The Messenger

In Christ, We Worship, Love, Grow, Serve and Send.
NOVEMBER 2020 | Vol. XXXXI No. 11
From our Nurture Committee
Pat Harms displays her pumpkin and thankfulness for the reminder of fall and St. Andrew friends.
We love and miss our Seniors! In October, Ron Beagle donated miniature pumpkins from The Franklin Farmers Market from King Farm. A collaborative effort was made to make fall greeting cards, assemble and bag the pumpkins to drop off to our shut-in members in pandemic isolation. We miss everyone so much! Thank you to all those helping hands that made this effort possible, especially Beth Fikejs and Ron Beagle for loading the bags with pumpkins and delivering them, Julie Bednar for taking photos, and Jeana Butler for delivering to Spring Hill. It warms our hearts to know God is always with us!

-So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Above: Ron Beagle and Beth Fikejs, Nurture Chair, work on assembling and delivering the pumpkins.
Health is Wealth; Make it Last a Lifetime!
By Cornelia Pearson, RN, MN
A number of years ago, the New York State Health Department produced a poster that states “Health is Wealth; Make it Last a Lifetime.” I find these words most impressive today as I look at that poster while reading the daily statistics on COVID-19. With the arrival of cooler weather, an increase in pre-COVID-19 indoor activities including work, school, restaurants, bars, and sports, the United States and other parts of the world are seeing a surge in the number of active COVID-19 cases and deaths. Of course, this virus is not just a little bug like the common cold that will go away ...Read more.
In celebration and thanksgiving, we announce the birth of Charlotte Skye Elkins, newborn daughter of Kendra Cox, born on June 19, 2020. Charlotte is welcomed home by big brother Breckin.

In celebration and thanksgiving, we announce the birth of William Luther Cole, newborn son of Luke and Julianna Cole, born on August 25, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. William weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed by proud grandparents, Jimmy and Rhonda Franks, and great-grandmother Jane Franks.
Breme Lou Holschuh Springer passed peacefully from this life into the next on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in Brentwood, Tennessee, surrounded by her children. She was 88 years old. 

Breme was born in Columbus, Ohio to Carl and Hannah Holschuh on October 30, 1931, in the midst of the great depression. Her father had secured valuable work on a new steel mill in Russia and was sailing on a ship named The Bremen the day she was born; hence her unique name. 

After graduating from high school in Middletown, Ohio, Breme earned an associate’s degree from Ashland Junior College. It was there she met Jack Springer, whom she married on June 21, 1952. They enjoyed 60 years together, filled with love and adventure. ...Read more
We bid Farewell and Godspeed to Anthony and Cathy Lopes, who will move from Franklin to Birmingham, AL on November 3 to be near their family. The Lopes family have been very active members of St. Andrew and they will be missed greatly.

We bid Farewell and Godspeed to Steve and Kathy Ziegler, who will return to their hometown in Sylvania, OH. They wish to thank everyone who has been so welcoming and friendly in their time here and will miss the people of St. Andrew!
ALL IN THE FAMILY - three for three!
Kamelei was awarded the MVP award at the Legacy Middle Tennis banquet! She was shocked! Way to go, Kamelei!
Christy, mom of Kamelei and Kai, was recentlly hired in her "dream job" as an elementary librarian! Congratulations, Christy!
The 2020-2021 Winstead Student Council President is......Kai! Congratulations, Kai! 
Congratulations to Elisabeth Brackebusch, Katie Crispell, Gracie Helou, Abigail Levy, Sean Meyerhoff, and DeShaun Shanklin, affirming their faith in the Rite of Confirmation on Sunday, November 1, at 1:00 p.m. We rejoice with them as they renew their baptismal vows, praising God and sharing the good news.
From the Director for Youth & Children's Ministry
What's New for Children's Sunday School, Confirmation, STAKK, SLY, Calendar dates, Discord, and more!
First of all, thank you to everyone who has welcomed me and introduced themselves! It is an odd time to be coming into this position, and I am so grateful to Sandy and the rest of the church staff for their work keeping folks connected.
I have spent a lot of time discerning the way ...Read more.
Pictured below from October 3: Laura McElroy, coordinator of St. Paul’s Breakfast Ministry, gathers food with helpers Patte Belin, Christy Geuther, Beth Fikejs, and Kris Helou, who helped take the food to the mission.

Once again, we got a carload of food donated by our generous St. Andrew members. The coordinator at the mission called us a blessing!

