Visitors and guests are especially welcomed at St. Andrew’s, and we look forward to greeting you and helping you feel comfortable.
The worship setting at St. Andrew’s is unique in that we literally gather “around Word and Sacrament” (a major Lutheran principle). Both the preaching spot and communion table sit at the very center of the room, with rows of seats facing in on four sides. This setting lends itself to the creation of a special sense of intimacy and community as we gather for worship. Here the Word is proclaimed from scripture, and the promises of that Word are personally extended to all in the Holy Communion meal.
Immediately following the service, we invite you to share in a time of conversation and refreshment in the fellowship hall.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CONFIRMATION
Sunday School is offered during the school year, from 3 year old children to adults. Both Biblical and Topical subjects are covered throughout the year.
Confirmation Class for students in Grades 6 through 8 meets on Sunday mornings during the school year. Students learn the fundamentals of the Biblical story, and the basics of Christian faith.
With the guidance of our Church in Society Committee, the children learn to care for people in our community and beyond by giving their monetary or in-kind offerings to various programs. Programs they have supported include: LifeMoves (homeless), Samaritan House (emergency homeless), and CORA (abuse prevention); God’s Global Barnyard, ELCA World Hunger, and ELCA Disaster Relief.
ST. ANDREW’S MIDWEEK CAMP
Midweek Camp is a two-mornings a week educational opportunity for children 3 and 4 years old. Classes rotate on an annual basis between children that are 3 and 4 years old. In September 2013 a new class began for children who were three years old by December 2013. Established in 1967, the camp does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, and other programs. Please contact the church office for more information. The Midweek Camp is eligible to receive Thrivent Choice DollarsSM from Thrivent for Lutherans members.
Koinonia means “fellowship” in Greek and these are small groups that meet once a month in the homes of members, with the goal of nurturing relationships with one another.
The Pieceful Quilters meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 9:30 a.m. Simple quilts/comforters are made for the homeless, each new family in the House Next Door project, high school graduates of the congregation, and any others in need. Sewing skills are not necessary. There is time for brown bag lunch and fellowship. All are welcome.
St Andrew’s Caring Committee welcomes all V.I.S.P. (very important special people) senior members, family or friends to share in the fellowship of quarterly Caring Communion Services and Luncheons. Each celebration begins with a brief communion service in the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. and is followed immediately by the luncheon, prepared and served by committee members in Meyer Hall. If you would like to join us, please contact the church office so that we may include you in our next gathering.
ST. ANDREW’S WOMEN OF THE ELCA (W-ELCA)
As part of the W-ELCA, St. Andrew’s has two “Circles,” which are small groups of women who get together in homes or at church for Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and refreshments. The Circles are Elizabeth Circle and Martha Circle. All women of the congregation are invited to participate.
St. Andrew’s is honored to have been a Teaching Parish site for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS). We are currently ineligible to serve at this time, but look forward to serving again in the future. Located in Berkeley, CA, PLTS prepares students for their life’s vocation of service and leadership.