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Events and Projects
Lenten Outreach: Baskets of Promise
     Items for Personal Care Kits
through April 28, 2019
Provide Lunch for The Sophia Way June 5, 2019 
Mission Trip to Arizona Postponed
Deliver Meals for Chicken Soup Brigade ongoing
Eastside Baby Corner ongoing 
Bihar, India 2017-2020
Scholarships for MGLSS Students ongoing
Plaster House ongoing
Imagine Housing ongoing
The Sophia Way ongoing 
Box Tops for Education for
Navajo Lutheran Mission School
School Supplies for Local Students July - August 2019
Mayors' Day of Concern for the Hungry Fall 2019
Provide Dinners for Congregations for the Homeless October 2019
Socks and Knit Hats Drive November-December 2018
Love Tree Advent 2019
Uniforms for MGLSS Students Advent 2019
SOUPer Bowl of Caring Super Bowl Sunday (February 3, 2019) 
Ongoing Outreach  
Corner of Blessing Food  
Lutheran World Relief  
Personal Care Kit Supplies  
Devotional Booklets/Pamphlets  
Sewing Kit Supplies  
Compass Housing Alliance Supplies  
KnitWits (Knitting as Witnesses)   
Congregations for the Homeless  
The Sophia Way  
Donations of Cell Phones  
Collection for Domestic Disaster Relief  


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  Lenten Outreach:
Baskets of Promise
Items for Personal Care Kits
Download a printable list of items needed.
The Baskets of Promise program during Lent helps to fill the Personal Care Kits that are sent out in early May.
Lutheran World Relief is the organization that we work with and the kits are sent to areas of the world where an emergency has occurred, and people are left with very little. The kits supply basic items for survival.
Our goal this year is to fill 150 kits.
You can help us reach that goal by donating the following items on the weeks indicated. There is a collection basket near the elevator in the Narthex.
March 10bath towels (20”x40” – 52”x27”, light weight, dark color)
March 17combs (large sturdy)
March 24nail clippers (metal, small or large)
March 31soap (4 or 5 ounce bars)
April 7 - toothbrushes (adult size)
April 14 - bath towels (20”x40” – 52”x27”, light weight, dark color)
You may also bring in any of the items any time that is convenient for you.
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Provide Lunch for The Sophia Way
One of the very important ways we can help the ladies at the Sophia Way Day Center is by preparing lunch to them! 
We at Saint Andrew’s are planning to provide them lunch in June 5, 2019.
When we provide lunch, we are looking for volunteers to provide food. 
You will NOT be delivering or serving, JUST providing a part of it.
Someone will pick up your contribution, even the day or evening before. If you could bake or buy a portion of the meal, or want to learn more, please contact Joyce Arnold through the church office. 
It can be as easy as buying a Costco salad or two, making a pan of brownies, or cooking a large portion of rice. Thank you!
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Mission Trip to Arizona

Saint Andrew’s is sponsoring the first Adult Mission Trip to the Navajo Lutheran Mission (NELM) in Rock Point, Arizona.
Trip dates will be announced soon.
Jean Wahlstrom, Marvin Kananen, and Sherry Grindeland are leading the volunteer work on a variety of projects. Housing will be at the mission facilities.
There will be construction and repair, cooking, working with kids, and whatever your talent is.
There will be work for everyone who comes. All we request is your enthusiasm. 
Our fundraising goal is to raise enough money to remodel an apartment at the mission so it is ADA compliant. this would give disabled residents better access to services at the mission.
You provide your own transportation to and from Phoenix. We will arrange transportation to Rock Point and back. 
We provide the training and gather background information so you’ll be prepared. Devotions and sightseeing will happen. Help us to organize the logistics/food. 
Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Narthex/Commons bulletin board or contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, sherry@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529. 
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Deliver Meals for Chicken Soup Brigade

