Announcements and News for            
January 16th, 2020                              St. Andrew's   Episcopal Church           
This Sunday's Schedule
9:00 am
No Adult Forum today
9:30 am
Children's Chapel
10:00 am
Holy Communion
11:00 am
Coffee Hour 
                 ALL ARE WELCOME!                 
Food For Thought...
In the gospel reading this Sunday, John the Baptist again points to Jesus announcing that He is the one to follow. At least one of John's followers, Andrew the fisherman, took it to heart, and by four o'clock in the afternoon, there was no question left in Andrew's mind that "This is the Messiah, the Anointed of God." He runs right to his beloved brother Simon, and brings him to Jesus.  The called becomes the caller. He becomes the light, leading his brother to the Light of the World.  And Jesus immediately calls Simon by his new name -- Peter.   This is the meaning of being called: we are changed and afterward we cannot, we must not, keep the knowledge to ourselves. We must share it with others for the salvation of the world.

May the light of Epiphany lead us to the glory and the responsibility of being called by God.
(based in part on an article by  Katerina K. Whitley)

From St. Alban's... just a reminder that John Thompson-Quartey is scheduled to visit St  Albans and we invite anyone from St Andrew's to visit. Service starts at  10:30 and a lunch will be available afterwards. All are welcome!

Children's News
Sunday School will now be known as "Children's Chapel." We have decided to try something new that more closely reflects what we are actually doing when the youth and children meet together outside of the adult worship. Not only will the name change, but our meeting time will change to 9:30 am instead of 10 am. At 10 am the Children's Chapel participants will join the adults in the service, then leave right after the Gospel to engage in our own discussion of the lesson. We will rejoin the adults after the Peace. We'll see how it goes and make changes down the road if needed. This began last Sunday!

The Good Book
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry calls upon followers of Jesus to join him in the Good Book Club, reading the Gospel of John.  Each day, from Epiphany on January 6 through Shove Tuesday, February 25, we'll read a passage from the gospel.  "I look forward to reading John's Gospel with you," said Bishop Curry.  "May this coming year, this Epiphany - as we celebrate the coming of the wise men - be the coming of new wisdom, new life, and new love, as we read John's Gospel together."  For more information, check out the website goodbookclub.org. Handouts are available on the table by the mailboxes in the parish hall.

And New Help needed for the 
New Year starting in January... 2020... 
  • New Altar Flower chart for signing up on... is in place and WIDE open for dates to dedicate flowers on Sundays. We typically sign up for two Sundays in a row (back to back) as we can usually keep the flowers fresh looking for that long so keep this in mind.
  • New coffee hour sign-up sheets and these too are very open, last we looked there was only 1 Sunday covered in February.
  • New vestry member elections at our annual meeting on Jan. 26th. Anyone want to put their hat in the ring??? 
  • New annual statement of giving statements come out ASAP.
  • New Children's Chapel continues and so far it seems to be working nicely.
  • a whole bunch of birthdays! Please feel free to let this editor know if anyone you know of is left off the list. We will be posting all Birthdays and Anniversaries by the month and leaving them for that month. Maybe there will be enough notice that some may want to send their own greeting cards?!?
Basically what all this means is that we need volunteers for coffee hour, altar flowers, card ministry and anyone else willing to put their name out for the vestry elections? Any more volunteers for ???? Please prayerfully consider...

Is there anyone interested in this ministry????
St. Andrew's parish is looking for one or more individuals willing to serve as parish nurses.  We recently discovered that the emergency AED (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) was not setup correctly and did not have pediatric pads to use with it.  Mo Pat has now setup the device and Carol recently ordered the needed supplies; but this points out how important a parish nurse ministry can be.  If you have or had a nursing license, and if you would like to serve in the parish nurse ministry group, let Mother Pat know of your interest.  What we hope this individual or team of nurses can do includes:  checking AED weekly (takes one minute to verify and document that AED is functional); training interested members of the congregation in how to use the AED because a nurse or health professional may not be present when it is needed (there is a CD); writing short articles for the antiphon on health issues such as when to get flu vaccine, reminders about west Nile virus or Zika when those seasons come around; and perhaps offering a monthly blood pressure screening Sunday for those who would like to know what their blood pressure is.  The role can be expanded as the ministry grows if those serving desire to attend pastoral care team meetings in order to help the Lay Eucharistic Visitors with questions about those they see in Care Centers or the Hospital.  We really need someone who can help with this important ministry and if that individual is you, volunteer as part of the team.

Pledge Envelopes for 2020
Also, Carol Mohor (our treasurer) has decided not to order new pledge envelopes this year. She has plenty of unused ones from the past year for those that want them (especially anyone who gives cash and wants to keep track). She will even go through and correct the dates if you need her to but as long as its in an envelope with your name it will be recorded. Those who write checks can simply fold their check or are more than welcome to use the envelopes you have left from this past year. There's no sense in wasting the paper (trees) or money to purchase more since the minimum order is more than twice what we need. Any questions or comments please let Carol Mohor know.

January 19th: Monthly Vestry meeting following coffee hour.
January 23rd: Ladies Laugh and Lunch at noon.
January 26th: Annual Parish Meeting after church. (written annual reports will be due before)
Our newest acolyte, Dominic Soto, 
Way to go Dominic!!!
And our very own wise men came to visit on Epiphany. Zander Neely, Destiny and Dominic Soto.
COLLECT FOR The Second Sunday after Epiphany
A lmighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Musical Notes for this Sunday from Richard Thompson

During our search process
Please keep our entire vestry, in your prayers for guidance and discernment for our future. This is a time for all to come together and work to keep St. Andrew's in line with with God's plan for us. "We" are His church! And let us look at this time as an opportunity to discern God's future plans for us at St. Andrew's. 

Also, as we go through this process please lift us up in daily prayer:
Almighty and everlasting God, from Whom all good and perfect gifts are given. Look graciously upon us at St. Andrew's.  Guide the hearts and minds of those who shall choose a priest for this congregation; that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries.  May we truly please Thee through this endeavor.  Help us to encourage and continue to love as Christ loves us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen
Servers for this Sunday  January 19th, 2020
Coffee Hour Host:  Asa Wages
Altar Flowers: Carol Mohor 
Sunday Children's Chapel Leader: Mary Alice Ray

Larry Roberson
Wink Porterfield
Zander Neeley
Lector OT/NT
Michelle Wetherbee
Prayers of the People
Brandon Merz
Bob Ridgway & Joanne Ridgway
Altar Guild            
Rita Smith
Derrick Westwood & Helen Faye Neeley
Eucharistic Visitors
Candy Pufall
Vestry Person
Asa Wages
Gale Pemberton & Lois Noval

Birthdays or Anniversaries in January
Happy Birthday to all our January Birthday folks:  Dawn Waldrep Lemay (1/2),  Allen Jackson (1/3),  Carol Barber (1/4),  Anita Trujillo (1/5),  Tom Janter   (1/6),  Catherine Jackson* (1/14),  Anne Harper (1/15),  Vicky Wheeler (1/21),   Rhea Dignam (1/23),   Joseph Soto (1/25),  Carmen Soto (1/28), and  Rita Smith (1/30)
Happy Anniversary to: Carmen & Joseph Soto (1/1)

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
579 Fairview Avenue
Hartwell, GA 30643
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