Friday, November 2, Commemoration of Faithful Departed

Sunday, November 4, All Saints Sunday | Pentecost 24

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I, Fr. Pence officiating

The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II, Fr. Pence officiating

Church School at 10 a.m.

Childcare available 9:45 a.m.
Worship notes

The Collect:
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Readings/Lessons: Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 119:1-8; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34

The Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14
When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!
The Gospel | Mark 12:28-34
The Greatest Commandment

One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.
The week of November 4

Sunday, 8 a.m., The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Sunday, 9 a.m., Choir rehearsal
Sunday, 10 a.m., The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday, 10 a.m., Church School for children
Childcare available 9:45 a.m.

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 816
Tuesday, 10 a.m., Healing Eucharist
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Wednesday, no 8 a.m. Eucharist during November
Wednesday, 7 p.m., ECW monthly meeting
A Note from the Senior Warden

On October 26, I spoke with Father Morsch and learned his wife has been diagnosed with a condition that is apparently best described as "shingles that has migrated to the ear." It does not cause hearing problems but does cause loss of balance, some degree of paralysis of the facial muscles, and facial pain. Mrs. Morsch is resting at home, and is getting in-home physical therapy. The nature of this condition is that, over time, the virus that causes it "burns out," leading to resolution of the symptoms.

Mrs. Morsch's inability to travel will delay the couple’s move up here. (Father Morsch had originally planned to visit town last weekend to look at a house on St. Louis Street that they may rent). He assured me that they will here "as soon as possible," but he also told me that I should line up supply clergy through December 2 or I Advent. –Kevin Babb
Getting to Know YOU!

Marianne and Marty Cavanaugh officially joined the parish of St. Andrew’s on the Feast of All Saints in 2017, after visiting sporadically over the previous two and a half years beginning with the second Sunday of Easter, 2015. 

Marianne and Marty met in January 1982 when both were graduate students in library science at Northern Illinois University. Shortly after they were married in 1984, they moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when Marianne was offered a job at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. A year later, they moved to Lebanon, Illinois, (much to the delight of Marianne’s parents in Collinsville) when Marty was offered a job McKendree College. In 1989, within two months of each other, Marty began working in Olin Library at Washington University and Marianne began working in Richardson Memorial Library at the St. Louis Art Museum. 

In August 2017, within two days of each other, they both retired from their respective institutions to spend more time tending to their 4-acre retreat between Troy and Edwardsville. Their current long-term project involves converting an overgrown field into a combination woodland and wildflower garden. Marianne also enjoys gardening (vegetables and flowers), cooking, and teasing the cat. Marty is becoming addicted to New York Times crossword puzzles and attempts to read Italian novels. They both enjoy attending folk concerts at the Sheldon and the occasional old rocker concert at the Wildey.

When Marianne and Marty married, they melded their respective faith traditions by joining an American Lutheran Church (ALC). After over 30 years in the ALC and its successor, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), they were looking for a more liturgical worship experience and found a home at St. Andrew’s. They both appreciate the musical heritage of the Episcopal Church. Marianne sings in the choir and Marty attempts to sing in the back row. The first time they attended St. Andrew's they discovered they already had some personal connections with the parish. Marty was a former colleague of Jane Weingartner and a former student of Jim Weingartner, and they had previously met Nichole DeWall and Brian Pezza through Marty’s former McKendree colleagues. Marianne and Marty have enjoyed getting to know more parish members since joining.

Two traditions which they were unable to leave behind, however, were their respective allegiances to their favorite baseball teams. Marianne was raised a Cardinals fan and Marty, who grew up in the Chicago area, was raised a Cubs fan. Yet they have been able to remain civil all these years during Cubs-Cardinals games. In fact, one of their earliest dates was attending a Cubs-Cardinals game in Wrigley Field. (Cubs win!) The last baseball game they attended together was game 6 of the 2011 World Series. (Go Cards!) We have it on good authority that even Marty was rooting for ex-Cub Tony LaRussa to win another World Series. We also have at least one verifiable witness that Marianne was rooting for the Cubs in the 2016 World Series. (Go Cubs!)

A newcomer to St. Andrew’s immediately notices that the present structure is a combination of the relatively old and the fairly new. To the center of worship--the church building consecrated in 1917--is joined an addition that was dedicated in 2001. That the addition exists is a testament to effective leadership and congregational dedication and sacrifice.

The story begins with another transition--from Fr. David L. Gable (1991-1995) to Mother Virginia L. Bennett, who would prove to be the longest serving priest in St. Andrew’s history (1996-2013). Mother Bennett was the guiding spirit and driving force behind the building of the addition.

The project evolved from her original proposal to build a cloistered walkway connecting the church to “Canterbury House,” a neighboring private residence purchased in 1993, to something much more ambitious. The cramped accommodations for offices and meetings provided by Canterbury House would be replaced by a handicapped-accessible annex which would combine church school classrooms and office space with a bright and airy venue for parish gatherings, the whole adorned by a bell tower. The size of St. Andrew’s footprint would be more than doubled.

As frequently occurs in building projects, actual expenses greatly exceeded initial estimates. The bulk of the almost one million dollar cost of the addition was supplied by a “From Generation to Generation” fund-raising campaign in which 87 gifts and pledges, supplemented by a United Thank Offering grant of $25,000, provided close to $650,000, the balance financed by a mortgage. Mother Bennett’s leadership, in combination with the devotion of the congregation, had achieved a remarkable result.

The addition, although still thought of as “new” by longtime parishioners, is now beginning to show its age. The heating and cooling systems, original to the structure, are in need of replacement. Further maintenance costs will inevitably arise in future. Preserving the addition is not only a practical necessity, but a symbol of respect for what the people of St. Andrew’s and their rector were able to accomplish. -Jim Weingartner
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
Remember when local daylight time is about to reach 2 a.m. Sunday morning clocks are turned backward one hour to 1 a.m.
Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour earlier on November 4.

Come to the Book Fair November 2 and 3
The Fall Book Fair at St. Andrew’s will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3. The sale will be open on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book sale offers over 20,000 used books of all kinds including children’s, current fiction, mysteries, history, literature, art, cookbooks, gardening, sports, philosophy, religion, biography and much more, including regional titles. The books are sorted by category and priced to sell. Also available for sale are CDs, DVDs and vinyl albums. –Cindy Reinhardt

Pledge Cards to be Blessed on Sunday, November 4, All Saints Day
Please fill out the pledge card you received in person or by mail earlier this month and return it by placing it in the offering plate this Sunday. In this way every parishioner’s pledge card will be blessed at the altar on All Saints Day. If you will not be in church on Sunday, please mail your pledge card to the office to the attention of Riley Atwood.
–The Mission Leadership Team

ECW to Meet Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
The monthly ECW meeting is November 7 at 7 p.m. in Pearson Hall. –Mary Jane Helsel

Book Club is Reading Please Look after Mom
The next Book Club meeting is Monday, November 19. The selection for this month is Please Look after Mom , a million plus best seller in Korea by South Korean author Kyung-Sook Shin . Geraldine Brooks, a well-known author, says about this book that the author “…penetrates the very essence of what it means to be a family and a human being.” Will our Book Club readers agree with her assessment?–Pat Rudloff

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed for November 25 and December 23
To everyone who has volunteered their time and treasure this year, thank you. Hosts are still needed for November 25 and December 23. –Pat Rudloff
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