August 2019 - Summertime Monthly Edition
The Eighth - Eleventh
Sundays after Pentecost
Safe Church Requirements
Exterior Door Locks Changing on August 20

The Episcopal Church’s Safe Church program for the prevention of sexual misconduct is grounded in our Baptismal Covenant - our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being. One needs to look no further than the current news feed to understand that abuse is widespread in our society, and happening all too often in the very places that should be safest. Safe Church policies and training provide education and best practices that can help us to respond to and prevent abuse in our church and community. 

The 2015 General Convention passed new, expanded Safe Church policies and required all dioceses adopt them no later than January 2019. Our Diocese has done so and requires that all churches adopt the new diocesan “Policy for the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.” ( available here) At our June 18, 2019 meeting, St. Andrew’s Vestry voted unanimously to adopt this new Safe Church policy. 

This new policy brings some inconvenient but necessary changes that, in the long run, will make St. Andrew’s a safer place for everyone. The new policy requires more parishioners to take some level of Safe Church training, including everyone who has a key to the building. Key holders who have a current Safe Church certificate need not take training until that certificate expires. If you are not currently certified, then you will need to take the Universal Safe Church Training before receiving the new key. This is a 90-minute class and is offered in various locations around the Diocese. You can find a list of currently scheduled Universal Training classes and information about online training by clicking here.  You can also complete this training online.

The locks to all exterior doors of St. Andrew's will be changed on Tuesday, August 20. Current keys will no longer function after August 19. You are welcome to pick up a new key prior to August 20 as long as we have received your Safe Church certification. Please contact Rachel Roby to obtain a new key. Lorna Williams has been appointed as the Safe Church Contact person for our parish. While she is away in August, if you have previously taken the training and need to know if you are still certified, please contact Rachel. 

Please be patient as we move through these necessary changes. We all love St. Andrew’s and want it to always be a safe place for everyone. Safe Church policies and training are important and meaningful ways we can do that. 

On behalf of the vestry, 
John Whitley, Senior Warden
Sundays in August

8:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite One

9:15 Adult Forum- The Problem of Evil

10:30 Holy Eucharist, Rite Two
(Aug 11- Baptism, Aug 18 - Healing)
Children's Chapel

11:30 Lemonade and cookie fellowship

11:45 (Aug 4) Congregational Development Team meeting

Service participants/weekly calendars

Scripture Readings

A Prayer for All of Us
In recent days and weeks, as our national discourse has continued to erode, I keep thinking about how important it is for us to remember who we are and whose we are: children of God, all of us. I offer this prayer in the hopes that it will help us to be mindful of the promises we make in our baptismal covenant. May God bless us and help us to be blessings. -Anne

Dear God,

In our baptismal vows, 
we promise to respect the dignity of every human being.
Help us to honor that promise,
in our individual lives and in our communal life;
in our private interactions and in the public sphere.

You created everything there is; you created every person who exists.
Citizen, immigrant, refugee;
border agents and border residents;
persons of every color, age, size, religion, gender,
sexual orientation, and political party:
all of us are your beloved children, all of us made in your own image.

As Christians,
we have been baptized into your death and resurrection
and anointed with your Holy Spirit.
Please give us the grace and courage to walk your way of love,
especially in the midst of these contentious times.

You are gracious, O lover of souls.
May we be the same.
August Christian Formation
John Herbst will be leading the Adult Form in a series of conversations about biblical responses to the Problem of Evil. Over four weeks, we will discuss 8-10 Bible passages that try to answer the question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?"  Below are the scripture readings for the first two classes.
August 4
  • No Problem/ Free Will – Job 34:5–15, Psalm 37:25–28, Zephaniah 3:1–5            
  • Divine Delegation – Psalm 82:1–7; Revelation 12:9–12

August 11
  • We can Never Know – Exodus 34:5–8; Job 38:1–5
  • Called to Suffer with Christ – Romans 8:17–28; 1 Peter 4:12–17

