“[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
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
that is the God who calls us to boldness in 2018. Let us walk that
Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…
January 7 –
Baptism of Our Lord
McEachran, “Mission Forward Begins at the Font”
Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
Worship service captioning,
11:00 am service
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
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.
for youth in grades 9-12 - meet in 319/Youth Room
of Baptism/Confirmation: for youth in grades 6-8 – classes
are in Rooms 119, 121, and 122
Church School: for children age 2 through grade 5 – all
classes are downstairs.
· Early Sunday
Morning Bible Study, 7:15 am, 322/Conference Room (see below)
Pressure Screening, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, 210/Nursery
· Altar Guild, 9:45 am,
322/Conference Room (see below)
Officers, 12:15 pm, 322/Conference Room
· Altar Guild –
Christmas Tree, 12:30 pm, Sanctuary
News to Share…
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
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.
Joining Saint Andrew’s?
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
Village July 15-20, 2018
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-746-2529.
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…
(Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session
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
Morning Bible Study,
January 7, January 14, January 21, January
28, February 25, March 4, March 11, 7:15 am, 322/Conference
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.
January 7, 9:45 am,
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.
with Young Adults
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.
January 14, 9:45 am,
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.
Squad Summer Mission Trip Team
January 14, 12:15 pm,
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.
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
> to be a Saint
Andrew’s Ambassador. Email Kurt
> 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
~ 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
financial support for students at MaaSAE Girls
Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS)
~ Donate items
for Lutheran World
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.
W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening
Book Study) Winter Session begins, January
3, 7:00 pm
Sunday Morning Bible Study begins, January
7, 7:15 am
Worship Service, with Holy Communion, 8:30 am and
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
(Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), January 16, 11:45
Congregation Meeting, January 28