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Welcome to St. Andrew We are grateful that you are participating with us in our ministry of God’s grace through Jesus Christ for the sake of our community and

Contents Worship & Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Early Learning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

world. We strive to make the gospel relevant to the lives of all who

Children & Family Ministry. . . . . . . 4

participate in what we do. We hope that this handbook is helpful in

Confirmation Age Ministry. . . . . . . 6

you finding a place in the ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

High School Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . . 7


Camping Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Learning & Small Groups. . . . . . . . 8

Living Out Our Faith In Daily Life Worship Services

St. Andrew offers a variety of services to meet the needs of our members.

Service & Outreach. . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Family Mission & Service Trips. . 13 Congregational Care . . . . . . . . . . 14

Sunday Morning Worship

Hospitality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

9:00 AM. . . . . . . . . . Spirited Traditional 10:30 AM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blended • • •

Play{full} Life Groups. . . . . . . . . . . 12

Property & Admin Support. . . . . . 15

Weekly Sunday School and Difference Makers offered at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Nursery available during Sunday morning worship Coffee and fellowship at all services

Become a Member

Our membership process meets you wherever you are on your faith journey, connects you with the community of St. Andrew Lutheran, and helps you find ways to be sent into the world to serve God and others. Plan on attending an upcoming New Member Orientation to: • Meet with pastors, staff, and other potential new members • Learn more about exciting opportunities to connect, grow, and give at St. Andrew • Learn what being Lutheran is all about If you have any questions visit for more information

St. Andrew Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA.


Church Committees . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Our Ministries Starlite Singers

Worship & Music

Age Range: 3-year-olds–kindergarten Days/Times: Wednesdays from 6:00–6:30 PM, September–May Description: Starlite Singers welcomes the youngest children with a variety of activities. Children sing, dance, make music, and learn of Jesus’ love for them. Participate in worship approximately once per month, as well as additional Wiggle & Worship services. Parents are always invited to attend, and nursery care is available for younger siblings. Contact: Hannah Fleming at

Altar Guild

Age Range: Adult Days/Times: One weekend per month for one service Description: Sunday mornings set-up the sanctuary for Holy Communion and Holy Baptism, along with other important tasks, helps the congregation worship God in meaningful ways. Contact: Gina Altmann & Debbie Flach at

Sonshine Singers

Age Range: 1st–4th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 6:15–7:00 PM, September–May Description: Sonshine Singers is an exciting and energetic children’s choir. Singers learn age-appropriate choral singing basics in a nurturing and fun environment. Members learn to read choral music and healthy singing habits. The choir sings during worship approximately once a month. Contact: Bethany Wollman at

Communion Assistants

Age Range: Youth–adult Days/Times: Sign up to serve when available Description: Assist the pastors with distribution of the wine and bread for communion on the first and third Sundays mornings of the month. Training is available. Contact: Gina Altmann & Debbie Flach at

Spirit Singers

Sunday Greeters

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: Once every 4–6 weeks; 20 Minutes Description: To help create a welcoming environment at St. Andrew. Greet people, extend a hand, share a smile, help introduce people to others, and assist newcomers. Contact: Gina Altmann & Debbie Flach at

Age Range: 5th–9th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 5:45–6:25 PM, September–May Description: The Spirit Singers sing approximately once a month in worship and once a year at the Café Concert. They sing anthems and descants for congregational hymns. Occasionally, they combine with the Canticle Choir, Sonshine Singers, and Starlite Singers. A variety of instruments accompany the Spirit Singers. Contact: Kirsten Hanninen at



Age Range: Youth–adult Days/Times: Usher teams serve once a month every 3–4 months depending on the service hour and needs Description: To greet and assist those entering the sanctuary for worship with a warm smile and welcoming presence. Duties include distribution of bulletins, assisting with collecting the offering, directing the congregation for communion, and assisting those with special needs. Contact: John Barth at

Age Range: 9th–12th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 5:15–6:00 PM, Mid-Nov–Dec and will sing during 12/19 evening service, and services on 12/22. Description: High School students are encouraged to participate in this excellent choir opportunity at St. Andrew. StAnd 4 meets during the month of December and supports worship services in December, making it a great opportunity for students to participate in moving services during Advent and to Serve God through music and make new friends in this great addition to our music program at St. Andrew. Contact: Sarah Gilbertson at

Sanctuary Care Team

Canticle Choir

Age Range: Adults, parents and children, and confirmation age youth Days/Time: Varies Description: This team helps with preparing the sanctuary for special services. Watch for opportunities to help on the St. Andrew website. Contact: Gina Altmann & Debbie Flach at

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Wednesdays from 7:30–8:45 PM Description: The Canticle Choir singers lead the congregation at three 9:00 AM Sunday services a month and occasionally at the 10:30 AM service by singing the liturgy, special hymn arrangements, anthems, calls to worship, and the occasional major choral/orchestral compositions. Contact: Larry Bach at


St. Andrew Lutheran Church Festival Choir

Summer Musical Drama Camp

Age Range: High School–Adult Days/Times: Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings Description: Festival Choir is an opportunity for singers (high school– adult) to join the Canticle Choir to sing for special services: Christmas Eve, Easter, and Pentecost. The commitment is short term requiring 2–3 rehearsals ending with a Sunday morning performance. Contact: Larry Bach at

Age Range: 5th–12th Grade Days/Times: 1 week in the summer and 8 spring rehearsals Description: Students with a flair for the dramatic, a love of music, or a curiosity about how theatre works behind the scenes come together for a week in the summer to produce a musical. Auditions are in the spring, and everyone makes it! Past productions include: Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of Penzance, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Aladdin, Annie. Contact: Marie Wignall at or Tim Graf at

Ring of Fire

Age Range: 5th–9th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 5:15–6:00 PM, September–May Description: Ring of Fire is a great opportunity for both instrumentalists and singers to learn and play handbells. This lively group has an amazing and contagious sense of camaraderie! The handbell ensemble rings during worship about once a month. No experience is necessary! Contact: Bethany Wollman at

