The Messenger

In Christ, We Worship, Love, Grow, Serve and Send.
OCTOBER 2020 | Vol. XXXXI No. 10
Thank you so very much!
By Sandy Vollmer
To my St. Andrew Church family,

Please know how thankful I am for St. Andrew, our mission, and ministries. In January of this year, I resigned from the position of Director for Youth and Children's Ministry, effective at the end of May. Since then, with many COVID-related transitions and changes, I agreed to stay on staff until the beginning of the school year. 2020 has brought many uncertainties and different ways of doing things, and I wanted to continue on staff as we managed these changes. Now, I have taken a job with Williamson County Schools, and it is time for a new Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry.

I want to thank all of you for your support these past months, and for the past 7 years. I have a great love for the ministry, children, youth, and families at St. Andrew. My family and I will continue to support and worship at St. Andrew.  

I am excited to welcome Liza Hawkins as our interim Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries. We have worked together at many synod youth events. Liza comes with energy and new ideas, and I am confident in her abilities, knowledge, and gifts of working with youth, children, and families. Please join me in welcoming her with words of prayer, congratulations, affirmation, and support. Thank you for your partnership in ministry!

Grace and Peace,
Sandy Vollmer
In grateful appreciation for Sandy Vollmer's extraordinary work over the years with and for St. Andrew's youth! Thank you, Sandy, Chuck, and Vollmer family for all your support and work behind the scenes and to the mission and ministry of St. Andrew!
Meet Our New Council Members
These five new members were appointed to fill vacant seats at church council on September 17, 2020.

Darrel Reifschneider
Darrel Reifschneider moved his corporation to Franklin in 2000 and has been a member of St. Andrew since 2002. He was married to Joan, who died in 2012, has three children (one deceased) and three grandchildren. Darrel has spent 18 years farming and loves to invite the congregation to his Look-Away Farm for Oktoberfest, where he shares hayrides, music, wine, and more. Darrel has served on the church council, the fellowship committee, and at worship as an usher. He looks forward to serving as our Vice President.

Ken Cockerham
Ken Cockerham has been a member of St. Andrew since 2006. He is single, a veteran, engineer, a business owner (executive recruiting) and has a sweet dog named Tootsie. Ken coordinates the Room in the Inn ministry, serves as a lector, usher, and has been appointed our Council Secretary.   
Jeana Butler
Jeana Butler is a lifelong Lutheran and started attending St. Andrew in March of 2013 when she moved from Kansas City to Franklin with her husband, Chad. Since then, she’s had two children, Braden and Clara, and enjoys staying home and being a full-time mother and wife. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom, Jeana worked for a large for-profit healthcare company where she was responsible for generating revenue for multiple states. This was accomplished through market research, goal setting, strategic planning, and execution. Jeana is looking forward to using these skills again to engage more people in Faith Formation at St. Andrew. Jeana’s hobbies include cheering for the Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as gardening. She completed Master Gardener certification this year through the Williamson County Master Gardeners Association. Jeana is really excited to serve as Faith Formation Chair on Church Council!
Elaina Bussone
Elaina Bussone is our Conference 8 representative on the Southeastern Synod Lutheran Youth board. Elaina works as the youth representative on the South Eastern Synod Diversity and Justice committee, and the Diversity and Justice taskforce at St. Andrew. She is so excited to represent the youth of our congregation on church council!
Kyle Brown graduated in August with his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, where he will continue his research as a postdoctoral fellow. Kyle is the son of Renee Brown. Congratulations to Kyle. 
Welcome, Liza Hawkins!
Interim Director for Youth & Children's Ministry
Liza Hawkins was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. Growing up at Advent Lutheran in Murfreesboro, she has a long history of involvement in youth ministry in the synod. She has previously served in ...Read more.