Saint Andrew’s is a distribution hub for weekly deliveries of meals for Chicken Soup Brigade (Lifelong). Meals and groceries are picked up at Saint Andrew’s on Thursdays and delivered to homebound chronically ill individuals on the Eastside. The delivery window is 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday afternoons with around 2 to 4 stops. A complete route takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It is a wonderful service that provides needed nourishment to those who may be housebound and ill. 
Choose to be a driver in the regular rotation or be a substitute driver and cover weeks where regular volunteers are on vacation. You will need to attend an orientation. If you are interested in serving in this way, contact Outreach and Servant Ministries committee chair Marlyn Thorpe through the church office.
We have a rotating team of drivers here at Saint Andrew’s, and we would love to add volunteers! 
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Eastside Baby Corner
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) envisions a world where all children are healthy, safe and prepared to build their own futures. EBC does this by meeting basic needs of children, serving as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 800 kids each week.
Saint Andrew’s currently supports Eastside Baby Corner with budgeted funds and gifts through the Love Tree.
EBC’s most pressing needs are for new or gently-used jeans, size 5-8, and hats of any kind. 
Other items of clothing (new or gently used) for children birth - age 12 are welcome also.
Several locations on the Eastside accept donations.  To find out what items can be donated and where to bring donations, visit
To learn more about EBC, visit
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Bihar, India
Current News and Events:

View the Saint Andrew'se Lutheran World Relief-Partnership Bihar-Video 
Meet Lilawati from Bihar and hear her story:
As you can see, being a part of Partnership Bihar has truly changed her life and the life of her community. Thank you all so much for your support of this project—it really is making an incredible impact in the lives of the people living in the 76 villages with whom LWR is partnering! 
January 2019:  Becca Piel traveled to Bihar with a group from Lutheran World Relief. View the video of the Discipleship Hour where Becca shared the story of her experience.
Our Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee has established a Project Bihar/LWR Working Group and continues to build team to serve and share the privilege of guiding this adventure. The Working Group has defined three major components in our mission, communication, engagement and giving.  We welcome your voice of sharing as you feel led to serve. Contact Marlyn Thorpe for further information and to join the team.
Bookmarks. The Working Group has created Project Bihar Prayer Bookmarks to communicate and engage congregants about seven of the Project Bihar families.
These Project Bihar Prayer bookmarks are in the hymnals. You are free to use them in the hymnals or you can take them home and pray for the highlighted family and their community. The bookmarks can be used as an educational tool about different cultures and lifestyles. Use these to facilitate discussions on how families are the same and/or different.
If you take a bookmark home, put it in a place where you will be reminded of the family to pray for them.
During prayer at church as you use the bookmark in the hymnal include them in your silent prayers.
Thank you for praying and blessing each of these Bihar, India families. 
December 2017: Saint Andrew’s members Marshall, Asha, and family traveled to the Mohulpahari district in JHARKHAND, southeast of BIHAR, in India. They connected with family and friends, village leaders and district officials, and built relationships in the hopes of beginning development projects. 
They invite you to follow their adventure through their blog: http://arisevillages.com/blog/ and learn more about their efforts www.arisevillages.com
Saint Andrew's is committed to a multi-year mission partnership with Lutheran World Relief in Bihar, India. This is a global mission outreach which will engage us in a significant outreach in Northeastern India. We will be involved boldly over many years in a sponsored mission through Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Our collaboration will be in partnership with nine congregations throughout the United States. The two closest to us are The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Olympia and Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland (Whidbey Island.) 
The best source of updated information is at
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Scholarships for MGLSS Students
Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) is seeking sponsors for students. at the MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS) in Tanzania.
We rejoice at the continued scholarship support of students currently being funded by individual members and groups of Saint Andrew’s at MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS) and university. 
Funding is an ongoing need for MGLSS students and for MGLSS graduates who are pursuing university degrees.
Full sponsorship amounts are:
~ Students in Forms 1-4 -- $1000
~ Students in Forms 5-6 -- $1200
~ University study -- $2,500
~ Nursing School students -- $1,000
~ Teacher Training -- $1,200
All donations are welcome! Saint Andrew's will combine donations until a half- or full-sponsorship level is reached, and then forward the funds to Operation Bootstrap Africa. Checks can be made payable to "Saint Andrew's" (with "MaaSAE Scholarship" in the memo line) and returned to the church via the offering plate or to the office.
Donations may also be made directly to Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA).
To learn more about these amazing young women, watch this video from MGLSS and OBA.

