The Messenger
Growing together in God's Love
February, 2018
From the Rector . . .
Dear Friends in Christ,

Though a short month, February promises to be an event-filled one at St. Andrew’s.

Annual Meeting. On the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 4, we will have just one worship service at 10:00am followed by our Annual Parish Meeting. There will be a potluck meal in the parish hall after that meeting.
Making ashes. We will resume our regular schedule of three services on February 11, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. The 9:30am service will close with a burning of the palms so that we can make ashes for Ash Wednesday. If you still have your palm fronds from Palm Sunday 2017, please bring them to church on February 11 to add to the fire.
100-day journey with Scripture. February 11 is also the start date for those who want to journey with Episcopalians throughout the country for 100 days, with an intentional reading of the Gospel according to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. The schedule of readings is available at the website for the Good Book Club. A small group will gather at 11am every Wednesday (beginning February 14) to reflect on this endeavor.
Mardi Gras.  The youth of the parish will host a Mardi Gras supper on Shrove Tuesday – February 13 th – from 5:30pm till 7:00pm.
Ash Wednesday. The coincidence of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day on February 14 this year allows us to begin our Lenten Pilgrimage with an invitation to ponder how an observance of Lent is truly a matter of the heart. We will offer ‘Ashes to go’ at the Madison train station from 5:15-8:00am. You are welcome to join in – or, if your schedule does not permit you to attend the Ash Wednesday services at the church at Noon and 7:00pm, get your ‘Ashes to go’ at the station.
Remembering Jan Anderson. We will gather at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, February 17 at 1:30pm to celebrate Jan’s life. Your prayers and presence would be much appreciated.

Our Gospel readings through the month call us to traverse both mountain peaks and the wilderness, may we journey through the highs and the lows together looking to Jesus to be our companion and our guide!

Coming up at St. Andrew's . . .
Calendar Highlights
Sunday, February 4
10:00 AM: Worship
11:00 AM: Annual Meeting
Noon: Potluck lunch (Farmer Hall)
Tuesday, February 13
5:30 PM: Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
Wednesday, February 14
5:15 - 8 AM: Ashes to Go (Madison train station)
Saturday, February 17
1:30 PM: Memorial service for Jan Anderson
Tuesday, February 20
7:00 PM: Vestry meeting

Save the Date: March 17
Our fabled Spaghetti Supper and Auction will take place Saturday, March 17. Social hour and silent auction at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, live auction at 7:30.
Tickets ($17) will be available in EventBrite.

We need donations for live and silent auctions!

Our teens can provide baby-sitting: contact Mary Merkle-Scotland.
Happening in February
Run for Refugees
The Saints on the Shoreline (SOS ) team continues to get ready for our family. The current halt on refugees into the U.S. has greatly reduced the flow of refugees. Currently most refugees are coming from the Congo or they have Special Immigrant Visas (SIV). An SIV means they have either helped our troops or they have a family member in the U.S. Because of this, the SOS team, along with other co-sponsor teams, are waiting longer than normal to receive a family. But we are not going to let grass grown under our feet!  We intend to set up an apartment for a refugee family being settled in New Haven sometime this spring . We will need donations and volunteers for this effort. We will be helping IRIS and a family in need. Our intent is to carry on, to raise awareness and to help refugees. 
Parishioners Jaime Polk and Steve Van Ness will be running in IRIS’s Run for Refugees fund-raiser race. To support the cause of refugees and immigrants, please go to the St. Andrews Facebook page, where and sign up to sponsor Steve and Jaime. The race is a 5K, held in downtown New Haven on Sunday morning, February 4. . If you are reading this after the 4 th , it’s not too late to donate! IRIS-CT has a goal of raising $250,000. Steve and Jaime have a personal goal of $1,000. This is the biggest fund-raising campaign of the year for IRIS, and they need everyone’s help now more than ever to sustain their staff to support current refugees as well as new refugees. 
Join us. Pray for us. Most importantly pray for vulnerable refugees around the world forced by circumstances to flee their homeland. 
Coming Up in Lent . . .
Pancakes and Gumbo Next Tuesday
Call it Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or whatever you like, the night before the beginning of Lent is always a fun, family event at St. Andrew’s. This year, besides the traditional high carb offerings of pancakes and syrup, gumbo soup will be on the menu. Parishioner Mark Tardie, scientist by day and cook by night, will be serving up a favorite recipe of his for gumbo—gumbo is a traditional Louisiana dish somewhere between soup and stew, and always deliciously seasoned. Parishioner Bee Cimmino, another great St. Andrew's cook, will be helping Mark. The fun begins at 5:30 in Farmer Hall, and the suggested freewill offering is only $5 per person. Oh yes, the date is Tuesday, February 13.
Ash Wednesday
The day following Mardi Gras is of course Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In a quirk of the calendar it is also Valentine’s Day (the first time these two days have converged since 1945)! Valentine’s day originated as a church feast day, honoring several Christian saints named Valentine. It was not until the 14 th century and the writings of Chaucer that the day became associated with love and romance. Here at St. Andrew’s Ash Wednesday will begin before dawn as Shariya, assisted by several parishioners, will offer “Ashes to Go” at the Madison train station. She plans on being there in time for the 5:25 train! 

We will also offer Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 o’clock in the evening.
Bible Study in Lent
There will be two opportunities for studying Scripture in the seasons of Lent and Easter.

