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We have selected Mountain Construction, a General Contractor that specializes in church remodeling projects and will be working with them to finalize the phase one remodeling plan. The plan, which will be presented for approval to Session at the October meeting, will include a detailed list of work, a "not-to-exceed" cost estimate, and a construction schedule.
This Sunday offers another opportunity for you to learn about the plan and provide input to this process. We hope you will join us!
  • August 14th—Moment for Mission
  • August 28th—Aftertalk: Q&A on the Phase One Plan
  • Week of August 28th—Interior Design Meeting
The Building Team is also holding meetings with groups that use the building, to ensure their questions are answered and to understand how to minimize the impacts of the remodeling on their activities. If you have additional questions be sure to join in these discussions or contact  anyone on the Building Team: Patti Warden, Bob Seel, Frank Sickinger, Mike Dittmar, Dan Clawson, or Dan O’Rear. 

By Sheila Greene

It’s that time again. St. Andrew will partner with Nativity Lutheran to provide and serve the meal on Sunday, Sept 11th at Daystar Baptist Church on Smithers Ave. in downtown Renton. I will make an announcement on Sunday and put a sign up sheet on the bulletin board for those who wish to donate food and/or serve.

We are no longer meeting at the old Renton Chamber of Commerce building near the Renton Airport after the end of August. Daystar Baptist will be a temporary location. The Renton community really appreciates our delicious meals. We usually arrive about 4:30pm, serve between 5:30 to 6:30 and finish cleaning up by 7:00.  Thanks to all of you who have participated in the past. It’s fun getting to know our friends at Nativity Lutheran and also all those from our community.

If you see a few unfamiliar faces around the church over the next four days, make sure to say hello and offer a smile. We are providing emergency shelter for a few families through the weekend. They will be housed in the fireside room behind the sanctuary. If you have questions, or would like to help, please contact Laurie Rossnagel who will stay at the church with them.

...and continue to keep these beloved of God, and REACH who coordinates care and advocacy for them in our prayers as they find their way through transition.
By Derona Burkholder

On behalf of the youth at St. Andrew I want to say thank you to all who helped with Rent-a-Teen. We had many jobs that required some good weed pulling hands, organizing hands, and chopping hands.  The youth always have a great time coming out to your home to help our St. Andrew family out.  

Rent-a-Teen brought in over $500 dollars in donations.  Also thank you to Pat Sharpe who was our coordinator and to Pattie and Steve Holt who were willing to help out on a job!
Along with this, we ran the first St. Andrew Presbytery Pentecost Offering.  This special offering took place in May. With the collection of offerings, St. Andrew was able to keep 40% of the funds for youth ministries.

With all the funds raised we had about $1,200 to put towards Will and Megan’s youth trip to Triennium at Perdue University.  The portion we needed to raise for Will and Megan was about $800, so we will roll over the remaining amount for our next youth mission trip. 

God Bless,
The St. Andrew Youth
By Maggie Breen

Aftertalk has been a place for us to take the things we are experiencing in worship and what we are uncovering about our call as God’s people, and figure out how to work it into our lives together. It’s a place for sharing and conversation. Invariably when I have attended I leave with a new understanding of someone’s story and gifts, and a new understanding about God’s work in my own life. 

We held a special summer Aftertalk on July 24th. There was so much going on in the world that seemed to be calling for a conversation. There were the shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas. There were political conventions that seemed to cast us as a people deeply divided. 

So we talked together on the 24th and here are a couple of things that I heard: 

  • This is a time of possibility. We are aware of things that we weren’t before and folks are talking together about these things. What had been feeling dark and hard started to feel a little different. It started to feel like perhaps there is possibility in the numbers of folks who are talking about gun violence and systemic racism and hateful speech and actions. 

  • Listening for understanding is key. This is a theme that has been coming up again and again during Aftertalk this year. In fact Aftertalk is this very thing. We come together to listen to understand. We come together because even if we hold different opinions we honor and respect the story and the humanity of the person we are with and we know that God moves in creative ways in the space between us.  

  • We want to do something. I heard that its time put ourselves in situations where we get to be with folks who hold very different worldviews and who have stories that we need to understand. It’s time to do this listening in very intentional and more widespread ways. For me this means grabbing one or two buddies from Aftertalk and visiting events or gatherings that I might not normally attend. I aim to go not to critique and convince others of my opinion but to listen and understand some stories of the folks there. 

This fall we will check in about this summer conversation and we will talk about other things that come up for us individually and as a community. In the meantime, here is one site that helps in this conversation over racial understanding and reconciliation:

Jeremiah 2:4-13 â€¢ Psalm 81:1, 10-16 • Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 â€¢ Luke 14:1, 7-14
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