"Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4: 35-41
Weekly parish news and Sunday service information
Fr. Ben Hankinson
Celebrant for all services.

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

June 20, Fourth 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, June 20

  • Ezekiel 17:22-24
  • Psalm 92:1-4,11-14
  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17
  • Mark 4:26-34
"A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”
Make Your Offering!
Mail: Send your check to St. Andrew's Treasurer, at 406 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville 62025.
The Week of June 20

  • Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Looking ahead:
  • Independence Day will be celebrated on July 5 online.
  • Fr. Ben will be at Nashotah House for continuing educ., July 12-16.

This weekend we, as a nation, recognize the newest addition to the list of federal holidays, Juneteenth. Though only recently enacted into law, this date and celebration has been commemorating the end of slavery in various places and with a wide array of practices dating back to 1866. 
In many ways, Juneteenth shares something of the character of Memorial Day, a juxtaposition of the somber with the celebratory. In this case, we look back on the sinful degradation of life and humanity in the tragic practice of American slavery that we may ever remember and learn from that travesty in order to never repeat such horrors. At the same time, we celebrate the eventual triumph of that which is good and right in the emancipation of the enslaved and their receiving of those freedoms previously denied.

 As Christians, we know that sin does not have the last word and that God’s grace is sufficient even as we look to the outworking of his justice and mercy.
As we commemorate Juneteenth, looking back on both the tragedy and the triumph, may we also have eyes to see here and now that which still needs to be done, standing against the remnants of the sins of slavery as we ever strive through Jesus Christ against the slavery of sin.

Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and
to make no peace with oppression;
and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it
in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations,
to the glory of your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

“For Social Justice” BCP p. 260

The vestry met in Pearson Hall with all members but Walter Bohn and Bill Schafer in attendance. Fr. Ben led the meeting with an update on diocese happenings related to Bishop Martins retirement, mention of Pat Sim’s memorial service on August 21, and upcoming feast days, including the celebration of Independence Day on July 5. He also indicated he would be away for continuing education July 12-16 at Nashotah House.

Riley Atwood, Assistant Treasurer, provided April balance and budget reports on behalf of Maxine Callies, Treasurer. Copies of April reports are available at these links: balance | budget .

Fr. Ben mentioned that coffee hour would occur after the ten o’clock service as before. Marian Smithson indicated Pat Rudloff is soliciting help with the coffee hour in this weeks’ newsletter. He also reported that the Edwardsville area ministers would be meeting again now that Madison County is in Phase 5. He anticipates more community activity once the group is active again. He also hopes to reconnect with Faith Coalition.

Brian Pezza confirmed that he has reserved a pavilion for the parish picnic on September 19 at Township Park.

Marian Smithson shared a 24 x 24 sample carpet tile as the favorite of the Carpet/Tile Committee and the vestry approved proceeding with obtaining an estimate for installation of carpet tile in Pearson Hall and search for appropriate vinyl wood flooring for the kitchen areas that would complement the carpet tile. Smithson indicated the next step after obtaining the estimate will be to determine funding with the help of the vestry. Depending on cost, the project could be supported by the Building Fund but a fundraising campaign is also a possibility. It is hoped that the project could be completed by early fall.

A special summer half-day vestry meeting will be scheduled sometime between late July and mid-August to discuss broader issues than usual business. A specific date has not been determined yet.

The next meeting of the vestry will be on July 15. The meeting was adjourned at 8:23
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed!

I am looking for people to host Coffee Hour on July 4th and all five Sundays in August. I am suggesting to people who do come forward that they keep it simple — no need to set up a table with tablecloth and centerpiece.  Making the coffee and lemonade and putting out some cookies and grapes or some other fruit will suffice.  There were just a few people in Pearson Hall last Sunday so moderate amounts of food and beverages are appropriate. - Pat Rudloff
Wednesday, June 23
Helen - Graham Pezza Lemonade Stand!

Helen and Graham Pezza invite parish friends to stop by 230 North Kansas for a free lemonade between 12 and 3 p.m. next Wednesday. Donations will be accepted and all funds will go to St. Andrew's. (Note - The last "e" for lemonade continues on the right corner of the tablecloth.)

Parish Notes

  • Book Sale: Volunteers with strong backs are needed for set-up and take-down for the outdoor book sale on July 2 and 3. Contact Cindy Reinhardt at 618-656-1294 or cynreinhardt@yahoo.com if you can help.

  • Communications: In the last 30 days, 820 parish notices have been sent out and the reader rate for these is 68% overall. Recent newsletters have been opened at the rate of 68% to 71%. A number of updates have been made on the website and Facebook also. A new parish directory should be attached to next week's newsletter.

  • 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.
St. Andrew's Communications
Communications Coordinator and Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, Marian Smithson
Newsletter Editor, Jane Weingartner | Newsletter Editor, Marianne Cavanaugh