Shining the Light – November 29, 2017

Shining the Light

Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring
Announcements

THIS SUNDAY AT

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:

First Sunday of Advent

 
First Reading:
Isaiah 64:1-9
Gospel:

 Scheduled to serve

this Sunday as Lay Ministers and Counters
8:00 am
Crucifer:
not filled 
Prayer Leader:
not filled
 Server:
Sue Gartner
Torch Bearer:
not filled
not filled
   
10:00 am
Crucifer:
not filled 
 Server:
Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz
Lector:
Claire Jones

Ushers:

John Williams
Jim Williams 
Torch Bearer:
Charlotte Jones

not filled

Counters:
Joy Oakes

Warren Duvall

Save the Date:
Bishop’s visitation onFebruary 4, 2018.
::

COME LEARN ABOUT THE VESTRY’S MINISTRY THIS SUNDAY
Is God calling you to a new ministry? Would you like to know more about how the church operates and play a key role in making decisions important to the parish’s future? Then serving on the Vestry might well be for you. Join Senior Warden Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz and Junior Warden Claire Jones this Sunday, December 3, at 4 pm for an informal wine-and-cheese reception at Claire’s home to learn about the important ministry of the Vestry. Your spiritual life and friendships with other members of the church will be enriched, and you’ll have a greater appreciation for all that goes into making our church such a joyous, growing, inviting, and caring place. Church canons require that you be a confirmed Episcopalian and pledge to St. Andrew’s. Questions about serving on the Vestry starting in 2018? Please contact Mary Lynn at marylynnrynkiewicz@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration.

ANNUAL BAKE SALE FOR HAITI OUTREACH
The sale will take place after each service on December 3. Bakers may drop off baked goods in the Lounge either on Saturday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:30 pm or on Sundaybefore each service. Thank you in advance for your skills and generosity!

ST. ANDREW’S ANGEL TREE
All new, unwrapped gifts for the Christmas Angels must be brought to St. Andrew’s by this Sunday, December 3 and should be labeled with the original Angel Tree Tag. Please do NOT seal the bags as we will add a separate paper ID tag inside the bag. You may include wrapping paper and gift boxes, but please keep gifts UNWRAPPED. Also, for any bikes, please keep them unassembled in boxes. Any gifts brought to St. Andrew’s before December 3 should be left labeled and/or in labeled bags and left in the outer office.
We will have a sorting party in the Chapel right after service on Sunday, December 3. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Gowetski at  jennifer_gowetski@yahoo.com or 703-725-4611.
Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

SAN JOSE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE
This Sunday during Coffee Hour after each service, our friends from San Jose Episcopal Church here in Arlington will once again be with us selling their hand-made Christmas gifts and ornaments. This lively Latino congregation is growing and your generous giving to support this fundraising event is greatly appreciated! So remember to bring plenty of cash to support both Haiti and San Jose!

ADVENT IS …
a time to do things differently: slow down, be quiet, enjoy the waiting, and prepare our hearts to be a home for theChrist child.
In the lounge you will find two resources to use at home:
  • Booklet of weekly prayers for lighting your advent wreath
  • Advent Devotional from the Diocese of Virginia and Forma’
And here are links to some materials that may inspire you to try something different this advent season as you await and prepare:
  • “Advent in 2 minutes” – a short video reminding us about the meaning of Advent
  • Daily #AdventWord  and meditation via email (collaboration between the Society of St. John theEvangelist and Virginia Theological Seminary)
  •  Booklet of daily meditations — “Living Well Through Advent 2017” from Living Compass ($1 fee to download book)

GUEST CELEBRANT: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
On Sunday, Father Larry will preach and celebrate at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & MUSIC
To enhance the beauty of the sanctuary for Christmas Eve and enrich our worship with special music please consider giving something extra to the church for this purpose. A gift of poinsettias is $20 or you may contribute to special music for the 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. services. The deadline to be included in the service bulletins for Christmas Eve is on Monday, December 18. Forms are available in the lounge and also here.

