Weekly News

Download pdf to print here: Weekly News and Schedule, January 21-28, 2017

Download pdf of the Sunday Bulletin: Sunday Bulletin – January 21, 2018

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.

for the Diocese of Alaska and Albany.

THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Michael Mello by Michael Woerner and David Battjes; given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Louise Woerner by Michael Woerner.

PRAY FOR Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop; Whayne Hougland, Jr. Bishop of Western Michigan; for our partner dioceses and their bishops, Wendell Gibbs, Bishop of Michigan; the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan; Rayford Ray, Bishop of Northern Michigan; Julio Holguin, Bishop of the Dominican Republic and Moisés Quezada Moto, Bishop Coadjutor; Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Craig Satterlee, Bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) and its pastor(s); Church of the Resurrection, Battle Creek – Terry Orolins, Sr. Warden; Diocesan Council of Western Michigan – Planning Retreat – January 26 & 27.


Large Print Bulletins are available on the ledge behind the organist.

Let us pray…

Help me to pattern my behavior so that all may see your image through my life.
May I shine forth as the light of Christ in the world.
Revive your church, Lord Jesus, beginning with me!
I ask this in your name and for your sake.  Amen.

–Ms. Sue Z. Schlanbusch


“Picnic for Puerto Rico”

(Donations will be sent to Episcopal Relief & Development for Puerto Rico Relief)

No chili cook off this year…but, yes there will be chili to go along with hot dogs and all the fixings & beverages!

St. Andrew’s will provide the dogs/buns & fixings plus beverages…


Please let us know what you will be contributing…CHILI or SALAD?


January 28 – February 4

Once again our lower level will become 5 bedrooms, great room and dining room for 5 families (up to 15 people). The community of St. Andrew’s will transform the space into their living space on Sunday, January 28.  During the week many of you will visit, cook, clean up, listen, play games, read books to kids and even sleep overnight. We are always blessed to be able to serve God’s people in this way.  When someone calls you to help please be generous with your time.  Thank you!


Update Regarding the Transition Process

January 20 & 21, 2018

As we are all now moving ahead into 2018, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide a recap of the Oasis Group meeting which took place on Wednesday, January 10.  The subject of the meeting was an open forum led by our new short-term interim Rector, the Rev. Val Ambrose.

Mother Val began by sharing a bit about herself and her ordination 20 years ago in Kalamazoo.  She has served as an interim rector several times not only in the Diocese of West Michigan (including St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids) and also in Oregon.  She will be with us until approximately Easter, or until we find a long-term interim Rector.

She then took questions from those present and shared her thoughts about the transition process.  Some of the questions, and we’re paraphrasing from notes, were:

Q:  How long does the process take?

A:  We can expect the process to take approximately 18 months or more.

Q:  Why does it take so long?

A:  It is by design.  In many ways, the transition process is similar to a death or a divorce.  The status quo is drastically changed, and just like it is a good idea to give yourself time to adjust to a new circumstance and figure out the best way forward instead of jumping into a new relationship right away, as a congregation we need to go through this together.  During this time, we will help each other continue our mission and maintain the loving atmosphere that is St. Andrews.

Q: What is next?

A:  Many things are happening.  The Bishop and Canon Spaid are currently screening candidates for our long term Interim Rector position.  After the candidates are screened, the Vestry will meet the candidates and interview them as part of the discernment process in calling the best interim Rector for St. Andrews.  This is expected to occur by Easter.  Later this year, the Vestry will appoint a search committee to help us call the right full time Rector for St. Andrew’s.

While this is happening, Mother Val will work with the Vestry to create a parish transition team.  This team will have many functions, such as communications, coordination of our many missions and ministries, and having people on hand to smooth the transition to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for our Interim Rector and Rector.  One of the first things the transition team will do is create a large, graphic timeline of the process, beginning with Father Mike’s retirement announcement and ending in the calling of our new Rector.  The plan is to put the timeline on a wall in the basement of the parish so people can easily see where we are in the process by checking the timeline.

Mother Val concluded the program by sharing her thoughts that St. Andrew’s would be viewed as an attractive opportunity by many candidates because it is a full time position with a healthy parish.  Many parishes do not have full time Rectors.  This will help us discern and ultimately call the very best Rector for St Andrew’s.

