November 10, 2019
The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Bill Wilds, Christmas 1969, US Naval Support Activity, DaNang, Vietnam
In Honor of Veterans’ Day

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.
Before landing, we circled rock islands which protruded the calm South China Sea. How could this peaceful beauty be a war zone? Yes, there was a beauty to the rough rocks that sat scattered in a sea which sparkled in the bright sunlight. And so too, was there beauty to the mountains, rice paddies, gleaming beaches, and bright-eyed children.

Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;
We landed at an open airfield, two miles in length, surrounded by hangars, planes, and miles of barbed wire. It would be several months before hamlet and camp names would be learned and before we would see the jet still embedded on the side of Monkey Mountain.

strengthen them in their trials and temptations;
For those going to the U. S. Naval Support Activity, our first sights of welcome would be jeeps, tar paper houses with tin roofs held down by old tires, motorbikes, water buffalo, black silk pajamas, straw hats, green and camouflaged fatigues, staring children’s faces, trash, sandbags, more barbed wire, and a brilliant clear sky. DaNang, once a city of 35,000, that day knew close to a quarter of a million, including a plane load of 160 new arrivals.

give them courage to face the perils which beset them;
That first ride, in what can only be described as cattle cars, ended in front of a white-washed building, erected by the French many years before, with a fence of painted white chains and mortar-shells. We would not get specific assignments until the next day; but that night we would know the meaning of “red alert” and hear the distant sounds of firing artillery. And while not that night, there would be nights when the ground shook.

and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May 2, 1969 is but a memory. During the period from May 1971 through September 1972, I was stationed at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where I would write orders for other Naval personnel to go to the Republic of Vietnam, some at the direction of the United States Navy and others at their own request.  

When I first wrote my thoughts, on the 20th anniversary of having been to Vietnam, I closed with, “May such a time never be experienced again.” If this were only true.  Amen.
Bill Wilds
This Sunday

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

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

12:00 Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Christian Formation

The Adult Forum will meet this Sunday at 9:15. This week's topic is Contemplative Prayer led by David Lilley

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 meet at noon. Friends are welcome!
St. Andrew's Youth Prepare Cookies for Kairos
November Kairos Nottoway Weekend
Matt Deller, Joe DuRant, and Brad Norris, as part of the Kairos inside team for Nottoway Correctional Center, are preparing for the upcoming 42nd weekend from November 14-17.
  • Prayer: Signup sheets asking for the first names and last initials of our prayer partners will be placed in the Main Street Lobby.  
  • Posters and paper placemats: For posters, please use half-size poster board to differentiate them from the full-size posters that the participants make during the weekend. Do not sign posters or placemats with last names.  
  • Cookies: Each team member needs to bring 100 dozen cookies – so we need 300 dozen! Recipes are available on the church’s website. They can be baked in advance and frozen (one dozen per ziplock bag); but please don’t freeze them before they completely cool, or they tend to crumble. Click here for approved cookie recipes. Please bring your cookies to the church by Tuesday, November 12.
  • Financial support can also be used to sponsor an individual participant or a table family for the weekend. Checks may be made payable to St. Andrew’s with “Kairos” in the memo section.

An extremely grateful “Thank you” for all that you continue do in support of our Kairos Nottoway inside team. Please contact Matt Deller with any questions via email at or (757)812-9852. 
Responding to Gun Violence: November 17, 4:00 PM 
Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens. In Virginia there were over 1000 firearm deaths in 2017. Approximately two-thirds of firearm deaths in Virginia were suicides. (Sources: CDC; VA Dept. of Health) The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these losses—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting.

Members of St. Andrew’s are continuing to seek ways that we can address gun violence and its effects on our lives and our community. A group is meeting to learn how we can take action individually, as a faith community, and in collaboration with others in our city. If you are interested in joining this effort or would just like to learn more, please join us on Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 PM in the parish library.

For more information contact Karen Merritt,, or Merrill Hemmert,
Thanksgiving Service
Our annual Thanksgiving service will be held on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:00 AM. Bring a friend with you.
Join Link and Old Point to Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need

Before you know it, our families will be sitting down to a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, but what about those less fortunate, those who can’t afford to put a regular meal on the table; what about those who are homeless – what will they be eating on Thanksgiving Day? Old Point National Bank has teamed up with LINK to provide food items for those less fortunate. Please bring the following items to the church no later than 15 November. A basket will be provided at both entrances. 

Needed items are:
Box of cornbread mix, Bag of stuffing, cans of pumpkin, evaporated milk, corn, green beans, or cranberry sauce. A monetary contribution for a ham or turkey is also appreciated.

Contact Diana Skelton (897-7395 or if you have questions. Thanks in advance for your support. 
A Special Thank You
A very special thank you to all who helped with the All Saints’ Day
reception and to those who set up the 100 th anniversary display. It
was truly a memorable and moving day in the life of the parish.
Fellowship Luncheon
Our November Fellowship Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at noon in the parish hall. Please call 595-0371 to make your reservations by Monday, November 18. The cost is only $5.00.
Halloween in Hilton was Great Fun!
Thanks to everyone who helped make our Halloween outreach a tremendous success - those who contributed candy and toys, those who prepared trick-or-treat bags, and those who were here that night to greet the families and hand out all the goodies! We served over 1200 children. Families were very appreciative and so happy to have use of our bathrooms and to be able to grab a cup of coffee. Of particular note this year, because temperatures were in the high 70's, the children and their parents were very thirsty. We handed out hundreds of cups of ice water. Something so simple can mean so much! We put our best foot forward and extended friendly hospitality to all and had fun in the process!
Even the Grim Reaper Gets Thirsty! Thanks Cabel!
November History Notes
  • On November 30, 1958, the cornerstone of the new church was laid. It contains a Bible, given by Edwin Keith Phillips; a cross pendant, belonging to Eleanor Mabry; a Book of Common Prayer, used by Mr. Burke during WWII; Record of the Founders; a letter from Bishop Gunn; plans of the church; a list of the current communicants; pictures and history of the old church; a copy of the November 30, 1958, bulletin; and a copy of an article in the Daily Press dated November 30, 1958.
  • On November 30, 1975, the Rev. Douglas G. Burgoyne was named Rector.
Turkey Sandwich Day – Friday, December 20, 9 AM
To prepare 550 bag lunches for the Downtown Homeless Christmas Party on December 21 we need:
 applesauces (all donated)
plastic spoons (all donated)
  550 6” candy canes
1,002 individual chip items
1,100 individual cookie items
1,100 individual cracker items
1,040 paper napkins
you to help on the 20th
trucks and vans to deliver the lunches to Youth Challenge
your donation if you would rather we shop for you

If you have any questions about this great outreach project, please contact Bill Wilds (595-0371 or 
Our 100th Anniversary Recipe File - Loaded Stewardship Mashed Potatoes
from a recipe we used when Stewardship parties were held in the parish hall

5 lb potatoes, peeled and cubed ¾ c sour cream
½ c milk 3 T butter
3 c (12 oz) shredded cheddar cheese, divided 3 green onions, sliced
½ lb sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in a Dutch oven or large pan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a mixing bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon, and onions.

Transfer to a greased 3-qt baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese in melted. Serves approximately 14.  

To be festive, leave out the bacon and onions. Serve the potatoes in wine classes and have the bacon, onion, extra cheese and sour cream to garnish.

We found that to make multiple batches, it was easier to do it one batch at a time!!!