February 2, 2020, The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
The Feast of the Presentation

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:
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Since God's children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15
The Gospel | Luke 2:22-40
The Presentation of Our Lord

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

"Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel."

Welcome, Fr. Ben!
St. Andrew's welcomes Fr. Ben Hankinson as our 34th Rector this Sunday, February 2! Formerly Rector at Trinity Episcopal in Mount Vernon, Fr. Ben earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina - Columbia and his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House. Fr. Ben will be installed as Rector at St. Andrew's on Saturday, February 15 by Bishop Martins.
The week of February 2
  • Tuesday, Julian of Norwich Prayer Group, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Girl Scout Troop 816, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Book Fair, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Book Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Looking Ahead
  • Saturday, February 15, Installation of Fr. Hankinson by Bishop Martins, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 25, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • Friday, February 28, deadline for registering 2020 Quilt Show entries
St. Andrew’s Fabric Art & Quilt Show: March 5, 6 and 7

St. Andrew’s hosts the beautiful Fabric Art and Quilt Show Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Volunteers are needed to staff the ticket counter and help visitors in the exhibit area. Please see LaVernn Wilson or Liz Edwards to sign up.

The show is amazing. In addition to displaying a large variety of fabric art items and quilts --many created by members of St. Andrew’s -- it also features the presentation of Quilts of Valor “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing.”

If you would like to submit an item for the show, complete and return the registration form available on the Guild's Facebook page by February 28. (Also, click on photo for better viewing.)

Be sure to attend and bring a friend. Tickets are $5 per day and sold at the door.
From the Archives
Our Women, Skidoo, and St. Andrew’s Too!

Recently found in our archives is a slim and tattered notebook containing hand-written entries dating from the early to mid-1930s. These are some of the few records we have from a difficult period in St. Andrew’s history -- the time of the Great Depression.

St. Andrew’s, never a prosperous parish in spite of counting some well-heeled Edwardsville citizens among its members, reeled under the Depression’s impact. It was forced to suspend operations between March 1932 and February 1933, when it reopened, but from 1935 to 1938 it was without resident clergy. Times were tough.

The recently discovered notebook is entitled Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports of the Mary B. Dyke Branch of the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Edwardsville, Illinois. It covers the period from January 1932 to the spring of 1935, and contains records of an organization named in honor of the wife of Fr. Thomas Dyke, St. Andrew’s priest from 1919 to 1924, who had died, probably of tuberculosis, in a Tennessee sanitarium. Nationally, the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions (its full name) had existed from 1890 and was immediately ancestral to the present Episcopal Church Women.

But as noted in an earlier article, St. Andrew’s had organized a women’s Guild in 1886 in response to an initiative by the diocesan synod of 1883. This raises the question of the relationship of the Guild to the Women’s Auxiliary. Did the two exist simultaneously or did one supersede the other? Were the two names used interchangeably for the same organization? Further confusion is introduced by evidence that, in February 1939, “The Women of St. Andrew’s” (where did that come from?) voted to change their name to “St. Andrew’s Guild.”

Our women may have struggled with an identity problem, but they sustained their reputation as resourceful fundraisers even in the face of the Great Depression. They made contributions to local charities and to the retirement of the parish debt. One of the means by which they generated income was through the sale of commercial products. These included “Handy Wacks” a line of waxed paper products which is still available. The other was a mysterious something called “Skidoo, a household cleanser of the period.” 

Click here to learn of the back luck to come.
St. Andrew's Book Fair Next Weekend:
February 7 and 8!

There’s so much to love at the Book Fair -- wonderful books, DVDs, CDs and LPs at bargain prices and friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you.

Book Sale hours: Friday, February 7, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Souper Bowl Sunday:
Two-Minute Warning
We’re in the closing moments of the Outreach Committee’s annual Souper Bowl collection. Please bring canned soups, tuna, stews and pasta this Sunday, 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

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 25 from 5 to 7
Come to enjoy pancakes and sausage in the Parish Hall prepared and served by the Men of St. Andrew's on Shrove Tuesday. More information next issue!
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. -M.J. Helsel

Coffee Hour Update
Thanks to parishioners volunteering for Coffee Hour, the only dates open between now and the first Sunday in May are March 15th, 22nd and 29th, and April 5th, 19th and 26th. -Pat Rudloff

Book Club February Selection
At its February 24 meeting. the Book Club will discuss A Remarkable Kindness by Diana Bletter.
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