Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship Team (EST) Mission Statement

To promote the stewardship of God’s life-sustaining creation at St. Andrew’s and in our community. To work in concert with the church mission Proclaim Jesus Christ, Live in Christ, Serve!,  so that the whole world will know the healing power of Christ’s love.  Read our brochure.

Earth’s Changing Climate
Finding Our Way Forward: An Issue of Faith and the Future

Explorer Will Steger and Q&A With a Panel of Experts
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, 7 p.m.

  • Buff Grace, Climate Justice Congregations, MN Interfaith Power & Light
  • J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy
  • Diane L. Jacobson, Professor Emerita of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

St. Andrew’s Sanctuary – Public Invited – No tickets required.


Wanted: Caregivers for God’s Creation

Environmental Stewardship Team Meetings: Every 3rd Monday
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sanctuary Room 201

Everyone is welcome to attend! The group shares current ideas and plans events for the church community. Please consider joining the St. Andrew’s Environmental Stewardship Team. We have many activities under the theme of “Caring for Creation.” Here are a few activities that need your help to succeed:


Our worship team has presented a “Caring for Creation” Sunday.  It included a special worship service, adult forum and other activities to emphasize our natural world and how we can better care for it.

Buildings & Grounds:

Assist our church staff by making sure that St. Andrew’s does as much as possible with energy savings, reducing waste, and environmentally responsible landscaping. Activities include erosion control, native plantings, recycling, and energy efficient lighting.


Contribute to our quarterly newsletter and other congregational publications. Help organize nature camps and service projects to involve and educate our youth.


Mobilize each of us to personally pledge to do at least one thing every day/month/year to improve our care of creation.

Community Outreach:

Design, organize, and staff a St. Andrew’s booth at the Mahtomedi Area “Rite of Spring” Earth Day Celebration. Arrange and organize a “Headliner” Event with a well known speaker to emphasize environmental issues.

New Recycling and Organics Collection System at St. Andrew’s

The Environmental Stewardship Team is pleased to announce a new recycling and organics composting system for the St. Andrew’s Campus. Reducing waste and increasing recycling and collection of organics for composting will save disposal costs and protect the environment. Help us care for God’s creation by placing unwanted materials in the new containers around campus and follow the labels to appropriately dispose of it in the correct bin.

Caring for Creation–past articles

Have you seen the Environmental Stewardship Team articles in St. Andrew’s bulletins? Here are links to recent topics:
Five Common Recycling Mistakes
Top EST Tips

Love to garden?

We are looking for some green thumbs to provide care and upkeep of containers and gardens, including two rain gardens, on our beautiful campus. For more information or to get involved please contact Cynthia Hammel at 651.426.0319.

Want to know more?

Please contact any of our current members about how to get involved.

Cynthia Hammel, chair, chammel@goldengate.net, 651.426.0319
Mary Blanchard
Dan Boudreau
Mary Brown
Chris and Jim Duchow
Hart Haugen
Jeff Kolstad
Jeff Ledermann
Jim Malkowski
Perry Nelson
Jeff Riegle
Betsy Thorson
Laurie Windisch

Helpful Links

Lutherans Restoring Creation
Web of Creation
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light