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Nov 15 Weekly News Update

Nov 15 Weekly News Update

Click HERE for full Parish Calendar.

For this week’s SAW, click HERE, and for this Sunday’s Bulletin, click HERE.

For this month’s Vestry minutes, click HERE.

In the Gospels, Jesus speaks poignantly about our welcoming the stranger. Jesus’ generous welcome to everyone is remembered in the Greek as philonexia, which is “the love of strangers.” Philonexia becomes the New Testament norm for hospitality. We must welcome the stranger so that the stranger is no longer strange to us.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Adult Discussion Forum

Today on social issues in Blount County – Homelessness, Food Insecurity… What does this look like? Where do we see evidence of this? What are the causes? What is my role in the problem, and what can I do to begin to address it? We all have a part to play. Come join us in the upstairs greeting room at 9:15 am.

A Message From George Brooks

Thanks so very much for the heart-warming reception. Most kind from so many brothers and sisters. The remembrances will last a life time. A special thank you to each and everyone, and the most generous Vestry for the send-off.  But, like a bad penny, you all will see my face often as I enjoy my church family. God’s blessing to each and all.
-Bro. G

Warming Shelter

Dr. Phil Hoffman will be directing the Warming Shelter again this year and is seeking volunteers from each church in Blount County. Shelter will open starting January 2020 any evening the temp. is 25 degrees or below and will be held at First Baptist Maryville. Requires two couples of four people to staff each session with support from the Warming Shelter Committee. Must be able to stay up all night during the session until 7:00 am the next morning. Volunteer sign up sheet upstairs in the Parish Hall. Dick Cox is your Chairperson for our Homeless Ministry and would appreciate your participation. 

Go Deep In Self-Discovery

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique program in theological education based on small-group discussions and assigned readings. This four-year program (requiring only one-year commitments at a time) provides in-depth study, prayer, and reflection to deepen your spiritual growth and discern your call to Christian Service. Weekly meetings, fascinating readings, and eye-opening discussions bring the spiritual life to wide new realms of discovery. And you can sign up now for the 2020 year! See Adam Wilson or Nancy Cain for more information on this exciting avenue of Christian Education.

Community Food Connection

Our next times to serve at Community Food Connection will be November 27th & 30th from 9:45am – 12:00noon. Please let Elisa Barr know if you are planning to attend. 865-984-7920 or edlbarr@bellsouth.net.

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra

Jackson Shue, youth from St. Andrew’s, will be performing with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra at their Fall Concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Monday November 18th. Tickets are $5 for adults and students K-12 are free.

Holiday Bazaar Nature Table

Kathy Wilbanks, 865-719-8292, is looking for nature themed items, new or used, that can be sold at the Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23. Please let her know if you are able to help out.

Women’s Book Circle

Sunday, we have a special Guided Visualization with Esther (and a few breakfast goodies). Meet down in the Library at 9:15. We will not meet Nov. 24 or Dec. 1, but will begin anew with Chapter 1 in Ruth on Dec. 8.

Altar Guild Breakfast

There will be no Altar Guild breakfasts in November or December.

Nov 8 Weekly News Update

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For this week’s SAW, click HERE, and for this Sunday’s Bulletin, click HERE.
For this weeks 3 inserts, click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

For this month’s Vestry minutes, click HERE.
For the Treasurer’s report, click HERE.

For November’s server schedule, click HERE.
For December’s server schedule, click HERE.

In our own day, we are seemingly overwhelmed by difficult news, and we may wonder where in the world God is in all of this. We may feel like we are light years away from the realization of the reign of God. But through Jesus Christ, we hear the gospel message that the Kingdom of God is happening now. It is a process of redeeming and healing the Creation, in which we are being called to participate.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

Adult Discussion Forum

Next two weeks on social issues in Blount County – Homelessness, Food Insecurity… What does this look like? Where do we see evidence of this? What are the causes? What is my role in the problem, and what can I do to begin to address it? We all have a part to play. Come join us in the upstairs greeting room at 9:15 am.

