Parable of the Mustard Seed window at Washington National Cathedral.
Weekly parish news and Sunday service information
Fr. David Wells
Celebrant for all services.

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

June 13, Third Sunday After Pentecost
Holy Eucharist | Rite I, 8 a.m. | Rite II 10 a.m. (Sung)

In-person attendance for up to 75 worshippers
Audio only at 8 a.m. | Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service.
Readings for Sunday, June 13
  • Old Testament - Ezekiel 17:22-24
  • Psalm 92: 1-4,11-14
  • Epistle - Corinthians II 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17
  • The Holy Gospel - Mark 4:26-34
"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed...."
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The Week of June 13
  • Fr. Ben will be away through June 16 or June 17. There will be no online prayer on Facebook during that time.
  • Vestry meeting, Thursday, 6:30 in Pearson Hall.
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Episcopal News Service

  • [ENS]Earlier this week, thousands of people, including Episcopalians from as far as Oregon and Washington, D.C., answered an invitation from Anishinaabe women and traveled to the headwaters of the Mississippi River – Bear Creek, as the Anishinaabe call it – to join them in a nonviolent protest to stop construction on an oil pipeline crossing treaty land in northern Minnesota where the tribe hunts, fishes and gathers wild rice. Full story at this Link.

  • [ENS]Last year, when then-President Donald Trump strolled from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church to pose for photos holding a Bible, the June 1 photo-op drew intense condemnation, not just for its use of Scripture as a prop – as Episcopal leaders emphasized - but also because protesters were forcibly removed from Lafayette Square immediately before the president walked through the park to the church. A year later, Episcopal leaders again are speaking out about the incident, joining a groundswell of Christians objecting to a motion by the Biden administration’s Justice Department to drop protestors' civil lawsuits against Trump and William Barr, his attorney general at the time of the melee. The lawyers for the Justice Department argued on June 4 that Trump and other officials are immune from lawsuits over law enforcement actions intended to protect him. Full story at this Link.
Shoe Collection Falls Victim to COVID

The office answering machine had a message from Ivy Chapel, a United Church of Christ congregation in St. Louis County. Did our parish know what had become of the Shoeman?

I called Fredna Scroggins, who has coordinated the Outreach effort to collect gently-used shoes for an organization that sells them and uses the proceeds to fund wells and other water projects in underdeveloped areas. Fredna had discovered about 6 weeks ago that the program had closed its doors. Schnucks is no longer serving as a collection site.

I called to let Ivy Chapel know what Fredna had learned and got an update from them.

Shoeman had changed its name to Shoe Crew. Its website describes its mission but not the fact that it is currently closed. Ivy Chapel learned that COVID has left Shoe Crew unable to sanitize the shoes before reselling them. The 200 shoes Ivy Chapel had collected for Shoe Crew are headed to Goodwill.

Parish Notes

  • Liturgical Ministers - Marilyn Strangeman, schedule coordinator for the liturgical ministers, recently sent parishioners currently on the roster for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, and Servers a request for available dates. Responses are due June 22. The third quarter schedule will be sent out on June 28.

  • Recent notices from the Diocese:
  • Election Committee Update - Link
  • Diocesan Profile (Bishop Election) - Link
  • Information on the Bishop Election process. Link

  • Reminder - If you are planning to attend the August 21 memorial service for Pat Sim at Meridian Village, please email the church office at this address: office@standrews-edwardsville.com. Father Steve Weissman will be the celebrant for the service at Meridian Village. A reminder and further information will be provided in a subsequent newsletter closer to August 21.
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