October 13, Eighteenth 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: Saint Luke in rose window of St. Andrew's,
Stockwell Green, London.
Worship notes

The Collect:
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through 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: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15; Psalm 111:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

Epistle
“The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13
The Gospel |Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."
Schedule for the week of October 13

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. ECW work day for Boutique
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., St. Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Quilt Guild work day
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., Quilt Guild work day
Friday, 4:00 p.m., White Elephant Boutique
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., White Elephant Boutique

Looking Ahead
Sunday, October 20, Relay for Life Book Sale at Leclaire Parkfest
Sunday, October 27, return of 2020 pledge forms
Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, Book Fair
Sunday, November 3, Harvest Potluck following ten o'clock service
2020 Stewardship Packets To Be Distributed Sunday!

This article is for parishioners only.
Sharing the Love of God:
Give to Thanksgiving Baskets for the Needy in Our Community

Again this year, Faith Coalition of Edwardsville invites St. Andrew's parishioners to support providing a basket of fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner for clients of the GlenEd Pantry. The Coalition goal is to raise funds for 225 baskets--approximate cost of $30 each--for a total of $6,725.

Saint Andrew's parishioners can aid this project by writing a check to Faith Coalition Edwardsville with "Thanksgiving Baskets" on the memo line and placing the check in the collection plate on Sunday, October 6 or Sunday, October 13. Checks may also be sent to the church office. All checks received at St. Andrew's will be forwarded to the Coalition by the end of October. Alternatively, checks may be sent directly to Faith Coalition Edwardsville, 111 North Second Street, Edwardsville 62025. Other opportunities to assist with this project are described here .
Our St. Andrew

We have a figure of St. Andrew that’s easy to overlook. It’s a wooden carving of a bearded man a bit over a foot high, Italian made, that’s displayed on a little shelf to the right of the chancel beneath a triptych. The X-shaped cross that the figure is holding on its left side identifies it as St. Andrew who, along with his brother Peter, was one of Christ’s first disciples. According to tradition, Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on such a cross or “saltire.” If you sit on the right side of the nave for services, you pass it as you return to your pew after communion.

In our archives is an unidentified and undated clipping that reads: “St. Andrew’s Church, Edwardsville, had the statue of St. Andrew in the chancel on Palm Sunday, March 27, marking a significant anniversary. On March 29, 1869, the parish was reorganized as a mission after having been disbanded during the Civil War.” On that date 22 Episcopalians, including Sarah A. Jones, the first woman whose name appears in parish records, signed a covenant in which they joined forces “for the purpose of revising and re-organizing …St. Andrew’s Church.”
The clipping specifies the date of the commemoration as Palm Sunday, March 27, but provides no year. Doing a bit of calculation based on the assumption that the commemoration had occurred in the fairly recent past (the clipping doesn’t look very old), the likely years were 1983, 1988, or 1994.

Fr. Stephen Weissman, our rector from 1975 to 1990, recalls that the figure was kept in the sacristy at the time of his arrival, and was taken out and placed in the chancel in observation of dates significant to the parish. March 27, the Sunday closest to the March 29 th anniversary would have been such a date, although Weissman remembers no commemoration of it. March 27, 1994, the 125 th anniversary of our parish’s refounding, occurred toward the end of Fr. Gable’s troubled rectorship when the parish may have been in particular need of a story of rebirth. Do any of you old-timers remember anything? Whenever and however the anniversary was observed, the figure was eventually left out on permanent display.

What is known is why we have that figure and approximately when it was acquired. A small brass plate beneath the shelf where it resides reads “In memory of William and Maud Harkell,” followed by “St. Andrew, pray for us.” The Harkells had been born in England and, following marriage in Toronto, Canada, moved to the United States, settling in Edwardsville, where they attended St. Andrew’s. William died in 1955 and Maud, a member of the Women’s Guild, in 1961.

It seems likely that the small wooden figure is the one that had been involved in the March 27 commemoration noted in the article.It is one of the many artifacts that recall St. Andrew’s rich but not always readily decipherable past. -Jim Weingartner 
Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the US, Michael Curry, recently sat down for an interview with the  Anglican Journal  during the meeting of General Synod of the Anglican Church in Canada in Vancouver.

Question to Bishop Curry: Speaking of the 21st century—there’s such a concern right now about the decline of people coming to church, the decline of finances. What are your thoughts on that?

I can tell you what I’ve started to realize for us in the States, which I think parallels. The church has always—Christians, I’m not using ‘church’ as an institution, necessarily—the church has always been strongest the closer it has been to Jesus of Nazareth and his actual teachings and his spirit. It has tended to be weakest, frankly, the more aligned it is with the status quo in the actual society.

We are coming out of a period of too much alignment, or comfort, with the cultural world around, and the establishment, the status quo. I’m not putting that down, I’m just saying we have been very comfortable.

I grew up in that church, and the church of that world helped me to be a Christian, so I’m not putting that down. But what helped me to be a Christian was not that alignment; what helped me to be a Christian was, they taught me about Jesus of Nazareth and his teachings, how to live out of his spirit, his way, his risen life. Live into him. That’s what did it. And we are strongest the closer we get to that. (Full article continues here .)
Announcements

ECW White Elephant Boutique October 18 and 19.
The ECW White Elephant Boutique sale is a great place to find gifts for your family and decorations for your home. Profit from the sale helps ECW carry out its mission of hospitality and support for special projects and ministries at St. Andrew’s. Mark your calendar for Friday, October 18, 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To prepare for the sale, ECW members will be working in the parish hall, Monday through Thursday, starting at 10 a.m. each day.

Relay for Life Leclaire Parkfest Book Sale October 20
With October begins the new fundraising year for American Cancer Society and we are beginning next year’s drive with the Leclaire Parkfest book sale, courtesy of the St. Andrew’s Book Sale. Stop by to say hello and shop on October 20 from 1 to 5 p.m.
–Elizabeth Donald

Get Ready for Game Night October 25, at 6 p.m.
Calling children of all ages--come one, come all to Game Night in Pearson Hall on Friday, October 25, at 6 p.m. Wear a Halloween costume (children and adults) and enjoy games, Bingo, and snacks. -Mary Jane Helsel
The St. Andrew's Week-End Update , a weekly emailed newsletter, is designed to keep parishioners up to date on church activities. Please send news items to Editors Marianne Cavanaugh and Jane Weingartner by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.

Important links:
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