HELP WANTED FOR NEXT TUESDAY’S BLOOD DRIVE AT ST. ANDREW’S
After an absence of a few years, the Red Cross is returning to St. Andrew’s next Tuesday, December 5. Officially the blood drive is from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and nearly 100 donors are scheduled to show up and donate.
Traditionally, the host church for the blood drive provides volunteer parishioners from 10:30 am when the Red Cross team arrives to closing, to help direct donors to restrooms and answer any questions they may have. Secondly, to supplement Red Cross-supplied juice/water/soda and packaged pretzels and cookies, the host church also provides baked goods–mostly homemade cookies or other baked goods.
A sheet for parishioners to sign-up for host or hostess duty in 30 or 60 minute increments is posted at church, as well as a sheet for baked goods contributions. If you forget to sign up for either, please let Peter Wehmann know, and he’ll do his best to schedule you.
And if you plan to donate blood but haven’t signed up yet, please contact Peter, and he can add your name to the list, although he can’t schedule a specific time. Please contact Peter at 703.725.1741 or peterwehmann@hotmail.com. Thank you.

PROJECT CHRISTMAS ANGEL IS ALMOST HERE!
This is OAR’s annual event to provide holiday gifts to children of parents who are incarcerated. The Wrapping Party will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s in the Undercroft. You must RSVP to attend. Please go to http://www.oaronline.org/news-events/pca. Thank you on behalf of the children!

ST. ANDREW’S PLAYERS
Auditions for the spring musical production of Anne of Green Gables have been extended to Sunday, December 3, beginning at 1:00 pm. A few key roles remain open. Callbacks will take place as scheduled at 2:00 pm. Those who have auditioned previously will be contacted by Ms. Massant as to whether or not they need to come. If you have questions, feel free to contact Jane Massant at 703 241-7586or jwmassant@gmail.com.
There are roles for all ages in this classic tale of a spirited orphan who uses her unlimited imagination to make everything a little more special. While all principal roles involve solo singing, there are featured roles that do not. Those interested in principal roles should be prepared to sing a one-minute song. Everyone will be taught a simple song and dance routine to be performed in a small group. Please share this information by referring them to either of these online sources:

THE CHRISTMAS TREES ARE COMING
This year, 200 beautiful Vermont Christmas Trees will be delivered to St. Andrew’s tomorrow, Thursday, November 30 and we will start our sales this Saturday, December 2. We will sell trees on Saturdays and Sundays in December starting this weekend. The hours of operation are 9 to 5 on Saturdays and 11 to 5 on Sundays. Please spread the word to your friends so that they come and support this joyous ministry. As always, we also will need lots of help selling trees. Please contact Bob Len at blen@thewolfgroup.com to express your interest in helping out. Having a good crew that first weekend is important as we sell most of our trees that weekend.

A “SOUL SISTERS” CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION:MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 7:30 TO 9 PM IN THECHAPEL

Join your St. Andrew’s Sisters in Christ for Christmas Cheer! Festive dress is welcome. We’ll share favorite Christmas traditions. Questions? Contact Diane.

ST. ANNE’S GUILD
Our quarterly meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5 in theLounge starting at 11:30 am. Everyone is welcome! We’ll begin with a short presentation on the Star of Bethlehem by Jennifer Bartlett in the persona of Hypatia of Alexandra, a 4th century female astronomer.
For lunch, members should bring a salad or dessert. Also bring a Christmas ornament for the gift exchange and, if you have one, a favorite Christmas poem to share with the group. God bless us everyone!

WINTER CONCERT BY SENZA NOME
Senza Nome, the women’s vocal ensemble that has performed at St. Andrew’s, presents a Winter Concert on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Community on theHill Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC (at Wisconsin Ave. NW). All are welcome! All proceeds will go to House of Ruth, a non-profit organization that helps women, children, and families heal from lifetimes of traumatic abuse. Please spread the word with the flyer. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS JAMMIN’ WITH BRANDON
All I want for Christmas is a good old fashioned sing-a-long! Join Brandon after the service on Sunday, December 10 for a special Christmas jam session. All ages are welcome as we sing carols and other favorite Christmas tunes around thepiano in the lounge following coffee hour. Let Brandon know if you have special requests, and we’ll make sure to have music ready.

