October 6, Seventeenth 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, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of our mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

This week’s lessons: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
The Gospel | Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

"Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, `Come here at once and take your place at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, `We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"
Schedule | Week of October 6

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., St. 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:
Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, ECW White Elephant Sale
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

Online parish calendar: standrews-edwardsville.com/events
2020 Stewardship Campaign Begins Sunday, October 6!

Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Bible. The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. 

Your support of the church pays the Rector, Organist/Choirmaster, and Sextons; keeps the lights and heat/AC on, covers building maintenance cost, and pays for all other general operating expenses. Generosity to our parish, though, is much more than that. It is a sign of our commitment to the real meaning of life. It's about making the world a better place where Christ's promise of abundant life is made real -- touching and changing lives in ways we may never see or know.

St. Andrew’s brings us together to express and live out our faith. Here, we and our children encounter clergy, friends and teachers who deepen our spiritual life and refresh us in our journey--a gift of God for the people of God
St. Andrew’s Relay for Life Raises $3,090 to Fight Cancer

St. Andrew’s Relay for Life Team has finished its fundraising year with $3,090 raised for the American Cancer Society! Elizabeth Donald, Team Captain of St. Andrew's Relay for Life Team, thanks everyone who donated, volunteered, baked, raised funds and supported our team in its efforts to fight this disease that has taken too many of our friends and family members.
Sharing the Love of God:
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 .
Major Cleanup of Trees on Church Property

Thanks to an anonymous parishioner for a gift that enabled St. Andrew's hiring of Arbor Management of Edwardsville for tree work in the paved parking area across the street from and behind the church. A dead, two and a half story oak was removed from the parking area and the tall sycamore growing in "Velma's Garden" was trimmed.

Parish budget also covered the cost of removal of "volunteer trees," honeysuckle vines and other unwanted brush around the edges of the paved lot. Arbor Management carried away 30+ cubic yards of dead "stuff" from the perimeter of the paved lot. The total cost for this work was $3,850 ($3,200 for the primary work plus $650 for the other cleanup.)

Hanging from a cabinet wall in St. Andrew’s vesting room is a wooden baton-like object about three-feet long tipped with a brass Greek cross. It is called a “verge” (sometimes spelled “virge”) and is the symbol of office of someone known as a “verger.” Parishioners of long standing will remember that, during the early phase of Mother Bennett’s rectorship, St. Andrews had such a person who, clad in a black cassock and holding the verge in front of him at a slight forward angle, led processions into the nave at the beginning of services.

The office of verger is an ancient one, traceable in English churches back to the 12 th century. In those days, vergers led processions from the church vestry, around the church and into the front doors. That sometimes necessitated negotiating throngs of people and animals, when the verger might use his verge to clear the way.
Today, vergers are largely limited to the Anglican Communion, and it is r are for smaller parishes in this country to have one. In large Episcopal churches, the verger (there are sometimes more than one) may have a wide range of logistical responsibilities intended to ensure the smooth unfolding of the service. Our verger’s duties included training and managing acolytes and serving as thurifer.

Vergers have appeared as characters in British literature and in TV drama. ”The Vicar of Dibley,” a British sitcom that appeared locally some years ago on Channel 9, has among its characters a scatter-brained but well-meaning female verger, described by the female vicar as having “the intellectual capacity and charisma of a cactus.” 

On the other hand, Somerset Maugham’s delightful short story of 1937, “The Verger,” depicts a long-serving and efficient but illiterate verger who is fired by a new rector because of his illiteracy but finds that his shortcoming is no impediment to success as an entrepreneur (See more info here .) Our far-from-illiterate verger’s tenure was relatively brief and ended when he left St. Andrew’s around the turn of the century. His verge, which he had cleverly crafted from a staircase baluster, remains. -Jim Weingartner

Note: Thanks to Mother Bennett for information on our verger.
Baby Ella Schnell - Born on September 25!

It's a girl! Ella Dean Schnell was born on Wednesday, September 25, at 1:23 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Chris, Meghan, and big sisters Addison and Hannah are home and doing well.

More pictures are on the hallway bulletin board as you enter Pearson Hall. Cards may be sent to Chris and Meghan Schnell at their home address.

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. You’ll be glad you came.
-Mary Jane Helsel, ECW President

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 and volunteers. We need help! We need people who can help move books to and from trucks and tables, and people who can work the “register” at the fair, which is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 20. If you can help, please email me . We are told the Survivors’ Dinner and Luminaria Ceremony will be scheduled soon at Anderson Hospital, and we will let everyone know once those plans are finalized. Thank you for your support! –Elizabeth Donald, Team Captain
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