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MARCH 2022
Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
March 2, 2022
12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM
Live-streamed at
Holden Evening Prayer Around the Cross
Wednesday Worship 7:00 PM
In person and live streamed at

Offerings at Wednesday Lenten Services will benefit the affordable housing initiative at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA.
Welcome, Little One!
Elaina Nene (pronounced "nay nay" in Japanese, meaning peace), newborn daughter of Michele Richardson and Yohei Koinuma, arrived on Friday, January 28 in Mushashino City, Tokyo, Japan. Elaina weighed 5 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by an elated and very helpful big sister, Iris. The proud grandparents and auntie are Jolene and Mike Richardson and Nicole Richardson.

O God, like a mother, like a father, you tend your children with care. With awe and thanksgiving we praise you for the birth of Elaina Nene. Watch over her and bless this new life. Hold us all in the arms of your compassion and love; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Jim and Pat Pitt have moved! We aren't saying Farewell and Godspeed but rather wishing Jim and Pat well in their new surroundings. The Pitts moved to McKenzie, TN to be nearer to their daughter! If you want to send greetings to them, please mail them at Lakeside Senior Living, 390 Dr. Smith Lane, McKenzie, TN 38201 or email them with their current email address or phone number. That contact information stays the same. Enjoy your new surroundings, Jim and Pat!
In Memoriam
M. Judith (Judy) Gandee
July 12, 1943-January 28, 2022
In the game of bridge, recognition as a Life Master is the ultimate tribute. The designation signals that a player has competed fiercely in officially sanctioned bridge tournaments, achieved a record number of points and beaten other Life Masters at their own game.
Judy Gandee was a Life Master - who mastered life.
At 78, years old, she died in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 28, 2022. ....Read more.
Kyle Bednar, son of Kirk & Julie Bednar, graduated from Columbia State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology in August, 2021. He was able to attend an in person graduation in December 2021. Kyle is now in his second semester at MTSU working on his degree in Media Arts Live Production. He is working for MTSU Media Arts Production and filmed MTSU football games and is currently filming and doing stats for MTSU women and men’s basketball. Kyle loves sports and is enjoying the opportunities at MTSU. Congratulations, Kyle!
Haylee Petticord was one of seven students from Freedom Middle School selected out of all the art students to be shown at the Frist Museum recently! It was called a modified portrait. Once she started drawing, she was not allowed to raise her pencil from the page.
Her grandma, Wanda Jasper and Uncle Byron are very proud of her work. Way to go, Haylee! 
Happy Birthday to Earl Scott! Earl recently celebrated his birthday. He is pictured with Beverly, his wife and Amy Vehec, his daughter, following worship and holding flowers given in honor of his birthday. Wishing Earl a wonderful year filled with many blessings!

