Congregation Ministry

 St. Andrew’s provides a wide variety of opportunities both within the congregation and to our wider community.  If you have a passion for something that you do not see on these pages, we encourage you to speak to one of our pastors or staff to discuss beginning something new at St. Andrew’s!

Caring Ministries

Prayer Ministry

Nine small prayer groups have unique prayer lists that are monitored and managed by three coordinators: Sara Hench, Pauline Hankel, and Kim Stabley.  Members and friends make prayer requests via telephone, email, or by writing the request on the back of the attendance slip located in each worship service bulletin.  Prayers may be private (kept within the small group) or public (spoken during the Prayers of the Church in each weekly worship service).  The coordinators follow up with the person making the prayer request, and prayers are updated regularly.  If you have a prayer request, or would like to become a member of a small prayer group, please contact Sara Hench or one of our pastors.
Prayer Request Cards Prayer Vigil2 Prayer Vigil Collage
The weekend before Palm Sunday St. Andrew’s hosts a 24-hour Prayer Vigil in the church sanctuary.  Members and friends are invited to sign up to pray for 30 minutes, with the goal of covering a 24-hour period (noon Friday to noon Saturday) with constant prayer.  Prayer request cards are available at church or a request may be made via email to one of our prayer ministry coordinators.  More specific information is available closer to the event.  Watch the weekly Pinch of Salt, monthly Salt Shaker, or check our Facebook page as the date draws nearer.

Stephen Ministry

Our mission: “To reach out with God’s love to people who are hurting”

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6, NRSV)

Stephen Ministers provide one to one care to people going through a crisis or difficult time.  They meet with the person on an ongoing basis, offering distinctively Christian care and support.

Stephen Ministers care for people with a wide range of ministry needs – grief, divorce, unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, a spiritual crisis, financial stress, infertility, rehabilitation after an injury, terminal illness, relocation, long-term disability, and countless other life difficulties.

Each Stephen Minister typically serves one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week for about an hour.  Men are matched with men; women with women.  The caring relationship lasts for as long as the need remains.

St. Andrews Lutheran Church is one of over 12,000 Stephen Ministry congregations ranging in size from fewer than 50 members to more than 10,000.  They represent 170 Christian denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 24 other countries.

Stephen Leaders work as a team to lead their congregation’s Stephen Ministry by training Stephen Ministers in the congregation, connecting Stephen Ministers with people who need care, and keeping their Stephen Ministry vibrant and strong.

Stephen Ministers are well-trained congregation members who provide high-quality emotional and spiritual support to people who are hurting.  Visit Stephen Ministries to meet Stephen Ministers from many walks of life sharing their experiences in Stephen Ministry.

To hear from people whose lives have been changed through Stephen Ministry, visit  St. Andrews has been a Stephen Ministry church for 25 years.

If you would like to request Stephen Ministry care, please contact one of our Pastors or Cheryl Walczak at (858) 414-1173.

If you would like to know more about the Stephen Ministry at St. Andrews or think you’d like to become a Stephen Minister, please contact one of our Leaders Cheryl Walczak (858) 414-1173, Carolyn Schnell (641) 780-3661 or Jo Shortreed (619) 200-6069.

Emergency Action Teams

Our congregation is divided into 19 Emergency Action Teams who provide food for receptions following a memorial service or funeral, meals for families who have experienced death, surgery or other medical dilemma, a new baby, or other situation.  Emergency Action Teams can also meet other limited short-term needs, which are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Our Emergency Action Team coordinator is Marilyn Duba, with staff oversight provided by Sara Zimmerly.

Prayers & Squares

Prayer QuiltPrayers & Squares combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt. The purpose of Prayers & Squares is not to make and distribute quilts, but to promote prayer through the use of quilts.  On the first Saturday of the month, a group gathers in the Community Center to create the beautiful quilts that are given away.  During weekend worship services, the quilts are displayed on a rack in front of the altar, and moved to a table or unfolded over a row of chairs so the ties can be knotted.  As congregants tie the knots, they say a prayer for the quilt recipient.  Each knot on the quilt represents a prayer said for the recipient. The Prayers & Squares motto is “It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the  prayers.”   To request a quilt for someone, please fill out the form linked here (PDF) and return to the church offic, or email Stephanie Alexander here.

Bag Ladies

Bag LadiesBag Ladies are a group of dedicated women who make “ugly sleeping bags” which are donated to Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) to be distributed to homeless people in San Diego. The sleeping bags are considered “ugly” because they are made from remnants of fabric, donated batting and mattress pads, and donated ties. The fabric doesn’t always match, but the bags are durable and warm. Bag Ladies meet one Saturday and one Monday a month to construct and finish the bags. Watch the monthly Salt Shaker (newsletter) or weekly Pinch of Salt for meeting dates and times. Or contact Bag Ladies’ coordinator Kay Murphey.

Support Groups

St. Andrew’s offers a variety of support groups. Click here for information.

Music Ministry

Chancel Choir

Chancel choir provides anthems and leads musical worship at the 8:00 AM service for three Sundays each month from September to June. All the choirs and instrumentalists also provide special music for holidays and church functions.  Chancel Choir rehearsal take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.

Folk /Gospel Group

Folk/ Gospel Group leads worship two services per month. Folk group alternates between the 8:00 AM and 11 AM services, leading the Chicago Folk Mass  or a Gospel Liturgy written by Music Director Scott Skinner.  the Folk/Gospel Group combines with Chancel Choir and Celebrate Singers to provide music during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 5:00 pm.
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Celebrate Singers

Celebrate Singers provide music during the 9:30 worshop service twice a month, and combine with the Folk/Gospel Group and Chancel Choir to provide music during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 6:00 pm

Second Saturday Band

Second Saturday Band
This band, directed by Lee Eddy and Rob Stabley, features guitars, drums, keyboard, and vocalists who lead worship on the second Saturday and at the 9:30 service on the second Sunday of the month. Their music style is varied and includes rock and country, with a few classic hymns played with a new flair.

The Peacemakers

Similar to The Second Saturday Band, but on the fourth Saturday and Sunday, The Peacemakers include guitars, drums, keyboard, and other instruments. Often you will hear a familiar rock tune with re-worked lyrics, or a classic “church song” accompanied by guitar and djembe drum. Dan Johnson coordinates The Peacemakers.

Taize Singers

On the fourth Sunday of the month at our 11:00 service we provide a Taize-like setting, led by the Taize singers. This type of worship service is named for a community in France, which became known for it’s meditative singing and periods of silence. The liturgy and hymns are typically more quiet and contemplative. This group has an irregular practice schedule. If you are interested in joining, please contact Scott Skinner