For more information, visit the Operation Bootstrap Africa (OBA) website or contact Saint Andrew's.
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Plaster House
Read about Jean Wahlstrom's and Marvin Kananen's 2018 trip to Tanzania and the Plaster House.
The Plaster House,a part of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre in Tanzania, is a rehabilitation center for post-surgery children, usually in casts (hence the term “Plaster House”). For reasons of health and nutrition, many children cannot rehab successfully in their villages/homes while in casts. They need to stay at the center; the average stay being four weeks, the cost per student is only $4 per day. 
For those who would like to support the work of the Plaster House, here are equally good ways to do so:
• Write a check to Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church with ‘Plaster House’ on the memo line.
• Using a credit card/ATM card, go online to www.theplasterhouse.org/donate/ You can also subscribe to their monthly newsletter at this site.  
To learn more about the Plaster House, visit www.theplasterhouse.org and learn why those kids have a hold on our hearts.
Jean Wahlstrom serves on the International Advisory Board for the Plaster House. 
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Imagine Housing
The mission of Imagine Housing, formerly St. Andrew's Housing Group, is to provide affordable housing on the Eastside. They also provide services to assist residents with job skills training, money management training, ESL workshops, parenting support, homework assistance, and summer day-camp acivities.
Their annual spring auction raises funds for operating expenses and is also an event designed to celebrate the creation of homes and the restoration of hope! 
Lunch and Learn
Imagine Housing invites anyone who would like to get more involved or learn more about our upcoming plans and projects to attend one of their Lunch and Learn events. As a bonus, you get to see one of our affordable apartment buildings. They welcome you to join them, whether you’re just curious about what we do or you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community. Lunch is provided. Details and signup are available at www.imaginehousing.org/eventsmeals.
Community Dinners
Volunteers are needed to provide monthly dinners for residents at our communities in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah. This is a great activity for families or groups of approximately 5 or fewer.  These dinners are a wonderful way to get to know residents, and to ensure that the many growing kids in these communities are getting consistent, healthy, balanced meals.
Contact Imagine Housing to learn more about this opportunity.
Drivers to deliver Childcare Items
Imagine Housing partners with Eastside Baby Corner to provide basic needs items to families on Thursday morning each week.
Three volunteer are needed to transport these items. Drivers pick up childcare essentials from Eastside Baby Corner (1510 NW Maple St, Issaquah) and deliver them to housing communities in Issaquah, Bellevue, and Kirkland.
Contact Imagine Housing to learn more about this opportunity.
Drivers to deliver Food
volunteers are needed on Fridays to transport food boxes from Hopelink in Kirkland to Imagine Housing residents in Kirkland. These are residents who are unable to travel to the food bank on their own.
Contact Imagine Housing to learn more about this opportunity.
To learn more about Imagine Housing, visit their website.
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The Sophia Way
The Sophia Way is an organization in Bellevue that assists women from homelessness to independence.
They operate an overnight shelter for 21 women to sleep, a Day Center that is open 365 days a year to drop-ins, job search, casework, and an Emergency Winter Shelter (EWS). 
For more information, contact Saint Andrew's liaison Joyce Arnold through the Saint Andrew's office.
The Sophia Way is in need of volunteers in the Day Center for sorting the donated clothes and items they receive, and for making sure the women visiting the Day Center have the clothing they need. The Day Center is located on the lower level at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (3032 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.) 
Volunteers working in the Day Center will need to attend an orientation. 
Donate Items
Women who come to the Day Center, Night Shelters, and EWS Shelter have some immediate needs of clothing, personal items, food, and other essentials. A current list of needed items can be found at www.sophiaway.org/immediate-needs/. Drop off your donations at Sophia’s Place (on the lower level of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church) from 8:00 am - 11:00 am and 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm. 
Meals at the Day Center, Night Shelter, and EWS Shelter are also needed; visit www.sophiaway.org/donate-meals/ to sign up or for more information.
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Box Tops for Education
In December 2016, Jean Wahlstrom and Marvin Kananen volunteered for a month at the Navajo Lutheran Mission (NELM) in Rock Point, Arizona, an ELCA project.
The Mission School has asked if Saint Andrew’s would participate in an easy way to secure needed school supplies and equipment. Please cut out and bring those little box top coupons found on various food containers (General Mills products and others). Collect and put them in the envelope attached to the bulletin board in the Narthex, labeled BOX TOPS.
Louise O. has graciously offered to regularly send them on to the school. It may seem like too small an item to make a difference, but collectively, it really adds up to enable these children to get a better education!!
Thanks for your help!! To learn more, visit www.nelm.org/school or contact Jean Wahlstrom through the church office. 
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School Supplies for Local Students
Each summer, our Vacation Bible School (VBS) students and the congregation at large support the Congregations for Kids Good Start Back to School Drive.
School supplies are collected in July and August in the Narthex.
Thank you for continuing to support this drive so that needy children can begin school with some of tools needed to be successful. For more information, contact Carolyn Haralson through the church office.
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Mayors' Day of Concern for the Hungry
Held on a Saturday in the Fall, the Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry is the biggest food drive of the year for many of the organizations fighting hunger in our communities.
Saint Andrew’s volunteers collect food at a local grocery store as part of this day, and all food collected goes to Hopelink and helps feed our hungry neighbors.
All ages can participate and it is a wonderful family activity. Volunteering consists of handing out a “shopping list” flyer of the most needed food items and then thanking people for their donations. This is a fun event and it is inspiring to see the generosity of the people coming to do their grocery shopping. 
Contact Dick and Debbie Szabo for more information.
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Provide Meals for Congregations for the Homeless

