St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Jesus Calls Us…Come and See! Come and Grow! Come and Serve!


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

8:30 am and 11 am.



St Andrew Lutheran Church - Vancouver WA

Pastor James Stender

It is with great sorrow and regret that we share the sad news that Pastor Stender passed away from a heart attack on  February 7, 2019. It is hard to put into words the shock and sorrow that we all feel, as Pastor Jim was our rock and spiritual leader at St. Andrew. We at St. Andrew mourn with the Stender family in this time of great loss and heartbreak. Please pray for comfort and guidance for the Stenders as we remember the words of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Andrew on February 23rd, 1pm.

This will be well attended and we recommend carpooling. Additional parking is available at Sportsman's Warehouse. There will be a memorial offering at Pastor Jim’s Celebration of Life Service. At the request of the Stender family, donations will support and guide St. Andrew’s vision goals of Spiritual Transformation, Youth & Family Faith Formation, and Ending Homelessness. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Pastor Jim to St. Andrew Lutheran Church 5607 NE Gher Road, Vancouver WA 98662

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-2


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.

February Mini-Retreat: God's Hospitality...The People Factor

You are invited to: Explore God’s call to “welcome one another”.  Experience techniques,styles and approaches for relating to guests. Discover the blessings of becoming a community that warmly welcomes all. Join Us The Hospitality mini-retreat will be held on the 2nd of March, from 9:15 am to 2 pm. The presenters are Lloyd & Jan Allen. Coffee, snacks & lunch are provided. Please register at

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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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