September 15, 2019
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
A Lesson for the Ages

Luke 15 seems to be about 3 lost and found parables, but Jesus makes it into lost and found and really lost.

The Pharisees were seething with resentment that Jesus associated with people they deemed well outside of God’s grace. (“He keeps paying attention to THEM, and keeps insulting US!”)

Jesus told about a shepherd rejoicing over finding a lost sheep, a woman who was happy to find a lost coin, and a father who threw a party for his prodigal son. The seemingly insignificant was found, and it was a cause for celebration.

The older son was in no mood for celebration. He was dripping with resentment, even though he still had everything. Jesus intimated that the older son (the ultimate Pharisee) was lost in a practically unfindable way.

No fences around God’s grace.

Brad Norris, Minister of Music
This Sunday

8:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite One (Instructed)
9:15 Adult Forum led by the Building Discernment Team
10:30 Holy Eucharist, Rite Two (Instructed )

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

Instructed Eucharist September 15
Ever wondered why we do what we do during worship on Sundays? A great way to find out is to participate in an Instructed Eucharist, a worship service at which we pause periodically throughout the liturgy to explain what the different parts of our worship mean. On September 15, both the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be Instructed Eucharists. In lieu of the sermon, there will be brief explanations at several points in the service about the ways in which our words and actions, prayers and songs are designed to help us draw closer to God. What better way to enter autumn and begin our busy program year than to pause and consider together what exactly it is that we are doing?! See you on the 15th!
Additional Wheelchair Seating in the Church
Two areas to accommodate wheelchairs have been added in the church. They are located on either side of the church along the outside aisle about halfway between the front and the back of the church.
Christian Formation
The Adult Forum will meet at 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall.  
  • This Sunday, the Building Discernment Team will present their findings and answer any questions you may have.
  • The focus of the Sunday Adult Forum this fall will be Prayer. This new series will begin on Sunday, September 22 with An Introduction to 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 resume their Sunday meetings from noon to 2:00 PM in the Parish Hall on September 22.  
Join us this Sunday for Coffee... (Help wanted!)
St. Andy’s Café, our coffee fellowship, resumes this Sunday. Additional help iw always welcome! You only have to serve one Sunday a month, and usually at the service you normally attend. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Nora Ann Lambiotte at 757-291-2299.
Our love and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of
Mary Jean Wilson
who died on June 19, 2019

Mrs. Wilson's memorial service will be this Saturday, September 14 at 11:00.
A reception in the parish hall will follow the service.

Let light perpetual shine on her, O Lord.

A combined choir sings during a service celebrating the 100th anniversary of Four churches in Hilton Village: First United Methodist, Hilton Baptist, Hilton Presbyterian and St. Andrew’s Episcopal. (Josh Reyes/Staff / Daily Press)
Hilton Village churches celebrate shared centennial
from the front page of the Daily Press, Monday September 9, 2019

By Josh Reyes

Sunday’s service at Hilton Baptist Church in Newport News brought together Episcopalians, Methodists and Presbyterians with the church’s regular members to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hilton Village’s four mainline churches.

While each church is a distinct denomination with a distinct space for its loyal congregation, the message Sunday focused on the beliefs they all share as Christians and a shared history and sense of community as residents of Hilton.

Clergy pictured above: Clark DeSarro-Raynal (Hilton Presbyterian), Lorna Williams (St. Andrew's), Lynwood Wells (Hilton Baptist), Elizabeth Lutz (First United Methodist), Anne Kirchmier (St. Andrew's), and Natalie Chamberlain (Hilton Christian)
Seeking Team Members…
St. Andrew’s is in the process of establishing two teams to help us move forward in coming months with two different ministries.
  • Following up on the recommendation of our Building Discernment Team, the Building Implementation Team will plan and oversee the practical and logistical tasks involved in turning our former school spaces into a multi-use community outreach facility.
  • Recognizing that Christendom has ended and the Church is now in uncharted territory, the Engaging the Climb Team will develop and implement projects outside the doors of St. Andrew’s, with a goal of developing new Christian community for people who are not currently, nor may ever be, parishioners of a traditional church.  
Detailed descriptions of each team can be found on our parish website. You can also learn more about the Building Implementation task by attending the Adult Forum on September 15. Interested in serving on one of the teams? Wonderful!  Email Rachel Roby by September 22 to let her know. Thanks!
Multi-Use Community Outreach Facility Already Underway - Here's What's Happening so Far

As we are forming the Building Implementation Team to oversee and foster the functioning of the Multi-Use Community Outreach Facility, people in our community are already reaching out to us with requests to use the former day school classrooms. Here is a brief summary of what is happening so far:

Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning the Hilton Community Playgroup meets in the basement classrooms and cafeteria. Comprised of pre-school aged children and their parents, this group also enjoys the use of our "little people" playground adjacent to Ferguson Ave. The group began meeting at St. Andrew's almost a year ago as a co-op. Due to the great success in fulfilling a need for young children in our neighborhood, the group expanded and became the Hilton Community Playgroup in June of this year.

Classical Conversations is an organization that provides group classroom instruction to home-schooled students. They serve around 50 students age 4-16 and meet all day on Thursdays. Their first session was September 5, and they are scheduled to meet for 30 weeks and use all of the areas that comprised our former day school, including the cafeteria and both playgrounds.

An ACT Study Group began meeting last Saturday to help high school students prepare for the college admissions test. They are led by our former day school librarian, Tracy Crooks and currently plan to meet for 5 Saturdays with the option to continue should there be a need.

Plans are also underway to establish a Writing Center for anyone who needs help with writing projects or who wants to hone their writing skills. This project was proposed and will be led by Nicole Emmelhainz, one of our newest church members and a professor at CNU.

Earlier this year our facility was used for International Baccalaureate (IB) testing of local high school students.
New Safe Church Classroom Training Sessions Announced
Creating safe spaces in our worship communities is a ministry that we all share and Safe Church training is an important way to make our churches safe places for everyone. Specialized training is required for clergy, church staff, vestry and Lay Eucharistic and Pastoral Care Visitors. Universal training is for Altar Guild members, Sunday school teachers and VBS volunteers. Click here for more information, to find out which Safe Church training is right for you, and to register for any of these upcoming classroom trainings.  
Upcoming Specialized Training (all are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.):
October 5 - Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach
October 12 - St. George's, Newport News
October 19 - St. Andrew's, Norfolk 
October 26 - Emmanuel, Franklin
Upcoming Universal Training:
September 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. - St. Paul's, Norfolk 
September 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. - Bruton Parish  
Update on Re-keying of the Building
There has been a slight delay in getting all of the parts needed to change the locks on the church doors, but we are working on moving forward as quickly as possible. Once we have the new keys, we will send everyone who is eligible to receive one (those who have completed Safe Church training) an email to let you know. We will also make announcements through our publications and in church. Thanks for your patience. It is important that we get this done correctly using a key way that will not allow unauthorized duplicates to be made. And a special thanks to the many people who have already completed Safe Church training and those who have registered for upcoming classes.
Fellowship Luncheon
There will be a Fellowship Luncheon open to all on Wednesday, September 18 at noon in the Parish Hall. The cost is only $5.00 and reservations are required. Please call 595-0371 or email the church office by Monday, September 16 to reserve your seat. The Fellowship Luncheon takes place on the third Wednesday of every month, September through May.
Election of Our Next Bishop will be this coming Saturday
As a congregation, we have been praying for months for our bishop search process. Our next bishop will be elected at a special Diocesan Council on September 21. Those from our parish who will be voting are Anne Kirchmier, Lorna Williams, Al Roby, Bob Lord, Bill Wilds and Rachel Roby.  

Prior to the 21st, you are invited to share your thoughts and reflections about the candidates with members of our delegation. On the 21st, please keep all of those attending this special Diocesan Council in your prayers.

Click here to read about the nominees.
Episcopal Relief & Development: Helping Those Impacted by the Hurricane
In this time of relief, recovery, and reconstruction for those affected by Hurricane Dorian, you are invited to make a financial donation to Episcopal Relief & Development. You may make your checks payable to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with “ERD” in the memo section.  Or click here to donate online.
Hilton Area Churches Blood Drive
Hilton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Monday, September 16, 2019
1:30 to 6:00 PM
Fishermen Breakfast
Our men’s fellowship group, the Fishermen, will have a breakfast and planning meeting on Saturday, September 28 at 8:00 AM in Parish Hall. All men of the parish are invited to attend.
Our 100th Anniversary Recipe File: Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce
from Episcopal Chicken, published in 1985 by The Episcopal Church Women 
of the Diocese of Southern Virginia

4 breast halves, boned ¾ c white wine
3 T flour (+ or -) garlic salt and pepper (optional)
3 T butter or oleo juice of half a lemon
1 med onion, sliced fresh parsley (optional)

Sprinkle chicken breasts lightly with garlic salt and pepper to taste. Sauté onions in butter until transparent over medium-high heat. Remove onions from pan and set aside. Add chicken to pan and brown on both sides in the butter. Add wine. Reduce heat and cook just until pink disappears in chickens (about 10 minutes). Place chicken in covered dish to keep warm.

Mix flour in small amount of water to make a paste; pour into butter and wine mixture. Return onions to pan stirring mixture over moderate heat until thickened a little more that desired for a cream sauce. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and stir. Pour sauce over chicken; garnish with parsley, if desired.

The Rt. Rev. C. Charles Vaché, Diocese of Southern Virginia
(one of our former bishops)