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Jan 31 Weekly News Update

Jan 31 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.

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.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

Family Promise Coordinator

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.

Nondenominational and fee-free.

January Ministry of the Month

January Ministry of the Month

This boisterous, determined ministry came about in late 2018 as a team to support the communication needs of the Vestry and Rector’s office. We meet monthly in order to stay on top of the communication needs coming in and out, as well as to explore possible marketing/admin ideas that would help the message grow.

Our most notable projects for 2019 were: re-writing the Vestry handbook, developing a Communications Guidelines manual, building a new website from the ground up, designing a new Welcome to St. Andrew’s brochure (coming this January), helping with design and formatting of the SAW and Bulletins, creating a new brand template (logo, color codes, and fonts) for marketing consistency, organization charts and models for the Vestry, new St. Andrew’s name tags, and helping with the disbursement of Parish letters.

Maybe you like to write, or draw, or play around on Facebook. Perhaps you have a story to share about your Episcopal or spiritual experiences or know someone who does. You might even just like reading and editing, sharing ideas for better communication, or exploring new marketing means. Whatever your preference, we would love to have you in our bustling little ministry!

In fact, one of our current projects is something YOU can participate in without having to commit to anything! You might have seen our St. Andrew’s Weekly, otherwise known as the SAW? Well, we’re hoping to come up with a new logo (and/or a new name!). Share your ideas with Tabetha and be entered to win a wee little prize!

We’re excited about the possibilities for 2020 and look forward to helping our incoming new Rector and Vestry members get the “good news” out far and wide.

Contact Information:

Vestry Liaison: Tamra Turberville or Chair: Tabetha Hedrick

Meeting Information (When/Where):

1st Friday of every month in the Parish office

Jan 31 Weekly News Update

Dec 13 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.

Whenever and however it comes, the word of truth, God’s truth, has the power to change people. And those to whom God’s truth is spoken have a choice: they can choose to hear that word of truth, or they can choose to ignore it. If we choose to hear the word of truth, we will be changed.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

2020 Vestry Slate

Robert V. Cochran

I was born and raised in South Florida.  After thirty-eight years as a chief electrician at United States Sugar Corporation, Sally and I retired in 2009 and moved to Townsend, Tn.

We were members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Clewiston, Fl.  St. Martin’s is a very small church and all the parishioners shared the work in the various ministries. I was a member of the vestry for a total of four years, serving a year as Jr. Warden.

When we moved to Townsend, we found St. Andrew’s and felt welcomed by the parishioners.  We have served and worked on various ministries since our tenure here.

Soon we will be welcoming a new priest and I want to be a part of assisting the parish during this challenging and joyous transition.

Julie Durand

I have been a member of St. Andrews since May of 2003.  I grew up as a Lutheran in Pennsylvania, attended Pharmacy School at the University of Pittsburgh, then Medical School in Charleston, SC. I moved to Maryville in 1991 after completing my ophthalmology training in Portland, Oregon.  I currently work part-time in Maryville at University Eye Specialists.  I have one daughter, Amelia, and two grandchildren (Mason and Magnolia) who live nearby. 

While at  St. Andrews, I have taught childrens’ Sunday School, helped with the Food Connection and Family Promise, completed 4 years of EFM, and currently sing in the choir. If elected to the Vestry, I look forward to giving back to the church, and would be honored to  serve the people of St. Andrews responsibly with diligence, openness, and in God’s love.

Marialice Ellis

I joined St. Andrew’s in the summer of 1987 when our family moved to Maryville from New Bern, North Carolina. At that time, there was not a youth group for our two sons and we soon began to look for other opportunities for them.  My husband, Tom Ellis, had grown up in Maryville and had attended New Providence Presbyterian Church in his youth and he knew they had an active program for youth at that time.  I agreed to give it a try for the good of our sons.  It didn’t take long for me to realize the Episcopal church was where my heart and soul was, so as a family we returned to St. Andrew’s two years later.

