Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday Live 10 a.m.
Worship Notes
May 10, The Fifth 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 following the service
Worship Information: Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Holy Gospel | John 14:1-14

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
Weekday Schedule for the week of May 10
  • Morning Prayer, 9 a.m. daily
  • Compline/Evening Prayer, 7 p.m. daily
  • Chat with Fr. Ben via Zoom, Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • Midday Moments, live on Facebook three times weekly at 12 noon
Thanks to Pat Rudloff for setting up our first Zoom "Chat with the Rector" last Thursday. About seven parishioners joined the discussion, touching on a wide variety of topics, including my work on the tractor purchased with my new home and greatly needed to mow four acres! Please join us this coming Thursday at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

Zoom link for Thursday https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82821788928

Meeting ID: 828 2178 8928
Attend Jim Gillentine's Virtual Graduation!

Jimmie Gillentine invites everyone at St. Andrew's to his virtual graduation on Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. Link: Jimmie Gillentine invites everyone at St. Andrew's to his virtual graduation on Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. Link:  http://siue.edu/virtual-commencement/…
Cleansing the Temple

Between 1959 and 1972, St. Andrew’s Women’s Guild operated a resale shop in the basement of the rectory, offering donated clothing and household items to the Edwardsville community at bargain prices. During that period, it generated an income that was the equivalent of about $62,000 in today’s dollars.

Although the resale shop may have been an irritation and inconvenience to the priests who resided in the rectory, it was accepted or at least tolerated by Frs. Lyons, Whitcroft and Pearson. Not so Fr. Pullin who, it should be noted in fairness was, unlike his predecessors, married with children.

In June 1972 Pullin ordered the shop to be closed. While recognizing the dedication of the women who operated the shop and expressing gratitude for the revenue which the shop produced, Pullin declared its continued operation to be unacceptable. The shop might be in violation of state and municipal fire regulations, he suggested, and might expose the church to legal jeopardy in case of injuries to customers. Insurance costs might increase as a result. Then, too, Pullin observed somewhat condescendingly, the shop absorbed the women’s energy and creativity, qualities which might be put to more constructive use.

But these objections were secondary to what Fr. Pullin claimed to find primarily unacceptable in the continued operation of the shop. It was, he argued, in violation of Christian principles. Christ admonished us to sell what we have and give it to the poor, not give what we have and sell it to the poor.
Pullin offered no evidence to support his claim that the shop might be in violation of fire regulations and could expose the church to higher insurance costs, although neither is implausible. And were the patrons of the shop in fact “poor,” or simply bargain hunters? The vestry meeting, at which the rector presented his case and at which the women, represented by Eleanor Schweizer and Louise Mudge, offered arguments in favor of the shop’s continuation, was apparently a tumultuous one.

The minutes explain that Pullin terminated the discussion by citing Canon 10, Section 2, of the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield: “For the purposes of his office and for the full and free discharge of all functions and duties pertaining thereto, the Rector shall, at all times, be entitled to the use and control of the Church and parish with the appurtenances and furniture thereof.”* Fr. Pullin concluded with an imperious invitation to the vestry “to pass a resolution endorsing this decision, but in no case altering it.” In the meaningless vote that followed, 4 vestry members voted in support of it, 2 voted against, and 2 abstained.

I will leave it to the diocesan chancellor to offer an opinion as to the canonical legitimacy of Pullin’s action, as there seems (to this layman’s eye) some room for interpretation. But even if one has authority, wisdom sometimes lies in not exercising it.
-Jim Weingartner

*These provisions are now embodied in Canon 9, Section 2.

Fr. Ralph McMichael to Jane Weingartner:
Good to hear about my friends at St. Andrew’s. You and your cohorts are doing a great job on the newsletter and magazine. I’m an avid reader of both.
Blessings, Ralph 
Cindy Yelverton Thank You: I would like to thank my St. Andrew’s family for your calls, emails, lovely cards and prayers for me and my family at this difficult time. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are much appreciated. God bless you all. -Cindy Yelverton

New Mini-Magazine Needs Your Pictures!

We're glad everyone enjoyed the last issue of In Touch , our new parish mini-magazine. We had lots of positive comments on the last issue that included the Pet Parade. Issue Six will be published Wednesday, May 20. The special feature for the next issue is "How does your garden grow?" Tell us what you are planting or what is already blooming in your garden, plus send your pictures to Marian at info@standrews-edwardsville.com by end of day on Sunday, May 17.

-Jane, Marian, Marianne
Pastoral Care Support

For those who need help getting groceries, medicines or other supplies, contact one of these members of the Pastoral Care Committee.
  • Mary Caspers
  • Marianne Cavanaugh
  • Nancy Dickens
  • Julie Hamilton
  • Meg Solon
  • Kay Werner

These volunteers will appreciate advance notice of your needs (24-48 hours) so that volunteers can fit the delivery into their schedules.
Stewardship: Online Giving
 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