Café Concert

Age Range: 5th–12th Grade Days/Times: January 25, 2020, 7:00 PM Description: Each winter, youth in grades 5–12 share their talents in a winter variety show. Acts of all types are welcome—music, dance, karate, juggling, comedy, and anything else. Special guest performers also join our show and we warm up the night together. Contact: Pat Peterson at

Peace bRingers

Age Range: 8th–12th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 5:30–6:15 PM, September–May Description: Peace bRingers provides a bell choir experience for high school students and is a wonderful opportunity for fun, fellowship, and service! The handbell ensemble rings during worship about once a month. No experience is necessary! Contact: Linnae Stole at

Bells of Joy

Age Range: High school–adult Days/Times: Wednesdays from 6:30–7:25 PM Description: This 5-octave handbell choir for adults meets once a week to rehearse and plays in worship about once a month. Being part of Bells of Joy is a small group opportunity for those who enjoy praising God through music. Ringing experience is helpful but not necessary, everyone is welcome! Contact: Tim Graf at

Intro to Handbells

Age Range: Adult Days/Times: Wednesdays from 6:00–6:30 PM Description: St. Andrew member Vicki Grant will be leading Intro to Handbells this fall for beginning handbell ringers. The class is for adults and will cover all the basics and techniques of handbell ringing. They will meet from September 18 through December 18. No experience with handbells is required but attendees should be able to read music. Contact: Vicki Grant at


Our Ministries Early Learning

Children & Family Ministry


For all Children and Family Ministries, please contact Arlene Flancher, Director of Children’s Ministry at, unless otherwise noted.

Age Range: 6 weeks–5-year-olds Days/Times: Center hours are 7:00 AM–5:30 PM, Monday–Friday Description: This year-round ministry is a full-day, nationally accredited program, and have also earned a 4 Star Rating through Minnesota Parent Aware. Our goal is to provide balance between flexibility and structure. We help to build a sense of independence and responsibility while including positive methods of guidance and provide each child with age-appropriate learning experiences throughout the day. As your child grows within our program we strive to provide them with a solid foundation of Kindergarten readiness to set them up for success! Contact: Melanie Eggers at

School Year Children’s Ministries: Faith Rocks Sunday School

Age Range: 2 ½-year-olds–2nd Grade Days/Times: Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Description: Faith Rocks Sunday School meets every week during both Sunday morning worship hours. All are welcome to make new friends, learn about Jesus, and have fun together! Register online.


Difference Makers

Age Range: 33 months–5-year-olds Days/Times: We have 2, 3, 4, and 5 days a week classes that range from 3–4 hours, as well as a full day preschool class. Our preschool programs run from September–May. We also offer extended day afternoon enrichment classes and summer camps throughout the summer. Description: We are a NAEYC Accredited Preschool, and have earned a 4 Star Rating through Minnesota Parent Aware. We encourage the development of each child’s understanding of God, while providing social interaction and enrichment. The teaching of faith is integrated in all developmental areas—physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual—with the goal of ensuring that children are prepared for the next step of Kindergarten. Contact: Kathi Wieman at

Age Range: 3rd–6th Grade Days/Times: Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Description: Difference Makers is designed specifically for 3rd–6th grade students and meets every week during both Sunday morning worship hours. Emphasis will be on living faith in daily life. Through video, small group conversation, and choice activities, we will discover how our faith and following Jesus makes a difference for us, our families, and in the world. Register online.

Christmas Program Worship

Age Range: 2 ½-year-olds–6th Grade Days/Times: Program: Sun., Dec. 15, 2019 at both morning worship services Dress Rehearsal: Sun., Dec. 8 during Sunday School/Difference Makers Description: St. Andrew Sunday School and Difference Makers kids will share the story of Jesus’ birth, at both morning services. All preparation happens during Sunday School/Difference Makers in November.

Afternoon Enrichment Classes

Age Range: 3–5-year-olds Days/Times: Dates and times of these classes vary. For the most current information, check out our website at Description: In tandem with or separate from our preschool programs, these enrichment classes provide a wide variety of experiences to nurture each child’s self-esteem as a wonderfully created child of God. Themes focus around topics such as STEAM, Spanish, Preschool Book Club, Science Explorers, and St. Andrew Fit Kids! (our popular gym class). Lunch Bunch, Stay & Play, and a Curb Side Dropoff option is also available. Contact: Kathi Wieman at

Bible and Boogie

Age Range: 1st–2nd Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 5:15–6:15 PM, September–May Description: Bible and Boogie is a youth group designed just for 1st and 2nd graders. Kids will make friends, have fun, experience a Bible story, boogie, and pray together from 5:15–5:45 PM in Room 206, then we’ll share dinner together in the Fellowship Hall from 5:45–6:15 PM. Register online.

Bible Blasters!

Age Range: 3rd–4th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays from 5:15–6:15 PM, September–May Description: Bible Blasters is an out-of-this-world Wednesday night Youth Group designed just for 3rd and 4th graders. Kids should bring Bibles, curiosity, questions, and friends! We’ll share dinner from 5:15–5:35 PM in the Fellowship Hall, then move to Room 207 to blast into the Bible, play games, do art, and pray from 5:35–6:15 PM. Register online. Note: 3rd/4th Grade Crazy Cozy Lock-In is on Friday, January 24, 2020


St. Andrew Lutheran Church FUSE 5th & 6th Grade Youth Group

Summer Children’s Ministries:

(Friends Understanding Self and Each other) Age Range: 5th–6th Grade Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 PM September–May Description: A weekly youth group for 5th and 6th Grade kids including friends, devotions, games, snacks, and lots of fun! Note: 5th/6th Grade Lock Out is on November 1, 2019 and the Winter Retreat at Spirit in the Pines is February 21-23, 2020.

Summer Sunday School

Age Range: Age 4–2nd Grade Days/Times: Sundays in June, July, and August during both morning worship services Description: Join us to play, pray, and dive into Bible stories on Sundays in the summer. 3rd–6th Grade student leaders are invited to help with younger kids. All are welcome!

Children’s Ministry Mile Marker Celebrations:

Vacation Bible School, Mystery Bus, & Leaders in Training

Bible for Babies—Bible Sunday

Age Range: All babies baptized in 2018 Days/Times: Sunday, September 15, 2019 Description: Babies baptized in 2018 will be invited to receive their very first Bible and a blessing in worship.

