The Messenger

In Christ, We Worship, Love, Grow, Serve and Send.
SEPTEMBER 2020 | Vol. XXXXI No. 9
Making a Wish
By Connie Pearson
You have finished roasting a whole chicken and it smells so good! It is time to cut the meat off the bone and get to the wishbone. It makes no difference how old you are, making a wish on that little bone is always competitive and fun! So, if you are anticipating making a wish on a wishbone today or just making a wish without that bone, what would you be wishing for? 

After six months of social distancing, visiting with friends and family via Zoom, FaceTime, or from 10 feet across
the driveway, I am wishing daily for the...Read more
First Day of School!
Excitement & fun for St. Andrew youth
Ready for school!
Get ready for virtual success!
Enjoying online at home a little too much!
A sign of the times!
Escape plan?
Locker assignment!
All smiles to start the year!
I got this, mom and dad!
Dressed for success!
WISHING OUR ST. ANDREW CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND THEIR PARENTS A TERRIFIC YEAR! GOD BLESS!

And thanks to our parents for submitting back-to-school pictures!
AROUND THE PARISH
Meet Our New Council President

Jen (Smith) Fisher joined St. Andrew in 1993 with her parents, Beth and Rand Smith, and her three sisters. She currently attends with her husband, Charles, along with their two sons, Raleigh and Edison. Jen and her family are involved with the Everyday Lutheran Sunday School class, the Atrium Levels I and II classes, and the Cherub and Children's choirs. 

Jen has also previously served on the Call and Mutual Ministry committees and as co-chair for the Haiti Night in the Hunger Fight fundraising event. She has been the council liaison to Faith Formation for the past year. 
Farewell and Godspeed
We say Farewell and Godspeed to David and Carla Temple, members of St. Andrew, who have moved out of state. David sat on the Administration and Property committee for many years and was a lector in worship. David and Carla will be missed, but we wish them the best in their new home and surroundings.
FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES
Join us for online worship at www.saintandrewchurch.tv. All classes or meetings will occur using Zoom. (See the church calendar for links associated with adult classes. For children and youth classes, watch communications or emails from our Director of Youth and Children’s ministries).

For a WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF ALL CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND ADULT STUDY opportunities, CLICK HERE.

For ZOOM instructions, CLICK HERE
ST. PAUL'S BREAKFAST MINISTRY
Thank you for your generous hearts and hands!

LET'S DO IT AGAIN ON OCTOBER 3rd!
By Laura McElroy
Tom and I want to thank the many congregation households who donated breakfast casseroles, sausage, and fruit, ready to serve, on Saturday, August 8 to feed the women and children at the mission in Nashville! We had an absolute blast collecting food donations, seeing so many dear friends we hadn't seen for so long! It was like "drive-thru friends!"

Our generous congregants donated:
  • 21 breakfast casseroles
  • 15 bags/containers of fruit
  • Many pounds and pounds of sausage!

A special thanks to Christy Geuther and her daughters for delivering the donations to the mission. The women's shelter was thrilled with the collection of food, especially feeding more than one meal. In conversations over the years, the women have often told me how much our food means to them. It is tastier and more substantial than what they usually get at the mission.

We resume our breakfast ministry beginning Saturday, October 3, with food drop-off at St. Andrew from 10-11:00 a.m. Food will be taken to the mission on Sunday. 

Thank you for your generous hands and hearts with the St. Paul Breakfast ministry!

Grace and peace,
Laura McElroy
Above: This picture was taken earlier this year with our youth and parents making food to take to Nashville to feed breakfast to the women and children.

ST. PAUL BREAKFAST MINISTRY RESUMES!
Bring breakfast casseroles ready to eat, fruit, and sausage to the church on the first Saturday of the month beginning on Saturday, October 3.

DROP OFF at St. Andrew: 10-11:00 a.m.

DELIVERY: First Sunday of the month.

If you can help with any of this, please let me know at lmcelroy80@comcast.net.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT GRACEWORKS
GraceWorks has ongoing needs for volunteers during the COVID-19 experience. To volunteer, you must contact ERIN SAUER at esauers@graceworksminitries.net to be registered for a time and a job. Only a limited number of people are permitted in the building and Erin is managing the schedule.  
Volunteer opportunities are:
  • Food Pantry Help:  The food pantry is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Shifts are from 8:30-12:30 and 12-4.  
  • Donation Area volunteers are needed to help carry in donations at the back door on certain days. The shifts are 9-12:30 or 12:30-4. 
  • Tagging Merchandise for the Thrift Store: The Thrift Store is open and needs help filling it with merchandise. This volunteer job is low impact and you can sit down, if needed. Volunteers will tag donated merchandise to place in the store.  The shifts are 9-12:30 or 12:30-4.
Keeping HOPE Alive during Extraordinary Times
By Denise Gudlin

Life in Haiti is hard, with many unable to find food daily for their families. Then a pandemic hits this already vulnerable country, making it even worse and those who were hungry are now on the verge of starvation. Since March 19 when the first case of COVID-19 hit Haiti, large gatherings were closed which included shutting schools, churches and markets where many sell what they can to buy the little food they can afford. This is overwhelming to me, but I know we serve an awesome God who will use people like you and me to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

Here are some of the ways God is working through Trinity HOPE in Haiti during these extraordinary times: ... Read more
Assemble School Kits
for Lutheran World Relief
Due to the loss of quilts, school kits, and other items in the Beirut explosions, St. Andrew WELCA and Faith Formation are partnering with Lutheran World Relief this fall to assemble school kits. The kits will help restock the supply so that we may continue to serve our sisters and brothers across the globe.

Bags will be available for you to fill using the list of supplies provided.

PICK UP BAGS - Saturday, September 12
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

RETURN FILLED BAGS -
Saturday, September 26
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
For instructions ...Read more
WELCA FALL KICK-OFF VIRTUAL MEETING
Let's Have Fun Together on September 15 at 6:30 p.m.

ALL ladies of St. Andrew (invite your friends, too) are invited to help us kick off our year virtually on Tuesday, September 15 on ZOOM.

Meeting ID: 861 3384 9904
Passcode: 183035
Dial by your location - 1.301.715.8592
SAVE YOUR TABS!!
Don't forget to save your tabs from any aluminum cans!  We will take them to the Ronald McDonald House in October. If you need pick-up from your home, contact Beth Smith by clicking on her name. 
WELCA BOARD MEETING
Join us for the WELCA board meeting on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. to help plan our year!

Meeting ID: 789 7490 7466 
Passcode: 8fUXLF 
Dial by your location - 1.301.715.8592
SERVICE OF EVENING PRAYER
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7:00 PM          
The Nashville chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is beginning our year this fall where we left off earlier. The May 4 service at St. Andrew Lutheran, postponed because of the coronavirus, has been revised for September 14. We will meet virtually for a Service of Evening Prayer with a homily by Rev. Dr. Don Saliers, national AGO chaplain. Chapter officers will be installed by our chapter chaplain, Gloria Scott, prior to evening prayer.

Saliers has been the professor of homiletics and liturgics, organist, and choirmaster at Candler School of Theology since 1974. Upon his retirement, he rejoined the department as the Theologian-in-Residence. He is the author and co-author of fifteen books and over a hundred essays and book chapters. Among his recent publications are Worship As Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine, Worship and Spirituality, Worship Come To Its Senses, and Music and Theology. In 2005 he wrote A Song to Sing, A Life to Live with his daughter Emily, who is one-half of the Grammy Award-winning Indigo Girls. 

St. Andrew pastors, Rev. H. Julian Gordy and Rev. Katherine Museus Dabay, will lead the liturgy along with Nashville AGO members, Dr. Darryl Miller, Peter Rogahn, and Ai Yamada. To view the serivice, go to St. Andrew's YouTube page at www.saintandrewchurch.tv
September Anniversaries
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Sept. 2   DR & Sammy Smith
Sept. 5   Ron & Sue Hartman
Sept. 6   Ryan & Krystin Lemmon
Sept. 8   Matt & Melissa Coleman
Sept. 9   Brian & Jennifer Abrahamson
Sept. 13  Howard & Bev Hissner
Sept. 14  Walt & Barbara Lichtenberger
Sept. 20  Mark & Allison Cannon
Sept. 27  Steve & Kathy Ziegler
Sept. 28  Bill & Lynn Robinson
Above: Spotting another "4-legged friend" sighting at St. Andrew! Picture submitted by Shirley Swan
FROM THE FINANCE TEAM
IN SEPTEMBER: CHURCH LIKE NEVER BEFORE; 2021!
Watch for details coming soon....
NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
Jolene Richardson, The Messenger Editor