|A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
"From the wilderness the whole congregation of the Israelites
journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded." Exodus 17:1
"Thomas said to Jesus, 'Lord we do not know where you are
going. How can we know the way?' Jesus said to him,
'I am the way, and the truth, and the life.'”
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Globally, churches, synagogues, and temples are grappling with
how best to move forward with the gradual process of safely
regathering in our places of worship. During the most recent
Council Meeting of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, an ad hoc
subcommittee was created. This committee will focus on
developing a proposal of plans, processes, and a timeline for
returning to worship together.
There are numerous issues to be considered, including offering
outside worship opportunities, following state mandated
reporting protocols, plans to ensure safe distancing, cleaning
processes to be put in place, methods for safely offering
communion, insurance considerations, etc. As plans are
developed and approved by the Council, you will be kept fully
Throughout this process, we will be guided by the principles,
suggestions, and parameters offered by the ELCA, our synod,
our bishop, and the counsel of our elected and public health
officials. The process will reflect the specific context of our
church and our congregation.
And throughout, we will keep in mind the words of Saint Paul
who said, “'All things are lawful,’ but not all things are
beneficial.” I Corinthians 10:23. In every situation we must
be guided not just by what is permissible, but by what will best
safeguard the well-being of all God’s people.
Every congregation has been affected by grief and trauma in
this pandemic. Every congregation has also experienced new
ways of being Church. That “wonderful and sacred mystery,”
the Church, has indeed seen surprising ways in which things
which had grown old are being made new. Being made new, of
course, is not the same as “returning to normal.” In fact, we
will be called forward to something different – just as
Christians have always been.
This pandemic demands that we be distanced physically, but we
remain deeply connected and responsible to one another
socially and spiritually. We continue to be church despite any
mandated restrictions. And we continue to love one another.
May God guide us as we move forward with our plans to once
again gather together only when we can be sure of providing
an optimally safe environment for even the most vulnerable
Yours in Christ, Pastor Jinney
The Rev. Jinney Vogel-Polizzi, Interim Pastor
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
"Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of
old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you
not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers
in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19
Our NEW Saint Andrew Entry and Ramp
The decking is Trex Composite Decking. A completely new
hand rail system will be installed to meet the latest ADA
(Americans with Disabilities Act) code.
When we do return it will be a nice "welcome back!"
A BIG THANK YOU to all who are making this wonderful
Saint Andrew Social Ministries
Earlier this year Saint Andrew received a generous gift from a
former member. At their June meeting, our Council decided
on the recipients of the tithing portion ($1,000).
Family Service of Glens Falls received $500 to help with their
program of financial assistance for rent and prescriptions to
those who, especially at this time, find themselves in need.
Our Lenten project for WAIT House (servicing homeless
youths) in Glens Falls and Guardian House (servicing homeless
female veterans) in Ballston Spa collected many personal care
items for these two organizations. Our Social Ministry team
recently delivered several boxes of these items and also a
check for $250 to each organization from the remainder of
the tithing amount.
Community Garden Update
Things are growing in our Saint Andrew Community Garden
under the care of our gardeners!
Again this year we have a bed dedicated to WAIT House which
offers shelter and other services to homeless youths.
Gary Hartman tends this bed and delivers the fresh produce
along with surplus from his own bed.
It is amazing to see what variety of vegetables and flowers are
growing! Please stop by when you can!
Annual Garage Sale Update
Also growing are our donations for our Garage Sale that is
planned for Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2020.
Some of you have been busy during this time gathering
donations and holding them until August.
Please contact Carole Glidden, Parish Coordinator,
if you have items to donate:
email -- Carole Glidden
|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.'"