SAVE THE DATE FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLING
The St. Andrew’s parish family is invited to come together for caroling in the neighborhood around St. Andrew’s on Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. We will be gathering in the Lounge and have refreshments afterwards.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP
 

Last Sunday: During this last Sunday of the Church year (i.e. New Year’s Eve), we reviewed all the seasons of the church, their colors and song some “greatest hits” from each season as we prepare to welcome a new church year. We talked about that for every beginning there is an ending and for every ending there is a beginning.
Discussion Starter: What is your favorite season of thechurch year? Advent? Epiphany? Lent? Easter? Pentecost? What is you favorite color of the church year — white, green, purple, red? Which might be the most important?
Prayer Starter: Dear Lord, thank you for leading us through another church year and reminding us that with every beginning there is an ending and for every ending there is a beginning. Amen.
This Sunday: Happy New Year! As we enter the season of Advent, we’ll talk about watching and waiting.

S.A.Y. CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING
 

All S.A.Y. and friends (grades 6 to 12) are invited for cookie decorating before caroling on Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 pm (caroling begins at 6:30pm). We’ll meet in the undercroft for Christmas Cheer!
Coming up…
12/10  Xmas Carol Jammin’ w/ Brandon during Coffee Hour after the 10 am service. Let’s rehearse before we go caroling!
12/17  SAY Cookie Decorating (friends invited of course!) @ 5:30 pm followed by All Parish Caroling @6:30 pm.

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS 
For our next meeting on Wednesday, December 6, at 10:30 am in the Lounge we’ll be discussing chapter 11 of Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister.

CELEBRATE OUR WONDERFUL STAFF WITH A CHRISTMAS PURSE GIFT
As we come to the end of the year and give thanks for our many blessings, we are especially grateful to the hard-working staff at St. Andrew’s. Especially during this year of transition, they have gone above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly, to give a friendly smile to newcomers who stop by the church, to warmly welcome new families, and to bless us with beautiful music on Sundays. Please consider showing your appreciation with a generous contribution this holiday season. You can designate your gift by putting “Staff Purse” in the memo line of your check to St. Andrew’s. Thank you, and thanks to our wonderful staff!

MURDER MYSTERY BOOK CLUB RETURNS FOR A WINTER TREAT
Our Summer Murder Mystery Book Club was so popular, we decided to bring it back for the winter! We’ll next piece together the clues in “A Morbid Taste for Bones” by Ellis Peters, the first book in the Brother Cadfael series. Plan to read the book over the holidays; we’ll meet to discuss it on February 24 at Sarah Petcher’s home at 2 p.m. We hope you can join us then!

THE REV. STEVE RORKE’S OFFICE HOURS
The Rev. Steve Rorke’s regular office hours are Tuesdaythrough Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. Please contact him at rector@standrewsnet.org and by calling the church office 703-522-1600 or 703-550-3655 (home).

FARM FRESH PRODUCE PLUS… 
David and Christina Jernigan, along with their 8-year-old daughter Riley, are distributing farm-fresh produce Thursday afternoons from 3:00-6:30 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Anyone from the parish who would like to purchase produce and products (at the same price the CSA members pay for the fresh local items such as tomatoes, lettuce, English cucumbers, apples, local raw honey, pastured eggs, and fresh beef) is invited to come by. They accept payment by check or cash. For more information about membership contact the Jernigans at csa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at www.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
To our readers:  Have a social activity or event you want published in Shining the Light?

The deadline is Tuesday evening. As always, we welcome your comments, ideas or suggestions.

Email the church office at church.office@standrewsnet.org or call (703) 522-1600.

