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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

 

2013-2014 Vision - Growing our small group ministries

Personal inspiration comes through our own growth in faith with others. The encouragement and support we need to live and reach out to others cannot be received simply through attending worship. When we come together in small groups, gathered around God’s Word, we discover and experience God working in our own lives and are encouraged to face the daily challenges that come with living out our faith. It is these relationships that over time help us to see what it means to grow in faith, work through times when we struggle to understand God’s love and allow us to look beyond ourselves and see what God is doing in our lives and the lives around us.

Over the next year we will focus on developing and building our small group ministry so that we can better live out our mission to the Stockton community. Meeting with others we have the opportunity to share and speak about what God is doing in our lives, encourage and be encouraged by the sharing of stories of faith and experience God’s grace.  Together we can go out into our community with the support of other believers holding us up as we reach out to others in faith.

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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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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