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January 9, 2019

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word…..

  

Faith for Hire

One of the patterns of our consumer-driven culture is that self-improvement has become a commodity. If I want to get better at the piano, I pay a teacher and take lessons. If I want my daughter to be active and athletic, I sign her up for youth sports (with a deposit, of course). If I want to learn more about a particular topic, I find an expert who can teach me. And for years, discipleship has been commodified in this way too. If I want my kids to learn Bible stories, I drop them off at Sunday School or VBS. If I want my teenager to learn faith, I drop them off at events where the Pastor or Youth Leader will instill faith. Even though these aren’t usually paid for services, they still function in the same way as all other self-improvement goods in that they rely on an expert to provide the services instead of families and communities.

And though we may be tempted to think this is how faith formation has always operated, this is a fairly recent development. Even the one-hour in a classroom Sunday School, in the grand scheme of church, is a relatively new invention. Before that, the main location of faith formation was in the home. Parents and grandparents passed on faith to their kids. Neighbors and fellow church members modeled what a life of faith looks like. Bible stories were taught at bedtime and meals were opportunities for discovering where Jesus was in our lives.

So how did we get where we are? Somewhere along the way it seems that parents and grandparents began to feel ill-equipped to talk about faith with their kids and each other. It became easier and more convenient to go to a Pastor-led Bible study or drop the kids off at Sunday School, leaving faith formation to the “experts” at church. And as a result, parents, kids, grandparents, and friends rarely form faith outside of the church.

My hope for the discipleship ministries at Saint Andrew’s moving forward is to intentionally move faith formation from something done by “the experts” at church to a ministry shared by families, friends, and church members that happens largely in homes. The good news is that there are many areas in which Saint Andrew’s already does this well. And we’ll have a few intentional events over the coming months that begin to model what this kind of faith formation looks like. But for now, take an inventory of how you go about faith formation in your life and wonder what the Holy Spirit is up to in this time of transition for us all.

Pastor Drew Yoos
Interim Director of Discipleship Ministries

 

Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…

 

January 13, 2019– Baptism of Our Lord

Worship with Holy Communion:

8:30 am and 11:00 am

 Sermon:

Pastor Drew Yoos

Readings:

Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

 

· Chancel Choir, 8:30 am service

Discipleship Classes:

9:45 am

 

 

Adults
Visit our Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for a description of each class
· “Budget 2019” with Congregation Treasurer Joni Barrott and the Finance Committee, 301/Fellowship Hall North

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

 

Youth
· Sunday Church School: for children age 2 through grade 5 – classes are downstairs in South Hall
· Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation: for youth in grades 6-8 – meet in 302/Fellowship Hall South
     Vision Initiative Team meets with students
· CrossWalk: for youth in grades 9-12 - meet in 319/Youth Room

Please Note:

· Early Sunday Morning Bible Study, 7:15 am, 322/Conference Room
·
Blood Pressure Screening, 9:30 am -10:30 am, Room 212
· Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate for sale, between services, Commons/Narthex
· Altar Guild, 9:45 am, 322/Conference Room
Altar Guild invites everyone to consider joining them to serve! Come to this meeting to find out more about this ministry. If you have questions, please contact Altar Guild chair Linda Powell.
· Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation Lunch, 12:15 pm, 301/Fellowship Hall North
For all ABC students, parents, and mentors. 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 are responsible for setup and clean up.

 

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.

 

Adult Mission Trip to Arizona
Adventure Awaits! If you’re considering joining the Saint Andrew’s Mission Trip to the Navajo Luthearn Mission, talk to Congregation Council member Jean Wahlstrom or Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland ASAP.
Plans are to head to the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Northern Arizona the week of March 21 and return the week of April 4.
The trip would include a combination of construction work (no experience necessary) and less physical things such as volunteering in the kitchen, participating in a Bible study or listening to children read.
Got questions? Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529.

 

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 131 pledges totaling $544,156. 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 Commons/Narthex.

 

Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…

 

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 tonight, January 9. Contact Carolyn McKenna 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.

 

O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints)
Tuesday, January 15, 11:45 am, 301/Fellowship Hall North
Learn ins-and-outs of Bellevue Botanical Garden

Garden Manager Nancy Kartes will share stories and highlights of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
We don’t ask for ID – so you don’t need to be older to join the fun at these great gatherings. No reservations or RSVP needed. If able, please pitch-in with a potluck dish for the luncheon. For more information, contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529.

 

W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study
Wednesdays, January 16 – February 27, 7:00 pm, 322/Conference Room
Our Winter Session book is The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes. The story takes place in Seattle and the San Juan Islands and is written as a mystery to be solved about the silk embroidery that tells a story. All women are welcome to join us for a great discussion of the author’s story, our stories, and God’s part in our lives.  We meet for devotions, prayer, sharing, laughter, and critical discussions. Contact Cheryl Jurrus for more information.

 

Coffee and Compline
Sunday, January 20, 7:00 pm, meet at Saint Andrew’s
for everyone!

All youth and adults are invited for an outing to Seattle for coffee followed by the evening Compline service at St. Mark’s Cathedral on Sunday, January 20. Compline is a meditative, sung evening prayer service led by a choir. We will return Saint Andrew’s by 10:45 pm. Everyone interested is asked to sign up on the bulletin board in the Commons/Narthex or contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529.

 

Early Sunday Morning Bible Study
Sundays, January 13 – February 17, 7:15 am, 322/Conference Room
Led by Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen
It’s really all about Jesus! Early Sunday Morning Bible Study is looking at FIRST JOHN, that five chapter, 105-verse, 2,523-word most gentle epistle. Join us - we learn together.

 

  

Be sure to sign up ….

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

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

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

> to bake Communion Bread (the sign up for 2019 is now available). 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).

~  SOUPer Bowl of Caring, February 3: donations of canned fruit, canned soup, healthy snacks, cereal, and more are welcome

~  Adult Mission Trip to Arizona, March 21 – April 2

 

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

 

 


Looking Ahead….

* Early Sunday Morning Bible Study,
Sundays, through February 17, 7:15 am

* Altar Guild, January 13, 9:45 am

* Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation Lunch, January 13, 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

* Pastor Burchfield’s ministry at Saint Andrew’s begins, January 22

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

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

* SOUPer Bowl of Caring, February 3

* Dorcas Circle, February 5, 9:30 am

* Family Dinner Church, February 9, 5:30 pm

 

 

 

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