George Brooks Celebration

We will be having a celebration for the service of George Brooks to St. Andrew’s SUNDAY after the second service in the Great Hall. There is a basket for cards and gifts. All are encouraged and invited to attend. Please come and help us thank him for his years of dedicated service.

Join us for Evangelism 101

Meet for a day of learning with local and church wide experts about sharing the loving, liberating, and life giving way of Jesus with our friends and neighbors. Evangelism 101, presented by The Episcopal Church in East Tennessee and the Evangelism Task Force, comes at no cost and lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted. All are welcome!

Register today at bit.ly/DioET-Evangelism

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm
Great Hall

Contact Canon Beverly Hurley Hill at (205) 213-6640 or bhurleyhill@dioet.org for any questions.

Education for Ministry

Go Deep In Self-Discovery Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique program in theological education based on small-group discussions and assigned readings. This four-year program (requiring only one-year commitments at a time) provides in-depth study, prayer, and reflection to deepen your spiritual growth and discern your call to Christian Service. Weekly meetings, fascinating readings, and eye-opening discussions bring the spiritual life to wide new realms of discovery. And you can sign up now for the 2020 year! See Adam Wilson or Nancy Cain for more information on this exciting avenue of Christian Education.

Community Food Connection

Our next times to serve at Community Food Connection will be November 27th & 30th from 9:45am – 12:00noon. Please let Elisa Barr know if you are planning to attend. 865-984-7920 or edlbarr@bellsouth.net.

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra

Jackson Shue, youth from St. Andrew’s, will be performing with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra at their Fall Concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Monday November 18th. Tickets are $5 for adults and students K-12 are free.

Holiday Bazaar Nature Table

Kathy Wilbanks, 865-719-8292, is looking for nature themed items, new or used, that can be sold at the Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23. Please let her know if you are able to help out.

Women’s Book Circle

It’s the final week of our Kushner book and we’re reading the very last chapter and Epilogue. Come join in SUNDAY, even if you haven’t read it. We’ll discuss our plans for the next reading. Meet in the Library at 9:15am.

Altar Guild Breakfast

There will be no Altar Guild breakfasts in November or December.

Nov 1 Weekly News Update

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For this week’s SAW, click HERE, and for this Sunday’s Bulletin, click HERE.

For this month’s Vestry minutes, click HERE.
For this month’s Treasurer’s report, click HERE.

For Novembers Server Schedule, click HERE.
For Decembers Server Schedule, click HERE.


The saints are those who have survived the ordeal of this life, those who can give witness, already, that the eternal promise we hear in the book of Revelation is true. The saints remind us that in the best of times and in the worst of times, life is possible and passable, and that we are not left alone. Today we remember all the saints, and they remember all of us.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Important Parish Dates

November 3
Nominations for vestry are opened

December 3
Vestry nominations are close

December 19
Absentee ballot period for vestry election opens (for those unable to attend the annual meeting)

December 29
Absentee ballot period closes

January 5, 2020
Annual meeting & vestry election

George Brooks Celebration

We will be having a celebration for the service of George Brooks to St. Andrew’s on November 10th after the second service in the Great Hall. There will be a basket for cards and gifts. All are encouraged and invited to attend. Please come and help us thank him for his years of dedicated service.

Holiday Bazaar Meeting

We will be having our final Holiday Bazaar meeting this Sunday at 9:00am.

Ingathering Brunch

We are having an ingathering brunch Sunday at 9:30am in the Great Hall. All are encouraged to attend.

Community Food Connection

Our next times to serve at Community Food Connection will be November 27th & 30th from 9:45am – 12:00noon Please let Elisa Barr know if you are planning to attend. 865-984-7920 or dlbarr@bellsouth.net.

Parish Cleanup

There will be a parish cleanup on November 9th from 9am – 12noon. Please let Denis Howes, 865-200-7915, know if you will be able to participate. Lunch will be provided.

Holiday Bazaar Nature Table

Kathy Wilbanks, 865-719-8292, is looking for any nature themed items, new or used, that can be sold at the Holiday Bazaar on November 23rd. Please let her know if you are able to help out.


Oct 18 Weekly News Update

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For this week’s SAW, click HERE, and for this Sunday’s Bulletin, click HERE.

For this month’s Vestry minutes, click HERE.

Server Schedules: October, November, December

You can be very well physically, but in absolute agony because of a broken heart or an imprisoned soul. Jesus promises us he will bind up our broken hearts, set us free, and heal us from the inside out.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Adult Discussion Forum

The next two weeks we are continuing our exploration of Drew Crain’s book, Science and Christianity: Past, Present, and Future.

Oct. 20,  we will tackle chapters 3 and 4…Evolution: Hindrance or Help? and Creation Care.

Oct 27. review of the main themes of the book – how do we understand our take on these supposed conflicts between Science and Christianity? What resources do we have to talk to those who struggle?

Drew Crain webpage – Maryville College 
[https://www.maryvillecollege.edu/academics/faculty/dcrain/science-christianity/]

The text of the book Science and Christianity: Past, Present, and Future is available on this site only until Monday, October 21. I have 5 hard copies for anyone who’d like them.

Join us for Evangelism 101

Meet up for a day of learning with local and churchwide experts about sharing the loving, liberating, and life giving way of Jesus with our friends and neighbors. Evangelism 101, presented by The Episcopal Church in East Tennessee and the Evangelism Task Force, comes at no cost and lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted. All are welcome!

Register today at bit.ly/DioET-Evangelism

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm
Great Hall

Contact Canon Beverly Hurley Hill at (205) 213-6640 or bhurleyhill@dioet.org for any questions.

Ingathering Brunch

We are having an ingathering brunch on November 3rd at 9:30am in the Great Hall. There is a signup sheet in the Great Hall. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Join in the Women’s Book Circle

We’re reading “God was in this place and I, I did not know” by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (but you don’t need to read to participate!). Join us on Sunday in the library at 9:15am! You don’t need the book to come participate in the fascinating discussions

Save the Date!

John DiDiego will be leading a hike November 2nd. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. A signup sheet will be in the Great Hall.

Community Food Connection

Our next times to serve at community food connection will be on October 23rd and 30th from 9:45-12:00noon and 12:00-2:00pm. Please let Elisa Barr know if you are planning to attend. 865-984-7920 or edlbarr@bellsouth.net.

Spooktacular Extravaganza

St. Andrew’s will participate in the Parks & Rec Spooktacular on Friday,Oct. 25th from 5:00-8:00pm.

Candy Donations are needed and may be dropped off in the office. Come join the fun and help hand out candy. More info to follow about where we’ll be located.



Nov 15 Weekly News Update

Oct 11 Weekly News Update

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For this week’s SAW, click HERE, and for this Sunday’s Bulletin, click HERE.

For this month’s Vestry minutes, click HERE.

For October’s Server Schedule, click HERE.

In every genuine vocation found, God has united a need of the world with a single heart’s deep gladness.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

2nd Sunday Potluck 

Join us for a potluck this Sunday after the 10:30 service. All are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Bring something to share!

Join in the Women’s Book Circle

We’re reading “God was in this place and I, I did not know” by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (but you don’t need to read to participate!). Join us on Sunday in the library at 9:15am! If you want help getting a copy of the book, contact Tabetha at tabismiles@gmail.com.

Save the Date!

John DiDiego will be leading a hike in November. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. A signup sheet will be in the Great Hall.

Adult Discussion Forum

Join us as we take a deep dive into the Sunday service … why DO some people bow during parts of the Nicene Creed? What is the oldest part of the service? Get on the email list to get class resources and links. This week we continue into the second part of the service, the Liturgy of the Table. Email johndidiego@gmail.com if you have questions.

Join us for Evangelism 101

Meet up for a day of learning with local and churchwide experts about sharing the loving, liberating, and life giving way of Jesus with our friends and neighbors. Evangelism 101, presented by The Episcopal Church in East Tennessee and the Evangelism Task Force, comes at no cost and lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted. All are welcome!

Register today at bit.ly/DioET-Evangelism

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm
Great Hall

Contact Canon Beverly Hurley Hill at (205) 213-6640 or bhurleyhill@dioet.org for any questions.