In God’s Peace,

Marcia Baker, Marsha Harrison and Jim Sterken
Communications Team

Yoga classes return February 6!  6:00 – 7:00pm at St. Andrew’s with Jeff Brown teaching on Tuesdays & Angel Hayden on Thursdays.  Jeff and Angel come very qualified to teach yoga, each having their own style. They both invite you to “come as you are.”  These classes are drop in style.  Cost? A suggested donation of $5 if  you are able.


Dinner – 5:45 – 6:30pm – Cuisine of the evening – Mexican Fiesta, Olé!

Programming for all ages at 6:30pm

Grades preschool-5th: We will continue to discuss what it means to be kind to all people and how we can “respect the dignity of every human being.”

We will read “If the World was a Village” to learn about how people can be different, but how we can also love them. This week, we will also continue to learn a kid-friendly version of Compline (Night time prayer). Crafts, snacks, and fun will be had by all!

Grades 6-8:  Middle schoolers will conclude their time with New Testament Ancestor Pontius Pilate.

Grades: 9 – 12: Highschoolers are following the Animate-Faith Lesson Jesus: The Revolution of Love by Mark Scandrette.

Adults:  NOOMA is a series of short films promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences featuring Rob Bell.

The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα (pneuma), meaning “wind”, “spirit”, or “breath”.


According to Parish Bylaws of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Article II, Parish Meetings, Section 2, Notice of Annual Meeting: January 28, 2018, 12 noon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church the annual parish meeting shall be held.

Additional details about the meeting & vestry elections will be forthcoming.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Article II, Parish Meetings, Section 4, Qualifications of Voters. At all parish meetings, whether annual or special, the right to vote shall be limited to baptized persons.

  1. Not less than sixteen (16) years of age.
  2. Whose baptisms have been duly recorded in the parish.
  3. Who for a period of not less than six (6) months preceding have been regular worshipers in the parish and
  4. Who for not less than six (6) months preceding have been bona fide regular contributors to its support (i.e. time, talent, and/or treasure).

Annual Meeting to begin at noon.  At the meeting we will be given an overview of the transition process and timeline, and hear various ministry updates as well as a presentation of our 2018 operating budget. We will also elect five Vestry members for terms of 3 years each. The following individuals have agreed to be nominated to serve on your Vestry:

Kai Carrigan     Eric Icard     Fred Skidmore     Cynthia Thomas     Jim Visota      

Kai and Jim are eligible to serve a consecutive term because they are currently filling unexpired terms.  Eric is willing to serve a consecutive three-year term, if it is the will of those present and voting at the meeting. Per our parish bylaws, additional nominations will be allowed at the meeting if, prior to the meeting, prospective nominees have consented in writing to be nominated.


                                                       December 23/24     December 30/31     January 6/7     January 13/14     

Total Collection                                  11,721.69                11,728.90                   6,320.01             6,810.30

Designated Funds                                      602.00                  1,272.90                       35.00                      -0-

Capital Campaign                                        32.00                     250.00                     275.00              1,050.00

Funds Available for Operations           8,743.50                  9,356.00                   5,882.00             5,739.30

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

Rector’s Discretionary Fund                1,435.00                     300.00                           -0-                         -0-


JANUARY DESIGNATED OFFERINGSEpiscopal Relief & Development

ERD is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God’s call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief & Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world.

ERD faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering.

ERD cherishes its partnerships within the Anglican Communion, with ecumenical bodies and with others who share a common vision for justice and peace among all people.

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

Trinity Institute 2018: VALUES IN ACTION

February 2-3, 2018

Host Site: St, Mark’s Episcopal Church

We invite you to consider participating in the following upcoming event:

St. Mark’s, Grand Rapids, is hosting on February 2 (7-9pm) and February 3 (9am – 5pm) a live stream of the Trinity Wall Street series themed Values in Action. Friday evening will begin with a spaghetti dinner at 5:00pm. Speakers include Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, among many others.  This workshop will count as anti-racism training if you attend both days. Cost is $20 per person to cover lunch & snacks. St. Andrew’s will cover the cost for you to attend.  Please register by calling St. Mark’s, 456-1680. Visit https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/trinity-institute/2018/home for more information.

