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November December 2013

Proclaim Newsletter of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church

Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Christmas at St. Andrew’s All are welcome. Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas Eve Worship, Tuesday, Dec. 24 Family Worship in the Sanctuary at 3, 4 & 5 p.m. A service designed for families with young children. Children’s choir at every hour. Nursery available. Interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing at 4 p.m. Holy Communion celebrated at 5 p.m.

Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & Midnight An evening of celebration, candles and carols. St. Andrew’s Orchestra at all services. Choir or soloist at every hour. Holy Communion at midnight. Nursery available at 7, 8, & 9 p.m. services.

Contemporary Worship in the Great Hall Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. Celebrate Christmas tradition with a contemporary groove. Featuring the music stylings of Sara Renner and her band. Holy Communion celebrated. Nursery available.

Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25 Worship Service of Celebration in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. Music by North Shore Brass. Holy Communion. Nursery available.

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Our Family Is Growing – Children Change Lives – A Christmas Message – Our oldest daughter, Kelly, called with good news, really good news, really, really great news. She is expecting her first child. This means that Ruth and I are expecting our first grandchild! This is news that we had been hoping for. This is something that I have looked forward to for a long time. This is news that means that things will be forever different for us. One person that I shared the news with said, “You won’t believe how different life will be, and you won’t believe how great it will be.” Someone once said, “Children change lives.” Another person said, “Children are a sign that there is hope for the world.” The ultimate hope for the world is Jesus Christ. I have never been at a church that has celebrated Christmas the way that we do or provided as many powerful opportunities to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ child. I urge you, this season more than any other, to throw yourself into all the opportunities to prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ Child. Star of Wonder, a Day in Bethlehem, the Christmas

Festival, the Renner Robinson Concert... these events are just some of the ways to prepare your heart and soul for the Christ child who is born to you. Whoever said it was right: “Children change lives.” And the child who changed the world more than any other in human history is the Christ child. May this be a most blessed holiday season for you. In Christ,

John Hogenson

Pastor John Hogenson invites you to join him in reading through the entire Bible during 2014. We will be using the Harper’s NRSV Daily Bible, which is divided into 365 daily readings starting in Genesis and going straight through the Bible to Revelation. Each of the readings is followed by a short prayer and a brief meditation from Christian writers like C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Dietrich Bonheoffer, and Mother Teresa. Readings take less than 20 minutes per day and can easily be done at home or away. You can register online, use an Event Registration envelope, or by calling Dianne Nash at 651-762-9141. Paperback versions will be available for a suggested donation or if you cannot afford one, we will gladly provide one for free. (Kindle and leather-bound editions can be purchased online.) We start Jan. 1, 2014, so remember to register before Dec. 21.

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Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service Joy in Giving Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Invite a friend! Children’s Choirs, Adult Choirs North Shore Brass Free-will Offering

ST. ANDREW’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL A New and Glorious Morn Sunday, Dec. 15 3:30 and 6 p.m. Children’s Choirs, Adult Choirs Orff Ensembles, Handbells, Organ, St. Andrew’s Orchestra Free-will Offering

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Traditional Sunday Worship 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

Contemporary Worship Saturday 5 p.m. Great Hall Sunday 9:30 a.m. Great Hall 900 Stillwater Road Mahtomedi MN 55115 (651) 426-3261

Wednesday Night Worship 6:15 p.m. Sanctuary SUNDAY SCHOOL AND NURSERY AT ALL SERVICES. SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING AT 10:30 A.M. Worship at St. Andrew’s Village: 1 p.m. 3

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A Day in Bethlehem On Sunday, Dec. 8, come and see what a Day in Bethlehem might look like just before the birth of Jesus. Visit the town market, create and see things that might have been around during the time of Jesus, and visit the stable where Jesus was to be born. Sunday School classes will have their regular class time that morning. Families will get a chance to explore more after worship services.

A Day In Bethlehem Volunteers Needed Would you like to be a part of the market place in Bethlehem? The Children’s Ministry Team is looking for a crowd of people beyond Sunday School teachers to help out in the marketplace for A Day in Bethlehem. Volunteers grades 6 through adult are invited to participate. Anyone interested should contact Kim Lewin at 4

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Christmas R & R

Renner & Robinson *** Robert Robinson and Sara Renner *** Two of the Twin Cities’ most celebrated gospel singers in a time-honored Christmas Concert Collaboration Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets on sale Nov. 4.

Advance Special Rate until Dec. 1 – $23 Adults/$19 children 12 & under Full price through day of show – $26 Adults/$21 children 12 & under Tickets by phone: 651-762-9141 Tickets online: A portion of concert proceeds will be donated to The Billingsley School of Music & Arts. The Billingsley School of Music & Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides free arts access to under-served youth in Dance, Drama, Music, & Visual Art. A free will offering will be received.

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Share the Joy of Christmas Give the gifts of food, shelter, and household comforts to community members in need during this holiday season – and all year round. Following are many ways you can help local families through the St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center and other organizations. E-mail for more information. Thank you for your support and generosity. Thanksgiving Year-Round: Hours of operation Provide year-round support 2011) to (Starting in March St. 6,:-?F; Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Community Resource CenTuesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday: 8food a.m. to pantry 4 p.m. ter's emergency Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Resource Center Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and St.Saturday: Andrew's8Thursday a.m. to 12 noon Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 noon Night Community Meals by givSt. ĹśÄšĆŒÄžÇ Í›Ć? Community Resource ing a monetary donation or Center 900 Stillwater Rd. Mahtomedi, MN 55115 Email: high-need food items at the Phone: 651-762-9124 Fax: 651-426-1716 Thanksgiving service on -----------------------------Online: Christ-centered love for all Wednesday, Nov. 27. High-need food items include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, noodles, pasta sauce, pancake mix and syrup.


Stable Comforts: Provide the gift of household comforts year-round for our Community Resource Center families who transition into stable housing. Select a tag from the giving tree and place your item under the tree or bring to the Community Resource Center by Sunday, Dec. 15. Needed items include: sleeping bags, new pillows, pajamas, slippers, place settings, pots and pans, and silverware. Monetary contributions include: • $25 gas cards • $25 restaurant gift cards and/or Target/Walmart gift cards • $200 provides rental assistance to prevent homelessness • $250 provides a one-week stay in our shelter

Angel Tree: Provide a gift for the child of an incarcerated parent through the Angel Tree prison ministry program. Select a tag from the giving tree and place gifts under the tree by Sunday, Dec. 15. Homeless Youth: Provide a gift for a young person who is facing homelessness. Select a tag from the giving tree and place gifts under the tree by Sunday, Dec. 15. Toy Donations: If you would like to donate toys to the “Toy Shoppe� hosted by the Salvation Army, please place gifts of your choice in the bins provided in the Narthex area between Friday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 15. Sponsor-A-Family: If you are interested in fulfilling the Christmas wish list for an entire family in need, please contact Tara at or 651-746-3548. To find other community service opportunities during the holidays, please visit our website,

Tree of Light Senior Christmas Luncheon

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS! Tuesday, Dec. 10, 12 noon Join us in the Great Hall for our annual Christmas luncheon served by pastors and staff from St. Andrew’s. Food, music, skits and merriment provided. Call 651-426-3261 to make your reservation. NO COST. Open to all seniors.

Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. Triangle Park, Mahtomedi. Honor a loved one and illuminate the lives of those in need in our community. Tree lights may be purchased for a $10 donation at Proceeds benefit the Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf. All are invited to join the tree lighting ceremony where we’ll read the names of those honored and remembered and enjoy light refreshments. 6

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Volunteer with the Community Resource Center Thanksgiving Store. Volunteer to work a two hour shift in our Thanksgiving store on Thursday, Nov. 21 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as guests pick up their Thanksgiving food items. E-mail to volunteer.

Have you wondered what it is like to volunteer at the Community Resource Center? Here are some reflections that one of our volunteers recently shared:

Dear Resource Center staff, volunteers, families: Wow! What a wonderful opportunity itHours has been to serve at of operation in March the Resource Center this year. I’veMonday: had a(Starting chance to2011) hang 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. out with some very special kids, work alongside volunteers Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with big hearts, chat and be blessed by families in need, Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8 a.m. to 12 noon and be directed by staff that serveSaturday: with compassion and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 noon competence. Truly, I’ve been blessed. St. ĹśÄšĆŒÄžÇ Í›Ć? Community Resource Center

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Christmas Gift Sort. Help sort Christmas gifts received through the donation drive on Sunday, Dec. 15 between the hours of 12 noon and 2 p.m. Contact Deb Henry at to volunteer.

651-762-9124 Phone: If you are ever feeling doubtful or discouraged in what you Fax: 651-426-1716 -----------------------------Online: are doing, know this: The Resource Center is a place full of Christ-centered love for all the love of God. Lives are being transformed. People are given hope and the Lord is smiling at it all. Praise God! If someone asked me to describe the Resource Center, I would use the words in Micah 6:8 and say, “It is a place where people act justly, have mercy, and walk humbly with their God.�

God bless the work of your hands, Kevin Kneisl Email or call 651-762-9148 to get connected with a meaningful volunteer opportunity at the St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center. Also visit our webpage at

Volunteer at Church! Valet Ministry: We have opportunities for serving at the 10: 30 a.m. worship and special events. Please contact Pastor Cindy 651-762-9129. Usher: Help assist our residents at the 1 p.m. service at St. Andrews Village. The time commitment is from 12:30 - 2 p.m., one Sunday ever five weeks. Contact Pastor Cindy 651-762-9129 or Volunteer support person position, working with Pastor Cindy at St. Andrew’s Village. The time commitment is approximately five hours a week. Please contact Pastor Cindy for more information 651-762-9129 or TLC Volunteer Opportunities: We re looking for TLC Volunteers to visit with those who are unable to come to church or just need a little extra TLC. Contact Dana Gabor, Parish Nurse 651-762-9106 or First Response Team: Attend concerts for free! Commitment of one day every five weeks at worship. Can also check in at the hospitality desk unable to commit to a regular time. Contact Dana Gabor, Parish Nurse at 651-762-9106 or 7

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Join a Bible and Book Study TEACHING MINISTRY STRATEGIC GOAL: Deepen our relationship with Christ Jesus through the power and truth of the Holy Scriptures


with Pastor John Straiton The READ Bible study this school year will be an overview of the New Testament designed for students of all levels. Classes meet on Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., or Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited! Fee - $10

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY BASICS with Women’s Ministry Director Carrin Mahmood: JESUS THROUGH THE EYES OF MATTHEW! Learn about Jesus—the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham—as told in the Gospel of Matthew. Classes meet on Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall; every other Tuesday evening, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Sanctuary Room 201 and every other Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m. off campus (contact Peg at for information and directions). All women are invited! Fee - $10.

MEN’S TUESDAY MORNING STUDY with Pastor John Straiton A large group of men meet year round every Tuesday morning in the Great Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Come and make some new friends as you learn more about God’s Word. Coffee and rolls are provided. Registration is not necessary. No fee.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN with Rev. Jack Fortin Rev. Jack Fortin is a graduate of Luther Seminary and a member of St. Andrew’s. His ministry has included working for Young Life, Luther Seminary, and authoring the book, “The Centered Life.” Jack will take an interactive look at the Gospel of John. Class meets on Tuesday evenings 7 to 8 in Sanctuary Room 204. Fee: $10


with Pastor Sarah Breckenridge Thursday evenings, Oct. 17-Nov. 14, from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the North Link. Cost is $10.

More information is available at any kiosk. You can register on-line at, with an Event Registration Envelope, or by calling Dianne Nash at 651-762-9141. 8

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AND N OTES Why Become a Member? Sunday, Jan. 12 – New Member Class “Because all of us long to be part of something greater than ourselves. All of us long to be part of God's divine and redemptive work in the world.” – Pastor John Hogenson Interested in becoming more formally connected with St. Andrew’s? Attend a New Member class on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary Building. The class provides 1) an overview of St. Andrew’s and its ministries, 2) an introduction to the pastors and staff, 3) an opportunity to learn more about the Lutheran faith, and 4) how to get involved in the life and ministry of St. Andrew’s. Call Ronda at 651-762-9139 or e-mail at to register. Lunch provided and childcare available.

Information from the Finance Office Considering a year-end donation to St. Andrew’s? Here are a couple options for you to consider: Donating a gift of appreciated stock may be beneficial to you as well as to St. Andrew’s. Also, you may consider making a distribution directly to St. Andrew’s from your IRA if you are age 70 ½ and older. Please consult your tax advisor for the option best for you and allow enough time for these gifts to be received before year-end.

Annual Meeting St. Andrew’s Annual Meeting Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary (Childcare available) 6 p.m. Financial Review Meeting in Sanctuary Room 205

GriefShare Thru Dec. 5, 2013 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in Sanctuary Building

BEGIN ANYTIME! GriefShare is a Christ-centered grief recovery support group. The Biblically-based program, focusing on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one, is presented in a 13-week video series featuring nationally respected grief experts. In group discussion you will have an opportunity to share with people who understand how you feel the pain of your loss and start the journey from mourning to joy. Call Joanne Zehnder at 651-730-9073 for more information. To register, contact Lisa Grundtner at 651-762-9117. Cost is $18 which covers all materials.

If you do not wish to receive contribution envelopes, which are mailed out monthly to your homes, please contact the finance office at 651-762-9174 or 651-762-9101. Any questions regarding this information, please contact Patty Ingberg at or call 651-762-9174. 9

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CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY Ellen Benson Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Ellen Benson. Ellen died at the age of 87 on Aug. 9. Ellen was a friend of St. Andrew’s and her memorial service was held on Aug. 14. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to her family and friends.

Edward Rappold Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Edward Rappold. Edward died at the age of 93 on July 31. Edward was a friend of St. Andrew’s and his memorial service was held on Aug. 20. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to his family and to his many relatives and friends.

Preschool Welcomes Your Child!

Vernon Johnson

• Bright, inviting classrooms where teaching your child is priority #1 • Commitment to kindergarten readiness, getting along with friends, and helping others • Weekly chapel led by the Pastors • Music and Spanish with a specialist • Access to full size gym • Color Day and in-house events • Special time with our “Grandfriends” Open House for prospective students of half day preschool on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tours available at any time for full or half day Preschool. Please call 651-762-4300 or 651762-9121.

Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Vernon Johnson. Vernon died at the age of 74 on Aug. 15. Vernon was a member of St. Andrew’s and his memorial service was held on Aug. 21. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to his family and to his many relatives and friends.

Karen Denn Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Karen Denn. Karen died at the age of 50 on Aug. 16. Karen was a friend of St. Andrew’s and her memorial service was held on Aug. 26. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to her family and to her many relatives and friends.

Nordis Schrankler Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Nordis Schrankler. Nordis died at the age of 74 on Sept. 10. Nordis was a member of St. Andrew’s and her funeral service was held on Sept. 16. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to her family and to her many relatives and friends.

Martha Cull Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Martha Cull. Martha died at the age of 86 on Sept. 10. Martha was a friend of St. Andrew’s and her memorial service was held on Sept. 16. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to her family and to her many relatives and friends.

Gladysmay Peterson Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Gladysmay Peterson. Gladysmay died at the age of 87 on Sept. 14. Gladysmay was a member of St. Andrew’s and her memorial service was held on Sept. 20. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to her family and to her relatives and friends.

Helen Monson Christian love and sympathy are extended to the family of Helen Monson. Helen died at the age of 92 on Sept. 1. Helen was a friend of St. Andrew’s and her funeral service was held on Sept. 28. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to her family and friends. 10

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Journey of Paul: Tour of Turkey and Greece Tentative dates: April 26-May 7, 2014 Estimated cost: $4,700-$4,900 from the Twin Cities Hosted by Rev. Mike Carlson & Rev. John Hogenson

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Pastor Michael Carlson and John Hogenson invite you to join them for a “Journey of Paul” tour to Greece and Turkey April 26-May 7, 2014. Together the group will retrace the steps of Paul’s missionary journeys and make the Bible come alive. Travel dates are tentative and the cost is estimated. A detailed brochure will be provided by late June and registration will open at that time. Registrations limited to 40 as we will travel in one motor coach. The itinerary being planned begins with an exploration of Istanbul and then travels by private motor coach along the Aegean coastline featuring one of the world’s great ancient archeological sites, Ephesus. From the Turkish port of Kusadasi a ship becomes the mode of transportation for two nights between Turkey and Greece. These days sailing the Aegean Sea include visits to the historic and picturesque islands of Patmos, and Santorini. The cruise ends on the mainland of Greece with two days to explore Athens and ancient Corinth on the Peloponnese. If you would like to receive the brochure or be included on the interested list, please contact Lori Goodroad at or 651-762-9103.

Small Groups connect people deeper to experience God’s word. People pray together, care for one another, serve together, and miss each other when they aren’t there. We have a wide array of Small Groups for Married Couples, Singles, Men, Women, Young Adults, Special Interests, and more. These Small Groups will meet in homes, coffee shops, St. Andrew’s, and many other places. Spiritual Transformation: At St. Andrew’s, we believe spiritual growth and life transformation happens best in the context of Small Groups where people know you well. To sign up for Small Groups or to find out more information, go to our website at Small Group Leaders Needed! If you feel called to explore this ministry, come to one of two Small Group Leader training meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11:45 a.m. (lunch) in Sanctuary Room 204 or Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Greath Hall Room 6 (with Community Dinner option in Great Hall at 6 p.m.). Please contact Pastor Brian Norsman at 651-762-9176 ( with questions. 11

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AND Sunday School

C HILDREN ’ S M INISTRY Serving Opportunities

Young Families

Important Sunday School Dates Three For Me • Nov. 10 – Sounds Like Love Music in worship: Due to musical popularity and space conflicts there will be no 4th and 5th Grade class this day. Students are asked to remain in worship with their families. All students are welcome to attend worship instead class if parents so choose. • Nov. 27, Nov. 30/Dec.1 – Thanksgiving Family Worship dates (no regular Sunday School Classes held these dates) • Dec. 8 – A Day In Bethlehem Event: There will be regular Sunday School classes; families are invited to attend the event in the Youth and Sports Center before or after Worship service. • Dec. 14/15 – Communion Option Weekend: Students who have received instruction in Communion are invited to participate in the full worship service this weekend with their families and receive communion. There will not be 4th and 5th Grade classes offered this weekend. Students are encouraged to attend worship and participate – this will help in making the transition to 6th grade expectations of worship participation. • Dec. 25, Dec. 28/29 and Jan. 1 – Christmas/New Year Family Worship Services (no regular Sunday School Classes will be held these days)

Grades K-3 • Advent-Themed Sunday School is coming again! Join us for the fun and exciting VBS Style Advent lesson themes from Dec. 7-Dec. 22. If you miss VBS, you will love Advent Sunday School. Extra Volunteers needed, contact Jen (Lucero) Collins to help out, 651-7629171 or

A Fun Break for Parents and Kids! “Three for Me” offers three hours of free time for busy moms and dads while their kids enjoy three hours of FUN, including Bible stories, play, songs, crafts and group activities - all in a safe, nurturing environment. Staff is CPR and first aid certified. Location: Great Hall Nursery Ages: 12 months to 5 years Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays Times: 9 a.m. – noon Lunch Bunch: noon – 1 p.m. (lunches brought from home) Cost: $16/day, $5/day for lunch bunch Dates: Fall Session, September November; Winter Session, December - February; Spring Session, March - May; Summer Session, June - August Payments are collected for the entire session at the time of registration. Reimbursement will not be given for missed days. Single day attendance is possible depending on availability; the cost is $21/day or $26/day with lunch bunch. For a link to registration and more information visit us online at For more information please contact Kristy Moosbrugger at 651762-9136 or

Sunday School Volunteers Needed It only takes one heart to make a difference. So, lend a Hand, and Lift a Heart! Volunteers are needed to help lead students ages 3 and up for Sunday School. Opportunities are available for Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday and options for monthly time commitments. Register online for your preferred class and schedule. Visit us at to get signed up today!

Feed My Starving Children under Family Service Opportunities at the bottom of the main page Dec. 7, 9-11 a.m., Coon Rapids. Help us feed God's children spiritually and physically. Great event for the whole family, for ages 5+; adult supervision required if children under age 16 attend. Families are encouraged to fund raise and bring funds to event; funds will be collected at FMSC. Resource Center Giving Tree: Families are encouraged to participate in the Resource Center Giving Tree during the month of December. Please consider helping another family celebrate Christmas this year! 12

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AND C HILDREN ’ S M INISTRY Skipping Stones Sports and Rec

Family Frolics For Preschoolers and their parent(s) Mondays: 9-11 a.m. Parents and their preschool age children are invited to open gym time in the Youth & Sports Center. Contact Lisa Heyer at 651-762-9175 for more information.

Rock Basketball Celebrating Baptism Baptism Preparation Class: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary Room 204; or Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall Room 6. We ask that families attend baptism class to prepare for the baptism of your child. The class is free of charge; please register at least one week prior. Childcare is available. To register for class or a baptism date contact Lisa Heyer at 651-762-9175, or

First Communion Workshop Welcome To The Lord's Table (1st grade and up) Children in Grade 1 and older are invited to take Communion Instruction. During our workshop participants will learn about the deep meaning of the sacrament. Parents or Godparents are asked to attend class with their child. Communion Instruction will be offered Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon in the Great Hall. Participants may celebrate their First Communion on either Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. Great Hall service, or Sunday, Nov. 3, at any service 9, 9:30, or 10:30 a.m. Please register your family online for the class by Thursday, Oct. 31. If you have questions contact Kim Lewin at 651-762-9167 or

Third Grade Bible Workshop Workshop for parents and students on Jan. 26; with presentation options Feb. 1, Feb. 2 and Feb. 5. Registration required for workshop. For a link to registration and all details on these events, please visit the webpage If you have questions please contact Kim Lewin at 651-762-9167 or

For Girls and Boys Grades Kindergarten through Second Volunteer Coaches Needed: R.O.C.K. relies solely on parent participation. R.O.C.K. Coordinator, team coaches, or co-coaches needed – additional assistance needed for each team with a ratio of one coach/assistant to five kids. For more details on these needs or to sign up to volunteer, contact Lisa Heyer at or 651-7629175. R.O.C.K.: Recreational Opportunities for Christian Kids. This league is designed as a non-competitive, skills-based basketball program with an emphasis on Christ-centered team play. Children are taught the value of character development and how it relates to living in Christian community. Practices are held on Monday evenings in December, January and February; and games are Saturday mornings in January and February. Registration cost is $45 per child/$65 for family, paid at the time of registration. Online registration is encouraged. Visit to be directed to the registration page.

Little Tigers Kids Karate Ages 5-7, on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m., 12 week session, starting anytime for $75 per student. More information on the web. 13

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M IDDLE S CHOOL Moonlight Madness Friday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. thru Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. Cost: $50. Want to stay out ALL NIGHT with other middle school kids from St. Andrew’s? Come to Moonlight Madness! A great night of fellowship, food and fun! In the past we have enjoyed: a giant a video arcade, batting cages, mini golf, bumper cars, laser tag, movies, disco bowling and more! This event is open to all middle school ages (6th-8th grade). There is a firm deadline of November 3, so make sure to register before then! Register online or with an event registration envelope with payment enclosed.

Jingle Ball Friday, Dec. 13, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Great Hall $5 at the door - OR - $4 if you bring a non-perishable food item. Concessions for additional purchase. Come enjoy the Jingle Ball Dance to celebrate the holidays! You’ll experience a great vibe, great music and great time to hang out with friends. There will be a DJ, dancing, Wii games, board and card games, raffles and more! This event is open to all middle school aged kids (6th-8th grade). We’re always happy to have volunteers assist with concession sales, décor and set up. Contact Jenelle Thorvilson at 651-762-9130 to help out!

C ONFIRMATION Leader Get-together Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Youth & Sports Center No class, just the leaders enjoying a wonderful dinner, some fellowship, and conversation around what has been happening in Confirmation and what is to come. We encourage every leader to put this on their schedule. Dates to remember: • 6th Grade Nov. 6 -Small groups Nov. 13 - Family Night Nov. 20 - Small groups - Meet in the Sanctuary Building Nov. 27 - No class (Thanksgiving weekend) Dec. 4 & 11 - Small groups • 7th & 8th Grade Wednesdays Nov. 6, 13 & 20 - Small groups (Nov. 20 is a service day – meet in the Great Hall) Nov. 27 – No class (Thanksgiving weekend) Dec. 4 & 11- Small groups Sundays Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 - Small groups Dec. 8 – Small groups & 15 (Dec. 15 is a service day)

Celebrating 31 Years - Sounds Like Love Choral Festival! Concerts: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2014, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 at the door We are expecting 300-plus students and leaders to register for the weekend event. We will be asking St. Andrew’s members to host students and leaders in their homes for the weekend again this year. Amy Ness will be the housing coordinator for the event. Please sign up to host participants in your home. Amy can be reached at or 651-762-9101 for more information. The mass choir will participate in two Sunday morning services on Nov. 10 and then will perform the full concerts on 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Please watch the worship bulletin for ticket information. If you want more information contact Susie Anderson at, 651-287-2481 or go to 14

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H IGH S CHOOL Youth Worship Band Practice

Peer Ministry Training

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Pier 7 If you have ever wanted to be a part of the Youth Music Ministry Program at St. Andrew’s contact Justin Pinotti 612-8506475 or Bring your voice, your guitar and your drum and let’s make a joyful noise.

