The Messenger

In Christ, We Worship, Love, Grow, Serve and Send.
NOVEMBER 2021 | Vol. XXXXII No. 11
Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
By Cornelia Pearson, RN, MN

Each year the American Diabetes Association designates the month of November as American Diabetes Month. The purpose of this designation is to make Americans more aware of the health risks of diabetes and prediabetes. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than 100 million Americans are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. More than 34.2 million of these individuals have diabetes (10.5 percent of the U.S. population). Eighty-eight million American adults ages 18 years or older (34.5 percent of the U.S. adults) have pre-diabetes. These numbers place a tremendous burden on America’s health care system as well as the individuals themselves.
Slightly more than fifty years ago 1.5 percent of Americans had diabetes. At that time the larger proportion of diabetics were type 1. Type 1 diabetes in thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction that stops one’s body from making insulin. The more prevalent type of diabetes, type 2, has been identified primarily as a life-style related disease. With type 2 diabetes the body does not use insulin well and cannot keep blood sugar at normal levels. Today about 5 percent of people with diabetes have Type 1 while 90 percent have Type 2. The remaining 5 percent have gestational diabetes which develops in pregnant women who have never had diabetes.  ....Read more.
Welcome, Little One!

Jacob Cole Butler, newborn son of Chad and Jeana Butler, arrived on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:22 p.m. weighing 6 lbs., 15oz. and he was 20 inches long. He is welcomed home by big brother, Braden, and sister, Clara. Congratulations to the Butlers on this sweet new addition to their family.

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 Jacob Cole Butler. Watch over him and bless this new life. Hold us all in the arms of your compassion and love; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Tobias Lee Walters, son of Marissa and Nicholas Walters, was baptized on Tuesday, October 18 with Pastors Pauline Farrington and Eric Murray as officiants. Tobias' sponsors are Mallory and Lance Dorman and Amanda Bourisaw.

We welcome Tobias as the newest child of God and into the mission and ministry we share at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.
Patty and Jeff Norem announce the marriage of their daughter Savannah to Austin Wood, on Sunday, September 26 in the Smokies in a small family ceremony. The couple lives in Knoxville, TN. Savannah is a Cybersecurity Research Assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Austin is the Bar Manager at Knox Mason. Jeff and Patty are very excited to welcome Austin into their family. Congratulations to all!
Celebrating the Life of Doris Erna Torrence
June 9, 1940 - September 18, 2021
Doris grew up in Germersheim, Germany and came to the United States in the 1960s when she married an American Army Officer.

She was a gourmet cook, a world traveler, and spent many winters in St. Kitts and Nicaragua. While at home in Franklin, her passion was her garden. She designed and maintained one of the most beautiful gardens in Williamson County. She was loved by family and friends and will always be remembered as the beautiful and charming wife, mother, grandmother, and friend she was to all. 

She is survived by her husband Dale, children Claudette Pilger (Richard) of Vienna, VA, Christine Kratzke (Robby) of Arvada, CO, and Rob McGough (Mana) of Denver, CO, and grandchildren Mitchell Troy and Leila McGough. She is also survived by stepchild Marga Mikulecky (Paul), their children Colin and Owen, stepchild Marc Torrence (Beverly), children Marc and Mitchell, and Beth Shearon (mother of Marc and Mitchell).

Doris will eventually be laid to rest in Germersheim, next to her mother.
Margo A. Warchus (McNabb)
July 16, 1943 - July 29, 2021
Margo A. Warchus (McNabb) of Gary, IN died on July 29, 2021 after fighting a brave battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis for the past two years.

She was a graduate of Horace Mann High School in Gary. She is survived by her loving husband Skip of 52 years; a daughter Suzanne Walker (Kenny) of Palm Coast FL; a daughter Hope Fox (Chris) of Port Washington, WI. She has four grandchildren: Jessica, Jacob, Mallory, and Emma. She also has two great-grandchildren: Blane and Marley.

Margo was a dedicated wife, mother, and Mimi. She always put others ahead of herself.
She worked at Bank of America for 19 years and after her career in banking she worked for fun at the McKay's Mill Publix for six years.

Per her wishes she will be cremated with her ashes spread across Lake Michigan. She was very proud to call herself a Hoosier and she wanted her remains to be a part of that history.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.
Please join us in Celebrating the Life of Robert Charles Mowery
October 26, 1941 – October 8, 2020
On Saturday, November 27, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
908 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Interment following in the
St. Andrew Columbarium
Meet Allison Luppe, Seminarian
For the next two semesters, St. Andrew will be blessed with the presence and participation of Allison Luppe (pronounced like puppy), one of our ELCA Southeastern Synod seminarians. During their first year, seminarians have as part of their coursework, field experience in a congregation.
Pastor Pauline has been asked to supervise Allison’s fieldwork. Pastor Eric will be involved as well. Allison will be participating and assisting in worship, education, and service ministries. Part of her experience here will be enjoying getting to know many of you, along with our staff, as she has teaching opportunities, makes presentations, preaches, zooms-in on meetings, and simply hangs out with us. And don’t be surprised if she invites you to meet her for lunch some Sunday! 

