Letter from the Board of Deacons:
Dear St. Andrews Family,
The Board of Deacons has been working closely with Pastor Matt this past year on some very specific ministry goals for St. Andrews. Most of those goals are being accomplished, thanks not only to Pastor's strong efforts, but to the efforts of everyone involved at St. Andrews.
Everyone. Whether you volunteer for a committee, help set up one event, participate in Sunday worship or drop off a child at school -- you're making the St. Andrews family everything it is today, a place that serves, supports and sends families in Christ.
Still, there is work to be done. We have been prayerfully considering whether St. Andrews may add a vicar to assist Pastor Matt during the 2017-2018 year. The Council has allowed us to invite you, too, to pray about this idea.
What's a vicar? Think of it like an internship for future pastors. We would find a seminary student at a Lutheran institution, and bring him to St. Andrews for one year. This would help train a future pastor as well as help Pastor Matt run the ministry today.
St. Andrews would need to pay the vicar a stipend and provide housing. The stipend would have to be budgeted by the Council and approved by the congregation, so we would not commit unless we were sure we could afford it. The housing is the hard part, because we might need to rent an apartment for a vicar, including his family if he has one.
No decision is necessary right now. We are only asking that you add this topic to your prayer list, asking God for wisdom so we can know His Will for St. Andrews and whether a vicar should be part of our ministry team.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to approach any of us on the Board of Deacons.
Glenn Buric, David Kwon, Matt Par. Steve Schildwachter, Cheryl Sellke
We have newly renovated our entrance area to make it "warmer" and more accomodating. One of the first things you will see as you enter the sanctuary are red bags and a banner by the back entrance that states, "St. Andrews Cares." I encourage you to take one of those bags and fill it with some of the items listed on the card. These items go to help serve those in need at either the Food Pantry at St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge, or to the St. Matthew Lutheran Food Kitchen in Chicago.