Building God's Kingdom through
Worship, Outreach and Fellowship
The Kingdom of God

The kingdom of God is the theme of the reading this Sunday from Mark 4:26-34. Two of the hymns and the offertory anthem also reflect this theme. Written in 1973 and published in 21 different hymnals, these are the words of Byrn Rees:
 
The Kingdom of God
 
The kingdom of God is justice and joy;
for Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know;
and here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.
 
The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
the captives are freed, the sinners find place,
the outcast are welcomed God’s banquet to share;
and hope is awakened in place of despair.
 
The kingdom of God is challenge and choice:
believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
God’s love for us sinners brought Christ to his cross;
our crisis of judgment for gain or for loss.
 
God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal;
in Jesus begun, in heaven made whole,
the heirs of the kingdom shall answer his call;
and all things cry “Glory!” to God all in all.

Bill Wilds
Youth Holy Hikes this Saturday, June 12
Perhaps you have heard of our new initiative at St Andrew's? Youth HOLY HIKES on the second Saturday of the month! We enjoyed this fellowship for the first time last month, and hope more will join us this weekend.

WHO is invited: 8th-12th graders, but we welcome the recently graduated too! Friends are always included.
WHERE: We meet in the parking lot beside the former PFAC adjacent to the Mariner's Museum.
WHEN: Saturday, June 12, at 11 am.
WHAT happens?: We walk and talk, munch on homemade cookies, and toss the disc. We hang out for about 1.5- 2 hrs.

What we would really love is to have your child's cell number, so that we might text and invite them ourselves. We have those contacts for only a handful. As parents of young folks, ourselves, we think it's important that you ask their permission to do this. So, if we don't hear back from you, we totally get it!

Please call or email with questions: Marc Vance, 812-764-0355; or Karen & Dan Waddill, 757-604-3238.
Unite the Youth day of service

Hello St. Andrew's Youth!
 
I am a decades-long advocate of the idea that the youth are not just the future of the Church, they are the Church now, today. While the world the Church operates in is very different even from when I was in "youth group" (in the '70s) and old models of youth work are becoming obsolete, these rapidly changing cultural dynamics are providing new opportunities to engage our faithful and spirited youth.
 
One of the ways I am hoping to do that is to gather youth (middle and high schoolers, including this year's grads) from each of the Episcopal Churches in the Newport News and Hampton areas, as well as in Hilton Village, to come together for a community service event sponsored through Serve the City on Tuesday, July 13. Though most of our churches don't have many youth, if each church can interest even a couple of kids and we all come together, we can have a pretty good group to do some important work in and for our community - and it may lead to greater interaction among our youth after the event.
 
If you think this is a good idea and would work for your schedule, I would be very appreciative if you could get back to me by Friday, June 18 so I will know how to register us properly with Serve the City. If you need further information or would like to talk more about this opportunity, please call me at 812-764-0355. Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you soon!
 
Peace and blessings,
The Rev. Marc Vance
Associate Rector
Racism Response Team to meet June 17

Motivated by the events in our culture that are culminating in a racial justice reckoning in our nation, St. Andrew's Racism Response Team is now working to determine the best way forward, not only for the group, but for the entire St. Andrew's community of faith. All are invited and encouraged to join us at our next meeting, Thursday, June 17, at 7:00 pm in the parish hall.
Juneteenth

With sprawling over 200 feet in diameter, the Emancipation Oak is designated as one of the ten greatest trees in the World by the National Geographic Society. This stands near the entrance to the Hampton University Campus and is a lasting symbol of the University’s rich heritage and perseverance.

One day in 1863, the members of the Virginia Peninsula’s black community gathered to hear a prayer answered. The Emancipation Oak was the site of the first Southern reading of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in the freeing of all slaves in the United States.

This June 19th, known as Juneteenth, will mark the memory of this date. The impact of this date for me in 2021 is that slavery was replaced by racism that has been practiced in one form or another for the past 150+ years. For the past year beginning with the outcry of police brutality and George Floyd in particular, I began an in-depth study through “Sacred Ground”. I have been immersed in the history of racism in our country and become more aware of how my history lessons of the past have covered up the injustices for black people, as well as native Americans, Asians, and Mexican Americans. A “whitewash” has minimized the inequities through every fabric of life.

I am planning to attend the walk this year at 3:30 on June 19th to the Emancipation Oak in solidarity with the black community as they honor this date. I will continue to endorse policy change that promotes social justice and act in ways to push back on racism in my community and country.

