Vision Slovakia Background

By |2022-11-18T08:48:47-06:00November 18th, 2022|News & Updates|

Vision Slovakia Background St. Andrew’s has been involved in the former Eastern bloc nation of Slovakia for over 20 years. Recently people have asked, “When will our ministry there be done?” and, “Aren’t they capable of teaching programs like Vacation Bible School now?” and, “Why is it taking them so long to become financially independent?” These are difficult and complex questions for many reasons. We didn’t choose this ministry, but this opportunity has been gifted to us and called by God to serve as a congregation. We have continued to establish partnerships with other congregations who are also committed and called into the support of this ministry of Christian education in Slovakia. In this ministry we have received far more from our Slovak partners than we have given. They have given us a vision of their commitment to teach and proclaim the gospel for this new time of freedom. They have lived through times when it has not only been difficult, but even impossible to worship. These are faithful people with a vision to reestablish Christian education and freedom of worship as they continue to recover from the trauma of living with totalitarian regimes for over 40 years under communism following WW II, and prior to the reign of terror and holocaust under the Third Reich. Self-worth and initiative were virtually destroyed during these years with the daily threat of imprisonment and death. Records were secretly kept on persons and innocent people who were identified as enemies of the state. This so-called information was used to incarcerate and martyr Slovak citizens for any outward expression of their faith in God. Jan Bohdan Hrobon was a Lutheran pastor who dared to carry out his ministry under all these dangers and still live faithfully to his call to proclaim and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. His vision was to reestablish Christian education schools for children, [...]

Music Staff

By |2022-11-21T05:54:21-06:00November 8th, 2022|News & Updates|

Andy became Music Director at St. Andrew's in 2022, after a 20-year tenure as choral director at Hudson (WI) High School. He holds a BA from Luther College, and a MM in Conducting and Choral Literature from Northern Arizona University. Andy also serves as Artistic Director of River City Chorale in Hudson, WI. 651.762.9123 Bill has served at St. Andrew's since 1988 as organist and pianist, as well as a bassist on both electric and upright bass. He studied organ and church music at St. John's University (Collegeville, MN) and the University of Minnesota. Bill has been a church musician since age 13, as organist, accompanist, arranger and a collaborative artist for concerts and recordings. He has performed on the American Public Media radio program "Pipedreams," and has made numerous recordings on St. Andrew's 1927 rebuilt Casavant organ. 651.762.9156 Sara has served as Contemporary Worship Director at St. Andrew's since 2010. She has been a professional singer, songwriter, recording artist and worship leader in the Twin Cities for 25 years. At St. Andrew's, she leads the Gathering Band: Tonia Hughes Kendrick (Vocals), David Young (guitar), Enrique Toussaint (bass), Matt Novachis (drums) and Jared Rush (keyboard). Kristin has served as an accompanist at St. Andrew's since 1988, where she accompanies the church vocal choirs in addition to soloists for church services, as well as playing for musicals and other church events. Kristin holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree from University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She is employed by the White Bear Lake public schools as a speech-language pathologist. Julie has taught music and theatre at Mahtomedi Schools since 1999, and has been a youth choir director at St. Andrew's since 2021. She has a BA in Music [...]

All-In Sunday Breakfast Help

By |2022-09-28T18:01:44-05:00September 28th, 2022|News & Updates, Uncategorized|

Can you help with breakfast on All-In Sunday (Oct. 2)? Interested in being a server, table tidier, beverage master, or dishwasher angel? This Sunday, Oct. 2, we're serving breakfast as part of our All-In Sundays, an intentional time of connecting our church family through worship and fellowship. We're putting together a top-rate team to serve the meal with shifts available between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sign up using the link below or email Mark Jackson using the Contact Us form.

Traditional Service Bulletins

By |2022-11-23T20:06:37-06:00September 22nd, 2022|News & Updates|

Click below to access the bulletin for Traditional worship on Sunday mornings.  November 27, 2022  November 23, 2022 (Thanksgiving Eve service) November 20, 2022 November 13, 2022  November 6, 2022 October 30, 2022  October 23, 2022  

COVID Updates

By |2022-02-21T10:49:02-06:00January 9th, 2022|News & Updates|

February 21, 2022 Update - from Pastor Mike Carlson We are aware that the three surrounding School Districts (Mahtomedi, Stillwater, and White Bear Lake) have begun the process of removing face covering requirements. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, guests and worshippers at St. Andrew’s has been our top priority.  As the Omicron variant recedes, Washington County COVID-19 positivity rates and ICU hospitalizations decline, St. Andrew’s will adjust the face covering requirements in a timed and reasonable manner.  We need to remember COVID is not over but restrictions are easing, and we need to remain committed to protecting our people, including the vulnerable we are called to serve. Beginning February 28th, 2022, the process for Staff, Congregation-Facing Volunteers, Youth and Children will be: -Face coverings are recommended, but not required. -Face coverings will be required on bus or van transportation activities. -The Preschools of St. Andrew’s will continue to follow their processes and procedures from their Health Consultant. -Any personnel testing positive with COVID or is in close contact with a person testing positive with COVID is required to notify and consult with Adam Huntley, Human Resources, for the current isolation, quarantine, and face covering requirements in place to protect our community and ensure alignment with constantly changing MDH, CDC, and OSHA guidelines. -We will continue to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our surrounding community and will adjust our protocols as appropriate. February 4, 2022 Update: With COVID positivity rates now trending downward in Washington County, we have modified our protocols. As of tomorrow, Feb. 5, 2022, MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED for visitors when attending events, programs, and worship on our campus. Visitors may continue to wear masks if they wish, according to their own level of comfort. Wednesday night meals [...]

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