Nov. 22 -24 at Camp WAPO, Cost: $125 Have you been hearing about all the great things about Peer Ministry and want to be a part? Do you want to be a Confirmation guide or camp counselor? Would you like to grow in your skills about being a leader or listener? If you are interested, then please fill out the purple Peer Ministry Application and either register online or with an event envelope. For more details and questions contact Erin Morris.

Augsburg High School Basketball $100 (includes refundable $50 team jersey deposit) Practices begin in Dec., league play happens on Sundays, from Jan. thru Feb. in the Youth & Sports Center. Hoop it up with your friends at St. Andrew’s in the Augsburg College Church Youth Basketball League (ACCYL). Weekly practices and games will give you the opportunity to have fun, sweat a little bit while building healthy relationships with your teammates, opponents, and God. Devotions, prayers, and community service are a part every team’s experience. Open to boys and girls currently in grades 9 thru 12. Everyone will have an equal opportunity to enjoy the game of basketball, regardless of ability or experience! Please contact Jenelle at 651-762-9130 or

Christmas Party Friday, Dec. 20, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Come join other high school youth for a night filled with food, fellowship and fun to celebrate Jesus’ birthday! The night will be filled with games, delicious food, worship, classic Christmas movies and more! Any questions contact Jenelle Thorvilson at 651-762-9130!

High School Sunday School Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Youth & Sports Center Come and enjoy some coffee, breakfast, fellowship and fun! It’s a great way to stay connected with the Youth Ministry Department, meet some new people and have a great time! Bring friends and have fun! See you this Sunday!

The Early Bird Breakfast Club Every Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Mahtomedi – Coffee Cottage Stillwater – Starbucks Coffee Shop (Oak Park Heights) White Bear Lake – McDonald’s, County Road E Meet with other high school youth to begin your day in the WORD. Come for coffee, breakfast, connections and good conversations. All high school youth are welcome!

Peer Ministry Meeting Sundays, Nov. 17 and Dec. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. Youth & Sports Center This is the monthly check-in meeting for those who have attended the training for Peer Ministry. We ask that youth make time to come to these meetings to check-in and talk about their experiences. Please RSVP 24-hours in advance! Dinner is provided and needs to be prepared for you.

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Sunday, Dec. 22, time and location will be posted. Welcome back to all who have graduated high school. The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family. We would love to invite you all to a Reunion on Dec. 22. A chance to see faces you may not have seen in a while, meet some new people and enjoy reconnecting with God. 15

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M IDDLE AND H IGH S CHOOL Wednesday Night Activities (No activities on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1) 2:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gym, Pier 7, Community Room and Great Hall. All activities free of charge. The Youth and Sports Center will offer space for homework, gym time, organized games, outdoor games (when weather allows), and a movie room as options for relaxing or burning off some energy after the school day.

Mission Trip Information • Mission Jamaica Trip, March 8-15, 2014, Cost: $2085, St. Andrew’s will pay $500 per student, final cost: $1,585. High School age only. From Kingston to Montego Bay, come experience the culture and community of Jamaica. Work during your days at local food shelves, schools and villages helping to do your part to serve Christ in these communities. Registration is online now, but here are a few important deadlines: Nov 3: $175 non-refundable, no one can be added after this date Dec 9: $550 Jan. 8: After the Dec. 9 deadline Paige Peterson will give Mary Post the remaining amount and the Youth Department will contact you on your balance. If you are interested contact a member of the Youth Team to get you set up to go on the adventure of a lifetime! • North Dakota Dreamcatchers Mission Trip, July 19-25, 2014 Come and experience life on an Indiana reservation in Northwest North Dakota. You’ll see the sun set over the hills and experience God in the wide-open spaces in Garrison, North Dakota. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, roofing a house, building a deck or if you are the kind of person that likes to spend time with people, sharing the gospel or working with kids, North Dakota has any opportunity for anyone!!! Cost will be between $300-500 (completed 8th – 12th grades) • Sonshine Christian Music Festival/South Dakota Mission Trip, July 13-19, 2014 We are planning on doing a joint mission trip, plus a Sonshine Music Festival experience. We will begin the week serving in the Soiux Falls, SD area and then on Tuesday we will travel to Wilmar, Minn., to serve at and enjoy the Christian Music Festival. Cost will be between $200-400


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Classes run in 12-week sessions. Tuesday Nights – Beginners 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Advanced 7:30-8:30 p.m. Training Sessions – Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Y&SC. $95; 2nd family member is $55; 3rd $35. Uniforms required and available through the instructor. To register, please fill out a registration envelope available in each building. Call Dan at 651-2750892 for more information.

Yogadevotion Six-week session: Jan. 6-Feb. 17; cost $45 Need 15 pre-registered for each class to be held. Register through an in-house registration form, attention Dianne Nash, call 651-762-9141, or register on-line. Practicing in the Presence – Monday Mornings Multi-level; 9 to 10 a.m., this class is open to all ages. Classes will be held in Sanctuary Room 204. Practicing in the Presence/Yin Yoga – Monday Evenings 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Great Hall. Yin yoga poses are intended to work passively with the fascia rather than actively with the muscles. Class will require props such as a block, strap, and blanket/pillow for the closing meditation. You may bring your own props from home or purchase the first night of the class. Practicing in the Presence – Monday Evenings 6:30 p.m. This multi-level class is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Classes are held in the Great Hall. 16

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M USIC S ERIES 2013-2014 Save the dates! More concerts and ticket information will be added later, but here is a preview of upcoming concerts. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 7 p.m. National Lutheran Choir Call 612-722-2301 for tickets or visit

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 3 p.m. Wayzata Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, 3 p.m. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Tickets: 651-291-1144

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 7 p.m. Sr. High Dessert Theater

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, 1 & 2:30 p.m. Sounds Like Love Concerts

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3 p.m. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Tickets: 651-291-1144

Sunday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Stillwater High School Choral Festival Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 4 p.m. Luther College Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, 3 p.m. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Tickets: 651-291-1144 Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, 3:30 & 6 p.m. St. Andrew’s Christmas Festival Free-will Offering Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 7 p.m. Renner/Robinson Christmas Concert Tickets: 651-762-9141

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3:30 p.m. Gustavus Adolphus Showcase Concert Sunday, March 23, 2014, 4 p.m. Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7 p.m. White Bear Lake High School Choral Concert Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7 p.m. White Bear Lake High School Band Concert Friday, April 18, 2014, 7 p.m. Good Friday service with St. Andrew’s Choir and Orchestra Sunday, May 4, 2014, 4 p.m. National Lutheran Choir

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 7 p.m. Classic Suburban Conference Honor Choir & Jazz Band Concert Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, 2 p.m. Middle School Musical 18

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Attention Choir Members Thanksgiving Eve Service and Rehearsals Wednesday, Nov. 27 Choristers: Regular rehearsal Middle School Choir: Regular rehearsal Orff: Regular rehearsals Senior High Choir: No rehearsal

Sing in the Festival You are invited to join with New Dimension Singers in St. Andrew’s Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 15. Experience the joy of singing Christmas music in this wonderful event. This is an opportunity for adults who love to sing to participate in St. Andrew’s Christmas Festival. You need to commit to the dates below, including rehearsals and both performances. Please notify Jan if you are planning to sing: 651-762-9123, or Rehearsals Rehearsal schedule: At least 5 of the 7 rehearsals below, plus the final rehearsals for all. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:45-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Combined Rehearsal (all choirs): Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11:30 a.m. Performances Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30 Rehearsal 3:30 & 6 p.m. performances

King's Messengers, Celebration Singers and adults: No regular rehearsal. They sing for the Thanksgiving Eve service as follows: King's Messengers and Celebration Singers: 6:30 Warmup 7:00 Sing for Thanksgiving Eve service New Dimension and St. Andrew’s Choir: 6:30 Warmup 7:00 Sing for Thanksgiving Eve service, and brief rehearsal after service Christmas Festival Rehearsals and Performances Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11:30 a.m. - Christmas Festival Rehearsal for ALL choirs & Orff ensembles. Your director will give you any exceptions to this. Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:30 & 6 p.m. – Christmas Festival Performances Your director will give you more specific information Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11:30 a.m. – Christmas Festival Rehearsal for all Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:30 & 6 p.m. - St. Andrew’s Christmas Festival Choir directors will give more specific information to each choir Christmas Eve Services Tuesday, Dec. 24 3:00 – Choristers 4:00 – King’s Messengers and Orff Grade 2 & 3 5:00 – Combined Celebration Singers and Middle School Choir 7:00 – Soloist 8:00 – Soloist 9: 00 – New Dimension Singers 10:00 – St. Andrew’s Choir 11:00 – St. Andrew’s Choir Midnight – Senior High Choir and Alums Please notify your director if unable to sing at your choir’s assigned time. Further information – call Jan at 651-762-9123 Wednesdays, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1 – No rehearsals 19

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W OMEN ’ S M INISTRY Bible Study Basics

Women On The Edge

Jesus through the eyes of Matthew! Wednesday mornings, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Walk Right In! We will be glad to find the perfect small group just for you! Every other Saturday morning – Contact Peg at There is still time to come and learn about Jesus (the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham,) as told in the book of Matthew. This first book of the New Testament functions as a bridge between the Old and New Testaments. We will be using the NavPress, Life Changes study. No experience necessary!

Women's Book Club All are welcome. This discussion group meets the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. We meet in the conference room at the Maplewood Library. Nov: The Girls from Atomic City by Denice Kiernar Dec: Your Choice of a Christmas Book to share with the group. For information call Trudy McMurtry 651-773-3261.

Trip Out West October 2014 Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon! Depart: Saturday, October 4, 2014 Return: Saturday, October 11, 2014 Cost: $1,395 (plus airfare and food) Join Kellie Cardinal for a hiking trip full of adventure you will remember forever! Six amazing days hiking and sightseeing in We will fly into Las Vegas and drive Cable Mountain Lodge. $100 deposit by Feb. 9 reserves your spot. 20

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M EN ’ S M INISTRY Men’s Breakfasts 2013 -2014 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 8-9:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: Pastor Mike Carlson Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: Dr. Bob Veninga, St. Andrew's Church Council President; "Resilience" Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m. Dr. Jack Stoltzfus Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.


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Connect ON Campus Register at, complete registration form, or contact Lisa Grundtner at 651-762-9117.

The Healthy Brain

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $15. “The Healthy Brain: Maintaining Mental Fitness” will present strategies you can take to help ensure a healthier brain, based on the four things you can do now for mental fitness. The presenter, Carolyn Klaver, is a registered nurse for Lyngblomsten’s Home- and Community-Based Services. With 30 years of nursing experience, including working with individuals who have early- and mid-stage memory loss, she will be able to answer questions on both sides of memory – healthy brain and memory loss. Even for those experiencing some memory loss, continuing to work on having a healthy brain is essential! This is sure to be an engaging and educational, possibly life-altering event!

AARP Driver Safety

Next Session: Monday, Nov. 11, 5:30-9:30 p.m. AARP Driver Safety Program refines existing skills and covers defensive driving techniques for those over age 55. The driver then qualifies for a 10% reduction in auto insurance. The four-hour refresher course is held in Sanctuary Room 204. Pre-registration and payment is required. Cost is $18, prepayment required.

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Connect for Care

• Let us know if you are going to be hospitalized …contact Lisa at 651-762-9117 or • Emergency, a pastor is on call 24 hours a day…contact 651-426-3261 and follow the prompts. • Post-hospital visit, contact Lisa at 651-762-9117 or • TLC [Tender Lutheran Care] team members available for ongoing visitation, Lisa at 651-762-9117 or

Prayer Shawl Ministry A tangible evidence of prayer. We have a Prayer Shawl Ministry that offers tangible evidence of prayer; prayers that are knit into the shawls and that the recipient is wrapped in with each shawl. One member of the prayer shawl group told us that she had taken a shawl to a sick friend with the prayers and a card and was very surprised and moved by how much the shawl meant to her friend. She told her daughter of this experience and was surprised when her daughter tearfully asked her to make a shawl for her. The woman asked her daughter why she wanted a prayer shawl and the daughter told her she wanted the shawl so she could wrap herself in God’s love and prayers for the rest of her life. Our prayer shawl group meets the SECOND Saturday of every month in the Garden Room of St. Andrew’s Village from 9-11 a.m. Come and pray and knit with us if you can, or pray and knit at home and bring us your shawl for gifting. Contact: Jackie O’Neill, 651-770-1155.

