Newsletter
March, 2021
"For this is what the Lord has commanded us: 'I have made you a light for
the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.'"  
Acts 13:47
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Rev. Andrew Nelson, Pastor
518/761-0917
sgfstandrew@live.com
www.saint-andrewonline.org
A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Since I was young, I have had a love for both the folk
singer/songwriter Pete Seeger and the American folk/rock group,
the Byrds. Their talents came together in a song that has remained a
favorite of mine:
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a
Season.)
 The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the book of
Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), as found in the 1611 King James
Version of the Bible, though the sequence of the words was
rearranged for the song:






To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap
that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to
build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to
dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain that which is to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep,
and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time
to speak;
A time of love, and a time of hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Life is a series of changes and ongoing seasons. Now my time with
Saint Andrew has come to an end.

This past year has been quite different than any of us could ever
have anticipated. But this church has graciously accepted the
constraints and limitations of the pandemic.  I am not, however,
without regrets. I am sorry that I did not get to know each of you on
an individual basis. I am sorry that we could not share more
fellowship and hospitality together. And I really missed the smell and
taste of freshly baked bread during our worship.










Thank you so very much for allowing me to share this past year with
you. It has been an honor and a privilege, and I am very blessed to
have been called to worship with you.




Yours in Christ,  
Pastor Jinney
The Rev. Jinney Vogel-Polizzi, Interim Pastor
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church








Souper Bowl Sunday

Held on February 7, 2021, this year's fundraiser
netted
$1,000!  A check for this amount will be sent to
ELCA World Hunger.  

A very special THANK YOU to
Anne Cinquemani and Paula Lomasney
who generously matched all member donations!







A Generous Gift!

In January of this year, Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
received a generous gift of
$5,000 from a former member!  

This gift helps us to continue our church mission --
especially our outreach to the local community.  

The recipient(s) of the tithing portion ($500) has
not yet been decided.







Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, March 14, 2021 -- after worship

The Annual Congregational Meeting usually held the second
Sunday of February has been postponed until
March 14, 2021.

The proposed budget is ready and the Council is reviewing
constitutional amendments made by the national church to be
presented to the congregation for approval.  

The
Annual Report and copies of the proposed constitutional
changes
are ready.  Anyone wanting the report for review prior
to the meeting can make arrangements to receive it.

Simply contact the church office through the church email at
sgfstandrew@live.com
or through Carole Glidden, Parish Coordinator, at
caroleg3642@outlook.com

Saint Andrew will offer a choice of attending this meeting either
IN PERSON in the sanctuary or via ZOOM.
For those choosing to attend IN PERSON, strict adherence to
the CDC guidelines will be observed.

For those choosing to attend via ZOOM -- sign in directions
appear on the CALENDAR page of this website and will also be
communicated via EMAIL.

Thank You, Pastor Jinney!
I am extremely excited that you have
selected
Pastor Andrew Tobias Nelson
to fill the permanent call for this church.
Andrew and I are good friends. I know him
to be compassionate, theologically astute,
and blessed with a great sense of humor.
You are in good, kind, and loving hands.
From the Saint Andrew
family to Pastor Jinny, a
BIG “THANK YOU!” We
will miss you! In what can
only be described as a
unique year, you have
walked this uncertain and,
at times, scary path with
us. You gave us strength,
guidance, and hope. You
started leading us
March
1, 2020
and found out
through fellowship how
much we all like to eat!
After only a couple of weeks, March 15th to be exact,
this thing called COVID-19 began to grow in its
intensity and caused all in-person worship to be
suspended.

But you were not deterred! You created a weekly
in-home worship service that kept us all connected in
faith and prayer.

When the weather allowed, we once again gathered
in-person for our first ever weekly parking lot services!
We even found a safe way to share communion.

Thanks to you, we are now ZOOMING our weekly
service to provide at least a virtual gathering.

We do not know where this year will lead, but we do
know that you have made this past one as special as
anyone could have. You are a great spirit with a
wonderful soul! We thank you and we will miss you. We
hope once we do get back to whatever the
new normal is, you will join us for the fellowship!







"As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of
your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope
you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ."
I Thessalonians 1:3
May God bless and keep you always, Pastor Jinney!
All our love and best wishes,
-- the congregation of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church