CHURCH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Officers: Kathy DeMaio, President
Linda Bohlk, Vice Pres. Rita Nehmzow, Secretary
David Hamm, Treasurer
Margaret Hauck, Financial Secretary
2018 Nominating Committee:
David Hamm – Resource
Ellen Ottstadt – Life/Outreach
Life Commission plans for the continued programs of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. The Commission oversees the various groups and people that make the church a living place.
St. Andrew’s Sunday school, for children ages three years old through grade 7, is lead by a dedicated volunteer staff. It runs weekly from September through June. The church nursery, staffed with one adult and a youth volunteer, is open every Sunday for the 10 AM service. Confirmation class is taught by Pastor Strasser.
Our music program features both instrumental and choral music under the direction of organist and music director, Margy Tillistrand. Choir practices are held Wednesdays at 7:45 pm. Any may serve by assisting in the worship service. Training is provided for members of the altar guild, communion assistants, ushers, counters, readers and acolytes.
Children’s Choir is open to children ages 5 through 7th Grade. Rehearsals are held after worship on the last two Sundays of every month and the Youth Choir sings on the first Sunday of each month during the Family Worship Service.
Service Group meets the first Tuesday of each month to create kits for Lutheran World Relief, design craft items for sale, or to distribute Christmas gifts to those in need.
Life Commission sponsors and/or supports many other workshops, groups and worship activities throughout the year such as craft days; an annual Christmas pageant; family picnics with games; Bible study; a men’s club; and youth and family retreats. Each summer St. Andrew’s also joins with four local churches to sponsor Vacation Bible School.
These organizations function because of the efforts of many volunteers. The Life Commission meets monthly.
The St. Andrew’s Resource Commission is charged with the responsibility of caring for the physical and non-physical assets of the church, including the sanctuary and main building, chapel house, parsonage and church grounds as well as the annual budget. The Commission investigates new development projects, activities, and ideas for possible future implementation and creates an annual fundraising plan to generate the funds necessary to meet these special needs.
Resource is also responsible for involving church members in creative ways to aid in these activities. The Commission evaluates its work annually and reports back to the Council and church president.
“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
— Hebrews 13:1-2
The St. Andrew’s Outreach Commission promotes programs that minister to the needs of those in the wider community. Members of Outreach work with local churches, service organizations and missionaries to advance their ministries. Our work providing meals to the homeless and food for our local food pantries; supporting our global missionaries and gathering together with groups of other faiths in worship provides us with a satisfying extension of our faith.