St. Andrew has negotiated with Harbor Rock Tabernacle, a local congregation in the Baptist tradition, to share space with Shekinah Glory and St. Andrew. They will move in on December 1 and held their first worship service at St. Andrew on Sunday, December 6. So at the beginning of December St. Andrew’s Sunday worship time has changed to 8:00 a.m. Harbor Rock worships at 10:00. Shekinah Glory will continue to meet at noon on Sundays.
Harbor Rock will also use six of the rooms for children’s education during their worship time. So St. Andrew will gather after worship for fellowship and other activities in Fellowship Hall.
St. Andrew is in process of finalizing a six-month space sharing agreement with Harbor Rock. Next spring when St. Andrew considers the renewal of that agreement, one of the options for Harbor Rock will be to make an offer to purchase the property.
Congregation Meeting – December 13
On Sunday, Dec. 13, St. Andrew will meet following worship to clarify the congregation’s direction beyond the anticipated sale of its property. After The available options include closing the congregation, consolidating with one or more other congregations, and renting space to continue as a distinct congregation. This will be an important moment of discernment for us as the congregation determines how to move forward. The goal is to reach clarity about which direction to pursue. Please hold this gathering in your prayers, that all may listen together deeply and speak wisely to one another.
Christmas Eve – December 24
This year St. Andrew will celebrate Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3011 Erie Street. The combined Christmas Eve worship will begin at 6:00 p.m. This will give both congregations an opportunity to share musical resources and to gather in a full house to celebrate this holy night. If you are a singer, you are welcome to join the choir for that evening. The rehearsal schedule will be minimal, and St. Andrew staff will communicate that as soon as details become available.
Pastor John Bischoff currently serves both St. Paul’s and Zion. The two congregations are in process of exploring the possibility of consolidation. One of St. Andrew’s options for the future could be to join this consolidation. So sharing worship on this Christmas Eve is also a way to take a step toward building a relationship with them.
If your Christmas Eve schedule with family prevents you from coming to a 6:00 p.m. service, Harbor Rock Tabernacle will hold a 4:00 p.m. service at St. Andrew, and Emmaus would also welcome anyone to join them in worship at 4:30 p.m.
Much is happening, and many things are changing during this time. It is important that we stay in conversation. If you have questions, concerns, hopes or thanksgivings that you wish to share, please contact us.
— Rev. Michael Mueller, Pastor; and Terri Nelson, President of St. Andrew council