Back-to-School Blessing — and ice cream truck!

By |2020-08-07T12:48:23-05:00August 7th, 2020|News & Updates|

Back-to-School Blessing – and Ice Cream Truck! Saturday, Aug. 15, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Youth and Sports Center Parking Lot   Your Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Team wants to see you before summer is over and celebrate the return to learning this fall – whether you’ll be at school, at home, or both! Bring your family to this drive-through event for a blessing prayer and an ice cream treat (FREE)! Also pick up a back-to-school gift bag with a water bottle sticker, mechanical pencil, handmade cloth mask, and comic book. All children and youth looking forward to a school year ahead are invited – preschoolers to college students! We also invite your family to bring a backpack to donate to our Community Resource Center to be filled with school supplies for area children. (No supplies are needed – just backpacks.) To ensure this is a safe, socially-distanced event, please remain in your vehicle at all times. Items (including dessert treats) will be handed to you in a safe manner. If you are experiencing any illness or COVID-related symptoms, we ask that you remain at home. Families are also invited to attend the 4 or 6 p.m. worship services outside Great Hall the same day. Prior registration is required to attend worship – details and sign-up here.  

Thank you Intern Pastor Christine Belfrey!

By |2020-08-10T10:29:06-05:00August 7th, 2020|News & Updates|

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

BACKPACK PROGRAM

By |2020-07-30T14:22:18-05:00July 30th, 2020|News & Updates|

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!

Church Council Recommendations

By |2020-07-23T15:15:42-05:00July 22nd, 2020|News & Updates|

Do you know someone who is open-minded and strategic? We're looking for compassionate individuals with experiences in one or more disciplines such as business development, strategic thinking, diversity and inclusion, non-profit leadership and more to lead and guide St. Andrew's by serving on the Church Council. We are seeking recommendations to fill three open Council positions to serve three-year terms beginning in November 2020. We seek Church Council leadership with passion for St. Andrew's Mission and vision and a variety of skills and experience: business development, finance, strategic thinking, long-range planning, experience in a boardroom, diversity and inclusion, leadership in non-profits or community service providers. Recommendations due September 27. Click Here For Recommendation Form

For Such A Time As This…

By |2020-08-07T06:57:40-05:00June 7th, 2020|Living in Christ, News & Updates|

“Those first few days we were talking about closing church I remember thinking how will we tell everyone?” said Joe Holmberg, Communications Director.  “Perhaps we will have services for one more week?” he thought.  And then, in a what seemed like the blink of an eye, the state issued a stay at home order and St. Andrew’s was launched fully into a digital world, with online worship, online Bible studies and Facebook Live services. 3,500 households were called within the first week we left campus, and 937 prayers were added to the prayer list.  Staff, church leaders and community wondered how long this would last and yearned to get back together. It became apparent, in those early days that we needed more infrastructure to really be the church, outside of church. The Community Resource Center rallied to avoid disruption of support for community by routing the main phone number to cell phones, and in those first 6 weeks, we saw a 300% increase in phone calls from the same weeks the year before.  Requests for rental assistance, short-term housing and basic needs came flowing in. Online worship was already a part of our worship opportunity, but new features were added, like interactive chats, Facebook Watch parties, prayer rooms, all as we sought new ways to reach out to those we missed and those in need of hearing the healing power of Christ’s love. After several weeks at home, we learned new ways to engage as students adapted to online confirmation and our Bible studies shifted to recorded messages and in-person zoom calls.  We started worship in the courtyard for our friends at St. Andrew’s Village, and yet still we felt the call to reach further to find those who were not yet connected. We added a dial-in worship number that [...]

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Proclaiming God’s Love For the World

By |2020-07-14T09:08:32-05:00June 6th, 2020|News & Updates|

We the pastoral team and senior leaders of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church write this letter to address the horrific acts of the last few weeks. The senseless homicide of George Floyd has brought to light the many and various ways that systemic racism needs to be addressed by the institutional church and the individual hearts of those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. The St. Andrew’s Constitution says we will, ”Speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling forth and proclaiming God’s love for the world.” In the Gospels we are charged to be the healing hands of Christ for the sake of the nations. As a predominately white denomination and as a mostly white congregation we have a specific responsibility to address our own practices that have directly and indirectly contributed to the oppression of people of color. We believe our black and brown siblings when they say they need us to stand with them. We believe them! We enter a time of repentance (which means turn around) and soul searching so that we can deepen our baptismal commitment to be vessels who carry the light and healing love of Christ out into the world. Our faith in Jesus Christ demands it. We ask all our members to enter a time of personal reflection. Be uncomfortable, ask questions, seek God in prayer, grieve, wonder, confront, live in the restlessness. Renounce apathy. Suffer with those who suffer. This is where the Holy Spirit leads and speaks. This is where the good work of healing and reconciliation will spring forth. We ask God for peace that is not devoid of truth and justice. Let it begin with us. Michael Carlson, Lead Pastor Sarah Breckenridge, Senior Executive Pastor Kyle Jackson, Executive Pastor of Serve and Care John [...]

St. Andrew’s 30 Days of Prayer Initiative

By |2020-07-03T12:59:34-05:00May 30th, 2020|30 Days of prayer, It's Who We Are, Living in Christ, News & Updates|

For 30 days members of St. Andrew's prayed together a community prayer for comfort and strength in the midst of great uncertainty. The effort began May 1 and concluded May 30, marking the transition from Easter Season to Pentecost. Thank you to all who joined us in prayer on facebook, in your homes and throughout the community. SEE ALL 30 VIDEOS

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