A Message from the Senior Warden
Dear St. Andrew’s family and friends,
This is a wonderful week at St. Andrew’s. We hope you will take note of what’s happening and take advantage, as much as you are able, of the activities. Please be sure that every precaution will continue to be taken to keep you well and healthy while you are here. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status; social distancing will be respected, and we will limit gathering size, if it should become necessary.
- Our Non-Food Pantry distribution is set for this Saturday and we could use a few more people to help with the distribution. Please let Kate Berry know if you are available to help.
- Finally, after almost 18 months of not meeting, early Christian formation will be restarting this Sunday, August 29th for our children 7th Grade and younger. Those in 8th and above are encouraged to participate in the 10:15 worship service. Beginning on September 12th, Canon Kristin White will be with us once a month to preach and to meet with those interested in their Christian journey, perhaps leading to confirmation or reaffirmation next year. This opportunity is open to everyone Grade 8 and above. (Most definitely adults are included).
- A blessing of backpacks will also be a part of Sunday’s service. This is a wonderful tradition that hopefully does indeed bring many blessings all year to the owners of those backpacks.
- At 4pm on Sunday Albrecht will be presenting an organ concert featuring the works of J.S. Bach. To ensure the safety of those attending seating will be limited, so please call or email the church office to reserve your space. Albrecht will be presenting the same concert on Sunday, September 12th at 4:00 for people who aren’t able to attend this week. Albrecht is truly a remarkable talent and St. Andrew’s is so very fortunate to have him as our Music Director. Please consider taking advantage of his “magic,” this time with Bach. You won’t be disappointed.
Slowly, but surely, we are regaining our footing and moving forward as a parish. We hope you will join us on our path. It’s been a delight to worship with many of you again and look forward to seeing many more in the weeks ahead.
Blessings, peace and good health,
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 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday In-Person Worship, August 29 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 29
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 3 Needed Items
Your prayers are asked for:
The family of 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
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
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
The family of Florence Virtanen, mother of Sue Murray
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Saint Christopher’s Church, Carmel: The Rev. Cara Spaccarelli, The Rev. Chana Tetzlaff.
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: Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.
Birthdays: Mark Harmless, August 29 . Daniel Gurnon, September 2