Sunday, September 9, Fall Service Schedule Returns

8:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Said)
10:00 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Sung)

Church School resumes Sundays at 10 a.m. and childcare is available at 9:45 a.m.
Worship notes | Sunday, September 9
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Collect:
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A men.

This week’s lessons: Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, (11-13) 14-17; Mark 7:24-37

The Epistle
“If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?” James 2:15-16
The Gospel |Mark 7:24-37
Jesus Makes the Deaf to Hear and the Mute to Speak

Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
The Week of September 9

Sunday, 8 a.m., The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Sunday, 9 a.m., Choir rehearsal
Sunday, 10 a.m., The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Childcare available 8:45 a.m.
Church school resumes.

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 819
Tuesday, 10 a.m. Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Charlie’s Lunch Bunch at Sugo’s
Wednesday, 8 a.m., The Holy Eucharist, Rite II; no yoga class at 8:30 a.m.
Getting to Know You!

Erin Harris, her parents, and siblings lived in Edwardsville and were members of St. Andrews when she was growing up. When she was older, Erin moved away but came back to the Metro East in 2017. Both Erin and her son, Harris , are “Cradle-Episcopalians” and love the traditions they have both been raised in. St. Andrews was the first congregation she had in mind to reconnect with as she and her son Harris began a new life chapter together in Edwardsville.

Erin graduated from Lindenwood University last December with her Master’s Degree in professional counseling and has chosen a career as a Group Home Clinician in Waterloo for Human Support Services. She is also a certified yoga instructor for the YMCA in Columbia and has been teaching yoga in surrounding communities for over seven years.
She is anticipating beginning her doctoral program through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in January to start her journey to a Ph.D. in Business Organizational Psychology. Harris attends preschool at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Waterloo (where they currently reside) and is the prayer leader for the classroom. He loves arts and crafts, musical instruments, sports, and their pet Ruby, an African Grey Parrot.
During their leisure time, they spend their days outdoors and with family and friends. Erin trains and races in triathlons and Harris is anticipating his first toddler-tri in the very near future. Erin and Harris love being a part of the supportive and warm community of the church and the surrounding local area and thrive with the strength and love felt through God and his followers.
Note: Many St. Andrew’s parishioners may remember Erin’s father from the time when he was a member of the parish and also taking classes at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. Later Fr. Harris was the parish priest for St. Thomas in Glen Carbon. He is now Rector of St. Anne Episcopal Church in DeSoto, Texas.
Quilt Guild Begins Planning for March Quilt Show

St. Andrew's Quilt Guild met recently to do early planning for their annual quilt show which will be held on the first Friday-Saturday-Sunday of March (March 1-2-3) in 2019. Parishioners and community members are welcome to join the Guild. Between now and March they will be meeting in work sessions to create Quilts of Valor for presentation to area veterans at the show.

Publicity to invite Metro East quilters and fabric artists to register show entries will be going out soon. The deadline for entry registrations is February 18, 2019 and the form for registration will be available on St. Andrew's website at

Show participants will be asked to consider creating a "Masterpiece Challenge," a fabric art project based on an artistic masterpiece such as the works of Monet, Rembrandt or VanGogh. The show will also feature a special exhibit of works done with Batik fabrics and information on how Batik fabrics are made.

For further information, contact Liz Edwards at or LaVernn Wilson at
On Diversity

Diversity is a much sought-after goal in our society. The subject of diversity arose in correspondence in 1980 between St. Andrew’s Father Stephen Weissman and Father Michael Becker, who had briefly been St. Andrew’s rector in 1942. By 1980, Becker was rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Weissman had commented to Becker on the diversity of St. Andrew’s congregation at that time. Becker responded:

“We too are anything but monochrome here at St. Mark’s, having about every type of person one finds in the middle of a large eastern city….I am reminded of something said by Bishop Michael Marshall about the ‘community’ of the Church. He said it is a given community—we do not select its members; God does. I think such diversity is a very good sign that you really are God’s community, and not a ‘club’ which is so often the case; that is, a community of like-minded people who all share common interests and agree…. But today’s economic and social changes have more-or-less forced us to accept God’s kind of church in place of the one we would like it to be if we were designing it. I think we have to remind ourselves over and over again that it is God’s Church, and to show the world that the community of the Church is what the world ought to be like.”

Is the St. Andrew’s of 2018 “God’s Church” in the sense that Becker defined it?
–Jim Weingartner

Special Talent Needed
Our parish is in need of someone who knows American Sign Language for a couple who have moved into the area and would like to attend St. Andrew’s. Please contact me or one of the editors (see below for e-mail addresses) if you have suggestions. -Mary Bohn

Charlie’s Lunch Bunch
Sept 11 th is the monthly St. Andrew’s luncheon at Sugo’s restaurant (243 Harvard drive in Edwardsville - just behind Wild Wings). I hope to see everyone there. –Ken Kelley

Coffee Hour
Volunteers are still needed for Coffee Hour for the following Sundays:
Oct. 7, 14, 21,
Nov. 11, 18, 25
Dec. 12, 16, 23, and 30.
Thanks to everyone who brought finger foods for the Bishop’s reception and particularly to Lyndia Pezza, Brian Pezza, Nichole DeWall, Graham, and Helen who truly made it a family affair. –Pat Rudloff

Book Club
The Book Club selection for the month of September is Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna Stratton. There is still plenty of time to check this book out of the Edwardsville Library and read it for our meeting on Monday, September 17th.
–Pat Rudloff

A New Year for Scouting at St. Andrew’s
Girl Scout Troop 819 (with a membership of 17 fourth graders) is back, and parishioners extend a warm welcome to them. In September the troop meets on the 10 th and 24 th . Subsequent meetings will take place on the first and third Mondays of the month.
–Liz McKenney

Credit should have been given to Edwardsville’s 4 th Ward Alderman S.J. Morrison for the text of the article on Fredna Scroggins’ award. The editors regret the error.
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