Two weeks each October
Dinners are served at 7:15 pm
October beckons us to again share our comfort and concerns by walking with the Congregations for the Homeless men’s program, as our witness of God’s Love.
For two weeks in October, Saint Andrew’s Lutheran provides the dinner meals for 35 men hosted at a local church through the Congregations for the Homeless program. 
Volunteers cook and prepare the dinner meals, and then deliver and serve the meals. Meals should be delivered at 6:30 pm, and serving begins at 7:15 pm. Volunteers are welcome to join in the meals with the men. 
This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for individuals, small groups, families and friends.  . 
For more information or questions please contact Marlyn Thorpe.
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Socks and Knit Hats Drive
Each fall, Dorcas Circle sponsors a socks and knit hat drive to benefit Compass Housing Alliance.
In November and December, drop donations in the "Sox Box" in the Narthex.
Socks and hats can also be placed in the "Dorcas Circle" box near the elevator in the church Narthex, and are welcome all year.
Thank you for your generosity in 2018! We collected 302 pair of socks and 67 hats.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Willenberg through the church office.
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 Love Tree
During each Advent season, we at Saint Andrew's have the special opportunity to brighten the holidays for many people with our LOVE TREE program.
Gifts are given to people served by Bridge Disability Ministries, Eastside Baby Corner, Imagine Housing (including children, veterans, and seniors), and The Sophia Way. Your generosity shows others the love of Christ.  

Thank you to all for your very generous giving in 2018! We were able to provide over 200 special gifts to individuals and families, from infants to the elderly. 
Contact the church office for more information about the Love Tree program
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Uniforms for MGLSS Students
Each Advent season, we have the opportunity to purchase uniforms for the new Form 1 students at MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School (MGLSS) in Tanzania.
Fifty outfits are needed; $50 per outfit. 
Each $50 contribution purchases an outfit which includes 2 logo t-shirts, a khaki skirt, a red sweatshirt, a pair of black shoes, 3 pairs of socks, and 3 pairs of underwear. These will be washed weekly and well-cared for to last for 2 years. Then they get the waist adjusted on their skirt (they grow quite a bit during those years!) and 2 new t-shirts. 
The display is in the Narthex each Advent season. When you make your contribution, we invite you to take a "little girl figure" with you. It lets us know how many uniforms have been purchased and gives you a tree ornament as a prayer reminder for these young girls as they begin their educational journey 
Thank you for purchasing 50+ uniforms in 2018!  
For more information, contact Jean Wahlstrom through the church office.
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SOUPer Bowl of Caring

Each year, Saint Andrew’s participates in a national effort to help those who are hungry. It is called “SOUPer Bowl of Caring” and is held in connection with the Super Bowl. 
Thank you to all who brought food and gave generously on February 3, 2019!  The 1,175 pounds of food along with $1,080.50 that we collected allows Hopelink to make a big difference for our hungry neighbors!
Hunger is everywhere in our community, from the suburbs on the Eastside to South King County to the streets of Downtown Seattle. It affects everyone: working families, the elderly, young adults–even children. One in five households in Washington State doesn’t have enough money to feed their families. 
On Super Bowl Sunday, we have a special collection of food to address hunger in our neighborhoods. Before and after worship services, members of our church are in the Narthex collecting food and donations for this effort.
Everything collected goes to Hopelink Food Bank in Bellevue. All money donated is used by Hopelink to buy the food items required to provide needed nutrition to those who are hungry right in our neighborhoods.  
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Ongoing Outreach

Corner of Blessing

Each month, we emphasize the collection of one commodity, and our goal is to FILL the Corner of Blessing with that food item.
All donations help feed those in our community who are hungry.

