and safety above all else. We will not be starting music rehearsals (choral, instrumental, adult and youth) until our Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force deems it safe to do so. Large group choral and instrumental rehearsals and performances have been temporarily suspended. This includes St. Andrew’s Choir, New Dimension Singers, St. Andrew’s Orchestra, all youth and children’s choirs. St. Andrew’s Music Series is suspended through the end of 2020. Each of our choir directors will be reaching out to choir singers in creative ways to offer ways to connect and participate as soon as it’s feasible. If you or your child are interested in joining our choir program, and you were not involved in the past year, we enthusiastically welcome you to join now. We would be happy to include you in our plans and activities as they are developed this year. In the meantime, we invite you to participate in music in new ways! Tune into each weekend’s Traditional Worship at 9 a.m. Sundays (live.saintandrews.org and Facebook Live) as we are replaying some of St. Andrew’s best choral music from worship services over [...]
Tues., Oct. 20 - 6:30 p.m. - Hear about others' experiences with spiritual direction and consider whether God might be inviting you to participate in a spiritual direction listening circle. This October 20 event is your chance to try out Listening Circles. Register and a Zoom link will be sent to you. If Listening Circles are a good fit for you, you’ll be able to sign up for more Listening Circle events held Tuesdays, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Then if you would like to continue, you will be able to sign up for future dates on Tuesdays in 2021: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4. Contact Heidi Lender at email@example.com if you have any questions. Register Here These Listening Circles will be facilitated either in-person at St. Andrew's or online (TBD) by several certified Spiritual Directors, including Pastor Brian Norsman, Spiritual Formation Pastor; Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor; and Peg Ruetten, Group Facilitator at Christos Center for Spiritual Formation.