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Our Mission

Our mission is "Inspiring our community to live out the hope found in Christ."

Our mission as a church is to bring the powerful grace, joy, and hope found in Christ to those who have little hope, or who have false hope based on things that do not last.

HOW? How do we fulfill our mission?

- being renewed in worship experiencing the forgiveness of our sins through hearing God's Word, coming to communion and remembering the promises given in baptism

- growing in community, reading God's Word and talking about it with others, challenging and encouraging one another to see how God is working in our live

- reaching out to others, sharing the hope we have in Christ, how He is working in and through us



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What is a disciple?  

Thanks for asking!  A Disciple is someone who follows Jesus and is helping others to do the same. Being a Disciple is as much about identity as it is about activity.  

   At St. Andrews we have been working on a way to visually represent what it means to be a disciple. Ben Redmond of our congregation has helped us bring that image to life.  You can see to the right that a Disciple: Loves, Blesses, Trusts, Grows and Goes.  How are each of these represented in the image?

Loves (Heart): As God’s children we are called to love those around us, seeing them not through our own eyes but through the eyes of God.

Trusts (scroll as path): With God’s Word as the source of life and direction, we walk by faith, looking to and trusting God in and with our daily lives.

Blesses (cross and directional lines): God has blessed us so that we can in turn reach out and bless others.  We daily seek ways God has given us to do so.

Grows (two people): Being a disciple involves growing in our own faith in His community in order that we might help others grow in their faith as they follow Jesus.

Goes (city/destination): We know that God has called us and trusts us to be his hands and feet in the world.




Revitalization Update at St. Andrews

The Connection and Celebration, "Church Unique", and Prayer teams gave updates as to what they have done and what they are looking to do in the months to come regarding their individual Prescriptions.  The efforts of these teams are ongoing and will continue through to the end of the Revitalization process.  
The Financial Strategy, Communication Audit and Ministry Style Identification Teams, all of whom were to present reports to the Mission and Ministry Council at this point in the process, presented their reports.  These leaders answered questions and provided additional insight for those present at the meeting.  The reports have been included at the end of this update and are available on the website.  They will also be included in the November FishHook mailing.
The Financial Strategy, Communication Audit and Ministry Style Identification teams have now finished their prescriptions.  The Mission and Ministry Council are now responsible for moving the proposals forward.  Should you have questions about the proposals or suggestions please direct them to members of the Mission and Ministry council.  You can do so by calling or emailing them, or by leaving a message in the Council box in the church office. 
Thank you to the teams and members of the congregation who have been supportive of this process as we continue to move forward.


 Financial Strategy Propsal      Communication Propsal       Ministry Style Identification Proposal

 Prescription Team Updates

Connection and Celebration – Holly Andersen, Leader ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The Connection and Celebration Team presented an overview/update of what they have been doing to the congregation at the Revitalization Update meeting on Sunday October 19th.  The group is working on ensuring that at least one Connection and Celebration Event happens each month of the year.  They are also hoping to help with the communication about different events.  A white board is now located in the church entryway with information about the different ministries and their events at St. Andrew's.  The team will be responsbile for two Connection and Celebration events before next summer - Trivia Night to take place on January 31st.  More information to follow.  The team is trying to determine how best to get congregational feedback and involvement in planning and overseeing events.

Volunteer Prayer Team – Dan Deuel, Leader ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Pastor Dan provided an updated report on what the Prayer Team has been working on at the October 19th Revitalization Meeting.


Prescription #3 (Fully Implement Initiatives of “Church Unique”) – Dan Deuel, Leader ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Church Unique Team gathered on Monday, August 4th to assess what has been done so far to implement the Church Unique Initiative.  Contact Pastor Dan with questions regarding the Church Unique process and how it's outcomes and have been implemented at St. Andrew's thus far.  This team will meet again on Monday, November 3rd to follow-up on their previous discussion.


The Financial Strategy Team (Dave Thompson, Leader), Ministry Style Identificaiton Team (Ann Marie Rehbein, Leader), and Communication Audit Team (Tracy Krueger, Leader) have submitted their propsals to the Mission and Ministry Council.  They have now concluded their official team work for the Revitalization Process.

 If you have any questions please contact a member of the Church Staff or the Mission and Ministry Council.

Thank you again to all who have participated in this process up to this point and for the continuing work we will be doing together in the coming year for the mission of St. Andrews.


