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January 2, 2019

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word…..

  

Keep on Sowing…Living as One in Shared Ministry


12,890 days (September 18, 1983 – January 7, 2019) seems like a long time, but time flies when…you sow the Word of God.

It is probable that the Parable of the Sower lived for a time in oral tradition and seems to be one of those teachings that most believe is precisely the teaching of Jesus remembered. As in a good teaching in the context of “did you hear, do you remember those words of Jesus?”

Might you take a moment to read the Parable of the Sower? You choose your favorite of the first three gospels---Mark 4:1-9, Matthew 13:1-9, Luke 8:4-8. Read your favorite and then read it aloud.  Then, read all three.

The first words are the work of the people of God in mission. “Listen!  A sower went out to sow.” I have seen that once in my life with seed simply cast out of the hand on to the ground. Just a generous spreading of the potential of seed to harvest!

There are those who believe that Jesus is the sower in the story and provides a confident trust in those who listened---“a very huge crowd”--- and with the Twelve would find themselves Holy Spirit led to witness throughout the world.

We have done a lot of sowing in our shared ministry. Woven as one in the communion of saints who are serving in the world in God’s good timing. And wondrously we have shared a lot of good soil as the redeemed to be reconciled as companions of Christ.

This marks my final words in this format. I love words! I know that our common sowing will continue in the months and years ahead. And for me the words to sow now are simply thanks be to God for each of you.

Let us continue to be about the next days with joyful praise and thanksgiving. For God is among us and in us and through us as we sow the good news of forgiving love that leads to bold collaboration in sharing the work of the Sower whom we trust to be the center of all that we do.

As I often say, “All is and will be well.”  This is most certainly true!

Pastor McEachran

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

January 6, 2019– Epiphany of Our Lord

Worship with Holy Communion:

9:30 am (note that there is one worship service this Sunday)

 Sermon:

Pastor McEachran

Readings:

Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Mark 4:1-8

 

 

· Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Brass Ensemble

Please Note:

· Early Sunday Morning Bible Study begins, 8:15 am, 322/Conference Room
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Fellowship and Celebration for Pastor McEachran follows worship, 301/Fellowship Hall
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There are no Discipleship Hour classes
· Altar Guild – Christmas Tree, 11:00 am, Sanctuary
· Acolyte Officers, 11:30 am, Room 212
· Vision Initiative Team, 5:00 pm, 322/Conference Room

 

News to Share…

 

Transition Pastor Brian Burchfield
The Northwest Synod office has recommended Pastor Brian “Red” Burchfield to Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church to serve us, and our community, as a Transition Pastor. Members of the congregation leadership have affirmed this recommendation and Pastor Burchfield has accepted the appointment. Pastor Burchfield will formally begin on Tuesday, January 22, during which time he will be meeting with staff and congregation membership.
He will be in attendance and introduced at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27. Pastor Burchfield’s first preaching Sunday will be February 3.
During the month of January, Pastors Drew Yoos, Paul Hoffman and Timothy Weber will preach respectively on January 13, 20, and 27.
More details regarding Pastor Burchfield are forthcoming in a congregational mailing.

 

Join the Sunday Servers Team
Please consider volunteering to be an usher, greeter, or lector. The need is greatest for ushers at the 11:00 am service! We welcome new volunteers for the 8:30 am service too. Please contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@salchome.org or 425-746-2529.

 

2019 Commitments
Thank you to all who have submitted your 2019 financial pledge. We have received 129 pledges totaling $544,002. Financial support carries God’s work in mission and ministry forward, and pledges are very helpful as we complete financial planning for 2019. Commitment/Pledge cards can be found in the Narthex. You can also submit your pledge online.

 

God Squad and Fire Force Families
Please pick up a copy of the 2019 Event Calendar from the bulletin board in the Narthex/Commons.

 

Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…

 

Celebration for Pastor McEachran
Saturday, January 5, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Renton Technical College, Building I (3000 NE 4th Street, Renton)
Join us at a celebration of Pastor McEachran’s 35-plus years of ministry at Saint Andrew’s. A program will begin about 2:00 pm.
· Yes, you can still RSVP, or just come on Saturday. We want you there!
· We also need your help. Volunteers are needed on party day.
· Photos and stories are also welcome for a celebration slide show and memory book.
Send RSVPs, stories, and photographs to Saint Andrew’s Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529. Also let Sherry know if you can help on January 5.
Pastor McEachran’s last Sunday at Saint Andrew’s is January 6.

