Weekly News

Download pdf to print here: Weekly News & Schedule – February 26 – March 5

Download pdf of the Sunday Bulletin: 2017-02-26-LEpiph-A-Euc2-P3

WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW’S … As the people of St. Andrews 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 Malek (Sudan).

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Brent and Laurie Chesley by Jane Everhart and Michael Webster.

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); Emmanuel Church, Petoskey – Gregory Brown, Rector; Diocesan Council of Western Michigan.


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


FEBRUARY 28 at St. Andrew’s. Delicious Jambalaya from Chef Chris Simpson and an inspiring soul filled concert from Madison Square Gospel Choir under the direction of Jay Laninga.  Invite your friends!  Dinner at 6:00pm, concert at 7:00pm. Hosted by St. Andrew’s and the North End Clergy Association.

ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGIES – scheduled for 7am, 9am, noon and 7pm.

OASIS WEDNESDAY’S will not be meeting on March 1, Ash Wednesday.  Regular programming will resume the following week.

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.  Our professor is Dr. Bart Ehrman of The University of North Carolina.  Join us in the lounge at 9:00am.

WORSHIP CENTER – The Disciples Who Followed Jesus: Peter, Andrew, James and John
In the presentation this morning, the children learned of Jesus’ encounter with Peter, Andrew, James and John by the Sea of Galilee.  It’s the children’s first encounter with the disciples and they learned that the men dropped everything to be fishers of men with Jesus.

GRADES 3 – 5 Spark The Transfiguration  – Lesson Focus: God’s changes can be surprising

This morning’s verses from Matthew helped the kids to understand how God’s changes can be surprising, just as they were to the disciples about the change in Jesus on the mountain. Have your child share what their favorite part of the verses were from today’s reading.

Gentle Yoga returns to St. Andrew’s!!

Enjoy this class as part of your Lenten practice beginning Tuesday, March 7, from 6-7 pm. Jeff Brown, certified RYT 200 yoga instructor, will guide you through a calm, non-stressful exercise and meditative experience. The class begins with a brief meditation, and continues with basic, gentle yoga moves that stretch and tone muscles, while relaxing the mind and reducing stress. Come as you are; there are no prerequisites other than an open heart, open mind, and a yoga mat. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to fill out a waiver. The class is drop-in on a donation basis, with a suggested donation of $5 per class. More importantly, you are encouraged to attend and donate whatever you could, or nothing, and those having more resources could contribute more if they wished to support the on-going program.   Note: class will not be held on April 4 due to Spring Break.

MODEL SEDER – Temple Emanuel is delighted to invite the greater Grand Rapids community to a special Model Seder on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 PM. This is an opportunity to experience the kick-off observance of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The evening will feature an abbreviated Seder, complete with special readings and music for the holiday, lots of information about Passover, and plenty of opportunities for questions. Traditional foods for Passover will be shared.

The cost for the event is $18 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Reservations are necessary by Friday, March 24. Temple Emanuel is located at 1715 East Fulton Street, directly across the street from Aquinas College. Contact the office at 616-459-5976 to make a reservation, or contact Cathrine Finney at Cat@grtemple.org.

ROBINS IN THE COURTYARD – Yes, Spring is coming welcoming another Easter Celebration and families will gather, once again, to celebrate this special day with mom’s delicious EASTER HONEY HAM DINNER.

A win-win opportunity, our church “Thirsting To  Serve” mission realizes $5.00 for each EASTER HONEY HAM you reserve – and your family delights in the tasteful experience of a succulent, spiral sliced, precooked honey glazed ham dinner.

As EASTER HONEY HAMS are precooked, you may choose to serve them in your favorite presentation – warmed or cool.  Priced at $30.00 each, these 8-9lb. EASTER HONEY HAMS may be picked-up at the church Maundy Thursday – Holy Saturday.  To reserve your EASTER HONEY HAM, see the display in the entryway.

FEBRUARY DESIGNATED OFFERINGS – NORTH END COMMUNITY MINISTRY – NECM reaches out to those living in the northeast side of Grand Rapids.  NECM houses a food pantry and offers numerous services to the community such as Supper House, Celebrate Back to School, Parenting & Money Management Classes.  Your weekly food offerings go to NECM as will your monetary donations.  Thank you!


Family Promise began a new program last year to provide permanent housing for families who are homeless. They are purchasing and rehabbing mobile homes to provide for the families at the cost of lot rent. St. Andrew’s contributed funds last year and the staff worked on the rehabbing. This year we are more involved in the work. Three local Episcopal churches are involved; St. Andrews, Grace and One Church (formerly Holy Cross). We have a number of opportunities for you to get involved. We are in charge for some of the shifts, with the other two churches facilitating the work on the others. You can sign up for our shifts, or you can sign up for others. The following dates are the ones assigned to us: Tuesday March 14, 9-12 and 1-4, Friday March 17 same times, and Tuesday March 21.

The dates for the other churches are Saturday March 11, Saturday March 18, Saturday March 25 and Saturday April 1. We want the home to be ready for move in on Easter. You do not need to have special skills, most of the work is cleaning and painting. Professionals will be doing the plumbing and electrical work. If you have time to participate, please let me know as soon as possible, so we can get the schedules completed. You can also sign up for the other churches’ shifts through me. My cell phone is 644-4688 and my email is rocki@att.net. This is a wonderful way to change the lives of one family.        Deacon Cindy Nawrocki


By Jerry Hall – jeromehall1@frontier.com

Some drivers really love their cars and trucks. Some even give them nicknames. You will often see some owners washing and polishing theirs on a sunny day. The trouble is, there are some nefarious people who also love your vehicle and want to take it.

