During this heightened time of awareness and prevention regarding coronavirus, this page will have current information about schedule changes and steps that we are taking to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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Worship will be LIVESTREAMED ONLY (no in-person worship) until further notice.
Links to the livestream, Sunday’s bulletin, and suggestions for preparing for worship are on our “Media” webpage.

Livestream information and links

As of July 30: Washington State’s “Washington State’s “Smart Start” approach to reopening does not allow large gatherings until Phase 4. As we continue to follow state and health guidelines, worship will be livestreamed only until further notice.
Check back for updates as Washington State’s phased “Smart Start” approach to reopening progresses.

Masks: We have volunteers in the congregation who are willing to make masks for anyone in the congregation who may need or want one. Please contact the church, info@salc.church or 425-746-2529, to arrange to get a mask.

As of Setpember 1:  The office remains CLOSED. Staff members are working from home and monitoring email and voicemail. Physical mail continues to be delivered to the church. Please reach out if you need to contact us.

The church calendar has up-to-date information on activities/events/meetings.

We are monitoring news and recommendations from local and regional health departments.

We are taking the following precautions:

  • We are wiping down “common touch” areas daily.
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing is encouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • Furnaces are running full-time to help filter the air in the building.

 

Please call or email the church, 425-746-2529 or info@salc.church, and let us know how you’re doing, especially if you are in need of something such as a meal or even a roll of toilet paper. We will figure out the best way to get it to you.

EVERYONE is encouraged to follow health agency recommendations, especially if you are in a high risk group.

Also, we encourage you to be cautious of suspicious emails and/or phone calls.  Scammers are at work!

The apostle Paul reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are connected to each other through God’s love wherever we happen to be.

We will continue to update the congregation as new information is available.
Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

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Videos….

Saint Andrew's Artwork Outreach and Servant Ministries Update Congregations for the Homeless Shelter Update June 30, 2020 Financial Update Navajo Mission Trip Slideshow May 26, 2020 Greeting from Pastor Lara May 1, 2020 Greeting from Congregation President Art Gurtel April 2020 Greeting from Pastor Lara
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Updates….

As of September 25, 2020

Back to School Blessings
Sunday, September 27, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Saint Andrew’s Parking Lot
Sunday Church School Blessing Bags: Sunday School classroom teachers will be in the church parking lot to pass out “Blessing Bags” that will include things for our remote Sunday School.  The curriculum that we have chosen for this fall is lectionary based.  In each student’s bag will be leaflets with activities that will go with the Gospel lesson for each Sunday through November 22.

Back to School Blessings: Pastor Lara will also be there to greet your family.  She would like you to bring your backpacks, computers, smartphones (whatever you are presently using to stay connected with school or work at this time).  This is also for parents to bring their computers, smartphones and other work devices.  Pastor Lara will bless them all.

We have really missed getting to see all our students, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 27!

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As of August 28, 2020

The Worship and Liturgical Arts Committee has created a slideshow that showcases the artwork in our building.

Learn more and watch the slideshow...
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As of September 2, 2020

Perk Up! Free Trade Coffee Available
Enjoy your guilt-free coffee again.
For several years we’ve been selling Equal Exchange, a fair trade co-op coffee brand, here at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church.
We’re resuming sales of the whole beans, ground coffee and yes – the chocolate bars. Joyce and John Nelson or Sherry Grindeland will deliver your order or you can make arrangements to pick it up at church.
Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, 425-746-2529 or sherry@salc.church for more details.

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As of August 20, 2020

Our outreach ministries and the organizations we support have adapted and responded to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dick Szabo, Interim Chair of Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee, has recorded a video update of current outreach efforts by Saint Andrew’s, including ways you can help!

Watch the video...
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As of August 18, 2020

Youth/Parent Meeting on August 24, 2020  |  6:00 pm  |  via Zoom
All youth entering grades 6-12 and your parents are invited to join in a conversation with our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Doug Johnson. This will be an opportunity to meet Doug, talk about the coming year, and share our ideas. Families will be sent the Zoom link via email. If you do not receive it by Monday, August 24, at 12:00 noon, please contact Director of Youth and Family Ministries Doug Johnson, doug@salc.church.

