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June 2, 2021

Saint Andrew’s Calendar



God, our creator, thank you for the gift of green and growing things. Thank you for the sunrises and sunsets, for showing up when we least expect you, for making us gasp at the beauty of your creation and your people. Thank you for community, for fellowship, and for friendship. Thank you for sending your Spirit among us and not leaving us alone; thank you for your presence in our lives. Amen.

~Adapted from a prayer by Rev. Alicia Hager


Sunday at Saint Andrew’s…


June 6 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

Worship with Holy Communion:

9:30 am via ZOOM


Pastor Lara



Hebrews 11:1-3



· This Sunday is our Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation Service.
· Worship is via Zoom instead of on YouTube. There is no need to sign up for the worship service; the Zoom link for worship will be emailed to the congregation tomorrow.
· The link to the bulletin will be at
· Please pray for our confirmands - Adam, Caden, Andrew, Elisabeth, Quinlan, Alexandra, Vincent, Sonja, and Maia - as they prepare their hearts for this step in their faith journey.
· Children’s activity sheets were sent via email.

Please Note:



Early Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ Galatians, 8:15 am, via Zoom
through June 27
Led by Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen
These are open discussion gatherings and all are welcome!
Sign up online to get the Zoom link.


Sunday Discipleship Hour ~ Fellowship, 10:45 am, via Zoom
Facilitator: Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland
Join us for a time to simply chat with Saint Andrew’s friends.

Recordings of past Forums can be found on our Discipleship Hour webpage. Scroll to “Discipleship Hour Recordings”.


News to Share…


From the Racial Justice Group ~ June
DID YOU KNOW?......... You can watch short videos (3 to 10 minutes) that are entertaining, enlightening, and thought-provoking about Racism called “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”?  Emmanuel Acho is a former professional football player and broadcaster who has produced some videos which answer questions about racism as he dialogues with guests in short episodes.  He is also the author of the book Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man:
Find out more on our Racial Justice webpage. Contact Dick Swaisgood or Manda Schoen for more information.


Sharing God’s Generosity
Our focus this year is generosity, a celebration of a generous God and our response as God’s people. We continue with monthly Generosity Lessons that families can share at home together. Find the JUNE 2021 lesson on our Stewardship webpage


Masks for Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is no longer collecting face masks. Masks were distributed by LWR to shelters for hurricane survivors in Honduras and Guatemala, slums in Haiti, displacement camps of Mali, displaced persons and at-risk communities in the country of Georgia, and refugees and asylum seekers in Angola. LWR thanks everyone for responding to the call for masks!


Coming Up @ Saint Andrew’s…


Tiny Home Building Project
On Saturday, June 5, Saint Andrew’s volunteers will help build a “tiny home” in partnership with Sound Foundations NW. Please keep our volunteers in prayer as spend this day in service with their hearts and hands.


Diaper Derby ends June 5
Saint Andrew’s is supporting families by taking part in Eastside Baby Corner’s (EBC) Diaper Derby, a competitive fun race to collect diapers and wipes for babies living in poverty or crisis. Purchases and monetary donations are given points for our “horse”, named “Amazing Andrew”.
Donate diapers or wipes at
Donate money at
Be sure to note “Amazing Andrew” or “Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church” on your donation. The Derby ends June 5. For more information, contact Marlyn Thorpe.
Fact for the week: One in three families in the U.S. struggle with diaper need.


Office Reopens June 7
Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The church office will be open limited hours on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning Monday, June 7. Masks are required when in the building, and physical distancing will be observed. Masks and hand sanitizer are available.
If you want to see a specific staff member, please check to make sure they will be on-site during open hours, or make an appointment.


Dorcas Circle
Tuesday, June 8, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon, 302/Fellowship Hall South
Dorcas Circle will meet to assemble and sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief. You can also help by cutting quilt squares and/or sewing quilts at home. Please contact Linda Willenberg if you would like to attend the June 8 Dorcas Circle meeting or if you would like to drop off quilt squares or quilt tops, or pick up fabric.
Flat Sheets Needed:  Dorcas needs flat sheets in good condition to use for quilts. Sheets can be brought to church or contact Linda Willenberg to arrange to have them picked up.


