Congregation Close-up: St. Andrew’s, Cottage Grove

Congregation Close-up: St. Andrew’s, Cottage Grove

St. Andrew’s is located in Cottage Grove, a city of 9,686 just off I-5, 21 miles south of Eugene.

We have 26 active members, ranging in age from 58 to 90. Eight are new or restored from inactive in the last five years.

We belong to the Chamber of Commerce, and members are active in the community as

  • Volunteers at the hospital, in the schools, and community activities including Senior Meals, Meals on Wheels, hospice, and Elder Help
  • Active in lodges, veterans’ and women’s groups, historical and cultural organizations

Last year, we gave $4,200 in outreach grants to 12 local organizations.

Since 2016, we have participated in joint services with the Methodist and Presbyterian churches three or four times a year.

In recent years, the Oregon Bach Collegium and the University of Oregon Chamber singers have given concerts at St. Andrew’s, open to the community free of charge.

Our Memorial Garden is available for the burial of ashes to any who desire, free of charge.

We provide a place of worship for people staying overnight in town as they travel on I-5, and for long-term temporary residents: a young woman from Gold Beach, working in the area for a few months; a young man from Germany, doing an internship at a local winery; a retired man from CO house-sitting for friends; a woman from AZ, escaping the summer heat; a man from TN helping his daughter relocate.

The vicar has given prayers at the annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce (twice) and the community’s Memorial Day observance.