Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday Live 10 a.m.
Worship Notes
April 26, The Third Sunday of Easter
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II Live via Facebook
The Holy Eucharist, 11:20 a.m., Rite II, recording of 10 a.m. service available
Fr. Ben Hankinson officiating

Coffee Hour via Zoom, 11:30 a.m. (See below.)
Worship Information: Third Sunday of Easter

The Holy Gospel | Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. The Gospel continues here .
Coffee Hour via Zoom

Pat Rudloff has scheduled coffee hour via Zoom for Sundays following the 10 a.m. service. We hope you will join other parishioners for this virtual social gathering one hour each Sunday.

To participate, install the Zoom app on your mobile phone by going to your phone's app store. Once installed, open the app and copy or enter this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84543607489 .

Subsequently click on "Join a meeting" and "Join with Video." You may also need to approve that the call uses internet audio. Several parishioners enjoyed visiting last Sunday. We hope you will join us this Sunday!
Weekday Schedule for the week of April 26
  • Morning Prayer, 9 a.m. daily
  • Compline/Evening Prayer, 7 p.m. daily
  • Midday Moments, live on Facebook three times weekly at 12 noon
Highlights of April 23rd Vestry Meeting

  • Rector's Report: Fr. Ben indicated he is officially in his new home in Moro, the online services are going well and others in the diocese are attending online, expressed appreciation to Marian Smithson for her work to provide Holy Week and Easter service information to the congregation, and announced the bishop will not be coming in May. Also, Fr. Ben is doing pastoral visits by phone in most cases.

  • Approval was given to the Men's Group to purchase a commercial dishwasher, using funds they have accumulated in recent year.

  • Walter Bohn, Junior Warden, presented information on capping fixtures in the two old bathrooms in the undercroft, plus replacing the water heater. Funding for his proposal was approved. The approximate cost is $2,000+.

  • Parish insurance policy will cover most of roof repair costs following the recent hail storm. Walter Bohn is waiting for a formal bid from Schoen, who has agreed to do the job for same amount as the insurance.

  • Treasurer Riley Atwood provided financial reports which were approved. He noted that many March contributions were deposited in April. Also, Riley was approved to apply for temporary funding from the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP) which is a loan designed to provide an incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA will forgive all loans if employees are kept on the payroll for 8 weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

  • Communication Update: Marian Smithson indicated she would be sharing detailed stats on communications activity in the past month but that, in general, the reader rate for the last 30 days was 70% with certain mailings, like In Touch, having reader rates as high as 93%.

  • Gina Hilberry, who was the architect for the church addition, has agreed to review parking lot information this summer that was previously prepared and help develop a plan. She will not charge for her services. Liz Edwards and Sue Buckley have volunteered to assist with this.

  • For now, the parish picnic is still scheduled for June 7 at Township Park.

  • The next vestry meeting will be on May 28.
Buy Plants at Bohn’s Farm

Call Walter Bohn at 618-920-0189 to make an appointment to visit the greenhouse at 1656 Pleasant Ridge in Maryville and pick out vegetables and herbs for your garden and hanging baskets for the porch or entryway. Please bring cash or a check. All sales benefit St. Andrew’s.

New Mini-Magazine Needs Your Pictures!

We're glad everyone is enjoying In Touch , our new parish mini-magazine. Thanks very much to those who contributed to Issue Four. We will not publish an issue the week of April 26 but will publish Issue Five mid-week the following week. We challenge parishioners to share pictures of themselves and their furry family members. Send your pictures to info@standrews-edwardsville.com by Saturday, May 2.

Jane, Marianne, Marian
Stewardship: Online Giving

Thank you to the many parishioners who are sending their offering checks to the church and contributing online regularly. In spite of our required social distancing, we hope everyone will remember that Saint Andrew's still pays utilities, salaries, insurance and other to sustain our parish ministries. For those who prefer online giving, go to standrews-edwardsville.com/stewardship/ and click on the link to the online form for making your contribution. Send questions to info@standrews-edwardsville.com.
Archbishop Laud Comes to
Saint Andrew’s (Part II)

Fr. Steve Weissman, our rector from 1975 to 1990, provides an answer to last week’s question of what made the Laudian style altar cloth “Laudian.”

“The shape, the materials and the position of altars were a contentious issue during the English Reformation,” Weissman explains. Pre-Reformation altars had been long, narrow, stone affairs that were positioned against the eastern wall at churches’ extreme fronts. After the death of Henry VIII, who had rejected papal supremacy but who was otherwise theologically conservative, people more attuned to Calvinist ideas as were the Puritans and regarding those altars as unwelcome residues of “popery,” replaced them with wooden tables moved out into churches’ choirs. Weissman continues: “When James I (1603-1625) and Charles I (1625-1649) reigned, a conservative reaction took place. Wm. Laud was one of its leaders. He advocated that the wooden Holy Tables be pushed back against the east walls of churches, and he covered them with long, heavy cloths …so that they looked more like the medieval stone altars….”
St. Andrew’s Laudian altar cloth was woven by Betty Beard, wife of an SIUE administrator. It was created in consultation with Fr. Weissman, the Altar Guild, and Senior Warden Miriam Burns as a memorial to Judi Neudecker’s parents, long-time members of our parish*, at a cost of $1500, the equivalent of nearly double that sum today.

Like its namesake, it proved to be problematic. Not realizing that it was a memorial gift and finding it of a “dreadful” color and a tripping hazard to boot, Mother Bennett donated it and other liturgical items to needy churches in Newfoundland.

Can St. Andrew’s learn anything useful from “The Affair of the Laudian Altar Cloth?” Here are a couple of possible lessons:
  • It’s important to keep careful and easily-consulted records of memorial gifts.
  • The acquisition of an item associated with someone as controversial as Laud might be fated to turn out badly. Although he may have judged him too harshly, the late Cambridge University historian Patrick Collinson has called Laud “the greatest calamity ever visited upon the English Church.”

-Jim Weingartner

*Their identity is uncertain. Fr. Weissman suggests that the parents being memorialized may have been Minnie and Addis Choate.

Thanks to Father Weissman, Mother Bennett, Miriam Burns, and Fredna Scroggins for contributing information for this article.
Pastoral Care Support

Fr. Ben encourages parishioners to contact him if pastoral counseling is desired. His email address is rector@standrews-edwardsville.com and his cell phone is 843-610-5129.

For those who need help getting groceries, medicines or other supplies, we are very grateful that five members of the Pastoral Care Ministry have volunteered to pick up and deliver supplies to parishioners:

  • Marianne Cavanaugh: 618-550-8321
  • Nancy Dickens: 618-292-8036
  • Julie Hamilton: 618-656-8177
  • Meg Solon: 618-660-6739
  • Kay Werner: 618-979-1131

These volunteers will appreciate advance notice of your needs (24-48 hours) so that volunteers can fit the delivery into their schedules.
 The St. Andrew's Week-End Update , a weekly emailed newsletter, is designed to update parishioners on church activities. Please send news items to Jane Weingartner
by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.
Newsletter Editor Jane Weingartner
Newsletter & Bulletin Editor Marianne Cavanaugh
Newsletter Design Editor, Marian Smithson
Important links:
St. Andrew's website:  standrews-edwardsville.com
Diocese of Springfield:  episcopalspringfield.org
The Episcopal Church:  episcopalchurch.org
Living Church:  livingchurch.org
Episcopal News Service:  episcopalnewsservice.org