March 15, Third Sunday in Lent

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II

Fr. George Pence, officiating
Farewell reception for Fr. George, 11:15 a.m.

Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
The Collect:
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42

“Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Romans 5:1-5
The Gospel |John 4:5-42
The Samaritan Woman at The Well

Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

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Schedule for the week of March 15
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group

Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Noonday Prayer and Lenten Study
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., Lenten Study and Evening Prayer followed by celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Vestry

Online parish calendar:
The Season of Lent

+Weekly Lenten Studies and Services
The Lenten Study Series, centered around our Holy Week journey from Palm Sunday to Easter with a focus on the liturgy and symbolism of what we do and why, continues on Wednesday, March 18. Classes are 45 minutes and offered at 1 and 6 p.m. covering the same material. The 1 p.m. class begins with Noonday Prayer and wraps up by 2 p.m. The 6 p.m. class is followed by Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.

+Reconciliation of a Penitent
Have you considered Reconciliation of a Penitent, aka Confession, as we begin Lent? If you would like to discuss Reconciliation, see some preparatory materials, or schedule a Confession, please contact Fr. Ben.
From the Rector: The Corana Virus and Our Worship

Just a reminder -- we need to be mindful about how we approach our corporate life together in this time of spreading illness. Consequently, I’d like to reiterate a few points:

  • If you are sick or think you might be, please stay home. Please contact me if you are in need of receiving a home visit.

  • If you come to church, you are welcome to receive Communion in one kind only. We believe that Christ is fully present when we receive only one of the two elements. While we are not withholding the chalice for those who wish to drink from it, everyone is asked to please refrain from intinction until further notice.

  • Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after church and limit your interpersonal contact during your time here, being especially conscious of this at the Peace and when entering and leaving. Hand sanitizer is a helpful supplement to (not replacement of) hand washing. If you bring some with you, please use it.

We will continue to worship throughout this time. If you feel the need to stay away for any reason, please do not cease to lift up your hearts in worship even though you may be separated from us for a time. God is faithful and has called us to be as well. Let us offer our prayers and praise in season and out that the Lord may be glorified in all that we say and do. 

In addition to our regular Sunday schedule, I will offer a live-stream of Morning Prayer on Facebook at 9 a.m. Unfortunately, there are those who will need or choose to be absent from us due to illness or being at high risk. The stream will be available on Facebook throughout the day if you are unable to join live.

Please be aware as you enter and leave the church on Sunday morning that this will be taking place in the Chancel. You are welcome to join in person if you choose. A recording of Fr. Pence’s sermon will hopefully be available as well, technology cooperating. 

-Fr. Ben

From the editors -- Links to online worship.
Scroggins Named to Bishop Election Committee

Parishioner Fredna Scroggins has been named to the recently formed Election Committee for the Diocese. The Committee is charged to assist in the selection of our twelfth bishop by facilitating the process of nomination, election, and consecration that will result in the installation of a new bishop.

Nominations will open May 1 and will close June 1, 2020. T he slate will be finalized at the Nominating Synod, which will be held in conjunction with the Diocesan Synod on October 2-3, 2020. Background checks will need to be completed and nominee materials compiled so the nominee names can be announced on August 3, 2020.

Very soon parishioners will be receiving a survey via email and be asked to complete it prayerfully, but quickly (by April 1, 2020). This input is essential to determine the characteristics and qualities our new bishop should manifest, as well as the spiritual growth and direction for our diocese. After listening to everyone, a diocesan profile can be developed which we will disseminate to educate potential candidates.
St. Andrew’s and “The Big One (Part II)

As noted in the last installment, while World War II did not pass unnoticed by the women of the Guild, the well-being of St. Andrew’s remained their overriding concern. A summary of Guild activities for 1944 noted that “The principal effort of the Guild was directed toward the overcoming of faults that bring discord to a parish and toward the development of Christian fellowship.” The dysfunction hinted at in the summary would be expressed with greater clarity in the new year.

At its April 1945 meeting, Guild members elected Dorothy Metcalfe to serve as the bearer of “suggestions” to the parish. St. Andrew’s “should be run as a business-like organization,” the Guild proposed, and the vestry should “hold regular meetings, keep a record of meetings, and report on action taken….” Moreover, inasmuch as the women’s organization was “in close touch with the needs and conditions of the church,” not only should women’s representatives be welcomed at vestry meetings, but prior to the next synod the vestry should meet with Guild representatives to “try and solve some of the problems of the church.” One of them appears to have been Fr. Hay. “We need more pastoral care.”