August 18
  • Substitution – 2 Samuel 12:7–15, 2 Sam 24:1–14
  • Protest – Jeremiah 15:15–18, 20:7–8; Luke 18:1–8

August 25
  • Improvement – Sirach 4:11¬–19, Hebrews 12:1–8

Children’s Chapel continues every Sunday, in the Parish Library, following the reading of the Gospel during the 10:30 AM service. ( NOTE: temporary location change while the air conditioning in the school library is being repaired)
Main Street Doors Locked During 10:30 Service
St. Andrew's new Church Safety Committee is reviewing some of the things that we can do to make our church safer. One big concern for the committee is the fact that during the 10:30 service, while everyone is in worship, the Main Street door remains open. During worship, no one is available to monitor those doors. As things stand, anyone could wander in off the street and have easy access to our children in the nursery and in Children's Chapel. To better ensure our safety, beginning on Sunday, August 4, the glass doors leading into the Main Street lobby will be locked during the 10:30 service. Signs have been placed on the doors noting this closure. We are making this change for safety's sake.  

Why won’t the doors be locked during the 8 AM service? Because there is a lot of parishioner activity in the Main Street lobby during the early service with set-up for St. Andy’s Café, early arrivals for the forum and for choir, etc. There are people around to keep an eye on things. At 10:30, the lobby is deserted.
Bishop Search News

Dates, Locations Set for Bishop Candidates Walk Abouts
There will be four walk about opportunities around the Diocese. These open public forums with the nominees gives everyone a chance to meet them, ask questions of them and hear their responses.
  • Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 pm at Hungars Parish, Eastern Shore, 10107 Bayside Road, Machipongo, VA
  • Friday, September 6 at 7:00 pm at Galilee, 3928 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA (will be available live and on-demand on the diocesan website) 
  • Saturday, September 7 at 1:00 pm at Chanco on the James, 394 Floods Drive, Spring Grove, VA
  • Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 pm at Johns Memorial, 400 High Street, Farmville, VA
The election of the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019. The consecration of the new Bishop will be held February 1, 2020, with the Most Reverend Michael Curry presiding.
Sunday, August 11: Welcome, Christina Myers!
On Sunday, August 11, Ms. Christina Myers will be joining Anne for the sermon at both services. Christina runs the Newport Harbour Neighborhood Network Community Center at Newport Harbour Apartments in Newport News. Christina’s program provides afterschool care, camps and activities for children as well as desperately needed food for people of all ages who live in the area. St. Andrew’s supports Christina’s ministry both financially and through donations of food. Make sure to come on August 11 to hear Christina talk about the amazing ministry she is carrying out. (Christina is also the niece of our proud sexton, Mr. Matthew Williamson!)
Joint Hilton Churches 100th Anniversary Celebration on September 8
As you know, First United Methodist, Hilton Baptist, Hilton Presbyterian, and St. Andrew’s are all celebrating our 100th anniversaries this year. On Sunday, September 8 a joint outdoor (weather permitting) service is being planned for 10:00 AM followed by a picnic lunch at a location to be determined based on the progress of the city’s sewer construction project. We need to know how many in your family will attend and a few other details. Click here to RSVP and answer 3 quick questions. The deadline to let us know you are coming is August 25.
Sabbatical Fun
One Sunday evening in late June, Brad Norris and Matthew Frey had the opportunity to test out the organ at the National Cathedral in Washington , DC. Below are links to two recordings that Matthew made of Brad playing the organ.

