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January 10, 2018

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word….

  

And Jesus said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen.’” (Mark 5:9 NRSV)


I first learned the story of Jesus fully in a required course on the Gospel of Mark. It is the first Gospel written and becomes the core for both Matthew and Luke. Each of them pretty much tells the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9//Matthew 13:1-9//Luke 8:19-21) with the same words and sentence construction. That is telling!

It is likely that the oral tradition was so clear and memorable that in the retell to the written words, it becomes a key to understanding the core teachings of our Gospel witness in Mission Forward.

Sowing seeds is not something I have often shared. But, in sowing the seed of the Word of God, I am pretty engaged in the mission and ministries we share. Each time I find myself in the world, which is daily, I am actively living that good news that I am fully forgiven and fully called to serve the Lord of my life. And I may never see the results of that sowing. The harvest is up to God and the Holy Spirit.

Three words have captured my imagination about mission in the last month. They are Listen, Learn, Dream. I really like that “trinity” of becoming discipleFit. That is the discipline of growth in the Lord as members of the Body of Christ, the Church.

We LISTEN to the Word of God to hear about the One who is the Way (‘hodos’ is a way, a journey, a pilgrimage, a path, I-90), the Truth and the Life. We LEARN and understand the teaching of Jesus for our life together and in our lives each day. We DREAM that which is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Counsellor, the Advocate, “the Lord and giver of life.”

As we live into the Time of Epiphany, may we listen and learn, dream and vision the ways that we are being led into this new year.

I am listening!

Pastor McEachran

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

January 14 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

Worship with Holy Communion:

8:30 am and 11:00 am

 Sermon:

Pastor David Hahn
will be at Saint Andrew’s this Sunday. Pastor Hahn serves the Northwest Washington Synod part time as the Living Local Coordinator. This is a key initiative (www.livinglocalnw.com) in our synod that engages an adaptive process with congregations to discover God’s invitation among neighbors and neighborhoods. He’s also an adjunct faculty at Seattle Pacific University and Luther Seminary, and a part time consultant.

Readings:

1 Samuel 3:1-20; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

 

 

· Chancel Choir, 8:30 am service
· Handbell Choir, 11:00 am service
· Baptism of Ava Smith, 11:00 am service

Discipleship Hour:

9:45 am

 

 

Adults
Visit our Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for a description of each class
·Budget 2018: Outreach and Servant Ministries, with Congregation Treasurer Joni Barrott and members of the Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee, 301/Fellowship Hall North

 

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)
· Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate for sale, between services, Narthex
· KnitWits, 9:45 am, 322/Conference Room
· Little Lambs Fellowship, 9:45 am, 210/Nursery
· God Squad Summer 2018 Mission Trip Team, 12:15 pm, 319/Youth Room

 

News to Share…

 

2018 Commitments
Thank you to all who have pledged your giving for 2018. To date, we have received 142 pledges for a total of $541,003. 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 during the 9:30 am worship service. 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.

 

AED and CPR Training
Wednesday, February 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, 302/Fellowship Hall South
An AED (Automated External Difibrillator) and CPR training will be held at Saint Andrew’s on Wednesday February 28. Saint Andrew’s staff and Health and Wholeness Ministry will be renewing their certification. Congregation members are also invited, the cost is just $25 per person. Please let Facilities Manager Kurt Lutterman, kurt@salchome.org or 425-746-2529, know if you plan to attend.

 

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, we’ll add you to the wait list. 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…

 

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 tonight! Contact Carolyn McKenna if you would like to join us.

 

Early Sunday Morning Bible Study,
Sundays, 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!! You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

 

Office Closed on January 15
Please note that the church office will be closed Monday, January 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints)
Tuesday, January 16, 11:45 am, 301/Fellowship Hall North
People don’t have a corner on strange behavior at the physician’s office. Our pets have tales, too. And their vet has even more. Please join us on January 16 to hear Dr. Kit Bowerman’s tales of life as a vet: “Forty-two years of Animal Fun mixed with a Smidgeon of Chaos.” All pet lovers, and non-pet lovers, are welcome – you don’t have to be older, wiser or even retired to attend. No need to sign up or RSVP. Just come, and if you can, bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch.

 

Annual Congregation Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 11:00 am, 301/Fellowship Hall
Please note
the new time of the meeting, at 11:00 am.  The meeting follows one 9:30 am worship service that morning.
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! Dorcas Circle will raffle a beautiful quilt, with proceeds going to Lutheran World Relief. Please plan to attend!

 

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

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

> for Dinner with Young Adults on January 10 and/or January 24. Email Carolyn McKenna.

> 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 attend AED and CPR training on February 28. Email Kurt Lutterman

> 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.

> to be a part of a Small Group for fellowship, on Fridays or Sundays. 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….

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

*  January 28
ONE Worship Service,
9:30 am
Annual Congregation Meeting, 11:00 am

*  SOUPer Bowl of Caring, February 4

*  Healing Prayer Ministers Gathering, February 4, 12:30 pm

*  W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study), Wednesdays through February 7, 7:00 pm

*  Earthquake Drill, February 11, 11:45 am

*  Acolyte Recognition, February 11, 11:00 am

*  Concert Series: Jazz Ensemble, February 11, 4:00 pm

*  Ash Wednesday, February 14
Worship, 12:15 pm and 7:00 pm

*  O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), February 20, 11:45 am

*  Early Sunday Morning Bible Study, January 14, 21, 28, February 25, March 4, 11, 7:15 am

 

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