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As of August 14, 2020

Saint Andrew’s hosted Congregations for the Homeless Rotating Men’s Shelter from March-June. For much of that time, because of COVID-19, the men were in our building 24 hours a day. Congregation Council Vice President Carolynn Ferris and Facilities Manager Kurt Lutterman have recorded a video to the congregation with impressions of the experience, impacts to our facility, the follow-up cleaning, and what future plans may be.

Watch the video...
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As of August 6, 2020

Join us for online fellowship on Sunday, August 16, at 10:45 am (following worship)!
Bring your own coffee and treats and join the Saint Andrew’s Online Fellowship Hour via Zoom. We’ll share how we’re doing, what’s new, and just check in with our Saint Andrew’s family. Sherry Grindeland, Fellowship Coordinator, will facilitate this Zoom gathering. Please sign up no later than Saturday, August 15, so we can get the Zoom link emailed to you in time. Questions? Contact Sherry Grindeland, sherry@salc.church.

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As of July 30, 2020

Join us for online happy hour on Tuesday, August 4, at 5:00 pm!

Fellowship, friendship and conversation make any gathering a happy event.
At the suggestion of several members, we’re launching a Saint Andrew’s Lutheran online happy hour.
You don’t even need to get dressed up for this Zoom event, but you do need to sign up. And you get to pick and provide your own snacks and libations.
Questions? Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@salc.church.

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As of July 23, 2020

Join us for online fellowship this Sunday, July 26, at 10:45 am (following worship)!
Bring your own coffee and treats and join the Saint Andrew’s Online Fellowship Hour via Zoom. We’ll share how we’ve been coping, what we’ve learned, and just check in with our Saint Andrew’s family. Sherry Grindeland, Fellowship Coordinator, will moderate the Zoom gathering. Please sign up to get the Zoom link. Questions? Contact Sherry Grindeland, sherry@salc.church.

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As of July 15, 2020

Some Saint Andrew’s groups are studying and discussing race and white privilege. All are online via Zoom.

Tuesdays, 8:30 am: Saint Andrew’s Men (SAM) are using the podcast Scene On Radio and specifically Season 2 – Seeing White.

Learn more ...

Wednesdays, 11:00 am: W.E.B.S. (Women’s “Early” Book Study) is reading and discussing How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi.

Learn more ...

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm: A new study group open to everyone is reading and discussing How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi.

Learn more ...
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As of July 8, 2020

Sanctuary Prayer:  While we can’t yet hold traditional in-person worship services, you can now come to the Sanctuary for prayer.
Keeping our congregation healthy and safe is our paramount concern in this re-opening period, so we are asking everyone to sign up to come to pray.
This will limit numbers and maintain physical distancing.

The Sanctuary is available 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Sunday.

Signing up 24 hours in advance is required. You will be sent more details and instructions for accessing the building after signing up.

Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@salc.church, or Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus, susan@salc.church, with questions.

Learn more and sign up...
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As of June 30, 2020

A mid-year financial update via video….

June 30, 2020 Financial Update
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As of June 25, 2020

In March 2020, a Team from Saint Andrew’s served at Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Arizona, helping with various projects. You are invited to watch a slideshow that tells the story of their week, including people, activities, and places they served.

Navajo Mission Trip Slideshow
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As of June 19, 2020

Sunday Morning Bible Study (8:15 am) begins this Sunday, June 21.

Look for information soon about an online Forum by Pastor Timothy Weber that will be offered on July 12 at 10:45 am (following worship.)

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As of June 10, 2020

As the struggle continues on how to cope with this pandemic, Saint Andrew’s is offering the first of a new series of online Sunday Bible Studies.

Beginning Sunday, June 21, we are offering a five-week study on the First Letter of Peter.
The one-hour class will be taught via Zoom by Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen on Sundays at 8:15 am. Each of the chapters will be taught as a complete unit so missing a class will not hamper your understanding.
Signing up is required to get the Zoom link.

