Parents Night Out – December

By |2022-11-22T18:19:14-06:00November 22nd, 2022|Children's, Youth & Family|

Friday, December 9, 5-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary Nursery Ages: 12 months – 10 years; Cost: $18/child Take a break with a night away! Enjoy an evening to yourself, have a quiet dinner, or do a little shopping – while your children enjoy Bible stories, crafts, games and time to play with new friends. Light snacks are provided. Registration closes the Thursday before the event. For more information, contact Masako Kedrowski at 651.762.9136 or Register Online

ROCK Basketball 2022-23 Season

By |2022-11-22T08:46:45-06:00October 26th, 2021|Children's, Youth & Family|

What is ROCK? The acronym stands for Recreational Opportunities for Christian Kids. It is designed as a non-competitive, skills-based basketball program with an emphasis on good sportsmanship and team play. Who can participate? Children in grades K-2. Friends, family, and neighbors are welcome! Time and Dates: Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dec. 5, 12; Jan. 9, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13 End of Season Celebration: Monday, Feb. 13; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration: Register online Cost: $40 per child; $10 discount for each child when registering two or more from a family; scholarships available. Every participant receives a ROCK t-shirt! For more information and registration questions, contact Aubrey Potratz at 651.762.9131 or

9th Grade Confirmation

By |2022-08-22T13:35:16-05:00August 11th, 2021|Children's, Youth & Family|

Register for 9th Grade Confirmation ('22-'23) Schedule and Details Sundays, 6-8 p.m. in the Great Hall Sept. 18: Session 1 Sept. 25: Session 2 Oct. 2: Session 3 Oct. 8 & 9: Retreat at Camp Wapo in Amery, WI (Paid for in your registration fee) Oct. 16: Session 4 Oct. 29: Banquet in Fellowship Hall (Either 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. depending on small group assignment) Oct. 30: Confirmation Worship: Details to come Stole Packet PDF

9th Grade Confirmation Update

By |2020-08-17T10:22:20-05:00August 17th, 2020|Highschool Events|

Hey 9th Grade families!  My name is Per Nestingen. I’m the High School Minister at St. Andrew’s. I get to guide you through the end of your Confirmation journey and I feel so lucky to have this as part of my ministry. Here is a quick summary of how to get started; if you want all the details, read my extensive information below. Confirmation Day is October 25, 2020! We know it will include an online worship component in the morning (9 and 10:15 a.m.) that all can view. We also feel it's important to have an in-person component for the actual Rite of Confirmation. The extent to which we gather and who can participate will be decided later, but it will at least include each small group and parents/guardians. If we can figure a way to include more people, we will, for we know how special of an occasion this is for your entire family. Please register for 9th Grade Confirmation HERE. The cost this year is only $40.   The first step in this process is to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with Per in August. Please do that HERE.   I’m so excited to meet with you all! Please email me ALL your questions, as I sincerely want you to feel totally informed and comfortable over the next three months.

6th Grade Confirmation Kick-Start Letter

By |2020-08-17T10:03:15-05:00August 17th, 2020|Middle School Events|

July 21, 2020   Welcome to Confirmation at St. Andrew’s! We’re reaching out to members and friends we believe are making the transition into 6th grade to invite you to join us on this adventure of forming and living out faith! Confirmation at St. Andrew’s is a three-year Christian education program that culminates in affirming (or “confirming”) one’s Baptism in the fall of 9th grade. In these years we explore what it means to be God’s child, follow Jesus, and be part of the body of Christ -- at St. Andrew’s, within our families and communities, and all over the world. More than 350 youth participated last year! Through Confirmation, we will provide your children with these “Four Es”: We provide an Environment that lets them know they are safe and loved, and also allows them to ask the big questions about life and God. We Energize their faith lives through weekly gatherings and lessons geared to their age that both relate to their daily life and are built on a solid Lutheran theology. We Equip them with a community of people of all ages that love and support them. We Encourage them to see how God is moving in their lives -- both inside and outside the church.   To get a great start to the year, we’ve launched 6th Grade Confirmation Kickstart! Just for 6th graders, Kickstart includes an info meeting, a one-on-one conversation with me, several group gatherings, and getting ready to join 7th and 8th graders in October. Please see the enclosed flyer for the schedule and details. Take the first step on the Confirmation journey! Sign up for Kickstart at (Registration for the full year will open later in August.) Finally, we know that Confirmation will look much different this year. Thank you for [...]