Professionally I retired as a Registered Nurse after forty years, having positions as a cardiac nurse, hospital administration in the area of coding and reimbursement, and servings in medical practice management with my husband who was a CPA.

As a member of St. Andrew’s I have served on the vestry, chaired or co-chaired Garden Day and the Holiday Bazaar, and have been an active participant in the kitchen ministry.

Our Parish Profile has provided candidates with the wants and needs of our community.  If elected to the vestry, I would give as much of my time and energy as possible to help with the selection of a new priest who will meet the needs and wants of our parish.

Deb Schablik

I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 2010. Since then I have been active in various church ministries, such as Altar Guild, Verger, lector, intercessor, vestry, youth Sunday School and most recently as Crucifer. It feel it is important that each of us find places where we can serve.

This is an exciting time in the life of our parish as we are searching for our new rector. As we move forward, we need to be prepared to venture out of our comfort zones in order to serve Him as well as grow personally and as a parish. This is the gift I have received in this interim time and I  encourage us to venture out of our comfort zones. There are amazing things waiting for us there!

Greg Walton

Gretchen and I moved to Tenn a year and a half ago when I retired.  I was lucky to spend 20 years on active duty working around the world and then 20 years as a civilian working for the Air Force.  We spent 5 years looking at different areas to relocate to and found Maryville to be the perfect spot for us.  We have been very fortunate to find St Andrews and have felt welcome here since day one.  I have become active in the local AMVETS working to help out Vets who aren’t as fortunate as we are.  We enjoy getting out to enjoy the beauty of East Tenn and have taking up kayaking to explore the waterways in the area. 

Dec 6 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 server schedule, click HERE.

Brother, Give Us A Word

House

The prophet Isaiah invites us and ‘all the nations’ to go up to the ‘house of God,’ the place where God dwells (Isaiah 2:2).  For the ancient Israelites it was the tabernacle, then the temple.  For us the place where God dwells may be the church, or the natural world, or the inner depths of our hearts.  It is the place to which we must return to learn to live well.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

Today’s word “House” is also featured in today’s AdventWord.


We encourage you to join the AdventWord international community of prayer, collected in reflections by Virginia Theological Seminary and connections. AdventWord provides visual and written meditations during the liturgical season of Advent.

Explore the ways that people respond to these daily words — written meditations, drawings, photographs, or poems.

AdventWord.org

Search Committee Update

The search for our next rector continues apace throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Search Committee has approved a Diocesan request to extend the deadline for applicants for our next rector to mid-December. Applications will then be processed by Bishop Brian Cole and Canon Michelle Bolt of the Diocese for delivery of the list of candidates to our committee shortly after New Year’s Day. Interviews will begin thereafter.

Please continue to keep the Search Committee in your prayers over the upcoming holidays. We wish you and your family a blessed and holy Advent.

Doug Overbey
Search Committee Chair

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 pairs 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. 

It’s Spiritual Study on a Deep Level

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.

2nd Sunday Potluck

There will be a 2nd Sunday Potluck this Sunday at 12:00noon. All are encouraged and invited to attend!

Adult Discussion Forum – Advent Edition!

A few weeks ago, Elise Eslinger loaned me a lovely book, God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel Hungry World, by Amy Oden. It suggests that the challenge for us is to recognize God’s invitation, his hospitality, so we can begin to embody that same welcome, and extend God’s hospitality to others. The book offers a series of meditations, or exercises, to help us to grow into the practice of Gospel Hospitality. In the three weeks of Advent, we will tackle a few of these practices.  

Dec. 8: Paying Attention
Dec 15: Welcoming the stranger within
Dec 22: Empty Spaces  

We meet in the Parish Hall at 9:15 a.m. between the services. Hope to see you there – let me know if you’d like to receive the class emails. johndidiego@gmail.com

Jan 31 Weekly News Update

Nov 15 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.

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

Click HERE for full Parish Calendar.

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.