Weekly News

Download pdf to print here:  Weekly News and Schedule, April 30-May 7

Download pdf of the Sunday Bulletin: 2017-04-30-3Eastr-A-Euc2-P3

WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW’S … As the people of St. Andrew’s we acknowledge our gratefulness for the unexpected grace of God displayed in Jesus Christ. We look forward to the ways a diverse congregation can teach us more about the manifold love of God.  Therefore, we commit to loving others as Christ loves us, welcoming all without reservation, without question, without judgment, without restriction. We are committed to answering the call of the Holy Spirit, being a community of unexpected grace, and actively seeking reconciliation with those we have previously rejected.  We repent of the ways we have said to others, “I have no need of you,” and we commit to an ever-deepening faithfulness to embody God’s welcome to everyone.
In particular, we strive to be a community of reconciliation where diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexuality, gender identity, political views, economic condition, mental ability, and physical ability are present and all are fully involved in the ministry of Christ we share together.

WE ASK THE CHURCH FAMILY TO PRAY for the Diocese of Nandyal (South India).

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the Glory of God and in honor of my sister, Lynne Perrin’s 74th birthday by Nancy Winkler; given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Sara and Paxton Morrow, grandparents of Ashley McCormick-TerBeek.

PRAY FOR Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop; Whayne Hougland, Bishop of Western Michigan; for our partner dioceses and their bishops, Wendell Gibbs, Bishop of Michigan; Todd Ousley, Bishop of Eastern Michigan; Rayford Ray, Bishop of Northern Michigan; Julio Holguin, Bishop of the Dominican Republic; Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Craig Satterlee, Bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); Holy Trinity Church, Manistee – Susan Lund Coyle, Sr. Warden; Deacons’ Retreat – May 5 & 6.


LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available on the ledge behind the organist.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG & new life has begun and so will our parish garden!! Please join us for planting anew on Sunday May 21 following the 10am liturgy.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION– Is it for you? If you have wondered what it is about and whether you should try it, here is a chance.  Cindy Nawrocki is a Spiritual Director, trained through the Dominican Center. If you would like to meet to discuss the possibilities, call her at 644-4688 or email at rocki@att.net.

WORSHIP CENTER Resurrection Story – The Great Commission
After a review of the previous Resurrection stories, the children were presented with the story of Jesus’ last appearance to his friends at his Ascension.  He instructs them to go out into all the world and tell all that they had seen and heard and to teach others what he had taught them so that they may believe.  Ask your child, “What would you say to others about Jesus to help them believe?”

SPARK –  The Road to Emmaus – Lesson Focus: Jesus walks with us.
The story of the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus tells of Jesus appearing to his friends, but they don’t recognize him right away.  After they invite him to spend the night with them, it takes the breaking and blessing of bread, just as he did at the Last Supper, for them to realize that it’s him and they finally believe it’s him!  This story helps us to realize that Jesus walks with us wherever we go.
May 21: Kids in Liturgy

Kids from the Worship Center room and Spark can volunteer for serving in this liturgy.
June 19-22: Splash! VBS/VBX
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, corner of Four Mile and the East Beltline.


Celebrating the activity of God in our midst, Access strengthens and develops wholistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration.

Access of West Michigan began 1981 in response to federal government cutbacks for social services programs. In 1990 Access began coordinating the Kent County Pantry Network so that there would be quicker response time for people in need of food.  Access convened the 100 Kent County pantries and created a system where people could access food assistance in their nearest neighborhood, maximizing resources and minimizing waste.

Since then, Access has been on the forefront of hunger relief and community development with food work by presenting best practices and evidence-based programs that have addressed poverty.

Access is currently listed as the number one recognized and used congregation-service organization in our county. We provide basic needs to congregations, other organizations, and to our community partners across sectors. Over the past 35 years our impact has recognizably grown, and continues to grow across statewide and national networks.


“Giving out of Poverty”

North End Community Ministry (NECM) holds their annual fundraising dinner/live & silent auction & program on Saturday, May 13.  Please join us as we respond to our Lord Jesus’ call in “Giving out of Poverty”.  Doors open at 5pm with Appetizers and Silent Auction.  6pm: Dinner/Program and Live Auction take place.  Third Reformed Church at 2060 Michigan St. NE is the location. $15 per person at the door or rsvp to NECM at necm77@aol.com or 454-1097.  Questions? Call Deacon Cindy at 644-4688.