Learn more and Sign up
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As of June 5, 2020

Vacation Bible School will not be held on-site this summer, but since you can’t come to us, we’re COMING TO YOU!

INCREDIBLE KIDS—THEN AND NOW… is our Vacation Bible School theme.

We are putting together VBS to GO! kits so you and your family can learn about the Bible stories, sing the songs, play the games and even do the art projects right at home!
Each VBS to GO! kit costs approximately $25, but we will accept a free-will offering of whatever you are able to pay.
We will even ship kits if you want to buy one as a gift for loved ones who aren’t members of Saint Andrew’s.

VBS to GO! kits will be available in mid-July; registration deadline is June 30, 2020.

Learn more in this 2-minute video:

Learn about VBS to GO!

Learn more and Register
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As of May 26, 2020

Pastor Lara has recorded a new video greeting to the congregation…..

May 26, 2020 Greeting from Pastor Lara
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As of May 21, 2020

Pentecost 
The Day of Pentecost is Sunday, May 31.  We invite you to ….

  • Pentecost Reading: If you speak/read a world language, you are invited to record yourself (audio or video) reading Paul’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:14b-21) in that language. Send the recording to Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus, susan@salc.church no later than Wednesday, May 27. Contact Susan if the file is too large to email.
  • Pentecost Pictures for the Sanctuary:  Children of God of all ages are invited to color a picture for Pentecost.  Download a picture to color

    or draw your own!
    Email your picture to Pastor Lara, pastor@salc.church, no later than Saturday, May 30. We will print the pictures and display them in the Sanctuary on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, for worship.

  • Wear Red! Wherever you are worshiping from, we invite you to wear RED to celebrate the liturgical color of the day.
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As of May 11, 2020

Meetings  
Many committees and groups are meeting remotely. For meeting dates/times and information about joining the meeting, contact the committee chair or group leader. Meeting dates/times can also be found on the church calendar: www.salc.church/calendar.
Saint Andrew’s has accounts for Microsoft Teams and Zoom to use for video conferencing, and a resource for telephone conferencing.  Contact Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus, susan@salc.church or 425-746-2529, if your group would like to use one of these tools for your church meeting or gathering.

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As of May 4, 2020

Worship will continue to be livestreamed only until further notice, as we comply with Washington State’s phased “Smart Start” approach to reopening.
Washington State’s “Washington State’s “Smart Start” approach to reopening does not allow gatherings of more than 50 people until Phase 4, and the date for beginning Phase 4 will not be determined for several weeks. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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As of May 1, 2020

Watch a Video Greeting from Congregation President Art Gurtel
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As of April 29, 2020

Move conversation sessions with Pastor Lara have been added!
We will conduct these conversations virtually. Sessions are limited to 6 people total.
Sign up is required, and instructions about how to access the conversation will be emailed to you.
The fun of these virtual meetings is you get to choose your own snacks, you don’t have to drive anywhere, and we don’t care if you’re in your sweats or pajamas!
Select the button below to see the latest schedule and to sign up.
Questions? Contact Sherry Grindeland, Fellowship Coordinator, at sherry@salc.church.

Sign up for Conversations with Pastor Lara
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As of April 22, 2020

New Resources Available….check these out:

Free Downloadable Sunday School
Sparkhouse is excited to announce Family Sunday School, a free weekly lesson series for families! Each week until June 7, Sunday school curriculum developer Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family host Family Sunday School. Each episode presents a lesson based on Lectionary readings that families can watch together. The Bible story, illustrations, and other content are based on Spark: Activate Faith Lectionary Sunday school lessons. A new lesson is posted every Tuesday for the following Sunday. Find the lessons at www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/

Pray
Every Tuesday at 12:00 noon (local time):  Women of the ELCA invites everyone to join Lutheran women in prayer, reflecting on God’s word, offering prayers and reflecting on self-care and the care of others. This is not an online gathering – simply an invitation to set aside this time to spend in prayer. Download a prayer sheet and share with others! Find more information here

Every Thursday at 4:00 pm: Participate in Prayer Space with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS)
This new venture by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Office of Seminary Relations is an open invitation, weekly Zoom meeting to gather those who wish to pray virtually with others. The links are posted in Events on the PLTS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pltsofclu/

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As of April 15, 2020

Conversations with Pastor Lara
Get better acquainted with Pastor Lara Forbes during upcoming Conversation sessions!
We will conduct these conversations virtually. Sessions are limited to 6 people total.
Sign up is required, and instructions about how to access the conversation will be emailed to you.
The fun of these virtual meetings is you get to choose your own snacks, you don’t have to drive anywhere, and we don’t care if you’re in your sweats or pajamas.
Questions? Contact Sherry Grindeland, Fellowship Coordinator, at sherry@salc.church.

Sign up for Conversations with Pastor Lara
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As of April 13, 2020

Watch a Video Greeting from Pastor Lara
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As of April 9, 2020

Resources for The Three Days/Triduum:
The Northwest Washington Synod has compiled videos, music, bulletins, and other written resources for The Three Days and Easter. Find them at www.lutheransnw.org/HolyWeek
Also check out videos at www.thetriduumproject.com

Livestream worship information and links

Join us on Thursday, April 9, for livestreamed Maundy Thursday worship at 7:00 pm.

Join us on Friday, April 10, for livestreamed Good Friday worship at 7:00 pm.

Join us on Sunday, April 12, for livestreamed Easter Sunday worship at 9:30 am.
Pictures!
On Easter Sunday, our flowered cross will be in the Memorial Garden.
Children of God of ALL ages are invited to color a picture of an Easter Cross (or draw your own) to decorate the Sanctuary!
Send the pictures to Pastor Lara, pastor@salc.church, before Saturday, April 11. We will print them and display them in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday!

Easter Cross Idea 1 Easter Cross Idea 2 Easter Cross Idea 3 Easter Cross Idea 1
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As of April 3, 2020

Join us on Sunday, April 5, for our livestreamed worship at 9:30 am.

Read today's eNews for more information
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As of April 1, 2020

The flowered Easter Cross is a reminder of new life given to us in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, the flowered cross will be in the Memorial Garden. Households are invited to come and see the cross, take photos, etc. on Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12.
To maintain physical distancing, we are asking that you sign up for a specific time to visit.

Learn more and Sign up
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As of March 24, 2020

With Governor Inslee’s order to “stay at home” for the next two weeks we have closed the church office effective immediately, and staff members will be working from home during this time.

As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, please continue to pray for each other and for all who are affected by COVID-19.

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As of March 20, 2020

Join us on Sunday, March 22, for our livestreamed worship at 9:30 am.

Read today's eNews for more information
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As of March 16, 2020

Did you take a photo of yourself or your home worship space as you prepared to watch the livestream on March 15? We’d love you have you share your photos! Send them to Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus, susan@salc.church. Thanks!

Pastor Lara has compiled a list of some ways you can care for your spirit and nurture your faith at home.

Read More....
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As of March 13, 2020

Read the eNews sent to the congregation

As you prepare to view the livestream and worship on Sunday, we offer the following suggestions.

  • Sunday’s complete bulletin, including the reading (John 4:5-42) and hymns (ELW #843 and 777), was linked in the eNews.
  • Find a comfortable place in your home for worship. It’s even okay to be in your pajamas!.
  • Get some crackers or bread and something to drink so that we can share Communion.
  • Light a candle if you have one.
  • For what or for whom do you pray today? Send prayer requests to Pastor Lara before Sunday morning: pastor@salc.church
    You can also submit requests during the livestream, but there may be up to a 30-second delay.
Go to Livestream link and information
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As of March 12, 2020

Read the eNews sent to the congregation

Worship for Sundays, March 15, March 22, and March 29 will be at 9:30 am and will be  LIVESTREAMED ONLY.
On those days there will be no other Saint Andrew’s activities, including Discipleship Hour classes.
The doors to the building will be locked, and the only people allowed in will be people needed to assist with worship and the livestream.
We will send out an email prior to Sundays with some “pre-worship homework” for you, so that you are ready for Sunday morning.

Lenten Midweek soup suppers and worship services are CANCELED for the remainder of the season (March 18, March 25, and April 1). You are invited to participate in the livestream of Holden Evening Prayer, hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle. Information is available on Immanuel’s Facebook page and website (www.immanuelseattle.org).

All Saint Andrew’s committees and groups are asked to either postpone their meetings, or meet via conference call or Microsoft Teams. The church office will provide instructions and tutorials as needed to help set up those formats.

We will continue to host Congregations for the Homeless (CfH) for this month. Our coordinators are in contact with CfH staff to ensure that policies are being honored and that CfH has the supplies and resources they need from us.

Pastor Lara is available 24/7 for emergencies and phone calls (this is unchanged). However, visits will only be made in emergency circumstances. The staff is working to implement a phone tree/buddy system to ensure that everyone is cared for.

At this time, we are planning to have regular office hours at the church. However, we strongly encourage you to follow the protocols set by the King County Department of Health and stay home if that is the recommendation for your age group. If we do close the office, we will notify you as quickly as possible.

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As of March 11, 2020

Remember that Soup Supper and Mid-week Worship for March 11 is CANCELED.

Due to the rapid pace of news updates, we an abbreviated version of Trendings was sent today.
A more comprehensive “Thursday edition” of Trendings will be sent out tomorrow, March 12.

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As of March 10, 2020

Read the eNews sent to the congregation

For Sunday, March 15

  • We will meet for worship as scheduled, at 8:30 am and 11:00 am.
  • We will also LIVESTREAM both worship services, so you can watch remotely. For information and links to online worship, visit our  Media webpage
  • Discipleship Hour classes will be held as usual at 9:45 am.
    Pastor Weber’s Adult Forum presentation will be recorded; video and audio will be posted on the Saint Andrew’s website

Remember that Soup Supper and Mid-week Worship for March 11 and March 18 are CANCELED.  

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As of March 9, 2020

Soup Supper and Mid-week Worship for March 11 and March 18 are CANCELED out of precaution and in consideration of coronavirus.

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As of March 8, 2020

The church is OPEN for Sunday worship: 8:30 am and 11:00 am, with Discipleship Hour classes at 9:45 am.

The office is open normal hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4;00 pm.

We are monitoring news and recommendations from local and regional health departments.

We are taking precautions, such as the following:

  • We are wiping down “common touch” areas daily.
  • As part of its normal practices, the Altar Guild washes hands prior to preparing the Communion supplies and ensures that common use items are cleaned for use on a weekly basis.
  • In consideration of the coronavirus, in addition to its normal practices, the Altar Guild is also:
    •  suspending the use of the chalice for serving Communion.
    • santitizing trays and bowls before, between, and after worship services.
    • wiping down the altar, railing, and baptismal font before, between, and after worship services.
  • We are wiping down “common touch” areas, such as the armrests and tops of pews before and between services.
  • Communion servers and ushers will wash hands and use hand sanitizer before, during, and after worship.
  • At the Peace, an elbow bump or verbal “Peace be with You” is encouraged instead of shaking hands.
  • Ushers will hold the offering plates and walk them around, rather than pass them through the pews.
  • Worship bulletins will not be re-used; please take your bulletin home with you after worship (it can be used as a devotional tool, a reference for the following week’s readings, and prayer resource.)
  • Children’s church bags, filled with crayons, snacks, coloring sheets, stickers, etc., can be taken home following worship.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building for your use.
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing is encouraged.

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Faith Practices for Home ~ Resources…

These are a few ideas to check out:

Suggestions from Pastor Lara and others

Pray with Women of the ELCA Faith at Home Resources The Good Night Meditation Podcast Podcast from Pastor Dave Ellingson
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