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November 17, 2023

Pre-Thanksgiving Blood Drive

This Saturday, November 18, at the Corner Farmers Market

Our national blood supply is in a state of crisis. In response, St. Andrew’s and The Corner Farmers Market are doing what we do best and have teamed up to sponsor a blood drive at market on Saturday, November 18, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Sign Up Today, to Give Blood Tomorrow

Donating blood is a tangible and generous way to love our neighbors and truly show up for them. With the personal and charitable act of donating blood, we are literally giving of ourselves. November 18 is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for a unique and significant way to express your gratitude, please consider giving blood that day.

Scheduling ahead is recommended but not required. Click the green button for appointment times. For more information, contact Steven Loch (336-944-5141).

Come to Church this Sunday!

Each Sunday we worship in person and online. We are always glad when you worship with us. Nursery care is available during worship, and we offer children’s ministry time as well as activity bags to keep little hearts and hands engaged.

Diocesan Day of Prayer to End Homelessness 

In our worship this Sunday we will add our prayers to those of parishes across our diocese for an end to homelessness, in response to in invitation from the Bishop’s Committee on Affordable Housing.

Community Conversation after Worship

After worship, join us for coffee and refreshments and a Community Conversation in the Parish Hall. (See announcement below.)

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Community Conversation: Reducing Gun Violence

November 19, after Worship

in the Parish Hall

Please join us after church this Sunday for an important community conversation around reducing gun violence. Sara Smith, the Statewide Community Organizer for North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and a member of our diocesan task force, will join us to provide information and offer suggestions on how we can put our thoughts and prayers into action. After her presentation, we will have time for table discussions about concrete ways we can be instruments of God’s healing and peace.

EYC Rake & Run & Pizza this Sunday

Sunday, November 19

Meet at church at 5 p.m.

All middle and high schoolers are invited to a special EYC night of Raking Beyond Borders, this Sunday. We’ll meet at church at 5, have a friendly competition to see which team can rake the most unsuspecting yards, then celebrate with a cheese pizza dinner at church. Winning team goes first in line for pizza! 

“May the Lord make you grow and abound in love for one another and for all.”

1 Thessalonians 3:12

Thank You for Your Pledges

We are preparing the budget for next year. If you have not yet pledged for 2024, please join us in our Love Grows Here giving campaign. We are invited to share our time, talent, and treasure as a response of thanksgiving to our generous God. Thank you for giving joyfully and generously so that St. Andrew’s can continue to grow in Christ’s love and make that love visible in this church, in this community, and in this world. 

Our Pledge Commitment form is online, or you may email the office to request a pledge packet.

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If You Would Like to be Confirmed or Received—Bishop Sam Will Be Here December 3

Contact Rev. Ginny by November 19.

Confirmation is the sacramental rite through which persons confirm their baptismal vows and deepen their commitment to the Episcopal Church. Those wishing to join the Episcopal Church may do so through confirmation or, if confirmed already, through reception or a reaffirmation of their confirmation commitment. Persons already confirmed in other churches adhering to the apostolic succession (such as Roman Catholic and Lutheran) are not confirmed again but received into our communion. Those who are baptized and confirmed who wish to recommit themselves to a life of faith may reaffirm their baptismal vows. Bishop Sam Rodman will be with us on December 3, 2023. If you are interested in confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation, please contact the Rev. Ginny Bain Inman by November 19.

All Are Invited to Funeral for Virginia (Ginny) Morton

November 27 at 11 a.m.

Virginia Ann "Ginny" Morton, a beloved member of St. Andrew's, died Friday, November 10, 2023. Our love and condolences go out to Vince Morton and to their family. The funeral for Ginny will be held in our sanctuary on Monday, November 27, at 11:00 a.m., and a reception will follow, in the Parish Hall.

Congratulations, Cecil Haynes, Lay Preacher

Join us in congratulating Dr. Cecil Haynes, who was among a group of 30 lay preachers to complete the inaugural curriculum for the Lay Preacher Training Initiative. The lay preachers celebrated their new ministry at a noon service of Holy Eucharist in the Bethlehem Chapel of Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, November 11, 2023. The Rev. Phillis Spiegel, Bishop of Utah, officiated. (And the Rev. Pamela Haynes was in attendance as a proud wife!)

This weekend, Cecil will be commissioned by Bishop Sam Rodman for the NC Diocese, during the annual diocesan convention. We are happy to celebrate this achievement and Cecil's lay preaching ministry.

The Lay Preacher Training Initiative, funded by a generous grant from Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, is a local formation experience designed to prepare effective, confident, and passionate licensed lay preachers for our Church. Six pilot dioceses, including the Diocese of North Carolina, have taken part in the initial two-year rollout of the program, raising up two local trainers and up to six lay preachers in training each for regular study of scripture and theology, exegesis strategies, and practical homiletics. The cornerstone of the program is preaching to feedback, both to peers within the cohort and regularly in their local congregations.

