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December 04, 2019

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word…..


Historian Martin Marty reminds us that Advent is as much a season of the heart as it is a season of nature. Musical scholar Brian Wren invites us into the deeper truth of our hearts in this paraphrase of his Advent prayer: We Rejoice and Exult.

Living and Loving God,
we praise and adore you
for calling us out of our hiding,
accepting us in Jesus,
forgiving our sin,
and setting us free.

With body, mind, heart and voice
we rejoice and exult
that you are who you are,
for ever and ever. Amen.

May we all rejoice in God’s gracious love and may we respond to God’s love with generous hearts, hands and habits.

Your partner in Christ,
Pastor Red Burchfield


Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…


December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent

Worship with Holy Communion:

8:30 am and 11:00 am


Pastor Burchfield



Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12


· Special worship music at both services: Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir
· Commissioning of Congregational Care Teams at both services: Healing Prayer Ministers, Visitation Team, and Congregational Eucharistic Ministers

Discipleship Hour:

9:45 am


· “Homelessness: A Challenge and Opportunity” with Karina Wiggins, Senior Director of Homeless Youth Services at Friends of Youth, 301/Fellowship Hall North
· “Bible Study: Birth Narratives” with Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen, 322/Conference Room
· KnitWits, Room 121

Visit our Sunday Morning Discipleship webpage for a description of each class and links to video and audio recordings of classes.


· Sunday Church School: for children age 2 through grade 4 – classes are downstairs in South Hall
· Pre-ABC (Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation): for youth in grades 5-6 meet in Room 117
· Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation: for youth in grades 7-8 meet 321/Youth Room
· CrossWalk: for youth in grades 9-12 - meet in 319/Youth Room (the couch side)

Please Note:

· Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate for sale, between services, Narthex
· Children’s Choir Rehearsal, 3:00 pm, 215/Music Room
Contact Children’s Choir Director Erin Simpson for more information.
· Uniforms for MGLSS Students, Narthex
Each Christmas we are asked to assist in outfitting the new students at MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School in Tanzania with the mandatory uniform that all must wear. A $50 donation pays for one student and will meet their needs for two years. Please see the display in the Narthex and follow the instructions.
· Sox Box, Narthex
Donate socks and warm hats for Compass Housing Alliance.

Love Tree, Narthex
Return your unwrapped gifts, with their tags, no later than this Sunday, December 8, as gifts are delivered to the agencies next week.


News to Share…


Call Committee
Status –The Call Committee has unanimously recommended a Candidate of Choice to be considered by the congregation for Lead Pastor. Our Candidate will be in introduced to the congregation at receptions in Fellowship Hall on
Friday, December 6, at 7:00 pm, (a light supper will be available at 6:00 pm) and
Saturday, December 7, at 10:00 am.
Both receptions will begin promptly to allow time for an introduction, short devotion, and conversations with our Candidate at each table.

A special congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 10:45 am (follows ONE 9:30 am worship service) for the congregation to vote on calling the Candidate as Lead Pastor.

The Call Committee (Marc Bateman, Bill Brueggemann, Dianne Chong, Mary Davis, Stephanie Page-Lester, and Linda Powell) thanks the congregation for your patience and prayers during this process.


Our Stewardship Emphasis is “Blessed to Serve”, and gives us an opportunity to reflect on God’s free gift of grace and to experience the blessing that comes to us as we share our gifts with generous hearts, generous hands, and generous habits. Learn more….
Thank you to all who have submitted your 2020 financial commitments. As of today, we have received 128 pledges for $588,404. Pledges are welcome and help us budget more accurately. Commitment/Pledge cards are in the Narthex. You can also submit your confidential pledge online at


Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…


Advent Mid-week Worship
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18
Soup Supper, 6:00 pm, 301/Fellowship Hall North
Holden Evening Prayer Worship, 7:00 pm, 302/Fellowship Hall South
Thank you to the God Squad and Fire Force Youth for providing the supper on December 4, and to the Hospitality Team for providing supper on December 11.


Navajo Mission Team Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 10:30 am, 322/Conference Room
Anyone interested in serving at the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission and School, March 15-21, 2020 at Rock Point, Arizona is invited to attend this meeting! Whether you are curious or committed or in between, please join us to find out more about this trip. For more information, contact Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen.


Meet Our Pastoral Candidate
The Call Committee is eager for you to meet our Candidate of Choice at one of these receptions:

Friday, December 6
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Light supper will be available
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Introduction; short devotion; conversations at tables

Saturday, December 7
10:00 am - 11:30 am: Introduction; short devotion; conversations at tables


Word for the Week Bible Study
Wednesdays, 10:00 am, 322/Conference Room
Pastor Burchfield leads this weekly text study. For December 11 the readings are Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11.


Rehearsal: Saturday, December 14, 10:00 am, Sanctuary
If you play an instrument, join us for Advent and Christmas Carols by playing in the Orchestra during worship on Sunday, December 15!
Please contact Director of Music Ministries Will Simpson, or 425-746-2529, for further information.


Adult Bible Study: Birth Narratives
Sunday, December 15, 8:15 am, 322/Conference Room
As part of our Advent preparations, Marvin Kananen and Jean Wahlstrom will help us explore the comparison of the Birth Narratives of Jesus as found in Matthew and Luke. The first class is on Sunday, December 8, at 9:45 am. The second class on December 15 is at 8:15 am.
All are welcome.


Worship on December 15
Please note that there is ONE worship service, at 9:30 am, on Sunday, December 15.


Special Congregation Meeting
Sunday, December 15, 10:45 am, 301/Fellowship Hall
This special congregation meeting has been called to address the following: 
(1) to consider calling our Candidate of Choice as Lead Pastor at Saint Andrew’s, and
(2) to approve the compensation package proposed by Congregation Council.
Please contact Congregation Council President Art Gurtel for more information.


Gingerbread House Decorating
Sunday, December 15, following the Special Congregation Meeting, 301/Fellowship Hall
Our annual Gingerbread House Decorating party is for everyone! We will enjoy lunch and decorate gingerbread houses. The event will follow the Special Congregation Meeting, so instead of a potluck lunch, we are offering the option of enjoying Chipotle Catering for lunch. PLEASE sign up in the Narthex or online no later than Sunday, December 8, so we know how many gingerbread houses and how much food to purchase.
On December 15, please bring $10 for the gingerbread house, plus - optionally - candy to decorate and a dessert to share.  If you opt to participate in lunch, the cost is an additional $10 per person ($5 for 1/2 portions for kids or light eaters.)


Children’s Christmas Program
Sunday, December 15, 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm (to assign parts)
Saturday, December 21, 9:00 am (dress rehearsal)
Children and youth are needed for the annual Christmas program at the one 9:30 am worship service on Sunday, December 22.
No acting experience needed. Parents needed to help too! Sign up in the Narthex or online. Questions: Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, or 425-746-2529.


Children’s Choir
Final Rehearsal: December 15, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sing during the one 9:30 am worship service on December 22,
Calling all students in kindergarten through middle school! You are invited to join us for Children’s Choir! This is a great opportunity for you to be a very important part of worship. Contact Children’s Choir Director Erin Simpson for more information or to let her know of your interest.


Concert: Bells of the Sound
Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary
It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without your favorite classic songs, but if you’re also craving fresh new melodies to get you into the holiday spirit, then you are in for a treat!  Join Bells of the Sound for `Christmas Past and Present` and allow yourself to be swept away listening to both the songs you know and love and new soon-to-be favorites!
All Saint Andrew’s concerts are FREE and open to all. Invite a friend or two!



Be sure to sign up ….

> youth in kindergarten-grade 8, to sing in the Children’s Choir. Contact Children’s Choir Director Erin Simpson.

> to play in the orchestra during worship on December 15. Contact Director of Music Ministries Dr. Will Simpson.

> for Gingerbread House Decorating on December 15. Sign up in the Narthex or online.

> youth, to participate in the Children’s Christmas Program on December 22. Sign up in the Narthex or online or contact Sherry Grindeland.

> youth, to play a piece as part of the Prelude music on Christmas Eve. Contact Director of Music Ministries Dr. Will Simpson

> to indicate your willingness to be considered for the 2020 Congregation Council ballot. Submit a form online.

> to bake Communion Bread. Contact Jill Nichols-Hicks for more information.

> complete your family’s 2019-2020 Youth Registration Form



Outreach Opportunities….

~  Corner of Blessing: In December, we are collecting canned fruit

~  Donate Socks and Warm Hats for Compass Housing Alliance

~  Love Tree provides holiday gifts for those in our community

~  Uniforms for MGLSS Students provides uniforms for students in Tanzania


~   Visit our Outreach and Servant Ministries webpage for more opportunities to serve.



Looking Ahead….

* Dorcas Circle, December 3, 9:30 am

* Advent Mid-week Worship, December 4, 11, and 18,
Soup Supper, 6:00 pm
Worship, 7:00 pm

* Pastor Meet-and-Greet Reception, December 6, 7:00 pm

* Pastor Meet-and-Greet Reception, December 7, 10:00 am

* December 15
One worship service, 9:30 am
Special Congregation Meeting to Consider Extending a Call, 10:45 am

* Gingerbread House Decorating Party, December 15, 12:15 pm

* Concert: Bells of the Sound, December 15, 4:00 pm

* O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), December 17, 11:45 am

* Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
One worship service with Holy Communion, 9:30 am
Children’s Christmas Program during worship
Special Worship Music: Children’s Choir

* God Squad/Fire Force Christmas Party, December 22, 10:45 am

* Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve, December 24,
Family Worship (no Holy Communion), 4:00 pm
Worship with Holy Communion, 7:30 pm

* First Sunday of Christmas, December 29
One worship service with Holy Communion, 9:30 am
No Discipleship Hour

* Dorcas Circle, January 7, 9:30 am

* W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study) Winter Session, Wednesdays, January 8 – February 19, 1:00 pm



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