The Great Organ of Washington National Cathedral was built by the Ernest M. Skinner & Son Organ Company of Methuen, Massachusetts and installed in 1938, at which time construction of the Cathedral itself was approximately one-third complete. It has been expanded several times through the years and now consists of more than 10,000 pipes!
Thank you, Carol!
Many thanks to Carol Chamberlain for sorting and re-organizing our parish library!
Team Appreciation Day
Wednesday, August 21 will be our second annual Team Appreciation Day, an opportunity for our hard-working staff to spend a day together for fun and fellowship. We plan to out together for lunch and then go bowling, where the female staff members are hoping to reverse last year’s results and cream the male staff. Go, Team RALC (Rachel, Anne, Lorna, Carol)!!  
Welcome, Connie!
The Rev. Connie Jones has graciously agreed to celebrate at the healing Eucharist on Wednesday, August 21 so that Anne, Lorna, and Carol can participate in Team Appreciation Day. Thank you, Connie.  
Awesome August – Vacation Bible School Mini-Day
We had a great time for Joyous July on July 16, our first mini Vacation Bible School day. Our second mini-day is Thursday, August 22 from 9:00 AM to noon at Trinity Lutheran Church. If you would like to help in any way with this mini-day, please come to Trinity on Monday, August 12 at 6:00 PM to help us pick locations within the building and to plan our activities.
Welcome Baby!
We give thanks for the birth of Henley Robertson,
daughter of Hunter and Lauren Robertson,
and great-grand-daughter of Joan Forrest and Bill and Daphne Robertson,
who was born July 8
Garden Party Photo Book?
It would be a lot of fun to have one of those wonderful photo album books (Snapfish, etc.) created with pictures from our May Garden Party. If such a keepsake is created, it could serve as a "coffee table" book at St. Andrew's, possibly in the little sitting area in the lobby.  If you would be willing to take on the project of creating such a book, please let Anne Kirchmier know. There is an abundance of wonderful pictures from the party that can be passed along for inclusion in a photo book. Thanks.
Local Outreach Opportunities

Saturday Feeding Program at St. Augustine’s 
Last month you read about an opportunity to assist with the Saturday Feeding Program at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church (located at the corner of 26th Street and Marshall Avenue). After speaking with the lunch program coordinator, Mrs. Doris Watson, we now know more about the program and how our parishioners can serve.  

The program operates year-round every Saturday (except the first Saturday) of each month from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM. Different St. Augustine’s parishioners act as monthly “managers”. Certain community groups regularly participate, but additional volunteers are welcome to show up on a Saturday morning without any advance notice. Mrs. Watson recommends that volunteers observe the typical Saturday routine at least once before planning to “jump right in” to the kitchen. 

On an average Saturday, the program serves 65-75 clients; however, on the last Saturday in June, attendance spiked to over 100. Mrs. Watson reiterated the invitation to St. Andrew’s parishioners to volunteer whenever they have the opportunity and looks forward to seeing us and joining in a shared ministry to the hungry in our community. (For additional questions, please call Mrs. Doris Watson at 838-0816.)   
Hampton Roads Jobs for Life Network at Four Oaks Day Service Center
The Newport News Four Oaks Day Service Center (7401 Warwick Blvd.) is looking for volunteers for a relationship-building, mentoring luncheon on the 3rd Friday of each month at 11:30 AM. The purpose is to “just come and get to know folks, to listen and build relationships.”  

The Rev. Charles Cheek leads the organization called Hampton Roads Jobs for Life Network, which is spearheading the monthly mentorship luncheons. If you’re interested in volunteering your time, email or call 757-602-9196 Rev. Cheek. Click here to visit the Jobs for Life web page to learn more.

In addition to mentoring opportunities, the Four Oaks service center can use the following donations: paper plates, styrofoam bowls, plastic utensils, napkins, snacks and juice; men and women’s underwear, socks, sneakers, shower shoes, and t-shirts; and men’s jeans and business shirts.
Interested in Helping with a Hilton Community Garden?
We recently received this email Hilton resident Beth Smallridge (757-234-5536  

