Jesus’ body: him, and us!
Dear friends,
 
Marc, Carol, and I had the privilege of attending our diocesan spring clergy conference earlier this month. Our worship throughout the day was drawn from a variety of sources and included wording that I had never heard before. I was particularly struck by this line from the Eucharistic Prayer: Send down your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts of bread and wine that they may become for us your body, healing, forgiving and making us whole; and that we may become for you, your body, loving and caring in the world until your kingdom comes...
 
Did you catch that? In the Holy Eucharist, not only are the bread and wine made into Jesus’ body, but so are we! Through the power and working of the Holy Spirit, the body we receive is the body we become: Jesus, alive and at work through us in the world. 
 
As we continue to celebrate the glorious gift of resurrection this Easter season, may we recognize and embrace what that gift has made true: our participation in the very body of Christ. God brings Jesus to us in bread and wine and Jesus to the world in us. I am grateful to be part of Christ’s body with each of you, and I pray that our ministry together will indeed bring Jesus’ love and care to this troubled world, at our doorsteps and beyond. 
 
Blessings. -Anne
Blood Drive today 1 to 5 PM

St. Andrew's is hosting the Hilton Area Churches Blood Drive today, May 11, from 1 to 5 PM. There is an urgent need for blood! Your donation can be a gift of life for cancer and trauma patients, and burn victims. You can schedule your donation appointment at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, enter the zip code 23601 and then look for May 11 and St. Andrew's. 
Adult Forum: Embodied Faith

The Adult Forum this Sunday, May 15, at 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall, concludes the series Embodied Faith. This week Margaret Bivins will lead "The Meaning of Movement in our Liturgical Prayer".
 
May 22: The Walk to Emmaus
As the final adult forum of the spring season, Anne will lead a Bible study on one of her favorite gospel passages, the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). This story comes up in the Sunday morning lectionary only once every three years, and 2022 is not one of those years. Join us on May 22 for a chance to experience anew the surprise and hope of this Easter passage.  
Reception for newcomers this Sunday

Are you new to St. Andrew's as a visitor, newcomer, or member? If so, the Congregational Development Team would like to invite you to meet others at our reception in the library this Sunday, May 15, following the 10:30 am service. It is informal so no need to RSVP. Just show up and enjoy refreshments and a warm welcome! We are so glad to have you and welcome you as a part of our congregation. 
Lunch to Go on May 18
Reservations due by noon this Sunday

Our next Fellowship Lunch To Go will be on Wednesday, May 18. Menu: chicken salad, vegetable salad, and fruit salad. RSVP to Mary Gibson Waddill (757-870-1182) by noon May 15. Lunches can be picked up at noon on May 18 outside the Main Street Entrance. Please remain in your car – lunch(es) will be brought to you.
Leadership Caucus – May 22

Prior to the pandemic, we held a Leadership Caucus several times throughout the calendar year to oversee the church’s upcoming calendar, receive reports from various ministry areas, and consider new ideas being proposed. Parish leadership, especially Vestry members and team leaders, will meet in the Parish Hall immediately following the 10:30 service on Sunday, May 22, for our first 2022 Leadership Caucus. Everyone is welcome to attend. 
Congregational Meeting June 5

Mark your calendars now for 9:15 on Sunday, June 5th (Pentecost!!), when there will be a congregational meeting between services in the Parish Hall to continue the ongoing dialogue between vestry and parishioners. The vestry will report back to the congregation in response to your comments at last December's meeting; will share the parish budget; and will seek your feedback. Please plan to be present for this important time together.
Foreign language speakers: Participate in Pentecost service

Sunday, June 5, is Pentecost Sunday. During the reading from Acts of the Apostles, we would like to have those of you who are fluent in a foreign/native language take part in the reading. There will be a brief rehearsal to coordinate the reading immediately following the 10:30 service on May 29. If you are interested in participating, please email Bill Wilds (liturgical.asst@standrews-episcopal.org) with your name and language(s).
Volunteers needed for Summer Lemonade

Our summer outdoor lemonade following the 10:30 service will begin June 12. There are 12 weeks which means I am looking for 12 volunteers to set up and serve lemonade and snacks. It is a very simple process: the lemonade is already made up for you and stored in the refrigerator. There will be cookies and goldfish in the cabinet to serve, or volunteers may provide their own snacks. The table and cloth are kept in the cloakroom at the front of the church. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, please call me at 757-291-2299.
 
