Shining the Light – August 2, 2071

Shining the Light

Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring


The Transfiguration
First Reading:
Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99:5-9 

Second Reading:
2 Peter 1:13-21


Located at 2745 N Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22207 — next to Potomac Overlook Park. Attention gardeners! Hill Wellford will host an open house on Saturday, August 5, 12:30pm to 2pm (rain date August 6, same time) at his home, in partnership with Master Gardener Joanne Hutton and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, to demonstrate how to create a native-plant garden and show pollinators in action. On display will be about 10,000 square feet of native plantings, which require no watering and minimal maintenance, yet are colorful and chock full of butterflies and birds. Dry beds, rain gardens, and everything in between. Whether you are looking for a few plant ideas or a whole new garden plan, this is the event for you! We will have guided tours, experts on hand to give advice, printed info, Plant NOVA Natives Guides for sale, and even some free seeds and plants (seed and plant quantities limited). The event is informal and kids are welcome to attend. Pets are also welcome, if on a leash. Easy parking. If you want to bring a landscaper (or if you are a landscaper), that’s fine too. The garden is a certified Monarch Way Station and Audubon Sanctuary. We want to share the information and get everyone planting natives — the birds, bees, and butterflies need you! Link: Arlington Wildflower Garden Photo Album: Note: in the linked photo album, click on the little “i” in the corner (upper right corner if you are using Google Chrome) to display name and information about the plant that is pictured.

What better way to celebrate summer than with ice cream sundaes and all the toppings? This 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!

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.
The collection date at St. Andrew’s is this Sunday, August 6, with the blessing of the donated items during the 9:00 amservice. 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 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  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.


The St. Andrew’s Murder Mystery Book Club is this Sunday, August 6, at 4:00 pm at Karen White’s home. Our book this year is “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. We’ll gather at Karen White’s home located at: 7109 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22101 (her phone number is 703-356-4816) to discuss our thoughts about the book. Many thanks to Karen for hosting this event.

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.

welcome_flowers_pear.jpgSince last Saturday, July 29, we have new tenants in the Rectory. John and Sue Wissler, and their dog, recently moved to the area and have rented the Rectory through July 2018. Please give them a friendly St. Andrew’s welcome if you see them.

The Committee for Outreach and Human Needs again will be accepting scholarship applications. The application forms are 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 or Jennifer Gowetski at

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!

dessert_buffet.jpgDust off your cookbooks and measuring cups–the third annual Haiti Bake-off is coming up on Sunday, August 27after the 9 amservice. 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!

Don’t forget to send in your photos of Bendable Jesus to Diane by email or text ( / 571-230-2262)! Here are some recent sightings:

 BJ on his way to Alaska with Katie!

The Buckley, Seggerman and Armstrong kids en route to music camp.  


From last Sunday: We learned more about Johnny Appleseed who transformed our nation’s landscape “seed by seed; deed by deed”. And we heard the Parable of the Mustard Seed: The Kingdom of Heaven is like when a person took the tiniest of seeds, a grain of mustard seed, put it in the ground and it began to grow … so big it was like a little tree… We wondered what the tree could really be? What the whole place could really be?
Discussion Starter: In the parables, Jesus is trying to convey to people what the Kingdom of Heaven is like by using things here on earth. Think about what the Kingdom of Heaven might be like and what you would use to tell people about God. For example: The Kingdom of Heaven will be like a playground where people share and get along. The Kingdom of Heaven will be like my family who love one another.
The Kingdom of Heaven will be like…
Prayer Starter: Loving God, help us understand your words and parables 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: We will discuss the well-known story about the feeding of the 5,000, from which we have much to learn. It’s more than a story about fishes and loaves. It is about Jesus’ compassion, about Jesus teaching the disciples how to feed people. about the generosity sharing what was there and being overwhelmed with the abundance. What can we learn anew from this well-known story? Where can we feed others and where are we being fed?
Coming up…
August 6 — Last chance to bring in backpacks for APAH (see announcement above). Blessing of the Backpacks during the 9 am service followed by Sundae Sunday with sprinklers – bring a swimsuit and a towel!
August 11, 7 pm — Jammin’ with Brandon — Family friendly sing-along with Brandon.
August 27 — Haiti Bake Off after the 9 am service – YUM!
September 10, 9 am service — St. Andrew’s Blessing of Students and Educators — 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!

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 3 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 ASAP!

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.


Last week, John watered on Tuesday and Priscilla watered on Thursday. On Wednesday, July 26, Valerie, Dylan, Abby, Claudia, Fiona, Nathan, and Eavan from Portico Church Arlington joined Anne and Ted to work in the garden. We picked collards, kale, beets, tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash and clipped more tomatoes. Ted delivered 92 lbs. of produce to AFAC. Kayla, Anne, Jyothi, Kavya, Rachel, Jack, Jeff, Sergio, and Laya from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores joined Anne and Ted to work in the garden. The group worked energetically for more than an hour before the rain began. They picked collards, kale, beets, tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash. In addition, the group weeded, added another strand of twine to the pole beans, and replaced a wire cage with fishing line in the orchard as a deer barrier. Ted delivered 100 pounds of produce from the garden and 15 pounds of produce from the Sinclair’s CSA. Our totals for AFAC this season are now at 950 pounds from the garden and 65 pounds from the Sinclair’s CSA!

We will be hosting yet another work day in the garden this Saturday, August 5, at 10:00am (August 6 at 11:00am as the rain date). We are in need of a waterer on Thursday…it’s easy to just turn on the spigots for two hours! Thank you to all our volunteers who are continuing to sign up to water! There are plenty of slots still available in August! The signup is at:

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).

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 Thursday afternoons 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 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.

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

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