Age Range: 3 ½-Year-old–8th Grade (completed) Days/Times: June 22–25, 2020 Description: Join us at St. Andrew in June 2020 for a fun-filled week! VBS is for kids ages 3 ½–2nd Grade. Mystery Bus is a 2-day service learning and fun adventure for kids in Grades 3–5 (Mon/Tues or Wed/ Thurs). LIT (Leaders in Training) is a leadership training program for kids who have completed Grades 6–8. All are welcome! Register online in early February, 2020.

3 Year-Olds and 3rd Graders—Bible Sunday

Age Range: 3-year-olds and 3rd Graders Days/Times: Sunday, September 15, 2019 Description: 3 year-olds and 3rd graders and their families will receive gift Bibles and a blessing in worship.

1st Grade—First Communion

Age Range: 1st Graders WITH parents or caring adult Days/Times: Instruction (Choose one time): Sun., March 12, 2020, 12:30–2:30 PM OR Thurs., March 16, 2020, 6:00–8:00 PM. Celebration in Worship: Maundy Thurs., April 9, 2020, 6:30 PM Description: Kids and parents/caregivers attend First Communion instruction together, and celebrate in worship on Maundy Thursday. Register in early 2020.

2nd Grade—Spirit in the Pines Camping

Age Range: 2nd Grade Days/Times: Camp Sunday will hold a blessing, in worship, for all of our 2nd graders on January 26, 2020 Description: 2nd graders will spend time in Sunday School with Burke Hancer, Director of Camping Ministries to learn about going to Spirit in the Pines as a camper for the first time! On January 26, 2020, 2nd graders will receive a special Spirit in the Pines gift and a blessing in worship to celebrate this mile marker.


Our Ministries Family Events:

Confirmation Age Ministry

Let Your Light Shine Costume Party

Middle School Youth Events

Age Range: Families with kids from birth–2nd Grade Days/Times: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5:30–7:00 PM Description: Wear your costumes and join us for a meal, games, costume parade, bouncy houses, and a service project! Register online. $20 per family.

Age Range: 7th–8th Grade Days/Times: Varies throughout the year Description: Middle School Winter Party, Feed My Starving Children, Corn Maze, Ice Cream Bike Tour, and more! Our Middle Schoolers are always cooking up something fun and crazy! We get together throughout the year to have some fun, and build friendships based in faith. Contact: Reilly Orner at

Wiggle & Worship

Age Range: Families with kids from birth–2nd Grade, and grandparents! Days/Times: Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2019 time TBD; Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 time TBD; Easter Sunday, Apr. 12, 2020 time TBD Description: Join us for these movement and noise-expected holiday worship services designed for young children and their families.


Age Range: 7th–9th Grade Days/Times: 7th–8th grade: Wed. 4:00–5:15 PM or 6:30–7:45 PM (Sept.–May) 7th-8th grade Confirmation Camp: (alternative week-long program) June 14–19, 2020 9th grade: September 15 & October 6, 6:30–8:00 PM Description: Confirmation is all about discovering where God’s at work in our lives, and putting our faith into practice! Through retreats, large group teaching, small group activities, and discussion, our youth dig deep into the Bible, relationships, and how they can continue to find their place in our church community. Contact: Reilly Orner at

Family Christmas Party

Age Range: Families with kids from birth–6th Grade Days/Times: Fri., December 6, 2019 from 5:30–7:00 PM Description: Join us to get ready for Christmas! We’ll hear advent stories, create advent art projects (wreaths, calendars, etc..), enjoy a Nativity photo booth, and do a service project.

Family Valentine’s Party

Age Range: Families with kids from birth–6th Grade Days/Times: Fri., Feb 7, 2020 from 5:30–7:00 PM Description: Gather with other families to share love and serve our neighbors together.

Middle School Mission Trip

Age Range: 6th–8th Grade (as of Fall 2019) Days/Times: July 12–18, 2020 Description: Get ready to serve God and grow deeper in your faith with old and new friends in Lake Traverse, S.Dakota! Each year our fantastic, servant-minded youth spend a week focused on serving the Lord and learning about what God’s doing in a new community. Contact: Reilly Orner at

Easter Egg Hunt

Age Range: Families with kids from birth–2nd Grade Days/Times: Sun., April 12, 2020 after Wiggle & Worship Description: Join us for a lively, movement-expected worship followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.

LIT Kids (Leaders in Training at VBS)

Age Range: 6th–8th Grade (as of Fall 2019) Days/Times: June 22–25, 2020 8:30 AM–1:00 PM Description: VBS doesn’t run without our awesome LIT kids. Leaders in Training create friendships and connections with kids during VBS, guiding them through the experience, and having a ton of fun! These leaders get to help and learn from our adult volunteers. Contact: Reilly Orner at


St. Andrew Lutheran Church High School Ministry

Camping Ministry

Wednesday Night Youth Group (WNYG)

Spirit in the Pines Camp

High School Mission Trip

Spirit in the Pines Camp Building & Property Team

High School Bible Study

Spirit in the Pines Camp Counselor/CIT Training

Age Range: 9th–12th Grade Days/Times: Wednesday 7:45–9:15 PM Description: Connect with other high school students from around the southwest metro at Wednesday Night Youth Group and monthly special events! On Wednesday nights, students will connect with God while connecting with one another through inspiring Bible studies, rewarding service projects, and ridiculously fun fellowship nights. Come for special events too like paintball, Timberwolves game and more! Invite your friends­—All are welcome! Follow @StAndrewHS on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates Contact: TJ Helgren at

Age Range: 2nd–9th Grade youth campers, 10th Grade–college age counselors, adults, and families Days/Times: All year Description: Spirit in the Pines Camp, owned and operated by St. Andrew, is located on Pleasant Lake, one hour north of Brainerd, MN. The camp serves St. Andrew members and is also an outreach ministry. Summertime at Spirit in the Pines Camp is filled with age specific Youth Camp sessions during the week. Family Camp sessions run on weekends, and over the 4th of July holiday. Retreats are held during the fall and winter months. Contact: Camp Ministry Team at

