Children

Welcome back to Sunday School!  We hope you all had a fun and safe summer and that your children are ready to join their teacher and classmates at St. Andrew’s for another action-packed year! We haven’t had “in person” Sunday School since March 2020 so we are all eager to get back to some type of normalcy. The teachers continue to prepare great lessons which the children enjoy each week.  Please continue to bring your children to Sunday School each week so they can continue to learn and grow in their faith.

We will be kicking off the new school year on Sunday, Sept.12th at the 10 AM service which will be outside on the front lawn.  After the opening of worship, all the children will receive awards pins for the past two years and then return to their classrooms to kick off the year.

We will be trying to hold class outside in early fall as long as the weather cooperates.  ALL CHILDREN, TEACHERS, AND STAFF WILL NEED TO WEAR MASKS WHEN INDOORS.  We will also be practicing social distancing and good handwashing.  Sunday School will follow the same rules as the school districts are using.  If you have any questions or concerns related to holding classes during this time of COVID, please reach out to me.

The Sunday School enrollment continues to be pretty thin so we are combining the classes as follows:   Pre-K/Kindergarten; 1st/2nd grades; 3rd/4th grades; 5th/6th/7th grades.

We are always looking for more people to join our Sunday School staff so please consider volunteering as a teacher, helper, etc.  It’s lots of fun and besides sharing our faith with the kids, we also learn from them. We’d love to have you so please give it your prayerful consideration and let me know if you are interested.

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 epting.susan@gmail.com.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and please stay safe! Looking forward to seeing you all in September!

God Bless and stay safe,

Sue Epting

 

 

In a little under one year the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) will gather our young people for a massive youth gathering. Usually, the youth gathering has taken place every 3 years and last year was postponed due to Covid. From July 24-28, approximately 30,000 young people will worship, learn, serve, and play together as children of God in Minneapolis Minnesota. You read that correctly 30 THOUSAND. The youth gathering is by far the largest regular gathering of the church. I missed the last gathering in Detroit due to Libby’s birth but have attended previous gatherings. Every once and a while it is good to remember that the Lutheran church is big, really big. Often we only consider our church, our youth group, our ministries when we think of the church, but this is only a fraction of reality.

When we worship, take communion, give our offerings, and volunteer our time, we are joining together with over 3 million people in our church. When we visit other ELCA churches or notice them in our travels, realize there are nearly 9,000 congregations. I’m always amazed at what can get accomplished or what amount of funds can be raised when a bunch of people offer what they can. The church is doing some amazing work and the youth gathering is always done well.

Pray for this ministry, for the churches across the country having conversations about who should go, how they are going to get there and how the travelers can bring the experience home. Pray for St. Andrew’s as we look forward to this great opportunity. Pray for our young people who are excited to go back, for those who have no idea what to expect and those parents considering chaperone roles. Pray for me, as I continue the daunting task of logistics, planning, fund raising and recruitment.

It will be a great trip. If you are or know of a young person, registering for 8th-12th grade this fall, that might be interested let me know.

Pastor Dave