Shining the Light – June 28, 2017

Shining the Light

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THIS SUNDAY AT

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
Proper 8
First Reading:
Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13

Second Reading:
Romans 6:12-23

Gospel:
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DON’T MISS THE FUN AT SHRINE MONT — SIGN UP BY JULY 1!
Plans are underway for a wonderful St. Andrew’s weekend at Shrine Mont July 21-23. We’ll have a great Saturday morning program planned by Steve and Diane, as well as festive happy hours, an ice cream social, and s’mores by the campfire, and a beautiful Sunday morning worship service at the Shrine. Plus, you can hear the sounds of Arlo Guthrie from our porch as he performs Friday night as part of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. But to get in on the fun, you need to sign up by Saturday, July 1 on the bulletin board at church or email marylynnfjones@yahoo.com. Please also submit a $10 deposit per person (up to $50) in the offering plate or send it to the church with Shrine Mont deposit in the subject line of your check. We hope you’ll join us on the mountain next month!

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 am 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!

SAVE THE DATE: ENCORE’S “THE MUSIC MAN” JULY 30
We are going to get a group together to see a 2 p.m. matinee of Encore Stage & Studio’s performance of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” on July 30. 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.

RENTING THE RECTORY
The Rectory is listed for rent during this transition time with our interim rector. It’s a 5-bedroom/3.5 bath 4-level brick colonial, renovated in 2009. If anyone in the congregation knows of someone looking to rent such a home for one year, please contact John Seggerman at John@SeggermanHomes.com.
Click the following link to view the listing: http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?ID=74843780104.

ST. ANDREW’S ADVENTURES WITH BJ 

BJ (aka “Bendable Jesus”) is off to a great summer. Here are a few sightings from this week. BJ is available in the Lounge for all parishioners. Take him wherever you go and take a picture of you and him doing different things (at the pool or beach, going out to dinner, at an amusement park, being with friends/family). It will be an amazing adventure! It is a great way to remember that Jesus is always with us wherever we go. Send in your photos to Diane by email or text (FamilyMinistry@standrewsnet.org / 571-230-2262).

BJ at a Nats game!
BJ at the SAY Pool Party!
BJ learning about stewarship.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP
NO FAMILY SERVICE ON SUNDAY, JULY 2.
Worship Bags with extra activities will be available from the ushers.
St. Andrew’s Summer Sun/Son Activity Buckets are available in the Lounge or in Diane’s office. In it you will find several items to bring joy to your family and have fun together! Some of them can also be used as prayer starters when the time is right; perhaps at bedtime, on a long car ride, or as you are enjoying s’mores over the campfire. So go ahead; play with the globe ball; play a card game; have fun in the sun; and in the love of God’s SON!
From last SundayJesus reminds us that following him isn’t always easy and asks us to “take up the cross and follow him”. And when we walk with Jesus, we never walk alone.
Discussion Starter: Discuss how you remember that Jesus is always beside you. What are your reminders?
Prayer Starter: Gracious God, thank you for loving us so much and always being with us. Help us to remember that you are always by our side. Amen.
Next Sunday: Welcoming someone who came bearing a message meant welcoming not just the messenger, but also the one who sent the message. God sent Christ as a messenger, as one who came to show us and speak to us about God and living as people of God. For us today, what does welcoming the other look like and how do we welcome Christ into our lives? Who or what are our messengers today?
Looking forward — These are a few of our summer fun activities…
July 16 — Intergenerational Formation Activity with Fr. Steve and Diane after the service (more details soon).
July 23 — No Family Service due to Shrine Mont Retreat weekend.
August 6 — Sundae Sunday (with sprinklers).

ST. ANDREW’S EIGHTH ANNUAL MIDSUMMER POETRY FEST
St. Andrew’s Eighth Annual Midsummer Poetry Fest reading will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at 4:00 pm in the lounge.
All ages are invited to choose a poem (or poems) that has special meaning for them or that they particularly like and would enjoy sharing with others. It does not have to be something you have written yourself. This year’s theme is music, but feel free to choose another subject if you prefer. Light refreshments will follow the reading.
No auditions, no rehearsals, but we would like to know if you are coming and what you will be reading so Helen can make a program. Please email Helen at hke123@msn.com. There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

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.

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 to discuss our thoughts about the book. Happy reading!

THE REV. STEVE RORKE’S OFFICE HOURS
The Rev. Steve Rorke’s regular office hours are Tuesday  through 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).

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Children and Teens Book Sale
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is holding its 12th annual Children and Teens Book Sale to benefit the Arlington Pediatric Center (APC). Please support this worthy cause by donating your gently used books, DVD movies, and magazines appropriate for children up to age 16. DONATIONS: Drop books off between now and July 7 in the lower lobby of St. Mary’s (2609 N. Glebe Road in Arlington) on M-F from 9am – 4pm and Sundays 7:30am – noon. BOOK SALE: Saturday, July 8 from 9am – 1pm and Sunday, July 9 from 8am – noon at St. Mary’s. Have fun cleaning your bookshelves, getting some summer reads, and helping this great cause!
Vacation Bible School
Two Episcopal Churches in Arlington will be hosting Vacation Bible School this summer. Youngsters will go through awesome adventures alongside Bible heroes as they learn what it means to be a hero in God and discover how God is present in their lives today.
Click on the links below for more information.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church – July 10-145:30 pm to 8:00 pm (http://www.stmichaelsarlington.org/images/VBS_2017_Registration.pdf).
St. John’s Episcopal Church – July 24-285:30 pm to 8:00 pm(http://www.stjohnsarlingtonva.org/ ).

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 atcsa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at www.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
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 church.office@standrewsnet.org or call (703) 522-1600.

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

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