Age Range: 9th–12th Grade Days/Times: July 2020 Description: YouthWorks will lead the group and we will enjoy service opportunities such as painting, helping in food shelters, and working with the community. Location TBD Contact: TJ Helgren at

Age Range: Adults and families Days/Times: Various spring and fall weekends Description: Help in the organization and implementation of building and property projects and improvements as well as opening and closing cabins, etc. All skill levels are needed. Contact: Camp Ministry Team at

Age Range: 9th–12th Grade Days/Times: First & Third Sundays from 6:30–8:00 PM Description: Connect with your friends and grow closer to each other in a small group Bible Study. You will connect with your group on deep and meaningful topics as you grow closer to God and each other. Contact: TJ Helgren at

Age Range: 10th Grade: counselor-in-training 11th Grade–college: counselor Days/Times: Dates and times will be announced this fall Description: Volunteer Counselors and CITs (2–3 per cabin) will spend a week or more at camp leading and guiding a cabin of 8–12 campers. The online application process from the camp website begins in October. Contact: Camp Ministry Team at

Spirit in the Pines Camp Health Care Volunteers

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Mid-June through Mid-August Description: Tend to the scrapes, bumps and bruises of our campers while dispensing large doses of TLC. These volunteers also ensure that the campers receive their medication as directed by parents. Contact: Camp Ministry Team at

Spirit in the Pines Camp Staff - Paid Positions

Age Range: College Age/Young Adult Days/Times: Late May through Mid-August Description: Become part of the Camp Staff Team that plans, implements and supports the summer camp program. As a paid staff member, you live at camp for the summer (with time off, of course!). Join in the ministry of sharing God’s love through Christ with campers, counselors and families. Applications will be available on the camp website by November 1. Contact: Camp Ministry Team at


Our Ministries Parenting in a Digital Age

Learning & Small Groups

Age Range: Parents of middle school and high school kids Days/Times: Various evening times Description: Raising our kids in our world today takes a lot of effort by parents. To provide support and encouragement to parents, Parenting Forums are designed to provide thoughtful, faith-based, and practical counsel on this. In this year’s Parenting Forums, our St. Andrew pastors are partnered with members of the community to address two topics: technology and teaching Christian essentials. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Entry Points: Patio Crawl

Days/Times: Thursday, September 26: Unmapped Brewery (14625 Excelsior Blvd in Minnetonka) at 6:30 PM Thursday, October 22: Wooden Hill Brewery (7421 Bush Lake Road in Edina) at 6:30 PM Description: Looking for an easy way to connect with others from St. Andrew in a friendly and relaxed setting? In order for us to grow in our friendships and Christian faith, we are encouraged to engage with others from our church community. Join St. Andrew pastors and others for casual conversation and easy discussion topics. No preparation is needed. Come as you are. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Upcoming Parenting Topics:

Setting the Real Goal

Days/Times: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:30 PM Description: Like it or not, technology is here to stay. It is expanding its influence on our youth and our families more and more all the time. We can’t get ahead of it. We can’t stop it. A practical method for being a modern family is to ground ourselves with a faithful identity and thoughtful intentionality. For this session, we gather to hear a large group presentation on practical advice on how to be a family in today’s busy and distracting world. We will also gather together in small group discussion for mutual support and encouragement.

Coffee Chats

Days/Times: Tuesdays, September 24 and October 22 at 10:30 AM Location: Smith Coffee and Cafe (8107 Eden Prairie Road) Description: Looking for an easy way to connect with others from St. Andrew in a friendly and relaxed setting? In order for us to grow in our friendships and Christian faith, we are encouraged to engage with others from our church community. Join St. Andrew pastors and others for casual conversation and easy discussion topics. No preparation is needed. Come as you are. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Defining ‘Family Time’ in a Digital Age

Days/Times: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:30 PM Description: How can I help my family be together in the same room? Join us for Family Ed Night during St. Andrew Confirmation as we hear a large group presentation on family time from Pastor Matthew Fleming, Pastor Peter Johnson, Reilly Orner, Middle School Youth Director, and others. Plan on small group and family discussions as well as we gear up for new patterns of relating together.

Digging Deeper: Wine and the Word

Parenting as Christians in Today’s World: A Model

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Determined by individual small groups Description: We have friends with whom we enjoyed connecting from time to time. How about deepening your existing relationships with talk about meaningful faith and life issues? Consider Wine and the Word as a simple and easy-to-use platform to accomplish this. The Wine and the Word program consists of a 6–10 minute video and discussion questions produced at St. Andrew by your St. Andrew pastors. Form up your own group today. Or, join a new one. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Age Range: Teenager–adults Days/Times: TBD Description: Parenting is tough. Living in today’s world is tough. Let’s take some time to reflect on this role and to build skills to help our families and ourselves thrive. Topics will include technology, social media, and setting rhythms for family time. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at

Why Do My Kids Constantly Check Their Phones?

Days/Times: Winter 2020 Description: Cell phones are everywhere. Over and unstructured use can be harmful. But, use of cell phones are not all bad. One key to parenting today is understanding the nature of modern communication and to develop a sociological empathy for diverse generational patterns of networking and communication.

Faith Essentials

Age Range: Teenager–adults Days/Times: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM Description: We all need work on the fundamentals, the basic practices of any part of life. Like playing scales on an instrument or drills in a sport, they help us be prepared for what life will throw at us. Join Pastor Matthew for a series on the essentials of faith, the foundational insights and practices that prepare us for a life well lived. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at


St. Andrew Lutheran Church Taking Off The Training Wheels­—Good Digital Citizenship

Bible Studies: Early Risers Bible Study

Days/Times: Spring 2020 Description: As many of our high school seniors head off to college, we hope that we have given our youth lessons for daily living. While we may not have grown up with cell phones and other internet-based networks available to our youth today, what wholesome and constructive principles apply in our digital world?