Midweek Bible Study
Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 am, via Zoom
Pastor Lara leads this midweek Bible study. Please note: June 8 is our final meeting before taking a summer break.


Parent Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, June 8, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm, via Zoom
Parents of youth age birth through grade 12, join our monthly Zoom meeting, simply a space to come together and support each other. No pressure. Come late, leave early, or stay the whole time. Zoom information will be sent out via email. Questions, please reach out to Doug Johnson, or 425-746-2529.


Summer 2022 High School Trip Information Meeting
Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 pm, via Zoom
We will be meeting to discuss the summer trip for 2022, especially around the possibility of going to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which will take place July 24-28, 2022. If you are interested in attending the Gathering at all, please plan on being at this Zoom meeting. The Gathering will be open to all youth that will be in 8th through 12th grades during the 2021-2022 school year.
Sign up online to attend the meeting. Questions? Reach out to Doug Johnson, or 425-746-2529.


Thursday Prayer Circle
Thursdays, June 10, July 8, August 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, Immanuel Lutheran, 1215 Thomas Street, Seattle
Thursdays, June 24, July 22, August 19, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Saint Andrew’s
This summer, we are developing new relationships with our siblings in Christ by gathering for prayer with Immanuel Lutheran Church of Seattle. You are welcome to arrive late or leave early, as your schedule permits. We will follow all safety protocols. Masks will be required and provided if needed.
Contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, or 425-746-2429, if you would like to ride in the church van to Immanuael.


KnitWits (Knitting as Witnesses):
Thursday, June 10, 1:00 pm, via Zoom
KnitWits will gather via Zoom to check in, share ideas, and connect with each other. Contact KnitWits coordinator Dianne Chong to get the Zoom link for this meeting.


Family Picnic in the Park
Saturday, June 12, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Robinswood Park
For everyone! 
One Saturday a month this summer families are invited to come to Robinswood Park for a time to gather together and play games. Please bring your own chairs/blanket, food and drink, and any outdoor games to share. For those who are interested, we will meet in the church parking lot prior to 11:00 am to walk to the park. No need to sign-up, just show up and share the fun! For more information, contact Doug Johnson, or 425-746-2529.


Reflecting and Brainstorming Youth Ministry
Sunday, June 13, 10:45 am, via Zoom
As we end the program year here at Saint Andrew’s, Director of Youth and Family Ministries Doug Johnson wants to hear back from youth and families about how the year went, and about what their hopes are for the coming year. The Zoom link will be emailed out to all families with 6-12 grade youth


Sunday Discipleship Forum ~ Bellevue Chief of Police Steve Mylett
Sunday, June 13, 10:45 am, via Zoom
Community policing, ending racial profiling, and de-escalation have filled news stories for a year. But where does Bellevue stand on these issues? Find out at this forum when Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett will be our guest speaker.
Sign up online no later than Saturday, June 12.



Be sure to sign up ….

> for Sunday Discipleship Hour Forums:
Sign up online no later than the day before the Forum

> for Sunday Morning Bible Studies

> families with youth currently in grades 7-11, to attend the Summer 2022 High School Trip Information Meeting, June 9

> for Happy (Online) Hour, July 6

> youth in grades 6-12 and adult volunteers, for the youth tiny home build project, week of July 26

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

> for Midweek Bible Study on Tuesdays.

> to pray in the Sanctuary.

> to provide Sunday flowers in 2021 (sign up is now available for the rest of 2021)


> Families, please complete and return an updated Youth Registration for 2020-2021

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.


~ Donate diapers, wipes, or money during the Eastside Baby Corner’s Diaper Derby, through June 5


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



Looking Ahead….

* Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation Sunday, June 6, during the 9:30 am worship service (worship will be via Zoom; no sign-up is necessary)

* Graduate Recognition Sunday, June 13, during the 9:30 am livestream worship service

* Thursday Prayer Circle at Saint Andrew’s
June 24, July 22, August 19, 6:30 pm

* Dorcas Circle, July 6, 9:30 am

* Happy (Online) Hour, July 6, 5:00 pm, online

* Thursday Prayer Circle at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle
July 8, August 5, 11:00 am



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