News this Week

"Between the Times" Formation Hour 9:00-9:45am

  • Adults: Coffee and Conversion (Great Hall) 
  • Adults: Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (PreK-6th grade) (Atrium)


    Coffee and Conversion

During Eastertide the Coffee and Conversion discussion between the services is a series on "What Are We Doing When We Do What We Do?" - at look at our liturgy and worship, its history, structure, the Prayer Book and the future. Come check it out, whether you've taken part in previous sessions or not. Learn, ask questions, make contributions, build community.            

 

Book Study

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander will be a book study beginning the week of May 14th. A resolution passed at Diocesan Convention recommended that parishes read this book.   Participants will communicate online through email. More details forthcoming. The church will provide copies of the book if you need a copy.  Begin reading now!!  There will be a culminating convocation event on June 20th.  This is a link to a study guide that we will use.  Just think New Hampshire for Kansas!  Let Marti Hunt know if you would like to participate.  https://www.kaaac.ks.gov/docs/default-source/documents/the-new-jim-crow-tool-kit.pdf?sfvrsn=0

More Info: NY Times Bestseller The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is the topic of an on-line book discussion beginning next week.  The National Episcopal Church's  resolution from July, 2015 calls us to read and discuss this important work by Michelle Alexander.  I thought I already knew about the high rate of people, especially men of color, who are in prison.  Why read about that?  But now, having read the introduction, I see that for me it is an essential read.  This is about American history.  This is about the reality of life for some of our fellow citizens.  This is about our democracy and who we are as a people.   This is a matter of our faith and our baptismal covenant of respecting the dignity of every human being.  I do not want to keep turning away from the discomfort and pain of knowing how race divides us, and how persecution on the basis of race continues to be a tragic force in America.  No matter what your political views are, this book will be enlightening.  We will have an opportunity to discuss material on line, with one film opportunity, and with a concluding discussion with others from Central  Convocation on June 20.  Thanks to Marti Hunt for organizing this.  She has books for those who would like to join us.                        Sincerely,  Lucy Crichton

 

Blood Drive, May 17

Our Spring Blood Drive, in partnership with The First Congregational Church, will be held on Wednesday May 17th.  The blood drive really brings our community together.  The donor appointment times are from 1:30pm to 6:30pm.  

Thanks to all who have already volunteered.  Anyone wishing to volunteer for this community event, either by helping on the day of the drive (Volunteer Supervisor, Registration, Canteen & Clean-up)  or providing refreshments for the donors should contact Betty or Jim Whinn.

Please consider donating blood.  It is a gift only you can provide, and many are in need. Appointments may be made on the Red Cross web site, redcrossblood.org

 

Blue Jean Sunday

Blue Jean Sunday is May 21.  Following the 10:00am service, join us for spring clean up on the St. Andrew's grounds.

 

Family Promise Update

Thanks to many dedicated and flexible parishioners and friends our second year of Family Promise has drawn to a successful close. Yes, flexibility still guides all that we do, but it's clear that we have learned to "expect the unexpected" as we offer our guests shelter, food, companionship and lots of love!

Please join us during coffee hour after the 10:00AM service on Sunday, May 21 to honor our volunteers and celebrate a job well done.  

In God's love,   Pam and Pam, Family Promise Parish Coordinators

 

Spring has Sprung!

A robin's nest has popped up on the top of the back door to the parking lot.  It now has eggs so removing it is not an option.  Be aware that Mama Robin will fly away when the door opens but that they generally won't swoop. 

 

Prayer List

Please send any prayer requests to the office.

 

How can I help?

Coffee Hour: Hosts are needed for coffee hour.  This need not be elaborate, but coffee, punch and some cookies are always welcome as we gather in the Great Hall after the Eucharist.  Please consider hosting any of these Sundays.  There is a sign up sheet next to the name tags.  

Altar Flowers: Altar Flower donations are always welcome.  Please contact Debbie Monroe with any questions.

Food Pantry: Please remember the Food Pantry.  Bring non-perishable food and personal care items to church any Sunday and place items in the church food baskets or the food box near the side entry to the Parish House. 

Offering and Samaritan Fund Requests: St. Andrew's allocates one-half of the loose plate (cash) offering on the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays to a non-profit organization to be nominated monthly by a parishioner and approved by the Vestry. If you have a particular cause to be considered, complete an application (located in various places around the church/hall) and return it to the office, or to Vickie Haines.

Pray: Please pray for Archbishop Justin Welby, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Rob, and John, as well as the health of our nation, world, and parish life. 

 

Blast Submissions

Do you have church or community news you would like announced in the blast?  Please make sure all submissions are emailed to the office no later than Friday morning at 9am.  

 

Pastoral Emergencies

If there is a pastoral emergency, please call the Rev. John McCausland at 529-4740 or email at holyx@gsinet.net