We’re back! The St. Andrew’s Library in the Sanctuary building is open again on Sunday mornings. A collection of over 2,200 books is available. A wide range of fiction, including both Christian and secular material is available for checkout. The non-fiction section has various topics that include prayer, diversity, grief, caregiving, Biblical studies, and devotional literature. Many reference books are also available. A wide array of children’s picture books and Early Readers is ready for your children to checkout and enjoy. We are also looking for Sunday morning volunteers to help occasionally between services from 9:45-10:30. Volunteers help people find books, plus assist with checkout, reshelving returns and straightening up the shelves. If you have volunteered in the past, let us know if you are willing to continue. If you are interested in becoming a new part of the library team, stop into the library and leave a note, or contact Christa Getchell by using our Contact Us form.
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. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VyrLz80v9jCtMVnF_UqQY1qHwiSSUYMYTm17yQZfUXA/edit#gid=1107964525
New Artwork on St. Andrew’s Campus Visitors to St. Andrew’s have the opportunity to experience a new piece of artwork on our campus. Homeless Jesus, a life-sized bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz depicting Jesus as a person experiencing homelessness sleeping on a park bench, is installed outside Door 1 of the Sanctuary. His face and hands are obscured, but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity. The statue has been described as a “visual translation” of the Gospel of Matthew passage in which Jesus tells his disciples, “Truly, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matt. 25:40). The sculpture at St. Andrew’s is one of only approximately 100 original castings at significant spiritual and community locations around the world, including outside the Papal Office of Charities in Rome, at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York, and in Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Homeless Jesus was donated to St. Andrew’s by Pilgrim’s Holy Land Fund, a group of people who have visited the Holy Land with St. Andrew’s pilgrimage trips. A group from St. Andrew’s, including Lead Pastor Mike Carlson, were moved to take action after they saw the sculpture in Capernaum in 2019. After applying to the sculptor with information about where the sculpture would be displayed and its purpose in our ministry, the group raised funds for its creation and installation. “The sculpture speaks to the core of who we are as Jesus’ people, and to our calling as a place for help, hope and healing,” says Pastor Mike.
Survey Results Announced - August 18, 2022 Thanks to everyone who participated in our Worship Survey three month ago. We heard you! Following are highlights from the Worship Survey. After conversations with staff and Church Council, as well as an online survey to the congregation, we worked closely with an external survey consultant to gather data and analyze survey results. Our goal was to answer this question: What makes the St. Andrew’s worship experience transformative? Using data from 653 fully completed surveys (a statistically relevant sample that represents 22% of an average weekend’s worshippers!), we found a few key takeaways: The worship experience at St. Andrew’s is meaningful. Respondents are overwhelmingly “inspired by the music and powerful sermons.” The survey highlighted that the sermons connect to daily life and the music is inspirational and an expression of liturgy. Worship experiences differ and change depending on age. Congregation members age 65+ say they worship to “offer praise and thanks to God.” Congregation members age 30-64 see worship as an opportunity to “be in community with others” and “slow down and reconnect with God and my faith.” Online worship is an important feature of our worship experience. About half of the respondents worship exclusively in person, 40% worship both online and in person, and 11% worship exclusively online. Members tend to worship online rather than in person as they get older. Convenience, COVID and staying connected to the St. Andrew’s community were the chief reasons respondents gave for choosing to worship online. Survey respondents suggested ideas to make worship more vibrant and meaningful. While a significant number of respondents felt that no changes are needed, there were a number of suggestions to enhance worship including occasionally introducing new hymns/songs, considering blended worship that brings together elements of both Traditional and [...]
We’re pleased to make our beautiful facility available when not otherwise used for church-related activities. We host a variety of events each year, including large conferences, nonprofit gatherings, community meetings, music concerts, school events, and youth sports practices. We do not rent space for private use or for-profit businesses at this time. Our 40-acre wooded campus provides a number of versatile spaces, including our 1,200-seat Sanctuary, 420-seat Great Hall, the Youth and Sports Center Gym, and a gorgeous new Fellowship Hall with room for 300 at meals or 400 for meetings or receptions. Rental fees are based on your choice of reserved spaces and length of the event. Download building rental details and costs approved caterers Questions regarding building rental and scheduling can be directed to Mark Jackson, Director of Community Engagement, via our Contact Us form or by phone at 651.762.9146. Learn more about holding weddings and funerals at St. Andrew's.
We care about you and your family! If you are experiencing a personal emergency, please call 911. If you would like to speak with a pastor please call the church office (651. 426 .3261) and follow the prompts. call the church office A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT Life can be challenging, but you don’t have to walk through it alone. The pastors and care ministry team exists to reach out and share Christ’s love with people going through a difficult time. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can best support you. In addition to a caring ministry team, we can offers referrals to licensed counselors, resource centers and prayer. Hospital Visits– congregation members and friends known to be hospitalized are encouraged to contact our pastoral care team so we may offer spiritual support and prayer. Home Visits If you or someone you know would like to be connected to our prayer visitation ministry following a hospitalization, during transitional care or on a temporary basis, please let us know.
Celebrate the Ministry of Pastor Kyle Jackson! Sunday, July 11 - 3-5 pm Great Hall Program, refreshments and a time to gather in community as a time of joy and gratitude! No RSVP necessary, no cost. All ages invited. Leadership News: June 23, 2021 Beloved St. Andrew’s Community, The pandemic has had a profound effect on organizations of all sizes and in every industry – and the church is no different. Many pastors postponed plans to retire or to accept new calls in favor of helping guide their congregations through the challenges of the past 18 months. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, churches everywhere are experiencing significant changes in their staffs – and the same is true here at St. Andrew’s. Today we’re sharing bittersweet news: our Pastor Kyle Jackson is in the call process and will likely be offered, and accept, a call to be the lead pastor at another congregation in the Twin Cities. Pastor Kyle has made a tremendous impact since rejoining our staff as Executive Pastor of Serve and Care five years ago. He’s one of the finest pastors in the ELCA, a fact that has been noticed by many other churches. Pastor Kyle has always wanted to lead a congregation, so while we’re incredibly sad to see him go, we’re thrilled that he’s getting this amazing opportunity to share his calling and gifts in a new way. Pastor Kyle will forever be a dear friend of St. Andrew’s, and we can’t wait to see how he helps further God’s kingdom in his new role. We’ll share more details next month, after Pastor Kyle’s appointment has been finalized, including opportunities for you to engage with him before he moves to his new church. Please watch the video at [...]