February 16, 2020
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
The Rev. Marc Vance
My dear (new) friends of St. Andrew’s: Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
I know Anne has given you something of an introduction, but as the time for me to join you quickly draws close (March 1), I wanted to drop a note to you myself. I am so looking forward to beginning ministry with and among you! From a full and dedicated community of faith to facilities and resources, there seems to be unlimited potential for all we can accomplish for God’s kingdom come on earth.

Ministerially (my spell-check says this isn’t a word!) speaking, with Anne’s blessing I’ll be focusing time and energy on a number of things, not the least of which is Divine Love (it is the first word out of Jesus’ mouth when questioned about the greatest commandment, as well as his parting counsel to the disciples) as the foundational standard against which every decision made, every action taken, should be measured. With Love as that foundational principle, the Church is uniquely poised to embody the imperatives of our Baptismal Covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, respecting the dignity of each person as made in the image of God. Other areas include the sacredness and centrality of our Common worship; facilitating opportunities for our children and youth, as well as adults, to be ever-deeply formed in the Faith through prayer, education, and activity in our local, diocesan and national church contexts (Episcopal Youth Event in July, anyone?); continuing enthusiastically to encourage offering one another the ministry of presence in pastoral care; and with the Church finding herself in the midst of a seismic cultural shift where participation in a faith community is no longer the predominant social expectation, embracing an entrepreneurial spirit and exploring creative, even innovative, ways to engage ourselves and our communities with the good news of the Gospel. I am especially excited about the potential to (no pun intended) build on the foundation of the good work that has been done to reimagine the school building as an Outreach Center for the people of St. Andrew’s to offer truly impactful ministry in the Newport News area.  

I’ve also been exploring a lot of the Newport News area for coffee shops, Taekwondo schools, places to connect with the natural world, and other venues of interest (arts, music, culture...; real seafood, too!). At this writing, I’m not exactly sure where I’ll be living yet, but I’m not worried about it; I really appreciate Chris Robinson’s help with this. With all the logistics of selling a house, moving, and for Leticia, securing her RN/DNP licensure in Virginia, she and Elizabeth (who is near completing her Child Development Associate degree) will be joining us sometime later. Hopefully at some point you’ll get to meet my older daughter, Shelby, who lives in Florida, is a Disney Cast Member and YMCA lifeguard/instructor, and is working on her master’s degree in medical information systems; and my youngest daughter, Rebecca, who is a sophomore at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, studying Speech and Language Pathology (but who is making lots of noise about transferring to a school in Florida, the state where she was born).

So there you have it in a nutshell - as if we can actually keep the Spirit thus contained! Still, I am looking forward to joining Anne and the staff, and getting to know everyone at St. Andrew’s as we work together to draw people into a deeper knowledge of, love of, and service to the Lord. See you on March 1!

Peace and blessings,
Marc
February 16, 2020

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



Christian Formation - February 16

The Adult Forum will meet at 9:15 AM in the parish hall. Please see the next article. 

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

The Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) will NOT meet this Sunday.
February 16 Adult Forum:  We the People Writing The Prayers of the People 
As you may know, the various forms of the Prayers of the People found in our BCP follow a specific set of guidelines and are suggested forms, not requirements. At St. Andrew's we periodically use other versions of The Prayers of the People, including some written or adapted by Anne. During the Adult Forum on February 16, we will work together to craft a set of prayers for use at St. Andrew's during three Sundays of Lent. Come one, come all; and help shape our Lenten worship!
Our love and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of

Ken Hampton,
who died February 5

Ken's funeral will be at St. Andrew's
on Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 PM


