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the December Issue
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Worship Times

Sanctuary In-person: Thursday 12:15pm & 6:15pm
Sanctuary In-person: Sunday 8:00am & 9:15am
Facebook LIvestream: Sunday 9:15am
Holy Communion celebrated at all services.

Location

Saint Andrew is located off of highway 51 at Exit 190
150202 County Rd. NN, Wausau, WI 54401

WELCOME

TO SAINT ANDREW

The ministry of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church is “open to all who wish to express their faith in God through Jesus Christ by worship, learning, witness, and service.” Whether you are new to the church, have stepped away for a time, or have been connected to the church your whole life, you are welcome at Saint Andrew.


THE JESSE TREE | An Advent Journey

Join us for an Advent journey of The Jesse Tree. We will remember stories and family members of Jesus by adorning the dry branches of our “Jesse Tree”, located in the sanctuary, with symbols each day. Join us each week as we reflect with special video, narrative reflection, music and prayer.

Click HERE to view and interact with the digital Advent Calendar.

Be sure to check back each Sunday during advent to see the upcoming week’s theme, symbols, readings and video. We hope you enjoy this special journey through Advent.

CROSS CREATION WORKSHOP

Sunday, Dec. 12th, following 9:15 am service.

The Cross Creation Workshop was such a hit in November, we thought we would do it again! Join us on Sunday, December 12th, following the 9:15 am service, in the Activity Room. Bring your own craft items (no glitter, please) or use what we have on hand to decorate wooden crosses for the Saint Andrew’s Hope Chest. No charge.

You may sign up on the sheet in the Narthex or RSVP to the Facebook event.

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

If you are looking for a way to touch lives with the love and hope of Jesus Christ, consider helping residents and clients of North Central Health  with some needed essentials this Christmas.

Let’s make our brothers and sisters more comfortable while reminding them someone cares by shopping and donating for the items on this list:

  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Sweatpants (M-4XL)
  • Underwear (Women’s: S-4XL; Men’s: M-4XL)
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Fleece Blankets
  • WARM winter gloves & mittens

Bring them to church and place under the Giving Tree (located in the sanctuary), members of the Liturgical Arts ministry will deliver the items.

Thank you for participating in this opportunity, to spread some hope, where it is in short supply.

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR BOOKKEEPER

Saint Andrew is hiring a part-time Bookkeeper. The responsibilities include performing and maintaining all aspects of accounts payable functions including payroll. Assisting the Treasurer in the year-end reconciliation, audit, and annual budget preparation and collaborating with the Financial Secretary in maintaining accurate electronic funds transfer (TOE) records.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in this position and have the desired experience – please complete the application. Please submit them along with your resume to [email protected].

CALL COMMITTE UPDATE - DEC. 5, 2021

There are many steps involved in the calling of a pastor. The graphic to the left briefly lists those steps. Candles are very symbolic within the rites of the church. What better way than lighting this candle at the installation of our new pastor!

CURRENT STATUS:
The call committee is preparing to conduct formal interviews with select candidates. These interviews will occur in the upcoming weeks.

NEXT STEP:
If, after the formal interviews, a candidate is selected, ground work will begin to prepare an offer to call the person as our next lead pastor. If, after the formal interviews are completed, no candidate is selected, another list of initial candidates will be prepared by the synod office.


Christmas Holiday Food Baskets

Our annual holiday food baskets will resume again in 2021! If you know someone or a family in need, please call the Church office by 4:00 pm on December 15th to request a holiday food basket.

The holiday food baskets will be available to pick up on December 18th between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm.

COUNCIL'S COMMUNICATION CORNER

After each monthly meeting, your Church Council will publish bullet points from the meeting. These bullet points list the action items that your council are doing on your behalf to help move our church forward and continue our mission and ministries. Click here to view the most recent “Council’s Communication Corner”.

Reminder to Submit Your Commitment of Giving for 2022

If you have not done so, please return your 2022 Commitment of Giving pledge to Saint Andrew. Your pledge will help us, through planned financial support, better support the wide scope of the mission and ministries of your church in the coming year. We have created a graph that represents the number of pledge cards received to date out of the 320 pledges expected. It’s never too late to support your church! Extra cards and envelopes are available on the Information Desk along with a box to receive them. A form is also available online (www.salc-wausau.org/forms).

SANCTUARY RENEWAL PROJECT

January 3rd – February 18th

Please note that the Sanctuary will be CLOSED January 3rd through February 18th for the Sanctuary Renewal Project.
For your safety and to allow our contractors the time and space they need, please refrain from entering the Sanctuary during renovations.  We will post regular pictures and updates during the project.
ALL Worship services will take place in Fellowship Hall.  We will be back in the Sanctuary for the season of Lent with fresh more modern look to the Saint Andrew’s Sanctuary while still maintaining a very comfortable, inviting and light space.

UPCOMING EVENTS - ALL ARE WELCOME!
RESTOCKING OUR PANTRIES

At the beginning of the pandemic, Social Ministry donated all the food and supplies that were on hand in the food pantry to central distribution centers in our community. Now all these months later, the ministry has decided to resume some pre-pandemic activities. We are looking for items for emergency food baskets, Easter food baskets, Wausau Warming Center cleaning supplies and our Lenten hygiene drive.

A collection area will be set up in the Fellowship Hall for donated items. CLICK HERE for a printable shopping list of the items we are collecting.

EMERGENCY FOOD BASKETS

For those in need, Saint Andrew will again begin distributing emergency food baskets. If you know of someone who could use a food basket, please contact the church office. 

FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS CAN BE ORDERED ONLINE

You can now order your favorite Fair Trade products using our online order forms.  After they are filled you can arrange to pick up your order at church. We have two forms for your use:
+ Order form for Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate
+ Order form for Home Products and Clothing Items
Your purchase of fair trade products help directly support the individual artisans and independent farmers from around the world!

STORIES OF FAITH IN ACTION 2021-2022

Stories of Faith in Action” connects us as church and illustrates how, through your generosity, God is at work across the ELCA. It highlights how a portion of your offering, called Mission Support, advances the ministry of our church, helping the ELCA nurture Christian community, raise up leaders, serve our neighbors and strive for justice. Most importantly, it’s one way to thank you for your faithful generosity to your congregation, your synod and the churchwide organization — by showing your offering at work. Click here to dive into the latest issue, which includes:

  • A special message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
  • Nine inspiring stories from around the country and the world.
  • Your 2020 financial report on Mission Support — the portion of your offering your congregation shares with your synod, and your synod shares with the churchwide organization.
  • A story-based devotional for use at Bible studies or committee meetings.

ONGOING

BIBLE & BOOK STUDIES – Click here to learn more about ongoing adult learning opportunities.

STEWARDSHIP 2022 |  TIME & TALENT  – The gifts we offer to God are truly unique and are so appreciated! Please look over the booklet and consider ways you can get involved and make a difference! Thank you for sharing in the life of Saint Andrew. Click HERE to view the opportunities.  Click HERE to complete the online form.
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above.” – James 1:17a

CURRENT FOOD PANTRY NEEDS

LIKE TO SEW? Here is a service opportunity to consider.

BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD – USE OUR BLUE MAGIC PAPER BOX!

NOTE: If school is cancelled, Saint Andrew classes & meetings will be also. Check the SALC Facebook page, News Channel 7 or 9 television or websites for closings and cancellations.

New Memberswhat to expect

Hello and welcome to Saint Andrew, it’s always a real joy for us to meet and have new members in our church family. Here you will find useful information about what to expect during your first visit.