Middle School Days- Wednesdays in August

By |2020-08-17T10:08:37-05:00August 17th, 2020|Middle School Events|

This August every Wednesday we are going to celebrate Middle School Days! The will be a combination of socially distant in person activates as well as virtual gatherings. We will do awesome activities ranging from no contact games at church to learning how to serve people from a distance. And ending our time in August with a bonfire! Register for all the fun via this Google Form! August 5, 10 a.m. Middle School Game Day (In Person) August 12, 10 a.m. Middle School Service Day (Zoom) August 19, 6 p.m. Middle School Netflix Party (Online) August 26, 6 p.m. Middle School Bonfire (In Person)

Preschools COVID-19 Safety Plan

By |2020-08-13T13:37:49-05:00August 13th, 2020|Preschool|

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan  - 8/12/20 The Preschools of St. Andrew’s   The Preschools of St. Andrew’s, a ministry of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota is required to have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that protects staff, children, families and the community we serve. This plan recognizes the health and safety requirements already required of The Preschools of St. Andrew’s, and is designed to assist our program in meeting the unique needs of our staff and children in care during this peacetime emergency.   According to Executive Order 20-48, child care programs, are required to follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance and helpful tools can be found on  Executive Order 20-74, signed by Gov. Walz on June 5, 2020 requires The Preschools of St. Andrew’s to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that outlines how we will implement MDH and CDC guidelines.  The health and safety of the children in our care, our staff, and all families, particularly during this pandemic is our number one priority.  The guidance provides specific steps we can take to continue to keep everyone safe while operating during this unique public health crisis.   The Preschools of St. Andrew’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan describes how our program will implement the following components, in compliance with MDH and CDC guidelines for child care programs: frequent handwashing cleaning and disinfecting arrival and departure social distancing throughout the day plans for identifying and excluding sick staff, volunteers and children source control and cloth face coverings workplace ventilation playground use meals and snacks field trips and event communication and training   The Preschools of St. Andrew’s will evaluate, monitor, and update our plan as necessary. Our [...]

July 11/12

By |2020-07-12T10:24:59-05:00July 11th, 2020|Faith5, Online Resources, Preschool|

July 11/12 Don't miss the Weekend Worship Services > Join worship online at! > Four services are available: Saturday 5 p.m. (Contemporary), Sunday 9 a.m. (Traditional), Sunday 10:15 a.m. (Contemporary), and Sunday 4 p.m. (The Depot Church). Getting Ready: You will need: internet access for song and activity links; Spark Story Bible or Connect Bible. Faith5 is a simple faith practice that can be done at bedtime, after a meal, or at a special time for quiet each day. Faith5 includes five simple steps: Share your highs and lows Read a Bible verse or story Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows, or what you heard that feels important Pray for one another’s highs and lows Bless one another Faith5 Lesson: Gather everyone in a comfortable spot and get settled in. Invite each member of your family to share their highs and lows for the day. You can use the words blessings and bummers instead. Someone might choose to pass or not have anything to share, and that’s ok. Read the Bible story (parable) Jesus told to teach about God: The Vineyard Workers (Spark Story Bible pg. 298), or read the Gospel text that explains why Jesus taught using parables, Matthew 13:10-17, on page 1086 in the Connect Bible. Talk about the Spark Bible story or Gospel text, taking turns offering what you heard that relates to high/lows or what felt important. Pray for one another’s highs and lows. These words can help you get started - “Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us eyes that see and ears that hear. Thank you for providing for us every day. Thank you for loving me and always being with me. Thank you for (blessings). Today, please help me with (bummers). Please help me to be [...]

Vacation Bible School 2020

By |2020-07-04T11:23:47-05:00July 4th, 2020|childrens, Online Resources, Preschool, VBS|

Monday: Day 1: Zero Hunger Focus Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread.” Bible Story: Matthew 14:13-21 Daily Broadcast Video – Music, Theme Skit, Bible Story Time, ELCA World Hunger Country Focus Content, Introduction to the day’s extras, Closing Blessing and Prayer, Song. Explore More: Taste, Make, Play and Sing Snack and Craft directions – Day 1 Snack Demo: Today’s snack is Elote, or Mexican street corn, a spiced up version of corn on the cob. Craft Demo: Our craft today is Amate Painting, traditional Mexican painting done on paper made from tree bark (or in our case brown paper bag). Game Demo: The game idea for today is all about teamwork, Pool Noodle Balloon Bonanza! Preschool Bonus Content: Bible Story with Miss Shannon: Join along with your SPARK Story Bible Music with Miss Karla: Today’s songs include God Made Your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, B-I-B-L-E, and I’ve got the Joy/Down in my Heart. We apologize for any technical issues  that may have occurred during the recording of these videos. Tuesday: Day 2: Good Health Focus Prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Bible Story: Luke 5:17-39 Daily Broadcast Video – Music, Theme Skit, Bible Story Time, ELCA World Hunger Country Focus Content, Introduction to the day’s extras, Closing Blessing and Prayer, Song. Explore More: Taste, Make, Play and Sing Snack and Craft Directions – Day 2 Snack Demo: Our dish for today is a traditional staple dish of Zimbabwe, Sadza with Tsunga. Craft Demo: We will be learning the art of soap carving. Game Demo: Hungry Mosquito is a game that helps understand the importance of preventing malaria, a disease facing many people in Zimbabwe and other countries. Preschool Bonus Content: Bible Story with Miss Shannon: Join along in your SPARK Story Bible! Music with Miss Karla: Today’s songs are Shake Another Hand, Go [...]

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