If you would like to donate flowers in honor, in memoriam, for birthdays or anniversary, or to the glory of God, they are $45 for a vase. Sign up is in the fellowship hall on the flower sign-up chart.
December 2021
A very, very sincere thank you for my Christmas basket! I was overwhelmed by the church’s generosity.
May God bless each and every one of you, especially to the “family” who delivered all the groceries to my door. I will continue to enjoy my Christmas card all year.
Mrs. Collins
From the Assistant Administrator
Dear Friends,
   In 2016, I joined the staff at St Andrew as Assistant to the Parish Administrator. Now that Jolene is retiring, my position will end on February 25.
   I have enjoyed my time on staff, especially the relationships that developed and were enhanced by time spent on weekdays at St. Andrew. You will still see me. When I’m not at Crowell's Chapel, I will be at St. Andrew for occasional events or worship.
   Thank you for all your support and friendship. I’ll look forward to seeing you in the nave and gathering spaces!
Pastor Susan Springer 
Children's Choir Kids!
Sunday School time with Liza!
Christy and her Atrium Sunday School class!
Learning with Liza!
Pictured above: Youth bake King Cakes to sell to benefit the affordable housing initiative at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA.
VBS Rocky Railway
Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Please mark your calendars now!
ST. PAUL'S BREAKFAST - A mistake proved fruitful!
By Laura McElroy
A mistake proved fruitful! When making the sign-up for the February St. Paul’s Breakfast, I messed up by transferring the January sign-up with people already listed! Oops! Once Jolene sent it out, I discovered the mistake and didn’t have a good feeling about it. Then she sent the corrected version and more donations started pouring in. 
Thank you to the Rutter and Harris families, who donated 10 casseroles from leftover eggs from Christmas baskets we had. Many other wonderful people donated as well.
When they moved the women into the men's mission last summer, and we found out there were 300 people under that one roof, I thought we will NEVER collect enough food to feed all those people. But on Saturday for the first time, we collected enough food to feed all those people. In fact, we collected more than enough: 30 casseroles, 450 servings of sausage, and 450 servings of fruit. At least 26 households participated. We saw new friends, old friends, and friends we hadn't seen since before the pandemic. Thank you to Elizabeth Short, who has become a regular helper every time.
I honestly don't what to say, except that I am so overwhelmed by the spirit of St. Andrew and the generosity of this body of Christ. And I am truly blessed to be a part of it. In all the years I have been doing this, Saturday was the most amazing St. Paul's breakfast yet.
Joyful Kindergarteners
From TRINITY HOPE by Rev. John Gierke
“For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.(Isaiah 61:11)
I don’t remember what the Haitian Creole word for Kindergarten is, but we English speaking people have taken the German word for “garden of children” and use it for the beginning of nourishing and growing children in their education. What I do remember when meeting the Haitian kindergarteners at mealtimes was their joy! That joy was for their noon meal, which might be the only meal that day for some of them. That joy was for Jesus, who they thanked for their meal and for His love expressed by their teachers and pastors. That joy was for their education and learning how Jesus provides for their needs in the midst of daily life. That joy was expressed in giggles by girls and by boys bubbling with thanks — with all saying, Bene swa l’eternal! (Praise the Lord!) for their bowls of beans and rice!
As the children from Kindergarten on up grow up in their schools, they blossom and flourish not only in what they know, but WHO they know as their God and Savior, who came to give them life, a full life! As promised in Isaiah 61:11, as they pray and sing before lunchtime, God causes righteousness and praise to spring up before all nations! Even though they and their families may not have much in the world compared to people in other nations, they share the same joy and righteousness, which is expressed in praise to the glory of God!
Make Your Own Easter Card at March WELCA! 
Ladies of St. Andrew, you are invited to WELCA, on March 15, 2022, at 6:30 PM to make your own Easter card for that special person. You will learn to stamp, die cut, color, and paste a card in one evening of fellowship. Please join us for fun, crafting, and dessert! If you can't join in-person, let us know and we will provide a card kit to join on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 861 3384 9904
Passcode: WELCA
One tap mobile - 1.301.715.8592
March Quilting Days at St. Andrew
In-person quilting takes place at the church on the second and fourth Mondays at 9:30 AM. If you can tie a knot, you can quilt! Quilt dates are March 14 & 28. Help setting up and cleaning up is appreciated!

Home Quilt Kits - We will still provide quilt kits for those who may want to continue working at home. Pick them up at church, from the brown bin in the administration entry.

Thanks to everyone who showed up and/or contributed by sewing tops, cutting squares, and making backs for our LWR quilts. So far we have made 68 quilts since last August. What an impact you are making around the world! A special thank you to Hank Fengler who donated lunch in memory of his late wife, Micki, an avid quilter for WELCA.
Watch for news of another quilt-a-thon to be scheduled during the late spring or early summer.
March 4         Bruce & Carole Wegner
March 4         Jesse & Mary Alice Felker
March 7         Doug & Martha Ellwood
March 14      Jimmy & Rhonda Franks
March 16      Chris & Alexandra Moritz
March 18      Bill & LaRue McIntyre
March 21      Jack & Carol Edwards
March 23      Clyde & Margaret Bearss
CLICK HERE for MARCH birthdays.
Financial Update for January 1 - 31, 2022
For a complete list of current memorials and tributes, click here.