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[SITE FULL] St. Andrew's Lutheran Church

Address:501 NW 16th Street
City:Grand Rapids
Baptized Membership:1,374
Confirmed Membership:1,040
Average Sunday Attendance:235
Paid Staff:Pastor Loren Anderson-Bauer- part time Interim Pastor

Pastor Megan Crouch- Full time Associate Pastor

Angela Olson- Part time secretary

Diane Weber- Treasurer

Jan Bilden - Organist

Jordan Goodwater- Bell Choir director

Tom and Eileen Grossland- Choir directors

Keyna Childs and Alvina Mathiason - Custodians

Kristi Erdman, Colleen Casey, Kelly Olson- Preschool Staff.

Access to Public Transit:You can get to our church on the Arrowhead bus that runs in our town by setting up an appointment to be picked up and dropped off.
Congregation Description:St. Andrew's is a warm and loving community set in Grand Rapids Mn. The population of Grand Rapids is around 10,000 and is mostly Caucasian. Trends indicate that the Itasca community is both aging and diversifying.

St. Andrew's worships at 8am and 10:30am on Sunday mornings and holds youth and adult forums along with Sunday School in between services. Our education program is thriving and includes children from age 3 up through high school. Currently between 65-70 kids attend Sunday School each week. We are also working on an exciting stewardship campaign, strengthening our youth program, and have wonderful programs such as our health and wellness team, a variety of choirs, conversation group, quilters, Rascals (our 55 and over group), and WELCA group.

St. Andrew's works in the community and beyond in several ways. We work with Zion Lutheran Church each year to help run a release time program for grades 3-5. Many school and community events also happen at St. Andrews such as an annual Chile feed, weekly Al-anon meetings,Cup Scout troop meetings, and more. We also work to assembly school kits and quilts for LWR, and raise funds for ELCA campaigns such as world hunger and malaria.
St. Andrew's is also known in our community for being open and welcoming. We are often the church that is called for funerals for those with no church homes.

Currently St. Andrew's is in a time of transition. Our Senior Pastor George Gilbertson retired in July of 2012 and the community has been going through a time of exploration and discernment as we get ready to call a new Senior Pastor. We have done this by working with an Interim Pastor (Pastor Loren Anderson-Bauer) and with a transition team which has worked hard to explore our community and it's needs. Our current challenges (or opportunities depending on how you look at it) include our budget and stewardship, a large home bound and shut in community that needs more care, a growing Sunday School and Youth programs, and declining worship attendance.
Congregation Keywords:Welcoming, Friendly, Changing, Loving, Rural, Suburban, Traditional, Open, Eager, Faithful, Caring.

Mentor Pastor: Megan Crouch
Years in Ordained Ministry:4
Years in Current Position:4
Previous Students Supervised:1 international Student for 10 weeks
Autobiography:My name is Pastor Megan Crouch and I am the current Associate Pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church with a focus on youth and family ministries. I was ordained in May of 2009 and have been serving at St. Andrews since October of 2009. I attended Seminary at Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and before that I studied English and History at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie MI. I am very passionate about youth ministry, Christian education, social justice, and staying connected to the greater church through participating in conference, synod, and church wide events.

I tend to my continuing education in two ways. One is by trying to regularly attend text study and convocations held in my conference and synod. This encourages me to think about new ideas, stay connected, and to try out new resources for my own learning. Currently I am reading (and loving) The Godbearing life by Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster which I found at a book sale at the synod assembly. The other way I work on my continuing education is going on one of the annual trips our synod makes to Honduras every year. These trips often include helping to host and participating in workshops with church leaders from the worshiping communities in Honduras, as well as opportunities to work with our brothers and sisters there on issues of social justice. I have gone the past two years and have plans to go again this fall. This trip both inspires and rejuvenates me, and each time I come back with new ideas, new stories, and a new perspective of what it means to be a Pastor.

I try to be involved with the greater Grand Rapids Community, and am able to do so to some extent through my work at the church. Working with youth and young families keeps me in the loop about community events such as parades, dance shows, marching band competitions, and sports events that I try to attend to show my support for our young people. I have also spoken on several occasions about mental health and sharing the story of my own struggle with OCD with teachers, mental health workers, students, and people who have had legal trouble and are trying to turn their lives around. I also hear 5th steps for people at the Northland Recovery Center.

In my free time I enjoying kayaking, reading, watching movies and listening to music, swimming, and staying in touch with family and friends through social media. I am also very interested in learning new things, be it about mythology, other cultures, nature, or leaning a new skill like crocheting and canning.