Dear St. Andrews, 
A group of Hilton area residents have approached the City to develop a community garden. The City has agreed to build the Garden starting fall 2019, next to the playground by the Main Street Library. For more information about the Garden build, join our Facebook page, Hilton Community Garden Go-Getters or send me your email address to be included in our list.
Mission trip begins building a new family home on the Eastern Shore 
Living examples of stewardship in the forms of Labor, Love, and Faith were visible for all to see last week when the Rev. Carter Sinclair, Tom Lacy and Mike Nickelsburg from Emmanuel, Virginia Beach, in a joint mission trip with Dick Poole, Scott Darnell, Ben Darnell, Will Fentress and Andy Kalgren from Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach, spent time on the Eastern Shore making repairs to a house for the Ortiz family. The family tragically lost their home and three family members in a fire earlier this year.  
The team's goal was to start getting this bare bones structure livable with installation of all new windows, drywall repairs, and installation of new exterior rear steps. Future renovation plans include installing a well pump, new flooring, and a heating/air conditioning system.  
People have been very kind with their donations, including the YMCA Eastern Shore which provided a place for the workers to shower and cool off, and Holy Trinity, Onancock, that generously provided nighttime lodging. If you would like to participate in future mission trips to make this house a home, please contact the Rev. Carter Sinclair at  
Thank You Note from the Foodbank
As part of the $10,000 the Vestry earmarked for outreach in 2019, the Outreach Team sent $500 to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. We received the following thank you note from the Foodbank:

Dear Anne (and other friends) –
Although your official letter will be sent shortly, I wanted to thank you for your recent generous gift to the Foodbank. Your gift allows us to provide food to the thousands of children, seniors, veterans, and families we serve each year.
We don’t always know the impact a few bags of groceries may have on a household, but we know it could be life-changing. It could be the difference between paying the rent or not. It could mean being able to afford a life-saving prescription. Or it could help a child go to school ready to learn.
The food that we provide together does more than just hold off hunger and we appreciate your understanding and helping with this critical need.
Karen Joyner, CEO
Healthy Communities Symposium
There will be a two-part Healthy Communities Reduce & Prevent Violence: A Symposium at Zion Prospect Baptist Church, 408 Darby Road, Yorktown, from 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Part 1 will be on Tuesday, September 17 and Part 2 will be on Saturday, October 12. These two events are sponsored by the James River Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center. If you would like to attend, click here to register. 
August History Notes
  • On August 1, 1993, The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Marston was named Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
  • On August 20, 1920, the first service was held in the new church building.
Episcopal Church Response to Crisis on the Border (July 2, 2019)
Over the past several weeks, The Episcopal Church has responded to the reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers in government custody in a number of ways. This response includes calls for donations and goods from Episcopal dioceses on the border, prayers for those seeking safety, efforts to engage in advocacy, and pastoral messages from bishops around the Church.

“We are children of the one God who is the Creator of us all,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “It is our sisters, our brothers, our siblings who are seeking protection and asylum, fleeing violence and danger to children, searching for a better life for themselves and their children. The crisis at the border is not simply a challenge of partisan politics but a test of our personal and public morality and human decency.”

The Episcopal Church, through the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), has compiled a list of resources, bishop statements, and information in response to the ongoing humanitarian situation at the southern border, available on the EMM website
Family Recipes
There is still time for you to share old family recipes with us to be included in the newsletters for the remainder of our 100th anniversary year. You may email them to Bill Wilds ( or bring them to church.  

By chance, do you have any other day school or Holiday House recipe books that we haven’t already been using? Hopefully, at the end of the year, we would like to put together a 100th anniversary recipe booklet.
Our 100th Anniversary Recipe File: Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
from the kitchen of Sara Lou Whitehead

2 c sugar ¼ t baking soda
2 sticks butter 1 t salt
1 8-oz sour cream 1 t vanilla
3 eggs *6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 c flour *4 T brown sugar
1 ½ t baking powder *2 t cinnamon

Mix all together except starred (*) items. Add chocolate chips. Pour half of batter into a well-greased Bundt pan. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle 2/3 of this on top of the batter in pan. Add remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool in pan for 45 minutes.

Sara Lou made this coffee cake at Christmas for many of the clergy and their families.