A Message from the Senior Warden
Lunches are being packed and school buses are rolling again. A new academic year for our public school children is indeed underway. Please mark your calendars for August 29th and know we are planning a Blessing of Backpacks during our 10:15 a.m. service that day. We also will be gathering our children, through Grade 7, for discussion and Godly Play.
Young people in Grade 8 and above are encouraged to participate in our morning services. (Boyd Ensley will be cantoring this Sunday). We welcome you as readers, participants in music and when pandemic distancing issues become less restrictive, acolytes. Beginning on September 12th after the 10:15 a.m. service and continuing once a month through January, Christian Formation will be available for those interested. Canon Kristin White will be with us preaching on those Sundays and then conducting the class that is open to everyone 8th Grade and above. The class, with more information to come, is a chance to learn about the Episcopal Church, our worship and sacraments and the commitment of Confirmation. The established dates for those Sundays are September 12th, October 10th, November 7th, December 5th and January 23rd. People joining in the class discussions are not making a commitment to Confirm or Re-affirm, only to explore.
This is an exciting time for our Saint Andrew’s families. It’s been too long that the second floor of Hamilton Hall has been silent. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SINGING, MASKING, AND SEATING
As we gather in person for Sunday worship, please remember we still need to be protective of each other as the Delta Variant of the Covid virus continues to spread. The Delta Variant is many times more contagious and believed to be more dangerous, particularly to those who are not yet vaccinated, than earlier strains. Even those who are vaccinated may become infected and transmit the virus. It is projected that this outbreak will peak in late August, early September. To protect our communities until this subsides, the Diocese has suggested that you wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status and take a congregational singing hiatus. During this time only one cantor and one singer will be allowed, and no choir for awhile. We also ask that you maintain social distancing. Please only sit in pews with prayer books and hymnals. Hopefully, one day soon, we will all be able to lift our voices in song. Many thanks to everyone for your patience.
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Prayers and Reflections for this week
We have heard that the daily reflections and scripture readings provided during Lent were appreciated. Those of us writing them have also found it an enriching experience and have decided to continue. The meditations are written by persons from Saint Andrew’s, Gobin UMC and Beach Grove UMC. The daily meditations will be in the newsletter each week and go from Wednesday to Tuesday, except for Sunday. Whether you enjoy these every day, or as the Spirit moves you, may this resource continue to bring you spiritual food for the journey. Blessings!
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday In-Person Worship, August 15 led by The Reverend Mary Slenski
You can connect to the service 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 August 15
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, August 28
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution coordinated by Kate Berry and sack lunches will be given out. 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 4 Needed Items
Your prayers are asked for:
Lorrie Anderson, cousin of Joanne Haymaker
Russell Ball, husband of Jennifer Ball
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
The family of Margaret Anne Ervin, sister of Bob Haymaker
Jeanne Fitzpatrick, friend of Jim and Karen Mannon
The family of Eric Fladeland, friend of Tim and Caroline Good
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 and Stephanie Gurnon
Rena Hale, sister of Thea Warren-Simpson
Keith Keysor, friend of Andy Cullison
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
The family of Dr. John Lovett, father of Nancy Lovett
Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Art Mannon, brother of Jim Mannon
The family of Nafhat Nasr, friend of Dave and Sue Murray
The family of Bruce Ploshay, friend of Page and Narda Cotton and former member of Saint Andrew’s
Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
The family of Jeff Sheffler, son-in-law of Page and Narda Cotton
The family of Peter Staats, friend of Suzanne Hassler
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
The family of Florence Virtanen, mother of Sue Murray
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Clergy and students of diocesan campus ministries: The Rev. Robert Abner, Episcopal and Lutheran Campus Ministries at Ball State University; The Rev. Dr. Charles Allen, Grace Unlimited at Butler and IUPUI; The Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Purdue University; The Rev. Ed Bird, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Indiana University; The Rev. Dawn Black, United Campus Ministries in Terre Haute; the campus ministries of DePauw University; Hanover College; Wabash College; University of Southern Indiana.
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.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of South Africa.
Birthdays: Dana Glessner, August 17