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Healing Prayer

Dear friends,
Since the start of the pandemic, we have not been able to offer the ministry of healing in the ways that we did prior to March. Of course, all of us are praying for God’s help and healing for our whole suffering world, and every Sunday we offer prayers for those in any need or trouble. But we have not been able to hold Wednesday healing services, nor have we been able to set up our prayer stations on Sunday mornings to offer individual prayer and anointing. I miss those ministries, and I’m guessing many of you do, too. It is both ironic and poignant that in this time when so much healing is needed, we haven’t been able to offer the sacramental rite of the Unction of the Sick.

The staff and I talked about this situation and decided on some ways to offer healing prayer even now while we are still worshiping from afar. I hope you will find them helpful:
  • Inclusion of a healing prayer in the weekly Prayers of the People: As noted above, our Sunday prayers always include prayers for God’s healing, but my guess is that many people do not include prayer for their own healing in their petitions. Our Sunday Prayers of the People every week will now include a prayer from the healing service that specifically asks for God’s healing for us and others.
  • Monthly Sunday use of the healing litany: One Sunday a month, our Prayers of the People will be the Litany for Healing.

Opportunities for individual healing prayer:
  • Beginning in February, on the first Sunday of the month, a member of the healing prayer team will be available at the Main Street door from noon to 1 PM to offer individual healing prayer so that parishioners can receive communion and also healing prayer with one trip to the church. Because of the pandemic, the prayer team member will not be using oil for anointing and will maintain social distancing, but God of course is not limited by those changes!
  • Meanwhile, Marc and I are always glad to offer individual prayers for healing for you and or loved ones, either in person or by phone. Please don’t hesitate to call, email, or text us at any time if you would like us to pray with you. 

God yearns for our healing and wholeness. All of us are imperfect, broken people; all of us need God’s healing in one way or another. Through the tender compassion of our God, may you experience Jesus the healer at work in your life and in the lives of those whom you hold dear.

Blessings.  ~ Anne
Bishop Haynes invites you to a Virtual Town Hall on January 14

January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany – the day when we commemorate the journey of the Magi to Bethlehem, the culmination of their quest to understand planetary movements and stellar alignments in conjunction with prophecies about the birth of a Messiah King. The Magi were outsiders, Gentiles, learned men who practiced a craft or discipline that was not likely endorsed by Torah teachings.

Nevertheless, even though they were on the outside, they were earnest in their seeking and humble enough to seek the direction of people who practiced a religion that was not their own. They came to Herod and to the religious leaders around him to seek counsel and then went on their way to follow a star that led them to Jesus. After encountering Jesus, and paying him homage, they got up to return to their home. The Scripture from Matthew tells us: “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” (Matthew 2:12) And so they did…return by another road and in the end they did not become conspirators along with Herod to destroy the Christ child.

How often do we encounter the Christ child and then are invited to return to our lives “by another road?” During this time of pandemic, many of us feel like we are living in darkness. We long to return to “going to church” the way we did before the virus infected us. But have we not encountered the Christ Child even in our pandemic worship. Everywhere I “travel” in the Diocese, be it in a virtual zoom meeting, or a limited outdoor worship, I am hearing stories of people who have been introduced to the church through its technological offerings during the pandemic. In most cases, these offerings have come about when clergy and lay both extend themselves to learn a new way of doing things. We are coming to church “by another road,” and the Christ Child is honored by our travel.

As the pandemic continues to rage around us we are growing weary. We long for a place of rest, refreshment and rejuvenation. The Bishop and the Diocesan staff would like to invite you to a Town Hall meeting where you can do just that. This town hall meeting will be via Zoom and is scheduled for Thursday, January 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meeting format will be a brief presentation by Bishop Susan and members of the Diocesan staff, followed by questions and answers. There will also be a time of scripture reading and prayer.

Click here to get the log in information for this Zoom gathering. We hope you will join us.
Anne’s Quick Health Update

Dear friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers and well wishes! I am happy to report that the results of a stress test I took last week were normal. I’m wearing a small heart monitor right now and should know the results from that tracking in early February. Meanwhile, I feel fine. I will keep you posted as I know more. Blessings and love. ~ Anne
Church office closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Call ministry: let us know your preference

After a successful “Call Ministry Check-Up” meeting on the 6th, we realize that a new calendar year presents the perfect opportunity to ensure this ministry remains as meaningful as possible.

