The weekly eNews of Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue WA



September 9, 2020

Saint Andrew’s Calendar

Devotional Word…..


Holy God,

As this time of pandemic continues, so does life in ever more unexpected ways. We pray for all who are affected by the wildfires in our state – for the firefighters and first responders, for those who have to evacuate, and for those who have lost everything, especially the people in the town of Malden.

Be with all who are having to learn new ways of doing things, especially parents, teachers, and students. Grant them the resources they need – not just computers and a reliable Wi-Fi connection, but also patience and grace as they navigate these uncharted waters.

We ask these things trusting that you hear them, O God, and that you will answer. Amen.


Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…


September 13 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship with Holy Communion:

9:30 am – via LIVESTREAM only


Pastor Lara



Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35



· We livestream and record worship
Links and instructions to watch the livestreams (or recordings), to download bulletins, and suggestions for preparing for worship are at

· Children’s activity sheets were sent via email.

Please Note:

· Early Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ Patriarchs of Genesis
Sundays, September 13 through October 11, 8:15 am, via Zoom
Led by Kit Bowerman
In this five-week study of Genesis, we will delve into God’s chosen family, with all of its beauty and blemishes. See how this family has many similarities to our own, and how God loves us in spite of our faults. Sign up online to get the Zoom link.
September 13: Creation, Adam and Eve
September 20: Noah and the Ark
September 27: Abraham and Sarah
October 4: Jacob and Esau (the twins)
October 11: Joseph (the dreamer)

· Sunday Fellowship – online, 10:45 am, via Zoom
Connecting with One Another: Join us for fellowship! Bring your own coffee and treats and join the Saint Andrew’s Online Fellowship Hour after our livestream service. 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.
Sign up online no later than Saturday, September 12, so we can get the Zoom link emailed to you in time. Questions? Contact Sherry Grindeland,  or 425-746-2529.

· Affirmation of Baptism and Confirmation, 10:45 am, via Zoom
for youth in grades 7-8

The Affirmation of Baptism and Confirmation (ABC) class resumes this Sunday, from 10:45 am - 11:30 am, on Zoom, for Saint Andrew’s youth in grades 7 and 8. The ABC class prepares Saint Andrew’s youth to understand and affirm their faith.
The ABC teachers ask a parent from each family to attend this first class (September 13) with the youth, at which time Dana Nasby will welcome the youth, present an overview of the year, and introduce the teachers. A Zoom link will be sent directly to families.


News to Share…


Perk Up! Fair 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. 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 for more details.


Over the last few months, our congregation has committed to having conversations about several socially pertinent issues. This is good! As a Christian community, we are called to engage these topics and consider the ways God is at work in and through them. It is important, however, that we have these conversations with respect for the people with whom we are talking. When you discuss these (or any other) issues, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

Respectful Communication Guidelines

R = Take responsibility for what I say without blaming others

E = Use empathetic listening

S = Be sensitive to differences

P = Ponder what we say, think, and feel

E = Examine our own assumptions

C = Keep confidentiality

T = Trust the Spirit’s presence in the midst of ambiguity


A Few Ideas and Resources for Faith, Health, and Staying Connected


Reach out to say “Hi, how are you?” to at least one person every day this week. Connect in person (distanced of course!), by phone, email, text, social media, etc.


If you would like to chat with Pastor Lara, reach out to her at to set up a phone call.


Two Videos


Congregations for the Homeless Shelter Update:  Saint Andrew’s hosted Congregations for the Homeless Rotating Men’s Shelter from March-June. Congregation Council Vice President Carolynn Ferris and Facilities Manager Kurt Lutterman have recorded a video with impressions of the experience, impacts to our facility, the follow-up cleaning, and what future plans may be. Watch the video here


Outreach and Servant Ministries Update: 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 here


Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…


Altar Guild
Monday, September 14, 12:00 noon, via Zoom
The Altar Guild will be meeting online for our fall gathering. In addition to catching up with each other we will have a few quick discussions and updates on the plan for the remainder of the year. The invite and agenda will be sent out via email. If you’d like to join Altar Guild or are missing the meeting information please contact Altar Guild Chair Phillip Misner.


Please Update Your Household Contact Information
We will finalize an updated congregation directory next week. If your contact information (address/phone/email) has changed, please make sure we have your current information by Monday, September 14. Send updates to or phone the office, 425-746-2529.


Saint Andrew’s Men ~ Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 8:30 am, via Zoom
All men are invited as we continue to study racial equality/equity issues. We are currently viewing and discussing a series of courses from "ChurchNext", specifically “Whiteness and Racial Justice” with Kelly Brown Douglas. Email Dick Swaisgood for instructions on joining this online meeting.


Midweek Bible Study
Tuesdays, 10:00 am, via Zoom
Pastor Lara leads this midweek Bible study. Each week, we take an in-depth look at the upcoming Sunday readings. We will still meet via Zoom at 10:00 am, but Pastor Lara will “start” the meeting at 9:45 am so that you have time to check in with each other and get settled prior to our opening prayer.
Please sign up online.


O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints)
Tuesday, September 15, 11:45 am, via Zoom
Join us for the first online Older Wiser Lutheran Saints luncheon! Jean Wahlstrom will lead the program of Saint Andrew’s members who went to the Navajo Nation in March. They will share stories and photos of their experiences when they were at the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Arizona. No potluck dish needed, an you don’t need to be older or wiser to join this fun group. We will gather via Zoom at 11:45 am for conversation and check-in. The program will begin at 12:00 noon.
The Reservation deadline is 5:00 pm Monday, September 14. And reservations are a MUST for this O.W.L.S. gathering so we can email you the Zoom link. Sign up online. For more information, contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, or 425-746-2529.


Thursday, September 17, 1:00 pm, via Zoom
Knitting as Witnesses (KnitWits) will gather via Zoom to check in, share ideas, and connect with each other. Bring your knitting! Contact KnitWits coordinator Dianne Chong or Communications Specialist Susan Hegedus,, to get the Zoom link for this meeting.


All Church Work Day
Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, at Saint Andrew’s
Come enjoy some fellowship time with your Saint Andrew’s family, and help clean up and fix up the church! We will hold an All Church Work Day September 19. As always, there will be jobs for all ages and skills, and snacks! This time, jobs will be primarily focused on outdoor activities, and snacks will be served by masked and gloved servers. We ask that you also use a mask when you are around other people outside your household. Masks and sanitizer will be available.
Please sign up online ahead of time so we can plan for the number of people. Contact Facilities Manager Kurt Lutterman, or 425-746-2529, with questions.


Sunday Discipleship Hour Forum – How Lutherans Interpret the Bible
Sunday, September 20, 10:45 am, via Zoom
This is part of video series by Dr. Mark Allan Powell, a Lutheran pastor and Bible professor. This series invites exploration of important questions about Lutherans and the Bible, with presentation of a variety of Lutheran perspectives. This session is called “The Word of God”.
Sign up online no later than Saturday, September 19, so we can get the Zoom link emailed to you in time.


W.E.B.S. (Women’s Evening Book Study)
Wednesdays, 11:00 am, via Zoom
We are reading and discussing How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi. Email Cheryl Jurrus to get the link to join these Zoom discussions.


Book Study ~ How to be an Antiracist
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, via Zoom
Join in an effort to grow together in learning how we can better love and serve all people by reading How to be an Antiracist  by Ibram X Kendi.



Be sure to sign up ….

> for Sunday Fellowship - Online, September 13. Sign up online no later than Saturday, September 12.

> for Sunday Morning Bible Study of GENESIS, Sundays: September 13-October 11. Sign up online

> for the Altar Guild gathering on September 14. Contact Phillip Misner.

> for O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints) on September 15. Sign up online no later than Monday, September 14.

> for the KnitWits gathering on September 17. Contact Dianne Chong.

> for the All Church Work Day, September 19. Sign up online

> for Discipleship Hour Forum – How to Interpret the Bible on September 20. Sign up online no later than September 19.

> for Discipleship Hour Forum – Introduction to Reconciling in Christ on September 27. Sign up online no later than September 26.

> for Online Happy Hour, October 6. Sign up online.

> Men, for Saint Andrew’s Men, Tuesdays. Contact Dick Swaisgood.

> Women, for W.E.B.S. (Women’s “Early” Book Study), Wednesdays. Contact Cheryl Jurrus.

> for Book Study ~ How to Be an Antiracist, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Sign up online

> to pray in the Sanctuary. Sign up online

You may also contact Susan Hegedus, or 425-746-2529, to sign up for any of these activities.


Outreach Opportunities….

~  Visit organization websites for specific needs and opportunities.


~  Corner of Blessing: On-site collection of items will resume when we can gather again at church.


~  Make masks for Lutheran World Relief’s “75,000 more masks challenge” Note: Contact Cheryl Jurrus to make arrangements to ship masks to LWR.


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



Looking Ahead….

* Worship via Livestream only
Sundays, until further notice
Worship with Holy Communion, 9:30 am

* Sunday Morning Bible Study - Genesis, Sundays, September 13 – October 11, 8:15 am, online

* Sunday Fellowship - Online, Sunday, September 13, 10:45 am

* Affirmation of Baptism and Confirmation Class begins, Sunday, September 13, 10:45 am, online

* Altar Guild, September 14, 12:00 noon, online

* O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutheran Saints), September 15, 11:45 am, online

* KnitWits, September 17, 1:00 pm, online

* All Church Work Day, September 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

* Discipleship Hour Forums, online
How to Interpret the Bible, September 20, 10:45 am
Introduction to Reconciling in Christ, September 27, 10:45 am

* Parent Check-in and Social Hour, September 24, 6:00 pm, online

* All Youth Zoom Youth Group, September 30, 5:00 pm, online

* Online Happy Hour, October 6, 5:00 pm

* Youth Foot Golf, October 10

* Online Happy Hour, November 3, December 1, 5:00 pm, online




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