Christ prays for his disciples - "Protect them from the Evil One." John 17:15
Weekly parish news and Sunday service information
Fr. Ben Hankinson, Rector
Celebrant for all services.
Please wear a mask when attending in person.
May 16, Seventh Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist | Rite I, 8 a.m. | Rite II 10 a.m. (Sung)

UTO Ingathering this Sunday.
In-person attendance for up to 35 worshippers
Sign up in advance to attend at 10 a.m.
Audio only at 8 a.m. | Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Readings for Sunday, May 16
Make Your Offering!
The Week of May 16
  • Pray with Fr. Ben daily via Facebook Live.
  • Zoom chat - all parishioners, at 11:30, Tuesday.
  • Study of the Parables with Fr. Ben, Wednesday, 6 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Vestry Meeting, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


Stewardship
 
Over the course of this past week, we had the opportunity to reflect on some of the many facets of stewardship in conjunction with the Rogation Days which led up to the Ascension. We considered the harvests of work and of ministry; the conduct of our business, labor, and patronage; and the care of that which is entrusted to us.
 
To these central themes, we may add the call to be faithful givers in season and out. When it comes to the concrete stewardship of our resources on behalf of the life and work of the church, the principles ever remain the same:
  • We give first to God (Proverbs 3:9).
  • We give fully to God in the tithe or 10% (Malachi 3:10).
  • We give freely to God from a cheerful and trusting heart (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
 
The Lord does not need for us to give him anything as if he were lacking something that we might have. Rather, it is we who are ever in need of being givers that we might remember that we are stewards, and by our giving firstly, fully, and freely to God, we live and act on faith that it is God alone who provides more than we could ask or imagine. 
 
As was reiterated at our Annual Meeting a couple of weeks ago, it is by our fidelity to God and to one another that we have weathered this past year so well. As we move closer and closer to a full reopening, we look to a new beginning; and the call to faithful stewardship in all of its forms is as important now and in the days to come as ever.
  
Parish Covid Policies
 
Many of us find ourselves wondering how we are to go forward in the days ahead, the new normal which is beginning to unfold. That sentiment was not unfamiliar to the disciples as they too contemplated a new normal in the wake of the Ascension.
 
Just as they waited in Jerusalem to see what was in store for them, I ask you to wait with me as we attempt to discern the way forward once more. This coming week the Vestry will weigh in on the many changes to public policies and health guidelines, and next weekend I will lay out for you what those changes look like and mean for us here at St. Andrew’s. Until then, I am asking that we continue to follow the policies that have been in place to date, and I thank you for your patience and understanding.
[ENS] The Episcopal Church greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend, designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. The weekend of virtual events includes --
  • Friday, May 21, 8 p.m. EDT: Vigil of Hope hosted by Washington National Cathedral
  • Saturday, May 22, 6-7:30 p.m. EDT: Concert for the Human Family and “From Many, One” Community Conversations
  • Sunday, May 23, 4-5:30 p.m. EDT: Churchwide Pentecost Revival Worship from Philadelphia, Navajoland, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“Pentecost is the season when we celebrate the birth of the church and the Spirit landing on the glorious diversity of God’s people,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “Thanks to vaccinations and CDC recommendations, it’s also the moment when lots of our churches can finally open their arms more fully to the public. We want to mark this moment of renewal with a revival and pray that God would rain blessing, guidance, and power down on all people.”

Curry has led revivals across the church since early in his term. With the advent of pandemics, he and his team have partnered with groups like Washington National Cathedral, the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast, and the Union of Black Episcopalians to host virtual revivals and prayer services.

The Pentecost Way of Love Revival Weekend begins with a Vigil of Hope hosted virtually by Washington National Cathedral. The service – which starts Friday, May 21, at 6 p.m. EDT – will provide a prayerful space where we can acknowledge the pain of pandemic and racial strife and look with hope to future reopening and healing. Learn more at https://cathedral.org/event/vigil-of-hope. Click here to continue.)
Book Fair Final Report

Cindy Reinhardt reports that the final total for the May Book Fair was $2,443.75. Unfortunately, there were a number of no-shows which affected total sales.
Parish Notes

  • The spring United Thank Offering Ingathering will occur again this Sunday. Envelopes are available in the narthex. Contributions may be placed in the offering plate on these two Sundays or mailed to the church; just be sure to identify your gift is for the UTO. Online contributions can be made unitedthankoffering.com/give/. 100% of UTO gifts support worthy projects of TEC.

  • Study of the Parables: This Easter study class continues on Wednesdays. The class is based on a series by Dr. Garwood Anderson of Nashotah House and will include a presentation and discussion. As with previous studies, the study will be online via Zoom with materials including audio of the class available on the church’s website. Link.

  • Zoom Lunch Chat - Parishioners, especially Charlie's Lunch Bunch aficionados, are invited to gather at their PCs, tablets, or phones twice a month on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. to visit over lunch. The next date is Tuesday, May 18. Link. Prior parishioners or clergy are welcome!

  • The Bohn plant sale has been closed but will reopen Tuesday, May 18.

  • The new parish directory delivery has been delayed while additional parishioner information is being gathered. If your contact information or address has changed, email your updates to info@standrews-edwardsville.com.
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