Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 35 worshippers
Please register in advance here.
Also live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 35 worshippers
Registration not required.
Worship Notes

  • October 18, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating
Kevin Babb, Drake Depew - Eucharistic Ministers
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Coffee Hour I via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.

  • Coffee Hour II, church lawn, following the 10 a.m. BYOCoffee.

  • Communion will be distributed on the back lawn of the church from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Worship Information:
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

  • Old Testament - Isaiah 45:1-7
  • Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13) 
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
  • Matthew 22:15-22
The Holy Gospel | Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
Make Your Offering

Schedule for the Week of October 18

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist, Feast of St. Luke, Monday, 7 p.m. (in-person and livestream)
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Class with the Rector via Zoom on The Psalms, Wednesday, 11 a.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Class with the Rector via Zoom on The Psalms, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Children's Ministry via Zoom, Thursday, 5 pm
  • Morning Prayer with Great Litany, Friday, 9 a.m.
  • Holy Eucharist, Feast of St. James, Thursday, 7 p.m. (in-person and livestream)
  • Compline, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Looking Ahead
  • Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m., Thursday, December 24 (one service)
  • Christmas Day Service, 9 a.m., Friday, December 25
October 15 Vestry Meeting Highlights

Fr. Ben called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and opened with prayer. All vestry members were present but Brian Pezza due to a death in his family and Bill Schaefer.
Fr. Ben shared the following with the vestry:
  • There will be a Children's Class on October 22 at 5 p.m. which Nichole Dewall is coordinating;
  • Planning is underway for an Advent Class series with Liz McKenney assisting Fr. Ben;
  • Outdoor coffee hour will continue, weather permitting, in addition to Zoom Coffee Hour;
  • With mitigation restrictions lifted, the 10 a.m. service will be opened to a maximum of 35 in-person worshippers who will be asked to register in advance as well as wear a mask and observe social distance;
  • Livestream 10 am Sunday service will continue;
  • He will be away from November 12 and into the following week so Fr. Boase will supply on Sunday, November 15.

Discussion followed on the opening of the Sunday 10 a.m. service and recommendations were made for several ways to ensure the safety of attendees. (See "From the Rector" mailed to parish on October 16.)

Junior Warden, Walter Bohn, reported that work on the roofs of the church and addition may begin October 26, weather permitting. Work will continue for about ten weekdays.

Treasurer, Riley Atwood, provided several financial reports and indicated that contributions to the parish are up over last year as of the end of September. He provided a comparative report of third quarter 2020 versus 2019 with annotated comments that is viewable here.

Committees:
  • Mary Bohn, Outreach, reported on Faith Coalition's drive for Thanksgiving basket contributions (See separate article.) and plans to provide scrip cards to seven needy families for Christmas. Parishioners are encouraged to buy cards and donate them to Outreach or make early Christmas contributions to Outreach that can be used for the purchase of cards. Gifts can be made online and designated for Outreach.
  • Marian Smithson, Parish Communications, indicated that the need to push information out to the parish via email, the newsletter, Facebook, and the website was high in the past month due to Covid-19 and other. Readership rate for the newsletter continues at 65 to 70 percent.
  • Smithson, Columbarium Coordinator, reported that the State Comptroller's Office had approved an exemption for the parish columbarium, eliminating the need to report annually and limiting reporting to necessary updates. A copy of the documentation will be kept in the office and the original in the safe deposit box.

Stewardship 2020

Thank you for your gifts to St. Andrew’s in 2020. Supported by many hours of volunteer service and generous financial gifts, St. Andrew’s has carried forward the mission of worshipping God and serving our neighbor in difficult times.

October is Stewardship month, a time when all of us reflect on the past year and make a pledge to the church for 2021.

You will be receiving a series of emails asking you to view video messages from Fr. Ben, Liz Edwards, and the Pezza family in the next few weeks. You will also receive your pledge packet via email very soon and are requested to return your pledge form prior to November 8, when the pledges will be blessed at the altar. We hope you will continue to support the good works of our parish!

The Stewardship Committee: Kevin Babb, Riley Atwood, Marian Smithson, Marilyn Strangeman, Jane Weingartner

Updated Parish Directory
(Click here to view and print.)

This new directory replaces all prior parish family directories. Please save a copy to your cell phone in an appropriate app and to your laptop, desktop, or iPad in addition to printing a copy.

An additional directory of "Former Clergy and Friends of the Parish" will be updated and linked to next week's newsletter. Updates may be sent to info@standrews-edwardsville.com at any time of the year.
Wednesday Psalms Classes

Fr. Ben is teaching two classes on the Psalms each Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. via Zoom. Watch for the parish email or Facebook posting with the Zoom link on Tuesday. If you have questions about Zoom, email info@standrews-edwardsville.com.
Help Provide Thanksgiving Baskets to the Needy In Our Area

This Thanksgiving Faith Coalition Edwardsville invites St. Andrew's to join other churches and businesses in Edwardsville to provide Thanksgiving Baskets to the clients of GlenEd pantry, Each basket contains all the fixings of Thanksgiving dinner for one family. In the past the baskets have cost $30 and the goal is to provide 250 baskets. 

Many are picked up by the clients but help is needed to deliver others to residents of the May building. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, November 24 to deliver the baskets. If wished, inserts about St. Andrew's or notes of encouragement and cards can be included in the baskets. 

Checks should be made out to "Faith Coalition Edwardsville" and sent to the address below. The deadline for donations is November 16. To volunteer call or email the Coalition. Faith Coalition's motto is "uniting area churches in common mission." We can live our faith by helping the "least of these." If you have any questions, please contact the Coalition.

Faith Coalition Edwardsville, P.O. Box 84, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Successful October Book Sale Shortened by Showers

Our region is in the middle of a dry spell and in need of rain. However, we’d have preferred a shower later in the day on October 3.

The morning went well for the outdoor sale, bringing lots of customers and $622.75 in sales and donations. Then at noon came a few sprinkles followed by a light but steady rain. By 1 p.m. the books and tables were inside and volunteers were wiping everything down.

With the take-down crew scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m., much of the work fell on Mike Reinhardt before Kyle Werner and Julie Hamilton’s daughter Stephanie arrived to help with the heavy lifting. Fr. Ben joined in once the Zoom Synod ended.

Voting Faithfully

2020 election information is available from the Madison County Clerk's website, MadisonVotes.com.
Click here for a voter guide/specimen ballot.

Early voting information:

  • Edwardsville - County Administration Building, 157 N. Main Street
  • Weekdays - October 19-23, 26-30, and November 2, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays - October 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays - October 25 and November 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Weekdays - October 28-30 - Hours: Noon - 5:00 pm
  • Morris University Center, Willow Room
The St. Andrew's Week-End Update, a weekly emailed newsletter, is designed to update parishioners on church activities. Please send news items to Jane Weingartner
by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.

Newsletter Editor and Designer, Marian Smithson
Newsletter Editor Jane Weingartner | Newsletter Editor, Marianne Cavanaugh
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