I invite others to join me and also to join with a group at St. Andrews in our response to racism. We have completed our study of “Sacred Ground” and will continue to meet in person in our passion to promote justice for all.

Louise Ragland

Juneteenth Faith Walk
Still Walking for Racial Justice and Equity
Sponsored by the Hampton Faith Walk Community
Saturday, June 19, 2021
3:30 PM – meet at Hampton City Hall
4:00 PM – walk to the Emancipation Oak
Please wear a mask and practice social distancing
Memorial service for Mary Montague Stephens

There will be a memorial service for Mary Montague Stephens at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 22, here at St. Andrew’s. All are welcome to attend.
Two invitations for St. Andrew’s Young Adults: 
Kick-off Social on Sunday, June 27, and Discord Server
Hello, Young Adults of St. Andrew’s! Thank you so much for your feedback about how we as a parish can do a better job of supporting and connecting with folks in your age group and helping you to connect with each other. We are taking your helpful comments and ideas to heart, and you will be hearing more from us in the coming days. Meanwhile, we want to extend two invitations to you:
Kick-off Social on Sunday, June 27 at 5 PM
at the home of Pixie and Bob Killebrew, 13 Hilton Terrace.
This relaxing evening will include music, frisbees, soccer balls, pizza, and great conversation. No need to RSVP—just show up; and bring a friend, or two, or three.
Membership in St. Andrew’s Young Adult Discord Server Account
This online tool will enable all of us to connect in a variety of ways and will be the best place to learn about upcoming St. Andrew’s Young Adult events. Click here to join.
We as a congregation are blessed by your connection to us, and we hope to be a blessing to you. Please do sign up for our Discord server and plan to join us in person on June 27 if you are in the area. Either way, know that we are praying for you and looking forward to getting to know you better.

Your Young Adult Ministry Team,
Nicole Emmelhainz-Carney, Anne Kirchmier, Elizabeth Mayo, Melissa Sale, and Dan Waddill
Receiving Communion while worshipping virtually
  • 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. 
  • For those who may be unable to attend in person on June 20, you can pick up kits after you attend Sunday worship this Sunday. 
  • Please remember to 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.
Socially distanced seating on Sundays available by request

Fully vaccinated people (two weeks out from their final shot) do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing at worship or any church event. However, we will continue to provide socially distanced seating at worship for anyone who requests it.  If you would like socially distanced seating set aside for you, please call the parish office by noon on Friday, and let us know the number of people in your “unit” (members of the same household who will sit together).  The Friday deadline gives us time to inform the ushers and to reserve the socially distanced pews. If there is no request for socially distanced seating by noon on Friday, none will be provided at Sunday’s service.
Would you enjoy a time of fellowship on Sunday morning?
Would you like a time of fellowship after the 10:30 service? If so, please volunteer to host our summertime lemonade and snacks! Lemonade/juice boxes and prepackaged snacks will be provided. The boxes will be kept in the big refrigerator and snacks in the cabinet. Volunteers will put the juice boxes in a provided cooler to be taken to the front of the church for distribution following the service. A small table will need to be set up in front of the church for the packaged snacks. Please contact Nora Ann Lambiotte at 757-291-2299 or 757-886-0053 to select the Sunday you would like to serve.
Good news from Chanco

Chanco Summer Camp Registrations are nearing record highs!  However, Chanco is still looking for a few more counselors and kitchen team members to ensure a terrific summer. Summer employment benefits include housing, meals, training, and compensation from June 20 to mid-August (or one- or two-week session shifts available). Candidates should be 17+. Email Chanco at programs@chanco.org for more information and an application. 
Upcoming at St. Andrew’s
The church calendar is available on our website here.

Wednesday, June 9
11:00 - Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer
5:15 PM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
6:30 PM - Women of the Word (Parish Library)

Thursday, June 10
7:30 AM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)

Saturday, June 12
11:00 AM - Youth Holy Hikes (Mariners Museum)

Sunday, June 13
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, June 15
1:00 PM - Crafters (Parish Library)

Wednesday, June 16
11:00 AM - Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer
5:15 PM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
6:30 PM - Women of the Word (Parish Library)

Thursday, June 17
7:00 PM - Racism Response Team (Parish Hall)
Anne and John away
Anne and John are on vacation June 8-19 in the mountains of North Carolina and look forward to spending time with their two young nephews. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel, and know that you will be in theirs.
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. Please make note of our NEW email addresses:

What if I have a pastoral emergency or know of someone else who is ill?
Call or text Anne directly at 804-687-5396.