September 1, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II

Fr. John Thorpe, officiating

Child Care 9:45 a.m.

Pictured: Saint Luke, Collégiale Notre-Dame-des-Marais

Worship notes

The Collect:
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

This week’s lessons: Sirach 10:12-18; Psalm 112:1-6; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14
Click here for full text of Lessons.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
The Gospel | Luke 14:1, 7-14
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Schedule for the week of September 1

Monday, Labor Day, church office closed
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., St. Julian of Norwich Prayer Group

Looking ahead - Sunday, September 8 , Church School begins another year at 10 a.m., the choir returns (rehearsal at 9 a.m.), and an all parish photo will be taken at the front of the church following the ten o'clock service. The photo will be used on the parish website and in parish media.
Scrip Cards Can Now be Purchased with a Credit Card!

For several years sales of scrip cards has earned St. Andrew’s several thousand dollars a year. Recently sales have dropped off. We are depending on continued sales to a handful of parishioners. The return St. Andrew’s receives ranges from the 5% from Dierberg’s to the 15% from LLBean. At holidays several companies increase our return. Please think about doing your grocery, gas, and gift shopping with the scrip program. 

Either JoAnn or Fredna is usually at the scrip table after Sunday services. Many local businesses participate: Walgreen, Panera, Starbuck’s, Kohl’s and more. Circle K cards are now available to use at the former Shell stations around Edwardsville and other places.

For those of you who prefer to use a favored credit card for your shopping and dining, it is now possible to use that card to purchase scrip cards for which St. Andrew’s will still receive the usual percentage of the purchase price.  You will get your cash back or frequent flier miles. For information and instructions, go to or view this informational flyer .

–Fredna Scroggins
Parish Updates

  • Church Phone Line - Until further notice, Saint Andrew's primary, and only, phone line is 618-656-7982. This phone line rings in the church office and is connected to the answering machine. It appears on our web site and Facebook page.

  • Darrow Deanery News - Fr. Ian Wetmore, formerly Vicar at St. Michael's in O'Fallon and Dean of Darrow Deanery, will become Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in St. James, New York as of October 1. Fr. Dale Coleman, formerly Rector at St. George's Belleville, became Interim Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Carbondale as of September 1. Darrow Deanery representatives will be meeting at St. George's, 2 p.m. on September 15.
Return with Us Now. . .

“Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” If you remember what kid’s program was introduced by those words, you’re probably about as old as I am. Yesteryear can be approached in a variety of ways. The last two historical sketches were essentially summaries of broad chunks of St. Andrew’s history. Following is a snapshot of our church in a specific month and year over four decades ago.

In June 1976, St. Andrew’s was in its first year of recovery from the problematic Pullin rectorship and was under the leadership of Fr. Stephen Weissman, who had arrived less than a year earlier. Senior Warden was Wayne Brammeier, while Dick Norrish was serving as Junior Warden. Other members of the vestry were Rick Forkner, Lucille Hopkins, Willie Pyke, Margaret Ruffner, Eleanor Schweizer, William Southwick, and Ronald Ward.

The parish budget for the year was $31, 471, the equivalent of $142,483 today, and the congregation comprised 58 families and 125 communicants. Marcia Pullin served as superintendent of the church school, attendance at which averaged 35 pre-school through junior high-school children per Sunday. Carolyn Forkner was president of what was then called “Women of the Church,” and Irene Mindrup led the Altar Guild. Pat Sim was parish treasurer, Mary Jane Helsel served as vestry secretary. Joe Sim, Charles Schweizer, Lionel Starkes, Arven Saunders, and Marian Kumler acted as lay readers. Organist and choir master was Gary Mahon, who would later die suddenly one Sunday between the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services.

Two of those parishioners are still with us, one very actively. Others are gone but fondly remembered. Still others may have disappeared entirely from our memories but all are part of the rich history of St. Andrew’s. And June 1976 isn’t really all that long ago, is it? Not to those of us who remember the Lone Ranger, anyway. “Hi-yo Silver, awaaay!”
-Jim Weingartner

Correction: In last week’s newsletter, I stated that Fr. Weissman was trained at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. That is incorrect. In fact, he attended the seminary operated by the Society of the Sacred Mission in Kelham, England for two years, followed by one year at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Thanks to Steve for the correction.
St. Andrew's at Busch Stadium, August 25!

The St. Andrew's Relay for Life crew enjoyed a soggy Cardinals game on August 25! An extended rain delay didn't dampen our enthusiasm, and fortunately the St. Andrew's Cheering Section was sheltered by the roof, so we had a decent view and were relatively dry. The game did eventually start, though it was a very long day for those who came early for the special events like autograph sessions and dugout tours! We're happy to announce that St. Andrew's sold 44 tickets this year to benefit the American Cancer Society, our highest participation yet! It's always a great time at the ballpark... and the Cards won! (Click here to view larger view of pictures.)

-Elizabeth Donald

Shoeman News
If you have shoes that you no longer need, the Shoeman will be happy to have them. The shoes are sold to a company that resells them in developing countries. The Shoeman uses the proceeds from his sales to dig water wells in countries where fresh water is desperately needed.

Please bring those gently-used shoes to Pearson Hall during September. There are containers along the west wall. At the end of the drive, the shoes will be taken to Schnucks in Collinsville, our pick-up point. The year before last they had to call for pickup as our donation exceeded their storage. Let’s do it again! -Fredna Scroggins

St. Andrew’s Book Fair in City Park September 7
St. Andrew's will be at the Edwardsville Public Library's Book Fair on September 7 at City Park. Look for us under a pop-up tent with three tables of books. -Cindy Reinhardt

Church School Seeks Volunteers to Teach
The St. Andrew’s Church School program invites parishioners to volunteer to teach during the 2019-2020 academic year. Church school occurs from the beginning of the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass until after the homily, September - May. Each volunteer commits to teaching for one month during the year. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please e-mail Nichole DeWall at .

ECW Meeting September 9
Mark your calendar for an important ECW meeting on Monday, September 9, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes planning for the White Elephant Boutique.

Book Club to Meet September 16
The Book Club selection for its Monday, September 16, meeting is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Coffee Hour Host Needed
A volunteer is needed to host coffee hour on Sunday, September 22.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed!
It is St. Andrews time to do Meals on Wheels, an outreach project to the community. Our dates are Monday September 30 through October 11.

Volunteers need to pick up the meals at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Street Community Center and deliver them. The number of meals vary from day to day, but the approximate time is 1 to 1.5 hours. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by Pearson Hall or you may contact Lyndia Pezza.

Questions? Please contact Lyndia Pezza at (401)463-8049 or
-Lyndia Pezza
The St. Andrew's Week-End Update , a weekly emailed newsletter, is designed to keep parishioners up to date on church activities. Please send news items to Editors Marianne Cavanaugh and Jane Weingartner by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.