Shining the Light – April 12, 2017

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THIS SUNDAY AT
ST. ANDREW’S


10:00 AM 

Choral and Family Worship

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:

Easter Day
First Reading:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Second Reading:
Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel:
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2017 HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT ST. ANDREW’S
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13 6:00 p.m.
    All worship at 6:00 p.m. Remembering Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, all ages gather in the lounge for an agape meal, move to the Nave for scripture reading, foot washing, and Communion and end with prayers in the Memorial Garden.
  • Good Friday, April 14  12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    With two service times: 12:00 p.m. traditional service and 6:00 p.m. traditional service. During the 6:00 p.m. service, children are invited to the Chapel to hear an age appropriate account of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  • Easter Day, April 16 10:00 a.m.
    Glorious Easter Sunday with one worship at 10:00 a.m. with special music followed by a festive coffee hour and Easter egg hunt. A great time to invite a neighbor to come with you as we celebrate the Resurrection.

GUEST PREACHER THIS WEEK

The Rev. Jackie Thomson will be our guest preacher for the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter services.

SIGN UP FOR OUR FESTIVE EASTER COFFEE HOUR
With Easter fast approaching, please plan to join us for a festive coffee hour and let us know what you can bring to contribute to this joyful celebration. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. Set-up and clean-up help are needed, too. Questions? Contact Jean Lynn at jeanlynn1@gmail.com.

GOOD FRIDAY OFFERING TO BENEFIT CHURCHES IN MIDDLE EAST
Although there will not be an offertory during the two Good Friday services, please consider making a donation in the basket available in the Lounge to benefit the four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Funds collected from across the Episcopal Church will be used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, health care, and educational programs throughout the region. Please designate “Good Friday offering” on your check. Thank you for your consideration.

MUSIC NOTES
Guest musicians will join us on Easter when the trumpet announces the empty tomb. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate His resurrection through scripture and song!

PLEASE BRING YOUR FILLED MITE BOXES TO CHURCH!
You are welcome to write a check to replace the coins. All donations will support our brothers and sisters at St. Peter’s School in Berault, Haiti. Boxes may be placed in the basket on the display table in the Lounge.

HELP NEEDED in preparation for the Easter Sunday Family Service and Easter Egg Hunt
Setup and cleanup help is still needed for the Family Service on Easter Day. We’re planning special worship in the Undercroft, so we’ll have room to celebrate the Resurrection comfortably as well as to show our many visitors and guests what Family Ministry at St. Andrew’s is all about. Help is also needed for the Easter Egg Hunt. For those who aren’t a regular part of the Family Service, helping with these is a great way to contribute to this vital ministry. Visit the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help or email Diane.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP
BRING CUT FLOWERS FOR EASTER SERVICE
Children are invited to bring a few cut flowers from their garden to place on the Easter Cross at the altar during the processional hymn on Easter Sunday. We will have flowers available for those who would like them.
“GREEN” EASTER EGG HUNT
Immediately following the Easter service, children are invited to assemble under the portico in front of the main entrance to the sanctuary. St. Andrew’s “green” tradition is to hide empty plastic eggs, recycled from previous years. After the hunt, the children trade in their eggs for a living plant to take home and plant in their own yard.

JOIN IN THE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION!
Families are encouraged to join in the St. Andrew’s Earth Day celebration by helping in the St. Andrew’s Plot Against Hunger Garden. All (adults and children) are invited to meet for a light breakfast of donuts, juice and coffee and lend their labor on Saturday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m.
From last Sunday: We heard the story of Jesus’ last week as we waved palms in celebration of his entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Family Discussion: As you prepare for the Mystery of Easter, what part of the story of Jesus’ last week do you like best? Why? How did Jesus show his friends how much he loves them? How can we show our friends how much we love them?
Prayer Starter: Dear Jesus, thank you for your promise to always be with us and for loving us. Help us prepare for the great Mystery of Easter! Amen.
Next Sunday: We will celebrate the Mystery of Easter – ALLELUIA, Christ is Risen!! The Family Service of the Word will take place in the Undercroft.

