Weekly News

Download pdf to print here:  Weekly News and Schedule September 17-24 2017

Download pdf of the Sunday Bulletin: Sunday Bulletin – September 17

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 the Sodor & Man (England).

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the Glory of God and celebration of the wedding anniversary of David Battjes and Michael Woerner; given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Hattie Bultman by David and MaryJo Bultman.

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);

St. Francis’ Church, Orangeville, Grace Herbert, Sr. Warden; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Mission Trip – July 7 – 15.


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


September is National Preparedness Month. In addition to being mindful of eating nutritiously, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting adequate sleep on a daily basis, the Heart Health ministry would like to encourage you to be prepared for or even prevent certain life events that otherwise might cause undue physical, emotional, mental or spiritual harm. Do you have a smoke detector? An emergency evacuation plan?  Flashlights and batteries for when the power goes out?  Battery powered radio and charged cell phone? A Living Will or Advanced Directive?  Are you caught up with your immunizations? Have you gotten your annual flu shot?

Be mindful of your heart health by practicing healthy lifestyles and preparing for preventing or minimizing unnecessary illness or pain.  Stop by after church to have your blood pressure checked and talk with one of our health professionals about what prevention practices you do or will do to Be Well to Serve Well.


ADULTS – Sunday morning adult forum at 9:00am. Come as you are!

No prior preparation. All materials are provided for you!

Meeting in the lounge.

Join us!

CHILDREN (elementary age) – Worship Center & Spark for children ages preschool thru fifth grades greet your children in the red chairs of the parish hall beginning at 9:45am and going to their classrooms at 10:00am to hear the story.  Grades 6 – 12 will meet on Wednesday nights beginning October 4th, 6:30 – 7:30pm.

St. Andrew’s strives to be a community that is committed to racial healing

Diocesan Sponsored Healing Racism Event

The EDWM, Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, requires that all parish and diocesan leaders participate in anti-racism training.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids

This workshop examines how and why racism persists in spite of the legal changes and integration that have happened in the last 50 years. Racism and other forms of discrimination have become less recognizable, embedded both in the structure of our society and in our unconscious biases. During the workshop we examine our own biases and role in the maintenance of a system of advantages and disadvantages based on racial and ethnic identities. Come prepared to engage in a dialogue with your fellow participants!


Catherine’s Health Center & Kent Hills Elementary School are excited to be offering the 15th Annual Indoor Walking Program beginning this September.  This is a FREE community program for all people who want to set health goals, get active, make friends, and increase their knowledge and access to health information and resources in a safe walking environment.

All are WELCOME – Bring a Friend!

When: Every Monday & Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Dates:  Monday, September 18th – Thursday, April 26th

Where: Kent Hills Elementary School

1445 Emerald NE

Grand Rapids, MI

Want to learn more OR interested in becoming a walker or volunteer?

Call Anna S. at (616)336-8800 ext. 216


HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH READING PROGRAM is located in Holy Spirit Church, 1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont

Holy Spirit is blessed to be the home of the Explore & soar Reading Club, an after school reading program for children in the second & third grades who are behind in their reading skills.  Church members volunteer to listen to children read, providing snacks & supplies & through monetary donations.  The Reading Club is free to students & funded by grants & donations.



                                              September 2/3     September 9/10     September 16/17     September 23/24         

Total Collection                        $  11,513.71               10,379.00

Designated Funds                               662.41                  4,252.00

Capital Campaign                             120.00                      30.00

Funds Available for Operations     10,118.00                 6,097.00

Budget for Operations                      8,456.00                 8,456.00                  8,456.00                    8,456.00

Rector’s Discretionary Fund                613.00                     -0-

Thirsting to Serve                               -0-                         -0-


The last two or three weeks have been… really weird, my friends. News is hard to watch, but we need to watch the hard things that are happening. We’ve seen storms devastate huge numbers of lives, and have watched as strangers wept and helped each other.

Some of us may be helpers ourselves, or we may being the ones who are helped. I’m willing to bet that all of us are wondering what Jesus would have us do right now. We can all do something, something beautiful and meaningful and full of love.

Not all of us are in a position to drive to any of the areas that have been torn apart by hurricanes or floods or tornadoes or earthquakes—all of which have happened across the world in the last three weeks. But we know that prayer is powerful, and we can all pray for our brothers and sisters who are hurting.

Here’s something else we can do, and something I hope you’ll do along with me over the next few days:

I want to invite you and you family—your church family, your friend-family, your work family—whoever you spend your love and life with—to help out in a hands-on way. Some time over the next two weeks, grab a stack of 3 x 5 notecards—however many you feel is appropriate. I want you to decorate those cards with messages of love and encouragement for our brothers and sisters who have been touched by the destruction of this hurricane season. Your notes can be as simple or as complex as you like—they just have to fit on a 3 x 5 card.

