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January 17, 2018

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word….

  

Take, oh, take me as I am; summon out what I shall be;”

Ava was baptized on Sunday. She so represented the generations around the Font. Her grandmother was the Sponsor; her Dad was baptized the day her older sister came to the Font. And all were surrounded by the community at worship.

It is the Season of Epiphany, the “in-between” time from Christmas to Ash Wednesday. And time for us to sense what the God of creation is “summoning” the world to become what it shall be in the season of spring. There are hints of that new life in our front yard even today.

Epiphany means “manifestation,” the showing forth of what God intends: the life of Jesus to help us become as the beloved sons and daughters of God. Or, as the words of the Proper Preface, the words before we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “…by the leading of a star he was shown forth to all nations; in the waters of the Jordan you proclaimed him you beloved Son; and in the miracle of water turned into wine, he revealed your glory.” All a summary of what God has been, and will be forever doing in Jesus Christ.

 “…set your seal upon my heart and live in me.”

Words written by John Bell. A promise of God to us in Jesus Christ, out of the Font and with the seal of the Cross. The place where forgiveness abounds and love is shown forth for everyone.

2018 still unfolds in a pretty uneven world. Yet we walk together as one people, drawn up into a common mission to share the light, the love of Christ in the words we speak and the actions which enfold others. Not just a moment in time, but a pathway in times of change.

Ava is my most recent sign from God that the world will go on until He comes again. And my dearest professor once said, “Jesus isn’t coming back until we learn to take care of the earth and of one another.” If that be the case, our mission will keep us busy for a very long time as the Holy Spirit “summons out what we shall be.”

In confident trust in God, we minister on together.

Pastor McEachran

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

January 21 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

Worship with Holy Communion:

8:30 am and 11:00 am

 Sermon:

Pastor McEachran, “So, What Do You Think?”

Readings:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Mark 1:14-20

 

 

· Healing Prayers during Holy Communion, both services
· Handbell Choir, 8:30 am service
· Chancel Choir, 11:00 am service
· Please note that there is no worship service captioning this Sunday.

Discipleship Hour:

9:45 am

 

 

Adults
Visit our Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for a description of each class
·Budget 2018”, with Congregation Treasurer Joni Barrott and members of the Finance 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)
· Sign up to be a Prayer Partner for Lent, Narthex
· Acolyte Meeting, 12:15 pm, 322/Conference Room

 

News to Share…

 

2018 Commitments
Thank you to all who have pledged your giving for 2018. To date, we have received 144 pledges for a total of $556,303. 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, March 7 (note the new date), 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, 302/Fellowship Hall South
An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and CPR training will be held at Saint Andrew’s on Wednesday March 7. 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…

 

Early Sunday Morning Bible Study,
Sundays, 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.
* Please note that the January 28 class will be at 8:00 am.

 

Prayer Partners for Lent Sign-ups
Sundays, January 21, January 28, February 4
Pray for one another.” James 5:16
Prayer Partners for Lent is an opportunity to enrich our prayer life by praying for someone else and making connections within our worship community. Sign up to participate beginning Sunday, January 21, (our “Early Bird” sign up day.) Sign-ups continue January 28 and February 4. Prayer Partners will receive an envelope with their Prayer Partner’s name on February 11. Pray for someone during Lent and wait until April 8 to find out who the secret Prayer Partners are at our “Reveal”.

 

Dinner with Young Adults
Wednesday, January 24, 6:30 pm, Bento Box in Overlake (15119 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. Contact Carolyn McKenna if you would like to join us.

 

Health and Wholeness Ministry Program
Saturday, January 27, 1:00 pm
Health and Wholeness Ministry, as part of its annual planning retreat, invites the congregation to a special presentation from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 27. The program is a speaker from the Bellevue Fire Department, Andy Adolphson, Battalion Chief and Director of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division. His topic is the current opiate epidemic and how it impacts our community. Contact Parish Nurse Karen Grams for more information.

 

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!

 

Cards for MaaSAE Students
Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen are traveling to Tanzania on January 29. If you sponsor a student in Tanzania and want to send a card (no packages) addressed to your student with Jean and Marvin, please give it to them no later than Sunday, January 28.

 

W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session
Wednesdays, through 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 ….

> to be a driver for Lifelong/Chicken Soup Brigade. There is an urgent need for substitute drivers in March. Contact Marlyn Thorpe.

> to be a Prayer Partner for Lent. Sign up on January 21, January 28, or February 4.

> for Dinner with Young Adults on January 24. Email Carolyn McKenna.

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

> God Squad youth in grades 9-12, to be a part of the 2018 Summer Mission Trip. Complete a commitment form and contact Emily Harrow.

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

> Women, to attend the Women’s Retreat sponsored by Our Savior Lutheran Church on March 2-4. Brochures are in the Narthex or visit our Women’s Ministry webpage for more details and a link to the online sign-up.

> to attend AED and CPR training on March 7. 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 food for the SOUPer Bowl of Caring on February 4 (donations go to Hopelink)

~  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 21, 28, February 25, March 4, 11, 7:15 am

*  Women’s Retreat with Our Savior Lutheran Church,
March 2-4, Rainbow Lodge, North Bend

*  Lenten Mid-week Worship, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21
Soup Supper, 6:15 pm
Worship, 7:00 pm

 

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