Prescription Teams

Consultation Report from the District - includes the Five Prescriptions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Process





Monthly Newsletter

May 2015      May Insert

April 2015     April Insert

March 2015   March Insert

February 2015

December 2014/ January 2015 Fish Hook

November 2014 Fish Hook

October 2014 Fish Hook 

September 2014 Fish Hook       September Insert

August 2014 Fish Hook      Connection and Celebration Insert      Mission Agency Insert

June/July 2014 Fish Hook    Teen MOPS Testimonial     Cambodia Update

May 2014 Fish Hook 



Monthly Calendar 2014 - 2015

Downloadable copies of the monthly calendar with information about some of our ministries at St. Andrew's can be found here.  Just click on the name of the month.  Contact Daniella in the church office with any questions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 209.957.8750)

2015:   January  February    March   April     May



Annual Reports






St. Andrews Lutheran Church
4910 Claremont Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: 209-957-8750


St. Andrews is located at the corner of March Lane and Claremont Avenue, across the street from Dillards and JC Penney at Weberstown Mall.

From Northbound Interstate 5, exit at March Lane and turn right (East). Claremont will be in about 2 miles and is one block past Pacific Avenue.

From Highway 99 Southbound, exit at Hammer Lane and head West on Hammer Lane (toward the Stockton Auto Center). Turn left on West Lane (about 2 miles) and then turn right on March Lane. Claremont is one block past El Dorado Street.

Using public transportation, take any San Joaquin RTD bus that goes to a Mall Transfer stop, then walk East down Yokuts Avenue (away from Delta College) one block to Claremont, turn right and walk one more block to St. Andrews.



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Dan Deuel - Pastor ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Pastor Dan has been at St. Andrew's for over eight years.  He is known for his enthusiasm in preaching and (over)competitiveness.  He lives for mentoring people of all ages and helping people discover their God-given purpose.  Pastor Dan married his childhood friend and sweetheart Miriam in 1999 and the two have five beautiful children.  They enjoy spending time in the outdoors, traveling, reading, playing games together and mentoring youth in Stockton.

Ann Marie RehbeinDeaconnes ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Ann Marie oversees the Confirmation Program (know as Head to Heart or H2H) and recruits, trains, and mentors the guides for the youth in that program.  She is a Mentor Mom for MOPS, and TeenMOPS.  She is the chief presenter for MOPS and offers training to the learship of the MOPS program.  She advances the mission of the church through her tireless investment in leaders lives through her direct mentoring and training work.

Bruce Kleinert - Congregational Care ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Bruce oversees congregational care which includes hospital visits and counseling individuals in need.  He recruits, trains, and mentors compassionate care-givers for our shut-ins.  He also teaches bible studies and leads monthly worship services for residents at Rio Las Palmas, O'Connor Woods, and Plymouth Square.  He has oversite of the churches monthly budget.  He seeks to fulfill the mission of the church by bringing God's word of mercy, hope and grace to people who are experiencing life's changes and struggles.

Tracy Krueger - Director of Family Ministry ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Tracy mostly deals with Biblical education for the children and families of St. Andrew's as well as in the Stockton community.  All of the educational opportunities (Sunday School, VBS, High School Youth) are designed to help children grow in their faith as they learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  Children are always encouraged to invite other children and are given simple ways they can share their faith with others around them.

Another big part of her job includes raising up mentors to walk alongside children as they continue on their faith journey.  Through Faith Stepping Stones parents are encourages every step of the journey, from the time their child is born until they graduate from high school, to be the primary mentor in their child's life.  She loves helping families grow in their faith and help them see new ways of sharing that faith with others.

Holly Andersen - Worship  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Holly oversees worship and it's many components (music, readers, acolytes, etc.) at St. Andrew's.  Holly loves to read, exercise (hike, backpack, bike, swim, dance, etc.) and laugh.  It is important to her that people understand their worth as children of God and that they know they are valued because they were created unique by God.  She is always learning something new and is currently amazed by the depth of God's grace and what it can do in the lives of the people in the Stockton community when that grace is shared.

Jen Looper - Newday Preschool Director ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

A few insights about our Preschool Director:

Hobbies: Running, playing soccer, camping and hiking with her husband and children as well as cooking for her family.

She see's God working in her life as she holds the roles of wife, mother, daughter, sister and preschool director. "I consider myself blessed everyday that God guides me to do the best that I can for my family and my community.  I love my job because it is very rewarding to see how children grow, change and develop throughout the year at Newday.  There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a child accomplish a new skill and see their self-esteem grow from that experience.  The Newday Preschool staff are very committed to the children and their families which makes me proud to be part of such a great team).

Daniella Guerrero - Office Administrator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Karen Belden - Bookkeeper

Jon Townsend - Organist and Choir Director


A Church Wedding is a worship service and focuses on the Triune God before whom the couple comes to ask His blessing on their marriage.

You will want to Reserve the Dates and times for the wedding and rehearsal on the church calendar as far in advance as possible. Keep in mind that our church seats no more than 250 guests. The Pastor will want to have a minimum of two interviews and counseling sessions with you. These sessions should be completed well in advance of your wedding day.

