St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Jesus Calls Us…Come and See! Come and Grow! Come and Serve!

Welcome!

We are glad you have found us!  St. Andrew is all about reaching people with God’s radical acceptance and grace in Jesus Christ to make lives whole.  The journey of faith begins by recognizing how Jesus calls us.
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A Christ-follower in the 4th century by the name of Augustine wrote, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”  In the restlessness of his heart, he heard the calling of Jesus.  You might know that same restlessness in your heart.  We know it too.

We have found rest in God and invite you to join our prayer day by day to:
  • See God more clearly in lives and all creation.  All are invited to come and see Jesus in our worship and hospitality.
  • Love God more dearly as followers.  Everyone is invited to come and grow in Jesus through our study and prayer groups. 
  • Follow God more nearly in acts of service.  All are invited to come and serve Jesus through WHO- Winter Hospitality Overflow, our Christian preschool, and Orchard’s Kids Club.

God’s dream for St. Andrew is our vision—

bringing healing and wholeness to lives and all creation.


 

God's love is always with you!

Join us for worship during this Advent season. 

Sundays of Advent— Worship is at 8:30 am and 11 am. This year, the remaining Sundays of Advent are December 9th, 16th and 24th. Our music and liturgy will change so we can better prepare for the coming of Jesus.

Midweek Advent Services—
Each Wednesday, beginning on December 5th, we worship in our sanctuary. Services are at noon and 7pm, with a soup supper beginning at 6pm. 

Christmas Pageant—The children of our congregation will present their pageant between services on December 16th.

Christmas Eve—We will have three services on Christmas Eve—join us!
6 pm—Carols and Candlelight Service for families
7:30 pm—Carols, Communion & Candlelight service
10 pm—Carols, Communion & Candlelight service Christmas Day—Take a break from the hubbub and celebrate with us.
 
Christmas Morning—Celebrate the birth of Christ with Carols and Communion at 10 am.
 

 

Enjoy the Sights & Sounds of the Season
 


 

Messy Church

Messy church is a family-style worship service that meets on the first Sunday of the month.  Through interactive activities, songs, prayers, and a kid-friendly, family-style meal, we’ll celebrate creativity, hospitality, and togetherness at this all-inclusive take on church. Our next time together is January 6th, 4-6 pm. 

"Messy Church can best be described like a once/month family inclusive VBS.15-minute Gathering activity,1 hour of 10+ craft/activity stations including a Godly Play story, and music with Sam, 15-minute casual worship experience and a ½-hour family-style dinner."
On December 2, we had close to 70 people attend Messy Church. The theme was Advent, so families enjoyed making crafts based around the Advent season such as Jingle Bell Sticks, wreaths, handprint (and Messy footprint) angels, and many more exciting stations! Dinner was a delicious spaghetti dinner. Thank you to the Worship & Music Ministry Team for planning a fun evening! Mark your calendars for our next Messy Church on January 6th, 4-6pm!
 

St. Andrew Welcomes Ashley Ryll, Director of Children, Youth, and Family
 

Ashley Ryll is from Centennial, CO, where she grew up attending an ELCA congregation. During that time, she was introduced to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp - an ELCA camp in the Rocky Mountain Synod - where she was a camper for 5 years. In 2016, Ashley joined the Rainbow Trail staff as a camp counselor, where she primarily worked with campers who attended the onsite program. Ashley returned to staff this past summer as a Travel Director, where she led teams of counselors to run day camps at churches within the synod. In college, Ashley also worked as Children Activities Support at a non-profit called The Matthews House, an organization that works with at-risk families and youth. Ashley is very excited to join the St. Andrew’s team and can’t wait to see how God works through this ministry! 
 

Mini-Retreats Focusing on Practices for Spiritual Transformation


People are looking for more. There is more to life than what many of us are experiencing. The more we are looking for is the transformation of our own lives by the power and presence of God. Jesus says it this way, “For what will it profit you if you gain the whole world but forfeit your own life? Or what will you give in return for your own life? (Mt. 16:26)”  An ancient church father from the 4th century said, “Our heart is restless until it rests in you (God).”   Spiritual practices are an invitation to enter more deeply into the process of spiritual transformation and choose life from that place. These mini-retreats are an opportunity to forge a connection between our souls and our day-to-day lives. Spiritual transformation is the process by which Christ is formed in us for the glory of God, the sake of others, and the abundance of our own lives.   The primary intent of teaching various ancient and modern spiritual practices is to create the right conditions for us to encounter God in the places where we need it most.  Lest we are tempted to view this as a glorified self-help project or an occasion for more activism, these practices embrace spiritual transformation as a process full of the mystery of God’s power to change lives.


 January Retreat - Examen


The daily Examen is a prayer which reflects on our recent past to (1) find God’s blessings as well as (2) to find those moments when things didn’t go well.  In this ancient spiritual practice we listen for God’s voice in both the blessings and when things didn’t go well so as to enlarge the blessings and resolve new ways to live tomorrow. The Examen mini-retreat will be held on January 19th from 9:30 am to 2 pm. The presenter is Pastor Jim and lunch is provided. Online registration is available on sidebar or you can call (360)892-7160

 

 

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  Reflecting Jesus’ calling, we, the community of St. Andrew, proclaim that the gifts of God are for all so we welcome… All abilities and disabilities, All believers and unbelievers, All races and ethnicities, All religions and creeds, All gender identities, All countries of origin, All sexual orientations, All immigrants and refugees, All economic levels, All spoken and signed languages, All…no exceptions!

 

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