December 1, 2019
The First Sunday of Advent
The First Sunday of Advent marks a transition
A message from Bishop-Elect Susan Haynes
The first Sunday of Advent marks a transition - the ending of one church liturgical year and the beginning of another. Transitions can often be chaotic, full of twists and turns and bumps in the road. The Gospel themes in Advent speak of God coming unexpectedly, like a thief in the night and of the need to keep awake and alert. A strange man wearing even stranger clothing and eating strange food exhorts those who listen to repent and to make the way of the LORD straight. He screams angrily at others, calling them snakes and reminding them that he serves a LORD who can raise up children from the very stones. He presents menacingly with a winnowing fork and raging fire that quenches everything it encounters. And finally, we meet a betrothed man who is compelled to heed a dream's bidding to marry a pregnant virgin and become an earthly father to the Son of God. continue reading
This Sunday

Coffee in the lobby all morning
Nursery open 10:15 until 11:45

8:00 - Holy Eucharist, Rite One
9:15 - Adult Formation
10:30 - Holy Eucharist, Rite Two
Children's Chapel

4:00 Ecumenical Advent Vespers at 1st UMC

Christian Formation

The Adult Forum will meet this Sunday at 9:15. This week’s topic is Healing Prayer led by Anne Kirchmier. 

Children’s Chapel meets in the school library during the 10:30 AM service immediately following the reading of the gospel.  

The Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) will not meet this week.
Ecumenical Advent Vespers 
First United Methodist Church invites us to join them for a service to help us begin the new Church Year this Sunday, December 1 at 4:00 PM. The choirs from St. Andrew’s and Hilton Presbyterian will join the First United Methodist choir, along with clergy from St. Andrew’s and Hilton Christian, to hear the ancient prophecies from the Old Testament and the fulfillment of those prophecies as written in the New Testament. Hymns and simple anthems will highlight these readings. Please join us as we continue the ecumenical worship that our congregations have enjoyed during this past year of celebrating 100 years as “the light of Christ” in Hilton Village!
Congratulations on the marriage of
James Addison DuRant
Kay Lydia Kerby
who were married on November 5, 2019
(James’ parents are Joe and Gale DuRant)
Annual Congregational Meeting
December 8, 2019
immediately following the 10:30 AM service

The Annual Meeting is an important event in the life of every parish. At St. Andrew’s, not only will we elect vestry members, but we will hear updates from our newest teams (Building Implementation and Engaging the Climb). We will also take time to thank the dedicated staff and parishioners who lead and support us in our ministries.

Whether you are a newcomer or a long timer, please plan to attend he Annual Meeting. All church members 16 and older are eligible to vote. At the meeting, we will be electing the Vestry Class of 2022. To date, the following parishioners have been nominated:
Joel Duregger is a Claims Auditor who usually attends the 10:30 AM service. He is an usher and PORT volunteer, and he has served on the Vestry and Facilities team and also as a youth program volunteer.
Dawn Edquist is an Organizational Change Manager who usually attends the 10:30 AM service. She is on the Altar Guild and the Second Century Hospitality Team and leads the Building Implementation Team.
Isabel Hatchett is a retired school teacher who usually attends the 10:30 AM service. She has served twice on the Vestry and was once the Vestry liaison to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Board. Isabel has been a Delegate to Annual Diocesan Council and has served as a lector, chalicist, and Christian Formation teacher.
Lindsey Nicolai is a U. S. Army Civilian Contract Specialist who attends the 10:30 AM service. She is a member of the Adult Choir, a lector and chalicist, facilitator of the Outreach Team, PORT volunteer, and member of the Second Century Hospitality Team.
Looking for a Youth Representative to the Vestry
Are you interested in serving your St. Andrews family? Are you looking for a new way to participate in the church? We are looking for a youth representative to serve on the St. Andrews vestry beginning in January 2020.

This position is open to all youth in the church ages 16 and up. The representative would be required to attend vestry meetings (once a month) in their entirety. Youth vestry representatives should have a strong connection with the other youth at St. Andrews and overall parish life to collect opinions and voice them at vestry meetings. During these meetings, youth representatives will have voice, but not be able to vote on congregational decisions. 