Weekly Words of Wellness

By The Rev. Scott Stoner

In the last two days I have received four different emails inviting me to simplify my life. Each invitation addressed a different dimension of simplicity—eating more simply, decluttering my home, organizing my finances, and practicing mindfulness as the key to living simply.The timing of these emails tells me two things. First, it’s a new year and thus many people are reflecting on making changes in habits and daily routines, and some form of simplifying their life is no doubt on many people’s lists.  Second, simplicity programs and accompanying advice are proliferating in direct proportion to the number of people who are feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of their lives. When the student is ready, the teacher will arise.At the risk of offering just one more piece of advice about keeping life simple, I share the straightforward wisdom contained in the quote box at the top of this column.  I invite you to try a simple exercise. Read the eight questions through slowly and as you do, see if there is one question that really speaks to you today. See if there one that, “has your name on it.”If there is one that speaks to you, perhaps you could resolve to do the simple action that is connected with the question. With this all on my mind yesterday, I did this little exercise myself, and found that the last question was the one that spoke to me. Today I intentionally expressed my love to someone to whom I had not done so for a while, and it was a simple, beautiful experience for both of us.

So what question speaks to you?  And how might you respond to that question in the days ahead?


CALENDAR: January 21 – 28, 2017



8:00am           Holy Eucharist/Blood Pressure Check

9:00am           Adult Forum

10:00am           Holy Eucharist/Blood Pressure Check

12:30pm           St. Raphael’s

7:00pm           NA


7:00pm           OA


9:30am           Staff Meeting

6:00pm           AFSN (Adoptive Family Support Network)  Single Parents in Support Group

7:00pm            Book Study at North Park Presbyterian Church on dementia


9:00am           Holy Eucharist

10:30am           Knitting Ministry

5:45pm           OASIS Dinner

6:30pm           Programming for all ages


7:00pm           OA

7:30pm           Choir



9:00am           SAA Support Group

5:30pm           Holy Eucharist


Sunday IHN Week of Hosting begins

8:00am           Holy Eucharist

9:00am           Adult Forum

10:00am           Holy Eucharist

11:15am           Lunch

12:00pm           Annual Meeting

12:30pm           St. Raphael’s

7:00pm           NA

January 14 – 20 Birthdays

Tom Curran                 January 24

Jerry Miller                   January 24

Todd Brayman             January 25

Jill Brown                    January 27



10:00am           Steve & Candy Petrides


8:00am            Tom & Pat Cook

10:00am             Steve & Candy Petrides


5:30pm            Kai Carrigan

8:00am             Nancy Winkler

10:00am            Julianne Day & Agatha Doe

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm            Kai Carrigan

8:00am             Nancy Winkler

10:00am            Abraham Joshua & Kurt Unangst


10:00am           Fred Skidmore, Spencer Todd, Ethan Hines, Landon Hines, Anna Skidmore

Altar Guild       Jane Koning & Deb Larson

Counters           Becky Schulke & John Smith

Welcome Bread Deb Grow

Sunday Goodies Lorie Hollander/Kathy Griffes

Blood Pressures

5:30pm           Marsha Harrison

8:00am           Carlynn Teremi

10:00am           Mary Simpson/Shelly Johnson



10:00am           Tom & Tracy Curran


8:00am            Nancy Winkler & John Teremi

10:00am             Candace Witri & Fred Skidmore


5:30pm            Ashley TerBeek

8:00am             Stan Hone

10:00am            Jeff Hines & Steve Luchies

Chalice Assistants

5:30pm            Ashley TerBeek

8:00am             Stan Hone

10:00am            Jeff Hines & Glenn Rotier


10:00am           Joanna & Kurt Unangst, Koen Unangst, Trinity Lyben, Anneke Unangst

Altar Guild       Carole Cothran, Michael Woerner, David Battjes

Counters           Diana Sherman & Janet Jones

Welcome Bread Betty Mills

Sunday Goodies Annual Meeting