-Nora Ann Lambiotte
Purse and notes for Brad

As you know, our beloved Minister of Music Brad Norris will be retiring at the end of July after 36 years of faithful ministry in our midst. There is of course no completely adequate way to thank Brad for all that he has done for us, but we will be collecting a purse for him as a sign of our gratitude. If you would like to contribute to the purse for Brad, please send or bring your check to the church by Monday, July 25. Your check should be made out to St. Andrew’s, with “gift for Brad” in the memo line. Please also take time to write a personal note of thanks to Brad and include it in the envelope with your check or send it separately to Ann Turner at the church office. We will collect all of the notes and present them to Brad along with the purse at the festive reception for him following the 10:30 service on July 31. (More information about the reception will be forthcoming.) 
Join the Breakfast Club!

We are looking for people who want to join the Breakfast Club to offer a full breakfast one Sunday a month beginning in June. Those who attend the 8:00 AM service will be able to attend after their service and those who attend the 10:30 AM service, before their service. If you are interested in being a “club member” (even if you aren’t available every month), please contact Joy Johnson (757-876-5235 or morris.johnson1@verizon.net). 
Joint Hilton Worship Service on August 28

On Sunday, August 28, the Hilton area churches will come together for one worship service. Clergy and parishioners from St. Andrew's, Hilton Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Hilton Baptist, Hilton Christian Church, and Trinity Lutheran will all take part. Mark your calendars!! More details to follow...
Sabbatical application thanks, and clarification: 2023

Thank you so much to the many parishioners who responded to our request for input about our sabbatical application! With your help, we were able to submit our 26-page application by the April 27 due date. We will hear back from the Lilly Foundation in late August about whether our application was successful. A reminder that the application was due in April of 2022; Anne’s sabbatical will be in the autumn of 2023. We will share more information once we have heard from Lilly. Thanks again to all who helped us complete the application process, especially Ann Turner, Ann Lee, Lindsey Nicolai, David Lilly, and Dawn Edquist.
Receiving communion while worshiping virtually

For those worshiping with us virtually on Sunday mornings, you can call or text Bill Wilds (880-5460) to arrange to pick up communion kits any weekday morning between 9:00 AM and noon.
Upcoming at St. Andrew's
For the full church calendar, click here.

Wednesday, May 11
11:00 AM - Holy Eucharist and Healing
1:00 to 5:00 PM - Blood Drive (Parish Hall)
5:15 PM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
6:00 PM - Choir rehearsal (church)
6:30 PM - Women of the Word (Parish Library)

Thursday, May 12
7:30 AM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
10:00 AM - Bible Study (Parish Library)

Sunday, May 15
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:15 AM - Adult Forum (Parish Hall)
10:15 AM - Children's Chapel (Youth House)
10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist (also live-streamed on our Facebook page)
11:45 AM - Newcomer Reception (Parish Library)

Tuesday, May 17
10:00 AM - Book Club (Anne Fowler's home)
1:00 PM - Crafters Group (Parish Library)

Wednesday, May 18
11:00 AM - Holy Eucharist with Healing
12:00 PM - Parish Lunch to Go
5:15 PM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
6:30 PM - Women of the Word (Parish Library)
Service Participants - May 15, 2022

8:00 AM Service
Lector & Prayers: Betsy Wolak
Chalicers: Betsy Wolak
Acolyte: Bill Wilds
Greeter: John Whitley
Ushers: Conway Shield, Terry Wolak
Sound: Anne Fowler

10:30 AM Service
Lector: Fritz Horne
Prayers: Debi Nicolai
Chalicers: Fritz Horne, Debi Nicolai
Acolyte: Caroline Rous
Greeters: Ron & Susan Nixon
Ushers: Graham Ferguson, Walter Deal, Greg Edwards
Sound: Jay Lambiotte
Camera: Audre'ana Ellis
 
May Altar Guild: Mary Morgan Hunter, Anne Edelblute, Sarah Findley, Rossie Hampton, Jane Smola, Debbie Tanner, Allie Wittkamp
 
May Flower Guild: Sandy Deans, Terry Arnold, Kate Horning, Elizabeth Mayo
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What if I need to reach the parish clergy or staff?

What if I have a pastoral emergency or know of someone else who is ill?
Call or text Anne directly at 804-687-5396.