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TREASURER UPDATE
Dear St. Andrew members,
 
This is a long-overdue introduction of myself as the “new” St. Andrew Treasurer.  I assumed the position from Andy Resor in July, and with Andy’s valued assistance I’ve been coming up to speed – one month-end at a time.  When I took the position, I knew there would be occasions when I would be away from home, so I’ve explored ways to perform the job remotely, and have largely succeeded.   In support of that goal, there are two ways the congregation can help:
     
Electronic Payment Vouchers:  If you have a reimbursable expense, it can be submitted to me using an e-mailed copy of the Payment Voucher form, following the “Guidelines” on the form.  Use of e-mail will allow me to receive the voucher wherever I am.  I can then initiate payment using our bank’s electronic Bill Pay system, which delivers a mailed check in 3-4 days.  An electronic copy of the Payment Voucher is located in the “Donations – Electronic” section of the church website.  Receipt of a voucher from a member’s e-mail address will satisfy the form’s requirement for a signature, and expense receipts will be requested after the fact, if needed.  My e-mail address is:  RogerAPaulsen@cs.com.

​If you’re not comfortable submitting a reimbursement request electronically, you can certainly continue to use the paper form, and leave it in the Treasurer’s mailbox at church – which leads to my second request for help.
    
Mail Box Assistant:  For those occasional times when I’m away from home for an extended period of time (a week or more), I’d like to have the help of an assistant who can check the Treasurer’s mailbox twice a week, and then communicate any items requiring attention (payment vouchers, bills, etc.)  Pat Sharpe performed this task for me a couple times last fall, and did a great job, but Pat already has a demanding volunteer job and I don’t want to add this to her workload.  This would be a pretty easy task for someone who normally attends worship on Sunday, and then visits the church at least once during the week – choir practice, for example.  I wouldn’t expect the task to require more than one hour a week, and then only when I’m away, which I would be sure to coordinate with the assistant. 

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THANKSGIVING FOR THE LIFE OF HELENE KRASKO
For 31 years Helene brought her remarkable gifts of music and grace to St. Andrew, particularly as the Bell Choir director. A memorial celebration has been scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, 1:00 PM at St. Andrew. Please note the time has been updated! The liturgy will be followed with a celebration of Helene's life, complete with music provided by the Fidgety Feet Jazz Band. More information is to come, but, as you can imagine, we are hoping to assemble a bell choir to ring to the skies. Contact Julie Kae Sigars if you'd like to be a part.
BOOKMARKS
Our selection for this month is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. All are welcome to join us at Ruth Jaslowski’s home on Thursday, February 9 at 1:00 PM—even if you have not read the book! 
KIDS IN WORSHIP

We trust that the Body of Christ at worship and in the world is more complete when our kids are present and participating in a way that honors their gifts and imagination. Our worship is prepared in a way that hopes to capture their imagination—they often see and hear things in the music and story and symbol that those who are older miss. On the first Sunday of the month our Diaconal Minister will gather our little ones before the word section of worship. She and some of our youth will spend some time with them in the library reflecting on the texts together. They will come back for communion.

YOUTH GROUP

Youth group meets this week right after worship. Stay for after-talk, lunch (red food this month!), and then games.  It'll be great to see you!

AFTERTALK

Are you wondering about how to negotiate the new political reality? Are you feeling uncertain about how to move forward? The Sermon on the Mount is "front-and-center" in Sunday's readings. Let's talk about how the beatitudes might give us firm footing for living intentionally and lovingly and effectively from day-to-day. Join us for Aftertalk, following worship. Read more here...

READINGS FOR SUNDAY
Isiah 58:1-12 † Psalm 112:1-10 † 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 † Matthew 5:13-20
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