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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

 

Revitalization

Revitalization Process at St. Andrew's

What is the "Revitalization" process?

    In partnership with our local Lutheran Church Missouri Synod District (located in Livermore, CA) the "Revitalization Process" is a diagnostic tool designed to assist congregations in determining their overall view of themselves as a congregation as well as their congregational health.  

For more information about the process and what has happened so far click HERE

 Prescription Team Updates

Communication Audit – Tracy Krueger, Leader ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Recommendations have been sent to Pastor Dan to show to the council from the Communciations team.

Ministry Style Identification – Ann Marie Rehbein, Leader ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

A propsal has been submitted to Pastor Dan to be shown to the church council from this team leader.

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 met Monday August 18th, to discuss how to move forward different connection and celebration fellowship events in the coming year.  We thank the congregation for filling out our survey about potential events. We welcome your future ideas and will work to make sure we communicate what is going on with the congregation.

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

The Prayer Team has been reading through the devotional "Why Pray?" and will meet  Tuesday, August 19th.

Financial Strategy Team – Dave Thompson, Leader

The Financial Strategy Team has met and continues to work to move forward to address this area of concern in our congregation.  They are all reading through the book, "Not Your Parents' Offering Plate: A New Vision of Financial Stewardship."

 

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.

 

Prescription Teams

Communication Audit (Prescription 1): Team includes Tracy Krueger (staff), Ted Schroeder, Fred Vincent, Ian Martin, Julie Sohm, Cathy Pauley and Connie Rill.

Ministry Style Identification (Prescription 2): The Pilot Process - assessing whether or not we would like to use the specific assessment tool suggested by the District - Team is being led by Ann Marie Rehbein. This team includes the church staff and mission and ministry council as well as Valerie Andersen, Ron Centers, Jeanne O'Connell, Deb Rider, Brianna Kleinert and Kara Young.

Financial Strategy Team (Prescription 4): Led by Dave Thompson (council), this team includes Bruce Kleinert (staff), Tunde Baker, Marian Schwartz and Pat Doyle.

Opportunities for Connection and Celebration (Prescription 5): Team includes Holly Andersen (staff), Karen Kelly, Ron Sherman, Tonya DeSpain, Elaine Hicks, Cyndi Temme and Donna Sherma

Volunteer Prayer Team (Prescription 5): Teams includes Dan Deuel (staff), Valerie Andersen, Harriet Doyle, Laura Moore, Linda Vincent, Diane Dolphin, Rachelle Moreno, Sheryl Bettencourt, Michael Rehbein and Jeanne O'Connell.

 

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. Andrew’s.

 

Consultation Report from the District - includes the Five Prescriptions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Process

 

News

After serving St. Andrews for almost 25 years Judy Fetzer will be retiring this fall.  We will be seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor.  You can view a job description HERE.  Resumes should be submitted by email to Pastor Dan ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in this position.  Interviews will be conducted in August.

 

Monthly Newsletter

May 2014 FishHook

June/July 2014 Fishhook    Teen MOPS Testimonial     Cambodia Update

August 2014 Fishook      Connection and Celebration Insert      Mission Agency Insert

Brendon Curtright would like to thank the congregation for their support throughout his Eagle Scout Project.  Along with his Boy Scout Troop (425 of Lathrop) he constructed the permanent brick and steel structure now located on the corner of March Lane and Claremont Avenue.  The sign will be used to display different banners throughout the year.  

 

Monthly Calendar

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 Judy 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)

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Annual Reports

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Staff

Pastor Dan Deuel - Pastor (Pastordan@standrewsstockton.org)

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, reaching and playing games together, and mentoring youth in Stockton.
 
Ann Marie Rehbein - Deaconess (
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Ann Marie oversees the Confirmation Program (known as Head to Heart or H2H) and recruits, trains, and mentors the guides for the youth in the program. She is a Mentor Mom for MOPS, and Teen MOPS. She is the chief presenter for MOPS and offers training to the leadership of this 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 (
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Bruce oversees congregational care that 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 lead monthly worship services for residents at Rio Las Palmas, O’Connor Woods, and Plymouth Square.  He also helps to produce the monthly FishHook (Newsletter) and has over-site of the churches budget.  He fulfills 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 (
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Tracy mostly works with Biblical education for the children and families of St. Andrew's and 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 my job includes raising mentors to walk alongside children as they continue on their faith journey.  Through Faith Stepping Stones parents are encouraged 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 and Discipleship (
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Holly oversees worship and it's many components (music, etc.) at St. Andrew's.  She also oversees the small group ministry program.  Holly loves to read, exercise (hike, backpack, bike ride, swim, dance etc.) and laugh.  Her favorite instrument is a toss up between the pan flute and the cello.  She loves to watch people grow in faith and heal how people learn to express and experience their faith.  She is currently amazed by what she is learning about the depth of God's grace - what it means to give grace and what it means to receive grace).
 
Jen Looper - Director of Newday Preschool (
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Hobbies:  Running, playing soccer, camping and hiking with my husband and children and cooking for my family.

How you feel God has been working in your life recently:
 
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and a preschool director, I consider myself blessed everyday that God guides me to do the best that I can for my family and my community.

Why do I love my job:
 
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 their self esteem grow from this experience. The Newday Preschool staff are very committed to the children and families which makes me proud to be part of such a great team. Seeing the children smile and hearing them laugh every day makes me so happy.

Judy Fetzer - Office Administrator
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  Karen Belden - Bookkepper

 

Directions

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

Directions

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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Wedding

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.

Baptism

About 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