Shining the Light – March 8, 2017

Shining the Light

Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring
Announcements

THIS SUNDAY AT
ST. ANDREW’S

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
Second Sunday in Lent
 
First Reading:
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121

Second Reading:
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Gospel:
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SET YOUR CLOCKS: SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND!
Hard to believe, but it’s already time to move our clocks forward one hour this Sunday. Don’t forget to “spring forward” your clocks Saturday night so you’ll be ready for church on Sunday morning. We look forward to seeing you then!

TRANSITION FORUMS: WHERE WE GO FROM HERE
This Sunday, March 12, the Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, Director of Transition Ministry for the Diocese of Virginia, will be presiding at both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. She
will also lead two forums, one at 9:00 a.m. and another at 11:30 a.m., to answer questions about the search process for a new rector. During the 11:30 a.m. forum, children are invited to the Chapel to participate in Godly Play enrichment led by Diane. Please be sure to attend one of these important meetings to learn more about this time of transition for St. Andrew’s.

ST. ANDREW’S FAMILY FUN NIGHT

THIS SATURDAY is the St. Andrew’s Family Game Night — Come and Play!!


Who:
The St. Andrew’s Family (everyone and friends welcome)

What: An evening of fun (multigenerational games including a church-wide scavenger hunt!), food (pizza, salad, and dessert) and fellowship (chance to play together!)
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 by noon on Friday through Sign up Genius link here, or “Sign Up Central” at church or by emailing Diane.

MUSIC NOTES
The choir is seeking any interested voices as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. We will rehearse this coming Monday, March 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the choir loft. All teens and adults with an interest in singing are welcome!

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.

LENTEN OUTREACH: STOP HUNGER NOW
On the morning of Saturday, March 25, our Region III church family is holding a Lenten event with Rise Against Hunger/Stop Hunger Now. Help us package over 10,000 meals to be distributed to those most in need worldwide. This event, in which several St. Andrew’s parishioners participated last year, will be from 9:00-11:00 AM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N Glebe Road. We welcome your volunteering on the 25, any financial contribution, or better yet — both! If you would like to participate, please notify John Seggerman in person or at John@SeggermanHomes.com no later than March 18.

S.A.Y.
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 25th @ 9 a.m at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington). Email Diane if you would like to go as part of S.A.Y.
6th/7th Graders 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.

Follow this link to the registration forms. Please email Diane if your youth might be interested in attending.

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP
Please RSVP for the St. Andrew’s Family Fun Night. Sign up here. Details above.
Activities for Children will be offered in the Chapel this Sunday @ 11:30 am so that parents may attend the Forum by Rev. Mary Thorpe regarding transitions in our parish.
From last Sunday: We heard the story of Jesus going into the desert for forty days and forty nights and how he was tested three times but he remembered!
Family Discussion: How, when, or where have you been tested this week? Have they been good tests to show what you are learning? Has someone tried to test you by daring you do something improper? What are some ways to respond?
Prayer Starter: Dear God, thank you for giving us words to say when we are tested. We are glad that we can defeat temptation with Jesus’ words. Amen.
This Sunday: We will continue preparing for the Mystery of Easter using Godly Play materials.
Resources for Lent
Here is a link to a Lenten Handout for this first week of Lent. The FISH website has been updated. Check it out for other ideas on incorporating Lenten disciplines at home.

AFAC SPRING GARDEN KICK-OFF ON MARCH 18
AFAC Plot Against Hunger will host their annual Spring Garden Kick-off on March 18, 2017, at Arlington Central Library, 10 am to 1 pm. AFAC has lined-up a group of expert presenters who will talk about increasing yields in raised bed gardens, succession planting, safe or no pesticide use, and water conservation/root zone irrigation techniques. Free seeds will be available too. Lots to learn. Please see the flyer. Hope to see you there or in the garden.

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.

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS
For our meeting on Wednesday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the lounge, please read chapters 24 through 26 in The Flames of Rome: A Novel by Paul L. Maier.

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.

SAVE THE DATE: SHRINE MONT WEEKEND IS COMING!
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 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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