 

Early Sunday Morning Bible Study
Sunday, January 6, 8:15 am, 322/Conference Room
Led by Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen
It’s really all about Jesus! Early Sunday Morning Bible Study will look at FIRST JOHN, that five chapter, 105-verse, 2,523-word most gentle epistle. This seven-week series has no exams but does provide coffee and snacks. Join us - we learn together.
Note: The class meets at 7:15 am on the six Sundays following (January 13 - February 17).

 

Sunday, January 6
Pastor McEachran’s last Sunday at Saint Andrew’s is January 6.
There will be one worship service, with Holy Communion, at 9:30 am.
Fellowship and a celebration for Pastor McEachran will follow the worship service.

 

Dorcas Circle
Tuesday, January 8, 9:30 am, 302/Fellowship Hall South
Everyone is always welcome to join as we sew quilts, school bags, and complete other projects in response to those in need. We also welcome donations of fabric, sheets, crochet or embroidery thread, quilt batting, sewing supplies, and blankets. For more information, contact Linda Willenberg.

 

Dinner with Young Adults
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 pm, Crossroads Mall Food Court (15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue)
those 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 9. Contact Carolyn McKenna, by Monday, January 7, if you plan to join us.

 

Mexico Mission Trip Team
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 am, 319/Youth Room
All participants in the 2019 Summer mission trip to Mexico should plan to attend this mandatory meeting, where we will plan our fund raisers.

 

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, January 13, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Room 212
Please note that Blood Pressure screenings will be available on Sunday, January 13, instead of January 6. Health care professionals from Health and Wholeness Ministry can take your blood pressure and discuss concerns.

 

Altar Guild
Sunday, January 13, 9:45 am, 322/Conference Room
Altar Guild invites everyone to consider joining them to serve at Saint Andrew’s! Working in teams of two, Altar Guild members prepare the elements and set the altar for communion. Each member chooses when to serve. It takes about 1 hour on Saturday, 1/2 hour between services, and 1 hour after second service. Come to our next meeting on Sunday, January 13, to find out more. If you have questions, please contact Altar Guild chair Linda Powell.

 

Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation (ABC) Lunch
Sunday, January 13, 12:15 pm, 301/Fellowship Hall
All ABC students, parents, and mentors should plan on attending the ABC lunch after the 11:00 am worship service. We will eat together, learn together, and share faith together. Our topic for this lunch will be, “Being Lutheran in 2019.”
Potluck assignments: 6th- Main dish; 7th- side/salad; 8th- dessert.
8th grade families will be responsible for setup and clean up.

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

> to attend the celebration for Pastor McEachran on January 5. Contact Sherry Grindeland.

> to go to “Coffee and Compline” on Sunday, January 20. Sign up in the Narthex/Commons or contact Sherry Grindeland.

> for the Mission Trip to the Navajo Lutheran Mission at Rock Point, Arizona March 21-April 2, 2019. Sign up in the Narthex or contact Sherry Grindeland.

> to “Do ONE Thing” for Discipleship Ministries. Sign up in the Narthex or contact Pastor Drew Yoos.

> to be an usher, greeter, or lector. Contact Sherry Grindeland.

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

> Youth Registration for 2018-2019

 

 


Outreach Opportunities….

~  Corner of Blessing: In January, we welcome cooking (vegetable) oil (~24-32 ounce size).

~  Donate socks and knit hats for Compass Housing Alliance.  Place donations in the “Sox Box” in the Narthex/Commons.

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

 

 


Looking Ahead….

* Celebration of Pastor McEachran’s ministry, January 5
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
, Renton Technical College

* Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6
One worship service with Holy Communion, 9:30 am
Celebration for Pastor McEachran follows worship

* Early Sunday Morning Bible Study,
January 6, 8:15 am
Sundays, January 13 – February 17, 7:15 am

* Dorcas Circle, January 8, 9:30 am

* Dinner with Young Adults, January 9 and January 23, 6:30 pm

* Sunday, January 13
Worship with Holy Communion, 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Discipleship Hour, 9:45 am
Blood Pressure Screening, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Altar Guild, 9:45 am
Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation Lunch, 12:15 pm

* O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), January 15, 11:45 am

* W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study), Wednesdays, January 16 - February 27, 7:00 pm

* Coffee and Compline, January 20, 7:00 pm

* Annual Congregation Meeting, January 27, 10:45 am

 

 

 

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