May 5, Third 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 with Fr. Joel, 9 a.m.
Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
The Collect:
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Acts 9:1-6; Psalm 30:1-6; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

The First Lesson | Acts 9:3-6:

Now as he [Saul] was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked “Who are you Lord?” The reply came “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city and you will be told what you are to do.”
The Gospel | John 21:1-19

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go." (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, "Follow me."
Schedule for the week of May 5

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 816
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 12 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Tuesday, 1 p.m., Bible Study
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Bible Study
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vestry

Rector’s office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Spring Book Fair Friday and Saturday
Book Fair hours: Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Author Fair and Relay Café on Saturday
The Author Fair and Relay Café will operate in Pearson Hall on Saturday only. Coffee and doughnuts will be available for sale on Saturday morning, with chili and hot dogs starting about 11 a.m. Please come to say hello and talk to the authors about their works! Information on the eight authors participating is on the parish website events page. The Café has helped the St. Andrew’s Relay for Life team raise nearly $40,000 for the American Cancer Society since its inception in 2005.
Jim Gillentine Wins SIUE Degree Completion Award!

Congratulations to St. Andrew’s Acolyte Leader, Jim Gillentine! He is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Employee Degree Completion Award. A five-member faculty committee selected Jim from a pool of seven candidates. 

The Degree Completion Award program is designed to allow a civil service or professional staff employee to attend classes up to full time for two semesters to complete a baccalaureate degree. During this time the awardee continues to receive the equivalent of his/her salary through the award but does not work at SIUE or elsewhere. A candidate for this award must have worked at SIUE for at least three years prior to the start of the award period.
Jim has served SIUE as a building services worker since 2014. For five years, he has attended classes during the day, then worked the 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift each night as a building services worker.

Jim is nearing completion of a bachelor’s in English with a double major in philosophy and a minor in creative writing. He was awarded the English Student Scholarship Award in 2017 and the Outstanding Nontraditional Student Award in 2018. He is a member of the English honors society Sigma Tau Delta and has achieved the dean’s list four times.

Jim has been a published author since 2009. His debut novel, Of Blood and the Moon, was a finalist for the Darrell Award in 2009. His most recent book was Heart of the Beast, published in 2018. His work has also appeared in two anthologies.

Jim currently serves as president of AFSCME Local 2232, representing the SIUE building services workers.
Patrick Riddleberger

Many parishioners will remember Patrick Riddleberger as a courtly older gentleman, whose appearance in a seersucker or white linen suit and jaunty straw Panama hat heralded the arrival of summer. It was generally known that he was a professor of American history at SIUE and some knew that his private life had been marked by tragedy and marital turbulence, the latter possibly related to his reputation as a “ladies’ man.” Perhaps less well-known to parishioners were Patrick’s roots and earlier life.

He was born in Woodstock, Virginia, in 1915, the son of a salesman and the grandson of Harrison Holt Riddleberger, a man of considerable importance in post-Civil War Virginia history. Harrison served as an officer in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War but, unlike many Southerners, recognized the “Lost Cause” as truly and properly lost. After the war, he co-founded the now largely forgotten Readjuster Party that strove to break the power of the old white planter elite and improve the lot of the previously enslaved black population, as well as that of poor whites. He was elected to the United States Senate on the Readjuster ticket in 1883 and served one term.
Patrick’s older brother, James, entered the Foreign Service and became an important figure in post-World War II U.S. foreign policy as chief of the State Department’s Division of Central European Affairs and ambassador to Yugoslavia, Greece and Austria. And then there was Patrick.

“I rode in a jeep with Captain Pat Riddleberger, of Woodstock, Virginia….” Those words were written by Ernest “Ernie” Pyle, America’s best-known and best-loved World War II correspondent about an incident that occurred on the evening of January 19, 1943, in central Tunisia, where U.S. and British forces were locked in combat with troops of the German-Italian Axis. Unlike many war correspondents, Pyle reported from as close to the fighting front as he could get, and sought opportunities to interact with combat soldiers.

And so he had found himself bivouacked for part of the evening with Captain Riddleberger of the 609 th Tank Destroyer Battalion. The two men talked about the war, their families, hometowns, and personal lives, before moving forward in Riddleberger’s jeep with a motorized column. Pyle’s account of his meeting with Patrick was reproduced widely in American newspapers.

Patrick had received his undergraduate education at the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1939. He had shared with Pyle his ambition to become a history professor after the war and earned the required credential with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1953. He was hired by what was to become SIUE in 1960 and had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar.

We saw less and less of Patrick at St. Andrew’s as the 21 st century dawned and his health deteriorated. Following his death in 2011 at the age of 95, a largely secular memorial service was held at SIUE in lieu of a requiem mass. He was buried in his home town of Woodstock, Virginia.  Requiescat in pace.

-Jim Weingartner

Correction to The Window’s Ray: Thanks go to Donna Ireland for the information that Ray Harmon had a brother Roy.
United Thank Offering (UTO) Spring Ingathering May 9 and 12

UTO envelopes and boxes will be available in the narthex on May 5 and 12 and may be returned in the Sunday offering on May 12 and 19.

St. Andrew’s received a $25,000 path-of-access UTO grant when the parish addition was built. UTO grants benefit a wide variety of programs within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. In 2018, 45 grants totaling $1.5 million were awarded  focused on Presiding Bishop Curry's directive of Becoming Beloved Community . To see the types of grants supported in 2018, click here to view the UTO Annual Report.

To understand how giving to the United Thank Offering can enrich your spiritual life, read about giving to UTO on St. Andrew’s website.

Game Night Set for Friday, May 17
Bring the family, friends, a snack to share and your favorite game to Game Night. The fun begins at 6 p.m. in Pearson Hall.

Thank You!
Fr. Joel's office has new cellular blinds that were purchased by St. Andrew's ECW. Many thanks to our parish women for making this possible.