WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
       
Announcements and News for            
January 9th, 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...

Do you remember your baptism? Do you remember when God became more than a word to you? Obviously, those of us who were infants learned about our baptisms much later, for many that was during our preparation for confirmation. In infant baptism, we experienced the grace of God and the love of a faithful community, long before we could say "yes" to God's call. Others of us embraced God's grace and chose the Christian way in youth or adulthood. In either case, our response was grounded in God's loving presence in our lives. God's Grace, at such moments, is personal but never individual; it is grounded in community and reaches out to community which is why we all participate in the baptismal service. This Sunday the reading is about Christ's baptism by John. 
(Based in part on words from Rev. Bruce Epperly found on processandfaith.org website)

Clothes Closet Food Pantry Collections
 
Don't forget our food collection basket this Sunday (yes, it was supposed to be last Sunday). When you're out shopping maybe you could pick up some extra food items or even look in your pantry and see what's there and bring it to church on Sunday. Our wagon is a bit "light" right now.

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...

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.

Calendar
January 14th: 6PM  Dinner at Cateechee (Durkee Dinner) 
January 19th: Monthly Vestry meeting following coffee hour.
January 26th: Annual Parish Meeting after church. (written annual reports will be due before)
COLLECT FOR The First Sunday after Epiphany
F ather in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Musical Notes for this Sunday from Richard Thompson
1) Break Forth , O Beauteous Heavenly Light
Text by Johann Rist, Tune by Johann Schop, and Written in 1641. 
2) All My Heart This Night Rejoices
Choral tune by Johann Ebeling, Arranged by Piet Post.

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 12th, 2020
 
Coffee Hour Host:  Judy Stech & Candy Pufall
Altar Flowers: Carol Mohor/ Michelle Wetherbee 
Sunday Children's Chapel Leader: Mary Alice Ray
Verger
Larry Roberson  
Chalicist
Valerie Davenport
Acolyte
Mary Elizabeth Jackson
Lector OT/NT
Anne Harper
Prayers of the People
Michelle Wetherbee
Ushers
John Caracciolo & Derrick Westwood
Altar Guild            
Asa Wages
Oblations
Bob Knowles & Gale Pemberton
Eucharistic Visitors
Rita Smith
Vestry Person
Judy Stech
Tellers
Bob Ridgway & John Caracciolo

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)

CONTACT US
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
579 Fairview Avenue
Hartwell, GA 30643
706-376-4986
USEFUL LINKS
Bishop Wright's Weekly
Devotional " For Faith" Archive
CONTACT INFO for MOTHER PAT+  
Contacting Mother Pat during the week is possible just know that she prefers email. Her email address is:  Revdrpat1@prodigy.net; for pastoral emergencies (sudden hospitalizations, death in the family) call her at 404-754-6980.

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