Jesus Christ, Pantocrator, 1453 mosaic in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.

Sunday, November 22
The Last Sunday of Pentecost, Christ the King
Masks and social distancing required for all services.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 10 worshippers
Please register in advance here.
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 10 worshippers
Please register in advance here.
Also live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Worship Notes, Sunday, November 22, 10 a.m.

Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating
Kevin Babb, Kim Berger, Eucharistic Ministers
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Coffee Hour via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.
  • Communion station at 12 p.m. on the church lawn near rear parking area.
Readings for November 22
The Holy Gospel | Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Make Your Offering

Schedule for the Week of November 22

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • Compline, Monday, 7 p.m.
  • Noonday Prayer, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Diocesan Hymn-Sing via Zoom, 7 p.m.
  • Noonday Prayer, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Noonday Prayer, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer, Friday, 9 a.m.
  • Compline, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Looking Ahead
  • Advent begins Sunday, November 29.
  • New Rector's Class begins Tuesday, December 1, 6 or 7 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m., Thursday, December 24 (one service)
  • Christmas Day Service, 10 a.m., Friday, December 25
Stewardship 2021

The Stewardship Committee wishes to thank everyone who has submitted a 2021 pledge as of today, allowing the Finance Committee to begin planning the parish budget for the coming year.

At this point, 50 parishioners have pledged $166,640 for 2021 and the average pledge is $3,787. Three more pledges are anticipated before the end of December.

Further information about stewardship is available on the parish website here.

2021 Stewardship Committee members: Riley Atwood, Kevin Babb, Marian Smithson, Marilyn Strangeman and Jane Weingartner.
Covid-19 Update for Services

After months of riding the Covid-19 roller coaster, we find ourselves in the midst of a steep uphill slog. At every level, from local to international, rates are on the rise, and everyone is being asked to do their part to help stem the tide of this drastic uptick in current cases.

To that end, effective immediately we are requiring signups for both 8 and 10 a.m. services (linked below) and reducing attendance to ten parishioners, not to include those serving at a given service. This is not mandated either by government officials or by the diocese, but it is a prudent measure that represents concern for our community both within and without St. Andrew’s.


Let me take this opportunity to encourage discernment on the part of those considering whether or not to attend worship in person. As has been true from the beginning of this pandemic, there is no shame or guilt imputed to those who exercise discretion in each facet of this pandemic and as such choose to stay away for the sake of their own health, that of their family, and/or the well-being of others. Moreover, if for any reason you or someone in your household are considered at increased risk, please stay home; and if for any reason you suspect you or someone you may have been in contact with is sick with Covid, flu, or any other similar condition, please stay home.

For those who do make the decision to attend in person, please be diligent in following the various procedures which we have in place: signup in advance both for 8 and 10 a.m. services; sign-in when you come to church; practice robust social distancing (at least 6 feet of separation); and utilize masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.

In closing, let me ask that you make your decisions prayerfully, seeking how the Lord would have you respond in this time and space to his invitation to love both him and your neighbor. Whether you are present in the flesh or in spirit, let us be faithful to our convictions and to one another as we draw near to the Lord together that he may sustain us in this present hour and always. 
-Fr. Ben
Advent Series:
Becoming a Beloved Community

Advent is a season of preparation: shopping for gifts, decorating our homes and sanctuaries. Advent is also a time to prepare our hearts and communities for the coming of Christ, the Almighty God who came among us poor and homeless, a stranger and a child. There may be no better time to reflect on how we as the Episcopal Church embrace the Holy One who continues to draw near in the neighbor, the stranger, the refugee, or the one who seems most “other” to you. It is the ideal season to commit to becoming Beloved Community and growing loving, liberating, life-giving relationships across the human family of God.

The excerpt above comes from the welcome and introduction to the Becoming Beloved Community series which we will be utilizing for the season of Advent. In a four-week set of conversations, we will consider together some facets of what racial healing and reconciliation looks like.

I invite you to join Liz McKenney and myself as we journey through these topics together, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. We will engage with scripture, reflect together, and undertake activities meant to prick the mind and heart as we consider ways in which we may grow in the knowledge and love of God and our neighbor, particularly those from differing racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

All that we ask is that you come with a willingness to speak from your own experience, to listen with genuine curiosity about what others share, and to seek Christ in others even as we seek to embody him and his love. 

