Building God's Kingdom through
Worship, Outreach and Fellowship
Today's prayer video
Sarah Charlock leads us in Noonday Prayer
found on page 103 of the Book of Common Prayer

Dear friends,
As you know, the vestry is still in deep and prayerful discernment about a regathering date for in-person worship. Meanwhile, Marc and I and the staff and many lay leaders are working hard behind the scenes to make our virtual worship the best it can be. Rachel Roby is busy learning how to use our new “MEVO” camera, which will show you a wider view of the altar area church during worship services. As soon as we have worked out how to livestream the MEVO footage, your view of the virtual services will dramatically improve.

A second change that we will make beginning on October 18 is that we will be celebrating Holy Eucharist every Sunday.

In compliance with our diocese’s updated guidelines for communion during COVID, there will be three ways for you to receive the bread and the wine. Each of the options is slightly different from what we’ve been doing, so please read the following carefully:
  1. 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 and 1 PM, and make sure to wear your mask. (Note the shorter time frame—we will stop serving at 1 PM, not 2 PM.)
  2. If you would like to partake of communion at home while participating in the service virtually, you can call Bill Wilds (595-0371, ext. 1007) during the week 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.) You will need to call each week if this is your option of choice. 
  3. If you are not able to leave your home, please call the church to ask for arrangements to be made for a Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) to bring communion to you. The LEV will come into your home and conduct a very short version of the Communion under Special Circumstances liturgy from the prayer book. The LEV will be masked the entire time he/she is in your home, and the whole service won’t take more than 5 minutes. (Our plan is to ensure that all of our homebound members who would like communion receive it once a month – the first Sunday of each month at this time.) For those who live in residence homes, LEVs will meet parishioners in the lobby of the facility or outside if weather permits.  

In this very difficult time, when all of us are so hungry for so many things—peace, relief, healing, hope, compassion, justice—let us thank our loving God for feeding us with his very self. I look forward to sharing Eucharist with you every week.
Blessings. -Anne
St. Andrew’s Fall Outreach Projects

Blessing and Hygiene Bags
When folks in need of food go to THRIVE Peninsula, they are given a Blessing Bag to take home along with their food. When folks check in at the PORT Winter Shelter each night, they are given a hygiene bag. Each bag may contain a roll or two of toilet paper, a mini packet of tissues, a mini bottle of hand sanitizer, a medium sized bar of soap, and any other toiletry items which may have been donated, such as travel size toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, and conditioner. We would like to begin collecting these items between now and November 16. The items may be dropped off in St. Nicholas Chapel during this period. We have volunteers who will assemble the bags on November 19, and then they will be taken to THRIVE and LINK for distribution. Please remember that “mini”, “travel”, and “medium” are the key words for your shopping.

The MAGIS Are Coming
(Mittens And Gloves Including Scarves)
After an extensive conversation with the coordinator of the Downtown Christmas Party, the decision was made NOT to hand out bag lunches this year. We would have no way to plan accurately for the number of people attending three different parties that are being offered for the homeless, which might be as few as 25 or as many as 500 or 600. Therefore, St. Andrew’s will not be having Turkey Sandwich Day this year.

However, we need you to be Magis and help provide warm mittens, gloves and scarves for those who do attend any one of three parties. As a Magi, we are asking you to make a monetary donation rather than going shopping yourself. We have shoppers lined up to buy these warm items in the quantities we anticipate that are needed. It would be helpful to receive all donations by Monday, November 30. Please make your checks payable to St. Andrew’s with MAGIS in the memo section.

Thank you in advance for assisting in these outreach projects. - Bill Wilds
Did you know that our church has an online church directory?
A few years ago St. Andrew's developed an online church directory. There are many advantages to having a digital directory verses a paper one Chief among these is that the digital directory is always up-to-date with the latest emails, phone numbers and addresses. Another is that it can be accessed via an app on your mobile device and on your computer. This allows you to have all of the information at your fingertips.

If you have not yet gotten the directory, the picture above tells you exactly how to set it up. If you need help, Rachel will be happy to assist. The directory is password protected and only accessible by those whose email address is in it.
Vestry nominations
We are seeking Vestry nominees for the Vestry class of 2023. Nominations need to be submitted by November 2. Nomination forms are available in the racks outside the church office or you can download the form by clicking here.
  • The Women of the Word, led by Anne Kirchmier, is exploring the Letters of Paul on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom. The link to participate is: The meeting ID is 860 8280 4214
  • Centering Prayer, a time of quiet contemplation, meets in the parish hall at 5:15 PM on Wednesdays and 7:30 AM on Thursdays. Questions: contact David Lilley (846-3551 or
  • The Thursday Morning Bible Study continues this week at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall.  Don't forget to bring a mask and your Bible, and a copy of The Upper Room if you have one.   
  • Children's Chapel will meet at the Waddill's, 23 Hilton Terrace, on October 18 at 9:30 AM, weather permitting. To attend, please email Allie Wittkamp or text or call Karen Waddill at 757-694-3238 by noon Saturday.
PORT volunteers needed – helping the homeless this winter
PORT serves the homeless in our community during the winter by providing meals and a warm, safe place to sleep each night. St. Andrew’s has been a part of the program since it began many years ago. Because of the pandemic, a new way of doing things has been devised in order that volunteers and PORT guests will be safe. Please volunteer to help in one of these ways:

Food prep volunteers: (Temple Baptist, Dec. 15, 1:30 – 6:15 pm)
  • LINK of Hampton Roads will provide PPE (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) to all volunteers
  • All food preparation will be done at Temple Baptist Church, where they have a commercial kitchen. Enhanced hygiene measures will be in place. 
  • Diana Skelton and Mary Waddill have volunteered to lead the food preparation team. Thanks!
  • We need 6 volunteers to serve and prepare dinner, and prepare a “bag” breakfast for the next morning. Email Rachel Roby to volunteer.
  • Volunteers need to arrive at Temple Baptist by 1:30 on December 15 to prepare dinner and serve the meal from 4:30-6:15.
Site volunteers: (December 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm)
  • After having dinner at Temple Baptist, guests will be transported to 3 different locations: Greek Orthodox Church (8 volunteers needed), Denbigh Presbyterian (8 volunteers needed) and Peninsula Rescue Mission (2 volunteers).
  • Site volunteers will work from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Click here to sign up: (Volunteers need to individually sign up)
  • All sites will be set up and cleaned to meet Covid requirements – plexiglass dividers, daily cleaning of all surfaces, fogging, hepa-filters running at night to help clean the air. The cleaning company has been certified through W.H.O.
  • ALL homeless belongings will be kept at Four Oaks Day Support Center in lockers. This reduces handling of bags both at check in and check out and reduces contamination in the shelter.

If you have questions please contact Matt Deller
(757)812-9852 or
Something to think about during our pledge campaign and end of year reminders
Individuals age 70 ½ and older can donate up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to charity. The donation counts toward the required minimum distribution and is not included in your adjusted gross income. This could qualify you for tax benefits tied to your adjusted gross income and reduce or eliminate taxes on your Social Security benefits. This is especially beneficial to individuals who no longer have enough deductions to itemize.

If you have appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have gained in value and you have owned them for more than a year, you can give these assets directly to the church, and you can deduct their value on the day of the donation. The key here is that you do not pay capital gains tax on the increase in the value of the stock. Many times it is better to give appreciated stocks rather than cash. The brokerage firm you deal with can handle the transfer to St. Andrew’s.

For more information or questions, please contact Bill Boyer, our Financial Assistant, at 595-0371 ext. 1005.
Parish Luncheon – Meals to Go! Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bolognese orecchiette
Italian salad
Italian bread

Reservations are required by Sunday, October 18 so RSVP to Mary Gibson Waddill: net or 870-1182. The cost is $5.00 per lunch. Lunches can be picked up between 11:30 AM and noon on the 21st.
Our love and sympathy are extended
to the family and friends of
Trey Fisher
father of Mary Paige and Ashton Fisher
who died on October 7

Jerry Fitz-Patrick
who died on October 10

Funeral service:
Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 PM
Weymouth funeral home

Let light perpetual shine on them, O Lord.
Congratulations on the birth of a daughter
Hunter Rue Sopko
born October 9, 2020
daughter of Colin and Rachael Sopko
Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: A virtual program with John Philip Newell
Sunday, October 18 at 1:30 PM
Celebrated author and teacher, John Philip Newell, will preview his forthcoming book Sacred Earth Sacred Soul and share his vision of waking up to the sacred in all things as the pathway towards new beginnings in our lives and world.

The presentation by John Philip will be followed by a shared online meditation as well as the opportunity to submit questions and comments to the moderator of our livestream gathering, some of which John Philip will be able to respond to during the one-hour session. Unable to attend at that time? Those who register will also have access to a recording.

Applications for Lackey Outreach Fund grants are now being accepted
Thanks to a substantial trust left by Carolyn Lackey to benefit the less fortunate, St. Andrew’s has distributed to numerous charitable organizations since 2014. Some of those worthy organizations include LINK, THRIVE, Holy Cross, Kairos, Newsome Bailey, Soundscapes and many more.

Parishioners can nominate organizations for funding via an application found here. The application can be completed by someone from the organization, or a parishioner can complete it on behalf of an organization with which they are involved. Organizations that have received a grant from the Lackey Fund in the past must also reapply. Applications should be returned to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 45 Main Street, ATTN: Diana Skelton, Newport News, VA 23601 or electronically via email to The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020.

A committee will review all applications based on the guiding principle that “the money follows our people”; in other words, top priority will be given to organization in which parishioners are actively involved. The Outreach Team appreciates your support in getting the word out to those organizations already receiving Lackey Funds and any new organization you would like us to consider.
Marc looking for a rental
Leticia and Elizabeth are projected to arrive at the end of October/beginning of November. We have decided that we are going to rent, at least for a while. If anyone knows of a three bedroom dwelling (that won't cost us an exorbitant amount), please give me a call at 812-764-0355. Thanks so much! - Marc
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 804-687-5396
Links to St. Andrew's digital resources:
Other resources for worship at home: