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"You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)
Stewardship is about discipleship! It is a celebration of God's blessings, recognizing God as the creator and giver of all that we have and are, and then serving Him as stewards of his gifts through our time, talent, treasures, and voice.
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Throughout our history, the people of Saint Andrew’s have loved and served the Lord, as they have answered the call to be Growing Together in Christ to Love and Serve All People. We have grown in size, but remained a place of hospitality, grace, and hope grounded in God’s word. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we have built a church, financed building projects, birthed a low income housing group, supported mission trips, sent missionaries to Africa, fed the hungry, provided shelter for the homeless, cared for the sick, and equipped our members in the faith. We continue to steward what God has given us as we commit our time, talent and treasures to Him.
God has generously blessed us in many ways.
As we – the Saint Andrew’s Church community grows together in Christ to love and serve all people – gather online this fall, we learn how to live and share those blessings.
It is time to once again consider our financial gift to Saint Andrew’s for the coming year. Our focus this commitment season is generosity, a celebration of a generous God and our response as God’s people.
The source of our focus comes from ELCA’s Generosity Project, a year-round stewardship program developed for congregations. Each week, from October 18 through November 15, 2020, Sunday bulletins and Trendings share a verse, an affirmation and blessing, and a single word to serve as a point of focus (see below). You are also invited to participate in a weekly generosity challenge, and join the Discipleship Hour Forum on November 15 as we celebrate our generous GOD!
Check your mailbox for your personal 2021 pledge card. We invite you to return your pledge card, or pledge online (above), by Stewardship Commitment Sunday on November 22.
October 18, 2020
Genesis 1:27-31a (CEV).
I am created in the image of a generous God. I give because I want to mirror a generous God.
As people who value stewardship and discipleship as a way of life, how do we answer the questions, “Why be generous?” and “What does it mean to live an abundant life in Christ?” In Genesis 1:27-31a, it is recorded that we are made in God’s image. If we believe that God is the maker of all things, then we also believe that God is responsible for our own being. In being generous ourselves, we remember and acknowledge God’s generosity: his creation, his love, his sacrifice, his promise. This week we focus on “Why” it is for us to be generous.
This week’s Generosity Challenge
How many books do we own? Count them. What would it mean to give away 10 percent or buy that many new books for others? How hard would this be to do? Who needs books? To whom or where would we go to donate them?
October 25, 2020
John 6:1-14 (CEV)
God has blessed us through the abundant generosity of others. We will joyfully share what God has provided us.
Who are the models of generosity in your life? We have been gracious recipients of generosity, and so too, we have generously given. As a community in Christ we remember that generosity is a shared experience that shapes our life. Who are the models of generosity in your life, and how have you reflected generosity within your community? With whom will you share your gifts and generosity?
This week’s Generosity Challenge
How many canned goods or jars of food are in our cupboards and pantry? Count them. What is 10% of that number? What would it mean to give away or purchase 10% of the number of canned and jarred items in our cupboards? How hard would this be to do? Who suffers from being hungry? To whom or where would we go to donate these items?
November 1, 2020
Acts 2:41-47 (CEV).
God equips us and has given us many opportunities to give and share at home and away from home.
Where is there need in the world? We see need all around us; locally, internationally, our neighbors, and neighborhoods along the daily commute. They are victims of poverty, wildfires, unemployment, and inequity. It can be overwhelming to know where to begin. God answers the call. Where is there need in the world and where can our generosity be of the greatest help? Trust God and be generous where your heart is.
This week’s Generosity Challenge
How many items do we own that have wheels? (Ex: vehicles, tricycle, bicycles, lawn mower, toys with wheels etc.) Count them. What would it mean to give away10% or purchase new that same number? How hard would this be to do? Who is in need of these items? To whom or where would we go to donate one or more?
November 8, 2020
2 Corinthians 8:1-9 (CEV).
God, use us to respond joyfully to the needs of this world with our acts of generosity.
God works though us to fulfill need. “Lord, how can I be of use, how can I be an effective instrument of your love and generosity today,” should be our waking prayer.
This week’s Generosity Challenge
How many pairs of socks and undies get washed each week in this household? Count them. What is 10% of that number? What would it mean to purchase new socks and undies – 10% of the number we wear? How hard would this be to do? Who needs socks and undies? To whom or where would we go to donate them?
November 15, 2020
Matthew 19:23-30 (CEV)
God, with you all things are possible. Lead us and help our household grow in generosity and unexpected giving and sharing.
HERE AND NOW
We often consider that we don’t have enough ourselves to make a beneficial impact on our neighbors, or that maybe we’ll wait for the right time to give. God’s blessings and generosity are countless and timeless, and so, too, we pray that we can give generously in the here and now…because God does not call us to be generous when it’s convenient for us, but when it is helpful to our neighbor.
