The following is a list of ministry teams at St. Andrew. Please click on a ministry team name for more information:
Worship Ministry Team
Acolytes (4th through 8th grade) assist in the
worship of the congregation by distributing communion glasses, lighting and extinguishing candles, carrying the cross
in worship, and aiding with any other special aspects of the worship service such as a Gospel processional.
The willingness of members to be part of our weekly worship experiences is what makes it all happen. The ministry
team meets monthly with the Pastor, Vicar, and Cantor to provide feedback and input for the planning of worship for
the months ahead. The team aids in the selection of liturgies for the various church season, works on choir/bell
schedules and recruitment, helps in the planning of special services, manages the replacement and distribution of
hymnals and handles other related issues involving the worship life of St. Andrew.
Contact: Bill Logan or Dave Franzman
Altar Care members take care of providing bread
for Communion, preparing the wine and bread, cleaning up after communion, and taking down the altar flowers.
Contact: Sue Hartley
The Assisting Minister reads the lessons, leads
parts of the liturgy and prayers, and participates in the distribution of the communion.
Communion Servers participate in the distribution
of Holy Communion for each service by serving wine.
Greeters welcome people arriving at the door for worship.
Home Communion Ministers take communion to
“shut-in” members of the congregation on the third Sunday of each month. This is done by the Pastor, Vicar and
a team of lay members. Contact: Sue Hartley
Ushers distribute bulletins, receive the offering,
carry the Communion elements forward, direct worshipers to Communion, and assist people as they arrive and depart from the church.
Musicians at St. Andrew currently
include the Chapel Choir, Youth Choir, Jubilate Bells (Middle School),
and Laudate Bells (High School and Adult). Special music is also provided by the Sunday School and Sonshine Kids, soloists,
and vocal/instrumental ensembles. Click here to find your opportunity to worship
through music! Contact: Matthew Erpelding
Witness Ministry Team
This ministry team works on sharing the faith by contacting guests to welcome them to our community, and contacting
less active members to encourage them to become more active. The Witness Ministry Team oversees ministry events like
SOAP (St. Andrew Lutheran Church Sports Outreach and Activities Program), the church website, pictoral/membership
directories, Invite-A-Friend weekend, the congregation picnic, 2x4 fellowship gatherings, Sunday fellowship between
services and other special ministry events and projects.
Contact: Bonnie Taylor or Chris Formanek
Support Ministry Team
Support Ministry Team members are involved in helping the congregation
learn more about the stewardship of life, including our time,
our abilities and our resources. We are educating ourselves and
one another in many areas. People are needed who are willing to
be part of both long-term and short-term projects. Every November,
the Support Ministry Team holds a pledge drive and passes out
“Time and Talent” worksheets in order to plan and
budget for the year ahead. At the end of the drive, there is a
Contact: Steve Haller
St. Andrew has launched a 5-year campaign in preparation for
the 50th anniversary of the congregation. “Counting Up to
50” is an attempt by St. Andrew to raise an extra $50,000
each year for 5 years to help support specific ministries and
needs of the congregation including: Lutheran Services of Iowa’s
“It’s About the Kids” Campaign, the ELCA Chaplaincy
Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa
City, St. Andrew’s Internship program and various capital
improvements for the church building. If you are interested in
giving or donating, please contact the church office.
Learning Ministry Team
Learning never ceases, which is why the Learning Ministry Team coordinates Sunday School (Pre-K-8th grade) and Adult Forum (both between
services on Sundays during the school year), Womens Bible Study (third Saturday of the month at 9:30 am), St. Andrew Youth (High School)
learning events, the church library, book fairs, Vacation Bible School—for ALL ages and a Lenten Gospel Study. Anyone interested in
helping with any of these programs, or interested in attending any of them please contact the church office for more information.
Contact: Jan Thulin, Marcia Nilsen, or Nan Schroeder
Service Ministry Team
The Service Ministry Team offers a variety of ways to serve the congregation as well as outward into our community and throughout
the world. They collect food donations for families served by a social service agency. They also provide volunteers once a month
for Green Square Meals. Cards and hot meals are provided for members after the birth of a child, a severe illness or a death in the
family by this ministry team.
During the summer months, volunteers plant and tend a garden
from which the produce is sold to members to raise money for Lutheran
World Hunger. Produce not sold is then donated to a local soup
kitchen. In December, the "Angel Tree" project collects
gifts for local group homes for children and adults with disabilities.
Throughout the year, the Service Ministry Team also promotes "Change
for the Better." Each month a different social service program
is featured. Those selected to receive donations of money in 2004
through “change” put into the can in the narthex were:
Green Square Meals,
Community Health Free Clinic,
Habitat for Humanity,
Lutheran Chaplaincy Outreach (LCO),
20/20 Mission Support Fund, A Promise
of Health, Camp Ewalu, Lutheran World Relief, Heifer Project, and Crop Walk.
Contact: Jeannette Clayton, Dan Lewis, or Mike Barton
|Also in the area of Service Ministry, congratulations go to Carl and Mary Carson on their reception of the
KCRG Channel 9 Jefferson Award for their work with
A Promise of Health
to bring a mobile medical unit to the Mayan people
| in the Yucatan. This mobile home is the second in three years to be completely refurbished and shipped to Mexico for use by
a doctor who travels to many impoverished Mayan communities to provide basic health services to these people. The Cedar
Rapids Rotary Club, which has made A Promise of Health their official international project, has donated $2500
the last two years. This year, the Rotary Club has also teamed up with A Promise of Health to provide additional
educational supplies to be carried down in the motor home and given out to those in need. The Carsons represented Eastern
Iowa in June at a "Celebration of Volunteerism" in Washington D.C. to compete for one of five
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Awards for Outstanding Public Service.
Facilities Ministry Team
This team is responsible for maintaining and improving our church building and grounds. “Cleanup days”
are scheduled as needed, but anyone, whether you are an expert or just a “handyperson,” with a willing
attitude and some time to give is welcome to help out around the church.
Contact: Sam McCord, Donna Cromer, Pete Martin, or James Potts
There are many other roles in the worship life of St. Andrew. If you are interested in helping in any of the
following ways, please contact the church office at (319) 393-4021.