The Guild’s “suggestions” indicate a parish that was in serious disarray, perhaps as a consequence of the war. As previously noted, a sizeable fraction of Edwardsville’s population was in uniform and many others were working long hours in war-related industries. St. Andrew’s parishioners were no doubt well-represented in these categories, and the normal functioning of the church may have suffered as a result. Fr. Hay, moreover, was apparently well advanced in years and possibly past his prime.
The women’s case was presented at a parish meeting four days later, with the result that the vestry committed itself to meeting every two months, while Fr. Hay resolved to spend the whole of every Tuesday at St. Andrew’s, conducting a 9:30 a.m. service and spending the rest of the day visiting with parishioners.

If not quite a female coup d’état, it appears that St. Andrew’s women recognized an absence of effective leadership and stepped into the breach. World War II would end with Allied victory four months later. Our women’s victory in the form of admission to the vestry as full voting members would be delayed another 23 years. -Jim Weingartner 
Getting to Know YOU: Carl and Margaret Slaughter

Who is the couple that recently began attending St. Andrew's but whom many people seem to know them already? Carl and Margaret Slaughter attended St. Andrew's several years in the past and have now returned. The Slaughters grew up in the East Alton and Wood River area, both graduating from East Alton-Wood River Community High School.

Carl and Margaret have lived in the Bethalto area for over 28 years. Carl has been the IT Administrator at Midwest Members Credit Union in Wood River for many years. Carl became an Episcopalian when he was baptized on April 6, 1996 and confirmed on August 25, 1996 at St. Andrew’s. In the past. Carl has served in various areas of church ministry, including serving on the vestry and as acolyte master. Carl also attended what is known as the School of Ministry in Springfield in pursuit of ordained ministry. 

Margaret is a Cradle Episcopalian and attended St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Wood River where she was baptized and confirmed. Margaret worked in the health care field working at Blu Fountain Manor, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Alton, and Wood River Hospital. In later years she worked in a day care and also a group home for the mentally challenged.
While attending St. Andrew’s in previous years she served as Altar Guild Director.

Welcome back, Carl and Margaret!
M oving Help for Fr. Ben 
Many thanks to those who have offered to help Fr. Ben unload his moving truck. Due to the high probability of rain on Saturday, we will postpone the unload until Sunday afternoon, beginning around 2:00 p.m. If you'd like to help, please be aware that parking is limited so carpool if possible. The address is 8111 N. State Route 159. Look for the U-Haul truck on the left as you head north.

Book Club to Read Book
by Masih Alinejad
The book selection for the group's next meeting on Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m. is Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masiih Alinejad.

Send Birthday Greetings
to Sarah Turner
Longtime member Sarah Turner will be celebrating her 89th birthday on March 30. Sarah is in California to be near her family but would be happy to hear from her many St. Andrew’s friends. Her address is 12291 Newport Avenue, Sunrise Senior Living #64, Santa Ana, California 92703-3205.

American Sign Language
Are you or is someone you know interested in learning American Sign Language? An opportunity has arisen for free classes with Paige Eavenson, a deaf educator and niece of Cindy Reinhardt. If this is something that appeals to you or someone else, contact Cindy to express your interest or ask any questions. 
Relay for Life
It’s time again for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Day at Busch Stadium! The game is Sunday, August 16 at 1:15 p.m. vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tickets are $20 and include early admission to the stadium, admission to pre-game activities and a free hot dog and soda. Activities include player autographs and photos, dugout tours, the outfield parade, etc. The giveaway will be a batting practice hat for adults and kids, free ice cream before the game and it’s a “kids run the bases” day as well.

Please order your ticket through St. Andrew’s! You might get an email from the American Cancer Society, but you have to order through us for St. Andrew’s to get the credit toward our fundraising goal. Please let Elizabeth know ASAP how many tickets you might want so she can reserve them; you will need to pay by May first.

Also: This year’s Relay event will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 30, at Edwardsville City Park. We also need help with the May Author Fair and Cafe coming up on May 2-3, so if you’re interested in helping us raise money for ACS, please contact Elizabeth at !

Coffee Hour
A Coffee Hour volunteer is still needed for March 29.
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