January 12, 2020
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Name of Jesus
A message from Bishop-Elect Susan Haynes

New Year's Day was the Eighth Day of Christmas. It was also the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, that day when we remember the naming of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke: "at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." (Luke 2:21). Our collect for that day reads:

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
 
Notice that we are praying for God to plant within the hearts of everyone love for the name of Jesus. We are asking God to do the planting, which means that we acknowledge that God is the one who has the power to plant seeds of love and change within the heart of His creation. This is good news for Evangelism! Good news because our job is not to plant, but to nurture growth and then to harvest. Very often when we think of Evangelism we think that it is up to us to change the hearts of people and to persuade them to become Christians. We feel powerless to effect such change and then we feel guilty. Once the guilt sets in, it paralyzes us and we do nothing. And we miss where the true power lies: in the Name of Jesus.
 
In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus tells his disciples that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few and says that we should pray for God to send workers into the harvest. Our job, as those who believe in the Name of Jesus, is to be ready and prepared to work the harvest. First Peter 3:15 tells us that we must always be prepared to give an account for the hope that is within us. Such preparation is actually a tool of the harvest. We must practice articulating why we believe that the Name of Jesus is the most powerful name on the Earth. If we don't engage in such preparation, we are like harvesters that go into the field without hoes or other tools of the harvest. We go into the field not expecting to bring in fruit.
 
How can we engage in preparation to make us ready to harvest that which God has planted in human hearts? We can engage in a disciplined life of prayer and Bible study. We can deliberately execute acts of kindness and justice. We can attend to our church community life faithfully. All of this prepares us to be harvesters of the fruits of the Name of Jesus. Sounds like some good New Year's resolutions doesn't it?
  1. Read the Bible every day.
  2. Start every morning with prayer - pray for others, pray for yourself, pray for the church, pray for the world.  Set an alarm on your phone and pause a few times a day to pray.
  3. Do something every day for someone else as an act of kindness or charity (preferably anonymously).
  4. Resolve to attend Church weekly.
  5. Trust that God is planting Himself in everyone you meet and act accordingly.

As your Bishop-elect, I ask on New Year's Day - the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus -- to join with me in committing to do these things in 2020; and let's see what God plants and what kind of harvest we gather in the Diocese of Southern Virginia in 2020.
 
Blessings and Peace in Christ,
Susan+
January 12, 2020

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

8:00 - Holy Eucharist, Rite One and Healing
9:15 - Adult Formation
10:30 - Holy Eucharist, Rite Two & Healing
Children's Chapel (now meeting in the youth house)

11:30 - Outreach Team Meeting
Noon - Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)


Christian Formation - January 12

The Adult Forum will meet at 9:15 AM in the parish hall. Starting this Sunday, Dan Waddill and David Lilley will lead a four-week series on Evolution. The discussion will begin with the scientific evidence for and against Darwinian evolution and also consider alternative scientific explanations. Later sessions will deal with the implications of evolutionary philosophy on religion, atheism, and modern culture. A greater understanding of evolution will allow the church to have a more effective voice in supporting science while still asserting the role of God as creator.  

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 meet this Sunday in the parish hall following the 10:30 AM service.
Leadership Caucus
There will be a Leadership Caucus on Sunday, January 26 in the music room immediately following the 10:30 AM service. Vestry members, team leaders and staff should plan to attend.
Thanks from Anne

Dear friends,
Your abundant kindnesses to me over the past few weeks have touched my heart deeply. I am so very, very grateful. Thank you for your flowers and cards and notes, your texts and calls and emails, and your yummy home-made food. Thank you for the stunning altar flowers, beautiful worship service and glorious reception. Thank you for your prayers and presence with me and Mom and John in so many ways. Thank you for wrapping us in your arms of love. A mentor of mine once talked about the ways in which people’s caring for one another is “God with skin on.” Thank you for helping me to glimpse Jesus in each of you. I am so grateful to be here with you. Blessings and much love. 
Gratefully,
Anne
A Pastoral Address from Bishop Magness, January 8, 2020
As we hear and watch the news of the moment, our unfortunate reality is that once again we are engaged in armed international hostilities. While reflecting upon this situation it is all too easy to default to the emotions of all too quickly formed conclusions and anticipations. Often that means that we will appeal to a combination of anger and fear. In 1861 during his inaugural address to our nation President Abraham Lincoln, seeing that the country was as well at the brink of hostilities, then a time of conflict which ultimately would pit states against states and even brothers against brothers, asked the members of our country to appeal to our "...better angels." (1) When the dark clouds of such hostilities are on the horizon, it is well for people of faith to be reminded that we follow a different way; a way of faith in God that beckons us to rise above vengefulness to way of our better angels. (continue reading)
Will Vacation Bible School Continue? Deadline for Decision is Jan. 15!
In the December 15, 2019, issue of St. Andrew’s Net, there was a letter from Hilton clergy about Vacation Bible School. The Hilton clergy believe that VBS remains a vital ministry; however, for it to continue, there needs to be a strong new leadership team and an adequate number of adult (ages 18+) volunteers. If VBS is to be offered this summer, this new leadership team must be in place by January 15. The deadline for those interested in serving on the new VBS Leadership Team to contact Anne Kirchmier was January 10. Due to the lack of response, this deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 15.   Click here to email Anne to volunteer.
Should a Lenten Food Tradition Continue?
For many years it has been our Wednesday tradition during Lent to have a breakfast following the 7:30 AM Lenten Eucharist service and some type of supper (salad-soup-bread or covered dish) prior to our Lenten evening programs.  The fellowship we share at both meals each Wednesday is one of the highlights of the day. In recent number years, it has tended to be the same groups or individuals who were willing to or who were “gently coerced” into preparing and serving the meals. Finding enough volunteers has been a challenge.

Rather than asking the staff to take on the task of rounding up volunteers, we decided to put out a call to the whole parish.  Would you be willing to prepare a breakfast or a supper for a Lenten Wednesday? There are six breakfasts (for 10-12 people) and five suppers (for about 60 people). If we have enough volunteers step forward to help with food, we will serve breakfast and supper. So far one breakfast is covered.

Whether or not food is served, there will be a 7:30 AM Eucharist for the six Wednesday mornings in Lent and a Lenten series for the five Wednesday evenings in Lent after Ash Wednesday.

If you would like to host a Lenten breakfast or supper, please let Bill Wilds know (saec.bill19@verizon.net or 595-0371) by February 12.
Our love and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of

John R. English,
brother of Barbara Garner and Carolyn Felder,
who died December 26

and

Wayne Connors,
son-in-law of Marge Rand
and uncle of Kate Horning,
who died December 30

Let light perpetual shine on them, O Lord.
100 Years of Service - Pre-Order Your Copy Today!
Through the end of January we are taking orders for St. Andrew’s: 100 Years of Service, the commemorative book compiled by our our History Team. The cost is only $65 and orders must be prepaid.
St. Andrew’s own Allison Clock is in charge of the flowers for the celebration!
If you plan to attend, please consider carpooling.
Sunday Memorial Flowers - Price Increase
Beginning in January 2020, the price paid for Sunday memorial flowers will increase from $75 to $100 for the two altar arrangements, which is the retail cost of the flowers. Flower guild arrangers volunteer their skills and time every week and for all special occasions to make the arrangements.

If you are not currently on the memorial flower calendar with an assigned date and would like to have memorial flowers in 2020, please contact Ellen Edwards at eredwards2000@yahoo.com or 596-0734.