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Please send prayer requests to Erin. I will publish them in the service prayers of the people, and here.
Thanksgivings and prayers for this coming week:

Birthdays: Amy Sanderford, Aaleya Matthews, Nyatip Rut, Natalie Anderson, Janet Cosgrove, Joel VanderVeen, Cathy Rife, Connor Malnack

Anniversaries: D.J. and Tara O'Shea, Mike and Rhonda Markoff

Prayers: Scott, Terry Macholan and Sharon Kryger, Leonardo, Olivia, Loribeth, Richard Morford, Kenner Zaloudek, Susan Rhodes, Betty, Morgan, Ray Buhr, Michael Wilson

Long Term Prayer List: John Mabry, Joe Engle, Diane Taylor, Clarine Black

Send prayer requests to Erin Rhian: erin@standrewsomaha.org
This Sunday's 10:30 am online only complete service can be found here. Information regarding our in person outside 9:00 am service can be found further below in this newsletter.

To view our service online go to this link and look for the word video on the left hand side. A reminder that you do not need a Facebook account to view the service. Also, the service is recorded, as are all of our services, and can be viewed at any time. We do hope you will join us for the live service that starts every Sunday at 10:30 am.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOX PICK UP TOMORROW AT 10:00 AM.
Please see the Announcement further down for more information.
CHURCH UPDATES
Updates to the main church are happening while we cannot meet indoors. Major renovations include all new lighting making it much easier to read. Also included: repair and repaint all the pews and a complete and total upgrade to the audio system in the church. Three new cameras will also be installed allowing us to provide clear video as we continue to livestream our 10:30 am service. Livestreaming will continue indefinitely, even after we can gather together for public worship indoors. These renovations are being paid for from donations to the building fund campaign and a large gift from the Engle family for the audio/visual upgrades. These renovations should be completed by mid-October.
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Bible Study for All Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Tuesdays at 10 am and Wednesdays at 7 pm, we are studying the book of Daniel. The same material will be offered Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening. We will offer a hybrid class, both in-person and on zoom. The zoom link will be password protected to avoid any possible “zoom bombs”. Please contact me and I will be happy to send you the zoom link and password for the class.

Why study Daniel?

·        The book of Daniel provides a key to understand other scriptures. Jesus quotes from the book of Daniel; the book of Revelation would be a mystery without Daniel; and the “antichrist” described 2 Thessalonians 2:3 needs Daniel’s account to clarify and further explain.
·        If you want a broad perspective of God’s great game plan for the future of this little planet we live on, get ready for a glorious ride through the book of Daniel. Daniel’s life was characterized by purpose, prayer, and prophecy. God let Daniel see the vista of the future unfold before his eyes – four great empires with splendor and a fanfare of trumpets.

Please call (402-391-1950) or email (bob@standrewsomaha.org) Fr. Bob if you are interested so that sufficient material may be copied. 
ST. MONICA'S GUILD
The Ladies of St. Monica's Guild will be having a hybrid kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at noon. We will meet downstairs at the church for those who would like to attend in person. We will be practicing appropriate social distancing and masks will be required. We are unable to serve a group meal as we do under normal circumstances, so please bring along a personal sack lunch so that we can enjoy our usual food and fellowship. If you are unable to attend or not comfortable doing so, please feel free to join us via Zoom. Father John will set up a link for us so that we may see your smiling faces on the big screen downstairs. If you are wanting to participate via Zoom, please contact me (Amy) and I will get you the link when it is available. All women of St. Andrew's are welcome, and we would like to see as many of you as we can as we begin our new year of food, fellowship and good works. Please attend in whatever way you are most comfortable as everyone's health and safety is what is most important.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Urban at 402-319-8676 or at najurban@hotmail.com.
UTO Ingathering: Prepare to celebrate the United Thank Offering (UTO) ingathering on September 20th, whether remotely or in-person! Gather your contributions of gratitude from this year, or consider making a donation to support innovative mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. This is an opportunity to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO distributes 100% of donations to grant recipients throughout the globe. Announcement: the 2020 grant recipients have been awarded! Click here to learn about this year’s grant awards. You are invited to drop off your donations at the church office (Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm, but we go downstairs for our Staff Meeting Tuesday 11am-12pm), send a check with UTO in the memo, or bring your blue box with you on September 20th (finger crossed that this will be an option). Your donations will be gratefully received by ministries throughout the globe in 2021!
Many, many thanks to everyone for your continued financial support of St. Andrew's during this strange time! Your generosity is amazing! Our financial condition remains on a sound footing thanks to all of you.
The Wednesday morning 9:30 am Eucharist service is occurring and has moved indoors into the parish hall (undercroft) The same guidelines as listed below still apply to this service.


