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Weekly Sunday service information and parish news.
Fr. Ben Hankinson, Rector
Celebrant for all services.

In light of recent CDC updates, we strongly encourage everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear masks when attending church. We pray that through compassionate fidelity to the common good, we will see the present surge subside.
September 19, Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Holy Eucharist | Rite I, 8 a.m. | Rite II 10 a.m. (Sung)

In-person attendance for up to 75 worshippers | Masks required.
Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Picnic at Township Park following the 1o a.m. service.
Readings for Sunday, September 19

  • Jeremiah 11:18-20
  • Psalm 54
  • James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
  • Mark 9:30-37

Make Your Offering!
Mail: Send your check to St. Andrew's Treasurer, at 406 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville 62025.
The Week of September 19

  • Parish Picnic at Township Park after the 10 a.m. service, Sept. 19.
  • Choir returns, Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m. service.
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, via Facebook Live
  • Feast of St. Matthew, Holy Eucharist, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, via Facebook Live
  • Study Class with Fr. Ben, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Parish Picnic, Sunday, September 19!

Following the 10 a.m. service, we look forward to seeing everyone -- in person and online attenders -- at our parish picnic at Township Park, Center Grove Road, this Sunday. The meat portion of the meal will be provided, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share with others. There are so many in the parish we have not seen since the pandemic. This outdoor setting may be a safe opportunity to spend some quality time with everyone!

Stewardship: Broadening Our Perspective, Part I
At our Vestry meeting on Thursday evening, we talked about stewardship. No, this is not the stewardship message you are expecting, and will undoubtedly receive in the not-so-distant future. Instead, what we discussed was the need to broaden our perspective with respect to stewardship here at St. Andrew’s. There are many ways that we might undertake this task, and in the coming weeks, I will strive in this column to articulate some of those possibilities.

           Stewardship is so much more than just budgets and finances. It is, or at least ought to be, one of the lenses through which we understand and carry out our faith, our life, our labor, our relationships. One of the relationships that should come to the fore in our considerations of faithful stewardship is that of St. Andrew’s and the wider community.

         Last week, we had the opportunity to see this intersection of community and stewardship in the use of our space by Opera Edwardsville in advance of their concert on Friday evening. Our buildings, the majority of which go unused throughout the course of the week, were filled with music, good and delightful use in and of itself. More than that though, they provided a space out of which further community interaction would be nourished through their public performance.

           Likewise, we have been collecting resources for Afghan refugees recently. We have the ability to be a hub for outreach by virtue of our space in which we may collect, store, and distribute items that will go on to bless those in great need, both now and at other times throughout the year. We could include with this the generous donations which are made through our Book Fair back to the community. Boxes of books are given away to schools and ministries to support them and their work with those whom we might not be able to reach on our own. Click here to continue.

Fr. Ben
  • Fr. Ben began the meeting with comments on the meaning of stewardship, reminding all present that we are called as God’s stewards to manage all that God has given us. God has entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns, and we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes. There are many passages in the Bible that reference our responsibilities as stewards.
  • He also reminded the vestry of the happenings at the diocese level, particularly the election of a new bishop, and urged everyone to review the information on the candidates that was sent to the parish recently. Also, Synod is coming up on October 15-16. Kevin Babb and Fredna Scroggins will attend as our delegates. The Synod will select Bishop candidates from the nominees at this meeting. Between late October and 25 November, there will be walkabouts of the selected candidates, giving parishes the opportunity to meet the candidates.
  • Fr. Ben will be traveling more than usual in the coming weeks due to his responsibilities as President of the Standing Committee. His travel expenses will be covered by the diocese.
  • Feast Days – St. Matthew on September 21, St. Michael and All Angels on September 29, the Eve of St. Francis coming on October 3, and St. Luke on October 18. The blessing of the animals will probably be on the evening of the 3rd.
  • The Sunday forum on catechism continues at 9:15 am. This week the Wednesday class at 6 p.m. resumes, possibly with the study of Biblical history.

Treasurer – No report as Maxine Callies is out of town.

Minutes – Marty Cavanaugh presented the minutes of the last meeting. They were received and approved.

Altar Guild – Jane Weingartner’s term as interim head of Altar Guild ends September 30. Jane met with new member Marianne Cavanaugh and returning member Lyndia Pezza to explain procedures under COVID. Altar Guild looks for new leadership beginning October 1.

Education – Church School began September 12 with Nichole DeWall as the teacher and three children participating. The group met outside in the church garden.

Music – Brian Pezza stated that the choir will return on September 19 with Samantha McKenney as a new member.

ECW – Deane Thomas is the new coffee hour coordinator per Velma Schmidt. Also, Liz Edwards and Walter Bohn have tested the current kitchen refrigerator by plugging it in and seeing whether it will cool and freeze water. The refrigerator appears to have no problems.

Pearson Hall project – At this point, Marian Smithson reported the carpeting is selected, vinyl flooring samples will be reviewed in the next few days by the committee, an estimate of carpet installation has been submitted by Vallow, and a painting estimate submitted by Certa Pro. Schneider’s Painting will be visiting early next week to do the second estimate of painting. Currently, the project has $3000 in startup funds. The project will need additional funding from parish resources and parishioner contributions. The Finance Committee will be asked to look at the elements of the project and make recommendations on resources. The painting of Pearson Hall and the kitchen rooms was not in the original plan and will be evaluated to determine if it will be done this year or at a future date. Click here to continue.
Bishop Election
Nominees for Twelfth Bishop of Springfield Diocese Announced!

  • Information on the nominees - Link

  • Diocesan profile (information for candidates) - Link

  • Timeline for the election process - Link
Article from The Living Church: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Tutu prayers:

Disturb us O Lord
When we are too well-pleased with ourselves
When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little.
because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us O Lord
When with the abundance of things we possess,
We have lost our thirst for the water of life.
When, having fallen in love with time, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.

The full article from The Living Church is available at this link: Tutu.

  • The collection of in-kind donations for Afghan immigrants has paused for the time being. The International Institute in St. Louis has been overwhelmed with donations of household goods. They may reopen the collecting of household items in a few weeks but, in the meantime, monetary donations and grocery gift cards are welcome. If you would like to purchase a grocery card from St. Andrew's, Fredna Scroggins will sell you a scrip card, and then she will mail it to the Institute in St. Louis. Institute Link.

  • Fr. Ben's fall study class begins on Wednesday, September 22, at 6 p.m. The topic, not fully decided yet, may be Biblical History. He will also be leading an adult forum on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. between the 8 and 10 a.m. services. The fall series will be focusing on the Catechism as found in the Book of Common Prayer.
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