Learn more about the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and the Lay Preacher Training Initiative here.

Hot Breakfast for 150—Please Support the Tuesday Morning Episcopal Breakfast at GUM

Sponsor a Tuesday breakfast at Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) and the Tuesday Morning Episcopal Breakfast Crew pictured above will cater it, preparing and serving 140–150 shelter guests and people who have no housing. Your contribution of $312 will cover the food costs for breakfast on the Tuesday of your choice.

To sponsor a breakfast, send your check with memo “Episcopal Breakfast” to Greensboro Urban Ministry, 305 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27406. Or donate at greensborourbanministry.org/donate. Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of loved ones or favorite cooks. The TMEB Crew thanks you!

Save the Date for Christmas Stocking Delivery

December 17, 2 p.m.

The St. Andrew’s Deborah Chapter of the Daughters of the King would like to thank you for supporting our Christmas Stocking Drive for the houseless. We will be distributing them at 2:00 p.m. on December 17 at LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro. Please join us as we serve those who are in need. This will be an ongoing ministry for the Deborah Chapter. Contact Deacon Pam to learn more.

How to Help with Deck the Halls

Now through December 2

Here's Your Call to Deck the Halls

Many hands make light work! This is a great opportunity to get to know other parishioners and work toward our common goal of support for mission and outreach. Whether you are new to St. Andrew’s or have volunteered many times before, we need your help. Submit your name by emailing us (see button), to or see a Green Apron Helper after church on Sunday.

Volunteer or Email Us a Question about Deck the Halls

Bake a Little Extra this Thanksgiving?

Whether you’ll be hosting or enjoying guest status on Thanksgiving, remember Mrs. Claus’s Sweets and Treats if you are in the kitchen. Double your favorite recipe and tuck it in your freezer until delivery to the Parish Hall on November 30 or before noon December 1. We especially welcome items that are attractively wrapped and labeled with ingredients. Contact Nancy Rizzuto at 336-707-0302 or by email with any questions.

Plus ... Save the Date for a Doubly Special Deck the Halls’ Eve

Friday, December 1

Preview Night with a Celebration of Mack & Eleanor Baker

Friday, December 1, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

The dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers makes Deck the Halls in all its iterations, past and present, possible. This year, we will hold an informal, heartfelt Celebration of Mack and Eleanor Baker, who have exemplified the spirit of giving with a unique combination of generosity and dedication. We don’t know the exact number of years that Mack Baker has offered his wonderful woodworking gifts in service of parish fundraisers, but it’s a lot of years! We want to pause in the midst of our preparations to say, “Thank you.” There will be time to share memories and stories of Mack’s treasures and you can bring Mack’s wooden crafts that night for a blessing. This is a time to extend gratitude to the Bakers who have helped us become a giving community.

This night will also provide a special Preview for parishioners. Décor and sales tables will be in full bloom, including Andy's Christmas Kitchen, serving soup, sandwiches, and chili for those who'd like to purchase supper. There will be Friday specials, like the Advent wreaths (for children of all ages), cider, hot chocolate and treats, plus photo spots suitable for Christmas cards. Remember that every Deck the Halls purchase supports Mission and Outreach. Please consider Friday evening an extra opportunity to shop with a purpose, to Share the Love. We hope you will join us!

Our Online Store is Open—Now through November 25

You can now pre-order wreaths, centerpieces, gingerbread houses, and decorated cookies at our Deck the Halls online store at the link below. It’s important to note that these offerings will be available by pre-order only and that all pre-orders are to be picked up at the Deck the Halls event on December 2. The 2023 Honor Card and cookies with other decorative designs will also be available at the event.

Shop Online @ bit.ly/ShopDeckTheHalls 
DTH Website
DTH Facebook

Come Celebrate Advent with Us

St. Andrew’s Advent and Christmas Calendar

Dec. 3, Sun. First Sunday of Advent

Worship and Bishop’s Visitation

Advent Children’s Chapel

Advent Event (after church)

with Cake, Advent Wreath Making, St. Nicholas Visit, Blessing of Angel Tree Gifts, and Daily Devotionals

Dec. 5, Tues.

Angel Tree Gift “Last Chance” Dropoff (10 a.m.–2 p.m.)  

Dec. 10, Sun. Second Sunday of Advent 

Worship & Advent Service of Lessons and Carols

Adult Formation: Music, Art, & Poetry of Advent (after church)

EYC Light Balls Walk, Firepit, & Hot Chocolate Bar (5:30 p.m.)

Dec. 17, Sun.  Third Sunday of Advent

Worship & Children's Ministry

Birthday Party for Jesus (after church)

Adult Formation: Music, Art, & Poetry of Advent (after church)

EYC Christmas Party (5 p.m.)

Dec. 24, Sun. Christmas Eve Worship at 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 

10 a.m. Worship with Children’s Pageant

6 p.m.  Festive Eucharist

First Sunday of Advent—December 3

Welcome, Bishop Sam Rodman.

Advent is the special season of the church year when we prepare for the coming of Christ. On December 3, the First Sunday of Advent, we will welcome Bishop Sam Rodman by gathering in the Parish Hall after worship for cake and fellowship and St. Andrew’s Advent traditions. Here are our plans for this special day.

  • Advent Children’s Chapel All of our children are invited to a special Children’s Chapel during 10 a.m. worship in celebration of the start of Advent. We’ll have a story, a special offering, and—best of all—music and movement with our beloved music leader, Mr. Riley, to celebrate the season. 

  • Advent Wreath Making Everything you need to make your own Advent wreath will be provided, and we’ll enjoy fellowship and conversation while we build our wreaths together. A donation of $10 per wreath-making kit is suggested but not required. Please RSVP to Martha Chaires so we can reserve a wreath kit for you!

  • A Visit from St. Nicholas  Read more about this visit in next announcement. 

  • Hope for the Holidays—Sign Up Now for Angel Tree Gifts to bring December (or Dec. 5) We are once again joining with Hope for the Holidays, an annual gift drive for children in foster care, sponsored by the Children’s Home Society. For many years we have engaged in this ministry in conjunction with our celebration of St. Nicholas who blesses the gifts we send off for these children. Please sign up for an Angel Tree Gift using the green button.
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  • Then bring unwrapped presents to the Parish Hall on December 3 for the blessing. If you can’t come to church that day, please deliver gifts to the church office on our “Last Chance” drop-off date, Tuesday, December 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Thank you for your generosity and for helping to provide a joyful holiday season to children in need. Contact Laura Slaughter or AmyRuth McGraw with questions or to make alternate drop-off arrangements. 

Advent Formation for Adults

Sunday Mornings, December 10 & 17—11:15 a.m. in the Cloister

Hymns, anthems, and chants; ancient and contemporary; lyrical and instrumental—music helps us more deeply experience the waiting and watchfulness of Advent. Assistant Choir Director Sean Toso will lead an exploration of the meaning and beauty of the season of Advent, as expressed in music. Join us in the Cloister for two Sundays set aside for Advent listening, participation, and reflection.

Advent Resources are Available for You

This Advent season we are happy to offer a printed daily devotional book as well as online resources for reflection. 

Living Well Through Advent 2023: Practicing Wonder with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind, from Living Compass

Printed copies of this booklet will be available at church beginning December 3, and you can also download the booklet or sign up to receive the devotions as daily emails at livingcompass.org/advent.

AdventWord Daily Meditations Series, from Forward Movement

AdventWord is an inspirational online Advent calendar that features daily prompt words from the Sunday Lectionary readings. Visit adventword.org to subscribe or read devotions online.

Bless the Advent We Actually Have, by Kate Bowler

Duke Professor Kate Bowler is committed to seeing the world the way it really is and practicing hope in the midst of our struggles. Her Advent offering is available for download at katebowler.com

First Moravian Invites You, Too!

Did you know that First Moravian Church is holding its annual Candle Tea on Dec. 1-2?

They have promoted our Deck the Halls to their congregation and asked us to do the same for their Candle Tea. Make a day (or 2!) of it on December 1-2, and visit both events.


The Candle Tea has been First Moravian’s Christmas gift to the Greensboro community since 1962. You can expect:


  • Live music in the Sanctuary, as well as brass-band, the Guilford Courthouse Fife & Drum, and the Grimsley Madrigal singers. 

  • Refreshments in the Tavern, Moravian craft demonstrations (star-making, beeswax candle-making, pottery-throwing, blacksmithing, and more), and of course, the Putz. 

  • Opportunity to purchase your favorite holiday treats, including chicken pies, lighted Advent stars, and Moravian baked goods such as sugarcake, stollen, and apple dumplings.



• Friday, December 1st (2:00-9:00pm) and 

• Saturday, December 2nd (10:00am-12:00pm). 

To Market, To Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m.12 p.m.

W. Market St. at Kensington Rd.

The Corner Market delivers the goods each Saturday in our Kensington parking lot. Stay up to date on weekly offerings using the links below to their website, where you can sign up for a wonderful weekly newsletter, and Facebook page.

Corner Market Website
Corner Market Facebook

Help Us Feed the Hungry

Thank you for continuing to pick up a burgundy bag and bring it back the following week with your food donations. Items that are especially in demand include:

  • dried beans, rice, pasta
  • canned vegetables, beans, meats, fish

Please leave donations in the church narthex and office hallway, and they will be collected and distributed to One Step Further food pantry by our Missions and Outreach Committee. Your gifts help carry out our mission to feed the hungry in our community.  

Your Gifts Sustain Us

We are grateful for your continued giving that sustains our ministry and our impact in our community.

If you have questions about your giving, please contact Ray Marsh by email or at 336-275-1651, ext. 3.

To make a new gift or continue your pledge:

  • Donate at abundant.co/standrewsepiscopalch/give.
  • Use the “Abundant Giving” app, choosing "St Andrew’s Episcopal Church" in Greensboro.
  • Mail a check to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Bookkeeper, 2105 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27403.

This Week at St. Andrew’s

Sunday, November 19

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship & Children's Ministry, 10 a.m.

Coffee & Conversation, 11:15 a.m. 

Loving Our Neighbors—Community Conversation: 

Reducing Gun Violence, 11:15 a.m. (Parish Hall)

EYC Raking Beyond Borders, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21

Staff Meeting, 10:30 a.m.

Chapel Open for Prayer, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

EfM, 6 p.m. (Library)


Wednesday, November 22

Parish Office Closed

Hearing the Gospel, 10:30 a.m. (Parish Hall)


Thursday, November 23

Thanksgiving Day

Parish Office Closed

Friday, November 24

Parish Office Closed

Saturday, November 25

Corner Farmers Market, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Sunday, November 26

Christ the King Sunday

Worship & Children's Ministry, 10 a.m.

Coffee & Conversation, 11:15 a.m.

A General Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

—Book of Common Prayer, p. 836

We Pray For

We Pray for Peace in the Holy Land

A Litany for the Holy Land can be downloaded here.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma)

Anglican chaplains accompanied the British Army in Burma in 1824, but mission work itself only began with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in the mid-1850s. The Mission to Seamen established themselves in 1907, and the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society, in the 1920s. Many Anglicans were Anglo-Burmese or Anglo-Indian (persons of either British and Burmese or British and Indian descent). Many left at independence in 1948, leading to a sharp decline in the number of Anglicans in this overwhelmingly Buddhist nation. In 1961 Buddhism was declared the state religion, and five years later, all foreign missionaries were expelled. From its early years Anglicans in Burma had been part of the Church of England in India; in 1930, they became part of a province named the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon. The Burmese church became its own province in 1970, renamed the Church of the Province of Myanmar when the country changed its name in 1989. 

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Center at Duke University; Episcopal Campus Ministry – Raleigh; Greensboro Colleges and Universities / St. Mary’s House

Those on our parish prayer list: Mary Stalter, Norma Bullock, Moira Ermentrout, Maria Wilmoth, Jimmye Olivey, Patrick and Margaret Miller, Ed Morea, Julie Dameron, Traci and Erik, Barbara Cernansky, Ella Janssen, Gabriel, Charles Claunch, Libby Eberhard, Gwen Snead, Ali Avery, Barbara Van Cleve, David Heflin, Jeff Cummer, Charles Kelshaw, David McGraw, Maureen Morea, Carolyn Ritchie, Betty Atwell, Eva Harris, Harold Johnson, Bob Emmaus, Judy Gecinger, Liz Wert, Wes Hood, Carol Phillips, Leslie Deaton, Linda Fischer, Jean and Ed Phelps, Tom Walton, Mack Baker, Amber Morales, Lauren, Phillip Marion, Downs Brown, Jr., Martha and Jim Kaley, Ben Dormus, Nancy O’Donnell, Tina Sink Gangi, Florine, Vickie, Heather, Victoria, Dean Barrett, Bob, Leslie

Those serving in our military: Tom Stauffer, Paul Zeigler, Stephen Johnson, Benjamin Phillips, Kenneth Gearhart, Alex Reyes, Michael McNeil, Jordan Payne, Catharyn Nosek

The departed: Virginia (Ginny) Morton

Those expecting: Anna Bengel and Joshua Greene, daughter and son-in-law of Tony Bengel; Catharine Kappauf and Clarke Hitch, daughter and son-in-law of Shelley and Charles Kappauf; Samantha and Martin Kappauf, daughter-in-law and son of Shelley and Charles Kappauf; Megan and Ryan Waide

Birthdays: Claudia Feifs, Lauren Gaspar, Amelia Menston-Sambola, Auden Rich-Minardo, Anna Taylor, John Worrell

Anniversary: Bob and Kathy Mills

Please send prayer requests to Susan Frye, Parish Administrator, at parish@standrewsgso.org or 336-275-1651, ext. 1. Names are taken off of our prayer list after six weeks. If you would like a name to remain on the list, please let Susan know. Please also contact Susan with birthdays or anniversaries for the bulletin.

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