Your input is very much appreciated.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207

Shining the Light – November 22, 2017

Shining the Light

Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring
Announcements

THIS SUNDAY AT

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
Last Sunday after Pentecost
(Christ the King)   
 
Gospel:

 Scheduled to serve

this Sunday as Lay Ministers and Counters
8:00 am
Crucifer:
Sue Gartner
Prayer Leader:
Susan Thomas
 Server:
John Bartlett
Torch Bearer:
Cullen Thomas
not filled
   
10:00 am
Crucifer:

Ana White

 Server:
Dana Madsen
Lector:
Ruth Duvall

Ushers:

John Williams
not filled
Torch Bearer:
Bella White

not filled

Counters:
Janey Cartmell

Warren Duvall

Save the Date:
Bishop’s visitation onFebruary 4, 2018.
::

THANKSGIVING BAGGED MEALS FOR THEHOMELESS: THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
We will gather in the St. Andrew’s kitchen at 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 25 to assemble 50 meals in support of ASPAN (Arlington Street Peoples’ Assistance Network). Please join us this Thanksgiving weekend to give thanks for our bounty by giving back to the community. Many hands make quick work and we’d like to invite you to share our blessings and join us for about an hour as we spread the peanut butter and give thanks for all of the blessings afforded to us. All ages are welcome — it’s a great teaching moment for our young people. Meals are funded by the St. Andrew’s Endowment for Outreach and Human Needs and we are grateful for that ongoing support. If you would like to volunteer to deliver the meals at 6:00 p.m. to the park on N. Oakland Street behind St. George’s, please contact Marcela Scott at Marcela.scott@yahoo.com. We would love to expand our volunteer base for this important ministry!
Our last opportunity to make bagged lunches for this year will be on December 23. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful way to share our love during the Christmas season! We hope to see you in the kitchen.

GUEST CELEBRANT: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Our celebrant Sunday will be the Rev. Anne Turner. Anne is a former Associate at St. Mary’s Arlington.

CHURCH OFFICE
The Church office is closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

ST. ANDREW’S PLAYERS
Auditions for the spring musical production of Anne of Green Gables will be held on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Callbacks are scheduled for December 3 at 2:00 pm.
There are roles for all ages in this classic tale of a spirited orphan who uses her unlimited imagination to make everything a little more special. While all principal roles involve solo singing, there are featured roles that do not. Those interested in principal roles should be prepared to sing a one-minute song. Everyone will be taught a simple song and dance routine to be performed in a small group. Please share this information with others via the attached flyer or by directing them to St. Andrew’s Players Facebook page.

THE CHRISTMAS TREES ARE COMING
This year, 200 beautiful Vermont Christmas Trees will be delivered to St. Andrew’s on Thursday, November 30 and we will start our sales on Saturday, December 2. We will sell trees on Saturdays and Sundays in December starting on that first weekend. The hours of operation are 9 to 5 on Saturdays and 11 to 5 on Sundays. Please spread the word to your friends so that they come and support this joyous ministry. As always, we also will need lots of help selling trees. Please contact Bob Len at blen@thewolfgroup.com to express your interest in helping out. Having a good crew that first weekend is important as we sell most of our trees that weekend.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE
On Sunday, December 3 during Coffee Hour after each service, our friends from San Jose Episcopal Church here in Arlington will once again be with us selling their hand-made Christmas gifts and ornaments. This lively Latino congregation is growing and your generous giving to support this fundraising event is greatly appreciated! So bring plenty of cash to support Haiti and San Jose!

ANNUAL BAKE SALE FOR HAITI OUTREACH
The sale will take place after each service on December 3. Bakers may drop off baked goods in the Lounge either on Saturday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:30 pm or on Sunday before each service. Thank you in advance for your skills and generosity!

SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 7:30 TO 9 PM IN THE CHAPEL

Join your St. Andrew’s Sisters in Christ for Christmas Cheer! Festive dress is welcome. We’ll share favorite Christmas traditions. Questions? Contact Diane.

ST. ANNE’S GUILD
Our quarterly meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5 in theLounge starting at 11:30 am. Everyone is welcome! We’ll begin with a short presentation on the Star of Bethlehem by Jennifer Bartlett in the persona of Hypatia of Alexandra, a 4th century female astronomer.
For lunch, members should bring a salad or dessert. Also bring a Christmas ornament for the gift exchange and, if you have one, a favorite Christmas poem to share with the group. God bless us everyone!

