A Message from the Senior Warden
Dear St. Andrew’s family and friends,
Here we are again looking directly into the reality of the changing seasons: the whirring of the air-conditioning to be replaced by the firing up of the furnace; leaves changing colors and covering the ground; the end of the Farmer’s Market and First Fridays; and planning for fall holidays, Advent and the birth of our Lord. What is not yet changing is our global fight against the pandemic, Zoom meetings, and our continuing search for a new rector. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. How do we continue to find optimism and energy in these waning days of summer?
For me it comes from consciously trying everyday to put my energies towards being grateful for celebrating what is, not what might not be going “right”. Working to reframe my reactions and perceptions of what is can bring a new found enthusiasm and joyfulness. Yes, the pandemic is still with us, but there is new hope for protection with booster doses of vaccine and soon the ability to have our younger children vaccinated. Zoom, well it does get tiring and is probably here to stay, but it certainly has helped to build quorums and invite discussions among diverse people in our very mobile world. Yes, we are still “searching”, but we have been blessed with wonderful supply priests and Canon Kristin coming to provide those interested with a chance to explore and renew their faith. Fall and the ensuing winter months are indeed in the offing, but there’s nothing better than some hot chocolate and a fire on a cold winter’s day after a beautiful snowfall and building the snowman to rule all snowmen.
We at St. Andrew’s have been blessed with love and friendships, opportunities for service, and a beautiful place to worship, to find respite, and be inspired by music and the Lord’s teachings.
I truly hope this week finds you and yours healthy, relishing the moments that bring joy, and knowing that we are never walking alone.
Wishing you many blessings,
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 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday In-Person Worship, September 26 led by The Reverend Bill Wieland
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 September 26
Baby Shower for Kate and John Berry
Please join us for a baby shower for the Berry’s hosted by Christiane Wisehart and Dana Glessner here at the St. Andrew’s Memorial Garden on Sunday, October 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Christiane at (215) 850-4842 or Dana at (765) 655-3450. A book of words of wisdom is being compiled for the parents-to-be. Please contribute your words on what the essence of parenting is to you and what really matters most in parenting. These can be texted to Dana or e-mailed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to wait and design a page at the shower, you are welcome to do that instead. If you’d like to contribute to the group gift of a Mockingbird baby stroller, you can VENMO @ Dana-Glessner, drop your contribution into the Glessner mailbox at 639 E. Seminary St., or bring to the shower and your name will be included on the gift tag. Thank you!
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, September 25
• 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:
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
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
Helen Noble, mother of Terry Noble
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 Michael’s Church, Noblesville: The Rev. T.J. Tetzlaff, Rector.
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 Episcopal Church.
Birthdays: Harriet Moore, September 27