Shining the Light – July 26, 2017

Shining the Light

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THIS SUNDAY AT
ST. ANDREW’S

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
Proper 12
First Reading:
Genesis 29:15-28

Psalm   105:1-11, 45b

Second Reading:
Romans 8:26-39

Gospel:
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VISITING PREACHER THIS SUNDAY
As Steve enjoys some time with his family, we welcome The Rev. Larry Packard, who will serve as our guest preacher and presider at the Sunday 9 am service.

THIS SUNDAY: ENCORE’S “THE MUSIC MAN”
We are getting a group together to see a 2 pm matinee of Encore Stage & Studio’s performance of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” this Sunday, July 30. According to Encore’s website, “the story revolves around Harold Hill, who stops at River City, Iowa to start a musical boy band, despite his lack of musical knowledge. After tricking the citizens of River City into buying instruments and uniforms he plans on leaving town with all of the money. In the midst of his scheme, he accidentally falls in love with the local librarian, Marian. Will she help Harold see the error of his ways before it’s too late?” Encore recommends this production for ages 6 and older. Interested individuals should email Claire Jones at gwatkojones@gmail.com or visit Sign-Up Central on the bulletin board to sign up.

APAH BACKPACK AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE
It’s time for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) drive for new backpacks and school supplies for 400+ children in grades K-12 living in APAH communities. This year, AFAC is doing things a little differently and asked for commitments to provide backpacks. St. Andrew’s has committed to donate 20 backpacks for students: 10 backpacks for grades 6-8 and 10 backpacks for grades 9- 12. The need is greatest for the older students, and a list of needed supplies for each backpack is listed below.
Collection dates at St. Andrew’s will be July 30 and August 6, with the blessing of the donated items on Sunday, August 6, at the 9:00 am service. Look for boxes in the Lounge ready to receive your gifts. We’re suggesting that families might buy an extra backpack for a child while shopping for their own children’s backpacks. We hope that singles and couples will take care of the school supplies – please see the lists below.
If you are willing to purchase new supplies or a backpack for students, please email jennifer_gowetski@yahoo.com. With the commitment this year, it would be helpful to know how many people are able to participate.
Please see the link below for more information or reach out to Jennifer Gowetski at 703-725-4611or jennifer_gowetski@yahoo.com with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!
Middle School Backpack: #2 Pencils-12; Glue sticks-2; Subject dividers, 8 pack-1; Durable pocket folders-4; 1″ Three ring binders-2; Quality pink eraser-1; Highlighter, 2 pack-1; Pencil case/pouch-1; Lined notebook paper-1 package; Scissors-1 pair; Pencil sharpener-1; Black ball point pens-4; Composition notebooks, lined-4.
High School Backpack: #2 pencils-12; Glue sticks-2; Pink eraser-1; Pencil case-1; Pocket folders-10; Lined paper-2 packages; Plain paper-1 package; Lined composition notebooks-4; Blue pens-10; Red pens-2; Colored pencils-1 box; 1″ binders-2; 8-tab subject dividers-1 pack; Geometry set-1; Pocket dictionary-1; Pencil sharpener-1; Highlighters-4 pack/multicolor.

DONATIONS FOR ST. PETER’S SCHOOL, BERAULT, HAITI  
As you think about backpacks and school supplies for children in Arlington, please also remember the boys and girls in Berault. Any donation is welcome at any time of the year for our school feeding program. We hope to send a St. Andrew’s donation in August in time for the new school year. Just indicate “Haiti Outreach” in the memo line of your check made out to St. Andrew’s. Thanks to all for your continued support.

APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP
The Committee for Outreach and Human Needs again will be accepting scholarship applications. The application forms will shortly be up on the Sign-Up Central Board. Fill out the form and attach a letter of recommendation from an adult in the parish. Put your application in the Outreach and Human Needs box in the outer office by August 13. Previous awardees should fill out the form and include a copy of your latest grades. For questions, please contact Marcela Scott at marcela.scott@yahoo.com or Jennifer Gowetski at jennifer_gowetski@yahoo.com.

A GREAT WEEKEND ON THE MOUNTAIN!
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Shrine Mont this past weekend! We had a wonderful time, enjoying a great workshop on transformation led by Diane and Steve, fellowship over Shrine Mont’s famous comfort food, an ice cream social, and more. Our youth, Diane, and Steve all went ziplining, and there was a competitive game of cornhole on Saturday night with a raw s’mores bar (although we missed the campfire, we were thankful that the soaking rains kept the temperatures down). A big thank you to Steve and Diane, and to Brandon, who led us in singing at Sunday’s service.

JAMMIN’ WITH BRANDON: FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 AT 7 PM
Do you love music? Do you love singing? Do you love singing to music? Do you sing in the shower? (Don’t answer that. We all know the answer is yes. Everybody does it!) Join choral director and organist extraordinaire Brandon as he jams out to your favorite tunes with his very special guests: all of you! Sing everything from your Broadway favorites to classic pop hits, sprinkled with rock standards and even a few campfire tunes. It will be a joyous evening sure to remind us all of our beloved family sing-a-longs, minus the endless car rides to Grandma’s house. Join in the fun!

