The building and grounds ministry is charged with the upkeep of the church, parish house, and the grounds. This includes a bi-annual clean up day to spruce up the church and the gardens. It also is charged with identifying and making recommendations for care and repair of the facility’s needs in a timely manner.
A recent need identified was the quality of the sound system in the sanctuary. Under the leadership of Denis Howes and Carroll Peabody, Broadway Sounds was contacted to evaluate the system. With the expertise of Broadway Sounds the system was adjusted for volume and tone, and the result was immediately seen. A boom holder for the wireless microphone will be added to make it easier for the readers to be within the recommended twelve inches of the wireless microphone to deliver the best quality.
The church grounds are also a part of our history and charm. The patio is one example of this. Pavers for the garden patio “In Memory of” or “Thanksgiving of” can be purchased and engraved that will provide an enduring opportunity to give thanks or to remember a loved one. The office will collect requests throughout the year and have them engraved. Planning on having at least five orders at a time, the bricks will be installed at random on a quarterly basis.
The cost for each paver is $35.00 and covers the cost to purchase, engrave, and install the paver as well as maintaining the patio as a sacred place. An order form for Engraved Patio Bricks may be obtained from the church office.
The Ministry team meats the First Sunday of Feb, April, June, October, and December at 9:00am, so feel free to come meet with us!
is an invitation. An invitation to consider and reconsider, to put down what
the world has given and pick up what God is offering, to release our grip and open
our hands. For this forty-day season, we are going to follow Jeremiah’s lead
into the concerns of sin and the grace of God … and we’ll see where we end up!
Within this safe space, we will discuss the reading, questions, and ideas … together around tea and snacks! All adult females (including anyone who’s female-identifying, non-binary, gender fluid, genderqueer, and/or trans) are welcome. We hope you’ll join us in the Parish Library at 9:15am!
Sun, Mar 1 – NO MEETING for Parish Breakfast
Sun, Mar 8 – Discuss Jeremiah 1-6
Sun, Mar 15 – Discuss Jeremiah 7-16
Sun, Mar 22 – Discuss Jeremiah 17-25
Sun, Mar 29 – Discuss Jeremiah 26-34
Sun, Apr 5 – Short Meeting after Parish Breakfast, 9:30-10:15, Discuss Jeremiah 35-43
Sun, Apr 12 – Wrapping up Lent, Discuss Jeremiah 44-52
encouraged to consider what the readings mean to you on a personal level. Try
journaling and consider these questions:
delighted or encouraged you?
passages speak to you? Why?
will you respond, or reconsider in your life, based on those passages?
This year’s Lenten Series will bring us all together with a common understanding of our Episcopal faith, history, and traditions. Whether you are a ‘cradle Episcopalian’ or just showed up last week, we can all deepen our faith together during this liturgical season of Lent. How do I join the church? What if I was baptized in another tradition? What sets our church apart from other Christian traditions?
Episcopal Church 101: Enter the Mystery
Mar 4: Welcome to the Episcopal Church – Overview of the series…confirmation, reception, reaffirmation, in short, you belong. Make time for written questions.
Mar 11: Church History & 3-Legged Stool – Where we came from & on what do we base our authority?
Mar 18: Book of Common Prayer – The road map at the center of our worship.
Mar 25: Sacraments – How do we live these through the year together?
Apr 1: Liturgical Seasons – How is our common story organized?
5:30 pm Gathering & start supper 6:00 pm Compline (allow time for kitchen clean up) 6:15 pm Program 6:45 pm Depart
The Pastoral Care Council, led by Dick Cox, is called to care for the pastoral needs of our St. Andrew’s family. Our members visit the sick, homebound and those in assisted living and nursing facilities. We send cards for various occasions, take Communion to those unable to attend church, and deliver flowers through our Petals to the Metal ministry. We have a Grief ministry for those who have recently lost family members and working in collaboration with the Family Life Council we take care of food needs for our parishioners who have had surgery or ongoing illness. As our council moves forward in our work we are going to be expanding our focus. Esther Johnson, the newest member of our committee, is going to lead us as we look at ways to serve our aging members. The Pastoral Care Council meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00 in the library and we would love anyone interested in this rewarding work to join us.
Petals to the Metal
Every week, Pam Miller and her faithful group of volunteers, divide the altar flowers into small bouquets and deliver them to our parishioners who are sick, homebound, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or just say thank you to someone for their service to St. Andrews. You’ll see this quiet army head back to the flower room after the 10:30 service to arrange the flowers and then begin their deliveries, brightening the day of church members with cheerful flowers and a quick visit and allowing those who are unable to attend church to enjoy the beautiful altar flowers.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Dick Cox, John Bell, and Linda Howes have the special privilege of celebrating the Eucharist with our parishioners who are unable to attend church. Dick, John, and Linda are sent out on Sunday with the prayers of the congregation following them so that those members who request it can share in the Eucharist. They go to homes, hospitals, assisted living and nursing facilities so that those who cannot come to church can still receive Communion and continue to be a part of our St. Andrew’s family.
We have an amazing and active Card Ministry at St. Andrews headed up by Elisa Barr and Gretchen Walton. Elisa has sent out birthday, anniversary and get well cards for many years on behalf of the Pastoral Care Council. Gretchen has recently joined in this ministry, she sends handcrafted cards and has also included cards to our veterans on Veterans Day. This is an extra reminder to our church family that they are remembered on their special day, thought about during difficult times, and kept in touch with when they are not able to attend church.
Vestry Liaison: Gretchen Prisock
Meeting Information (When/Where):
1st Monday, 1pm, of every month in the Parish office
Why would we chose to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us? Because that is the way of God. God never stops loving, never stops caring, never stops blessing. Yes, it’s outrageous. It’s impractical. It’s unrealistic. It’s beyond us. Which is why we need GOD and why we need one another. Only God’s love abiding in us can love in this way.
First I want to thank Freida Herron for her many years of dedicated and faithful service to this most important ministry.
We are seeking a coordinator or two co-coordinators to share the work of this important ministry of our outreach program. You will have the support of our AMAZING volunteers plus an AMAZING group of volunteers from our support church, Broadway United Methodist. Our own Reverend Bob Beasley will continue to coordinate and schedule the volunteers for each evening.
If you feel called to carry this ministry forward, training will be provided by Freida Herron and Family Promise. See Freida or Stu Hammond don Sundays for further information.
Yours in Christ, Stu Hammond, Outreach Coordinator 865-806-1091
Widows and Widowers Grief Support Group
When: Wednesday Mornings, 10:30 to Noon Date: February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25 Where: New Providence Presbyterian Church 703 West Broadway Avenue, Room W202 Maryville, TN 37801 Contact: Alice Mansmith – Facilitator – with questions or interest 865-856-2570 Home 865-599-8361 Cell
For people struggling with the death of a spouse within the last year or two. Handouts and discussions address daily issues including:
The various stages one might experience (the sense of isolation, panic attacks, feeling overwhelmed, physical symptoms of distress, guilt and anger issues)
The things that people sometimes say (which minimize grief)
How society and sometimes even well-meaning family and friends rush one through grief
Keeping a positive mental attitude, including handouts on worrying, willingness, gratitude, and taking things one day at a time.
Accepting the loss both intellectually and emotionally in order to redirect energy and reorganize life.