Sunday, February 16
The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II
Fr. Benjamin Hankinson officiating

Choir Rehearsal, 9 a.m.
Childcare, 9:45 a.m.
Church School, 10 a.m..
Worship notes

The Collect:
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

Epistle
“The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Schedule for the week of February 16
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
The Gospel | Matthew 5:21-37

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”
The week of February 16
  • Tuesday, Julian of Norwich Prayer Group, 10:00 a.m.  

Looking Ahead
  • Tuesday, February 25, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday service, 12 and 7 p.m. | Lent begins.
  • Friday, February 28, deadline to register 2020 Fabric Art and Quilt Show entries
  • Fabric Art and Quilt Show, March 5,6,7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Saturday, March 14, ECW Lenten Retreat


From the Rector:
Getting to Know Father Ben (Part I)

Who is Fr. Ben? You may have wondered that question at some point, and to help answer it, I’ll be doing a brief series to share a little more about who I am.

I was born and raised in Florence, SC with my parents, Ben and Barbara, and my younger sister, Emily. Growing up, we were active in church and school. I swam competitively from the age of 5 through senior year of high school. After high school, I attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia where I majored in Dance, with an emphasis on performance and choreography.

Yes, I said dance. My experience ranges from my favorites of classical and contemporary ballet to modern, jazz, tap, character, and musical theater. I began at the age of 8, and by the time I was 13, I was attending summer programs in Long Beach and Seattle. In college and afterwards, I worked as a freelance artist for schools in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, the fruits of which would help to offset some of the costs later associated with seminary.

As a result of my time in dance, I found a great joy in community theater and choirs, and I hope to become involved again before long. I’d also like to try my hand at social dancing such as ballroom, Latin, and swing. In the last couple of years, I’ve taken up woodworking as a hobby, and I look forward to continuing to grow in it for years to come. I’ve also developed an interest in homesteading with hopes of establishing a food garden in my new home and maybe even raising a few animals at some point.

Circling back to my family, I’m excited to say that most of them will be here this weekend to celebrate with us. My mom, who is also a deacon, will serve on both Saturday and Sunday. My sister Emily and my two nieces, Giana (7) and Sofia (5), along with my dad and step-mother, Cheryl, will be here as well.

Next week, I’ll give you the rundown on how a ballet dancer made his way from the stages of South Carolina to the altar and pulpit at St. Andrew’s. In the meantime, if you have a question for me, grab me at coffee hour or reach out at frbenhankinson@gmail.com or (843) 610-5129. 

-Fr. Ben
From the Archives will return in a few weeks.
February Book Fair Sets a New Record!

Cindy Reinhardt conveyed Friday night’s frenetic pace in an email to workers: “We knew it was a wild and crazy night at the Book Fair with more buyers than I can ever remember and the sales total proved it. Sales tonight were $2,656.50! That's more than we've ever done before on a Friday night! And, in case you're wondering, that's $14.76 per MINUTE!”

Saturday’s total of $1,947.85, and on-line sales of $559.00 brought the grand total to $5,163.35.

Congratulations to Mike and Cindy and everyone who staffed and/or shopped at the sale.
Pancake Supper: February 25,
5 to 7 pm

Come and enjoy pancakes and sausage on Shrove Tuesday prepared and served in the Parish Hall by the Men of St. Andrew's. Take outs are also available.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and can be picked up at Coffee Hour in Pearson Hall on Sundays or at the door on the 25th.

Vestry Notes for February 12
The highlights of the February 12 vestry meeting will appear in next Friday's newsletter.
March Coffee Hour Opportunities
March 22 and 29 are still available for Coffee Hour hosts. Thanks go to Andy Mills, who took charge of Coffee Hour this past Sunday and demonstrated that men can handle this task as well as women, and to the five parishioners who have signed up to host two or more Sundays this year!

Book Club: Monday, February 24
This month’s selection is A Remarkable Kindness by Diana Bletter.

Fr. Ben at Clergy Retreat
Fr. Ben will be attending the Springfield Diocese Pre-Lenten Retreat for Clergy on February 17 through 19.
Game Night Fun!
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