CHURCH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
The Council welcomes its newest member, Steve Scalzi, and says a fond farewell to Linda Ferone. Thank you, Linda, for your service on the Council for the past two years. Your help and insight were truly appreciated.
The Sunday School collected $230 in their Lenten collection and Trivia night raised another $478 to assist Koinonia as they rebuild after a devastating storm and fire in March. Our church will make a matching contribution.
Two services and Sunday School will begin again on September 9.
Council has decided to change the distribution of the monthly Message to an electronic format beginning in January. There will be paper copies available at church for those who desire them.
The Annual Church Picnic will be held on the front lawn at St. Andrew’s in the future.
A Fund Raising Committee will be started to assist in the Capital Preservation Policy and need to increase the Memorial Fund. Special envelopes will be in the pews soon!!
NEW MISSIONARY SPONSORSHIP
We are pleased to announce we have selected a new ELCA Missionary to sponsor; Rev. Bradn Buerkle. Rev. Buerkle lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, and teaches seminars and provides distance learning for pastors and lay leaders across the vast territory of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia, through the “Siberia: Equipping the Faithful” program. The program supports training of pastors and lay people in Scripture and evangelism to grow the church in the vast regions of Russia, including Siberia, and Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as a priority of “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.” For more information, please visit Rev. Buerkle’s website at http://elcrosnews.blogspot.com/2018/.
FELLOWSHIP ROOM WORKER BEE’S
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the awesome volunteers who worked so hard to remove the very old and ripped wallpaper in the Fellowship Room. Thanks to Mirasol and Jim Orlando, Sarah & Libby Dockweiler, Pastor Dave, Donna Kellett and grandson Robert Belger, Sonja Letizia and me, Kathy DeMaio. Great job everyone! “Many hands make light work!”
8th grade graduation Mildred E. Strang Middle School
Michael James Wheeler
Graduated from Roy C. Ketchum H. S.
He will be attending Lincoln Technical Institute, in July.
Graduated from Putnam Valley High School. She will be attending The University of New Haven in the fall to major in Forensic Science with a minor in psychology.
Graduated from Eastern Conn. State University
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Has Begun and runs through September 2
One Service Only at
Youth Group Events
For Youth Sunday/Awards Sunday, the Youth Group helped lead the 10am service. They sang “This Changes Everything,” the theme song for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. They also led the congregation in some of their favorite songs like “This Little Light of Mine, ““I Just Wanna Be a Sheep,” and “I Will Call Upon the Lord.” Our very own Jenna Grutzmacher, played the guitar while our returning youth member Gemma Small lead us on the piano. It was a fun filled day that concluded with serving the Sunday School kids ice cream for being wonderful students all year long. We are looking forward to the next class to join us in our Youth Group fun beginning this fall!
Things to do this Summer:
July 8th Youth Gathering Service-Come on out and hear what the kids learned about on their trip to Houston!
July 8th EXTREME BOARD MAKEOVER– Bring all the pictures from the 2017-2018 school year and reminisce with us while we redecorate our Youth Group boards outside of Pastor’s office.
August 12-18 Pinecrest Camp– Don’t forget to sign up for your next adventure at Pinecrest! Scholarships are available! For more information go to https://www.pinecrestllm.org/
The Service Group had a very productive year. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our congregation, we were able to prepare 122 Easter Baskets for St. Mary’s senior citizen luncheon and 37 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We also raised almost $600 for the local Food Pantries at Christmastime during our Annual Bake and Craft Sale. None of this is possible without the giving, caring people in our church. Thank you!
During the year we are busy refreshing the sanctuary pews with communion cards and contribution envelopes, covering milk containers for the altar flowers every week, and planning and completing the year’s projects. We also prepare and serve a meal for Jan Peek every September.
We welcomed Helen Ligon and Lorraine Miller to our group this year. We would love to see new faces. “Many hands make light work”! We meet the first Wednesday of every month. See Kathy DeMaio or Rita Nehmzow if you are interested in helping us with our important outreach. Have a great summer!
Kathy DeMaio and Rita Nehmzow
Annual St. Andrew’s PICNIC!
About 30 members of our congregation had a great tome at our Annual Picnic on June 2. Lots of delicious burgers, dogs and sides.
A special thank you to Angelo Letizia for supplying all the meat. So generous!! And kudos to Steve Scalzi for his barbecuing skills! Also thanks to Sandy Herbst, Ellen Ottstadt and Kathy DeMaio for all the shopping and organization. It was a great time!
JAN PEEK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Please contact Ellen Ottstadt or Sandy Herbst if you would like more information about helping out with our monthly Jan Peek Meals. Thank you!
St. Andrew’s Choir “HELP, We Need Singers!”
We meet Wednesday Nights at 7:45 pm for practice and Sundays to sing. All voices are welcome! Please see Margy for more information.
VBS Summer 2018
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FIRST YORKTOWN COOPERATIVE VBS
WAS HELD RIGHT HERE AT ST. ANDREWS ON JULY 15-26, 1968 ?!
HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY VBS!
This year VBS will be held at
The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown
2880 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY
July 9 – July 13, 2018 * 9am-12pm
Registration is open to children completing PreK-3 & Pre-K4 thru the completion of 5th grade…$30.00 for one child, $40.00 for two children, $45.00 max per family. This includes the cost of 1 camp t-shirt per child. Register online at
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A VOLUNTEER AND BEING A PART OF THIS AMAZING TRADITION?
We welcome all Adults, as well as Teens who have completed 6th grade and above. Register as a Teen or Adult Volunteer at
*Adult & Teen Volunteer Combined Training Workshop will be held on
June 3 @3pm at First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown
*Teen orientation and VBS set-up will be July 5 & 6 from 9:00am until 12 noon.
*Community Service Youth Opportunity*