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Invitation to Intentionality
During Lent and Easter we are walking through a series called, “Unfinished: Discovering God’s Call in the Not Yet”. One of the main facets of this series is the spiritual practice of Vocare. Vocare is practice designed to help you discover and embrace various ways God calls you in everyday life so that even amid the “not yet” of Lent, you can more intentionally live life on purpose for the common good (Cox, Dr. “Lent in a Box.” Church Anew, 2023).

We will do these guided meditations during Wednesday Soup Supper and Worship services, but we will also be posting the questions for those that cannot make it to Wednesday services. Please take time to sit and ponder the questions that will come. They are intended to get a better idea of who you are as a child or God, who our church is as a church of God, and where we (the individual and the church) may be pushed by the Holy Spirit to live life on purpose for the common good.
With all the hustle and bustle of life it is common to zone out. It is common to not pay as much attention to everything going on or what is going on in the moment, because you are just too burnt out. This Lent, by the use of the spiritual practice of Vocare, is an opportunity to use 5 or more minutes a week to intentionally focus on God and God’s role in your life. My hope is that through embracing the intentionality for this minimal time it will encourage a more active faith life in the future.

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure
water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-24)
We invite you to pray for the members of the church
Council: Kathy Atwell (4th year),Kristen Burns (1st year), Michael Carlson (4th year),Tim Charlson (2nd year), Nancy Gray (1st  year), Emily Johnson (4th year),Tammy Norberg (1st year), Laura Rickey (3rd year), Nicholas Swanson (5th year), Dave Westerlund (1st year), Pastor Reed Lee Pedersen

May God bless them, and direct their deeds in peace, that they may be faithful servants of Christ.
 Church Council Highlights
February 19, 2023
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Remodel underway.  Demolition has started. Two electric stoves will be purchased to replace the current stove/oven.  Kitchen items will be assessed and it will be determined what to keep and what to sell at church garage sale.
  • Capital Campaign –Potluck with a Purpose on February 26th. Donation will go towards building project fund.
  • New church constitution is a work in progress.   Pastor is leading the group. If interested in helping let Pastor know.
  • Treasurer position is still vacant. Gordon currently filling in and doing a great job.
  • Outreach Committee has met and planned their projects for 2023. Would like the church to sponsor a table at the Grow Ministries fundraiser on April 21st in Coal Valley. Cost is $220.
  • Endowment Committee supported Brooke Norberg with funds to attend a mission trip to Arizona over Spring Break.
  • Nick Swanson elected as Vice Chair.
  • Emily Johnson elected as Council Secretary.
  • Tim Charlson elected Property Committee Chair.
  • Spring clean up day will be set. It will be done sometime in March 
The amount listed in the February 2023 Spire in the Annual Meeting notes for the Kitchen/Bathroom Remodel was incorrect.  It should have been $78,300
Mission Sewing Day
Mission day, which used to be called sewing day or quilting day, will be held March 16th at 9:00am in Luther Hall.
Sewing experience is not necessary. Can you tie a knot? Then you can tie a quilt! You can iron, or just lend another set of hands for putting together the layers or pinning. We have fun visiting and of course, there is coffee and lunch! These quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief – check out their facebook page: lwrquilters.
We would love to have you join us for fellowship and fun. All are welcome!
Women and the Word
Due to a scheduling conflict, Women and the Word will not be meeting for the month of March.
March Birthdays 
 02    Morgan Watson
 04    Betty Josephson
 11    Thomas Newman
 12    Dennis Larson
 14    Katrina Angelos,
         Jennifer Hutchinson
         Zachery Zurcher
 15   Roger Olson
 17   Madison Farr-Schroeder
 19   Don Norberg
  21  Robert Bergstrom
  24  Joseph Foley
  26  Mindy Poppy
  28  Conner Riddell, Allison Walters
  29  Christopher Gray
  30  Jacob Dobbels
  31  Graham Crippen
Betty Josephson will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 4th. She loves getting cards so please send one to her.  
Her address is:
Betty Josephson
PO Box 94
Andover, IL   61233
Daylight Savings Time
Remember: Daylight Savings Time begins on March 12th at 2:00am.  Don’t forget to we spring forward one hour so reset your clocks before you go to bed. 
On behalf of all of us at GROW Ministries, we’d like to thank you for your contribution towards our Ministry
Janet Lohman Founder/Director
Thank you for your generous donation to the Orion Area Food Pantry.  Please accept our sincere appreciation and know that you are making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
God bless you for your generosity,
The Board & Volunteers of the Orion Area Food Pantry

I want to thank everyone for the prayers and kind thoughts during my surgery.  I also want to thank the church for the lovely prayer shawl—it’s like a beautiful hug from all of you.
Sally Reinhart
Dear Augustana,
Thank you so much for your generosity! I cannot tell you how thankful we all are for your partnership with us in the lifesaving  message of the gospel! The truth we both know is that there is a great need to reach college students for Christ. There are over 30,000 undergraduates in the Des Moines area who need the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Campus Fellowship's mission on all these campuses is to make disciples who will be for Christ, His Church, campus, and culture. Thank you for partnering with us in this critical work!

Your generous donation of $500.00 will go a long way in helping us accomplish our goal. You can set up a profile on our website ( to manage your giving. We will send a year-end summary to this email address so be on the look out.
Augustana, thanks again for your gift. It means a lot to us!
In Christ,
Jacob Bennett
Walnut Creek Staff
Help Needed: Church Treasurer
Dennis Lehr has served our church faithfully as Church Treasurer for many years. He has decided to retire from the position at the end of the year. Augustana Lutheran Church is looking for someone who would be willing to be the church treasurer. Our biggest preference is that they be a member of the congregation, but that is not a requirement. The Treasurer writes out checks to payments that need made, keeps track of the budget and money spent using QuickBooks, prints out a monthly report for the newsletter and council to look at, and files the tax reports for the church and its employees. They work hand in hand with our Financial Secretary, Gordon Rehn. This is a paid position. Please pray on this opportunity. It is a job that requires 2-4 days of work a month. Please contact the office or Pastor Reed if you are interested. 
Fasting from the Altar: Communion
by Intinction

For the season of Lent Augustana Lutheran Church will be fasting from the altar. We will still have communion every Sunday. It will be by intinction. This is will be done (like in the past) towards the front of the pews. On Easter Sunday we will return to the altar. This is meant to be an intentional practice with the goal of appreciation towards the opportunity to partake in Holy Communion at the altar. 
Lenten Soup Supper Serving Schedule
March  1          Peace Circle
March  8          Women & the                                     Word
March  15        Church Council
March  22        Faith Circle
March 29         Pastor & Megan                                 Pedersen
The Outreach Committee will meet on March 5th at 9:30 am to finalize plans for the Chili Supper/Bingo Night on March 11th.
The Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Chili Supper/Bingo Night on March 11th at 6:00 pm in Luther Hall.   Please come join us for some good food and fun. 
Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover will be hosting the UnityPoint Foot Clinic. Every other month starting March 6th, the clinic will be held from 9:00-11:30 am.  There is  a cost  of $37.00 for the technician, travel and supplies. The technician will soak your feet, cut your nails, inspect that there are no problems and lotion your feet to your calves. This is open to anyone who would like to participate.  The community is welcome!!  If you wish to make an appointment, call the church at 309-521-8127.

March is Eye Awareness Month
You can think of regular visits to the eye doctor as “preventative maintenance” for the rest of your body. The eyes are the windows to the body. They are the only place where your blood vessels can be viewed in their natural state without a surgical procedure. With this visual inspection of the blood supply, optometrists can spot many health conditions and vision problems just by taking a glance into your eyes.
Eye doctors can spot a variety of illnesses such as: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, brain tumors, macular degeneration, glaucoma,  cataracts, various blooddiseases.  Get a dilated eye exam yearly!
Assisting in Worship - April 2023
(March can be found on the calendar)
Communion Assistants
02   Rocky Atwell
09   Tim Charlson
16   Wally Ladewig
23   Megan Pedersen
30   Gordon Rehn
09    Everleigh R.
23    Everleigh R.

02   Kathy Atwell
09   Laura Angelos
16   Verna Bergstrom
23   Connie Dismer
30   Kevin Johnson

02    Bonnie Bandelow, Connie Dismer
09    Steve & Nancy Gray
16    Nikki R. & Ila Wilson
23    Linda Kendall
30    Wally & Diane Ladewig

Bonnie Bandelow, Connie Dismer, Kevin & Emily Johnson
02     Steve & Nancy Gray
09     Rocky & Kathy Atwell
16     Wally & Diane Ladewig
23     Laura Rickey
30     Lori Foley

Altar Guild
Sally Rehn and Kathy Atwell

Homebound Communion
Doug Nelson

02  Emily Johnson, Kathy Atwell
09  Laura Rickey
16  Tim Charlson
23  Mike Carlson, Tammy Norberg
30  Tammy Norberg, Kristen Burns
Looking for Volunteers to share their artistic talents.

Augustana Lutheran Church is full of people with many talents. We are asking for volunteers to sign up to share their art and music during the offering. Please contact Pr. Reed or the church office to sign up. 
The Village of Andover Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 1st at 2:00pm at the East Pavilion.   Age groups are 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9 and up.   The Easter Bunny will be there on April 1st for photo opportunities.  

The rain date is April 8th and unfortunately the Easter Bunny has a prior commitment so let’s hope for good weather on April 1st!
Andover Village-Wide Garage Sale Days are scheduled for May 5th and 6th.   The cleanup day is scheduled for Friday, May 12th

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