This week’s Generosity Challenge
How many light bulbs are inside and outside our house? Count them. What is 10% of this total? What would it mean to give away or purchase new, 10% of the total number of lightbulbs we use? How hard would this be to do? Who needs lightbulbs? To whom or where would we go to donate them?
Stewardship is our grateful response to God’s grace and goodness. All we have — including our gifts, abilities and financial resources — are gifts from God. Even our ability to work and care for others is a gift. In sharing with others we discover that we are Blessed To Serve with Generous Hearts, Generous Hands, and Generous Habits.“Blessed to Serve” brochure
We celebrated with a “Blessed to Serve” Stewardship Servant Fair between worship services.
We had small bites, a coffee bar, and conversation around the many opportunities in which we can share God’s love and serve God and neighbor through the congregation and within the larger community so that we are a community growing together in Christ to love and serve all people.
Saint Andrew’s committees and teams hosted information tables, with opportunities to sign up to help in various ways.
Here’s a partial list of Blessed to Serve opportunities.
Contact the church office to find out more information about any of these:
Advent Fair volunteer
Bake communion bread
Chaperone youth activities
Committees: Discipleship Ministries, Stewardship, Communications, Finance, Health and Wholeness Ministry, Nominating, Outreach and Servant Ministries, Building and Property, Human Resources, Worship and Liturgical Arts
Congregational Care Team
Emergency Preparedness Team
New member mentor
Building and equipment repairs
Special events squad
Sound board operator
Soup supper team
Sunday Church School teacher
Substitute Sunday Church School teacher
Vacation Bible School volunteer
Videographer (for Sunday Forums)
Welcome and greet team
Managing God’s Gifts
November 18, 2018
One worship service, 9:30 am
Commitment Celebration, 10:45 am
Stewardship is “management.” As disciples of Jesus, we are about the work of managing God’s gifts to us. It is a celebration of God’s blessings, recognizing God as the creator and giver of all that we have and are, and then serving Him as managers of his gifts through our time, energy, monies, and voice.
We had a series of bulletin inserts that illustrated our life together through stories, opportunities, and impact points we make with our gifts.
October 14, 2018: Physical Church/Space
October 21, 2018: Worship and Discipleship
October 28, 2018: Fellowship in Community
November 4, 2018: Outreach and Servant Ministries
November 11, 2018: Finance/Stewardship
November 18, 2018: Time/Energy/Monies/Voice
Commitment Sunday was November 18. Following worship we gathered for a commitment celebration….a time to celebrate and give thanks for what we have, what we’ve been able to do, and to look forward to the future.
“Pathways to Renewal” is our 2017-2018 theme that serves to ground our mission forward in discipleship, ministry and planned initiatives, including a future capital campaign that will inform our commitment to a building remodel project.
There is opportunity for engagement with committees, groups and the mission of this church and investment in Christ’s work. This engagement is what stewardship and discipleship are all about.
We have engaged a consultant – the Joshua Group – to work to develop a vision of Strategic and Transition Planning for Saint Andrew’s. The Joshua Process will serve as a map for us in defining our strategic vision, where we want to go as a congregation, as well as inform our next steps in pastoral transition and ministry. Your engagement and participation are encouraged.
Congregation leadership is taking the next steps in informing and educating the congregation on our proposed building remodel. We will lay the foundation for preparing for a congregation vote on a capital campaign, but not without your help, questions and engagement. Come to the “Pathways Hub” in Room 212 to see information, drawings, and plans for the remodel.
The Pathways Hub is a center for conversation and to share questions and insights – please join us there!
We focused on being “DiscipleFIT” and what “Discipleship” means at a personal level.
We strive to:
• Be a Christ-like person
• Focus on Christ, avoid Earthly things (recognize that Christ is bigger than ourselves)
• Constantly learn and deepen our faith
• Witness and not fear talking about God—have courage to live in Christ
Throughout 2016-2017, we had many opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically.
May 1 – September 4, 2017: Walk to Wittenberg
All teams arrived in Wittenberg and three teams had enough miles to do the round trip back to Bellevue! Collectively we recorded 141,700 miles. Amazing!! Read more at walk.SALChome.org
This was a congregation-wide program for physical, mental, and spiritual growth; a “Fitness and Witness” program to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.
Teams of 10 people competed to rack up “miles” that counted towards our virtual race to Wittenberg. They walked, ran, biked, exercised, did yard work, etc. to accumulate miles.
2017 is the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther wrote the Ninety-five Theses, challenging the practice of the Catholic Church with respect to indulgences. Luther sent the Theses to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, on October 31, 1517, a date now commemorated annually as Reformation Day. Luther may have also posted the Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church, Wittenberg, probably in mid-November.
November 2016: Paracord Bracelets
The Human Resources Committee, high school youth, and the congregation made paracord “survival” bracelets. The bracelets were sent to Operation Gratitude, who will include them in care packages going to troops, to veterans, and to first responders. The bracelet gives the person wearing it 7.5 feet of strong paracord to use in an emergency, and lets service men and women know they are cared for, remembered and appreciated.
Spiritual Growth comes from contributing to the welfare of others with these bracelets. Mental Growth comes through understanding how a series of knots and wraps can make the bracelets, and also through understanding of how they can be used in the field. Physical Growth ties into the relationship between focusing on the act of making something and the stress relief that can provide.
Epiphany 2017 (January – February): Memorize Bible Verses
During Epiphany, the Communications Committee invited everyone to grow Spiritually and Mentally by memorizing Bible verses.
Baptism/Forgiveness: Mark 16:15b-16; John 14:6; Luke 5:20
Grace: John 1:14; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:17; Acts 4:33; Romans 6:14
Psalms: Psalm 19:34; Psalm 23:1-3; Psalm 51:10; Psalm 91:11; Psalm 107:1
Mercy: Psalm 23:6; Matthew 5:7; Luke 6:36; Isaiah 30:18a; Romans 9:16; Zechariah 7:9
Peace: Psalm 29:11; Philippians 4:7; Psalm 4:8; John 20:21
Faith: 2 Timothy 4:7; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 5:1
Love: John 3:16; Luke 10:27; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Psalm 103:8; 1 John 4:19; Colossians 3:14
Salvation: Psalm 18:2; Luke 19:9; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16; Philippians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Our theme for 2016 is “Challenge 2016” challenging us to be Christ in the world and to respond to God’s grace.
Commitment Weekend was Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2015.
We welcomed Pastor James Johnson of Saint Luke Lutheran in Spokane.
Your Stewardship Team is about the work of creating a path for year-round Stewardship Emphasis. Think about the portrait of a Biblical Giver: intentional, regular, generous, first, proportional, cheerful… “God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7b
Ministry Emphasis…. every 2 months, we highlighted an area of ministry in our church.
August and September 2014: Building and Property. Every home needs upkeep and renewal.
~ Building and Property welcomes the congregation’s help to complete projects around the church and to bring in commonly needed supplies: 300-watt clear light bulbs, 90-watt Par 38 light bulbs, paper towels, carpet shampoo.
October and November 2014: Christian Education, Youth and Family Ministries, Worship and Liturgical Arts. These are the heart of our lives in Christ in this place as we gather, to be encouraged, and equipped, to be sent into the world to lift high the Cross of Christ and to spread the circle of life and love to the ends of the earth.
January 2015: Finance. Our Finance Committee hosted two Sunday morning sessions in January to review and answer questions about the proposed 2015 Current Fund budget. This committee meets monthly to review the financial records, and works continually to maintain best practices and improve reporting to the congregation.
February and March 2015: Outreach and Servant Ministries. Out of the center we live our faith and celebrate it through intentional, caring service, while growing in Christ. We are about collaborative impact on a local and global scale with core values of: Housing, Hunger, Education, Global Missions, and Local Missions. In February, we hosted a welcome event for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) CEO and President Daniel Speckhard, and are gathering items for LWR Personal Care Kits. In March, we learned more about our global impact in Tanzania.
April and May 2015: Health and Wholeness Ministry, whose mission is “To be a Christ-centered partnership of health professionals and other members of Saint Andrew’s committed to promoting spiritual, physical and emotional health and wholeness.” Weekly bulletin inserts highlighted our volunteers and ministries.
Opportunities to share the gifts God has given you through His ministry at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church are indicated below.
How will you support the mission and ministry of Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church with your Time, Energies, and Interests? Contact any committee chair or the church office to find out more about becoming involved in congregation activities.
How will you support the mission and ministry of Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church with your Treasures?
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and place it in the offering plate during a Sunday worship or mail it to the church. This form has places to indicate your commitment to our Current Fund;
Submit your confidential pledge
Saint Andrew’s invites you to consider using our online giving program or giving by text message!
Find out more about all methods of giving here:
Planned Giving – Endowment Fund
Contact the church office for information.
phone: 425-746-2529 extension 12
Pastor Lara Forbes began her ministry at Saint Andrew’s on February 18, 2020.
Personal Ministry Statement: As a Christian I am called to love God and my neighbor. As I live this out as a pastor, I have come to understand that no congregation exists solely for itself. Rather, it’s an integral part of its surrounding community and the relationship between church and community is living, breathing, and dynamic.
Before coming to Saint Andrew’s, Pastor Lara served at Faith Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona for ten years. She is originally from Washington State. More about Pastor Forbes coming soon…..