SAY OUTREACH: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 3:30 PM

St. Andrew’s Youth (S.A.Y.) will be leading the preparation of bagged meals for the homeless in support of ASPAN. Youth (in grades 6 through 12) are invited to meet Diane in the Undercroft at 3:30 pm to help set up. We will make sandwiches, learn about the work of ASPAN, write notes to include in the meals, share in fellowship and light snacks and then deliver the meals to the homeless in a local park. Please let Diane know if you can join us (and for how long) (email: FamilyMinistry@standrewsnet.org).

COORDINATOR FOR BAGGED LUNCHES NEEDED FOR 6/24. 
With a huge thank you to Diane and the kids of S.A.Y. who are going to coordinate the April 22 bagged lunch program, we are still in need of someone to coordinate the bagged lunch program for June 24. It’s not a difficult role — all you need to do is pick up enough loaves of bread from AFAC (or buy them at the grocery), show up a bit before the normal 4:00 p.m. packing time to set up the bags as well as the PB&J/cold cut stations in the kitchen, and coordinate the 5:55 p.m. lunch delivery to the park behind St George’s in Virginia Square. We’d be happy to provide you with as much guidance as you need!  If you are interested in helping out with this very important and rewarding ministry for either date, please contact Marcela Scott at marcela.scott@yahoo.com.

MARCH BUDGET: BY THE NUMBERS 
Please see the information below about St. Andrew’s March receipts and budget information. We welcome your feedback and questions; please contact a member of the Vestry, the Treasurer (Dana Madsen), or Finance Committee Chairman (Rob McDonald).

March Receipts:
Pledges: $17,743
Other Donations:  $2,049
Other Income:  $6,413
Total Receipts: $26,205
Comparison of monthly General Pledge Income to budget:  $4,578 UNDER for the month of March; $21,674 OVER anticipated year to date.

ST. ANDREW’S PLOT AGAINST HUNGER
We had another successful week in the garden. Mother Nature provided plenty of rain during the week and a glorious day on Saturday to plant. Ted, Anne, and Dave along with Evan, Rebecca, Morgan, Lana, Amelia, Phuong, Jamal, Alyssa, Sheilee, Natalie and Jorge from Marymount all worked in the garden. They rototilled, weeded, and planted beets, peas and radishes. Lots of great work because of all the helpful hands! Doris watered on Tuesday, enjoying the 80-degree weather!
We will be at the garden again on Saturday (4/15) at 10:30 a.m. to tend to the plantings including more weeding, watering and mulching. Please join us if you can. What a great way to prepare for Easter! We will try to get the sign-up genius going this week as we will need volunteers to water on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s next week.

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS
For our meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the Lounge on Wednesday, April 19, please read the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament and the Introduction and Chapter 1 of our new book.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN THE GARDEN
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and what better way to celebrate than by tending to God’s creation. So come join us in the Plot Against Hunger Garden on April 22 at 10 am for coffee and doughnuts as we give thanks to God with prayer and then tend to our beautiful garden, which helps feed those in need. We look forward to seeing you there!

THE ANNUAL CONVENTION NEEDS YOU!
The 223rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia will take place Saturday, November 4 in Richmond. Ana White would like to continue as our Lay Delegate to the Convention, but we need an Alternate Lay Delegate as well. This is a great way to hear directly from our Bishops, learn more about what other Episcopal churches are doing in Virginia, and meet area Episcopalians. If you are interested in serving, please contact Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz at marylynnfjones@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

TREE TRIMMING WORK
On Monday, April 17, a Merrifield Gardens crew will trim the evergreens behind the Rectory. A large cherry picker will be used as well as other equipment. We ask anyone visiting the church that day to avoid parking in the upper parking lot. On Monday, please park in the Rectory parking lot and the Lorcom Lane parking lot. Vehicles using either lot should exit to Military Road via the Rectory parking lot. Thank you.

PARISH OFFICE
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, April 17. It will reopen on Tuesday, April 18.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE CONTACT DURING TRANSITION
During this time of transition, please contact Priscilla Carey with any congregational care needs. Priscilla can be reached at pris.carey@gmail.com or 703-524-3966. If you have other questions or concerns, you may always reach out to Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz, Senior Warden, at marylynnfjones@yahoo.com or 703-244-2368.

FARM FRESH PRODUCE PLUS…
The Sinclairs distribute their farm-fresh produce from our upper parking lot weekly. 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. CSA is on site each Thursday 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and they accept payment by check or cash. For more information about membership contact Debbie and Allen Sinclair at csa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at www.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
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