SHARED YOUTH EVENT WITH GOBIN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The first shared event for Middle and High Schoolers is viewing the movie “Coda” and discussion to follow on Friday night, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knuth’s home, 150 East County Road 300 South. We will be planning event by event for this group.
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO: THE CHURCH AND LGBTQ
To augment the Adult Forum on September 24, the documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So” will be shown tonight, Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Hamilton Hall. This 2007 summary introduces five Christian families, each with a gay or lesbian child. In addition, there are interviews with church leaders and theologians about the Bible and the questions–and some of the answers about scripture, church, Jesus, and queerness/homosexuality. If you are interested in seeing this movie and the scheduled time conflicts, let the office know. We can easily schedule another viewing. The video is 95 minutes long.
LGBTQ, THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AND YOU
For the past several decades, the question of sexual orientation and the church have been topics of great importance–and often great conflict–for Christians. On September 24 we will have an Adult Forum after Sunday service (teens and children are welcome per parental consent) about the Episcopal Church’s decisions to include LGBTQ clergy and marriage. We will look at the biblical basis for these decisions, and also strategies for your everyday discussions with friends and family about our “open and affirming” church.
A big thank you to all who participated in the Lake Eucharist on September 17. We had a glorious morning in the fresh air, surrounded by by the beauty of creation and enjoying the fellowship in food and fun. A special thank you to the Jedeles for their hospitality at their home on Raccoon Lake, to Tim and Paul Jedele for the boat rides, to all for the delicious food and the camaraderie of the day..
MONTHLY LUNCH BUNCH
The Lunch Bunch gatherings are resuming the 2nd Wednesday of every month. They will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Hamilton Hall. All are invited! Lunch will be provided. Free will offerings are accepted.
OCTOBER 3, TUESDAY 4:30 PM: BIBLE AND BOOKS GROUP
Our Bible study/books group(s) are starting up again. We will be reading Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sundays, a book about “loving, leaving, and finding the church.” Please let Rev. Jen or Renee know if you would like the office to order a copy of the book for you—we will place orders next week. The price is $18. There are also copies available through Evergreen Library Consortium if you have a library card, and copies are available by Kindle and on used book websites.
BAPTISM AT ALL SAINTS NOVEMBER 6
All Saints Sunday is especially designated for the holy rite of baptism. If you are thinking about being baptized or having your children be baptized – or if you are curious about the rite and its meaning–let Rev. Jen know.
SEPTEMBER 20 DEADLINE: $200 DEPOSIT FOR PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND JULY 9 – 17, 2024
Join us for an exciting, challenging, and uplifting pilgrimage to England from July 9 – July 17. We will travel through key sites of Anglican spirituality and service with a focus on abolitionism. Please click here for an informational brochure or pick up a hard copy in Hamilton Hall. Financial Aid is available! If you have questions, contact Rev Jen. The projected cost is $2,400 plus airfare. To reserve a place on this unique pilgrimage, send a check for $200 per person made payable to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with “Pilgrimage” on the memo line by Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Payment will be in three installments due October 15, January 15, and March 15.
THIS WEEK’S SHOPPING LIST FOR NON-FOOD PANTRY
Please add body soap, bleach, Comet, and Pine Sol (or similar cleaner) to your shopping list for the NFP. Every little bit helps our budget go farther in helping meet the needs of folks in Putnam County. The next Non-Food Pantry will be Saturday, September 30. There is a sign-up sheet posted in Hamilton Hall for folks to help with a product pick-up and/or as well as for help on September 30 at the monthly distribution. FYI: Baskets at church are now dedicated for the NFP and not the food pantry.
A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS?
Every week the Wednesday St. Andrew’s newsletter has a reflection about life and faith. Most are observations about daily life and where we experience God in the midst of the “same old, same old.” We would love to feature your thoughts – – a few paragraphs that will help us all see more clearly how the Holy One touches us in our ordinary lives. Please let Renee or Jen+ know if you are interested.
FREE DAILY DEVOTIONAL
We have some large print Day by Day daily devotionals in the sanctuary that you are free to take home for your personal devotions–and if we know that people would like copies, we can order the right amount. Many of you may also appreciate the on-line version of Day to Day. Click here.
COMMUNION AT THE WATERS
Once a month Sunday services are continuing at The Waters. The next service will be Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. If you’d like to help with this ministry in any way, please contact Rev. Jen or Renee. All are welcome to attend!
ON-GOING COVID PROTOCOL
We continue to respond to both our county’s current CDC designation and to the current variant. Masking is optional. Those who serve bread and wine will mask so that anyone who comes to the altar can feel secure. Decisions on COVID policy have moved from the Reconvening Committee to Rev. Jen and the Wardens.