Heading toward Lent in a time of pandemic
Our Lenten Season begins one week from now. As Christians we are called to devote ourselves to prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and preparation for celebrating our greatest feast, Easter. And while these rituals and traditions have endured for many centuries, some things this year will be different. This year we will enter Lent knowing that millions of our “brothers and sisters” worldwide and another half-million here in the United States have died of COVID-19.
Therefore, this year we will enter Lent experiencing both grief and hope. Each of us will grieve both communally and personally for the many losses of this past year – friends and family lost as well as freedoms and routines lost in order to safeguard the health and safety of ourselves and others. And with God’s help each of us will experience hope – hope for health and the restoration of normalcy in our own lives as well as those of others.
We will do all this and more, however, surrounded by the comfort and collective strength of others. So in the weeks ahead you are invited to join the “Body of Christ which Is St. Andrew’s” for Lenten worship, prayer, and fellowship. While there will be other opportunities in the weeks ahead, highlights of our shared Lenten journey will include:
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 17
Click here for Ash Wednesday prayers to use at home.
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, March 1
Good Friday Service
Friday, March 2
Easter Sunday Celebration
Sunday, April 4
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: The Transfiguration
Sunday Worship, February 14
You can connect to both services via Zoom. Click on this link to connect. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom, go ahead and do that. When you enter the meeting you should be able to see and hear others and others can see and hear you. If you come in a little late, please listen for a moment before speaking. In order to see everyone, go to Gallery view (upper right on PCs and upper left for Macintosh). When we get started everyone except the speaker will be muted. If you are reading or playing music, please be sure to unmute yourself.
If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 847 8600 1703 and press #, then enter the password: pray and press # again.
Click here for the service booklet for February 14.
The artwork is “Transfiguration of Jesus” (1872) by Danish artist Carl Bloch (1834-1890).
Book Study meets TONIGHT, February 10th
Do you wonder whether Christian life and church membership still make sense in our tumultuous world? And wonder how so many people claim to be Christian and yet act so differently? If so, then please join us beginning on Wednesday evening, January 27. Join us as renowned Biblical scholar, theologian, and fellow Episcopalian Marcus Borg takes us on a thoughtful, faithful, and hopeful journey. Join us in reading and discussing Borg’s final book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most. Copies of this book will be available at the Parish Office beginning this weekend. Book Study dates will be: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10 Please join us as we read and discuss Borg’s final book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most.
Wednesday Book Study
Starting Wednesday, February 10 • Via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting link – click here. If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 847 8600 1703 and press #. The password is: pray.
An Afternoon with the King of Instruments
You are invited to a concert featuring our very own Albrecht von Gaudecker as one of the performers. Albrecht will be playing:
Fugue in G Major, BWV 577 by J. S. Bach — “Attende Domine” Choral paraphrase by Jeanne Demessieux — “Allegro in B Major” by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Indianapolis Pipe Organ Festival
Sunday, February 21
• View on the AGO Website at 4:00 p.m.
Annual Parish Meeting
On Sunday, February 28, we will hold an abbreviated annual meeting. At this time we will elect new vestry members and representatives to the 2021 Diocesan Convention (November 5-6). The meeting will occur immediately following the service.
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, February 27
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution and no lunch. Kate Berry is coordinating the distribution. We are very grateful to Martha Rainbolt, Carl Huffman, Karen Hirt Mannon, and Christiane Wisehart who have worked very hard to obtain supplies for the Non-Food Pantry. Kroger is not able to acquire enough products for us, so the items are being purchased from a variety of sources. This is much more expensive. Donations to help offset this extra cost will be gratefully accepted!
Top 3 Needed Items
Your prayers are asked for:
Heidi Beckman-Warren, mother of Thea Warren-Simpson
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Jo Ella Burns, friend of Terry Noble
Douglas Butler, brother-in-law of Claudia Butler
The family of Patty Clements, friend of Cathryn & Jim Ensley
The family of Tom Gibson, brother of Gwen Morris
The family of Micah Grimm, friend of Zac and Savannah Johnson
Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel & Stephanie Gurnon
Rena Hale, sister of Thea Warren-Simpson
The family of Frances Louise Hassler, mother of Suzanne Hassler
William Johnston, son of Kevin and Meggan Johnston
Keith Keysor, friend of Andy Cullison
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Jill McDermott, mother of Jim & Karen Mannon’s son-in-law
The family of Nick Mourouzis
Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
The family of Jeff Sheffler, son-in-law of Page & Narda Cotton
The family of Rogene Snook, mother of Caroline Good
The family of Pastor Daniel Stroebel, friend of Father Mark
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
The family of Phyllis Wright, grandmother of Zac Johnson
The family of Eric York, husband of Christi York and father of Dunkin
Birthdays: Marilyn Mourouzis, February 15 . Jim Mannon, February 16 . Henrietta Simpson, February 18 . Mark Smith, February 18 . Jenny Heithaus, February 19 . Warren Macy, February 19 . Owen Jedele, February 20 . Larry Wilson, February 20
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: . Good Shepherd Church, West Lafayette: The Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Chaplain.
Our companion dioceses: The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil: The Most Rev. Mauricio Jose Araujo De Andrade, Primate of Brazil and Bishop of Brasilia. The people and Diocese of Haiti and Saint Andre’s in Mithon.