October 20, Nineteenth 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.

Worship notes

The Collect:
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. .

This week’s lessons: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 121:1-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

Epistle:
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Gospel |Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, `Grant me justice against my opponent.' For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, `Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
Schedule for October 18 through 26

Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, ECW White Elephant Sale
Sunday, October 20, Relay for Life Book Sale at Leclaire Parkfest
Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Friday, October 25, 6:00 p.m., Game Night

Looking Ahead
Sunday, October 27, return of 2020 pledge forms (in offering plate)
Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, Book Fair
Sunday, November 3, Harvest Potluck following ten o'clock service
The Gifts of God

Is there someone who deepened your spiritual life? Maybe it was a church school teacher, a priest, or a friend you met in church. Maybe you’ve had many such people who made a mark in your life.

How can that same opportunity be perpetuated now and in the future? That is much of what stewardship is all about.

Your pledge matters. It allows St. Andrew's to plan for the coming year with confidence. We hope you will feel you have returned thanks to God and formalized your commitment to His work at St. Andrew's. It says you are willing to invest in the work of this parish and are a part of this parish family.

St. Andrew’s brings us together to express and live out our faith. Here, we and our children encounter friends and teachers who deepen our spiritual life and refresh us in our journey -- gifts of God for the people of God.

Andy Mills and Marian Smithson
for The Stewardship Committee

Note: On Sunday, October 20, we will be asking you to identify a special person at St. Andrew's who has deepened your spiritual life on note paper handed to you at the close of the service. We will include these notes with the pledges blessed on November 3 as a way of giving thanks for their part in our lives.
The Scarf Project Needs Your Help!

These cooler temperatures remind us that we will shortly open up our rack at the Edwardsville Public Library where those in need can choose hats, scarves, and gloves and other items to help survive winter. If you have gently used, clean items to donate, our collection box is on the shelf in the cloak room near the elevator on the first floor.

We accept hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, shawls, throws, afghans, blankets, and socks. We also gratefully accept new items, fleece yardage, and cash to purchase items listed here. Monetary contributions can be put in the offering plate on Sunday (Use an envelope for cash or designate "scarf project" on the memo line of a check.)

We don’t take coats and jackets since there are other organizations providing those, and we have limited space at the library.

--Mary Bohn and Diane Dudding
Tough Times, Tougher People

As we pass through Stewardship Month and ponder the financial challenges that confront us, a look back to earlier times in St. Andrew’s fiscal odyssey might provide some useful perspective.

A letter of August 6, 1970 from Fr. Michael Pullin to the vestry paints a grim picture. In spite of the fact that St. Andrew’s parishioners were giving at a record level during the current year, the parish was treading on thin financial ice, due to unspecified increases in operating expenses. July had ended with the treasury holding a balance of $3.00 ($20 today) against approximately $1,000 ($6, 664) in unpaid bills.

It was cold comfort to learn that the diocese, with its current budget in arrears to the tune of $24,000 ($159,000) was also struggling. Moreover, the vestry could look forward to a visit from Archdeacon Earl Hemmers, who intended to explain the diocesan budget for the coming year, which in spite of the previous budget shortfall, would be the largest in the diocese’s history (and which St. Andrew’s, of course, would be required to help fund).

But tough times were nothing new to St. Andrew’s. At the end of 1956, Treasurer Lester Votrain earthily declared the balance in the church treasury to be “nuttin.” That was especially awkward, in that St. Andrew’s was in the market for a new rector and had been told by Bishop Clough that it was “impossible to talk to a priest for less than $4,000 per year.” That was equivalent to $36,000 today and was in addition to housing in a rectory owned and maintained by St. Andrew’s.

The budget for 1957 totaled $6,000 ($54,615 today), against which only $4,200 ($38,000) had been pledged. The news that a supplementary pledge drive would be necessary was conveyed to the parish in April. Some families were hard-pressed to meet the additional demand on their resources, and two offered to take over the church’s janitorial duties in lieu of increasing their pledges. Yet by July the pledge total had been raised to almost $6,500 ($59, 167), an increase in pledging of over 50 percent!

When times are tough, the people of St. Andrew’s get tougher. Nuttin fazes ‘em!

-Jim Weingartner
New Members and Friends Directory to Be Published Soon!
Is Your Information Up to Date?

An updated Members and Friends directory will be mailed to parishioners as a pdf document this coming week.

If you have a change of residence address, new phone number, different preferred email address, or birthday information that has not been reported to the church office previously, please send the information asap to Marian Smithson . You may also use the message function on the church website to submit your information.

Birthday information (day/month/year) is used for the weekly birthday blessings but also for reports for the vestry on parish age distribution.

The directory will be composed of two lists -- 1) active parishioners and 2) friends of the parish (e.g. prior members who have moved recently, prior clergy, and other).

Looking ahead, by mid-September an online directory requiring a login ID and password should be available to parishioners. With help from everyone, it is hoped that the pictures in the current parish database can be updated and available through the online directory.
Announcements

The ECW White Elephant Boutique Sale Is Here!
October 18, 4-7 p.m. and October 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Check out St. Andrew’s Facebook Page to get a taste of the beautiful items on sale. Come to the parish hall and bring a friend. You’ll be glad you did.
Note: Check out the front page picture related to the sale in today's Intelligencer! The photo will also appear on our Facebook page.

Enjoy Leclaire Parkfest Sunday, October 20, Noon to Five p.m.
Come visit the St. Andrew’s Relay for Life team at Leclaire Parkfest this Sunday! We will be selling books in the north pavilion noon-5 p.m., so drop by the festival and pick up a few as you enjoy the festival. Volunteers should check in with team captain Elizabeth Donald at elizabethdonald@yahoo.com if they have not already done so. 

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

Gardening Angels to Meet November 2, 9 a.m.
We all know the adage “many hands make light work.” On November 2, Gardening Angels will meet at 9 a.m. to trim bushes, cut back dead foliage and take on simple tasks.
A light cleanup is planned. No knowledge of plants or horticulture is needed—just willing hands. All are welcome. -- Ken and Christa Kelley

A Thank You from Outreach
A big thank you goes to those who contributed shoes in our shoe drive. Our contribution overflowed the donation receptacle helping the Shoeman provide clean water for those without. -Fredna Scroggins
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