September 22, Fifteenth 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 Andrew stained glass window from the Catholic Parish Church of St. Alban, H ürbel, Germany. Link to church interior view here .
Worship notes

The Collect:
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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: Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

Epistle
“For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6a
The Gospel | Luke 16:1-13

Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'

Then the manager said to himself, `What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' He answered, `A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, `And how much do you owe?' He replied, `A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Schedule | Week of September 22

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., St. Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Game Night

The 2019 United Thank Offering Ingathering: September 22, 29

The Fall United Thank Offering Ingathering at St. Andrew’s will take place on two Sundays: September 22 and 29. UTO envelopes and boxes can be found in the narthex.

UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. In 2019, $1.5 million will be awarded to various projects. In 2000, St. Andrew’s received a $25,000 grant to help fund a path of access so that all people would have access to the parish addition and the church.

For parishioners unfamiliar with UTO, The United Thank Offering or UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to e mbrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude . UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box.

Information on recent projects receiving UTO funds can be found here and a message from Bishop Curry about UTO can be found here .
ECW White Elephant Boutique, October 18 and 19

Do you have artwork or prints, nice linens, glassware, pottery, brass, antiques, china, jewelry, fashionable purses, upscale kitchenware, seasonal items (Christmas and Halloween), collectibles in good condition that need to find a new home?

The ECW White Elephant Boutique sale in just four weeks will help you declutter and help ECW carry out its mission of hospitality and support for special projects and ministries at St. Andrew’s. Our thanks go to all parishioners for your help with this important project.

Please bring contributions of fashionable, attractive items in good to great condition to the sitting room near the back entrance of the lower level below Pearson Hall anytime between now and October 17 th . If you need more information, call Mary Jane Helsel at 656-7653.
The Body of Christ | A Note from Father Ralph

Father Ralph McMichael, our Priest in Charge until early 2018, often spoke to us of his plans to write and publish a book on systematic theology once in retirement. In an email to Marian Smithson this week, he shared the good news that the first of his four book series will be published in two weeks. Some in the parish may have already seen it listed pre-publication on Amazon.

He also indicated that he mentioned his time at St. Andrew's in the acknowledgements of the book: "I speak of my gratitude of having shared the Eucharistic faith and life with the wonderful people there." In addition, he shared a piece he wrote to promote his book that relates to his viewpoint on the Body of Christ. Click here to read more about his comments related to "theology does not exist to keep the church's trains running on time."
Of Junior Wardens

We all know what junior wardens do. They’re the parish handypersons, repairing or arranging for the repair of the myriad material things that can go wrong in a church, and are often involved in the implementation of improvements. But tact in dealing with other parishioners can be important, as this story will illustrate.

St. Andrew’s has been blessed with many dedicated junior wardens. One of them was Dick Norrish. His report for June 1976 was a laundry list of woes: dangerously unsound railings, broken rectory garage door and downspout, cracks in the walls of the nave and sanctuary, lighting in the undercroft in need of repair. But there was a note of triumph, too. With the assistance of Les Buhrmester, he believed, the problem of water seepage into the undercroft had at last been solved! Alas, Dick was too optimistic, and a leaking undercroft links us to the St. Andrew’s of his time. Dick closed his report with a reference to the parish kitchen, then located in the undercroft. It was looking shabby and would benefit from a refurbishment. Perhaps the Women of the Church, he suggested, would be interested in taking on that project.

What might have been done in regard to the kitchen in the immediate aftermath of Dick’s report is not clear, but a major remodeling of the kitchen was undertaken in 1994, which placed the project within the context of Fr. David Gable’s deeply troubled rectorship. Gable hoped that the transformation of the kitchen would serve as a healing experience by providing an opportunity for the parish “to work together in a positive way toward a common goal.” The outcome was rather different. (Click here to continue.)
Announcements

Send Get Well Wishes to Our Parishioners!
Stop at the Scrip table this Sunday to pick up address information for parishioners who have had recent surgery, medical treatment, or are shut-ins. Sending your wishes for a full recovery or just a good day can mean a lot!

Book Fair Tent at Living History Days, City Park, September 21
Come to the Edwardsville City Park this Saturday, September 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to enjoy Living History Days: A Chautauqua with Mark Twain and Friends and stop by St. Andrew’s Book Fair tent.

Parish Game Night September 27, 6 p.m.
Bring a snack to share, enjoy our games or bring your favorite game from home. It’s a wonderful night of fun for family and friends in Pearson Hall.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed!
It is St. Andrews time to do Meals on Wheels, an outreach project to the community. Our dates are Monday September 30 through October 11. Volunteers need to pick up the meals at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Street Community Center and deliver them. The number of meals varies from day to day, but the approximate time is 1 to 1.5 hours. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by Pearson Hall or you may contact Lyndia Pezza at (401)463-8049 or lyndia1231@gmail.com .

Coffee Hour Hosting Opportunities
Coffee Hour provides important time for fun and fellowship. Thanks go to all who make St. Andrew’s Coffee Hour so successful. Hosts are needed October 6 and 27, November 24, and December 1. To sign up, contact Pat Rudloff .
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