Sunday, October 28, 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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 everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A men.

This week’s lessons: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

The Epistle:
“For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.” Hebrews 7:28
The Gospel | Mark 10:46-52
Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus: "Go; your faith has made you well."

Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
The week of October 28

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.

Tuesday, 10 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Wednesday - No 8 a.m. Eucharist until further notice. *
Friday, 7 p.m., All Souls Commemorative Eucharist 
Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. - Book Fair
Saturday, 9 a.m. to Noon - Book Fair
All Souls Day Commemorative Eucharist,
Friday, November 2, 7 p.m.

The Parish will celebrate All Souls Day with a Commemorative Eucharist on Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Church.

At this service, the faithful departed will be remembered and their names will be read aloud. Please bring your list to church on Sunday, October 28, and place it in the basket by the front doors. L ist the names (first and last) of those individuals whom you wish to be remembered during the All Souls Day Eucharist.

A notebook will be available in the narthex and, later, at the Scrip Table for those who did not complete their list of names prior to Sunday’s service. Names can be submitted to Fr. Pence through Tuesday, October 30 at the following email : gepence39@edwtigerhosting.com .

Incense will be used on Sunday, November 4, All Saints Day.

–Fr. George Pence
Getting to Know YOU!

Harold and Marilyn Strangeman moved from their home of 43 years in Charleston, Illinois to Edwardsville in June of 2016. Harold is originally from Chicago and Marilyn from Connersville, Indiana. They met at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
 
For 35 years, Harold was as an Instructor at Lake Land College in Mattoon and served as Director of the Honors Program several of those years. He retired in 2004 but continued teaching as an Adjunct Instructor until 2016. Marilyn was the Director of RSVP, a federally funded volunteer program, and Assistant to the Executive Director of the Coles County Council on Aging (CCCoA). She semi-retired in 2012 but continued in the role of Assistant Director until 2016 after serving with the CCCoA for 37 years.
 
Both were very active at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mattoon: Harold served on the vestry and as a server, chaired the Flower Fund, and worked annually at the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Marilyn served on the vestry, taught Sunday School, and was the treasurer for over 20 years.
 
Harold was a member of the Soup Stop Board of Directors and volunteered time at its soup kitchen. He was also a volunteer with the Douglas Hart Nature Center and a charter member of the Charleston Exchange Club. Marilyn was a member of the Coles County League of Women Voters.
 
They are the parents of twins: Cari (Austin, Texas) and Chris (Edwardsville). They are also the proud grandparents of Joseph (22), Beth (20), Jonathan (9) and Andrew (7).
 
Soon after moving to Edwardsville, Harold was diagnosed with a rare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is seeing an oncologist at Siteman Cancer Center. The disease is under control through medication but has limited many of his activities. Currently, he is the writer of a bi-monthly trivia column in the Carlinville newspaper. Marilyn volunteers at Anderson Hospital.
 
The Strangemans commented that everyone at St. Andrew’s has been very welcoming and made the transition from their Trinity family much easier.
A Prayerful Departure

Readers of this newsletter have become acquainted with the name of Father Michael R. Becker. Although our priest for only about a year, he felt a special connection to St. Andrew’s, the church where he was ordained, and maintained that connection for decades. Discovered by the History Committee in the fading pages of the 1942 Register of Church Services is his final hand-written entry, dated November 13 th , 1942. It was apparently intended for the eyes of his successor and the attention of God and the saints.

“This being my last mass in Edwardsville before my leaving to await my appointment as chaplain, U.S.N.R. [United States Naval Reserve], I wish to commend St. Andrew’s Church and congregation to the pastoral care of the Rev. Fr. William Hay, who will become priest-in-charge as of December 1 st , 1942. May the Holy Mother of God, Blessed Michael, Peter and Paul, and all Saints watch over and increase with their supplications the spiritual welfare of this parish, that the good work which it has pleased God to begin here may soon be brought to perfection, and that the Catholic Faith may be devoutly practiced to the glorification of Almighty God before all men.

God grant his Holy Spirit may guide the priest, strengthen the faithful, restore the penitent, relieve the sick, comfort the sorrowful, raise the fallen, turn and soften the wicked, and remove all hindrances to the advancement of Truth and Righteousness and the glory of His Holy Name. Amen”

After 76 years, that still sounds like a pretty good prayer for St. Andrew’s, don’t you think?  - Jim Weingartner
Announcements

Game Night, Friday, October 26, at 6 p.m.
Calling children of all ages--come one, come all to Game Night in Pearson Hall on Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. Wear a Halloween costume (children and adults) and enjoy games, Bingo, and snacks. -Mary Jane Helsel

Come to the Book Fair November 2 and 3
St. Andrew’s Fall Book Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. The sale will be open on Friday 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 Sunday, November 4, All Saints Day
Please fill out the pledge card you received earlier this month and return it by placing it in the offering plate during the next two Sundays or mailing it to the office to the attention of Riley Atwood. That way every parishioner’s pledge card will be blessed at the altar on All Saints Day. –The Mission Leadership Team

2018 Pledge Contribution Statements Available Now!
If you would like to review your 2018 pledge contributions through September, be sure to pick up your statement from the box on the glass case in Pearson Hall! This information may be helpful in deciding what you will pledge in 2019.

ECW to Meet Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the regular ECW monthly meeting on November 7 at 7 p.m. in Pearson Hall. –Mary Jane Helsel

Just Three More Opportunities to Host Coffee Hour in 2018
Thanks go to Katelyn Stapleton and Pat Hulme who have agreed to do Coffee Hour on Sunday, November 18. Three dates remain open in 2018: November 25, and December 16 and 23.
–Pat Rudloff

Book Club to Read Please Look after Mom
The Book Club selection for Monday, November 19, is Please Look after Mom by South Korean author Kyung-Sook Shin . In 2011 Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s book reviewer said about this book: “ Mama Mia, who knew that Koreans outstrip Italians and Jews when it comes to mother guilt!" Corrigan did not like this book. Will our Book Club readers? Read the book which is readily available in the Edwardsville library system and share your thoughts at our next meeting.
–Pat Rudloff
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