Good news!!  The Metro New York Synod has awarded St. Andrew’s a grant totaling $15,000 toward the renovations in the parsonage.

December 3 will be a busy day at St. Andrew’s.  After the 10 a.m. service, decorating for Christmas will begin. The tree in the Narthex will be decorated, the Sanctuary will be dolled up and tree lights will be put up EVERYWHERE out front in our yard.  All hands on deck!  As many as can stay to help will be appreciated.  The reward – in addition to your personal satisfaction there will be delicious food served after all the work is done.  Come join us – it’ll be fun!!

This year’s Stewardship Campaign has been planned.  More to follow.

The Council will hold a Bake Sale on Sunday, December 10 to raise money for the residents of Jan Peek House.  We have some terrific bakers on the Council so this is an event not to be missed!!



From now until December 10 we will be collecting gifts for a needy family in Yorktown. If you would like to donate a gift please visit our Holiday Angels table in the narthex. Each gift will be on a numbered card. Please make sure to write your name in the numbered space that matches the number on the card of your choice. All gifts must be wrapped with the card attached. Please bring them in by Sunday, December 10. If you have any questions please speak to Ellen. Thank you for your continued support during our Christmas season.




On Sunday December 10 the Church Council will be hosting their annual bake sale to raise money to provide Wal-Mart gift cards for the residents of    Jan Peek. Please show your support by stopping by the baked good tables after church.


During our November 1st meeting our group assembled 16 school kits for Lutheran World Relief.  We are short some items so we will be publishing a list requesting a contribution of those items so that we can complete the remaining 14 backpacks.  

Our annual Craft and Bake Sale will be held December 3rd.  On the 2nd we will be setting up the fellowship area for the sale. Please come and pick out some freshly baked items to enjoy and/or some lovely homemade blankets etc.  The proceeds from the sale go to helping the needy. 

Our next meeting will be December 6th, first Wednesday of the month. Please join us at 10 a.m. if you are able.  We have a great morning together each month and we would love to have you join us. 

Wishing you all the Merriest of Christmas’ and Happiest New Year.

Your Service Group Coordinators –

Rita Nehmzow and Kathy DeMaio


Youth Group

The Youth Group finished up October at the Love out Loud retreat. Nine of our Youth spent   the weekend discussing how and where they can find good and love in our current world that seems filled with bad and anger.  They played games, went on a “bear hunt” around the campfire and spent hours and hours laughing during meals.  They even got to spend a little time with PJ!

In November, the Youth Group hosted the 2nd Annual S’Moresgiving.  With 21 Youth in attendance throughout the night, it was a HUGE Success!! We had 3 guests from Trinity in Brewster, 3 guests from Emmanuel in Pleasantville and a number of the youths’ school friends. The Youth were laughing  throughout the night with games like chain reaction, make ‘me laugh, Sardines, elbow tag and a “little” talent show. The Youth also got to spend some time with Pastor Dave around a bonfire with hot chocolate and of course, S’Mores! Thank you to Pastor Dave and Sarah for inviting us, we had a great time! Thank you to Margaret Jakubik for prepping the two 14 lb turkeys and keeping them company during the day.  Thank you to Ellen Ottstadt, and Nicole O’Brien for chaperoning and helping with clean up throughout the night.

Check out our Instagram, lutherangodsquad for more photos and videos! 

SPOTTED: November 4th, at the Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders Football game.  Two of our youth went out to support our very own Gabe Smith!  We had a great time sitting in the stands cheering on one of our members in his last home game as a freshman!  Way to go Gabe, you played GREAT!  

 Hey! Are you proud of something you’re doing? So are we!  Let the God Squad know when your next local game, meet, play or presentation is and YOU can have your very own #GodSquadSighting ! Parents, friends, do you want to surprise someone?  Let us know and the God Squad will be there!

December and January Events

Sunday, December 3rd EPIC Christmas Decorating With Pastor Dave!

Friday, December 15th Annual Trip to NYC

Sunday, December 17th Christmas Caroling with Margy!

January 5-7 Confirmation Retreat at Koinonia (8th & 9th grade)

Saturday, January 20 Snowtubing

For more information contact:

Judy Jakubik  

Email:      or at 914-584-0721


SAVE THE DATE       Paint & Sip Friday, February 2nd

We will be having a paint & sip night to raise money for our trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. Barbara Beckmann, a local artist, will be here to guide us in the painting aspect while sipping a glass of wine. The cost will be $40 per person and all are welcome. All proceeds will go directly to our Houston trip. Look for more information in the December and January Bulletins. Any questions please contact Judy or Ellen



There are 12 youth and 3 adults from St. Andrew’s that are attending next June 26 thru July 2. This will be our third time sending youth to these gatherings and each time we have reached out to our congregation and you have answered.  We are looking to raise the total cost of our airfare of $5,250 to get us there and back. Each mile is costing us $3 and we are hoping that each one of you would buy a couple of miles to help us complete our goal. This is not just limited to our congregation as anyone can donate. Ask your families and friends to help us get to Houston! If you have any questions please see Judy, Ellen or Margy.


Children’s Ministry Update for December

St. Andrew’s Sunday School continues to grow as we welcomed two new children and a few others who we haven’t seen in awhile! We continue to collect food for the needy on Harvest Sunday (the first Sunday of each month) and the children enjoy hearing Pastor Dave’s message on those days.

On Oct. 29th, the 1st graders received their Catechisms and the 3rd graders received their Bibles at the 10 AM service. This was a special event as the children will use these books to continue to build their faith and learn of God’s love and promise of forgiveness and everlasting life.

We will be celebrating Advent beginning on Dec. 3rd as we prepare for Jesus’ birth so please be sure to bring your children to Sunday School to learn about this special time of the church calendar.

The Annual Christmas pageant, will take place during the 10 AM service on Dec. 17th!  We will be presenting “The Power of the KING” and we began learning the songs this past Sunday. Over the next month, we’ll be practicing during part of the Sunday School hour and on Dec. 10th after Sunday School. Depending upon how the practices go, we might need an extra rehearsal but you will be notified as soon as we know. The script is humorous while still teaching the children what Christmas is really about! Debra Gagliano has generously offered to help direct the pageant this year and we are very grateful to her! We always need the help so if you have time to volunteer, please let me know as we welcome everyone.

The following are some important dates to keep in mind for Dec.:

Dec. 3rd – Harvest Sunday and pageant rehearsal during Sunday School

Dec. 10th – Pageant rehearsal during and after Sunday School

Dec. 17th – Annual Christmas pageant during 10 AM service

Dec. 24th – No Sunday School (attend church as a family)

Dec. 31st – No Sunday School (attend church as a family)

Jan. 7th – Sunday School resumes and Harvest Sunday

I will continue to send reminders of events via e-mail so please be sure to return your child’s “Contact Information Sheet” to the office or your child’s teacher at your earliest convenience so we are able to reach you. If you need a new sheet, please let me know.

If your child’s box of offering envelopes is depleted, please contact me and I will provide you with a new box. These are not dated so they can be used in successive years until finished.

We are always looking for more people to join our Sunday School staff so please consider volunteering as a teacher, helper, etc. We’d love to have you!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can reach me via phone at 914-715-9546 or by e-mail at or at

Looking forward to seeing you all each Sunday! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

God Bless,

Sue Epting



Donate a Poinsettia for the Altar at Christmas.

If you would like to donate a Poinsettia, you may do so in Honor or in Memory of loved ones. The cost is $15.00 per plant.   Please put the filled out form with payment in an offering envelope and place in the offering plate or return to the office no later than Sunday, December 10th.  Thank you! 


SSC Sisters Serving Christ

Attention Women of Saint Andrews

Come one, come all

SSC is hosting a pre-Christmas celebration, with wine & cheese, sisterhood and songs Friday, December 8 from 7 pm – 9pm at Saint Andrews.  Signup sheet is in the Narthex. 

Connie Grossman & Dorothy Forcina

                                                                         SSC co-presidents

         Contact Dorothy or Connie at