January 26, Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II
Fr. David Boase, officiating

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

The Collect:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18                            
The Gospel | Matthew 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom
of heaven has come near.”

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
The week of January 26
  • Monday, Book Club, 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Julian of Norwich Prayer Group, 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, Game Night, 6:00 p.m.                      

Looking Ahead
  • Sunday, February 2, Fr. Hankinson, our new rector, officiates for the first time
  • Saturday, February 15, Installation of Fr. Hankinson by Bishop Martins
  • Tuesday, February 25, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday
  • Friday, February 28, deadline for registering 2020 Quilt Show entries
Annual Meeting Election Results| Annual Reports

The parish Annual Meeting was called to order on Sunday, January 19 th , by Liz Edwards, Senior Warden.

Four parishioners were elected to fill Vestry vacancies:
  • Three-year terms: Kevin Babb, Brian Pezza, and Velma Schmidt.
  • One year term: Donna Ireland.

In addition, Synod and Deanery Delegates and Alternates were elected:
  • Synod Delegates: Kevin Babb and Fredna Scroggins;
  • Synod Alternates: Henry Evans and Bill Schaefer;
  • Deanery Delegates: Kevin Babb and Liz Edwards;
  • Deanery Alternates: Fredna Scroggins and Marian Smithson.

Parish ministry leaders and officers reported on their work in 2019. The complete annual report is available online. Click here to view it.

Bill Schaefer presented information on parking at St. Andrew’s -- what is currently available and what might be gained from completing the gravel lot adjacent to the church’s paved lot on Hillsboro. Additional information on designs and costs will follow in 2020.

Gardening Angels Report for 2019

The Annual Report coordinator regrets the omission of the Gardening Angels report submitted by Ken and Christa Kelley from Sunday’s booklet. The text of their report is below.

  • First, we want to thank everybody who gave of their time, energy, and money to keep the church grounds in shape - especially Heather Haskins and Emery, Marianne Cavanaugh, Pat and Bob Hulme, Caroline Douglas, and Sue Buckley.

  • Ken and I were absent most of the summer. Ken after back surgery and I after a six-week illness. That leads us to the hope that someone younger will be willing to take our places.

  • In addition, we desperately need more people who can spend an hour or two once a month being Gardening Angels. No special knowledge is needed - just a willingness to rake some leaves, spread some mulch, and pull some weeds (we will point out the difference between weeds and desirable plants, if necessary).

  • Let’s all work together to keep St. Andrew’s grounds looking beautiful!

As a recent article has noted, the women of St. Andrew’s from their earliest years as an organized body were energetic fund-raisers. Maybe their revenue-generating prowess and their willingness to share their wealth with the wider church came to be taken for granted. That seems to be suggested by the minutes of the June 13 th , 1947 meeting of the women’s Guild.

Our priest then was Fr. William M. Hay, whom St. Andrew’s shared with St. Thomas’s in Glen Carbon and St. Bartholomew’s in Granite City, the standard arrangement at that time. Our vestry had decided to raise Fr. Hay’s salary by $25 per month, the equivalent of $292 today. This was to be paid, however, not from the church’s hard-pressed treasury, but by the women’s Guild, whose assets were then $176, equal in purchasing power to today’s $2,056.

It was a blunder by an insensitive all-male vestry, which had apparently neglected to consult the Guild before reaching its decision. The women voted to “inform them that we are not a money-making organization and cannot assume any more obligations than we have at present.” The message that the Guild was not going to allow itself to serve as a cash cow to be milked at will by the vestry seems to have been successfully conveyed, as subsequent Guild minutes contain no further references to the matter.

Mysteriously, the same vestry that had deemed Fr. Hay worthy of a raise in June held a special meeting three months later to discuss Hay’s alleged shortcomings, vaguely defined in vestry minutes as “inactivity.” Had Hay suffered a sudden loss of energy, or was it a pretext for denying him the raise that the Guild was unwilling to fund?  Who knows, but it’s fun to speculate!

 -Jim Weingartner
Souper Bowl Sundays:
January 26 and February 2
The Outreach Committee is kicking off the annual Souper Bowl collection. We will collect canned soups, tuna, stews and pasta for the next two Sundays -- January 26 and February 2 -- for delivery to the Glen Ed Pantry. Many retailers have these items on sale at this time. Please be generous. Hunger has no season. –JoAnn Nabe

Book Club to Meet January 27
The St. Andrew’s Book Club will meet in Pearson Hall, Monday, January 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. Our selection for this month is The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields .
-Pat Rudloff
Game Night January 31, at 6 p.m.
Bring a snack to share, enjoy our games or bring your favorite from home. It’s a wonderful night of fun for family and friends in Pearson Hall.
-Mary Jane Helsel

February and March Coffee Hour
Volunteers for Coffee Hour are needed for dates in February and March. Please sign-up to host Coffee Hour using the sheet on the bulletin board by the entrance to Pearson Hall.
-Pat Rudloff
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
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