The Apostle Andrew – it seems – was just a bit player. In the drama of Jesus’ earthly ministry and of the early church, he does not get top billing. Even so… In the three stories where he does have a role (John 1, 6, & 12) significant results follow his bit part. Of the thousands of people who have entered our congregation for worship and then re-entered the world for service, most of us may seem only bit part players in the world’s drama. Even so, we are the people, the hands and the voices God has used, and will continue to use to bring to reality Jesus’ words: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10) We praise God for all who have shared their unique parts, contributing to the ministry of Saint Andrew’s, to the abundant joy that many have and will continue to receive.
Among the products and blessings of Saint Andrew’s existence have been the significant number of our congregation called to the ministry. During the last 30 years at Saint Andrew's, nine of us have been inspired to study and spread the Gospel as ordained Lutheran ministers around the world. The Reverends Garrett Struessel, Steve Sylvester, Cathy Rosenholtz, Melissa Afdahl and Anna Murphy Ballan, grew up and were confirmed at St. Andrew’s. Reverend Chad Langdon joined us at St. Andrew’s while attending college, and the Reverends Maureen Howard, Scott Simmons and Ted Carnahan began attending and became an integral part of our congregation a bit later in life before taking the next step toward the ministry. They worshiped with us, they prayed with us, and they served in ministry with us. Crystal Lee, our Youth and Family Minister, has announced her intentions to leave this fall to attend Seminary. She will be number ten. We praise God for Crystal and her work here.