As you walk away and press your locking key fob you can hear a click. Make sure you hear that sound, before you walk away. Some cars also flash their lights or give an audible chirp or beep. If you don’t receive this signal, it could be that your fob isn’t working properly. The problem could be as simple as a weak battery or it could be something more. According to security experts that something more could be thieves using a remote locking jammer, preventing the signal from your fob from reaching your car. You can always go back and lock the entire car manually from the armrest, thus “jamming the jammers”!

Another theft deterrent is to park in the right place. Car crime doesn’t just happen in a scruffy-looking area, it can happen anywhere. Wherever you park, choose a place that is well lit. At stores, try to park near the entrance or among other cars. A car parked at the end of a row or off by itself is more tempting to thieves.

While obvious, I see this error every time I park in a large lot. Drivers forget to hide their belongings. GPS devices are obvious targets, but so are cell phones, wallets, cash in the center tray, and a nice coat on the back seat. A sweater might not seem like much to you, but a thief might think there is something in the pocket or under it.

Some drivers go beyond the factory equipped security systems. They invest in motor immobilizers, steering wheel locks, and locks that secure your gearshift or pedals. Some high end car owners even invest in a hidden tracking device and pay a monthly fee, insuring that if your car is stolen, the police will find it.

If you must park in your driveway or apartment lot, buying a small home CCTV doesn’t cost a fortune and it could help catch anyone who does break in or steal your car. Cheaper yet would be a motion-activated security light that comes on when anyone comes on your property.

Yet, all of the above considerations are useless if a thief gets possession of your car keys. I know of drivers who leave the car running while they dash inside somewhere, not a wise idea. If the car is stolen with the keys inside, most insurance companies will not cover any costs. Be aware of where you keep your keys. Are they visible in an open purse, on a table by your open door, or on a store counter when you are nearby? A thief could grab your keys, find your car via the remote, and be gone before you have time to react.

Remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”, or grandma’s saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Doing this could save you grief later on.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES – February 18/19: Sunday Attendance: 148 Average: 146


                                                 February 4/5      February 11/12    February 18/19    February 25/26

Total Collection                            $   11,315.62          7,225.08              8,070.92

Designated Funds                         $        394.29             46.00                101.00

Capital Campaign                         $        635.00          1,530.00               2,330.00

Funds Available for Operations     $   10,286.33          5,615.00               5,615.53

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


8:00pm           Holy Eucharist/Anointing

9:00am           Adult Forum “The Great Courses”

10:00am          Holy Eucharist/Anointing

11:30am          Intro to the Church Class

12:30pm          St. Raphael’s

7:00pm          NA


7:00pm          OA


9:30am            Staff

6:00pm            Mardi Gras Jambalaya Dinner

7:00pm            Madison Street Concert Choir

Ash Wednesday

7:00am            Imposition of Ashes/Holy Eucharist

9:00am            Imposition of Ashes/Holy Eucharist

12:00pm            Imposition of Ashes/Holy Eucharist

7:00pm            Imposition of Ashes/Holy Eucharist


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

6:45pm            Contemplative Prayer

7:00pm            OA


6:00pm           Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR), Day 1


8:30am           CORR – Day 2

9:00am           SAA Support Group

10:00am           Youth Lenten Retreat begins

5:30pm           Holy Eucharist


8:00pm           Holy Eucharist

9:00am           Adult Forum “The Great Courses”

10:00am          Holy Eucharist

11:30am          Intro to the Church Class

12:30pm          St. Raphael’s

7:00pm          NA


Nancy Winkler             2/27

Marsha Harrison           2/28

Bev Kolkman               3/1

Diane Bouwknegt         3/2

Mary Winters               3/2

Sam Leuchtmann          3/3

David & Nurya Love Parish      3/4



10:00am               Chris Wolterstorff & Amy Linde


8:00am               Nancy Winkler & John Teremi

10:00am               Greg McKee & Doug Kuhn


5:30pm               Philip Zoutendam

8:00am               Nancy Winkler

10:00am               Dale Wood & Abraham Joshua

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm              Philip Zoutendam

8:00am              Nancy Winkler

10:00am             Abraham Joshua & Dale Wood

Acolytes              Joanna & Kurt Unangst, SoYuet Witri, Angel Witri, Zoe Wernette, Anneke Unangst

Altar Guild         Carole Cothran, Michael Woerner,  David Battjes

Counters              Becky Schulke & Marie Johnson

Sunday “Goodies”   Marcia Baker

Welcome Bread       Jackie Brayman



10:00am               Carl & Beth DeJong


8:00am               Janet & Marty Jones

10:00am               Fred Skidmore & Jerry Hall


5:30pm               Diane Bouwknegt

8:00am               Stan Hone

10:00am               Amy Linde & Dan Macalka

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm              Diane Bouwknegt

8:00am              Stan Hone

10:00am             Amy Linde & Marg Moleski

Acolytes              Joanna & Kurt Unangst, Izaak Smith,  Angel Witri, Koen Unangst, Anneke Unangst

Altar Guild         Michele DeBevic & Nancy Winkler

Counters              Candace Witri & Linda Rice

Sunday “Goodies”   David Battjes, Carole Cothran  & Michael Woerner

Welcome Bread        Betty Mills

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