A Thank You from Kate & John Berry
Terry Noble reminded us last Sunday that living in community is an indispensable part of Christian formation. I think we are lucky that it is also one of the most fun parts of attending church, St. Andrew’s in particular. This was especially true for me this weekend, thanks to the thoughtfulness, effort, and generosity of our congregation. Dana Glessner and Christiane Wisehart organized and put on a truly lovely baby shower in the Memorial Garden, where many of our friends, from St. Andrew’s and beyond, came and helped us celebrate the quickly-approaching arrival of our baby. The food and flowers were fabulous and even though we got a little (rain) shower at our shower, our spirits weren’t dampened. The gifts were all too cute to be believed. We were both moved by the collective wisdom of our community in the book of parenting essence. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our stroller, once it and the baby arrive, I imagine you will see John and I and the little one walking back and forth on Seminary Street with it pretty frequently. Everyone was so generous that the extra stroller money will go into a 529 Savings Plan for the baby’s future college tuition. We are so grateful for the love and support of our St. Andrew’s community; thank you for celebrating with us!
With gratitude and affection,
John, Kate, and Baby Berry
This Sunday, October 10th, Canon Kristin White will again be with us to lead our worship service and again offer a special gathering to all people who wish to deepen their faith. Canon Kristin wants us to remind you that these gatherings are open to all. If you are considering confirmation, this is for you. If you have already been confirmed but wish to join the discussion, this is for you. If you have come to St. Andrew’s from another religious background and have questions about what it means to be Episcopalian, this is for you. If the upside-down nature of so much that has happened in the world, particularly in these past 18 months, has caused you to ask questions about God and faith, this is for you.
We will meet after Eucharist from 11:30-12:30 this Sunday and again on November 7th, December 5th and January 23rd.
We hope to see 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 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday In-Person Morning Worship, October 10 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 October 10
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, October 30
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution coordinated by Alex Roehrkasse and sack lunches will be given out. 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:
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
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
Art Mannon, brother of Jim Mannon
Helen Noble, mother of Terry Noble
The family of Bruce Ploshay, friend of Page and Narda Cotton and former member of Saint Andrew’s
The family of 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
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Saint Luke’s Church, Shelbyville: Mr. Charlie Rodenhuis, 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: The Church of the Province of West Africa.
Birthdays: Elyce Ensley, October 14
Anniversaries: Anna Harmless and Chris Torrence, October 14