The following is a list of ministry teams at St. Andrew. Please click on a ministry team name for more information:

  Worship     Witness     Support     Learning     Service     Facilities  

Worship Ministry Team
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

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.

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 celebration luncheon.   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.