Shining the Light – March 1, 2017

Shining the Light

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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

 

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
First Sunday in Lent
 
First Reading:
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Psalm 32

Second Reading:
Romans 5:12-19

Gospel:
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TODAY: ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” How will you choose to live and love this Lent? The penitential season of Lent begins today on Ash Wednesday with the Imposition of Ashes (reminding us that God loves us) and with the celebration of Holy Eucharist (as food for our Lenten journey). The Multigenerational Service is at 6:00 pm led by The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales. Please join us as we begin our Lenten Journey.

HEART-FELT THANKS
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Sunday’s celebration of our ministry together these past eight years was beautiful. I loved that there were so many of you in attendance as well as the wonderful music shared by the choirs. And what a treat to have our former seminarians The Rev. David Rose and The Rev. Michelle Roach present for worship and hearing words from our other seminarians too. The luncheon that followed was very special and I thank you for all the gifts, cards, and well-wishes. I leave St. Andrew’s with a very grateful heart indeed! The next priest to be called as your Rector is going to be very fortunate. Prayers for you all with many blessings as you move forward into the next phase of being St. Andrew’s Church. Love, Mother Jenny.

SUPPLY PRIESTS DURING THE TRANSITION TIME
As the Vestry works to call an Interim Rector, several supply priests will be joining us during this period of transition. Please welcome the Rev. Jackie Thomson, who was with us recently when Mother Jenny was out of town, and the Rev. Anne Martens. We appreciate their ministry to St. Andrew’s during this time.

TRANSITION FORUM: WHERE WE GO FROM HERE
On Sunday, March 12, the Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, Director of Transition Ministry for the Diocese of Virginia, will be presiding at the 8 and 10 am services and leading a 9 amforum to answer questions about the search process for a new rector. Please be sure to come to this important meeting to learn more about this time of transition for St. Andrew’s.

ST. ANNE’S GUILD
Our next meeting of St. Anne’s Guild will be on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Lounge.  Before lunch, Sara Strehle Duke, Executive Director of Encore Stage and Studio, will be presenting an overview of her program. As usual, in addition to bringing a sandwich to share, please bring a side dish or dessert. Everyone is welcome to attend to join in a wonderful afternoon of fellowship.

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.

ST. ANDREW’S PLAYERS: BROADWAY MEETS LITTLE ITALY
It’s time to sign up for our annual fundraising dinner show, Saturday, March 25. Dinner starts at 6:15 pm with a 7:00 pmcurtain time. The cast of twenty-two, adults and children, have begun weekly rehearsals on a program of old and new musical theater favorites, including songs from Matilda, Wicked, South Pacific, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and more. Volunteers are stepping forward to cook and serve what promises to be a truly scrumptious Italian meal. We still need a few more people to prepare a pan of meat lasagna. Recipes and disposable pans provided. And, as always, there is also need of additional offstage assistance. Please let me us know if you could work backstage in any capacity or help serve food. Questions and reservations may be directed to Jane Massant at 703 241-7586 or jwmassant@gmail.com.

ST. ANDREW’S FAMILY FUN NIGHT

Who: The St. Andrew’s Family
What: An evening of intergenerational fun, food and fellowship
When: Saturday, March 11, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Undercroft
Why : “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20
Please RSVP through Sign up Genius link here, or “Sign Up Central” at church or by emailing Diane.

S.A.Y.
“Pizza with a Purpose” — A Journey through Lent: S.A.Y. is gathering this Sunday, March 5 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Come enjoy pizza and salad together with animated S.A.Y. fellowship while you test and expand your knowledge about lent through some fun games and activities.
Bring your family (or come on your own) to the St. Andrew’s Family Fun Night. Details above.
Youth Lenten Outreach Project: Join other youth and parishioners from Episcopal churches in Arlington for the STOP HUNGER NOW project. Saturday, March 25 @ 9 a.m at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington).
Reminder: Calling all 6th/7th Graders! You are invited and encouraged to attend the annual Parish Youth Ministries retreat at Shrine Mont the weekend of April 21-23. Diane will take a group from St. Andrew’s to join other 6th/7th graders from across the Diocese for a fun retreat weekend sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Block out the dates on your calendar! Registration coming soon.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP
From last Sunday: In her parting message, Mother Jenny reminded all of us how we are God’s beloved.
Family Discussion: How, when, or where have you sensed God’s love this week?
Prayer Starter: God of Light and Love, thank you for all the ways you show yourself to us. Helps us to see you each and every day. Amen.
This Sunday: We will explore what is Lent.
Godly Play will be offered on Sunday, March 12 @ 11:30 amso that parents may attend the Forum by Rev. Mary Thorpe regarding transitions in our parish. We will move toward the Mystery of Easter by hearing the stories of Christ’s journey towards the cross and resurrection.
Resources for Lent
The FISH website has been updated. Check it out for ideas on incorporating Lenten disciplines at home.
Join us for the St. Andrew’s Family Fun Night. Sign up here. Details above.

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS
For our meeting on Wednesday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the lounge, please read chapters 21 through 23 in The Flames of Rome: A Novel by Paul L. Maier.

FORMER PARISHIONER: JUNE HANSEN
One of our beloved former parishioners, June Hansen, is recovering from a fall which left her with multiple fractures. In a rehab center at present, she is in good spirits, despite the hard work that lies ahead to get back on her feet. Her children take turns keeping an eye on both June and Orval. Those who have been in touch with the Hansens since their move back to Idaho several years ago, know that June is always bolstered by news of St. Andrew’s and her many friends here. If you’d like to send a note, it can be addressed to her home address, 2386 E Gossamer Lane, Boise, ID 83706. It would be the best therapy.

SAVE THE DATE: SHRINE MONT WEEKEND IS COMING!
Even though it’s cold outside, it’s not too early to start dreaming of a summer weekend on the mountain with your St. Andrew’s family. So mark your calendars for July 21-23, when we’ll enjoy fellowship and fun at Shrine Mont! More details will follow at a later time but be sure to save the date now!

SUMMER CAMPS @ SHRINE MONT!
The Diocese of Virginia’s summer camp program at Shrine Mont offers a variety of overnight camps for different ages and different interests. The goal of these camps is to encourage the growth of relationships with self, others, and God. Interested? Go to www.shrinemontcamps.net.

A-SPAN 4TH ANNUAL COMING HOME BREAKFAST
A-SPAN would like to invite all its volunteers to the A-SPAN 4th Annual Coming Home Breakfast. The event will be held on Friday, April 7 at 8:00 am at NRECA in Ballston. Please click here for more information: http://www.a-span.org/coming-home-breakfast.
They would like to share with us the successful 1-year anniversary of the Homeless Services Center and the exceptional work of A-SPAN and its vision to end homelessness in Arlington. They will explore A-SPAN’s new job START program to augment housing, shelter and nursing services.The Coming Home Breakfast is a fundraiser, and guests will be given the opportunity to contribute to A-SPAN. However, contributions are not required, and there is no cost to attend this event. They would be thrilled to have volunteers there to learn more about their work in the community and hear first-hand from recently housed clients.

Please RSVP to Amanda Holler at aholler@a-span.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 at csa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA atwww.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
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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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