A Message from the Senior Warden
Here we are, another dreary, cold January day, Covid infections far from over, more cancellations and Zoom gatherings and we all are wondering when and if we can ever get back to a safer life. When we talk with our children in other states and on the other side of the world we are continually reminded that question looms heavy on the minds and hearts of people everywhere. Two years ago we were determined. Last year we were optimistic. Today we are all tired, frustrated, looking for signs of hope.
Hopefully we have all done what we can to help: be vaxxed and boostered; wear our masks; and maintain distancing. Aside from those things, we are all probably looking for other simple ways to bring sunshine and hope into our days. What works for each of us may be different. Calling friends; spending time with those we love; taking a walk; reading a good book; tackling a new hobby; attending a church service; prayer; all can provide a respite in this continuing storm and also hope. It’s that hope that brings us optimism as a new day dawns and for those of us at St. Andrew’s a new day in our life together is on the horizon.
Last Friday evening I had my first opportunity to meet our new rector, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore and her husband, Chris. They had come to Greencastle to see a house they had just viewed on-line and put a contingency offer on. Yes, they really are going to come! It was truly a delight for Dave and me to begin to get to know Rev. Jen and Chris. She is coming with new energy, ideas, and a true passion to serve. There is no doubt in my mind that they will be a wonderful and welcome addition to our church family. I cannot wait for you all to get to meet and know them too.
So as these days wear on, please know Spring, the promise of new life and hope, a new rector and a new chapter for St. Andrew’s Church and its people are coming. Thanks be to God and to each of you, who with love and patience care for each other and continue to weather what’s been a relentless storm.
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 Omicron Variant of the Covid virus continues to spread. Even those who are vaccinated may become infected and transmit the virus. 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 a small choir will be allowed. 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 Third Sunday after The Epiphany
Sunday In-Person Morning Worship Service, January 23 led by Canon Kristin White
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 January 23
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, January 29
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution coordinated by Alex Roehrkasse and no sack lunches will be given out at this time. We are very grateful to Kate Berry, 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 Jack Angleton, brother of Peggy Angleton
Russell Ball, husband of Jennifer Ball
The family of Wolfe Beckman, grandfather of Thea Warren-Simpson
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Lee Bird, nephew of Lucy Wieland
Bernice Emrick, mother of Karen Hirt Mannon
The family of Margaret Anne Ervin, sister of Bob Haymaker
The Rev. Nancy Ferriani and the family of Bob Ferriani, friends of the Warren and Connie Macy
The family of Eric Fladeland, friend of Tim and Caroline Good
The family of David and Janis Gerkensmeyer, parents of Sarah Gerkensmeyer
Jim and Susan Grivas, friends of St. Andrew’s
Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel and Stephanie Gurnon
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
Majors family, family of Renee Majors
The family of Art Mannon, brother of Jim Mannon
Leo Nelson, brother-in-law of Joanne Haymaker
The family of Ann Kelly Newton
The family of Helen Noble, mother of Terry Noble
The family of Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
Elizabeth and Natalie Sheffler, daughter and granddaughter of Page and Narda Cotton
Barbara Stinson, friend of Joanne Haymaker
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Peace Church, Rockport: Ms. Juliette Jones, Senior Warden.
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: Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui.
Birthdays: Tony Harmless, January 24 . Kathryn Jones, January 26