-Fr. Ben
Highlights of November 19 Vestry meeting

Rector’s announcements
  • Advent begins Sunday, November 29, and the first Tuesday Advent series will occur on December 1 via Zoom.
  • Fr. Ben congratulated the committee and parish on a successful stewardship campaign.
  • We are again under Covid-19 mitigation with reduction to 10 attendees plus those serving. Signups will be required for all services.
Senior Warden
  • See stewardship and annual meeting reports.
Junior Warden
  • The new roof work is completed. Also, a broken water line has been discovered at the church's property line. The State of Illinois still needs to respond to our application for elevator certification.
Treasurer
  • Treasurer Riley Atwood presented three reports which were received by the vestry. The balance report may be viewed here.

Committees
  • Stewardship: Kevin Babb and Marian Smithson reported that as of November 18, fifty pledges totaling $166,640 had been received. Fr. Ben noted one more pledge had been emailed to him, making a total of three more pledges anticipated before the end of December. Kevin led discussion on the effectiveness of the virtual campaign and those present agreed that the campaign, including the videos, went well. Appreciation was expressed to Fr. Ben, Liz Edwards and Brian Pezza/Nichole DeWall for their willingness to create the videos. Over 60% of the 2021 pledges were submitted online.
  • Altar Guild: Donna Ireland reported that Jane Weingartner has agreed to lead the Altar Guild for the coming year following her retirement.
  • Communications: Marian Smithson indicated that 1,156 emails went out to parishioners in the last 30 days with 65% of the recipients responding by opening the emails after delivery. The weekly newsletters with service information are opened at 70% to 72%. These response rates are much higher than typical for group mailings per Constant Contact. She made several updates to the parish Facebook page and website in recent weeks, including the building of the online form for submitting 2021 pledges.
  • ECW: Due to Helen Holbert’s health issues, the ECW checkbook has been given to JoAnn Nabe until further notice. JoAnn recently mailed a check from ECW to Faith in Action for five Thanksgiving baskets.
  • Outreach: Mary Bohn reported (via Walt) that six families, including 16 children, will receive Target and Walmart cards on December 4 as this year’s Angel Tree effort.

Old Business
  • Rented Mailbox: Marian Smithson reported that, at the vestry’ request, she has arranged for the church to rent a mailbox at AIM Mail Center on Route 157. This will allow Fr. Ben, the church office, and others conducting business for the parish to direct special mail and packages to this mailbox address. Parishioners who send IRA checks or stock information, particularly ones sent by Fedex or UPS, are asked to send the checks to this address:
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,
  • 1063 S. State Route 157, Suite 2-121,
  • Edwardsville, IL 62025
Currently, Fr. Ben, Kevin Babb, Riley Atwood, and Marian Smithson have access to this box. Normal mail for the church should be sent to 406 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville as before. Questions? Email info@standrews-edwardsville.com.

Holiday Services
  • Christmas service: 7 p.m. with organ music
  • Christmas Day service: 10 a.m. without music
  • Both services will be live-streamed.

New business
  • Construction at St. Boniface: Vestry members discussed the potential impact of St. Boniface’s construction on St. Andrew’s property at the back of the church. Further information will be available soon.
  • Annual Meeting Date Change: Considering Covid-19 restrictions, Vestry members voted to move the Annual Meeting to May 2 in hopes that an in-person meeting could be held outdoors in warmer weather. This means that current vestry members will continue to serve through the first four months of 2021 and elections will be delayed until spring. More information will be shared at a later date.
  • Bell Maintenance: Walter Bohn indicated that general maintenance on the church bell will occur in the next few weeks. Vestry members asked that inquiries be made about having the carillon play hymns again.
  • Pastoral Care: Following the resignation of Mary Caspers, a leader for the Pastoral Care Committee is being sought.
The next Vestry meeting will be on December 17 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.
Correction to last week's Book Sale article:
Cindy Reinhardt reports the final total for 2020 is $13,127.27.
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