Support Groups Inner Peace Alanon


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Gratitude in Action AA Fridays, all year 5:30-7 p.m. Sanctuary Room 204A None required; just come Yes, call 651-762-9113 Lisa Grundtner, 651-762-9117

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Happy and Joyous AA

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Alanon Works Family Event Date: Time: Location: Registration: Nursery/Childcare: Contact:

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Fridays, all year 7-9 p.m. Sanctuary Room 203 None required; just come Yes, call 651-762-9113 Lisa Grundtner, 651-762-9117

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highlight the key stages to development and execution: • Write your ethical will • Talk about your will with a spouse and/or friends • Live your will by identifying how your actions support your values • Revisit your will over time to reassess priorities We are confident that you will learn things about yourself in this process. The dates for the first class will be Nov. 7, 14, and 21, at 7 p.m. following the community meal. Look in the Sunday church bulletin for details on sign-up. 23

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M ISSION J AMAICA 25 Years of Serving With Love Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13

examples of true missions our church has nurtured with the confidence planted from our first mission endeavor in Jamaica.

Our upcoming Mission Jamaica season will mark our 25th year of serving in Jamaica. A lot has changed over the years, but three things have lasted – faith, hope and love. In the beginning, God created… the desire and the opportunity for 19 missionaries to travel to Jamaica to do what Jesus did…go out and help your brothers and sisters. The team went into Hope Valley and asked “How can we help.” We’ve continued to ask the same question for 25 years resulting in a wonderful response of ongoing opportunity. Some of our first missionaries have continued to serve year after year, inviting friends and family to join them, for an amazing Godfilled experience that has been life changing. From Denny Kiel, retired Mission Jamaica director and 25 year volunteer: When Jeff Peterson asked for my reflections on “25 years of Mission Jamaica”, the first thing that came to mind was the change that the program brought both to our congregation and the Lutheran Church. In 1990 nineteen missionaries from St. Andrew’s followed Roger Eigenfeld to Jamaica for a short term mission trip. While adult short term missions for members of other denominations were

Denny Kiel booming, the concept was not yet embraced by the ELCA. Our nineteen missionaries led the way and set the foundation for over fifty other Lutheran congregations and collages to join with St. Andrew’s in giving ourselves away in Christian love in Jamaica. Mission Jamaica has empowered, equipped trained and commissioned up to 700 short term missionaries in a single year. Mission Jamaica grew itself from a volunteer part time one to two week a year program to a year around operation affecting dozens of mission partners in Jamaica. Only in a congregation like St. Andrew’s, that is willing to office and underwrite pioneering programs, can this type of change be realized. I have also seen change at St. Andrew’s after we first went out our door to minister in Jamaica. Our Habitat for Humanity program, Vision Slovakia and the St. Andrew’s Resource Center are just a few 24

From Larry Gruenewald, 25 year volunteer: In looking over the 25 years of Mission Jamaica’s existence the two things that I most cherish are: #1. The love between the missionaries and our Jamaican brothers and sisters. #2. With God’s help, the opportunity to instill a will, and a chance, to improve their future. During a long struggle with a hip replacement and a cardiac arrest situation, it was always my goal to get back to Jamaica, and more specifically to Kingston through Mission Jamaica. I always felt God had more for me to do there! Now that I am in my twilight of my physical ability to help the Jamaican people, I attempt to be there for them relationally, financially, and spiritually.

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M ISSION J AMAICA From Pattianne Demaray, 25 year volunteer: I was asked to share a few pivotal moments over the 25 years of Mission Jamaica…what is hard about this request is the qualification of “few”, there have been so many and Praise God that they continue to occur! Here are a few choice ones from the early years: Year 1 – As I am painting alone on the side of a classroom at Hope Valley Experimental School, a Jamaican man watches me but won’t talk to me. Yet when one of our missionaries (Joe) comes around the corner, he says to Joe, “Humph, woman doing man’s work!”……… then in

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Year 3 – Hope Valley PTA women are tearing apart /remodeling the kitchen with us……then in Year 10 - A Jamaican man requests that I change to his project to help with his construction project because he needed my skills. We are true partners in Christ’s work. Year 4 – The Minister of Education comes to speak at Hope Valley to emphasize the importance of “The Lutherans” ongoing presence on their Island. He calls us their ‘Anchor’, praising God for sending us and thanking us for responding. We have become a part of their ongoing lives not just a group who came to help once,

never to return. Year 1 - A young man comes down on a skateboard into our worksite and into our hearts. This man has one typical arm, 3 partial limbs, and a smile that lights up a room. He wants to work, help us and be with us. He painted with us that day and ultimately spent the last 23 years of his life working at Hope Valley, and will live in our hearts forever.

St. Andrew’s will have teams in Jamaica Jan 1825, Jan 25-Feb 1 and Mar 8-15, 2014. Join us as we continue to serve at sites over the past 25 years ago. Become a part of our history where we are examples of Faith, Hope and Love. Please contact the Mission Jamaica office for more trip details. 25

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The Ministry Partnership of Vision Slovakia with The Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia The Vision Slovakia pages in this issue of Proclaim are an invitation to become an active participant in this ministry of St. Andrew’s. Many of you are now sponsoring tuition costs for students of the Lutheran Elementary School and adult students of the Bible School in Martin, Slovakia. Others have taught Conversational English during the summer to the adult students of the Bible School and Vacation Bible School during the summer to the children of Martin. Still others have been involved several times in the reconstruction and renovation of the buildings on the campus of the Center for Christian Education through builders’ groups traveling to Martin. The Commitment St. Andrew’s has been involved in the former Eastern bloc nation of Slovakia for over 15 years. Recently people have asked, “When will our ministry there be done?” and, “Aren’t they capable of teaching programs like Vacation Bible School now?” and, “Why is it taking them so long to become financially independent?”

The Bible School building includes class rooms, offices, assembly and worship space, and five apartments on the second floor.

