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.
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.
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.
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.
Interim Director of Discipleship Ministries
Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…
January 13, 2019–
Baptism of Our Lord
8:30 am and 11:00 am
Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17;
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
· Chancel Choir, 8:30
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
Morning Discipleship webpage for links to video and audio recordings
Church School: for children age 2 through grade 5 –
classes are downstairs in South Hall
of Baptism/Confirmation: for youth in grades 6-8 – meet in
302/Fellowship Hall South
Vision Initiative Team meets with students
for youth in grades 9-12 - meet in 319/Youth Room
Morning Bible Study, 7:15 am, 322/Conference
Pressure Screening, 9:30 am -10:30 am, Room
· Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee
and Chocolate for sale, between services, Commons/Narthex
· Altar Guild, 9:45 am,
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
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…
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
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.
Mission Trip to Arizona
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or
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.
Squad and Fire Force Families
pick up a copy of the 2019 Event Calendar from the bulletin board in the Commons/Narthex.
Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…
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 tonight, January 9. Contact Carolyn
McKenna 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.
(Older Wiser Lutheran Saints)
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.
(Women’s Evening Book Study
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.
January 20, 7:00 pm,
meet at Saint Andrew’s
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
Morning Bible Study
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
> 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
> 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
> to bake
Communion Bread (the sign up for 2019 is now available). Contact Jill
Nichols-Hicks for more information.
Registration for 2018-2019
~ Corner of
Blessing: In January, we welcome cooking
(vegetable) oil (~24-32 ounce
~ SOUPer Bowl of
Caring, February 3: donations
of canned fruit, canned soup, healthy snacks,
cereal, and more are
~ Adult Mission Trip
to Arizona, March 21 – April 2
~ Visit our Current Outreach Events and
Projects webpage for more opportunities to serve.
* Early Sunday Morning Bible
Sundays, through February 17, 7:15
* Altar Guild, January 13, 9:45 am
* Affirmation of
Baptism/Confirmation Lunch, January 13,
* 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
* 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