  • March: "Baking Makings"
    ~ Flour (5 pound bags)
    ~ Sugar (4 pound bags)
    ~ Butter (1 pound packages [4 sticks])
  • April: Tomato Products and Canned Corn
    ~ Canned Tomatoes - diced, crushed, whole, sauce (14-16 ounce cans)
    ~ Pasta Sauce (24-32 ounce size)
    ~ Canned Corn (14-16 ounce cans)
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  Lutheran World Relief
Saint Andrew's supports the mission and minsitries of Lutheran World Relief.  Learn more at www.lwr.org.
  Personal Care Kit Supplies
Health and Wholeness Ministries collects items for Personal Care Kits, which are distributed world-wide through Lutheran World Relief. You can donate a completed Kit or individual items that Health and Wholeness will use to assemble the Kits. Both complete Kits and individual items can be placed in the basket in the narthex. 
Read more about Personal Care Kits on the Lutheran World Relief website
Each Kit contains:
  • 1 bath towel (52" x 27" maximum size), light-weight, dark color
  • 2 bath-size bars of soap (4-5 ounce), any brand in original wrapping
  • 1 adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
  • 1 large sturdy comb (no picks)
  • 1 metal nail clippers, large or small, attached file optional
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  Devotional Booklets/Pamphlets
We have the opportunity to share the Gospel with others by donating our used devotional pamphlets to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission who will make the pamphlets available to those who want them. Place your booklets/pamphlets in the Health and Wholenss basket near the elevator in the narthex.
  Sewing Kit Supplies
Dorcas Circle collects items for Sewing Kits, which are distributed world-wide through Lutheran World Relief. Items can be placed in the basket in the narthex.
  • fabric (3 yards or more per piece)
  • thread
  Compass Housing Alliance Supplies
The Dorcas Circle collects bedding and hygiene items for the Compass Housing Alliance. Your donations can be dropped off in the basket in the narthex. Items needed are:
  • adult-sized, new, white crew socks
  • travel-sized soaps
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • lotion
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • razors and shaving cream
  • Q-tips
  • feminine hygiene products
  • new/never used combs
  • new/never used brushes
  • nail files and nail clippers
  • new and gently used towels
  • pillows
  • pillow cases
  • twin sheets (flat or fitted)
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  KnitWits (Knitting as Witnesses)
The KnitWits are a group of volunteers who knit and crochet prayer shawls, chemo caps, baby blankets, baptismal blankets, leg warmers, scarves, etc. They get together one Sunday a month during the Education Hour to share ideas and projects, and support each other's work.
Read more, including a schedule of their next meeting dates.
All are welcome!
  Congregations for the Homeless
Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) helps homeless men journey toward independence and a home of their own. We are collecting donations for CFH in the basket in the Narthex.
They are in need of toiletries (especially toothbrushes and toothpaste), jeans, belts, new underwear, t-shirts, light jackets, sweatshirts, fleece jackets, socks, athletic shoes, casual pants and shirts, towels for showers, sweat pants, and sleeping bags.
  The Sophia Way
The mission of The Sophia Way is to help homeless women jouney toward independence and a home of their own.  
Clothing and household goods are an ongoing need for this organization.
For more information, visit www.sophiaway.org or contact Cheryl Jurrus through the church office, 425-746-2529.
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  Donations of Cell Phones
If you have a cell phone that you are not using anymore, consider bringing it to Saint Andrew's. Phones are donated to Lifewire, an organization that advocates for and offers support services for victims of domestic violence. 
Donated phones are turned into cash to support programs and services for domestic violence survivors and their families.
Before you donate your cell phone(s), erase any stored information, including your contact list, text messages and listing of incoming/outgoing numbers. Most cell phones use a “master reset” to delete information quickly and easily. Also, verify that your account has been cancelled with your service provider. 
You can drop off your used cell phone(s) at the church office or most local police stations. 
If you would like a donation receipt, include your name and address with the phone.
  Disaster Relief
Please pray for people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters. If you would like to make a monetary contribution through Saint Andrew's to help relief efforts, note "Disaster Relief" in the memo line of your check and place it in the offering plate or bring it to the church office. Funds collected will be divided equally between World Vision and ELCA Disaster Response. 
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