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January 3, 2018

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word….

  

Mission Forward
“[Jesus said,] ‘A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of’.” John 10:10 The Message


2017 disappeared. Most of us have made our assessment of how that year went for us as individuals, families, work and school place, and for the communities we share. I too have read the media lists of the “best” and “worst” of the year past. The pundits have given us the assessments of what the trends might be or become in the year we are now three days into as God’s people.

I hear a lot about “live by faith and trust God.” A German theologian once wrote “Trust God or fear everything.” More and more that fits my confidence in God and in the Holy Spirit who guides us to be growing to be discipleFit in all of our days.

How is it with you? Do you sense the life of abundant living? Living graciously in mission forward without looking back to see the way we were, instead of living in the manner we are becoming in Christ?

I believe we are called to boldness in discipleship and in witness. Linking arms and lives to build the Body of Christ. Not after a corporate, deficit model, but knowing and trusting that as we step out in faith, God meets us with everything we can ever need for our lives and for the mission we share.

I invite you to meditate on two words: “generosity” and “abundance.” Let me add a brief story. Some years ago, we committed to a pipe organ. Seemed to be way above our ability, but it was noted to be a mission addition to our worship life. Seemed a lot, then, worth over $400,000 to replace today.

One dear saint made a pledge of $1.00 a month for the rest of her life. I know, I know. Not much, but she kept her commitment to the day of her death and memorial celebration of life.

Can you imagine how those of us who knew felt when we sang “For All the Saints” at her Memorial Celebration of Life? Ken DeJong played the pipe organ at the fullest of voice and God knows for sure that that saint kept her promise in the same way that God kept the promise to her in abundant life now and forever.

Beloved, that is the God who calls us to boldness in 2018.  Let us walk that way together.

Pastor McEachran

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

January 7 – Baptism of Our Lord

Worship with Holy Communion:

8:30 am and 11:00 am

 Sermon:

Pastor McEachran, “Mission Forward Begins at the Font”

Readings:

Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

 

 

· Worship service captioning, 11:00 am service

Discipleship Hour:

9:45 am

 

 

Adults
Visit our Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for a description of each class
·Stepping into Adulthood” (Faith Stepping Stones for Parents of High School Seniors), with Lois Nelson and Kari Henderson, 302/Fellowship Hall South
·Baby Shower for Jesus”, 301/Fellowship Hall North
Hey, we just had a baby on December 25 – Jesus. Join us during the Discipleship Hour this Sunday while we celebrate with a shower for Jesus. No gold, frankincense or myrrh needed. Please bring practical things that will go to Eastside Baby Corner for needy and underserved families. A speaker from the Baby Corner will join us and share the agency’s story.
And there’s no need to wrap the baby gifts. Suggested shopping list includes: Blanket sleepers, Onesies, Baby food, Diapers (newborn sizes, No. 5’s and pull-ups are particularly needed), Boy’s infant clothes (sizes 0-9 months), Bibs, Baby bath towels, Nursing pads. And of course cash donations are always welcome.

 

Youth
· CrossWalk: for youth in grades 9-12 - meet in 319/Youth Room
· Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation: for youth in grades 6-8 – classes are in Rooms 119, 121, and 122
· Sunday Church School: for children age 2 through grade 5 – all classes are downstairs.

Please Note:

· Early Sunday Morning Bible Study, 7:15 am, 322/Conference Room (see below)
· Blood Pressure Screening, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, 210/Nursery
· Altar Guild, 9:45 am, 322/Conference Room (see below)
· Acolyte Officers, 12:15 pm, 322/Conference Room
· Altar Guild – Christmas Tree, 12:30 pm, Sanctuary

 

News to Share…

 

2018 Commitments
Thank you to all who have pledged your giving for 2018. To date, we have received 141 pledges for a total of $537,403. Commitments/pledges are welcome. A printable commitment form can be found here. You may also pledge online here

 

Communion Bread
Everyone is invited to bake bread used in the Eucharist on Sunday mornings. You can sign up online for a specific Sunday in 2018. Links to the sign-up and to the recipe for Luther Bread can be accessed on the Saint Andrew’s website: www.worship.SALChome.org. Contact coordinator Jill Nichols-Hicks more information.

 

Considering Joining Saint Andrew’s?
We will receive new members on Sunday, January 28. Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529, if you are interested in joining our Saint Andrew’s family or would like more information.

 

Holden Village July 15-20, 2018
Saint Andrew’s has reserved 40 spots for Holden Village for July 15-20. If you’re interested in joining the group, contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@salchome.org or 425-746-2529.

 

Wreath Bowls
If you made an Advent wreath at the Advent Fair, please return the bowl to Sherry Grindeland in the church office. We reuse the bowls each year.