A little about Allison personally: from Clarksville TN, she is the owner of Shadow, a three-year-old lab mix. She is a first-year student at United Lutheran Seminary (in Pennsylvania) working towards a master in divinity degree through a distance learning program. During the week, Allison works for the State of Tennessee as an Eligibility Counselor, working with families regarding their SNAP and Families First benefits. When not working on seminary work, Allison enjoys kayaking, provided the river is high enough, does modern dance for exercise, and writes fanfiction.
Please look for an opportunity to meet and welcome Allison, if you haven’t already! You’ll find her at both Sunday morning worship opportunities and in the narthex / outside before and after. 
An Update from our Seminarian, Lax Vardhanapu
On Sunday, October 17, Lax Vardhanapu, seminarian from St. Andrew, preached at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, Round Rock, Texas, (site of his Ministry in Context).

Lax is excited to share his message with his congregation at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

Recently, member Beverly Scott helped clean out a camping trailer before it was donated to the Waverly flood relief efforts.

For more information on helping flood victims in Waverly or other disaster relief, please click here for more information.

To donate to Lutheran Disaster Response, please click here.
CHILDREN'S CHOIR FUN: Pictured above are Isla, Hailey, Hannah and Paul after a rehearsal.
Allie's first Sunday as an acolyte. She is all smiles as she extinguishes the candles after worship!
on Reformation Sunday, October 31
Leah and Wayne Danielson, Hailey and Griffin
Donna and Garry Gillette 
The Reverend Morgan Gordy
Kay and Dave Hess
Chris and Marica Hueneke, Tyler, Zach, and Teagan
Haylee Petticord 
Ron and Marsha Scheusner 
Wayne Spranger 

To read more about our new members, click here.

We welcome these new members into the mission and ministry we share together at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

In Christ, We Worship, Love, Grow, Serve, and Send.
A BIG THANKS to Darrel Reifschneider, who hosted OKTOBERFEST at Look Away Farms, to Margaret Bearss and the Oktoberfest Committee for organizing the event. Fun and fellowship was had by all. Thanks to all hands who helped in any way and to Thrivent Financial Action Team funds to offset the meal cost and to all who donated beverages.
From the Director for Youth & Children's Ministries
By Liza Hawkins
Hi, everyone! Your friendly neighborhood Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry here.
How is it already November? Wasn’t it just August?
So far this year we have welcomed the return of in-person youth group and Sunday School, as well as other events like a Communion Instruction class and Bible 101. While it’s been a frustrating season at times, we are glad we have been able to safely do ministry together in person for several months now.
Gratitude Moment
I am grateful for the faithful, consistent work of our Sunday School teachers. They are patient, kind, and really love getting to see the kids in their classes each week.
I’m also grateful for the work of the Faith Formation committee, Jen Roberts and Wayne Higbe, for their input and commitment to the education ministries of St. Andrew. That committee is led by Jeana Butler, who does an incredible job keeping Faith Formation activities on track and generally being passionate about the life of this congregation. We’re thrilled she and baby Jacob Cole Butler, born October 12, are healthy and happy!
Monday Evening Eucharist
All are welcome as we gather in
The Meditation Garden 
Mondays at 6:00 PM
For as long and as often as possible, we will gather in the Meditation Garden for a brief service of prayer and Holy Communion.
In the event of rain, we will gather under the bell tower.
When it gets too dark and/or too cold we will evaluate moving inside.
Sunday, November 21
By Jeana Butler, Faith Formation Chair
Fuel bags will be assembled again during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, November 21 so SAVE THE DATE!

ALL ARE WELCOME to help assemble Fuel Bags for GraceWorks Ministries.

Please help by making a donation. Checks can be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church with "Fuel bags" in the memo line. DEADLINE to donate to Fuel bags is Sunday, November 7.
Gratitude and Generosity!
Sunday School Offering
to Inspiritus
ATTENTION children and youth, please bring your Sunday School offerings each Sunday to benefit Inspiritus Ministries.
Read more about how your donations can be used at Inspiritus here.
St. Andrew Christmas Program “M is for Manger”
St. Andrew children and youth are invited to participate in the Advent/Christmas program M is for Manger, written by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley, to be held on Sunday, December 19 at 9:50 a.m. in the nave. The program will include readings from A - Z, re-telling events leading up to Christ’s birth and beyond including scripture readings from the book of Luke. Hymns will be included in the program as well as an opportunity for young musicians to play a polished piece for the prelude. Wearing period dress is an option, as St. Andrew has a whole wardrobe of period attire! Rehearsals will be held on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall 9:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. on Oct. 31, Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5 and 12. Dress Rehearsal will be held on Sat. Dec. 18, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Children and Youth planning on participating should sign-up using the link above.

