Five loaves and two fiish by GFreihalter [CC BY-SA 3.0 ] in Saint-Omer Cathedral/France, from Wikimedia Commons
Weekly parish news and Sunday service information
Fr. Ben Hankinson, Rector
Celebrant for all services.

If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask and observe social distance.

July 25, Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Holy Eucharist | Rite I, 8 a.m. | Rite II 10 a.m. (Sung)

In-person attendance for up to 75 worshippers
Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service.
Readings for Sunday, July 25

  • Lesson - 2 Kings 4:42-44
  • Psalm 145:10-19 
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • John 6:1-21, the miracle of the five loaves and two fish

Make Your Offering!
Mail: Send your check to St. Andrew's Treasurer, at 406 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville 62025.
  • Vestry Planning Retreat, 9 a.m., Pearson Hall

The Week of July 25
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, via Facebook Live
  • Feast of St. James, Holy Eucharist, Monday, 5:30 p.m.
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, via Facebook Live

Looking Ahead
  • Study class with Fr. Ben, begins Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m. (4 sessions)
  • Church School and Choir return Sunday, September 5, 10 a.m.
Thank You, Altar Guild!

The Altar Guild prepares the altar for celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and sees to the care of items used in the service. Volunteers serve regularly throughout the year, also assisting with baptisms, confirmations, receptions, weddings and funerals.

Members—Sue Buckley, Keith Dudding, Jeannene Goodman, Donna Ireland, Lyndia Pezza, Margaret Slaughter, Jane Weingartner, and Cindy Yelverton—have deepened their faith by caring for sacred items in the quiet, peaceful sanctuary. Serving has given Altar Guild members a better understanding of the liturgy and the seasons of the church year.

Each member of the Altar Guild started out as a trainee working with a mentor. If you would like to grow in faith through this ministry, we invite you to join us.
-Jane Weingartner

Over the next few Sundays, the Lectionary will guide us through the Bread of Life discourse in the 6th Chapter of the Gospel according to John. Beginning with the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus invites us to enter into the mystery which culminates with our reflection upon the one who alone has the words of eternal life, who is the Holy One of God.
Therefore, I invite you to join us as we make this journey together. Whether in-person or online, let us ponder anew the mystical Communion to which all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are bidden to come and share. It is the living bread that came down from heaven, true food and true drink, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Additionally, we will accompany our Sunday pilgrimage with a supplemental study of the Eucharist on Wednesday evenings, beginning August 4. It will be a kind of instructed Eucharist spread out over the month of August to allow us time to contemplate the practical and personal aspects of the Sacrament in the light of the Scripture and tradition of the Church.
Be present, be present, O Jesus, our great High Priest, as you were present with your disciples, and be known to us in the breaking of bread; who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Summer Book Sale: August 6 and 7

The next St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair will be held Friday, August 6, and Saturday, August 7. 

Reservations will be required Friday to limit the number of patrons to 30 at any given time. Friday hours are 3 - 8 p.m.Click here to reserve shopping time on August 6.

No reservations are required for Saturday, August 7, when the shopper crowd is anticipated to be light. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.- Noon.

Book Fair Notes
  • Entrance to the sale will be from the back of the church. Signs will point you to the entrance.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask.
  • Payment will be accepted in cash or check only.
  • Reserve your shopping time in advance for the August 6 sale. (See above.)
Quilt Show Planned for 2022

The Quilt Guild met on Friday, July 16 to do early planning for a Quilt Show on Thursday - March 3, Friday - March 4, and Saturday- March 5 of 2022. Guild leaders, Liz Edwards and LaVernn Wilson, indicate there will not be a show or challenge theme but the challenge items from last year's challenge which were shared online will be on display. Publicity for the show will begin in September and continue monthly until the show dates.
A July 24 Note from the Bergers!

We’re actually in Prague, Czech Republic this weekend. This city is incredible! So much to see and do here. Way to mark for a weekend trip.

We’re doing well but are still in the hotel on base in Böblingen outside of Stuttgart. We’ll move into our house on September 1st.

We have our car now so we’re more mobile and that’s been wonderful!! Sammie starts her classes through Arizona State University next month.

We send our love to our St. Andrew’s family!

The Bergers (Dave, Kim, Sammi)

[Note: Kim shared additional photos which I will send out separately by midday tomorrow. Very enjoyable! M. Smithson]
Dave, Sammi, and friend on the Charles Bridge in Prague.
Prague Astronomical Clock, a medieval astronomical clock attached to the Old Town Hall.

Notes of Interest

  • Relay for Life - The tickets are in for Relay for Life Day at the Ballpark! Elizabeth Donald will have tickets on hand at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, but if you won’t be there, please contact her at to arrange delivery. In the meantime, check out for details on pre-game activities (TBA) and COVID precautions. We sold 21 tickets this year to benefit the Relay team, which currently stands at $2,641 toward our $3,000 goal. Thank you to everyone for your support! 

  • Parish email addresses - Time to update your contacts to St. Andrew's email addresses that were created last winter! Check to see if your contact information includes these:
  • Rector/Fr. Ben -
  • Office -
  • Communications -
  • Treasurer -
  • Vestry - Links to email addresses are on parish website
St. Andrew's Communications
Communications Coordinator and Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, Marian Smithson
Newsletter Editor, Jane Weingartner | Newsletter Editor, Marianne Cavanaugh