|A message from Pastor Joyce Fiore
September opens the harvest season. By now, the work has
been done for the planting of the community garden, the yard
sale is in the past, and many plans are being made for the
upcoming fall and winter season.
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church is approaching its 30-year
anniversary! The next several weeks will be full of meetings
and plans for confirmation studies to be completed; the
worship and music team will meet; conversation is going on
about a possible Memorial Garden, and so on.
I recently reconvened the Mutual Ministry Team of Saint
Andrew. This team is called for in our constitution to foster
good communications between the pastor, the staff, and our
Let me define the team and the way you may use it as a tool
for understanding the complexities of congregational life.
The Saint Andrew team members are Debra Grobe-Searles,
Ray Barrows, and Christopher Hadsell. They have agreed to
keep all your discussions with them confidential and are
willing to address any issues you may bring to them. So please
feel free to discuss any of your concerns and thoughts with
As your pastor, I want you to feel free to address issues
needing discussion either directly with me or through the team.
Nothing is more destructive to a congregation than hidden
worries and concerns.
I pray you will use this team as one path toward understanding
• To strengthen the mutual ministry of the congregation and
the staff through listening and clarifying, sharing and
communicating, reviewing and reflecting.
• To care for staff by conferring, supporting, and providing
counsel to the staff in order to facilitate effective relationships
among themselves and congregational members.
• To advise staff as they test their understandings of
congregational and community needs and ministry
opportunities, including interpretation of congregational and
community history, values, etc.
• To interpret to the congregation the various duties and
priorities of the staff.
• To reflect with the staff in their self-evaluation, continuing
education interests, and ramifications of ministry reviews,
goals and priorities.
• To advocate on behalf of the staff in matters of work
priorities and work load, benefits, administrative help, etc.
• To commit to ongoing prayer support for one another.
• To enhance healthy communication between staff and
congregation through mutual counsel, support, and feedback.
• To celebrate milestones, events, successes, etc., with the
• To identify and to help address early warning signs of
misunderstandings within the congregation and staff.
• To reflect on the mutual ministry of this unique combination
of church staff and people, that the mission and ministry may
be strengthened to resolution.
"If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and
shame." Proverbs 18:13
Saint Andrew Welcomes a New Member
Jill Trombley holding grandson, David
On Sunday, August 11, 2019, Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
welcomed a new member to our congregation --
“...that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you
are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may
have the power to comprehend...and to know the love of Christ
that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the
fullness of God.” -- Ephesians 3:17-19
A WARM SAINT ANDREW WELCOME, JILL!
And may God bless you always!
Movie Night and Potluck Supper
Saturday, September 28, 4:00 PM --
"Beautiful Boy" (2018)
(2 Hours -- Rated R)
Addiction is a tricky phenomenon to depict on screen because
it’s such an insidious, internal disease. What often ends up
happening is that we see the same sorts of manifestations of
the damage it can cause, both to the abuser and to the people
who love that person, resulting in cinematic clichés.
Director and co-writer Felix Van Groeningen mostly avoids
those familiar horrors by, instead, depicting one young man’s
struggles with methamphetamine as a series of sun-dappled,
His father’s efforts to pull him away from the brink -- over and
over again, with increasingly fruitless results -- provides some
semblance of a stable throughline.
Potluck Supper following the movie!
Worship in our Community Garden
On Sunday, July 28, 2019, we began worship in our
Community Garden asking God for a bountiful harvest --
followed by erecting a cross in memory of
our Founding Pastor, Rev. Richard Rieger
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:00 AM --
Anna Sample will be offering a Flu Shot Clinic after
worship services at Saint Andrew.
Anna is a pharmacist and a fully certified immunizer and is
HIPPA compliant and all materials will be disposed of in
She will need the following information given to her via
email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the church: --
Anna would like to have a head count by Sunday, September 1,
2019 so she can order enough vaccines...but she can still take
requests until Thursday, September 12, 2019.
Thank you, Anna, for your generous service to
Saint Andrew Choir Rally
Sunday, September 8, 2019 -- 9:00 AM --
The first choir rehearsal for the fall season will
begin at 9:00 AM in conjunction with
"God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday."
Reading music is not a requirement for membership in the
choir. If you can carry a tune you can sing with us!
We rehearse every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM before
We also have two special choir events every year, our
Christmas choir and Easter choir. You may wish to just sing
for these events as your schedule allows.
Gary D. Glidden, Choir Director
|Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Joyce Fiore, Pastor
|"For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I have placed you as a light for the
Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.'" Acts 13:47