Shining the Light – April 9, 2017

Shining the Light

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THIS SUNDAY AT
ST. ANDREW’S

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
 
The Liturgy of the Palms

Matthew 21:1-11

First Reading:
Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 31:9-16

Second Reading:
Philippians 2:5-11

Gospel:
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2017 HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT ST. ANDREW’S
  • Palm Sunday, April 9 10:00 a.m.
    All worship at 10:00 a.m. All ages gather inside the sanctuary for the Blessing of the Palms, singing, hearing the passion story and celebration of Holy Eucharist.
  • 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. family service. During the liturgy at 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.

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.

MUSIC NOTES
We have exciting music planned for Holy Week services. Guest musicians will join us on percussion and flute for Palm Sunday, and then the trumpet announces the empty tomb on Easter. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to observe Christ’s sacrifice and celebrate His resurrection through scripture and song!

EASTER FLOWERS AND MUSIC
“Extra-giving” donations are being received for Easter flowers and special Easter music. Please use the form attached here.  Paper copies are located in the lounge and narthex. Please return them (with your check) to the church office by this Sunday, April 9 so that your acknowledgement can be included in the Easter worship booklet. Thank you!

GUEST PREACHER ON PALM SUNDAY

This Sunday, April 9, we welcome The Rev. Ann Martens as our guest preacher.

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.

REMEMBER TO 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.

HELP NEEDED in preparation for Family Service on Easter Day and Easter Egg Hunt
Setup and cleanup help is 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
HOLY WEEK TO GO
Will Spring Break travel plans keep you away from church during Holy Week? Are you looking for a way to mark this holy time at home? Be sure to pick up a Holy Week Box (available in Diane’s office), and take it home or take it with you on travel. Special activities for each day, along with Bible readings, will help your family prepare for Easter.
From last SundayJesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will never die.” John 11:25. We heard the story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus to new life after he had died. And talked about what an amazing friend we have in Jesus, who shows us that God is strong enough to give us life and to love us forever.
Family Discussion: What are examples of “resurrection”? How is the story of Lazarus connected to Easter?
Prayer Starter: Dear God, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to be among us and show us how to love and be faithful friends. Help us to prepare for the great Mystery of Easter.
Next Sunday: We will celebrate Palm Sunday and Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Next Week is Holy Week! We hope to see you on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (both services at 6 pm) as we prepare for Mystery of Easter!
Resources for Lent

Here is a link to the handout for this fifth week of Lent. The FISH website (standrewsfish.weebly.com) has other Lenten resources such as books for children.

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.

COORDINATOR FOR BAGGED LUNCHES NEEDED
We are in need of someone to coordinate the bagged lunch program for the months of April and June (4/22 and 6/24). 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.

ST. ANDREW’S PLOT AGAINST HUNGER

We are off and running for the growing season at St. Andrew’s! Ted cultivated and fertilized the garden on Thursday to get prepared for all of our volunteers on Saturday. On Saturday, Anne, Ted, Doris, Dave, K.C., and Julie along with a large group of volunteers from Marymount University’s “Food for Thought” service club, including Susan, Marcus, Socorra, Callahan, Dominique, Callie, Anthony, Alexis, André, Rodney, Emmanuela, Naomi, Deonchae, Jasmine, Elizabeth, Didi, and Lwazi planted cabbages, kale, collards, carrots and parsnips. Thanks also go to Nat from Episcopal School for donating a portion of the collards we planted. Lots of hands made for light work and a great experience for all involved.
Ted also completed the trimming of all the apple trees that he has been meticulously working through since “graduating” from an apple tree trimming class. The class was put on by our Virginia Tech Extension Service consultant, Kristin Buhls at St. Andrew’s!
We are planning our next planting session this Saturday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m.). We are planning on planting radishes, beets, and peas next round. Look forward to seeing more of you at the garden.

BOOKSALE
Antiquarians, Mystery Lovers, Cooks, Historians, Children, Bargain Hunters…. Come to the book sale this Friday, April 7, (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 8 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, just off Route 7 in the city of Falls Church. More than 40,000 books for browsing and buying. Huge selection of hardback, paperbacks, fiction, and non-fiction of all kinds. Most books priced at $3 or less. The book sale benefits the American Association of University Women, AAUW, scholarship/grant programs for women, including local Falls Church high school girls. For more information about the book sale, visit fallschurcharea-va.aauw.net/booksale or call (703) 528-8993 or mary.youman@verizon.net.

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS
We’re now on a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter and will resume meeting on April 19 on our new book,
Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Luke.

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

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