9 AM OUTDOOR SERVICE
Our outdoor services continue each Sunday at 9 am. These services have been well attended and there is plenty of room to spread out. Please join us! These services will continue outdoors each week. Our online virtual service will continue at 10:30 am each Sunday for those who can't come in person.

A reminder of our few simple asks as you attend to keep everyone safe.

We maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between persons. Family units can stay together.

Masks must be worn throughout the service, except when receiving communion.

We will remain in our places during the peace. Wave, smile, bow, but for now, we’ll hold off on handshakes and hugs.

Hand sanitizer is available. Please consider using some before and after the service.

If the weather looks “iffy”, we will post cancellations on our website and social media. Please use your best judgement when in doubt concerning the weather.

Fr. John+

We will not print bulletins for this service. It will be simple enough that you can participate without one, but if you would like to follow along on your phone or tablet, the service can be found here.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FALL 2020
*Box pick up tomorrow 10:00 am*

    Our objective this fall at St. Andrew’s in regard to Christian education is to engage our children with their Christian growth and development in a way that protects the health and safety of all of our children, their families, and our volunteer teachers. Due to the hands-on nature of our Sunday school, we have decided we are currently unable to safely hold in-person classes. However, this situation is temporary, and we will stay connected with all of you.
    We will continue to re-evaluate, watching the current health trends and paying special attention to what is happening in our schools. We will follow the development of the treatment options and continue to keep in mind the comfort levels of our children and families.
    A team of our Christian education teachers gathered together and came up with a plan. This Pandemic upheaval is new for all of us, and we are trying to keep our plan as uncomplicated and user friendly as possible. It is important for you, as parents, to know that everything we send home for your family’s spiritual enrichment is optional. We don’t want to add one more thing for you to do in these unprecedented times. We want you to have the option of providing easy to do Christian education at home with built- in support from our teachers and staff.
    We have taken September, October, November and December and made each month a Unit.  On Saturday, September 12th from 10-11:00 a.m., we will have a drive-through in the church’s parking lot, and we will hand off a prepared box.  Other arrangements are easy to make if this time doesn’t work for you.
   Our first Unit will be on prayer. The box will include an altar table, a rug, a Bible, a cross, linen to cover the table, and battery- powered candles. We will include “Parent Pages” with suggestions for further enrichment. Again, this is not homework, but a nice option for engagement.
    We will be updating our website to include a Christian education page where you can access stories, music, and meditations from church members.
    We are excited about the potential of this program for our fall term and believe it is the safest path for all of us at this time. We will continue to keep our families updated and communicate frequently this fall. Feel free to email me (sarah@standrewsomaha.org) or call my cell (402-659-4529) with questions or concerns. PLEASE RSVP to Sarah to let her know if you would like a box or not, so we can have enough available. Thanks.
CALLING ALL WOMEN for a WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

Please consider joining us for Bible study this fall! Beginning September 15th 6:00-7:00 PM on The Armor of God by Priscilla Shires!

This study will be mostly done in your own homes at your convenience. We will gather as a group, socially distant with masks, in the parish hall once a week beginning September 22nd. Please contact Mother LaClaire, laclaire@standrewsomaha.org, if you are interested in joining the study so that she can order the materials!

Materials Include:
Workbook with video session guides and 7 weeks’ worth of daily homework
Downloadable video sessions which you will watch each week at your convenience at home


Learn How to Prepare for the Attacks of the Enemy
7-Session Video-Driven Women's Study from
Best-Selling Author Priscilla Shirer
All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny.
But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.
The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.
 
CRAFT FAIRE UPDATE
The 2020 Arts and Crafts Faire, normally open to the public and with outside vendors participating, has been cancelled for this year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are presently working on other ways of having our handcrafted items available for sale. We will update you when those plans are fully developed. If you had been creating items for the Faire, please let our committee know what you have. We hope to provide funds from the sale of these items to help fund much needed ECW ministries. If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions, please contact Noreen Witty.
EVEN NEWER DIRECTORY
After sending the most recent mailings, we realized that we had quite a few addresses that needed updating. You can find a copy of our newer Church Directory here. We encourage you to reach out to your fellow parish members and keep in touch.
REFLECTIONS FROM THE PEW BY DAN SITZMAN September 13
 
Earthquakes are not predictable, but that does not mean that we do not know what will happen. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones notes that “The Big One” in California will lead to 1,800 deaths, something that people tend to block out because it is a “future problem.” But a massive earthquake will also lead to losses of housing and employment, which strikes a nerve with emotions and makes the future more real. Dr. Jones states that all earthquake-related legislation historically in California has passed within one year of a major earthquake. If one does not act while real emotions are fresh, people tend to return to a less active stance.

To ask for forgiveness not just seven times, but seventy-seven times, Jesus reminds his followers that change and forgiveness is not just in the moment, but a commitment for the long haul.

God, provide me with the patience and strength to be accountable to you and all people now and through the future.



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