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Word of the Week: Your Story Through Scripture

By |2021-01-19T10:08:50-06:00January 11th, 2021|Life U January, LIFEU, News & Updates, Storytelling|

Every week during 2021 watch for Word of the Week where 52 St. Andrew’s members have chosen a verse from the Bible that speaks to their heart. They share their verse and have written their heart-filled thoughts on how this verse has influenced their life. They have included a question and close with a prayer. All of our writers are ages 65 and better! How to connect with Word of the Week: Use it in a small group, with prayer partners, friends or family discussion Personal weekly devotion focus Send the link to this Word of the Week page to someone you’re praying for Call someone and discuss Word of the Week Create your own Word of the Week based on your favorite Scripture Make a copy and form a personal Devotional Journal Pray for the person who submitted the Word of the Week Questions? Contact Sue Lennartson, Director of Adult Ministries, slennartson@saintandrews.org January 18: Sharon Pfeiffer read more January 11: John Straiton  read more January 4: Margit Coltvet read more

Winter Warming Space

By |2021-01-09T01:43:19-06:00January 7th, 2021|CRC NEWS & UPDATES, News & Updates|

Help Us Host a Warm Space for Unsheltered Neighbors St. Andrew's will open our doors to unsheltered neighbors starting January 11, 2021, as temperatures get colder and we move into the coldest part of winter. We will offer a warm space for Washington and Ramsey County residents from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Depending on the weather, there is a possibility of temperature-triggered overnight stays.  St. Andrew's is building on similar support we provided to our neighbors during the winter of 2019. In our Youth & Sports Center, we have created a place of respite, a place for our neighbors to be warm.  Guests will have the opportunity to rest on cots in their designated space, have lunch and sign up for a time to shower. A message from the Community Resource Center How You Can Help We're looking for people to help with lunches  (please provide food for 12 people) as well as provide hospitality.  Volunteers will have light duties such as checking in guests, putting together and cleaning up lunch, keeping track of the shower sign-up, etc. We have a robust COVID-19 safety plan in place. See details below. Shifts are 9:30 - 12:45 and 12:30-3:30, Monday through Thursday. We may extend hours to provide overnight shelter on nights when it is bitterly cold. Watch for more information about additional shifts. MEALS Bring lunch or provide meal gift cards SIGN UP HOSPITALITY Check in guests, serve and clean up lunch SIGN UP COVID-19 Safety Plan in Place Much care has been taken to transform our gym space in our Youth and Sports building into a safe place [...]

Inclusion Ministry

By |2021-01-16T11:47:13-06:00January 4th, 2021|News & Updates|

Join us at Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Events All events are virtual (presented via Zoom) and free to all. Zoom Link for all weekend events: https://saintandrews-org.zoom.us/j/91725967890?pwd=OW9RY1A4YnBLZFZwa0w3VVBiV2dDQT09 Meeting ID: 917 2596 7890 Passcode: 330502 One tap mobile +13017158592,,91725967890#,,,,*330502# US (Washington D.C) +13126266799,,91725967890#,,,,*330502# US (Chicago) meet the presenters Fri., Jan. 15, 2021 7 - 8:30 pm Civil Conversations Topic: Preaching into This Time: Proclaiming Good News for All People. How do social justice and liberation fit into proclamation? Panel discussion includes Rev. Dr. Kenneth Wheeler, Rev. Michael Carlson, Rev. Jen Collins and Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen. register Sat.,  Jan. 16, 2021 9 - 10:15 am Class: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letters from Birmingham Jail. We will view this letter as one of Dr. King's most brilliant pieces of writing, written on the edges of a newspaper that was smuggled into him. The letter was Dr. King's response to eight white clergymen whose presence in the city was meant to cause trouble, and presents the distinction between a just and unjust law. The letter and Dr. King's words are timely and readily applicable to our current conversations around law and order. Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Wheeler register Sat.,  Jan. 16, 2021 10:30 - 11:30 am Workshop: Reframing Stories (Part 1) - Family Focused, with Rev. Jen Collins.  This workshop invites you to be engaged as we journey to understand ourselves and our stories. The stories we tell about ourselves have a huge impact—they inform and organize our thoughts, feelings, and belief systems about the world in which we live.  For this family-focused time, we will explore a variety of stories from different voices as they help guide and open us up to [...]

Make a Meal for the Hugo Family Shelter

By |2020-12-31T09:27:47-06:00December 31st, 2020|CRC NEWS & UPDATES, News & Updates|

As we continue to maintain social distancing during COVID-19, we are continuing to ask for meals instead of in-person volunteers to help feed our families staying at the Hugo Family Shelter. It's a great way to be involved during these challenging times. How it works: Dinner is dropped off at the door, and staff brings it in and serves our families.  You can bring a hot meal, a frozen meal, ingredients to make a meal, or even a gift card to order/buy a meal.  You sign up on "Meal Train" ( see link below ) which allows you to see when other people are bringing meals and what is being served.  Sign up for any day in a  "St. Andrew's Week" or  "Open Week."   Call the Community Resource Center with any questions at 651-762-9124. SIGN UP TO BRING A MEAL TO THE HUGO FAMILY SHELTER

Next Stop for The Depot

By |2020-12-28T17:14:13-06:00December 14th, 2020|News & Updates|

Next Iteration of The Depot Ministry The Depot Church in Hugo is moving into its next iteration --  shifting from online worship to small group ministry! Starting January 1, The Depot will serve as a ministry of St. Andrew’s, helping us connect, pray, and walk with one another through small groups that help us deepen community bonds.  In this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, it’s more important than ever that we move into holy moments to catch our breath and be in community. Big thanks to Pastor Brian Norsman and Pastor Jenny Sung for getting The Depot ministry off the ground, and for their work in setting a vision for broadening The Depot beyond geographical limits into a new dimension of ministry.  Thanks to everyone in the community whose gifts of time, energy, love and resources keep our mission alive.  Pastor Jenny will continue shaping The Depot into new ways to be church together through small groups as we move into 2021. The final online worship for The Depot was held Sunday, December 27, click here to see.  Pastor Jenny will continue to lead outdoor worship at Hugo Lions Park on the first Sunday of every month, and will have a presence on Facebook and Instagram with Holy Pause meditations. Watch for more information about The Depot Small Group Ministry on our website and on social media.   

New Year’s Eve Contemplative Pause

By |2020-12-30T11:10:06-06:00December 13th, 2020|News & Updates|

You are invited to a New Year’s Eve pause…Come, open your heart and listen for God.   The time will include Scripture, contemplative singing, three short talks, and three ten-minute quiet spaces for reflection.   We will close with Communion and an opportunity to receive a prayer of blessing. If you prefer, you may choose the Zoom option.  If so, please prepare communion elements for yourself and oil or lotion to anoint yourself for a blessing prayer. The evening will be led by Dr. Jeannette Bakke, Author of Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction, Christos faculty, retired Bethel Seminary professor, spiritual director, retreat leader. When: December 31,2020 4:00pm-4:30 – Gathering 4:30-6:00 Scripture, Music, Reflection, Communion, Prayer Cost: None.    Registration closes with 15 in person.   Registration via Zoom is available. Location: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation 1212 Holly Drive Lino Lakes, MN 55038 REGISTER  

Christmas Worship Dec. 23-27

By |2020-12-10T13:01:52-06:00December 10th, 2020|Advent & Christmas, Children's, Youth & Family, News & Updates|

details and registration Christmas may look a little different this year, but we are already feeling the joy and anticipation!  We have 14 celebratory services online and in-person over the extended Christmas weekend, Dec. 23-27. Invite your far-flung family and friends to join you in an online service, or register to attend one of our in-person Traditional or Contemporary Services.  Based on COVID-19 protocols, in-person services are limited in attendance, and require masks and advance registration.  We hope to see you, either in person or virtually, as we come together for the most important thing: to joyfully celebrate the birth of Jesus!  Details and register at saintandrews.org/christmas

Prayer Shawl Ministry

By |2020-11-25T14:26:28-06:00November 25th, 2020|CARE|

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry gives volunteers the opportunity to use their gifts to create prayer shawls (knit or crochet) for people in need in our community.  Work can be done remotely, with guidance from our Prayer Shawl ministry lead Jackie O'Neill. Details, patterns and the history and mission of this ministry are available here:  http://shawlministry.com/   Want to get involved? Contact Dana Gabor, St. Andrew's Community Nurse, dana.gabor@saintandrews.org, 651.762.9106  

Now Hiring: Preschool, Shelter Staff

By |2020-11-22T15:47:17-06:00November 22nd, 2020|CRC NEWS & UPDATES, News & Updates, PRESCHOOL NEWS & UPDATES|

We have a few employment opportunities available within St. Andrew's! Our newest opportunity is for a part time Shelter Associate position to work at St. Andrew's Family Shelter in Hugo. Every-other weekend availability is required. Approximately 20 hours per week. We have a full-time opening for a Lead Preschool Teacher at The Preschools of St. Andrew's Full Day Program. 40 hours per week, benefit eligible. We continue to have a need for qualified Substitute Teachers and Assistant Teachers at The Preschools of St. Andrew's.  More information on these opportunities can be found by clicking the link below. Employment Opportunities at St. Andrew's

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