November 10, Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

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

Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal 9 a.m.

Pictured: Detail of Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin, oil on canvas by Rogier van der Weyden, 15th century; in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Worship Notes

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

This week’s lessons: Job 19:23-27a; Psalm 17:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

Epistle:
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
The Gospel |Luke 20: 27-38

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her."

Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."
Schedule for the Week of November 10
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Charlie’s Lunch Bunch, Sugo’s
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Vestry Meeting

Looking Ahead
Sunday, December 1, Advent I
Sunday, December 8, Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve Services at 4 and 10 p.m.
The Gifts of God for the People of God

Thanks to all who participated in last Sunday’s Harvest Potluck. Some of us will be swimming an extra lap or walking a bit more this week to make up for our extra calories last Sunday. It was
impossible to pass up the delicious offerings!

Velma Schmidt and Marian Smithson, who spearheaded the effort on behalf of the Vestry, send special thanks to the set up crew, the kitchen patrol, and the clean up/take down workers who made this fellowship gathering possible.

Riley Atwood, our parish treasurer, reported in January 2019 that 53 pledges totaling $174,350 were received for the current year. As the 2020 Stewardship Campaign began in early October the Stewardship Committee indicated the relocation of several parishioners due to retirement and other reasons would affect the 2020 campaign significantly. We are delighted to report that we received several new pledges and many renewal pledges increased.

The 2020 total at this point is 53 pledges totaling $161,250. We give thanks for this affirmation of parishioner commitment to St. Andrew's and for the blessings that flow to us abundantly from God!

The Stewardship Committee
Andy Mills and Marian Smithson | Lynley Atwood, Larry Reader, and Jane Weingartner
Record Sales for the Book Fair in 2019

With the Fall Book Fair complete, final results for 2019 are in! This year was a resounding success, far surpassing expectations for the year. Total 2019 sales were over $18,500 and it is possible that there could be some late on-line sales to increase that amount. In comparison, last year’s sales were a little over $14,100.

I would like to thank everyone who participated throughout the year by volunteering, donating books, buying books and sometimes doing all of the above!

Special thanks to Mike Reinhardt for spending, literally, thousands of hours receiving, sorting, pricing, and researching books to make the St. Andrew’s Book Fair the best that it can be. He has also interacted with many local families who are struggling with downsizing or cleaning out a house after the death of a loved one. They are very grateful for his help as well as a comforting shoulder during a stressful time.

I also need to mention Julie Hamilton, Marilyn Strangeman and Marianne Cavanaugh who all help organize and evaluate the books between sales to help get the work done. The extra effort is very much appreciated.

In the Book Fair’s cash office, we often are told, “Thank you for doing this.” What a great way to reach out to the community! To all our volunteers, that’s a reminder that while we are raising funds, we are also making connections with area residents.

I hate being repetitive, but after the record-breaking results for 2019, “It’s time to set another goal!”  -Cindy Reinhardt
White Elephant Boutique a Success

The ECW would like to thank the parish for donating items to the White Elephant Boutique. Mary Jane Helsel especially thanks all the volunteers who worked on sorting and pricing the items. $1200 was raised to support the ministries of St. Andrew’s, which is $200 more than last year.
Our “King of Instruments”

Organs are by far the most complex of musical instruments. They are often referred to as “the king of instruments” and are correspondingly costly, in the many millions of dollars for the largest pipe organs. St. Andrew’s couldn’t quite swing one like that but, given its limited resources, didn’t do badly.

Last week’s article described the crisis that arose from the resignation in 1964 of one of St. Andrew’s organists, in part due to her frustration over the poor condition of the church’s instrument. Refurbishing it would have cost an estimated $4,000, the equivalent of $32,000 today, with no guarantee that the result would be satisfactory. A new instrument was clearly in order but would be a heavy lift for a parish that often had difficulty meeting routine expenses. Coming to the rescue were parishioner Eleanor Boeschenstein Godfrey and her brother, who offered to match whatever the parish could raise towards the purchase of a new organ.
Bids were secured from two firms—the Aeolian Hammond Company of St. Louis and the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois. Aeolian Hammond offered an antiphonal instrument for $15,000 ($120,000 today) that was claimed to be the equal of a $35,000 ($280,000) pipe organ. The Wicks organ may have been of more modest performance, but also came with a more modest price tag—$12,000 ($98,000 in today’s dollars) with a generous $1500 ($12,000) trade-in allowance for the old instrument.

Fr. James Pearson, St. Andrew’s rector, informed the vestry that he would compare the two organs with, he hoped, the assistance of the organist of Christ Church Cathedral, which had recently installed a 63 rank 3600 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ. Whether or not this came to pass is not clear but, in any event, the choice was made. The Wicks it would be!

The new instrument was installed in the summer of 1965. In November, Leslie Breidenthal, St. Andrew’s organist, and Fr. Pearson declared themselves satisfied with the new organ and the final payment to the Wicks Company was made. But it was not quite yet the organ we hear today. In 1992, $11,000 (now about $20,000) was taken from an “Organ Memorial Fund,” established after the installation of the new organ, to expand it to its present 13 pipe ranks.

It may not be in the same league as the organ of Christ Church Cathedral, but with Henry at the keyboard, it suits us just fine! -Jim Weingartner
Announcements

The Scarf Project
Our rack at the Edwardsville Public Library helps those in need stay warm as temperatures drop. If you have gently used, clean items such as hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, shawls, throws, afghans, blankets and/or socks to donate, our collection box is on the shelf in the cloak room near the elevator on the first floor.

We also gratefully accept new items, and fleece yardage. Or you can write a check to St. Andrew’s with “Scarf Project” in the memo section so that we can purchase items listed above. We don’t take coats and jackets since there are other organizations providing those, and we have limited space at the library.
–Diane Dudding

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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
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
406 Hillsboro Avenue Edwardsville, Illinois
618-656-129