While the leaders of EYC, Nick Clark and Raven Cadena, are creating this representative position, the person(s) selected does not have to be a current member of EYC, although we always welcome all youth (6th-12th grade) to attend our EYC meetings and events.

If you are interested, reach out to 
Nick Clark (540-840-3024; or 
Raven Cadena (757-848-6459; so we can learn more about you and answer any questions you may have.
All Adults are Invited to the Annual Parish Advent Party
Sunday Evening, December 8, 5 - 7 PM
900 River Road (corner of River Rd. and Stratford)
Newport News, Virginia
(Home of Al and Rachel Roby)
No need to R.S.V.P.  If you're a newcomer, by all means join us! You don't need to bring a thing. Everyone else, please bring your favorite holiday hors d'oeuvre and beverage. Hope to see you there!  
PORT Emergency Winter Shelter - how you can help
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17-18, 

PORT is a program that provides meals and overnight accommodations at host churches for the homeless in our community. Beginning with Guest Check-in on Tuesday, December 17 and continuing through breakfast on Wednesday, December 18, St. Andrew's will be partnering with St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Lane, Newport News. As colder nights are coming, 50 to 100 community members are expected to be guests of PORT. 

St. Andrew's parishioners are needed as follows:

Shift 1 6-9 PM Tuesday, December 17
       Check in: (5 needed)
       Kitchen : (6 needed)

Shift 2 9:00 p.m. Tuesday - 4:45 a.m. Wednesday
      First Split (9:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.) (2 needed)
      Second Split (1:30 - 4:45 a.m.) (2 needed)

Shift 3 (4:45 - 7:00 a.m. Wednesday)
      Breakfast (4 needed)
      Check-out ( 4 needed)

A sign-up sheet is available in the Main Street Lobby or you may email Rachel Roby. Please consider helping with this outreach program this winter. For questions about this rewarding project, please contact our coordinator: Matt Deller at (757)812-9852 or by email at:
Outside Wind Quintet to Benefit PORT - Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m., followed by reception 

Everyone is invited to a concert of Christmas music by The Outside Wind Quintet to benefit PORT Emergency Winter Shelter of Hampton Roads. The concert will feature traditional and contemporary arrangements of some of our favorite Christmas carols. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit PORT. A reception will follow the concert in St. Andrew's parish hall. To encourage donations, a group of anonymous parishioners will provide matching funds up to $1000.

We hope you can join your friends at St. Andrew's for a wonderful concert, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit! If you can’t be here for the concert you may still make a donation. Make checks payable to St. Andrew’s with “Outside Wind” on the memo line.

REMINDER: Never respond to an email from Anne asking for assistance, money, gift cards, or anything else.

Yet another fake email has surfaced in Anne Kirchmier's name. The subject of the email is “Blessings ...", and is from an email address very similar to Anne's. Please remember that Anne would never ask for money or anything else via email.

If you receive it please do not respond to it. Just delete it. This type of scam happens to clergy in particular because their emails are on the website and scammers know that if their priest asks for money, parishioners are more likely to comply.
Helping Those in Need through Support of the Foodbank 
The Wells Fargo Holiday Foodbank Campaign, a partnership with Feeding America and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank to help feed more families, runs through December 31. Wells Fargo will match donations 1:1 up to $25,000. A $5.00 donation is equal to 20 meals. There are three ways to give and double your impact: visit to make a donation, text MEALS to 91990, give at your local Wells Fargo ATMs
Christmas Memorial Flowers
The reminder letters for parishioners already on the Christmas memorial flower list will be mailed on Monday, November 25. Please use the form you will receive in the mail.

