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Download pdf to print here: Weekly News and Schedule – October 22-29

Download pdf of the Sunday Bulletin: Sunday Bulletin – October 22

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 Temotu (Melanesia).

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of David Gibson, close friend of  Anna Collins.

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. Mark’s Church, Grand Rapids, Christian Brocato, Rector; Sue York, Associate Rector; Bishop Whittemore Foundation Board Meeting, October 27.


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


ADULTS – Sunday morning adult forum at 9:00am. Come as you are! No prior preparation. All materials are provided for you! Studying Acts of the Apostles.  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.


Our next week of hosting 5 families experiencing temporary homelessness begins October 29.  Sign up today!  Questions can be directed to Marcia Baker at 350-0778 or Kathy Griffes, 361-7887.

Let’s Talk!  Meet and Greet Vestry Members and Each Other

Sunday, October 22, 2017           11:15am – 12:30pm      Downstairs

As we prepare for Fr. Mike’s retirement at the end of December, and learn new ways of doing God’s work together into the future, we will need to be focused on building new relationships and trust with each other.  What better time and place to learn some new skills and begin this process than over coffee and bagels on a Sunday morning? Vestry members, with Deacon Cindy Nawrocki and Marsha Harrison, RN, as facilitators, invite everyone to come as we strive to become a “Healthier Body of Christ” together.

THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS is November 1.  We will be celebrating this Feast on Sunday November 5. In the past few years, we have invited members of the congregation to bring pictures or symbols of deceased loved ones and friends and place them on or in front  the altar. These will remain on or near the altar from Sunday, October 29 through Sunday November 5.


To celebrate All Saints on November 5th there will a “special white linen” in the narthex beginning on October 29th to remember all of those who have passed on. There will be materials for you to write on the linen the name of someone you knew (or didn’t know), and maybe a piece of advice that was meaningful to you, or a characteristic about them, or a great memory. Abby, Director of Children’s Ministry, and some special helpers will bring the linen up during the offertory and we will celebrate Eucharist with all our saints.

All Saints Sunday is also Kids in Liturgy! Come and support our fantastic children as they help lead us in worship. If any children would like to volunteer for specific roles, please contact Abby at abbyleighbok@gmail.com or 616-334-2650. No prior experience is necessary, all are welcome to join us!


Saturday, November 11, 2017  –  8:30am – 12 noon

ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS – A Day of Memory & Celebration

As St. Andrew’s comes to the end of Fr. Mike’s ministry among us, we gather with fellow parishioners to reflect on his years here.

We will:

*Name & celebrate the gifts of our life together during these 25 years.

*Consider what we value & want to maintain after his departure.

*Acknowledge the loss of his leadership & face the unknown future together.

This is an extremely important day for us as a parish family & it is our hope that each of you will be present.  Lunch will be served at noon.

Register with Kathy in the parish office by phone or email or sign up on the sheet in the entryway.


Dinner – 5:45 – 6:30pm – Meat Loaf, Cheesy Potatoes, Vegetable

Programming for all ages, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Grades preschool-5th: Learning about saints and what makes them great.

There will also be kid-friendly yoga time, music, and a craft.

Grades 6-8:  Using the re:form curriculum to explore key figures in the New Testament

Grades: 9 – 12: Highschoolers will be following the Animate-Faith curriculum.

Adults:  Guest: The Rev. Canon William J. Spaid, Canon to the Ordinary

Bill Spaid has worked for the Diocese since January 2003, and has served in the diocese since 1986, previously the rector of St. Martin of Tours in Kalamazoo. Prior to ordination he was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist. He has served on the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee of the Diocese, worked for many years on the diocesan camp staff, and was on the Transition Team during our last Bishop’s Search and chaired the arrangements committee for Bishop Lee’s Consecration. As Canon to the Ordinary he serves as the Bishop’s chief pastoral assistant and Transition Officer for the diocese. He works closely with canons and the disciplinary board to support the work of the Bishop. He takes great pleasure in working with congregational leaders, both clergy and laity, in times of transition and change.

Grab a bag located in the entryway, fill it and return it to St. Andrew’s anytime during the month of October.


Our next week of hosting 5 families experiencing temporary homelessness begins October 29.  Questions can be directed to Marcia Baker, 350-0778 OR Kathy Griffes, 581-6580.