Gather up your cards and say a prayer over them, and then put the notes you and your family make together in a big envelope and mail them to me, here at Forward Movement. These are small tokens full of big love, prayers, hopes, and comfort that our friends and neighbors who have been displaced, flooded out, frightened, left without the stuff that has made up their lives—something they can hold in their hands, and see a message of love and encouragement from YOUR family directly to them.

Forward Movement
412 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Attn.: Rachel Jones

I’ll make sure our love letters are delivered to folks who have been impacted by Harvey, Irma, Katia, and Jose. Please have your letters mailed in to me by September 29, 2017.

Thanks for loving each other, and for growing love in your hearts and homes day by day.

About Rachel Jones…  Rachel Jones loves Jesus, her husband, their respective families, barbecue, breakfast tacos, Bob Dylan, baseball, the Book of Jeremiah, trips to the beach, finding money in a jacket pocket, and snagging the shadiest parking spot in the lot—in that exact order. Rachel and Mr. Jones live in Cincinnati with a really old dog and neurotic cat. Rachel is the Associate Editor for Forward Movement. When she’s not working on Forward Day by Day, she’s usually looking for her car keys or putting up preserves, but should probably be updating her blog at https://makeshiftfarms.wordpress.com.

AUGUST VESTRY MINUTES were emailed to you last Wednesday.  Hard copies are available on both benches when entering the sanctuary.



8:00pm                 Holy Eucharist/Anointing/BP Check

9:00am                 Adult Forum

9:00am                 Worship Center for Children

10:00am                 Holy Eucharist/Anointing/BP Check

11:30am                 Altar Guild Meeting

1:00pm                 Baker Baby Shower

7:00pm                 NA


10:30am                 KARSP

6:00pm                 Grandparents raising Grandchildren

7:00pm                 OA


9:30am                 Staff

6:00pm                 Yoga

6:00pm                 Yoga


9:00am                 Holy Eucharist

12:00pm                 Clergy gathering

7:00pm                 Vestry


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

6:00pm                 Yoga

6:45pm                 Contemplative Prayer

7:00pm                 OA

7:30pm                 Choir rehearsal


Saturday                 Alzheimer’s Walk

9:00am                 SAA Support Group

9:00am                 Daughters of the King Fall Assembly

11:00am                 Acolyte rehearsal

5:30pm                 Holy Eucharist

Sunday – Omelet Sunday

8:00pm                 Holy Eucharist

9:00am                 Adult Forum

9:00am                 Worship Center for Children

10:00am                 Holy Eucharist

7:00pm                 NA


Tom Molnar                         September 17

Zoe VanSlooten                   September 18

Do you have a special “date” in the month? We’d love to include it in our weekly celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries! Call Kathy at 361-7887, send email: standrew7887@sbcglobal.net or leave a note on her desk. Thank you!


Tom & Pat Cook                 September 17

Jim & Joan Sterken             September 18

Rick & Donna Neurither    September 18

Jack & Mary Kastelin         September 19

David Battjes & Michael Woerner   September 20

José & Lisa Campos           September 21



10:00am                Candace, Angel & SoYuet Witri


8:00am                 Janet & Marty Jones

10:00am                 Greg McKee & Doug Kuhn


5:30pm                Walt Harrison

8:00am                 Kurt Unangst

10:00am                  Candace Witri & Amy Linde

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm                 Walt Harrison

8:00am                 Kurt Unangst

10:00am                Dale Wood & Chris Wolterstorff


10:00am                 Helen Scott, Nuala Richards, Angel Witri, Claire Richards, Trinity Lyben

Altar Guild           Cynthia Thomas, Becca & Trinity Lyben

Counters               Mary Simpson & Jerry Skar

“Goodies”             David Battjes, Michael Woerner & Carole Cothran

Welcome Bread    Linda Fedewa



10:00am                Dell, Amy & Spencer Todd


8:00am                 Jerry & Carole Skar

10:00am                 Jeff Hayden & Doug Kuhn


5:30pm                Kai Carrigan

8:00am                 Ashley TerBeek

10:00am                  Stormie Zalokar & Glenn Rotier

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm                 Kai Carrigan

8:00am                 Ashley TerBeek

10:00am                Glenn Rotier & Jeff Hines


10:00am                 Fred Skidmore, SoYuet Witri, Anna Skidmore

Altar Guild           TBA

Counters               Marie Anderson & Doug Kuhn

“Goodies”             Diane Bouwknegt

Welcome Bread    Lois Gellasch