Dear St. Andrew Congregation,
Thank you for the beautiful surprise I got in the mail! I absolutely love my quilt! It will bring me comfort in college. Please know that I miss seeing all of the good people of St. Andrew.
Chloe Stiles
I would like to thank the St. Andrew Church community for their lovely thoughts, expressions of sympathy, prayers, kindness and support in all the many ways shown during the time mom (Jessica Jennette) was ill and following her death. She loved this church so much and we so appreciate all you did during this time. We miss her greatly.
God bless,
Brenda Badr and family

Walking, running, bicycling for a worthy cause to benefit Mercy Community Healthcare

Team leaders, Peter & Linda Strickland
Bijan & Katherine Mansouri
Susan Pavlos & Jeanette Higbe
Elizabeth Short
Bruce & Carole Wegner
Pastor Katherine & Hugo
Bernie & Kim Olszewski
Patty Norem and friend
The Smith and Fisher families had lots of fun!
Others who participated in the Franklin Classic from St. Andrew (no picture): Chad Butler, Laura McElroy, Cheryl Tallyn, Frank and Cindy Hale.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 2020

By Connie Pearson 
Occasionally I will submit an article to St. Andrew’s newsletter that was previously submitted within the last three or four years. The following article and its data remain timely even though you will see several older but not outdated references.
On October 8, 2017 I opened The Tennessean to find an article titled, “Breast Cancer Survivor Ready to Fight for Program she says Saved her Life.” I knew immediately that this article was highlighting the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (TBSCSP) that I had worked with a number of years ago. Women between the ages of 40 and 64 years whose income is within 250 percent of the federal poverty level and who are uninsured ...Read more.
October WELCA

Join us on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 pm. 
Invite your friends to join us on ZOOM!
We have an exciting online program planned for October, and we would love a big crowd to join us as we welcome local storyteller Katrina Cakste Wilson. Katrina has spoken and led retreats in many settings and will share an extraordinary journey of survival. Her father was the head of the underground resistance and arrested by the SS during the Second World War. A professor of international law and economics at the University of Riga in Latvia, he was the youngest son of the first Democratic president of Latvia. As a young girl, Katrina spied on her father's secret conversations and dreamed of assassinating Hitler.  

Katrina was a medical research technologist at Harvard University Medical School. She has been married to the Rev. H. David Wilson for 57 years. They have two daughters, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

Meeting ID: 861 3384 9904
Passcode: WELCA
Dial by your location - 1.301.715.8592
WELCA Officers and Board for 2020-2021
President- Meredith Frantz
Vice-President - Wanda Jasper
Secretary - Heidi Michel
Treasurer - Peggy Bowker 
Board positions
Chaplain - Susan Shannon
Missions - Joni Donegan/Martha Ellwood
Quilting Coordinator - Beth Smith
Sunshine – Kim Olszewski
Historian - Jackie Walters
A big THANKS to Carol Edwards, who served as Sunshine chair for the past year. Thank you to all of the women who participate unceasingly to serve and be in community with the Saint Andrew WELCA ministry. You are a blessing to many. These past three years as President of WELCA has brought us many blessings. I look forward to seeing what this next year brings! 
Beth Smith
Past President
A Call to Prayer in a Pandemic

CLICK HERE for Supporting your Community of Women Virtually and to read about Tuesday prayer at noon, a time for women to support one another in this time of pandemic.

CLICK HERE for a one-page PDF devotion and prayer that can be used with your prayer time; A call to prayer in the time of a Pandemic.
Focal verse
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6).
Teaching prayer
Faith & family: Growing together (August 2020)
(used by permission from Living Lutheran)
Encouraging our kids to pray seems like one of our easier tasks as parents, yet often I feel as if I’m stumbling in my efforts to do so. Prayer has been a way for me to connect with God and others, and I desire this same connection for my children.
I want my children to know the beauty and power found in lifting our bodies,
October Anniversaries
October 2   Charlie & Peggy Bowker 
October 3   Nick & Amy Hafner
October 6   Scott & Barbara Adams
October 7   Kenneth & Gay Baumann
October 7   Bernie Anderson & Lynn Samuelson
October 9   Mark & Beth Wainner
October 10  Doug & Beth Paton
October 10  Wayne & Jeanette Higbe
October 10  Jeff & Ingrid Byrum
October 12  Joe & Christy-Lee York
October 13  Brandon & Shelly Dei
October 14  Jim & Heather Adams
October 15  Chad & Jeana Butler
October 17  Tim & Libbie Quinn
October 18  John & Ann Loecher
October 20  Adam & Paula Starace
October 21  Tom & Lori Kariott
October 23  Eric & MaryBeth Crispell

Above: Peter Strickland puts the finishing touch on installing a new ethernet switch to assist in our new online worship equipment.
Church Like Never Before
Thank you for returning your commitment card by mail or drive by at church on Sunday, October 4 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.
Jolene Richardson, The Messenger Editor