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Strive for Justice

Maybe you've been keeping up with St. Andrew's Racism Response Team (RRT). A great deal of work has been done with that group (along with other such endeavors), having completed a weeks-long formation program called Sacred Ground to now formulating a mission statement and goals, to wit: We strive to continually deepen our understanding of racism and social injustice in order to effect positive change in our community.

One of the insights that I have gained throughout our various aspects of study and conversation is what I have termed the three Ds of racism:
  • Dehumanization: Basically asserting that another (individual or group) is of less value as a human being because of who they are, especially as the assertion is expressed through various social structures and systems.
  • Disproportionality: The impact of systemic racism disproportionally affects those who are asserted to be of less value relative to other groups (White, in particular).
  • Denial: Asserting that there is no systemic racism (by which the very systemic nature of racism is perpetuated).

Systemic racism is very complicated, of course, and there is no single or easy solution, but as the RRT further states in its guiding principles: Since we, as Episcopalians, believe that humankind is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), we must respect the dignity of every human being (Baptismal Covenant). And so we strive to do.

More information will be forthcoming from the RRT about how the entire St. Andrew's community will have the opportunity to join together in our imperative quest to, as the Baptismal Covenant states, seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice, and respect each human being's dignity as one made in the image of God. Join us, won't you?

Marc
Wednesday healing service
Our 11 AM Wednesday healing services have resumed. While we will not be able to offer the laying on of hands, individual healing prayers will be offered. Please enter and leave by the River Road door only. Reservations not required.
Welcome, Bishop Susan!
In our Episcopal polity, the Bishop is technically the rector and spiritual leader of every parish. Since the bishop can’t be in every location every Sunday, churches call priests to serve as long-term substitutes. That’s why every time a bishop comes to visit a parish, it is the bishop who celebrates and preaches. This Sunday we will be welcoming our head pastor and priest to St. Andrew’s: The Rt. Rev. Bishop Susan B. Haynes. One of the ways in which the bishop exercises her ministry of unifying the church is to confirm members, and this Sunday she will be confirming Jason and Nicole Carney, Anna and Olga Deller, and Fiona Stewart. Please plan to attend our 10:30 service either in person or online to be part of this important day in the life of our parish.
Sunday’s Offering for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund
The loose offering at this Sunday’s service is designated for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, which is used for a variety of needs not otherwise provided for in the diocesan budget. These needs generally are charitable, educational, or medical and distributed for specific individual needs involving both clergy and laity.
Adult Forum with Bishop Susan—Live and Streamed
On Sunday, May 2 at 9:15, Bishop Susan will be joining us in the Parish Hall and live on Zoom for a special Adult Forum. She will be talking about the role of the bishop and about our call as Christians to share the good news. She will also engage in open-ended conversation with us, so be thinking about what questions and comments you would like to bring to the forum. Here is the link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82837417148
Confirmation – May 2, 2021
10:30 AM
with Bishop Susan B. Haynes
 
Confirmands
Jason Ray Carney
Nicole Marie Emmelheinz-Carney
Anna Lorraine Deller
Olga Camelia Deller
Fiona Hope Stewart
 
Defend, O Lord, your servants with your heavenly grace, that they may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until they come to your everlasting kingdom. Amen
Receiving Communion this Sunday
  • Come to the River Road door between noon and 1 to receive the Eucharist in person.  
  • To take communion at home while participating in the service virtually, call Bill Wilds (880-5460) during the week from 9 - noon to arrange to pick up a consecrated communion kit. Please designate a “holy place” in your home to store it until consumed.
  • If you are not able to leave your home, please call Bill Wilds (880-5460) to make arrangements for a Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) to bring communion to you. The LEV will come to the front door of your home and conduct a short liturgy from the prayer book. The LEV will be masked the entire time he/she is with you.
Saturday Christian Fellowship at 10:00: INVITE a FRIEND, bring a CHAIR
Dan and Karen Waddill have been hosting a time of Christian fellowship at their home each Saturday morning at 10 AM. ALL ARE WELCOME to attend and join fellow parishioners and Hilton neighbors for an informal time of study and prayer. Jackie Legg has shared her microphone which helps compete with the beautiful birdsong. Wear something warm. The wind is always up on the river. And...Invite a Friend, Bring a Chair!

Dan and Karen Waddill
23 Hilton Terrace
Newport News, VA
Regathering guidelines
As we regather beginning this Sunday, please take a moment to review our regathering guidelines. By coming to church, you are agreeing to abide by the guidelines.

Reserving your seat for in-person Sunday worship 
Call Bill Wilds (757-880-5460) to reserve your seat(s). Reservations for each upcoming week open at noon on Sunday and close at noon on Wednesday. If, after making your reservation, you find you will be unable to attend, please let Bill know this as soon as possible. Please do not email Bill or the church concerning reservations - just call.

For May 2 reservations close at noon today
For May 9 reservations open at noon on May 2 and close at noon on May 5
Adult forum series Good News to Go continues Sunday, May 9 at 9 AM (please note the earlier start time): in-person and on Zoom
Each Sunday through June 6, Anne is leading an Adult Forum series called Good News to Go, which explores our call as Christians to seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people—and then invite everyone to more. This series equips us to carry out the Easter mission we proclaim in word and song: Spread the good news o’er all the earth. Jesus has died and has risen. We are using a curriculum developed by The Episcopal Church and strongly commended to us by the keynote speaker at our recent diocesan annual council. The forum is offered both online and in person. See you there!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82837417148 -- same link through June 6
Our love and sympathy are extended
to the family and friends of
William Garbee
housemate of Brad Norris
who died on April 21, 2021

"Let light perpetual shine on him, O Lord."
Monthly Chesapeake service to resume this Thursday, May 6
The rectors of St. Andrew’s and St. John’s will be leading a communion service at The Chesapeake the first Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM in the Explorers’ Room. Anne will be the celebrant on Thursday, May 6.
Marc on Vacation
Marc will on vacation May 3 – 7 at Disney World with his daughter Shelby. Please keep him in your prayers and know he will keep you in his prayers.
Thanks to all!
Al and I were deeply touched by the outpouring of love and good wishes from all of you last Sunday! I can't think of a nicer send-off. Nora Ann did a fantastic job organizing the festivities. All of our staff went "above and beyond" to create a beautiful and special day for us. And Anne's liturgy and the songs she wrote were Nobel Prize for Literature worthy! (in my humble opinion) Being able to regather and seeing friends together again, hearing our talented choir... well... our hearts felt full. As I put on my many hats at the end of the service it was so much fun to look out and see all of your smiling faces and share a laugh!

I also want to thank you for the very generous purse! Really, that was overwhelming and will be put to good use as our "travel fund". I spent a long time Sunday afternoon reading all of the beautiful cards. I will treasure them always. If I am ever having a bad day, all I will need to do is pull them out and remember that I have friends I love and can count on.

As I am writing this, I am in the office with Ann Turner as we work together to ensure a smooth transition. I am leaving you in good hands! Ann is talented beyond measure, a diplomatic and caring person who is already loved by many here who have known her for many years. For those who will get to know her, you are in for a real treat!

Since we will still be St. Andrew's parishioners, I know we'll be seeing you on a regular basis even though I am not in the office anymore. I think the thing I will miss the most is seeing my best friends on a daily basis - Bill W., Brad, Bill B., Matthew, Marc, and Anne - these people are everything to me!
Offering Envelopes
Some parishioners who use offering envelopes are still using last year’s envelopes. Each parishioner is assigned a new “envelope” number each year, so to ensure that you receive proper credit for your donations this year, please only use the envelopes that have 2021 on them. If you still have envelopes from previous years, please throw them away immediately. If you requested 2021 envelopes and have not picked them up from the church, they are available in the church office.
Crafters Regathering
If you have a craft that you would like to work on while sharing fellowship time with others, put on your mask and join us in the parish library on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.  For questions, please call Bill Wilds (595-0371).
Upcoming Sunday Events in May at the 10:30 AM service
  • May 2:  Confirmation with Bishop Haynes
  • May 9:  Youth Sunday
  • May 16: Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
  • May 23 Pentecost
  • May 30 Memorial Day Weekend
Forward Day by Day and the Upper Room
The new issues of Forward Day by Day and the Upper Room are available for pick up in St. Nicholas Chapel during the day.
We're here for you!

What if I need to reach the parish clergy or staff?
You can reach us by email, even if we are working from home.

What if I have a pastoral emergency or know of someone else who is ill?
Call or text Anne directly at 804-6875396.
Links to St. Andrew's digital resources:
Other resources for worship at home: