May 19, Fifth Sunday of Easter

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

Rector's Class, 9 a.m. | Choir rehearsal, 9 a.m.
Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
The Collect:
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A men.

This week’s lessons: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148:1-5, 14; Revelation 21-1-6; John 13:31-35

Psalm 148:1-5
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels of his; praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the Name of the Lord; for he commanded, and they were created.
The Gospel | John 13: 31-35

At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another . Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Schedule for the week of May 19

Sunday, May 19, 10:00 a.m., last Sunday of Church School before summer recess.
Monday, 6:30 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 816
Tuesday, Holy Communion at 12 noon - canceled.
Tuesday, Bible Study at 1 and 7 p.m. - canceled.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group

Note: Fr. Joel will be away from the afternoon of May 19 until he returns for services on Sunday, May 26. Church office volunteers will not be working their regular Tuesday, Thursday, Friday hours this week but will be in to check mail/phone and print Sunday bulletins.

View the parish calendar online at standrews-edwardsville.com/events/ !
The Feast of Thurgood Marshall, Thursday, May 17

"Today, May 17th,  The Episcopal Church  commemorates the Feast of Thurgood Marshall. [Approval of the inclusion of Thurgood Marshall in the Church's book of  Lesser Feasts and Fasts occurred at the 2006 General Convention.]

The Honorable Thurgood Marshall is best remembered as the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court and for his work arguing the groundbreaking, and unanimous, victory in Brown v. Board of Education. Over his career, Marshall would win 29 of his 32 cases argued before the Supreme Court – winning his first at age 32 – but it is his role in Brown v. Board of Education that has had the greatest impact on our common life. His work on this case began the long, and not yet finished, process of dismantling segregation and apartheid in America – the process of trying to become a nation where the law recognizes that God has created all of us with equal love.

Today, we call on Episcopalians to observe his Feast Day by studying his life and work.  The Archives of the Episcopal Church  provides a wonderful starting point with a biography on Marshall in their series, The Church Awakens. Marshall was a lifelong Episcopalian, attending parishes in Harlem and Washington, DC, and serving as a deputy to the 1964 General Convention. His life and work provide an example for all to follow as we strive to “obey God’s call to follow justice wherever it may lead."

[From the TEC Facebook page and The Episcopal Church Archives.] Click here for more information.
Doubtful Beginnings

Found in papers deposited in the archives by parishioner Miriam Burns is a document entitled, “A History of St. Andrew’s Church, Edwardsville, Illinois, from the Records of the Diocesan Journals from 1835 to 1882.” It was discovered by Fr. David Nyberg in the library of Nashotah House and sent by him to St. Andrew’s. Its authorship is unknown, but it is marked “received June, 1947.” In a few terse entries, it paints a gritty picture of a church struggling to be born and to survive its infancy.

As we know, Joseph L. Darrow, medical doctor, deacon and, finally, priest, was the father and “mid-husband” in the conception and birthing of St. Andrew’s. It was a difficult delivery and the baby was not healthy. Could it have been premature?

The first reference in the diocesan journals to Edwardsville is an 1836 report from Darrow, then a deacon. Episcopal services had been conducted in Collinsville, he reported, and he hoped soon to visit Edwardsville. By 1838, he was preaching every Sunday in Edwardsville’s Baptist church to four Episcopalian communicants, although he hoped that two more might be added when Bishop Philander Chase favored Edwardsville with a visit. That happy event occurred sometime in 1839, when the Bishop also ordained Darrow to the priesthood.

Later that year, Darrow was in his native New York attempting to raise money to build a “cheap though neat little edifice.” Although a lot was acquired in 1841 for “St. Andrew’s Church of Edwardsville” at a cost of $100, the “edifice,” a $2000 (about $66,000 today) oak-and-walnut frame structure, was not built until several years later. In a report of 1842 to the diocese, Darrow noted dolefully that “In Edwardsville, circumstances have tended to retard the prosperity of the Church for some time past….” He was able to report in 1845 that the Edwardsville church was ready for consecration. Although that did not occur until Ascension Day of 1848 due to the church’s indebtedness, the journal of 1846 contains the first reference to St. Andrew’s of Edwardsville.

But St. Andrew’s was hardly flourishing. At the time of the church building’s consecration, the congregation was reported to number six communicants. Worse was to follow. The journal of 1853 reported that the Episcopalians of Edwardsville were now “all removed or dead, except one.”

In 1855 Joseph Darrow who, although no longer in charge of St. Andrew’s, was still its earthly animating spirit, also died. The diocesan journal mourned that his death had left the churches of Edwardsville and Collinsville “in a state of beggared orphanage.” It was the journal’s last reference to St. Andrew’s until 1872.

That 25-year hiatus reflects the grim reality that, in effect, St. Andrew’s had ceased to exist and would not re-emerge as a functioning mission until its reorganization in 1869. Even then, its survival would remain in question. Shifting from an obstetrical to an agricultural metaphor, Episcopal seeds appear to have been sown on stony ground.

-Jim Weingartner
Tech Talk

Get acquainted with St. Andrew's parish website at standrews-edwardsville.com:
  • search for items by clicking on the magnifying glass symbol at the top of every page;
  • reference service times by clicking "More info" at the top of every page or choosing worship & music/service times from the menu;
  • read the old and new parish newsletters online at connect/newsletter;
  • check on information for a current event at "Events;"
  • refer to the parish bylaws from the link on the vestry page; and
  • look for Fr. Joel's cell phone number at the bottom of his information on the clergy page; or
  • send a message to the newsletter editors or office volunteers by using the message option on the home page at standrews-edwardsville.com.
Announcements

Special coffee hour this Sunday to celebrate Armed Forces Day!
Maxine Callies and Deane Thomas invite parishioners to share their photos and other memorabilia related to military service by members of their family. These will displayed on a special table during coffee hour.

Sunday, May 19: Final UTO Spring Ingathering
United Thank Offering envelopes can be found in the narthex for those who would like to make a contribution.

Sunday, May 19, ECW Meeting
ECW Members are asked to attend a short ECW meeting following the 10 o’clock service this Sunday. -Mary Jane Helsel

Summer, Fall Coffee Hour Dates Available
The signup sheet for Sundays in the spring and fall is posted on the bulletin board by the restrooms near the entrance to Pearson Hall. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered this year. –Pat Rudloff