HUNGER WALK – The ACCESS of West Michigan Hunger Walk is Sunday, May 7 and St. Andrew’s has a long tradition of supporting this event which raises money to fight hunger in our community. The funds raised help provide micro-grants to local and international agencies working to create sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. Our own Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth will once again be leading St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s participation this year. We need parishioners to join our team by donating and/or walking. There will be a table up during coffee hour the next few Sundays where you can donate and/or sign up to walk. You can also google Access of West Michigan Hunger Walk and donate or join our team-Grand Rapids Episcopal Youth – online. The actual event will take place at Park Church downtown beginning at 1:30, with the walk starting at 2:15. We’ll have lunch at church prior to the event.

Need to have some spring cleaning done? Call Howie D’s.  Howie D’s is a house washing and window cleaning services owned by Keith and Calvin Baker.  Howie D’s specialize in exterior house washing, screen cleaning, and exterior/interior window washing. We offer free estimates and low affordable prices. Any member of St. Andrew’s who uses Howie D’s services, Howie D’s will donate 10% of the cost to Thirsting to Service Outreach.  Call (616) 719-8458 to schedule an estimate.  Or catch Keith and Calvin after the service.

Gentle Yoga – Join us every Tuesday from 6-7 pm thru the end of May.  Come as you are. The class is drop-in on a donation basis, with a suggested donation of $5 per class.

USHERS – We continue to be in dire need of ushers for the 10:00am service as our membership has dropped to 5. Men, women, husband and wife teams, all are welcome to join us in this important ministry. If you are willing to serve or would like more information about the Usher committee, please contact Jerry Skar – 616-340-4649, or by email – jaskar04@comcast.net, or any of the members of the Usher committee.

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES:  Welcome Bread Providers, Sunday Morning Goodies Providers and Monthly Caring Card writers/senders are greatly desired.  Please let Kathy know in the office of your interest.  Thank you.

SUNDAY MORNING FOR ADULTS – Sunday morning adult forum is studying the New Testament.  The video we will be using will be part of the Great Courses Series.  Join us in the lounge at 9:00am.


CALENDAR: APRIL 30 – MAY 7, 2017


8:00pm           Holy Eucharist

9:00am           Adult Forum

10:00am           Holy Eucharist

11:30am           Daughters of the King

12:30pm           St. Raphael’s

5:30pm           NA Potluck


7:00pm           OA


9:30am           Staff

1:15pm           Clericus

4:30pm           Standing Committee

6:00pm           Gentle Yoga


9:00am            Holy Eucharist


8:00am            Men’s Group – breakfast at Cheers

6:45pm            Contemplative Prayer

7:00pm            OA

7:00pm            Choir



9:00am           SAA Support Group

5:30pm           Holy Eucharist


8:00pm           Holy Eucharist

9:00am           Adult Forum

10:00am           Holy Eucharist

12:30pm           St. Raphael’s

7:00pm           NA


Mary Converse             April 30

Ben Price                       May 3

Beth DeJong                  May 4

Clark Grant                    May 4

Lois Gellasch                 May 6

Anneke Unangst             May 6

Kate Sherman                 May 7

Judy Kohler                   May 7



10:00am        David & Mary Jo Bultman


8:00am        Janet & Marty Jones

10:00am        Greg McKee & Doug Kuhn


5:30pm        Kai Carrigan

8:00am        Stan Hone

10:00am       Amy Todd & Dale Wood

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm     Kai Carrigan

8:00am     Stan Hone

10:00am    Amy Todd & Dale Wood

Altar Guild   Carol Skar & Deb Larson

Counters       Janet Jones & Diana Sherman

Sunday “Goodies”   Beth McKee

Welcome Bread     Marjorie Schuchardt



10:00am        Pam, Brianna & Kendra Dame


8:00am        TBA

10:00am        TBA


5:30pm        Diane Bouwknegt

8:00am        Max Mika

10:00am       Stormie Zalokar & Steve Luchies

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm     Diane Bouwknegt

8:00am     Renée Mika

10:00am    Jerry Hall & Amy Linde

Altar Guild   Carlynn Teremi & Michele DeBevic

Counters       Marie Johnson & Doug Kuhn

Sunday “Goodies”   Susan Sevensma

Welcome Bread     Carole Skar