Luke and Acts. Episcopalians around the world will be joining the “Good Book Club” and reading the Gospel according to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during Eastertide. Participants in the Club will start reading Luke on February 11 and read a section of that Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The fifty days of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. 
A group of parishioners at St. Andrew’s will gather weekly on Wednesday mornings (February 14, 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; April 4, 11, 18 and 25; May 2, 9 and 16) at 11 o’clock to reflect on their journeys. Join us if you are able – or simply read along through these seasons. A list of daily readings may be found at The Good Book Club website - or order copies of A Journey with Luke and A Journey through Acts from Forward Movement.
Psalm 62. In addition, the Church of the Holy Advent in Clinton has invited us to join them in reading and discussing My Soul in Silence Waits, a collection of meditations on Psalm 62 by Margaret Guenther. The group will gather Wednesday evenings at 7 o’clock during Lent at the church (81 East Main Street in Clinton). For further information talk to John Armstrong.
Youth Matters . . .
MSYG in New Haven
The Middle School Youth Group went to the New Haven Green at lunchtime on December 19 to help the Pizza People distribute toiletries and clothing.
Left to right. Chris, Danny, Charlie, Colby, Audrey and Cali.
Baby Sitters Available!
Valentine’s Day date night or Spaghetti Dinner fun - just give a call!  
We want to celebrate our high school youth who love to babysit and most of whom help in the nursery. Here are some names and numbers to know - give yourself a night out and call any one of the following youth!
Sarah Auletta, 860.575.1543
Jane Merkle-Scotland, 203.779.9584
Lena Conway, 203.802.7422
Maeve Merkle-Scotland, 203.779.9330
Luke Conway, 203.909.1017
Cassie Williams, 203.500.3960
Jane Golden, 203.824.9016
Music in February. . .
Seen Around the Church
Click on any of the images below to see an album with more pictures.
Business Matters . . .
Nominations for Vestry and Convention Delegates
Vestry Nominations
Officers (elected for a one-year term):
        Sr. Warden:   Gary Naegel
      Jr. Warden:  Gary Cimmino
      Treasurer:    Colleen McHugh
      Clerk:          Louise Beecher

Vestry Members
  For a three-year term (February 2018-21):
Laura Downes
Jane Kraus
Mark Tardie
  Youth Rep, one-year term (Feb 2018-19):
Maeve Merkle-Scotland
Convention Delegates
Heather Meachen
Deb Ferrigno
Colleen McHUgh and Laura Downes
Jane Kraus, Mark Tardie
Summary of January Vestry Meeting
    Treasurer’s Report. Ray Hencir reported that pledge income is now running 11% under budget. At this time we are relying on a draw from the endowment of 6%. The current $20,780 deficit will be moved from the preschool operations.
The importance of timely quarterly statements was mentioned. Matt Valentine suggested that with each statement, a description of how funds are being used should also be included. This would allow for more transparency and provide the parish with a connection of what is going on in our community.
Ray also presented the slate for the endowment committee: Rob Butler, chair, Bill Downes, Priscilla Rensis, Terry Abbott, Marty Gerst, and Colleen McHugh, treasurer-elect. Rolling off the committee will be Ray Hencir, Pete Moore, and Cathy Golden, treasurer.
Budget. In Cathy Golden’s absence, Shariya led a discussion regarding the proposed parish and preschool budgets. Mention was made of rector/staff raises (in favor and against) among other items. Colleen, treasurer-elect, did not feel comfortable voting on the budgets as proposed. Colleen, Ray, Cathy, Shariya, and Gary Naegel will meet and an e-mail vote of the Vestry will be solicited in preparation for the annual meeting on February 4, 2018. Regardless, it is certain that a deficit budget for the parish will be presented.
Rector’s Report. Shariya provided pastoral updates on several individual parishioners. She also reported that the recent visit from Bishop Ian went well (the other Vestry members concurred). She listed several important calendar dates: Safe Church training, the annual meeting followed by a pot-luck lunch, Ash Wednesday—ashes to go at the Madison train station from 5:30-9:00a.m. and two services at the church, and the Spaghetti Supper and auction.
Human Resources Subcommittee Report. The new bookkeeper has been hired.  She will be working on accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. We are converting from Quickbooks to Power Church. The role of Barb Gibbons, parish administrator, is being redefined.
Nominating Committee Report. Rebecca Rastetter reported that the slate for Vestry officers and at-large members as well as convention delegates has been compiled and posted for parish review.
Stewardship Committee Report. John Armstrong reported that 63 estimates of giving have been submitted for $165,600, 13 faith-based estimates of giving have been submitted for an estimated amount of $13,100.00, and 13 families who are regular givers but did not turn in any form (guesstimated at $6,800.00 based on previous year for budget purposes) for a total of 89 families, $185,500.
 --Rebecca Rastetter, for Louise Beecher, Vestry Clerk
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Rev. Shariya Molegoda, Rector
Barbara Gibbons, Parish Administrator                    
Grant Underwood, Music Director                           
Mary Merkle-Scotland, Youth Minister
Shelby Auletta, Church School Coordinator
Gary Naegel, Senior Warden 
Gary Cimmino, Junior Warden
Cathy Golden, Treasurer
Louise Beecher, Clerk

John Armstrong
Mark Auletta
Sarah Auletta
Art Criddle
Ray Hencir
Nancy Karas
Anastasia King
Colleen McHugh
Rebecca Rastetter
Matt Valentine