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The church council met Sunday, April 26, to discuss church matters and talk about how we will worship in the future.
Due to the extension of the shelter-in-place order through the end of May, we will be continuing our current form of virtual worship through the end of the month. The council has decided to wait on making any decisions involving worship in June. Those decisions will be made at our next council meeting, Thursday, May 28.

There will be two changes to worship in the month of May.

1) Worship will be done solely through our YouTube
channel. Pastor Reed
will post the link to our Facebook group and church website on Saturdays. The worship video premieres at 9:30 am. In order to continue worshiping together, you could worship with the premiere at 9:30 am or you could try watching the worship video at our regular worship time, 10:30 am. (Uploading videos takes a good chunk of time. By uploading to one website instead of two, Pastor Reed will be able to have a full day off.)
2) An audio version of worship will be broadcast at our church at 10:30 am on fm radio, channel 99.1. In order to reach those without internet Pastor Reed will be playing a recording of our worship service on a close radio signal. People can park in the back of our church and listen to the worship service on 99.1fm. There are two rules which must be followed or else you will be asked to leave.
#1 Stay in your car.
#2 If possible, have an empty car space in between you and other vehicles.
Jesus says, “Go”, but we are called to stay.
The last Sunday in May is Pentecost Sunday. The gospel reading for that Sunday involves the resurrected Christ appearing before his disciples.
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” - John 20:19-22
Locked away in a hideout, Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit onto his disciples and sends them out into the world. What a wonderful story to remind us that we, too, have received the Holy Spirit and are called to go out into the world to share the good news and love of God...But what about in the midst of a global pandemic when we are called to stay in our homes?
There are two seemingly contradictory events at place. 1) Jesus sends us out to share the good news. 2)The state of Illinois has extended its shelter-in-place order through the end of May. While these two things seem to contradict each other, I want to assure you that they are only contradictory if your view of being sent is limited to a physical sending.
Our ability to worship together through March and April by having virtual worship has shown us the ability to praise God even when we are stuck at home. For the month of May people will even be able to worship God together outside of the sanctuary by the use of radio waves. The shelter-in-place order changes how we do worship, but it does not cancel worship. It is the same with being sent by Jesus to share the good news. It is not canceled. It is only changed.
What are some ways that I can be sent to share the good news from home?
  • Share your faith and stories of God in your life on any social media platform you may have.
  • Find ways to gather virtually together (e.g. Zoom, Skype, Houseparty) as a Christian community.
  • Go through the church directory and call everyone listed on the same page as you (If you are up to it call the whole directory over a couple days to check in with everyone.).
Our change in worship has allowed for Augustana to reach people around the globe on top of those in our community who normally make the drive out to Andover. Let us see Jesus sending us in the midst of the pandemic and shelter-in-place order as an opportunity to do the same. Peace be with you!
The following have been elected to positions of leadership and trust at Augustana Lutheran Church:
Kathy Atwell, Bonnie Bandelow secretaryBryan Johnson  vice chairmanNicholas Swanson, Emily Maertens, Jeanine Lees, Mindy Poppy, Linda Papoccia, Jeanine Westerlund, Michael Carlson and Pastor Reed Pedersen

Contact info. for all Council members found on Website Leadership Page...Link HERE
May God bless them, and direct their deeds in peace, that they may be faithful servants of Christ.
Congregation Council Highlights
 April 26, 2020 
  • Council met via teleconference at 1 PM with all members participating. 
  • Today was the trial run of drive-in church with Loran Anderson & Dwayne Newman sitting in their vehicles, hearing the service on their radios.
  • Property Committee reported that steeple repairs are
  • scheduled for late summer.  
  • Scholarship Committee has received 2 applications to date.
  • Endowment Committee sent a check last week to the Josh Dobbels Fund.  
  • Due to the extension of the Governor’s stay in place order, we’ll be worshiping virtually through the end of May. 
The next Church Council teleconference meeting will be 7 PM, Thursday, 28 May.  

May Birthdays
05    Rocky Atwell
05    Everett Lestor
05    Claire Scott
06    Samantha Gordon
07    Malia Owens
07    Keith Poppy
08    Sydney Poppy
11    Jessica Carlson
13    Josh Walls
14    Doris Lindquist
16    Eilene Peterson
16    David Norberg
17    Craig Bruckman
17    Natalie Nelson
19    Maddox Ferry
23   Gordon Rehn
23   Asher Nelson
24   Ron Peterson
26   Diane Poppy
27   Dick Rehn
29   Michael Jones
31   Diane Ladewig
31   Sarah Poppy

03    Jennifer and Richard Hutchison
06    Rocky and Kathy Atwell
17    Nicole and Craig Bruckman
19    Nicole and Andy Green
25    Larry and Jina Newman
28    David and Tammy Norberg
30    Ken and Diane Poppy
ALC Good Samaritan Fund

For years, Augustana assisted motorists stranded in Andover using an informal Good Samaritan Fund. Not quite two years ago, the Endowment Committee elected to expand and formalize the Good Samaritan Fund as part of our regular community outreach ministry. Now the ALC Good Samaritan Fund is a separate account used to provide one-time assistance to any needy family or individual within nearby communities. The types of cases we have supported:
  • Rental assistance
  • Domestic abuse relocation
  • Overdue utility bill payment
  • Funeral expenses
  • Injury disability support
 The process we use started by informing local school
districts, village boards, funeral homes, and faith based charities about our Good Samaritan Fund and its purpose. We have provided an online request form for these organizations to recommend families or individuals who could benefit from a one-time cash gift. Once a request is received the Endowment Committee is notified. Within two days, we reach a consensus decision if we can support the request and for how much.
To see the full details of our ALC Good Samaritan Fund, go to our website:, scroll down to the Message Section, and click on the Good Samaritan Fund link. There you will also find the online request fund form.

The number of cases we can support depends on funding availability. With the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions peaking, the number of requests may very well increase, and we could use your help. If you would like to donate to this ministry, please mail to:
Augustana Lutheran Church
PO Box 157
Andover, IL 61233

Be sure to indicate “Good Sam” on your check or accompanying note. Once church services resume, you can use the monthly blue offering envelop. Just check the “Other” box and write “Good Sam” on the line provided.
Thank you for your consideration.
The Endowment Committee
The decision has been made to postpone Andover’s 185th Anniversary festival from this year to June 5 & 6 next year because of the coronavirus situation. It will be known as  Andover’s 185th Anniversary +One Festival, and will feature most of the venues that were planned for this year’s event.
As for the church, this means that the community Sunday morning service is also canceled. How we do church that Sunday is TBD.

Click Here to see status of Sanctuary Modernization Fund Appeal (updated weekly)

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