Celtic cross

July 14, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II
Fr. Joel officiating on his last Sunday
Goodbye Coffee Hour for Father Joel, 11:15 a.m.

Child Care 9:45 a.m.
Rector's Class, Church School, and Choir in summer recess
Worship notes

The Collect:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. A men.

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25:1-6; Colossians 1:1-14;
Luke 10:25-37

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:11-12
Schedule for the week of July 14

Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rector's office hours on his final day at St. Andrew's
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Bible Study in recess until further notice.

*Office volunteers will be in regularly to check for messages and mail. No specific hours have been determined yet.
The Gospel | Luke 10:25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live." (Image: Chartres Cathedral Window)

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Goodbye Father Joel!

Thank you for being with us.

We wish you well in your retirement!

+Grace and Peace+
From The Senior Warden | Elizabeth Edwards

Father Joel's last Sunday is this Sunday, July 14. We will continue with Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on subsequent Sundays.

We are fortunate that Fr. George has offered to help us and, based on a recommendation to St. Andrew's, I've been in touch with a priest who is moving from Dallas to St. Louis to attend seminary (to work on a doctorate) starting this fall. Kevin Babb and I interviewed him when he was in the area for a visit. His name is John Thorpe and he attended Berkeley Divinity School, which is affiliated with Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in 2005 and served as a Rector in Iowa for six years before becoming Chaplain at St. John's Episcopal School in 2014. He is married to Beth Thorpe and they have three children.

This is the anticipated schedule from Sunday, July 21, to Epiphany, January 6:
  • July 21, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, Fr. George
  • July 28, 8 a.m. service, Fr. George
  • July 28, 10 a.m. service, Fr. Boase
  • August 4, 11, 25, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, Fr. George
  • August 18, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. service, Bishop Martins, Officiant
  • September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, Fr. George
  • October 1 through Epiphany, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Fr. Thorpe

The First Tuesday Healing Eucharist will resume on August 6, and will continue on subsequent First Tuesdays. Fr. George will officiate at these services. Additionally, Fr. George will be available for pastoral care visits in Madison County. Initially, please call the office at 656-1929 regarding pastoral care visits. Further information on pastoral care will be available soon.

We ask everyone to pray for the parish, the vestry, and our efforts to do our work and His.
Highlights of the July 10 Vestry Meeting

  • Father Joel reviewed issues with the vestry which will need attention after his departure (e.g. building security).
  • Senior Warden Liz Edwards reported that supply priests have been scheduled for the period from July 21 to January 6 (Epiphany).
  • Junior Warden Walter Bohn indicated that two plumbing companies have visited St. Andrew's to check on the eight toilets in the building for possible replacement or repair. The vestry approved replacement of three women's toilets and one unisex toilet (office level) with comfort level stools @ $500 each (estimated).
  • Andy Mills and Marian Smithson reported that replacement of a battery for the office battery surcharge unit, reconfiguration of equipment connections, and a visit from ATT resolved office equipment and broadband issues.
  • Andy Mills reported three parishioners agreed to serve on the Stewardship Committee, in addition to himself and Vestry member Marian Smithson: Lynley Atwood, Larry Reader, and Jane Weingartner.
  • Father Joel indicated that the new owner of the apartment building across the street from St. Andrew's has inquired about purchasing the gravel lot. The vestry will be following up on this issue.
  • Jane Weingartner let the vestry know that St. Boniface School inquired about renting the parish hall this fall for weekday art and music classes for their pupils while the school building is under construction. Marian Smithson, representing the vestry, and Jane will be following up on this with the school principal during the week of July 15.
  • Father Joel will work with Marian and Jane Weingartner to address remaining issues in the facilities use policy draft before he leaves.
The Long and Short of It

The Episcopal Diocese of Springfield has been in existence for approximately 142 years, during which time it has had ten bishops, including the current incumbent. Their episcopates have ranged in length from 29 years for George Franklin Seymour, the diocese’s first bishop (1877-1906), to six months for Richard Tuttle Loring (1947-48), its fifth. Bishop Seymour’s long and distinguished service has been discussed in an earlier newsletter and included his galloping to St. Andrew’s rescue as it was about to be devoured by its Roman Catholic neighbor.

Although the son of an Episcopal priest and the brother of another who would become the Episcopal bishop of Maine, Loring graduated from Harvard in 1924 with a degree in architecture, which he put to use as an assistant to Ralph Adams Cram, the renowned and prolific neo-Gothic architect then directing the construction of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, arguably the world’s largest Anglican church. Possibly on the urging of his brother, he gave up architecture for the priesthood and was serving as rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, when elected bishop of Springfield.

Given the brevity of his service as bishop, his impact on the diocese was minimal, although he did play a tangential role in a crisis confronting St. Andrew’s. Vestry minutes of September, 1947 make clear there was dissatisfaction with St. Andrew’s then priest Fr. William M. Hay (1943-1952) who was judged guilty of “inactivity.” In the absence of Fr. Hay the vestry considered requesting a meeting with Bishop Loring to discuss the problem of their lethargic priest but recoiled from the prospect of being asked “pointed questions” by the bishop as to what might be expected from St. Andrew’s if he were able to find a replacement. In an oblique reference to St. Andrew’s earlier struggles, the vestry minutes noted that “The past 100 year history of the parish is not conducive to constructive action along this line.”

Bishop Loring was scheduled to visit St. Andrew’s in November. If the subject of Fr. Hay’s alleged torpor was raised with him at that time, it did not result in Hay’s departure. St. Andrew’s would suffer with Hay for another five years. Bishop Loring was not involved in securing his replacement. Death had claimed him in April 1948. -Jim Weingartner

Special Coffee Hour, Card Shower for Father Joel on July 14
The Vestry will host a special coffee hour this Sunday to bid farewell to Father Joel and wish him the best as he returns to Florida. Parishioners may place cards for him in a basket on the scrip table.

School Supply Collection Underway July 22
The Outreach Committee will begin collecting school supplies for the Glen Ed Pantry from July 22 to August 2 . Notebooks, pencils , backpacks, crayons, scissors, glue sticks and notebook paper would be appreciated. There will be a basket in the Parish Hall. 

Ushers Needed
With three ushers no longer able to serve, new volunteers are needed to fill the vacancies. If you are willing to help out please contact Sandy Cooper at scoop1028@sbcglobal.net  . Information on what’s involved in serving as an usher can be found on St. Andrew’s website.

Sign Up Sheet Posted for Coffee Hour
The Coffee Hour sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by the ladies restroom. Please do consider volunteering in July, August or later. -Pat Rudloff
We enjoyed visiting with Mother Bennett and Father Ralph at the funeral luncheon for Ione Pence. Diane Dudding snapped this shot of former Professor Ralph McMichael and his former student, Joel Morsch!
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