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May 16, 2018

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word…..

  

WorSHIP and StewardSHIP are part of the same experience in the life of the Christian. As we move towards the Day of Pentecost, May 20, we leave the Sundays of Easter and begin to see again the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.

Matthew 28:9, in the account of Jesus’ resurrection, has it that the Risen Lord met the disciples and said “Greetings! Their response was that “they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him.” Can you imagine the scene?

Needless to say, they didn’t keep him down. “Then, Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’” (Matthew 28:10) He meets them at the place where they were called and first began to follow and serve!

As we gather for worship, we find how deeply and lovingly Jesus holds on to us along the way. Out of our time around Word and Sacrament, we are forgiven anew, healed, and called to go and meet the world we share.

Worship leads to faithful stewardship of all the gifts that God gives us in our lives. It is to that place I call you this Sunday and each Lord’s Day. To hear, to trust, and to see Jesus!

Pastor McEachran

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

May 20 – Day of Pentecost
You are invited to wear RED to church to celebrate the liturgical color of the day.

Worship with Holy Communion:

8:30 am and 11:00 am

 Sermon:

Pastor McEachran, “Vitality Index”

Readings:

Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26—16:15

 

 

· Healing Prayers during Holy Communion, both services
· Chancel Choir, 8:30 am service
· Handbell Choir, 11:00 am service

Discipleship Classes:

9:45 am

 

 

Adults
Visit our Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for a description of each class
· “Building a Worship Service” with Pastor McEachran, 301/Fellowship Hall North

Visit the Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for links to video and audio recordings of classes.  

 

Youth
Please note that this is the last Sunday for youth classes until September
· 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:

· Acolyte Meeting, 12:15 pm, 322/Conference Room
· Envelope Fundraiser for God Squad Mission Team, Narthex

 

News to Share…

 

Graduates
Each year, we like to recognize those who are graduating from high school and college, and note what their plans are for the next chapter of their lives. Send the information about your graduate to Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus, susan@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529, by Monday, May 21, to be included in the next issue of the VOICE newsletter.

 

Northwest Washington Synod Gathering
Saturday, June 2, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saint Andrew’s
In lieu of a Synod Assembly, the Northwest Washington Synod is holding two gatherings. One is at Saint Andrew’s on Saturday, June 2. With the theme of “Who Is My Neighbor?” the day features three forum times with a variety of topics to help us discover and explore being “neighbor.” The cost for the day is $40 which includes materials and lunch. Anyone can attend. Register and find more information at www.lutheransnw.org/2018-Synod-Gatherings. The last day to register is May 22.

 

Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting
Sunday, June 10, 10:45 am, (following the 9:30 am worship service)
Updates on ministries and initiatives will be shared, and proposed changes to the Saint Andrew’s Constitution will be discussed and voted upon. A quorum is needed and every voice and vote counts! Please plan to attend.

 

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon each day
VBS is being co-hosted by Saint Andrew’s and Our Savior Lutheran Church, with the theme of God’s Gardeners: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respond
Classes are for 4-year-olds (birth date between 9/1/2013 and 8/31/2014) through youth entering 7th grade. Older youth and adults are needed as volunteers.
Extended care from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm is available for Saint Andrew’s members.
Registration and volunteer forms are in the Narthex and online at vbs.SALChome.org. Contact Emily Harrow, emily@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529, for more information.

 

Books about India
What would happen if everyone in our congregation read a book about India? W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) and the Outreach Committee have a list of recommended books to choose from. Look for the display with the list of books and more information in the Narthex. Copies of some of the books may be available for sharing.

 

Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…

 

The Difference a Home Makes
Thursday, May 17, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, First Congregational Church (11061 NE 2nd Street, Bellevue)
Affordable Housing Week is this week. Congregations for the Homeless, Attain Housing, Imagine Housing, The Sophia Way, and LifeWire invite everyone to an event on Thursday, May 17, to raise awareness for the need for affordable housing in our area. The event is free, and will be a deeply personal look at homelessness and housing on the Eastside. Hear directly from those who have experienced homelessness and are receiving support from Eastside services organizations. Read more about it and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-difference-a-home-makes-tickets-45109077465.

 

God Squad Holden Village Youth Weekend
Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, Holden Village
High school youth and adult volunteers are headed to Holden Village for an unplugged weekend of fun and fellowship. Please pray for this group of young people as they engage in service and build community.

 

Altar Guild Luncheon
Saturday, May 19, 12:00 noon, home of JoAn Eklof
The Altar Guild is holding its annual off-site luncheon and meeting at JoAn Eklof’s house. JoAn will provide the main dish. Please bring something to share. Meet at the church at 11:15 am to carpool. RSVP to JoAn Eklof or Karin Eklof.

 

W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study
Wednesdays, through May 23, 7:00 pm, 322/Conference Room
Please join us for a lively discussion, prayer, laughter, and inspirational readings. Our book is Secret Daughter by Gowda.
On May 23, W.E.B.S. will welcome a guest speaker who has spent more than 4 months in India and has returned very recently. Fiona Larkin is Ruth Miller’s granddaughter who was studying at the University of Hyderabad Graduate School in Hyderabad, India. She will share her perceptions and experiences as an American in India. Please come even if you haven’t read the book Secret Daughter. All are welcome. Please join us.

 

Constitution Bylaws Discussion
Sunday, May 27, 9:45 am, 322/Conference Room
In preparation for a vote on proposed Bylaw changes at the Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting on Sunday, June 10, Art Gurtel and Linda Powell will be facilitating a discussion regarding the changes. The proposed changes include a new Bylaw which modifies the Council member election procedures and a committee name wording change. Read more about the proposed changes….

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

> to participate in the Congregation Hopelink Volunteer event on June 8. Sign up in the Narthex.

> to participate in or volunteer for Vacation Bible School, July 9-13. Visit vbs.SALChome.org for links to online sign-up forms, or see the display in the Narthex.

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

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

> Youth Registration Form for 2017-2018

 

 


Outreach Opportunities….

~  Corner of Blessing: In May, we are collecting size 6 diapers and baby food

~  Volunteer Event at Hopelink in Bellevue, June 8: Space is limited to 10 people. We will be sorting food, stocking shelves and repackaging bulk items. Sign-up 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) Spring Session, Wednesdays through May 23, 7:00 pm

* Northwest Washington Synod Gathering, at Saint Andrew’s, June 2, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

* Summer Worship Schedule begins June 3
One worship service, 9:30 am

* Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation, June 3, 9:30 am worship service

* Congregation Volunteer Event at Hopelink, June 8, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

* Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting, June 10, 10:45 am

* Dinner with Young Adults, June 13, 6:30 pm

* Celebration for Emily Harrow, June 24

* Vacation Bible School, July 9-13, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon daily

* Congregation Trip to Holden Village, July 15-20

* God Squad Summer Mission Trip, July 21-28

 

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