A virtual option is available for the rehearsals and program below:
Meeting ID: 876 0077 0956
Passcode: 727688
November 2021 to March 2022
Sign-up sheets can be found at St. Andrew to volunteer to set up, drive, host dinner, stay overnight, make sack lunches, or do laundry for our guests. We need your help to continue to serve RITI. Please donate generously! Contact Ken Cockerham for questions at 704-614-3946.
Inspiritus Update
By Pastor Ann Bassett
Did you know?
During the past 12 months, Inspiritus Nashville distributed 69,491 meals through the food pantry, gardens, summer lunches and Building Healthy Family Lunches. That is 4,234 unduplicated individuals served. Also 14,120 Personal Care/Household items were distributed. All this during a pandemic with a staff of 3 and a whole lot of volunteers.
On behalf of John Moeller . .
I am excited to share with you that the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, a division of the U.S. State Department, has approved Inspiritus to open two new refugee resettlement programs, one in Birmingham, Alabama and another in Nashville, Tennessee. These new locations are in addition to our current programs in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. The State Department has stated they would like Inspiritus to get these new programs up and running as soon as possible.
In Birmingham, our refugee work will build on our current work with unaccompanied minors. In Nashville, in addition to the work with unaccompanied minors, the refugee work will join the suite of other Inspiritus programs offered across middle Tennessee.
In light of the Afghan crisis, the State Department has created a temporary program to resettle recently evacuated Afghans. Known as the Afghan Placement & Assistance Program (APA), this brand-new emergency case management program provides resettlement assistance to recently evacuated Afghans for a period of 90 days. Inspiritus has been asked to do this work in Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville and Savannah. We are currently evaluating our capacity to respond in all of these cities. Read more...
St. Paul's Breakfast Ministry
NEXT on Saturday, November 13
Breakfast items drop-off at St. Andrew from
11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON
Watch for the sign-up link coming soon!
A Message from Laura McElroy:
I am so happy to report that we had the largest donation of food yet in October since we started doing drop-offs! Congregants are so genuinely happy to donate, and that spirit is very real every time we ask for food for St. Paul's Breakfast Ministry.

Elizabeth Short, Beth Fikejs, and Amy Hafner helped us load the food in my car which was no small feat! Elizabeth, Tom and I delivered the food to the mission. 

Even though we have had to alter the format of our ministry program, this ministry is very alive and well, thanks be to God and to you for your donations!
WELCA November Gathering
Novmeber 16 at 6:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Ian McClellan, an ex-inmate, has a touching story about how he found God in prison and what God called him to do. Heidi Michel met Ian while volunteering with Retrieving Independence, an organization that trains dogs in prison to become service animals. Heidi has been touched by Ian’s story of faith and the part that dogs play in it. Please join us on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Ian’s story and meet one or two of his dogs. If you are coming in person, please wear your mask, or join us on Zoom. If you can’t be there, please send your donations to: Peggy Bowker, 525 Madeira St., Franklin, TN 37064.
Guest speaker in November, Ian McClellan and his friend!
Meeting ID: 861 3384 9904
Passcode: WELCA
One tap mobile - 1.301.715.8592
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 November 8 & 22. Help setting up and cleaning up is appreciated!
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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Wondering what to do with the left-over yarn you have collected? Animal shelters need cage pads and blankets for animals in their care. Often, the pads and blankets are sent with the animal when they go to their ‘forever’ home to help the pet adjust to their new home.
The type of yarn or the stitches used does not make a difference. Just use washable yarn and let me know if you need yarn or needles. What a great way to use up yarn and try new stitches!

Sizes are as follows:
  • Small – 14 inches x 14 inches or 12 x 18 inches
  • Medium – 24 inches x 24 inches or 24 x 18 inches
  • Large – 36 inches x 36 inches or 24 x 36 inches
Place the finished items in the Prayer Shawl brown bin in the administration entry at St. Andrew. I will collect them and make sure they get to the right person or place. If you have any questions, I can be reached on my cell at 314-313-7852 or via e-mail at

May God’s blessings be with you!
Jody Smith
Leader, Prayer Shawl Ministry  
Over the last year, we have had several friends going through extensive chemotherapy treatments. Though we could not be with them physically, we were able to provide a virtual hug thanks to Jody Smith and the talented members of the prayer shawl ministry. We know that one of our friends wore her shawl every day during her treatments. Many thanks to these dedicated members of St. Andrew. You make a difference!
Bruce and Carole Wegner
November 1         Steve & Cheryl Tallyn
November 5         Julie & Wayne Shaub
November 12    Charlie & Jennifer Fisher
November 16       Christy & Troy Geuther
November 17       Mike & Janet Montani
November 23       Doug & Brenda Hale
November 28     Nikki & Benton Zielinski  
CLICK HERE or on the cake to access the November birthdays.

Financial Update: 1/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
Jolene Richardson, The Messenger Editor