All Music selected should be in keeping with the worshipful aspect of the wedding ceremony. The music must be cleared with the organist or Pastor.The Church Organist shall be used, as he is accustomed to the worship procedures and acquainted with the specialized feel of this pipe organ. If a different organist is requested, this should be cleared through the Pastor and the Church Organist.

The Wedding Hostess will be of great value to you in helping you plan, answering questions, and coordinating with people involved in the worship service. She will be responsible for unlocking and locking up and will be present at the rehearsal and the wedding to synchronize the procession and generally see that everything runs smoothly.

On the Day of the Wedding, ask your ushers to be at the church 45 minutes before the hour of the wedding. The entire wedding party should be dressed an hour before the time of the wedding to allow the photographer to take pictures. Out of town members of the party should plan to arrive in town at least 3 hours prior to rehearsal. It is a good idea to have maps made up in advance.

The Florist should have the church decorated at least one hour prior to the service. Arrange with the Wedding Hostess for unlocking the church for deliveries. Candelabras and flower baskets are available from the church. The Wedding Hostess can give you information about these. Real rose petals, glitter, rice, birdseed, or confetti cannot be used during the service or thrown outside the Church following the wedding.

The rules regarding Photography are definite and designed to uphold the divine nature of the ceremony. Flash pictures may be taken only during the processional and recessional, not during the ceremony. Ask the Wedding Hostess for specific details.For your convenience you can download our wedding brochure HERE

Contact the church office for the cost of all the above items as well as setting the time for the necessary Christian counseling from the pastor.


altAbout Christian Baptism

If you would like information about being baptized into the Christian faith we encourage you to contact us.  Below you will find a description of how we as Lutherans view the gift of Baptism.

One of the key questions that we must ask ourselves as we learn about baptism is: Who is doing the work? Are we merely doing an act of obedience when we get baptized? Is it a symbolic act that must be eventually carried out in a Christian’s life? Or is God doing something incredible in the lives of those who are brought to the waters of baptism? We believe that God is the prime worker in the act of baptism, and therefore baptism is a gracious gift given to Christians by their grace-filled God. The following discussion will cast some insight onto these questions.

What does the word baptize mean?

Baptism is not an English word, but is taken straight from the Greek of the NT. The word means to wash, either by pouring water or by dipping. Lutherans have never been dogmatic about the amount of water, recognizing that no amount of water can make a sinful person right with God. It must be God working through the water to make this happen.

Why and How are we baptized?

Because Jesus taught us to baptize:

Matthew 28:19, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

These words of Jesus help us understand how to baptize (In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and the mission of the people of God (to go and make disciples/followers of Jesus). After baptism, no matter what the age of the person being baptized, it is very important to teach people what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and help them live like a disciple of Jesus.

Who can be baptized?

When Peter preached on Pentecost (recorded in Acts 2 in the Bible), those moved by his preaching asked in reference to being saved, “What then should we do?” Peter answered, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

Entire households were baptized by the early Christians (cf. Acts 16:33). Adults and children are welcome to be born again in the waters of baptism. (See the note on Colossians 2 above for Scripture’s silence on any age qualification for baptism.)

Throughout the book of Acts and the rest of the NT Christians knew nothing of being born again without or apart from baptism. This shows baptism was not just a sign, but a means of regeneration to the earliest Christians.

How can being washed with water do such incredible things?

It is not just the water, but God’s powerful word that accomplishes this. Ephesians 5:25-26 “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.”

Why do we need to be baptized? What benefits/promises does God give us in baptism?

Scripture tells us that we are all sinful, separated from God because of our sins (Psalm 14, Romans 3:23). In Baptism we are washed clean and made children of God. There are several ways Scripture explains what occurs in baptism.

Death to Life

Romans 6:3-7 - Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

Colossians 2:11 - When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.

Being Washed/Cleansed

Titus 3:5 - He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.

1Corinthians 6:11 - There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.

Born Again

John 3:5 - Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and Spirit.”

Becoming Part of the Family

Galatians 3:27-29 - For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed ( meaning offspring/child), and heirs according to the promise.

What does Baptism mean for daily living?

It is important to realize that Baptism is not something that happens only once, but that is always happening. We ought to daily remind ourselves and rejoice in our Baptism, celebrating the fact that we have put on Christ and have been washed of our sins. Christians recognize that each time we repent of our sins, we are returning to our baptism: the washing away of our sin and the promise of new life in Christ.

Other Scriptures relating to Baptism:

Please read these in their contexts (at least the chapter they are in).

Ephesians 4:5

1 Peter 3:21

Matthew 3:11

1 Corinthians 6:11

Ephesians 5:26

Revelation 7:14

Hebrews 10:22

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