These are difficult and complex questions for many reasons. We didn’t choose this ministry, but this opportunity has been gifted to us and called by God to serve as a congregation. We have continued to establish partnerships with other congregations who are also committed and called into the support of this ministry of Christian education in Slovakia.

vision was to reestablish Christian education schools for children, youth and adults. Others shared his vision to once again provide for educational freedom to instill the Christian faith for a new generation. He died in 2006 but his vision lives on. His son, Bohdan Hrobon, continues to serve as the director of the Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia.

In this ministry we have received far more from our Slovak partners than we have given. They have given us a vision of their commitment to teach and proclaim the gospel for this new time of freedom. They have lived through times when it has not only been difficult, but even impossible to worship. These are faithful people with a vision to reestablish Christian education and freedom of worship. They continue to recover from the trauma of living with totalitarian regimes for over 40 years under communism following WW II, and prior to the reign of terror and holocaust under the Third Reich.

The History These schools have been firmly established, as you will read in the following descriptions, but they are still in their infancy and we cannot fail to support them even now. These are crucial times for the faithful in Slovakia and the partnership we share with them as we continue to walk with them. This is as important now as it has been in the past 15 years.

Self-worth and initiative were virtually destroyed during these years with the daily threat of imprisonment and death. Records were secretly kept on persons and innocent people who were identified as enemies of the state. This so-called information was used to incarcerate and martyr Slovak citizens for any outward expression of their faith in God. Jan Bohdan Hrobon was a Lutheran pastor who dared to carry out his ministry under all these dangers and still live faithfully to his call to proclaim and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. His

To offer Christian education has been a life-long vision of the forefathers and current leaders of the Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia. The present generation of leaders and teachers is the first after many decades of repression to have the freedom to proclaim the gospel freely and to equip lay leaders to be missionaries of Christ. The story of the Center for Christian Education began in 1998 with the creation of a Bible School, offering a weekend study program in the Bible and Christian elementary teaching. Its primary purpose was to provide nurturing Christian education for those who sensed the inadequacy of their knowledge of their Christian roots. The theme verse of the school is inscribed in several languages on the central floor-to-ceiling window of the 26

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V ISION S LOVAKIA Bible School building, expressing Jesus’ words of promise: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The Bible School’s offerings soon expanded to include basic education in social work and pastoral care. With a number of partner congregations in the USA, the Bible School continues to annually educate leaders for missions in Eastern Europe. In 2003 the Bible School established the Lutheran Elementary School. They realized that to reach the current generation of children and parents a program of education for elementary age children needed to be established. The addition of the Lutheran Elementary School became a partner in what is now known as the Center for Christian Education. The Strategy The Center for Christian Education has a strategic location. It is situated in the town of Martin (population 60,000) at the very heart of Slovakia, only a few kilometers from the geographical center of Europe. It is at the crossroads of Poland, the Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Western Europe. The Center for Christian Education also has a strategic vision. It is seizing this very opportune moment in history. This is a transition period following decades of communism, a totalitarian regime dominated by atheistic ideology and injustice that led to persecution, isolation and reduction of the Church’s life. The role of laity was diminished, resulting in a loss of mission outreach. Now that Central Europe is enjoying a time of freedom, democracy and social justice, the hope is to reintroduce a church which is faithful to its calling and relevant in today’s world. Pastor Jan Bohdan Hrobon This can be done through quality educaresisted the totalitarian tion in the Christian faith which is foregime and lived to see his cused on theology, social ministry and vision of establishing mission work. schools for Christian education of all ages.

The Center for Christian Education has a strategic plan. It is working toward its goals by creating educational institutions covering all age groups – kindergarten, elementary school, high school, university level, and continuing education for laity in the Bible, the Church’s doctrine, social work and mission work. At the center of the campus stands the Martin Lutheran Church, a living symbol of all that takes place through the many programs of the Center for Christian Education. Lutheran Kindergarten – established in September 2012 In September 2012, the Center for Christian Education opened the first protestant kindergarten in the Martin area. This was established with the leadership of the Martin Lutheran Church,

along with American and Slovak volunteer construction workers and the financial support of partnering individuals and congregations in the USA. The goal of the new kindergarten program is to communicate the love of God and to nurture the youngest children and their parents in the Chris- The Lutheran Church in Martin tian faith. stands at the heart of the campus of the Center for Christian

Lutheran Elementary School – Education. established in 2003 The Lutheran Elementary School was created to be a place where children could come to know Jesus Christ, be free to ask the most important questions about life, God and the world, and receive competent, high-quality Christian instruction. The school has become an effective mission tool as it makes a significant impact not only in the lives of its students, but also in the lives of the students’ parents, families and congregations. This is mission in the Christian faith through education of the highest quality. Bilingual High School – established in September 2013 The educational program of the Lutheran Elementary School thoroughly prepares pupils for a bilingual (Slovak and English) high school education. This new program has been approved by the Slovak Ministry of Education and opened in the fall of 2013. In creating this new program, Christian high school education returns to the Martin region after 130 years of absence. Department of Religious Studies – established in 2012 The academic abilities of the Bible School faculty were recognized by the neighboring state-run University of Zilina in 2012, when the University established a Department of Religious Studies. This recognition was also prompted by the success of graduating students in the two pioneer study programs taught at the university by the Bible School faculty. The B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Education were established in 2001, and the B.A. degree in Mission Work with Children and Youth was established in 2006. An Invitation to Participate and Serve The theme, “The Miracle Continues” proclaims the faith and hope of the CCE in Martin, Slovakia. Into the many aspects of this partnership, there is a place for you to serve Christ’s church. The vision we share with our partners in Slovakia continues to be a gift from God, and we are blessed as a congregation to have received this vision. To God alone the glory!

Please consider this your personal invitation and call from God to serve in this ministry. For further information on how you may serve contact Paul Berge, director of Vision Slovakia. I can be reached by email:, and by phone at St. Andrew’s: 651-762-9143. 27

900 Stillwater Road Mahtomedi, Minnesota 55115-2206



ST. ANDREW’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL A New and Glorious Morn Sunday, Dec. 15 3:30 and 6 p.m. Children’s Choirs, Adult Choirs Orff Ensembles, Handbells, Organ, St. Andrew’s Orchestra Free-will Offering

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All the holiday events and more at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota! All are welcome!

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