For new memorials, please fill out this form and return it to the church. Christmas memorials fund the poinsettias and other decorations for the Christmas season. Please note that the deadline to have the memorial names of loved ones included in our Christmas bulletins is December 13.
Thank You
The Kairos team thanks you for your prayers, cookies, placemats and posters for the weekend at Nottoway Correctional Center. A special thank-you to Jamey Bacon for baking 538 cookies, beating her previous record.
Fellowship Luncheon
Our last Fellowship Luncheon for this year will be on Wednesday, December 18 at noon in the parish hall. Be sure to make your reservations by Monday, December 16. A special thank-you to Mary Waddill, Ellen Edwards, and Diana Skelton for hosting our luncheons this year.
St. Andrew’s “Invite Cards” 
Mary Parmer, the developer of the Invite, Welcome, Connect program used by dioceses across the country, says in her experience the single most effective tool for growing your congregation is the use of Invite Cards. The Congregational Development Team has designed and ordered a number of these cards to distribute to our congregation. These attractive 2-sided business-sized cards will be made available at the church. We are asking that each of you take one (or more) of these cards and keep it with you in your wallet or purse. Should you encounter someone who asks about St. Andrew’s or sounds like they are looking for a church, you can give them one of these cards. It has all the pertinent information about St. Andrew’s they would need to facilitate a first visit. You may find that you use one of these cards as soon as tomorrow, or a year from now, or never. In any case you will be prepared if the opportunity presents itself. 
Pictures of the Donut Reception
If you have any pictures taken on Lorna William’s last Sunday, including the donut reception, would you please email them to Rachel Roby
Turkey Sandwich Day – Friday, December 20, 9 AM
The following items are still needed for Turkey Sandwich Day on December 20 by Wednesday, December 18:  

  • 394 6” candy canes
  • 678 individual chip items
  • 1,080 individual cookie items
  • 940 individual cracker items (packets of 6)

Thank you to those who have already brought in items or have made a monetary donation.
The large cardboard box in the Main Street Lobby is for recycle plastic film items. Many thanks to those who have been helping us fill the box weekly. It is not a trashcan, however. Please do not put Sunday morning coffee cups in the box, especially those that still have coffee in them.
Ideas for Holiday Giving
We have a limited number of our Through These Doors cookbook available for $10 each and a set of the two Hilton 100th anniversary books, Hilton Village – America’s First Public Planned Community and Images of America – Hilton Village for $25. Please contact Bill Wilds if you are interested in any of these books.
History Notes
  • Due to decay, in December 1930 the stucco was removed from the original church building and replaced with cypress shingles.
  • The first Pledge Dedication Sunday was held on December 7, 1919. The total pledged was $265.
  • In 1955, St. Andrew’s sponsored its first mission church, St. Stephen’s in Hidenwood.
  • In 1962, we sponsored our second mission church, St. George’s in Denbigh.
SCRIP Gift Card Ordering Deadline
The final deadline for ordering SCRIP gift cards this year for your holiday gift giving is 9:00 AM on Monday, December 16. Please see Bill Wilds to place your order or to answer questions about the SCRIP program. You can go on line to “shopwithscrip” to find a list of all of the gift cards that are available or Bill has the list. Our proceeds benefit hospitality.

We have the following cards available for immediate purchase in the church office: 
  • $10 Barnes & Noble, Krispy Kreme, Panera, Starbucks, Subway, Wendy’s
  • $25 Applebee’s, Barnes & Noble, Cabelas, Olive Garden/Cheddars, Outback/Bonefish/Carrabba’s, Panera, P. F. Chang’s, Red Lobster, Starbucks, Walmart

We also have $50 and $100 Food Lion Gift available at all times in the church office. Proceeds benefit LINK of Hampton Roads.
Our 100th Anniversary Recipe File - Christmas Fruit Salad

1 14-16 oz can fruit cocktail, drained and reserved
1 14-16 oz can crushed pineapple, drained and reserved
1 14-16 oz can whole cranberry sauce
2 red apples, cored but not peeled (may be peeled, if preferred)
2 oranges, cored but not peeled (may be peeled, if preferred)
3 boxes Jell-O (any “red” varieties)

Drain canned fruits and add enough water to make two cups. Heat to boiling and mix with Jell-O; stir until completely dissolved. Run apples and oranges through meat grinder or place in food processor and pulse until chopped finely. Add fruits to Jell-O mixture. Pour into a large decorative bowl or mold. Refrigerate at least overnight.
Bill Wilds