CHRISTMAS JAMMIN’ WITH BRANDON
All I want for Christmas is a good old fashioned sing-a-long! Join Brandon after the service on Sunday, December 10 for a special Christmas jam session. All ages are welcome as we sing carols and other favorite Christmas tunes around thepiano in the lounge following coffee hour. Let Brandon know if you have special requests, and we’ll make sure to have music ready.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP

 

Last Sunday: We learned of St. Andrew’s call to become a “fisher of people” — to share the good news about Jesus. How can we follow Andrew’s example? First we need to be prepared: know the stories ourselves. Second, we need to go where the “fish are”: be an example of the light of Christ to others who may not know Him. And third, we need to be patient: people may not be interested but we stay at it.
Discussion Starter: How can we be an example to others so they can learn about Jesus? Where do can we go to “where the fish are” (those who may not know about Jesus)?
Prayer Starter: Dear Jesus, help us to become fishers of people. Help us to tell others what you have done for us – the love and peace you share with us — and what you want to do for them. Amen.
This Sunday: As the last Sunday of our Church Year, it’s like New Year’s Eve for the Church. We will review the seasons of the Church year.

S.A.Y.

 

Reminder: Youth Confirmation classes begin Sunday! Email Diane with any questions.
Coming up…
12/10   Xmas Carol Jammin’ w Brandon (let’s rehearse before we go caroling!)
12/17   SAY Cookie Decorating @ 5:30 pm followed by All Parish Caroling
Talking to Teens about the Tough Stuff
Parents of teens are invited to a discussion and workshop on November 28, 7-8:30 pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (2609 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington). Friends and neighbors are welcome.

ST. ANDREW’S ANGEL TREE
This year, St. Andrew’s again is participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The purpose of the program is to provide NEW clothing/shoes/toys for children of the neediest families designated by The Salvation Army in the Washington, DC area to receive Christmas assistance. St. Andrew’s has adopted 45 angels for Christmas. For each angel, the family that has signed up for that angel will shop for NEW, UNWRAPPED gifts, including two or three toys and an outfit/coat — if possible — from the wish list on the Angel Tree Tag. Also, it is always possible to “share” an angel if that works better.
All new, unwrapped gifts must be brought to St. Andrew’s by Sunday, December 3 and should be labeled with theoriginal Angel Tree Tag. Please do NOT seal the bags as we will add a separate paper ID tag inside the bag. You may include wrapping paper and gift boxes, but please keep gifts UNWRAPPED. Any gifts brought to St. Andrew’s before December 3 should be labeled and/or in labeled bags and left in the outer office.
We will have a sorting party in the Chapel right after service on Sunday, December 3. If you have any questions, including about sharing an angel, please contact Jen Gowetski at  jennifer_gowetski@yahoo.com or 703-725-4611.
Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS 
Father Steve will be joining us on Wednesday, November 29, at 10:30 am in the Lounge to discuss chapter 10 of Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister.

MURDER MYSTERY BOOK CLUB RETURNS FOR A WINTER TREAT
Our Summer Murder Mystery Book Club was so popular, we decided to bring it back for the winter! We’ll next piece together the clues in “A Morbid Taste for Bones” by Ellis Peters, the first book in the Brother Cadfael series. Plan to read the book over the holidays; we’ll meet to discuss it on February 24 at Sarah Petcher’s home at 2 p.m. We hope you can join us then!

THE REV. STEVE RORKE’S OFFICE HOURS
The Rev. Steve Rorke’s regular office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. Please contact him at rector@standrewsnet.org and by calling the church office 703-522-1600 or 703-550-3655 (home).

FARM FRESH PRODUCE PLUS… 
David and Christina Jernigan, along with their 8-year-old daughter Riley, are distributing farm-fresh produce Thursday afternoons from 3:00-6:30 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Anyone from the parish who would like to purchase produce and products (at the same price the CSA members pay for the fresh local items such as tomatoes, lettuce, English cucumbers, apples, local raw honey, pastured eggs, and fresh beef) is invited to come by. They accept payment by check or cash. For more information about membership contact the Jernigans at csa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at www.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
To our readers:  Have a social activity or event you want published in Shining the Light?

The deadline is Tuesday evening. As always, we welcome your comments, ideas or suggestions.

Email the church office at church.office@standrewsnet.org or call (703) 522-1600.

Your input is very much appreciated.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207