Let light perpetual shine on him, O Lord.
Name Tags
Do you have a St. Andrew’s name tag? The Rev. Marc Vance will be joining us on March 1 and it would be great if we all were wearing our name tags to help welcome him. There are forms available in the pew racks and at both entrances to the church for you to place an order – they are only $10.00. Please make your check payable to St. Andrew’s with “Name Tag” in the memo section.
Fellowship Luncheon
There will be a Fellowship Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19 at noon in the parish hall. The cost is only $5.00, and reservations are required. Please call the church office (595-0371) by noon on Monday, February 17 to reserve your seat. This will be the last luncheon until May.
Vestry Liaison Update – Finance
2019 was a strong year for Gracious Giving, which embraces the spirit of our pledge campaign and the generous nature of our parish family. 2019 pledge collection totaled $541,409.98. The 2020 January report to the Vestry included 159 pledges for 2020 totaling $559,155.47, nearly a $25,000 increase over what was pledged in 2019. We are grateful to Doug and Susan Burgoyne for their leadership of the stewardship committee and the campaign.

Our wardens worked hard to look for cost-savings, enlisting skilled volunteers to repaint the parish hall, working on pro-bono replacement of our ceiling lights with energy-efficient LED lighting, and renegotiating our waste contract for significant savings.

The vestry approved $10,000 in church funds for the Outreach Committee to designate to recipients of its choosing throughout the year. From Belize to the Bahamas, to LINK and THRIVE, these funds traveled the world and stayed right at home to help those in need.

Our Lackey Fund committee, led by Diana Skelton, called for grant submissions in the fall, and continued Carolyn Lackey’s legacy by granting $22,000 in funds to the following local organizations:
Grove Christian Outreach Center - $2,000
Holy Cross Anglican School - $2,200
Kairos-Grace Inside - $1500
LINK/PORT - $4000
Newsome Bailey - $2,000
Self Protection Awareness (SPA) – $1,500
Smart Beginnings - $1,800
Soundscapes - $1,500
THRIVE Peninsula – $2,000
Tom/Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA – $1,000
Youth Volunteer Corps - $2,500
         
Allie Wittkamp 
Brad Norris and Matt Deller pack up cookies for Kairos
Kairos Informational Get Together
Anyone who is interested in learning about Kairos Prison Ministry is invited to the Dellers’ house at 300 Park Pl on Sunday evening, 23 Feb., from 5-7 P.M. Join Brad and Matt to talk about the ministry and enjoy some food and refreshments. The Kairos mission is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals and their families. Please RSVP to Matt Deller at (757)812-9852 if you would like to attend.
A Note from Alan Roughton
Anne,
I just wanted to drop a note to say that I appreciate the supportive prayers you and the congregation provided on behalf of me and my family for this deployment. I have safely arrived here and am beginning the struggle of adjusting to the 14-hour time change. I wish the very best for everyone back in Virginia and can't wait to get back just in time for Halloween!
Alan

If you would like to send Alan messages of support and encouragement, his email address is alanroughton@gmail.com. His mailing address is:

SSG Alan Roughton
PULSE-W LCU2035
C/o 10th RSG
Unit 35115
APO-AP 96376-5115
Is there interest in forming a Meal Team?
It has come to the attention of the Pastoral Care Team that there are times when taking a meal to a parishioner who is temporarily in need would be helpful. We as a team are not going to attempt to take this upon ourselves. We would ask if anyone in the congregation would a) be willing to serve on such a team and b) be willing to lead such a team.

Please contact Ann Lee if this ministry is up your alley!
(595-0367 or annteelee@hotmail.com)
Please Read the Signs
There are signs on both sides of Main Street and on River Road regarding handicapped parking. Please observe these signs on Sunday mornings as we do have parishioners who need these reserved parking places and often they are taken by cars without handicap license plates or a handicap placard.
Souper Bowl Sunday – February 2, soup collection report
A special thank you to all of you who brought in cans of soups and other items for our THRIVE Peninsula Souper Bowl collection. Our collection weighed many pounds and we also received $145 in cash and checks. Thanks also to Donna Casella for delivering our collection to THRIVE.
Let's keep in touch!
Last Sunday was the Knudeson's last Sunday with us and we will miss them so much! Here's their new address:

Jason and Daryl Knudeson
4925 Globus Ct. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114