Age Range: Mixed adults Days/Times: Weekly on Wednesday mornings, 7:00–8:00 AM Description: Come for a lively discussion as we dive into the Word of God using books written by contemporary authors. On September 25th we begin a study using the book THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO…Why Defending Scripture has made us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach at


Age Range: Teenager–adult Days/Times: Various evening times Description: St. Andrew University is committed to bringing to St. Andrew Lutheran Church highly trained and experienced presenters on matter of faith and life. Seminar durations are one evening sessions to multiple evenings sessions. To defray costs, participants may pay a modest fee to participate. Scholarships are available. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Pastor’s Thursday AM Bible Study

Age Range: Mixed adults Days/Times: Weekly, Thursday mornings from 9:00–10:00 AM beginning September 12, 2019 Description: A Bible study led by the pastors to foster community, spiritual growth, and prayer support. This fall of 2019, we will be reading and discussing the New York Times best selling book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham. Join us even if you have not yet participated. Drop-ins are always welcome. Bring your Bible. No experience necessary. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


Formerly St. Andrew University, Church Anew is a series of conferences designed to develop and equip leaders for Christian ministry today. Through nationally recognized keynote speakers, thoughtful conversation with colleagues in ministry, and practical workshops, our conferences prepare teams for the challenges of day-to-day ministry. St. Andrew members are invited to participate in all Church Anew conferences.

3rd Saturday Women’s Bible Study

Age Range: Adult women Days/Times: 3rd Saturday of each month, 8:30–9:30 AM Description: Come study the Word of the Lord with other women who are passionate about learning. Scripture lessons are read and discussed. No preparations necessary, just bring a Bible. Women of all ages and walks of life are welcome. Contact: Judy Burke at

Church Anew (Conference): Change (Almost) Everything

Days/Times: November 18 and 19, 2019 Description: Keynote speakers, Brian McLaren and Rozella Haydee White will help us wonder about how the church needs to change in the midst of a changing world. Join us for two days of speakers, conversation, workshops, and worship.

Women of the Word (W.O.W.)—AM

Age Range: Adult women Days/Times: Wednesdays 9:30–11:30 AM Description: A women’s Bible study of faith and fellowship. Each week includes large group lecture, small group discussion and weekly homework assignments. For beginners through advanced! Childcare available with registration—$10 donation per week. Contact: Laura Considine at 612.327.9260 or

Church Anew (Conference): Telling the (Old) Story for a New Age

Days/Times: January 27 and 28, 2020 Description: Story is at the heart of the human experience and is essential to the digital world. We will welcome experts in digital media and old fashioned storytelling to help us tell the gospel story for a new age. Join us for two days of speakers, conversation, workshops, and worship. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at

Women of the Word (W.O.W.)—PM

Age Range: Adult women Days/Times: Thursdays 6:30–8:15 PM, starting September 12 Description: A women’s Bible study of faith and fellowship using DVD, workbook lessons, and small group discussions. For beginners and advanced! The evening group will use a Bible study called “No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit of Christ” written by Kelly Minter Contact: Lori Goble at 952.484.6963 or


Our Ministries Women’s Groups:

Men’s Groups:

Band of Sisters

Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Age Range: 20–40-Something aged women Days/Times: First session will start Sept 13 and continue on Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 AM at St. Andrew in Room 206. Childcare provided for a small fee. Description: To connect 20–40-something aged women to Christ and to one another through book discussions and Bible studies. Focused on building authentic relationships, fun, and spiritual growth. Contact: Leah Plath at

Age Range: Adult men 40+ Days/Times: 8:00–9:30 AM each Saturday in the Conference Room, new members welcome Description: The Saturday mornings men’s group is a light hearted bunch from several churches in the South West Metro that enjoys Christian fellowship and learning. We have a particular liking to Andy Stanley and other contemporary Christian preachers. We use videos and Bible studies as conversation starters on living a Christian man’s life in today’s world. Join us anytime you don’t need to wait until we start a new series. All Mature (from 40 to 104+) Christian Men (St. Andrew membership not required) welcome. Come as you are often as you can. Contact: Bob Seitz at

50+ Followers

Age Range: 50+ Aged women Days/Times: 1st and 3rd Mondays each month, 6:30–7:45 PM beginning September 16 Description: Providing opportunities for building and nurturing supportive relationships among 50+ aged women through Christian study and service—with lots of fun and laughs in the process! Please join us. Books will be available at the first meeting for purchase. We will choose a second book in January 2020. Contact: Linda Wilson at or Grace Stewart at

Band of Brothers

Age Range: Mixed men Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 AM Description: Join fellow Christian men each week to examine how faith affects our daily life and relationships. This group is involved in service projects both locally and farther away. Participate weekly, when you can, or when a service project that is announced interests you. Contact: Don Mussell at

Sewing the Word

Age Range: Adult women Days/Times: Wednesdays from September–May, 9:15 AM–12:00 PM Description: Would you like to learn how to quilt or how to help out with the quilt group? We can use help with cutting, pinning, pressing, or sewing. We are happy to teach you. Our quilts have gone to an orphanage in Honduras, Haiti, Florida, Texas, battered women’s shelters, police departments, Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph Home, PROP, and many other places. Contact: Patti Hedlund at

Saturday Morning Men’s Group

Age Range: 20–50-Something-aged dads Days/Times: The 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 7:30–9:00 AM. Description: With so many places to go and things to do, it’s often hard to take time for yourself. We want to gather men together to share experiences and wisdom about being a good dad, to provide men with networking and relationship-building opportunities, and to give one another a source of support, laughter, and lots of shared discussion! Contact: Gary Spears at or Bill McMonigal at

Men’s Softball

Age Range: Adult men 18+ Days/Times: Varies through the summer Description: St. Andrew has two adult softball teams! If you are interested in playing in the summer and/or fall, please let us know. We play double headers on Thursdays at Round Lake. Join in on the fun! Contact: Craig Armstrong at

Men Who Love Old Cars Group

Age Range: Adult men 18+ Days/Times: Saturday Mornings Description: Old Cars Men’s Group is meant to merge together interest in refurbished old cars and the faith we share. Join classic car enthusiast David Lerseth (a retired ELCA pastor) for monthly gatherings at group member’s homes/garages or at a car show or a show garage with old cars. Each event will be an opportunity to share member’s classic car hobby and for basic Christian learning on how to live out our faith in daily life. Contact: David Lerseth at 10

St. Andrew Lutheran Church Mixed Groups:

Support Groups:

Pastor’s Thursday AM Bible Study


Age Range: Mixed adults Days/Times: Weekly, Thursday mornings from 9:00–10:00 AM beginning September 12, 2019 Description: A Bible study led by the pastors to foster community, spiritual growth, and prayer support. This fall of 2019, we will be reading and discussing the New York Times best selling book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Waking of a Nation by Jon Meacham. Join us even if you have not yet participated. Drop-ins are always welcome. Bring your Bible. No experience necessary. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: TBD in 2018 Description: Have you suffered the loss of a loved one or close friend? GriefShare is a 13-week small group series for those grieving the loss of someone they loved. There will be a weekly video followed by a small group discussion. Grief can feel lonely and isolating, especially in a culture that pressures you to “move on.” GriefShare helps you face those challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Contact: Cheryl Harjes at

Southwest Grief Coalition

St. Andrew Book Group

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: A 7-week grief support group Description: Losing someone we love is one of life’s most challenging passages. The churches of the Southwest Grief Coalition have bound together to provide support and education for those who would like to come learn about the process of grief in a caring, supportive, and confidential setting. Learning about your grief leads to personal growth and healing. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Age Range: Mixed adults Days/Times: First Mondays of the month at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM Description: Book Group meetings are held in Room 207 at St. Andrew. Participants are welcome on a regular or drop-in basis. Please join us for a lively discussion and small group fellowship. 2019-2020 Upcoming Reads: September 9: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis October 7: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward November 4: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance December 2: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult January: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah February: Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas March: The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang April: News of the World by Paulette Jiles May: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah Contact: Mary Gustafson at mcgust104@gmail.comor or 612-865-6711


Age Range: Mixed adults Days/Times: Summer 2020, we have referral churches for needs earlier than the summer of 2020 Description: DivorceCare is weekly seminar and support group that will help you heal from the pain of divorce. It’s a 13-week DVD series in a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. Find help, discover hope, and experience healing. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Be Still and Know…Beginning Yoga and Devotion Age Range: Mixed adults Days/Times: Weekly on Thursday from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM, beginning September 19 Description: Open to adult men and women. Each session opens with scripture and closes with a devotion and prayer. No previous yoga experience necessary. Participants wear yoga type stretchy pants with a semi-fitted top that allows for movement, and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Classes are taught by an experienced certified yoga instructor. You are welcome to come once, twice, or any time that works in your schedule. There is no charge for particpation. Contact: Carole McMonigal at

NAMI Family Support Group

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7:00–8:30 PM Description: For families struggling with a loved one who is challenged with the reality of mental illness, the group venue provides support and learning from shared experiences. No cost. Facilitators are Nancy Omdahl, Laura Jamaar, and Carol Webster. Contact: Carol Webster, NAMI facilitator, at crwebster45@gmail or 952.426.0343

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Prime Timers

Age Range: 18 or older Days/Times: 1st Tues & 3rd Thurs of each month, 7:00–9:00 PM Description: This support group aims to provide a safe, accepting and non-judgmental place for people struggling with the challenge of suicide loss. Leadership of this support group have experienced personal loss of their own and have received specialized training. Contact: Tammy Sperr at

Age Range: 55+ Mixed adults Days/Times: Nov. 2019: Feed My Starving Children Service Project Dec. 2019: Traditional Christmas Potluck & White Elephant Gift Exchange Description: To provide FUN and educational monthly activities for seniors, including luncheons, outside speakers, trips to museums, theaters, and other fun places! Contact: Pastor Roger Schindel at


Our Ministries Play[full] Life Groups

Service & Outreach

Age Range: Teenagers–adults Days/Times: Dates and times are based on specific activities Description: Gather with people who share similar interests. Meet new people from church. No preparation required. Join a Play[full] Life Group today. Play[full] Life Groups will cover a gamut of interests. Each group will have a leader who will set up times and locations, communicating directly with the participants. As a faith-based group, we encourage each group to at least share a prayer together. Instructions will be provided. NOTE: Some groups meet seasonally.

Friendship Project

Small Groups include:

H.O.M.E. Leaf Raking

Age Range: Families of all ages Description: This program builds bridges in the community by supporting single parent households by providing resources with housing, education, financial, car care and most importantly the support, hope, and investment needed for them to succeed in their life. Relationships are built to foster trust, support and love to give hope by encouraging their dreams within their lifestyle without judgments. Contact: Krystal Queen at

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: A Saturday morning in late fall Description: Rake leaves for seniors in the West Metro that are connected with H.O.M.E., Senior Community Services Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Patio Crawl: Join Pastor Peter Johnson ( to try out local breweries together. Birds and Brews: Join Rod and Arlene Flancher ( for local birdwatching hikes and fellowship afterward.

Backpack Drive

Basketball: Join TJ Helgren ( at the St. Andrew gym for a game of pick-up basketball.

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: August Description: Support a child by providing him or her with a backpack and school supplies for returning to school in the fall. Backpacks are distributed to children in Minneapolis through the Center for Changing Lives and through organizations such as Central Middle School. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Pickleball: Like tennis, learn to play this growing-in-popularity sport. Contact Bob Webster ( with interest. Group is seasonal. Wine and the Word: Join Larry Knutson (larryknutson@hotmail. com) and others to watch a Wine and the Word episode (educational video with discussion questions filmed by a St. Andrew pastor).

PROP Food Drive

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: Congregation-wide food collection drives as well as other small group activities periodically Description: Collect and deliver food donations for the PROP food shelf ( Drives may include pre-packed bags for the congregation to donate, summer snack pack program, and financial donations. Contact: Norrie Simpson at

Prime Timers: Join Pastor Roger Schindel ( and other 55+ adults for outings and fellowship. Men Who Love Old Cars: Join David Lerseth (dplerseth@aol. com) and other car enthusiasts in this fun hobby. Kickball: Join Pastor Matthew at and other young adults in this Minneapolis young adult kickball league.

Seeds of Support: Mission Haiti

Garbage Pick-Up Club: Join Bill Deide at by getting coffee somewhere and then collect simple trash in our areas public areas.

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: December 29, 2019–January 6, 2020 and March 27–April 6, 2020 Description: St. Andrew and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti have formed a partnership to work with a rural church and community in Jacmel, Haiti. Mission Trips include building, teaching, playing with children, community health clinic, and small business development. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

New leaders welcome: Do you play cards and would enjoy new partners? Brew beer? Golf? Like your new smoker on the deck? Fish? Enjoy gourmet cooking? Like to woodwork? Garden? Want a running, cycling, or walking partner? Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson if you are interested in any of these Play[full] Life Groups or if you would like to start your own.

Loaves and Fishes

Age Range: Elementary children–adult Days/Times: Once per month, food preparation start at 3:00 PM and serving starts at 5:00 PM Description: Cook and/or serve a meal to people in need. We alternate between a site in Bloomington and Shakopee. For schedule and times, please contact Bob Webster. Contact: Bob Webster at 12

St. Andrew Lutheran Church Meals on Wheels

Family Mission and Service Trips

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Lunch time (10:35 AM–12:00 PM) every 5 weeks, volunteer for the day(s) that works for you during our week to drive Description: Deliver meals via car route to people living in Eden Prairie who have requested them through local operated Meals on Wheels. Contact: Sylvia Stephens at

Seeds of Support: Mission Haiti

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: December 29, 2019–January 6, 2020 and March 27–April 6, 2020 Description: Since the Haitian earthquate in 2010, St. Andrew’s longterm partnership with Redemption Lutheran Church of Jacmel, Haiti has widened and deepened. Focussing on empowerment, sustainability, inclusiveness, vulnerability and mutuality, this mission has brought about nearly 30 mission trips. Many trips are geared toward families, creating a shared experience of retreat, experience in the global mission context, and service learning. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Messiah Food Baskets

Age Range: All ages—families welcomed and encouraged Days/Times: Saturday morning before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Description: Collate and distribute food bags containing the holiday meal ingredients at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Center for Changing Lives Contact: Kathy Olson at

Ski Trip 2020

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: November and December Description: Choose to sponsor a person and/or family identified through PROP by providing a gift card to help make this Christmas a little brighter. Contact: Kaitlin Bach at

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: TBD Description: Ski vacations are great ways to connect families together in a unique and fun location in a shared activity. It is even better to travel, ski, learn, and serve alongside other people and staff from St. Andrew. Join us for a ski trip getaway for all ages that combines the fun of the slopes with the importance of faithful family time. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at

The Holiday Store

Holden Village

PROP Holiday Gift Cards

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: 1st Saturday in December Description: Located at the Center for Changing Lives, join other congregations and St. Andrew members to provide a gift giving opportunity for adults and kids of the Philips neighborhood of Minneapolis. St. Andrew donates over 2,000 toys to stock the store and volunteers assist in setting up, staffing, and cleaning up the Holiday Store. Contact: Kaitlin Bach at

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: Summer of 2020 Description: Over the course of 50 years, Holden Village has been transformed from a copper mining town to a vibrant place of Christian education, programming, and worship. Holden invites people of all ages to come and experience our rhythms, which inspire and equip travelers for a sustainable life of faith outside the village. Join fellow St. Andrew members for a memorable and faith-enriching experience for the whole family to the Pacific Northwest. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Holiday Store Sorting Party

Holy Land and Egypt

Age Range: 5-year-olds and up Days/Times: Last Sunday in November 12:00–2:30 PM Description: Sort and box 2,000 toys collected to create the toy store for The Holiday Store at the Center for Changing Lives in the Phillips neighborhood. Contact: Kaitlin Bach at

Age Range: All ages Days/Times: March 24–April 6, 2020 Description: Pastor Peter and Michele Johnson look to provide a one-of-a-kind trip to the Holy Land and Egypt that combines the historical sites of faith in the Holy Land with their unique personal and professional life living in the dynamic Middle East. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Habitat for Humanity

Age Range: 17 years old through adult Day/Times: Summer of 2020 Description: Work side by side with fellow St. Andrew members constructing a Habitat for Humanity home. Light construction work is expected and training is provided. Habitat projects are great team building experiences and provide deep levels of fulfilment. Volunteers needed for full days, not partial days. Sign ups will be available in the spring of 2020. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Greece and Rome

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: 2021 Description: Embark on a guided tour of the Footsteps of Paul through Greece and Rome with Pastor David and Joy Lillejord. Contact: Pastor David Lillejord at


Our Ministries Manna Meals

Congregational Care

Age Range: Teenager–adult Days/Times: Flexible Description: Manna Meals are meals prepared by several teams of St. Andrew volunteers. These meals are delivered by the volunteer teams to members and friends of St. Andrew on a ‘as needed’ basis. (People recovering from illness, surgery, death of a loved one, birth of a baby, or simply recuperating at home from poor health may receive Manna Meals). If you are interested in joining a team to help prepare these meals, please contact Pastor Roger. Contact: Pastor Roger Schindel at and Pastor Peter Johnson at


Age Range: Infants–adults Days/Times: Sunday mornings—see website for availablity. Description: It is through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism that we are welcomed into Christ’s family. We welcome both young and old into the church through Baptism. Contact: Pastor Matthew Fleming at


Days/Times: Agreed upon date Description: We are excited to offer to members as well as non-members our beautiful St. Andrew sanctuary for your wedding. The pastors, musicians, and other members of our faith community will assist you in preparation for this event. Pre-marriage ministry includes pre-marriage counseling. Detailed information can be found on our website at Contact: Kathie Radcliffe at

New Member Hosts & Hostesses

Age Range: Teenager–adult Days/Times: Each New Member orientation session Description: Helping to welcome new members to the St. Andrew community is an important step in showing hospitality. Mentors attend New Member Orientation sessions to get to know our newest members, provide hospitality and help to facilitate discussion during the orientation. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach at


Description: At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn, and remembers the brevity of life on earth. The St. Andrew staff will help you make arrangements and bring comfort to you. Contact: Please call the church office. If it is outside of normal office hours the phone message will give you an emergency contact number.

