April 28, Second Sunday of Easter

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

Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
Worship notes

The Collect:
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Acts 5:27-32
When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’ 
Gospel John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Schedule for the week of April 28

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 12 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite 11
Tuesday, 1 p.m., Bible Study
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Bible Study
Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Book Fair
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Gardening Angels (weather permitting)
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., Book & Author Fair with Relay Café

Rector’s office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m

See the parish's online calendar at standrews-edwardsville.com/events !
Bishop Martin Visits Sunday, April 28

Bishop Daniel Martins makes his annual visit to St. Andrew’s this coming Sunday and will officiate at Sunday's service, including the confirmation of Mike Smithson. Come to welcome our new confirmand, and enjoy brunch in the parish hall following the 10 a.m. service.
St. Andrew's Spring Book Sale, Annual Author Fa ir, and Relay Café Coming First Weekend in May!

Be sure to mark your calendar for St. Andrew’s Spring Book Sale. You’ll find plenty of options for summer reading. Book Sale hours are Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the book sale, on Saturday from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., local authors will sell and sign their books at the annual Saint Andrew’s Author Fair in Pearson Hall while the Relay Café offers hot dogs, chili and baked goods from the church kitchen to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The Author Fair and Relay Café will operate only on Saturday. Coffee and doughnuts will be available for sale on Saturday morning, with chili and hot dogs starting about 11 a.m.
This event has helped the St. Andrew’s Relay for Life team raise nearly $40,000 for the American Cancer Society since its inception in 2005.

This year’s participants include local authors Sela Carsen, Jim Gillentine, Ticia Rani, Adrienne Ruvalcaba, Diane Anderson, Charles Schwend, and author/journalists Elizabeth Donald and Ruth Thaler-Carter. Please come to say hello and talk to the authors about their works! Watch for a special email that includes information about this year's authors!
Special note: Elizabeth Donald, who is coordinating the Author Fair and Café, needs additional volunteers to help with the Author Fair and Cafe on May 4. Please contact her at elizabethdonald@aol.com if you can help.
Also, Cindy Reinhardt, Book Sale Coordinator, needs someone who can lift boxes of books on Saturday morning of the sale. Contact her at cynreinhardt@gmail.com.
The Window’s Ray

Ray Charles Harmon was a St. Andrew’s parishioner from 1997 until his death ten years later. We can only speculate as to his reasons for dedicating a window to the memory of a 17 th century Anglican bishop of whom most of us have probably never heard. But Ray was kind of an enigmatic guy.

We know that he was born in St. Louis in 1929 and at the age of 11 moved with his parents to Staunton, the site of his home when he was a member of St. Andrew’s. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. The only occupation he ever talked about was as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service, although he seemed to lack the predatory qualities of the stereotypical IRS operative. He traveled widely, at least in part on official business, and brought back many artifacts, some of which adorn our church.

He was unmarried and didn’t speak of a family. As far as we knew, Ray was all there was, except for a much-beloved cat. He apparently assisted in writing biographical sketches of parishioners for our then monthly newsletter, The Shield , but supplied none on himself. There was enough of mystery about him to encourage good-humored speculation that maybe he was really an undercover CIA agent (thanks go to JoAnn Nabe for this tidbit).
The personality that Ray projected would have been an effective cover for a “spook.” He was friendly and unfailingly cheerful and had a reputation as an excellent cook. There was also an air of disarming naiveté about Ray. An example I recall occurred while he and I served on the vestry. Bishop Beckwith had made his annual visit to St. Andrew’s and, as was his custom, met with the vestry after the service. As we were chatting prior to the opening of the meeting, Ray blurted out that he had heard that an effort was going to be made to clone Jesus. He seemed serious. It sounded like something he might have picked up from the National Enquirer related to a recent investigation of the Shroud of Turin.

Mother Bennett looked as though she wanted to slide under the table, and I winced, as I think others did. The Bishop seemed unfazed, however, and calmly replied that cloning Jesus was something we did every Sunday. That was theologically questionable, I suppose, but it defused an awkward moment that Ray had innocently created (innocently, that is, unless it was part of his CIA cover!).

What is clear is that St. Andrew’s was very important to Ray. On his death, he left us a six-figure bequest from which we continue to benefit. As you pass his window, the one nearest the nave in the cloister walk, give Ray a grateful thought. -Jim Weingartner 
Notes to the Newsletter

From Father Boase
I have a final hearing date of July 22 in Kansas City. I live in hope! It was so good to be with you all on Easter Day. Best wishes, David+

From the Hoffmans
To all the great friends at St. Andrew’s, thanks for the wonderful send off and the gift cards. These words are not sufficient to tell you how touched we were by your kindness and generosity and love. You are in our hearts forever. Arnold+ and Sharon

Additional info re the Hoffmans shared in an email with a member of the parish:
As of Thursday, April 25, their furniture has not arrived but is expected within 3 to 5 days. They are living in their new home, using basic furniture and kitchen items provided by the previous owner. Sharon indicates they are really enjoying the home, the weather and the people and were able to attend services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and The Great Vigil at St. Agnes. The Hoffmans' new address is posted on the bulletin board outside Pearson Hall and will appear in the next parish directory.
Easter at St. Andrew's!
Announcements

April 26 Game Night Cancelled
Friday’s game night has been cancelled due to unexpected conflicts.

Bohn Farm April 27 Plant Sale Benefits St. Andrew’s
Buy beautiful plants at bargain prices and while raising funds for St. Andrew’s.
Come to Bohn Farm Greenhouses—1656 Pleasant Ridge in Maryville--between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 27 and get your garden off to a great start. Walter Bohn will be there to help you find what you’re looking for. You’ll see flowers (annuals or perennials), herbs, tomato plants or other vegetables, and more. It’s an amazing sale!

Join the Quilt Guild on a Quilter's Trip to Missouri July 16-17!
Main Street Community Center has extended an invitation to St. Andrew's Quilt Guild and parishioners for a trip to Missouri quilt shops in July. Basic information is below. Click here for a registration form and here for an information flyer. Questions? Contact Liz Edwards or LaVernn Wilson.

Trip basics:
  • $195 per person | $50 deposit reserves your spot; full payment due June 14.
  • Motor Coach Transportation to/from sites.
  • One night Lodging in the Comfort Inn & Suites, Chillicothe, Missouri
  • One breakfast at Comfort Inn.
  • Stops at several quilt and fabric shops:
  • Hickory Stick Quilt Shop - Hannibal, Midwest Quilt Company - Shelbina, Cuts and Bolts Fabrics - Chillicothe, Missouri Star Quilt Shop - Hamilton, Missouri Country Quilts - Booneville.
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