Our next breakfast to volunteer to bring casseroles, fruit, and sausage is on Saturday, November 7 from 10-11:00 a.m. Contact Laura McElroy if you can help.
Beth Fikejs, Kris Helou, Laura McElroy, & Christy Geuther gather food donated by members.
Loading the food to take to the mission are Kris Helou, Patte Belin, Beth Fikejs, and Christy Geuther.
Dear Women of the Prayer Shawl Ministry,
Our friends, the Richardsons, mailed a prayer shawl to my husband recovering from cancer. Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer shawl you sent to us during Randall’s time in the hospital. It was a pure source of comfort, and it continues to be a tangible reminder of God’s care. Thank you for allowing God to bless us though the works of your hands.
Mina and Randall Haussen
New York City, NY
A Prayer for Putting
on a Mask
The Right Reverend Richard Bott is the current Moderator of the United Church of Canada. He composed this beautiful prayer for when we put our masks on and has given permission for it to be shared (asking only that we attribute it to him).

Creator, as I prepare to go into the world, help me to see the sacrament in the wearing of this cloth – let it be “an outward sign of an inward grace” – a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbors, as I love myself.
Christ, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart, that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly, not only with my words, but with my actions.
   Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears, remind me to listen carefully – and full of care – to all those I meet. May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner, and each breath that it holds, be filled with your love.
   In your Name and in that love, I pray. May it be so. May it be so.
Invite your friends to join us on ZOOM November 17!
St. Andrew WELCA started the new year out with a great October meeting, with guest speaker Katrina Cakste Wilson, who shared stories of her life during WW II and how prayer helped her survive her experiences. Thanks to Amy Hafner for helping us connect with Katrina!  Our next Zoom meeting is November 17 at 6:30 p.m. The program will be announced soon. Please use this link to attend:

Meeting ID: 861 3384 9904
Passcode: WELCA
Dial by your location - 1.301.715.8592

WELCA has sponsored ELCA missionaries for many years. We first supported the Zimmermans in Hong Kong. They were originally from the Nashville area, and it felt good to support local Lutherans. When they retired, we began a new relationship and provided financial support for Pastor Michael Parker, serving in Egypt. Then Pastor Parker retired from missionary work, and we began to look for a new connection.

Working with the Global Mission Division of the ELCA we have selected a new missionary to support: Pastor Rachel Ringlaben, serving Young Adults in Global Mission in Argentina and Uruguay.
CLICK HERE to read more.
WELCA will sponsor a virtual Angel Tree this year. More details will be announced soon. 
Quilt Kits are available for pick-up at the church. We have had a great response and will report numbers next month. Thanks to everyone who has participated!
The Acquier School in Haiti sponsored by St. Andrew Lutheran Church
St Andrew Haiti Hunger Fight Update
What can you do to help?
By Frank Thomas
For 15 years, St. Andrew has generously supported school children in Haiti through Trinity/HOPE, a Nashville-based, non-profit organization to feed the children. While this year’s program is a little different, the needs remain the same.  What can you do?

1.   Attend Zoom Happy hour to learn more about this ministry and hang out with some old and new friends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8 or November 15.
  • Gather & socialize – 15 minutes
  • Trinity/Hope update – 15 minutes; Keith Logan 
  • Sponsorship program Q & A; Frank / Keith – 10 minutes
  • Auction status Q & A - 10 minutes
Thank you from NovusWay Ministries
The Pastors and God's generous people at Saint Andrew,  

Please forgive the informality of an email thank you. You give again and your latest gift of $375 deserves much more than an email. I doubt you could read my handwriting and I hope this will be easier to share so I write again to add my gratitude to the official acknowledgement that will come from the home office for your recent gift. Six months into this global pandemic and we all bear the marks of a dangerous,...Read more.
November Anniversaries
November 1   Steve & Cheryl Tallyn
November 5   Wayne & Julia Shaub
November 12  Charlie & Jen Fisher
November 16  Troy & Christy Geuther
November 17  Mike & Janet Montani
November 23  Doug & Brenda Hale
Meditation garden angels, Susan Pavlos and Nancy Seitz, spruce up the flower beds by weeding and planting winter pansies. Thanks to these gals for maintaining the beds all summer!
Joe York spruces up around the church with paint! Here in the garden, he is painting the lamp posts.
Church Like Never Before
Thank you for returning your commitment card!
Jolene Richardson, The Messenger Editor