|A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”
It is this Easter Sunday text, a vision of disciples remade in the
mind of Christ, that all of our Sunday readings during Lent lead
The season of baptismal preparation provides a rich palette of
biblical texts in which the people of God both strive and fail to
live faithfully into the mind of Christ. The grace of God
provides a never-ending spring of encouragement.
We see Sunday by Sunday how complicated and difficult it is to
cultivate and live the sacrificial, servant mind of Christ.
One need not scratch too deeply beneath the surface of these
texts of baptismal preparation to find the living waters. In
these days of dry bones and lack of vision, God points us
toward the paschal mystery on the horizon and the saving
waters that await our renewal. God so loved the world that he
gave His only begotten Son. Our hope is encouraged in the
living waters, the waters of baptism.
Baptismal grace calls us out of the valley, out of the tomb, out
of that final resting place of desperation where our own ill-
conceived agendas have landed us. Sunday after Sunday, the
Jesus revealed in our Lenten readings stands before the tomb
of the assembly and calls us back to life. The Risen One stands
at the tomb of our defeated lives calling,
“Come out!” John 11:43
Today is a new day in which to “let the same mind be in you
that was in Christ Jesus.”
40 Days of Lent
The Social Ministries Team has chosen a “Giving” project for
our Lenten journey. We are encouraging everyone to make
this a daily walk rather than a one time donation.
Two organizations that we have supported in the past have
"wish lists" for daily household and personal care items.
WAIT House for homeless youth and Guardian House for
homeless female veterans have been chosen to be our Lenten
You will find two boxes in the narthex along with copies of the
"wish lists." Put the lists on your refrigerator, in your purse,
on your shopping list. Each time you purchase something for
yourself pick up an extra for the boxes.
May this effort enrich your Lenten journey and keep our less
fortunate brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
ELCA World Hunger Fundraisers
This year Saint Andrew had two fundraisers to support
ELCA World Hunger.
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, we held our "Paint and Sip"
event. We discovered many budding artists and raised
On Sunday, February 2, 2020, we had our Annual Souper Bowl
fund drive featuring a Homemade Soup Competition. We
enjoyed many delicious homemade soups and raised
Our Grand Total for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal was
Thanks to all who supported these two very
important fundraising events!
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Our 2020 Church Council
At our Annual Congregational Meeting, held on
Sunday, February 9, 2020, our congregation voted to fill one
vacancy on the Church Council. Cindy Fuller had faithfully
served two consecutive terms on the Council, a limit set by our
Church Constitution. A unanimous vote was given for
Ray Barrows as our new Council member!
A very warm WELCOME to Ray Barrows and
VERY BIG THANK YOU to Cindy Fuller!
Our Church Council lineup for 2020 is as follows: --
|Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
|"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.'"
|First row: Dorein Pascalides, Chris Hadsell, Lyn Chase;
Second row: John Joseph, Debra Grobe-Searles, Ruth
Irving, Mary Touart, Ray Barrows; absent: Donna Hartman
|Chris Hadsell, President
Dorein Pascalides, Vice-President
John Joseph, Treasurer
Donna Hartman, Financial Secretary
Ruth Irving, Recording Secretary
Our Mission Site Profile is about completed. When
completed it will be sent to the Synod for
approval and then Saint Andrew Lutheran Church will
have officially entered the Call Process. A Call
Committee will then be chosen by the congregation in
preparation for interviewing a pastoral candidate.
At this writing, our Church Council, the Synod, and
Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi --
are reviewing a contract that will hopefully be signed
by Sunday, February 23, 2020 for Rev. Virginia to
serve as our Interim Pastor for one year.
She will serve Saint Andrew Lutheran Church as we
continue through our Call Process.
As we proceed please watch for updates...
|Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi