Sunday, November 11, 25th Sunday after Pentecost

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

Church School at 10 a.m.; childcare available 9:45 a.m.
Worship notes

The Collect:

“O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life; Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A men.

This week’s lessons: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 127 or 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

The Epistle:

“And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28
The Gospel |Mark 12:38-44

As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
The week of November 11

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
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Charlie’s Lunch Bunch, Sugo’s in Edwardsville
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Mission Leadership Team

Shane Spellmeyer, former member of our parish and a seminarian at Nashotah House, has been accepted as a Candidate for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Springfield by Bishop Martins.

Shane will complete his program at Nashotah House this spring. He hopes to be working in a parish position after his graduation and ordination.

We wish him continued success as he completes his studies!

Wow! What a Book Fair!

The November Book Fair earned $3,950.35 for St. Andrew’s, the second highest sales total ever for this quarterly event. Thanks go to everyone who volunteered to make it happen, especially Mike Reinhardt, who processed all the 300-or-so boxes of books donated since August! –Cindy Reinhardt
Christmas Shopping Idea: Scrip Cards

The holidays are coming, and an easy answer to “What can I get for …? She/he is so hard to buy for!” is a scrip card. We typically have cards for Target, Walgreen, Kohl’s and other local businesses. We can order for many national concerns, so if your brother-in-law lives in South Dakota, we can get Amazon!

As a bit of an aside, we brought our pledge cards to the service Sunday for blessing. The average pledge in 2018 is a bit over $3,300. For several years the income that the scrip program was able to contribute to the parish general fund was around $4,000, the equivalent of a pledging unit. That is no longer true. In the recent past the income generated by the program has fallen. Consider that each of us pledges what we feel we can manage. Another way we can support the parish is to shop with scrip. It doesn’t cost us anything that we wouldn’t be spending anyway, and the returns to the parish can be substantial.

If you have a Shop and Save card that still has money on it, take it to the Schnuck’s in the old Shop and Save building, and they will exchange it for a Schnuck’s card before December 31, 2018.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the scrip program. –Fredna Scroggins
Priests and Protest
The 1960s and early 1970s were years of political and social upheaval in the United States, generated by controversy regarding civil rights and the war in Vietnam. St. Andrew’s was not uninvolved. Father James H. Pearson, St. Andrew’s rector (1964 to 1968), published in the December 1, 1967 edition of The Edwardsville Intelligencer a thinly veiled defense of “riot and commotion” in the quest for peace and social justice. But a more radical exponent of social and political change was a cleric and academic who was, for a brief time, a parishioner of St. Andrew’s.

Robert Allan Humphreys was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1930. Although raised in a Methodist family, he was attracted as a young man to the Episcopal Church and was ordained an Episcopal priest, adopting the first name of “Laud” in honor of a prominent 17 th century English clergyman. For someone inclined to challenge authority, this at first glance was a strange choice. William Laud, as Archbishop of Canterbury, had enraged religious dissenters with his tyrannical efforts to impose high church uniformity throughout the realm, although his appeal to Humphreys may have lain, at least in part, in the cleric’s reputed “homosexual leanings.”

Moving from church to academe, Laud Humphreys earned a doctorate in sociology from Washington University in 1968 with an, at that time, highly controversial dissertation on gay men who sought sexual encounters in public restrooms. He was appointed to an assistant professorship at SIUE and became a parishioner of St. Andrew’s, where he was occasionally involved in conducting services. Already an activist for civil rights for African-Americans, Humphreys became involved in the anti-war movement. In 1970, he was arrested for having disrupted the operations of the local draft board, in the course of which he had allegedly destroyed government property (a portrait of President Richard Nixon), for which he was sentenced to three months in prison. Humphreys subsequently left St. Andrew’s and SIUE for academic employment in New York and California, where he died of lung cancer in 1988.

Father Pearson had fallen victim to a fatal heart attack in 1968, the same year in which Laud Humphreys appeared among us. Would Pearson have found in him a kindred spirit? I suspect so. -Jim Weingartner

Book Club Meets November 19
Book Club will meet Monday, November 19th, at 1 p.m. in Pearson Hall. Our book selection is Please Look after Mom by Kyung-sook Shin, a South Korean author. Here is an opportunity to learn about a culture that is very different from ours while, at the same time, reading about a family that in many ways we can relate to. This book is told for the most part in a second person voice and it will be interesting to hear what our book club attendees think about this writing technique. –Pat Rudloff

Sign up to Host Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour volunteers needed for November 25th and December 23rd. For those who are thinking ahead to 2019, it is never too early to sign up! –Pat Rudloff
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