Sunday, February 23
The Last Sunday after Epiphany
The Transfiguration of Our Lord

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.

Pictured: Stained glass window of The Transfiguration of Christ. Suffolk Church, Ipswich, UK
Worship notes

The Collect:
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

Epistle
“We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.” 2 Peter 1:16-18
The Gospel | Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus Transfigured

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Pictured art: Painting of The Transfiguration by Lewis Bowman
The week of February 23
  • Monday, Book Club, 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Feast of St. Matthias, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Julian of Norwich Prayer Group, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Ash Wednesday services, 12 and 7 p.m.  
  • Friday, Game Night, 6 p.m. (weather permitting)            

Looking Ahead
  • Thursday through Saturday, March 5, 6, and 7, Fabric Art and Quilt Show
Observing Lent Together

Lent is a period of about six weeks before Easter. It is a time in which Christians prepare themselves for Easter. Lent is traditionally forty days long because Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness, preparing for his death and resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

We will observe Lent as a parish as follows:
  • Tuesday, February 25, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday services, 12 and 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4, Noonday Prayer at 1 p.m., followed by Lenten Study Series.
  • Wednesday, March 4, Lenten Study Series at 6 p.m., followed by Evening Prayer.
  • ECW Women's Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 9, Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, Stations of the Cross, 12 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, Good Friday service at 7 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday Easter Vigil - time to be determined.
  • Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Note: The Lenten Study Series , led by Fr. Hankinson,will be centered around our Holy Week journey from Palm Sunday to Easter, considering the liturgy and symbolism of what we do and why.

Presiding Bishop Curry's message for Lent is at this link .
From the Rector:
Getting to Know Fr. Ben (Part 2)

It’s good to know that folks read the newsletters, as indicated by those who commented on the first part of my introduction. This week, we pick up the thread with the call to the priesthood and making my way to St. Andrew’s.

I describe my call process as beginning externally in 2004 when my rector and youth minister approached me separately about the prospect of ordination. For those keeping score, that was my junior year in high school. I was thoroughly involved at church, and in those conversations a seed was sown.

That same year, I began working summers at the diocesan summer camp. Between sophomore and junior years of college, I realized that while I was actively participating in ministry, I had been passively avoiding a conversation about what long-term role it might have in my life. One night, I went to the chapel, sat down, and told God that I thought I was called to ministry and was willing to do it if that was what he wanted. If not, I trusted that he would make it clear that I was on the wrong track.

Back at college, I had already gravitated towards college ministry at Shandon Baptist Church. I became involved at various levels of leadership and service, and in what would be one confirmation of the call to ministry, the college minister approached me about seminary and possibly joining the church staff. As tempting as that offer was, I knew that despite my love for Shandon and that ministry, my theology and prayer life longed for the liturgical rhythms of Anglican worship and the beauty of Word and Sacrament found in the Book of Common Prayer.

When I graduated with my degree in dance performance, I moved back to Florence and told the rector of St. John’s that I felt called to ministry. Before long, I was a ministry intern working odd jobs while pursuing discernment for ordination. After two years at St. John’s, I was a postulant for ordination and on my way to Nashotah House in the fall of 2011.

During my second year at the House, I transferred canonical residence (kind of like parish membership) from South Carolina to Springfield, and in senior year was asked to interview with Trinity, Mt. Vernon. They took a chance on the young, untested seminarian and issued a call to serve as priest-in-charge, and later rector, beginning June 1, 2014.

Approximately five and a half years later, I interviewed for the first time since arriving at Trinity, and the rest, as they say, is history. In due time, I accepted the call to come serve the parish I now call home, St. Andrew’s, Edwardsville.
If you have a question for me about my background or anything else, please grab me at coffee hour or reach out at frbenhankinson@gmail.com or (843) 610-5129. 

-Fr. Ben 
Father Ben's Installation, February 15
(Additional photos will be posted to the parish website in the coming week.)
The Rev. Ben Hankinson and Bishop Martins pose at the altar after the Installation service on Saturday.
Vestry members join Fr. Ben and the Bishop for a group picture following Saturday's service. (Smithson not present.)
Highlights of February 12 Vestry Meeting

  • Fr. Ben presided at his first meeting with our Vestry with all members in attendance.
  • Kevin Babb was appointed Senior Warden.
  • Walter Bohn was elected Junior Warden.
  • Marty Cavanaugh was elected Clerk.
  • Riley Atwood was re-appointed as Treasurer for 2020.
  • Worship schedules were discussed:
  • the 8 am and 10 am Sunday services will continue all year round;
  • the healing service at 10 am on First Tuesday will return;
  • Ash Wednesday services will be at 12 and 7 p.m.;
  • starting after Ash Wednesday, a mid-week service will return;
  • services on Good Friday will include Stations of the Cross at midday and an evening service at 7 p.m.; and
  • more details need to be decided but there will be a series of 45 minute classes during Lent.
  • Vestry meetings move to the third Thursday at 6:30; the next meeting is March 19.
  • Water leaks in St. Mary’s chapel and kitchen have been repaired. Sue Buckley arranged to have the work done.
  • Junior Warden Walt Bohn recently met with a Church Insurance representative who inspected our properties and indicated we need a smoke detector in the nave, a first aid kit in the kitchen, an estimate of the cost of constructing the columbarium, and preparation of a video inventory of church properties in case of fire.
  • Andy Mills was authorized to change St. Andrew's telephone and internet service from ATT to Spectrum. There will no change in the church's main phone number.
  • The vestry approved having a parish picnic with Brian Pezza as coordinator. Dates under consideration are May 31 or June 7,depending on facility availability. The probable location will be Township Park.
Feast of St. Matthias, February 24
We will keep the Feast of St. Matthias on Monday, February 24, with Holy Eucharist at 7 pm. The Major Feast Days of the church year, like St. Matthias, are a great opportunity to help us sanctify time with a brief observance (approximately 30 minutes).

Sign up to Donate Flowers!
The 2020 Flower Guild schedule is now posted on the bulletin board at the rear entrance of Pearson Hall. Anyone who missed signing up at the Annual Meeting is welcome to sign up there. If another parishioner has already chosen a date important to your family, just add your name to theirs. More than one person can sponsor the flowers each Sunday.
The Flower Guild is continuing with the suggested donation of $25.
Reconciliation of a Penitent
Have you considered Reconciliation of a Penitent, aka Confession, as we begin Lent? If you would like to discuss Reconciliation, see some preparatory materials, or schedule a Confession, please contact Fr. Ben.

Coffee Hour
March 15, 22, and 29 are still in need of volunteers. The signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside the entrance to the parish hall.

World Day of Prayer , March 6
Our ECW has learned of an ecumenical Christian meeting, World Day of Prayer, to be held at in the Fellowship Hall at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 9:30 a.m. on March 6. More information can be found on the bulletin board outside the parish hall.
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 Jane Weingartner by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.
Newsletter Editor Jane Weingartner
Newsletter & Bulletin Editor Marianne Cavanaugh
Newsletter Design Editor, Marian Smithson

Important links:
St. Andrew's website: standrews-edwardsville.com
Diocese of Springfield: episcopalspringfield.org
The Episcopal Church: episcopalchurch.org
Living Church: livingchurch.org
Episcopal News Service: episcopalnewsservice.org

S t. Andrew's Episcopal Church
406 Hillsboro Avenue Edwardsville, Illinois
618-656-129