13th Century Deesis mosaic of Christ in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, August 23
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, August 23
In person worship at 8 a.m.
Open to twenty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • August 23, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Coffee Hour via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.

  • Communion will be distributed on the back lawn of the church from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Worship Information: Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost
The Holy Gospel | Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Schedule for the Week of August 23

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • The Feast of St. Bartholomew, Monday
  • Compline, Monday, 7 p.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer w/Reflection, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer w/Reflection, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer w/Reflection, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Rector's Chat, Thursday: Suspended until further notice.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. - Morning Prayer with Great Litany
  • Saturday, 7 p.m. – Compline

Blessing of the School Year

As we enter into another school year, I would normally invite students and teachers, from pre-K to postgraduates, to bring their backpacks, bookbags, briefcases, etc. that we might bless them. While we may not be under normal circumstances, we will still take time this Sunday to pray over students, teachers, and their families. 

The school year is a busy time, and with it comes additional concerns and preparations this time around. As we get started, we will pause so that we may recognize and invite God to be a part of the year ahead, seeking him in the beginning so that we may continue to know him in the middle and through till the end. Through our prayers this weekend, we will celebrate God's gifts to us with respect to who we are and what we have. We give him thanks and pray that we may use all of his gifts to his honor and glory.

In the blessing of that which is ordinary for the work of God, we are reminded of the Incarnation, wherein the Son of God came among us as one of us. The Word of God took human flesh to dwell with us, and we recall how something like the cross can be transformed by God into the most beautiful symbol of mercy, hope, grace, faith, and love. 
So this Sunday we bless our things, our time, and our lives to the purposes of God in the school year ahead. In these blessings, as in our regular return to the Lord and our worship of him, we find God renewing his creation, sanctifying the time in our lives, and ever drawing us near to himself even as he first drew near to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

May we all have a blessed school year!

-Fr. Ben
Banns of Marriage
I publish the Banns of Marriage between Adams Douglas and Shelby Vincent. If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the first time of asking. (BCP, p. 437)
I also invite you to share with me in praying for the couple as we prepare for the celebration of this Sacrament to occur on September 12, 2020 here at St. Andrew's. May God richly bless Adam and Shelby that their marriage may be a blessing to them and to all those around them. 
Vestry Meeting Highlights

Fr. Ben called the August 20 meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. In attendance at Pearson Parish Hall were Walter Bohn, Bill Schafer and Velma Schmidt. Attending via Zoom were Riley Atwood, Kevin Babb, Marty Cavanaugh, Donna Ireland, Brian Pezza, and Marian Smithson. Andy Mills was unable to attend.

Father Ben reported that he will be taking some vacation days in the coming week as some from his family will be visiting. He reflected that with the Covid-19 controls being put in place for Madison County this week, it appeared St. Andrew's will not be opening the Sunday 10 a.m. service to the public for a month or more. Also, a new family with a baby is currently attending the 8 a.m. service; their last name is Hilton.

Treasurer Riley Atwood distributed and discussed reports comparing this year's financial outlook with last year's at the same time. He also indicated he was assisting Fr. Ben purchase a new PC from Dell that will be of assistance in sharing Sunday services via livestream.

Committees: Brian Pezza, Education, indicated discussion was occurring about what would be done for school age children this fall. Marian Smithson, Communications, indicated updates were made to the parish website to have it in sync with the latest Covid-19 information and that the newsletter open rate remains high--65 to 70 percent. After a brief discussion, it was determined that Brian Pezza should cancel the Township Park reservation for this year due to Covid-19 concerns.

Old Business:
  1. After discussion, approval was given to the purchase of a fire alarm system for the church. Riley will purchase and approve the new system and set it up.
  2. Marian Smithson reported that, following approval of the new License for a Columbarium Niche and related policies, she had provided updated paperwork to Donna Ireland and Sue Buckley. Other subscribers will also receive updated materials. Also, Kevin Babb had assisted in the completion and notarizing of the forms going to the State Comptroller's Office for the Columbarium. Additional work in updating and filing forms with the State will continue under Marian's oversight.
  3. Those present approved the purchase of Zoom software for the parish. Fr. Ben will oversee this purchase.
  4. Brian Pezza initiated discussion of the parish's presence in social media.
  5. Discussion occurred regarding timely deposit of checks left at the office. Riley is looking into having the counters take care of depositing these as it is inappropriate for him to be counting and depositing these funds.
The next vestry meeting will be September 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Summary prepared by M. Smithson, following discussion with Marty Cavanaugh,
Clerk of the Parish.
Stepping Back

When St. Andrew’s newsletter was launched, Jane, one of its editors, thought its content was embarrassingly sparse and asked me if I would produce some historical filler. I agreed, although at first it felt like donating books to occupy the empty shelves of a furniture store’s book cases.

Now, over two years and more than 100 “From the Archives” articles later, the newsletter is flourishing with an abundance of material. I, on the other hand, am conscious of having less than an abundance of time to accomplish some things that I’ve neglected for far too long. Consequently, I need to take an extended break from weekly contributions to the newsletter.

I am grateful for the opportunity that Marian, Marianne and Jane have provided for me to write on St. Andrew’s rich history and to the History Committee for making sources accessible. Mother Bennett and Father Weissman, by far our longest-serving rectors, have often graciously contributed their institutional memories and theological insights. I am grateful, too, to those readers, both parishioners and friends of St. Andrew’s, who’ve told me they’ve enjoyed my humble efforts. I hope the results have had some value but, in any case, I’ve had fun. Maybe too much!

- Jim Weingartner

We editors--Marian, Marianne, and Jane--thank Jim for his many, many contributions to the newslettter.

This is the last week to donate for this year’s Relay for Life!

As all of our fundraisers had to be canceled this year, we are unlikely to meet our annual goal, but we’d like to give it a shot! Please go to http://main.acsevents.org/goto/standrews-edwardsville if you wish to donate directly to our team, or if you prefer to donate by check, please contact Elizabeth Donald at elizabethdonald@yahoo.com to arrange to get the check into our donation packet.

As ACS has closed its Maryville office, all donations must now be mailed in, so our packet must be sent in the next week. Thank you for your support of St. Andrew’s Relay for Life!

 -Elizabeth Donald
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 Editor, Marianne Cavanaugh
Newsletter Editor and Designer, 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