 

Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…

 

W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session
Wednesdays, January 3 – February 7, 7:00 pm, 322/Conference Room
Do you want to learn more about India? We will discuss marriage, society, women’s roles, cuisine, and other issues depicted by the author in the book selection for Winter Session for W.E.B.S: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (available on Amazon for $10). Join us for a lively discussion, prayer, sharing, laughter, and maybe some service projects! We hope to include an Indian meal and a special speaker. All women are welcome. Bring a friend! For more information, contact Cheryl Jurrus.

 

Early Sunday Morning Bible Study,
Sundays, January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28, February 25, March 4, March 11, 7:15 am, 322/Conference Room
Facilitated by Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen
Paul’s First Letter to Timothy
:  Come, consider Paul’s practical (and sometimes controversial) advice to Timothy, a church leader in Ephesus. As Paul nears the end of his life, it’s a time of transition for training new leadership in the Church. Likewise, let us be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to use our gifts for the building up of God’s kingdom in 2018!! Coffee and snacks will be provided. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

 

Altar Guild
Sunday, January 7, 9:45 am, 322/Conference Room
for everyone!
Looking for a way to volunteer?  The Altar Guild is welcoming new members! We are responsible for preparing the altar for communion. This entails about an hour of set up on Saturday, another half an hour between services on Sunday, and an hour of clean up after the second service. We always work with a partner, so it’s a great way to get to know other church members. It’s an honor to set the Lord’s Table. Join us for our next meeting, between services on Sunday, January 7, or contact Karin Eklof or JoAn Eklof with questions.

 

Dinner with Young Adults
Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 pm, Round Table Pizza in Overlake (15025 NE 24th Street, Redmond)
for all who have graduated high school and older
Young adults of Saint Andrew’s get together for dinner on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Our next dinner is Wednesday, January 10. Contact Carolyn McKenna, by Monday, January 8, if you would like to join us.

 

Little Lambs Fellowship
Sunday, January 14, 9:45 am, 210/Nursery
for children birth through age 2 and their parents
Join us for fellowship. The youngest Sheep and Shepherds families are invited for snacks and coffee, visiting, and play time.

 

God Squad Summer Mission Trip Team
Sunday, January 14, 12:15 pm, 319/Youth Room
for youth in grades 9-12
High School Youth: Join us this summer as we learn about the Blackfeet Nation and work with them to serve in their community. You may learn more through the information packet available in the narthex and online. Sign up by January 14 by completing the commitment form and returning it to Emily Harrow. The first Mission Trip Team meeting is January 14.

 

Annual Congregation Meeting
Sunday, January 28
At this meeting, we will elect people to four 3-year Congregation Council positions, one 2-year position, and one 1-year position, approve a 2018 budget, recognize Quiet Servants, and hear updates about ministry and mission. A quorum is needed and every voice and vote counts! Please plan to attend.

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

> God Squad youth in grades 9-12, to be a part of the 2018 Summer Mission Trip. Complete a commitment form by January 14.

> God Squad youth in grades 9-12, to go to Holden Village May 18-20. Sign up in the Narthex by January 14.

> to become a member of Saint Andrew’s. Email Sherry Grindeland.

> to go to Holden Village July 15-20. Email Sherry Grindeland.

> to be a Saint Andrew’s Ambassador. Email Kurt Lutterman.

> to bake Communion Bread. Contact Jill Nichols-Hicks for more information.

> to be an Usher. Sign up in the Narthex or email Sherry Grindeland.

> Youth Registration Form for 2017-2018

 

 


Outreach Opportunities….

~  Corner of Blessing: In January, we are collecting vegetable oil (24-32 ounce sizes.)

~  Donate items for the Plaster House in Tanzania.

~  Donate box tops for the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School. Place box tops in the envelope on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

~  Deliver meals for Chicken Soup Brigade on Thursday afternoons  

~  Provide financial support for students at MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS)

~  Donate items for Lutheran World Relief, Compass Housing Alliance, and Congregations for the Homeless. Donations can be brought to the baskets in the Narthex.

~   Visit our Current Outreach Events and Projects webpage for more opportunities to serve.

 

 


Looking Ahead….

*  W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session begins, January 3, 7:00 pm

*  Early Sunday Morning Bible Study begins, January 7, 7:15 am

*  Sunday, January 7
Worship Service, with Holy Communion, 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Discipleship Hour, 9:45 am
Altar Guild, 9:45 am

*  Dinner with Young Adults,
January 10, 6:30 pm
January 24, 6:30 pm

*  Little Lambs Fellowship, January 14, 9:45 am

*  God Squad 2018 Summer Mission Trip Team, January 14, 12:15 pm

*  O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), January 16, 11:45 am

*  Annual Congregation Meeting, January 28

 

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