Animal Angels training, Fall 2023 - starts Sept. 16
Help Build a Lasting Center for Christian Education Since opening in 1998, the Center for Christian Education (CCE) has grown from a small weekend Bible school into a preschool through high school, including a higher education program and outreach facility. We are gradually transitioning towards self-sufficiency, from being 100% dependent on foreign aid two decades ago, to 15% now. Visit their website: www.cce.sk The people of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church have a warm relationship with the people of Martin, Slovakia. St. Andrew’s first became involved in Martin by helping build a church in nearby Prievidza that was dedicated in 1995. Pastor Roger Eigenfeld and Bohdan Hrobon met about that time while Bohdan was beginning plans for the Bible School in Martin. Since then, St. Andrew’s choirs, youth and adult groups have traveled to Slovakia, and the congregation here has helped both financially and by donating time for renovations. This is a partnership. St. Andrew’s is helping them spread the word of Christ, and they are coming here to share with us. It is about working together to spread Christ’s word. Background and history of Vision Slovakia
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12 - 6 pm St. Andrew's Great Hall St. Andrew's partners with the American Red Cross to collect blood donations for immediate use by hospitals and medical facilities in our community. Sign up with the American Red Cross. To register for the drive at St. Andrew's, use the link below. Make sure you are using the zip code 55115. Give blood, platelets or plasma June 1-30 and get a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of choice! Plus, all who come to give in June will also automatically be entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package. Find the blood drive at St. Andrew's at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?dt=WB:PL:DR:PM&ed=06%2F14%2F2023&order=DATE&range=5&sd=06%2F01%2F2023&zipSponsor=55115
We are excited to share the news that once again we can bask in the joy of your presence at the 2023 Snowbirds Gathering of the St. Andrew’s Community in both Florida and Arizona! This year, Pastor Kelly Chatman, St. Andrew's Community Engagement Pastor, will be joining Lead Pastor Mike Carlson on both trips. At the Gathering we will share with you what has been happening at St. Andrew’s, hear what is going on in your lives and of course, enjoy food and fellowship together. Dates for each location: Florida Gathering of the St. Andrew’s Community Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bonita Springs, Florida Arizona Gathering of the St. Andrew’s Community Wednesday, February 15, 2022 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Scottsdale, Arizona To get the specific event locale and address, please contact Lisa Weyrauch, Senior Executive Assistant, at 651.762.9103 or firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a newly traveling snowbird to these states or we have missed you in previous years, please contact email@example.com or call Lisa Weyrauch at 651-762-9103 to get your name added to the guest list. We hope you can join us for this time of meaningful connections and conversations.
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 [...]