HAITI BAKE-OFF RETURNS: START YOUR OVENS!
Dust off your cookbooks and measuring cups–the third annual Haiti Bake-off is coming up on Sunday, August 27 after the 9 am service. Once again, we invite bakers to bring in their best treats for the congregation to sample. (Please go to Sign-Up Central at church to sign up.) Everyone will have a chance to judge their favorite dish and the winner will receive a small prize. A basket will also be available for tasters to donate generously to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Past winners include Hannah Ceen and Joan Lawrence. Who will be the 2017 Bake-off Champ? It could be you!

ST. ANDREW’S ADVENTURES WITH BJ 
Don’t forget to send in your photos of Bendable Jesus to Diane by email or text (FamilyMinistry@standrewsnet.org / 571-230-2262)! Here are some recent sightings:

At the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta with the Ghosh family.
 

Getting into the s’mores at Shrine Mont — yum!
 

At the Shrine for Sunday morning’s service at Shrine Mont.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP

From last Sunday: At the Shrine Mont parish retreat, we talked about transformation–how we can transform ourselves little by little. We learned more about Johnny Appleseed, who transformed our nation’s landscape “seed by seed; deed by deed.”
Discussion Starter: What are the ways that we sow (plant) the seeds of God’s kingdom in our lives?
Prayer Starter: Loving God, help us understand your words so that the seeds can be planted and grow in us. Guide our ears, eyes, mouth, hand, and feet that we may engage in your mission in the world. Amen.
This Sunday: Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to various things: a mustard seed, a hidden treasure, a pearl, and more. We will reflect on what the Kingdom of Heaven might be like.
Coming up…
July 30 –  St. Andrew’s goes to Encore’s “The Music Man” (recommended for ages 6 and up).
August 6 – Blessing of the Backpacks to be donated to APAH during the 9 am service followed by Sundae Sunday (with sprinklers) (bring swim suits!)!
August 11, 7 pm – Jammin’ with Brandon – Family friendly sing-along with Brandon.
August 25/26 – Pizza and Movie Night
August 27 – Haiti Bake-off after the 9 am service
September 3, 9 am service – St. Andrew’s Blessing of Backpacks – Bring your backpack, lunch box, or other symbol of the beginning of a new school year and receive a blessing for the coming year!

September 17 – St. Andrew’s Community Picnic!

YOUTH AT SHRINE MONT WEEKEND
Aaron, Janey, and Janey’s friend Sophia, along with Father Steve and Diane, had a blast ziplining at Bryce Resort.
SAY INVITED TO JR HIGH OUTREACH CAMP!
Jr High Outreach Camp is a ministry to people in need living in the Greater Washington, DC area, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.
Who Should Attend: Rising 6th – 8th graders (friends welcome!)
Dates of the Camp: August 21-259 am to 5 pm
Cost of the Camp: $100
Registration By : August 7
Hosted By: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington VA
Activities may include:
  • Preparing and Serving Food to those in need
  • Interacting with People with Special Needs
  • Praying Together
  • Working with Horses and other live animals
  • Picking Crops and Produce
  • Fun Day at a Water Park
Interested? Curious? Email Diane soon!

SUMMER MURDER MYSTERY BOOK CLUB IS BACK!
Now that summer is here, it’s time for the return of the St. Andrew’s Murder Mystery Book Club! This year we’ll be reading “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: The Grantchester Mysteries” by James Runcie (the first book in the series). If this title sounds familiar, you may know it from the popular PBS series. Be sure to get your copy now, as we’ll gather on August 6 at 4 pm at Karen White’s home to discuss our thoughts about the book. Happy reading!

SUNDAE SUNDAY–AND SPRINKLERS, TOO!
What better way to celebrate summer than with ice cream sundaes and all the toppings? On Sunday, August 6, join your St. Andrew’s friends after the 9:00 a.m. service for sundaes on a Sunday! We’ll gather in the overhang off the Undercroft. In addition, we’ll have the sprinklers going so kids can change into their swimsuits after the service and cool off in the water outside. Hooray for summer!


ARLINGTON FOOD ASSISTANCE CENTER (AFAC) DONATIONS
Now that summer is here and many are away on vacation, please remember the baskets at the church doors for your donations of groceries to the AFAC on those Sundays that you are in town. Through June of this year, St. Andrew’s has provided 562 pounds of canned goods to this cause, well above the donations for this period in the last two years but similar to previous years. Please remember this important community ministry as you do your grocery shopping in the coming weeks. Increase your donations by buying items on sale or by using coupons for staples that you do not ordinarily use. Thank you.

ST. ANDREW’S PLOT AGAINST HUNGER SIGN UP

To sign up to help in the garden and water, please visit the Signup Genius at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4eabab2aab9-standrews. Thank you.

HELP KEEP OUR BATHROOMS CLEAN
Buildings & Grounds asks all users of our bathrooms not to overload toilet bowls or flush paper towels. Paper towels do not disintegrate in water; trying to wash them down can easily block the drain pipe. We recently had problems in bathrooms in the Renehan Center and near the kitchen; it costs money to have a plumber fix such problems.
After each visit to a bathroom, please remember to put used paper towels in the trash can and flush clear whichever receptacle or sink you use. Thank you for your help.

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… 
If you visit the Sinclair Farm CSA at St. Andrew’s, you may have noticed some new faces. Allen and Debbie Sinclair are moving to North Carolina and recently sold their farm to David and Christina Jerrigan, who, along with their 8-year-old daughter Riley, are distributing farm-fresh produce Thursdayafternoons from 3-6:30 pm 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 Jerrigans at csa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at www.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
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Your input is very much appreciated.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207

Shining the Light – July 19, 2017

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