We need your help. Now is the time to communicate your preferences.
  • Have you been on the call recipient list and would prefer not to receive calls in the future? That’s OK. We won’t be offended! 
  • On the other hand, if you previously removed your name from the list and would like to receive calls in the future, let us know that also. 
  • Would receiving a text message or personal email be a better way to reach you? Please tell us that. 

We want this ministry to be a blessing rather than a burden, and giving us honest feedback is the best way to make that happen. We care about you, and knowing how best to communicate that to you matters! Please let us know your preference by January 22. If we don't hear from you, we will assume that the current arrangement is working for you.
Receiving Communion this Sunday

  • If you would like to receive the bread and wine in person from a clergy member, come to the River Road door of the church on Sunday between 12:00 and 1:00 PM, and make sure to wear your mask.  
  • If you would like to partake of communion at home while participating in the service virtually, you can call Bill Wilds (880-5460) during the week from 9:00 AM to noon and make an appointment to come and pick up consecrated communion kits for your family to use during the following Sunday’s service. If you choose this option, please create/designate a “holy place” in your home to store the consecrated Body and Blood between the time you pick it up and Sunday morning.
Upcoming events at St. Andrew’s:

  • The Confirmation class continues this Sunday, January 17 at 9:00 AM via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please contact Marc Vance at 595-0371 or at
  • Women of the Word (WOW) meets via ZOOM this Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM. Zoom:
  • Responding to Racism has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 21.
  • NOTE: There will NOT be a January Fellowship Luncheon.
Stimulus check idea: spreading light in the darkness

Dear Friends,
John and I received our $1200 stimulus check as a deposit into our checking account on January 4, which makes me think you may have already received your stimulus check money, too. As I’m guessing is true for some of you, John and I don’t need that money. A wise parishioner suggested to me last time around that those of us who are blessed not to need the checks could easily donate that money to people in need. That’s what John and I did with our original stimulus money and what we are doing this time, too. As you are able, I invite you to join us in that action. Perhaps you have a friend or family member whose income has plummeted because of the pandemic, and you could pass along this bonus to that person. Or you could contribute it to THRIVE, LINK, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank or some other charity serving those in need.

Despite the darkness of the world in so many ways at this moment, we are in the season of Epiphany: celebrating the light, Jesus at work in the world around us. Choosing to pass along this stimulus money to those most in need of help is one way for us to light a candle in this present darkness. I hope you’ll consider doing so.  Blessings. ~ Anne
The 12 Days Project

Many thanks to all who gave of themselves for the 12 Days of Christmas Project.  To the musicians: Sarah Charlock, Anne Epperly, Andrew Frey, Colten Frey, Mason Hill, Shannon McCall, Karen Merritt, Lindsey Nicolai, Brad Norris, Dan Waddill, and Bill Wilds. To the recorders: Matthew Frey, Mason Hill, Debi Nicolai, Lindsey Nicolai, and Rachel Roby. To Sarah Charlock, who uploaded the videos onto our Facebook page. We hope the project made for warm hearts and maybe a few smiles!

If you haven't yet had a chance to watch the videos, click on the link below:
Our love and sympathy are extended to
the family and friends of
Lou Nixon
stepmother of Ron Nixon
who died January 5

Let light perpetual shine on her, O Lord.
Hilton Area Churches Blood Drive
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Monday, January 18, 2021
1:30 to 6:00 PM
A resource for seniors living at home: PACE
PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a federal and state-funded program that is an alternative to nursing facilities. PACE offers comprehensive coordinated care led by an interdisciplinary team that delivers primary care, speech, occupational and physical therapy, dental and vision care, in-home care, nutritional services, specialty care coordination, medical transportation, social engagement and more. PACE is designed to help seniors (55+) age independently at home for as long as possible. Most PACE participants are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and enjoy PACE at low or no cost.

   PACE has served seniors in the Peninsula community for years and continues to enroll and care for aging adults during the pandemic providing uninterrupted, individualized care to seniors in their homes. For more enrollment information, a phone appointment or virtual video appointment can be arranged by contacting the local Business Development Navigator, Tiffany Andrews-Franklin at 757-613-6917 or
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.
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Other resources for worship at home: