Lent-Easter Newsletter

St Andrew’s



Easter Baptisms

Father Don will be meeting with everyone who is interested in being baptized, or having a child baptized. The Easter baptisms will take place at The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm March 30.

A Reminder

Sunday, February 25 brought a reminder that, while we offer hospitality and respite to street people who join us for worship, we must be more mindful of security and safety for the people of St. Andrew’s.

After the coffee hour on Sunday, one member discovered her coat missing from the rack in the hallway. Her house- car- and church keys were in the pocket. Sadly, we concluded it was likely taken by the stranger we’d had among us at church and coffee hour. A police officer arrived and was given a description, but people from the congregation also went looking.

Not surprisingly, Lynne Schmidtke found the man with the missing coat and managed not only to retrieve the coat and keys, but provided some warm clothing and a Subway sandwich (and a lecture) to the thief, who really needed a coat— just not a coat that someone else owned and needed.

The takeaway from the incident: We must make sure that all purses and other valuables are either with us or locked away when we are having services or are otherwise occupied. We may need to return to consideration of a camera system, as the officer who responded to the call suggested.

Victorian Tea

The St. Andrew’s Guild’s Victorian Tea will be held Saturday, April 20th from 2–4 pm. Sign up sheets for those who wish to help with the event will be available closer to time.

Easter Garden Work Party

To ready the gardens and area around the church for Easter, a work party is scheduled for 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th. Bring your gloves, garbage bags and favorite tools. With many hands we can accomplish a lot in two hours. If it’s really bad weather we’ll defer the work until March 23rd.

Family Fun Nights

The Pizza and Planning Night has led to the youth scheduling a night of board and card games on Saturday, March 2nd from 5 to 7 pm, with the next date to be determined that night. There will be card and board games, as well as supper provided. Everyone is welcome to come and encouraged to bring their favorite games. A sign-up sheet for those who want to help set-up and clean-up is on the bulletin board.

Flower Donations

There are forms available at service for those who wish to donate flowers for this upcoming Easter. Please have them returned to the office by Monday, March 25th.

State of the Building

Spring is on us and time for the Building and Grounds Committee to “spring” into action once again. Chris and Colin have put vents in the two music room doors to improve air flow. (Translate: there was no heat circulating in that room!) They moved the AED unit to just inside the door to Giles Hall. Having it in the breezeway was creating problems with the batteries as there is no heat in there in the winter and it’s very hot in the summer. (We’ll all get to learn about the AED unit at Rob’s class after church on March 17.)

Currently we’re overseeing students who come from AHS’ Life Skills class to clean the sanctuary once a week. Nancy MacNealy and Merry Jo have spent three days cleaning the attic. We’re donating, recycling, or tossing things no longer needed, sorting and labeling, and cleaning. A lot of materials/furniture/treasures get tossed in the attic. If you want to store things up there, please see Nancy or Merry Jo to find out where they go.

Yard work season is here — lots of weeding, cleaning and trimming. As soon as it dries out and warms up a bit, Rob Ashler, ably assisted by Ronni Enstrom, will rebuild the railings on the sanctuary and office porches. We are getting a door-by-door bid to paint all nine red doors on the church. Several people have expressed interest in funding certain doors as memorials. So far we have the sanctuary, G Street and breezeway doors covered. If you would like to contribute for one of the doors, please let Betty Paulsen or Merry Jo Zimmer know.

Thank you to the people of St. Andrews who contribute in many ways so we can keep up our beautiful church!

Thank you to:

  • Oscar and Noah for making sure the trash is taken out and the sump pump in working order
  • The St Andrew’s Guild for their diligence and compassion
  • Our Eucharistic Minsters for all their hard work
  • Our Vestry members, past and present, for keeping the church funded, maintained, and running smoothly.


Search Committee  Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of Ann, Kris, Shari, Bette, and Suzanne, who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The following is a list of people for whom our prayers are asked. For the sick, lonely, and suffering; for those who mourn, and for those who rejoice, and others: Bill E, Sally K, Kristin V, JoAnne A, Bob A, Mason A, the members of the AA and NA groups, Mert T, Marsha, Sara, Joseph, Melissa E, Gary E, Joan M, Irv C, Dom Philip Bernard, Shawn M, Louise B, Sydney D, Ed L, Harry R, Grace R, Ginger H, Robert P, Lorene H, Phil M, Donna C, Chris C, Dennis D, Mike A, Bruce R, Paul T, Marsha S, Jill B, Bob A, Elaine P, Don & Judy M, Tina, Ryland, Michael B, Doug Z, Natalie H, Danny S.

Those in current military service: Andrew Roth, Breanne Gunther, Ian Gunther, Nicole Hyde, Jordan Bush, Josh Sindorf, Madison Sylvester, Amber Woody, and Brandon Roeseler.

Prayers for Israel, Gaza, and the Middle East Loving and liberating Creator, send your healing Spirit upon all involved in the current conflict and violence in the Middle East.

Comfort those who mourn or who have been harmed by brutality. Stand with those who are fearful. Protect and provide for the powerless and the vulnerable. Inspire a spirit of forbearance and understanding within all and uphold those who even now work for a just and durable peace. In the name of Christ. Amen.



March: Ray & Sue W, William & Marsha S


February: Sue M, Bob W, Pat S, Russel S

March: John K, Phil M, Ray W, Angela S, Kati B, Kristin B, Eva S, Bruce W

Church Events and Meetings


  • March 2nd—Family Fun Game Night from 5–7 pm
  • March 7thMeeting for “I, Julian” book club at 3:30 pm
  • March 9th—Vestry retreat from 9 am to 3 pm
  • March 14th“I, Julian” book club at 3:30 pm
  • March 15th—Building and Grounds meeting at 9 am
  • March 21st— Meeting for “I, Julian” book club at 3:30 pm
  • March 28th—Building and Grounds meeting at 9 am

Meeting for “I, Julian” book club at 3:30 pm

Maundy Thursday Liturgy at 5:30 pm

  • March 29th—Good Friday Liturgy at 5:30 pm
  • March 30th—Easter Vigil at 7:00 pm
  • March 31st—Easter Sunday Eucharist at 10 am


  • April 11th— Building and Grounds meeting at 9 am
  • April 17th—Vestry Meeting at 7:30 pm
  • April 20th—Victorian Tea from 2–4 pm
  • April 25th—Building and Grounds meeting at 9 am
  • April 28th—Talk from Teresa of Olive Crest (a faith-based child placement organization) after service