Keep on Sowing…Living
as One in Shared Ministry
(September 18, 1983 – January 7, 2019) seems like a long time, but time
flies when…you sow the Word of God.
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?”
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
often say, “All is and will be well.” This is most certainly true!
Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…
January 6, 2019–
Epiphany of Our Lord
9:30 am (note that there is one worship service
Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Mark
· Chancel Choir,
Handbell Choir, Brass Ensemble
Sunday Morning Bible Study begins, 8:15 am, 322/Conference
· Fellowship and Celebration for Pastor McEachran
follows worship, 301/Fellowship Hall
There are no Discipleship Hour classes
· Altar Guild – Christmas Tree, 11:00
· Acolyte Officers, 11:30
am, Room 212
Initiative Team, 5:00 pm, 322/Conference Room
News to Share…
Pastor Brian Burchfield
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
the Sunday Servers Team
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, email@example.com or
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.
Squad and Fire Force Families
pick up a copy of the 2019 Event Calendar from the bulletin board in the
Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…
Celebration for Pastor McEachran
January 5, 1:00 pm – 4:00
pm, Renton Technical College, Building I (3000 NE 4th Street, Renton)
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.
Morning Bible Study
January 6, 8:15 am,
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).
Pastor McEachran’s last Sunday at Saint Andrew’s is January 6.
There will be one worship service, with Holy Communion, at 9:30
Fellowship and a celebration for Pastor McEachran will follow the worship
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.
with Young Adults
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.
Mission Trip Team
January 12, 10:00 am,
All participants in the 2019 Summer mission trip to Mexico should plan
to attend this mandatory meeting, where we will plan our fund raisers.
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.
January 13, 9:45 am,
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.
of Baptism/Confirmation (ABC) Lunch
January 13, 12:15 pm,
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
> to go to “Coffee
and Compline” on Sunday, January 20.
Sign up in the Narthex/Commons or contact Sherry
> 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
> 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
> to bake
Communion Bread. Contact Jill Nichols-Hicks for more information.
Registration for 2018-2019
~ Corner of
Blessing: In January, we welcome cooking
(vegetable) oil (~24-32 ounce
~ 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.
* Celebration of Pastor McEachran’s ministry, January 5
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Renton Technical College
of Our Lord,
One worship service with Holy Communion, 9:30 am
Celebration for Pastor McEachran follows worship
* Early Sunday Morning Bible
January 6, 8:15 am
Sundays, January 13 – February 17,
* 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
Discipleship Hour, 9:45 am
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,
* 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