Shining the Light – October 11, 2017

Shining the Light

Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring


Proper 23
First Reading:
Exodus 32:1-14
Second Reading:

 Scheduled to serve this Sunday as Lay Ministers and Counters
8:00am: not filled
10:00am: Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz
8:00am: not filled
10:00am: Jean Lynn

8:00am: Nate Thomas
10:00am: Claire Jones
10:00am: Carla Eckhardt,
John Williams

Ted Edwards, Bob Len


This Sunday, October 15, is Commitment Sunday, where each individual/family will have the opportunity to fill out a Faith Promise Card. These cards are available in the Lounge and each of the pews. We would like each individual/family to fill out a Faith Promise Card, regardless of the gift. We would love to know that even if you and/or your family cannot give a gift at this current time that your prayers are with this effort. Thank you again for your prayers and support. We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people here at St. Andrew’s!

The Search Committee is busy reviewing the responses to the parish survey and plans to hold focus groups after both services on Sunday, October 22, and one evening to be determined during the week of October 22The focus groups will provide a brief time to expand upon responses to the survey and discuss how we envision the future of St. Andrew’s as well as the qualities we are looking for in a new rector. We hope you will plan to attend and share your input as we continue with this search process. If you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Search Committee: David Smith, Mark Seip, Susan Thomas, David Roan, Craig Lawrence and Jen Gowetski.
Thank you to all those who completed a survey and for your continued support and prayers in this process.


Ever wonder how all the food that St. Andrew’s grows in the garden gets to our neighbors in Arlington? We could use your help!
Please join us on Sunday afternoon, October 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to volunteer at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) as we sort and organize vegetables and fruit from farmer’s markets and gardens, like St. Andrew’s, throughout Arlington. We need a group of at least ten people, ages 12 and up, to join us at AFAC as we help feed our neighbors in Arlington. For those who would like to ride together we can meet at St. Andrew’s at 1 p.m. to head over to AFAC. As many hands make light work, please let us know if you can make it by emailing or signing-up on the board.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING — This Monday, October 16, 7:30 to 9 pm.
All women of St. Andrew’s in all stages of their lives (working, retired, caregiving, exploring possibilities) are invited to the inaugural gathering of “Soul Sisters” for fun, fellowship and conversation. Interested or have questions, contact Diane who is coordinating this first gathering. We will be meeting in the Chapel.

Next Christian Education for All — Sunday, October 22, Theme: The Saints.
Children and Youth: from 11:20 am to noon(after the 10 am service) in the Chapel.
Adults: Two offerings: 8:50 am to 9:30 am OR 11:20 am to noon in the Lounge.


Last Sunday: We learned why we celebrate the Blessing of the Animals in October — in honor of St. Francis who is remembered by the Church on October 4. We heard about the life of Francis of Assisi, an Italian nobleman who gave up all his belongings to live a simple life, following Jesus not only with his words but with his actions.
Discussion Starter: How can we follow Jesus as Francis did by being generous and joyful in simple, peaceful ways? How do we care for all creation? What action will you take this week?
Prayer Starter: Dear God, may we with your help follow Francis, living simply, sharing generously, loving and caring for all your creation, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
This Sunday: We will continue with our study of the Lord’s Prayer and also talk about how we can respond to God’s invitation to be part of the big celebration!

SAY Meeting and Outreach
All St. Andrew’s Youth (grades 6-12) are invited for lunch at St. Andrew’s at 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 15. After lunch, we will carpool to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) to help with food sorting. We will be back at St. Andrew’s by 4 pm. Please let Diane know today that you will join us (!
PYM Weekend @ Shrine Mont for 9-12 graders!
High school students are invited to attend a weekend at Shrine Mont organized by Parish Youth Ministries (PYM) — a dedicated group of high school students who organize activities for youth of the Diocese. If you would like to know more, contact Diane soon (

Lace up your walking shoes for the Arlington CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. Join your St. Andrew’s friends in walking either a 5K or 10K, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to benefit AFAC. All ages welcome! Questions, contact Ana at To read more about the walk, to join our team or make a donation, please visit St. Andrews page at:

For our meeting on Wednesday, October 18, we’ll be reading Chapter 5 of Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister.

Last week, Priscilla watered on Tuesday and Thursday during our long drought. On Saturday, Doris, Dave, and Anne along with Marymount students and faculty, Ndidi, ViViana, Elizabeth, Beverly and Susan, along with Ambassador Bible Church volunteers Lauren, Justin, Kezhen, Mike, Philip, Nick, Lincoln and Ezra, picked green beans, peppers, carrots, figs, and tomatoes. We also fertilized the apple orchard and weeded extensively. Anne delivered 28 pounds of produce from our garden. Our totals for AFAC this season are now at 2,347 pounds from the garden and 146.5 pounds from theSinclair’s CSA!
We will host at the garden Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. (October 15 at 11:00 a.m. as the rain date). Thank you again to all our volunteers! The signup is at:

Our thanks to all who attended St. Andrew’s blessing of theanimals on Sunday, October 1. The announcement last week incorrectly listed the name of the rescue organization. Theanimal rescue organization, Homeward Trails, was here and we thank them for bringing pets to adopt.

The Rev. Steve Rorke’s regular office hours are Tuesdaythrough Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. Please contact him at and by calling the church office 703-522-1600 or 703-550-3655 (home).

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 thefresh 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 theJernigans at or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at
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 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 – October 4, 2017

Shining the Light Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring Announcements THIS SUNDAY AT ST. ANDREW’S 8:00 AM   Contemplative Worship 9:00 AM  Adult Choir   10:00 AM   Choral and Family Worship 11:15 AM   Children’s Choir Rehearsal   3:00 PM  Girl Scout Troop 65008 READINGS FOR SUNDAY: Proper 22 First Reading: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm  19 Second Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14 Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46… Continue Reading