Funeral Reception Committee

Age Range: Adults & Teens Days/Times: When there is a funeral at St. Andrew, you will be emailed and invited to donate food and/or to help set up, serve or clean up the reception. Usually during day time hours. May be weekdays or weekends. Frequency varies. Help when you are available. Description: We have two teams. One team donates food for funeral receptions. The second team sets up the dining room, serves, and cleans up following a funeral reception. We invite you to join one or both teams. Contact: Mary Gustafson at, Marcia Lund at, Kathy Olson at, Janet Riley at, and Mary Ann Smith at


St. Andrew Lutheran Church Hospitality

Property & Administration Support

Wednesday Meals

Men’s Fix-it Team

Age Range: Adults, parents and children, and confirmation age youth Days/Times: Wednesday evenings 5:00–6:30 PM Description: We are looking for volunteers to assist our caterer with Wednesday afternoon and evening hospitality with light preparations; including setting the serving table, serving the meal wiping tables, refilling food items, and light cleanup. Contact: Deb Flach and Gina Altmann at

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Every other Thursday at 9:00 AM in the Narthex Description: Provide a welcoming space for users of our building by joining a small group of people for fellowship, coffee and small scale building maintenance projects. Projects include repairing toys in our Childcare or Preschool rooms, assembling small pieces of furniture or equipment. Contact: Steve Starks at


Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance Team

Age Range: Adults, Confirmation age youth Days/Time: Sunday morning worship and Wednesday evening programming. Sign up as you are able Description: Assist our paid caregivers in caring for the infants–preschool age children. Read, engage in play, and comfort our littlest ones. Contact: Kathi Wieman at

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Prime time for these projects is in the spring and fall, but there are always on-going projects available. Let us know you are interested and we will get you on our contact list for our next project. Description: Assists Building and Property Staff in completing various maintenance projects both indoors and outdoors. These projects include such things as painting classrooms, striping our parking lot, and landscape clean-up and work. Contact: Steve Starks at

Sunday Morning Hospitality: Coffee/Rolls

Age Range: Adults, parents and children, and confirmation age youth Days/Times: Once or twice a month for 20 minutes–1 hour Description: To assist Sunday morning hospitality, help prepare, assist, serve, and provide light cleanup of coffee, rolls, and various refreshments. You support our Sunday Refreshment staff. Contact: Deb Flach and Gina Altmann at

Offering Counters

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Mondays from 8:30–10:30 AM Description: These volunteers gather in the Conference Room to count and record our weekly offerings. Holidays and other special weekends often require additional help and time. We provide calculators, pens, paper, coffee, and yummy treats! Contact: John Nolan at

Worship Quiet Bags Youth Team

Age Range: 5th–12th Grade and adult leaders Days/Times: Flexible, refresh Quiet Bags once or twice a month Description: To prepare and refresh the worship quiet bags for young children (6 months–5 years old). Bags are offered to families to use for these young children during the worship services. Periodically, we meet to make new items for the bags. Contact: Celeste Nitti at

Office Volunteers

Age Range: Adults Days/Times: Office volunteers are able to work at their own pace and time. Let us know you are interested and we will contact you when there is a need. Description: Assists our office staff with a variety of administrative projects throughout the year. Projects include filing, data entry, copying, and stuffing/sealing envelopes for bulk mailing. Contact: Kathie Radcliffe at

Safety Team

Age Range: Adults Day/Time: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings Description: Now that we have our Security System in place, we are ready to create procedures and support training of volunteers who will help keep our worshippers, children and others in our building safe on Sundays and Wednesday. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach at


Our Ministries Church Committees Benevolence Fund Committee

Description: The Benevolence Committee is an appointed team of leaders responsible for overseeing St. Andrew’s Benevolence Fund. Funded by congregational offering, the Benevolence Fund supports extraordinary missions either inside or outside the church. Applicants showing Christian service and growth in financial giving are encouraged. Generally, the Benevolence Fund supports projects and partnerships that are on-going in nature. Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at

Mission Endowment Fund Committee

Description: The Endowment Committee is an appointed team of leaders responsible for overseeing the St. Andrew Endowment Fund. Created by proceeds from the sale of St. Andrew’s West campus, contributions to the fund may be made by members and friends of St. Andrew to support the broader mission of the church. The Endowment Fund supports new and unique ministry initiatives within the church, local community, and synod, as well as global initiatives. Generally, grants are provided for one-time or start-up funding, not ongoing partnerships and operations. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach at or Pastor Peter Johnson at

Congregation Council

Days/Times: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30–9:00 PM Description: The Congregation Council, elected by the Congregation, has general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation in accordance with our governing documents and the ELCA. Contact: Pastor David Lillejord at

Staff Support Committee

Days/Times: Meets about four times each year Description: Appointed by the Congregation Council, the Staff Support Committee exists to support the development and ongoing performance of the staff at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach at

Finance Team

Days/Times: Meets upon request Description: Those with special gifts and interests in the financial matters at St. Andrew, the Finance Team exists to support and guide the financial processes, procedures, and decisions of the finance staff and Congregation Council. Additionally, this Team reviews the financial statements of the congregation at least annually. Contact: Pastor Gail Bach at


Meet the Ministry Staff Pastor David Lillejord Senior Pastor 952.697.7112

TJ Helgren

High School Ministry Director 952.697.7110

Pastor Gail Bach

Reilly Orner

Pastor Matthew Fleming

Gina Altmann

Pastor Peter Johnson

Debbie Flach

Pastor Roger Schindel

Tim Graf

Arlene Flancher

Melanie Eggers

Burke Hancer

Kathi Wieman

Pastor of Stewardship & Evangelism 952.697.7115

Pastor of Teaching & Young Adults 952.697.7107

Pastor of Service & Small Groups 952.697.7113

Visitation Pastor 612.991.2541

Children’s Ministry Director 952.697.7105

Camping Ministry Director 952.697.7118

Middle School Ministry Director 952.697.7108

Volunteer Coordinator 952.697.7157

Volunteer Coordinator 952.697.7157

Worship & Music Coordinator 952.697.712

Childcare Director 952.697.7130

Preschool Director 952.697.7132

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