Mission: empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well. Childhood hunger denies dignity, robs kids of their energy, and undermines our community’s stability. The mission of Kids’ Food Basket is critical because:

Children in our community don’t know when their next meal is coming.

Nutrition is the basis of brain development.

Childhood hunger is a national priority that must be addressed at the grassroots.

With your help, we can ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for our community’s kids!

 ATTENDANCE –   OCTOBER 14/15: 144    YEAR TO DATE: 151


                                           September 30/October 1     October 7/8     October 14/15     October 21/22              

Total Collection                                $15,570.01                     7,027.10            8,011.57

Designated Funds                                        177.00                        1,195.00                 625.00

Capital Campaign                                        185.00                            -0-                       150.00

Funds Available for Operations                14,978.00                         5,637.10             7,186.00

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

Rector’s Discretionary Fund                           43.00                            150.00                    -0-

TTS/Hurricane Relief                                      -0-                                45.00                  50.57

(Through the month of October, monetary offerings placed in blue water filter near the altar will be donated to Episcopal Relief and Development for hurricane relief.)



North End Community Ministry (our local food pantry St. Andrew’s supports) has met the goal of collecting $150,000 in receipts!!! NECM is one of a few organizations in Michigan to have met this goal!! Their first $1000 check arrived in August and are well on their way to a second $1,000. Keep saving those Spartan receipts!


Just a little over a month away is our retreat with Tall Turf Ministries, open to all middle school-aged youth in the diocese. It will be an overnight retreat at St. Timothy’s in Richland, Saturday, November 11 – Sunday, November 12. We had a similar retreat with our high school group last year and it was a moving experience.

Register here: https://form.jotform.com/72685801184158 and let Jeff Brown, Director of Youth Ministries, know of any questions.

Tall Turf started in 1969 with the vision to provide a safe, peaceful and fun environment for children of different racial groups to come together and begin breaking down the racial barriers by building bridges of acceptance, understanding, and respect based on and guided by God’s desire for ministry of reconciliation through Christ. Today Tall Turf stands and is building on this original vision as it provides and develops year-round and community based programs aimed at equipping youth for lives of reconciliation in God’s world.

2018 PHONE DIRECTORY: The new membership directory for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church should be ready for publishing in January, 2018.  Anyone interested in placing an advertisement or personal message in support of our new directory should call Jill Garner at (800) 544-6903 ext. 111 toll free or email her at jgarner@cathedraldirectories.com.  Your current ad or business card could be used or help in making up a new ad could be arranged.  Please feel free to pass this information on to others.  Advertisers do not need to be members of our church.  Advertisers make it possible to distribute the directory at no charge.

DO YOU HAVE A CHANGE TO YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION? Emails, address, cell or home phones?  Send it to the church office. Thank you!

GENTLE YOGA – A weekly offering for mind, body, and spirit, for all experience levels. Move and breathe with mindfulness and intention. A suggested minimum donation of $5, for those able to pay, helps support this ministry of wellness to the community.

Dr. Brent Chesley Memorial Scholarship

Laurie Chesley has established the Dr. Brent Chesley Memorial Scholarship at Aquinas in honor of her husband, a long-time Professor of English at the College.  The endowed scholarship is need-based.  Anyone wishing to contribute may write a check to Aquinas College, with Chesley Memorial Scholarship written in the memo line, and mail it to the Aquinas College Foundation, 1700 Fulton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.



We can all learn better and healthier ways to acknowledge and deal with the many life changes we experience in our personal lives. Now, as part of our Transition process, we have a wonderful opportunity to help ourselves and be supportive of each other at the same time as we go through the huge psychological change of Fr. Mike’s retirement from St. Andrew’s after 25 years together and come out on the other side as a stronger and healthier Body of Christ.

About 18 people attended the adult forum at Oasis presented by Deacon Cindy and Parish Nurse Marsha on October 11, 2017.  As a group, we talked about the 3 stages of change outlined in the book Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change:  Letting Go, Neutral Zone and New Beginnings.

We learned some new terminology to describe the process we go through. We acknowledged the difference between change and transitioning.  We talked about some common feelings we all share as we are in the “Letting Go” and sometimes the “Neutral Zone”.  We talked about how we express our feelings, or don’t, and how not everyone has the same feelings at the same time. We learned to recognize that all the feelings that any of us have that occur around change and transition times are part of a normal process and deserve to be acknowledged and accepted as our feelings. We learned that feelings, which we can’t control, come before actions, which we can. And we began to learn how to help ourselves and most importantly perhaps, help each other weather the change.

Often situational change i.e., Fr. Mike retiring, happens fast; psychological change takes a lot longer.  When change happens without people going through a transition, it is just a rearrangement of the chairs”.

There are handouts available so everyone can learn more about this process but the real beauty is in the conversation and sharing.  Cindy and Marsha have been requested to repeat this presentation so that more of us can digest this way of going through transitions, not just in our minds but in our hearts and souls. Stay tuned for some additional dates and times to listen to this presentation and participate. We’re all in this together!

In God’s Love,

Cindy and Marsha

HUGE THANK YOUS to Beth DeJong and all who worked to complete the lounge renovation.

To Carlyn Teremi, the Daughters of the King and all who hosted the artist open house last Sunday.

To Mary Jo Smith for all the work she did coordinating the Acolyte Trip to Washington DC.

CALENDAR: OCTOBER 22 – 29, 2017


8:00pm           Holy Eucharist/Anointing

9:00am           Adult Forum

9:00am           Worship Center for Children

10:00am           Holy Eucharist/Anointing

11:15am           Let’s Talk over Bagels & Coffee –

Building a “Healthier Body of Christ” – building trust within our parish & Vestry.

12:30pm           St. Raphael’s

7:00pm           NA


6:30pm           GRIID Class

7:00pm           OA


9:30am           Staff

6:00pm           Yoga


9:00am           Holy Eucharist

5:45pm           Oasis Dinner

6:30pm           Programming for all ages –

Canon to the Ordinary, The Rev. William Spaid, speaks to the adults about the Transition Process.

7:30pm           Vestry


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

6:00pm           Yoga

6:45pm           Contemplative Prayer

7:00pm           OA

7:30pm           Choir rehearsal


  5:30pm            Wedding rehearsal          


9:00am           SAA Support Group

3:00pm           Michelle Ford & Jon Field Wedding

5:30pm           Holy Eucharist

Sunday – IHN Week of Hosting Begins

8:00pm           Holy Eucharist

9:00am           Adult Forum

9:00am           Worship Center for Children

10:00am           Holy Eucharist

11:15am           IHN Set Up for our Guests

12:30pm           St. Raphael’s

7:00pm           NA


Laura Womersley         10/22

Alexandria Brown        10/23

Dan Hefferan                10/23

Linda Rice                    10/27

Jacqui Smith                 10/28


Tom & Tracy Curran     10/20

Jeff & Angie Brown     10/28

SERVING SCHEDULE: October 21 – 29


10:00am           Carl & Beth DeJong


8:00am            Jerry Skar & John Teremi

10:00am             Candy & Steve Petrides


5:30pm            Ashley McCormick-TerBeek

8:00am             Lynn & Stuart White

10:00am            Hank Kroondyk & Dan Macalka

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm            Ashley McCormick-TerBeek

8:00am             Stuart White

10:00am            Chris Wolterstorff & Jeff Hines


10:00am           Jeff Hines, Ethan Hines, SoYuet Witri, Landon Hines

Altar Guild       Deb Larson, Carlyn Teremi,

Michele DeBevic

Counters           Mary Simpson & Jerry Skar

“Goodies”         Amy Linde

Welcome Bread Marjorie Schuchardt 

SERVING SCHEDULE: October 28–November 5


10:00am           Mary & Don Davies


8:00am            Tom & Pat Cook

10:00am             Candace Witri & Jerry Hall


5:30pm            Stan Hone

8:00am             Jerry Skar

10:00am            Chris Ingram & Stormie Zalokar

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm            Stan Hone

8:00am             Jerry Skar

10:00am            Marg Moleski & Donna Johnston


10:00am           Helen Scott, Nuala Richards, Claire Richards

Altar Guild       Carole Skar & Jane Koning

Counters           Diana Sherman & Janet Jones

“Goodies”         Karen Bryant

Welcome Bread Kathy Griffes 


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