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Nov 15 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

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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.

Nov 15 Weekly News Update

Oct 4 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.

Jesus teaches us to be uniquely aware of our own poverty—of our inability to save ourselves—asking God to meet our needs one day at a time. Give us this day our daily bread.
-Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE

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 get 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.

Snow People Workshop

Come help make snow people for the Holiday Bazaar between services this Sunday. All are invited and encouraged to attend!

Blessing of the Animals

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, we’re encouraging you to bring all the critters you love to our Blessing of the Animals service this Sunday at 3pm!

2nd Sunday Potluck

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

Women’s Book Circle Update

No meeting today for Parish Breakfast and Meetings, but we’re continuing with “God was in this place and I, I did not know” by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner this month. Doesn’t matter if you’ve read it or not, just join in! Next Sunday in the library at 9:15am.

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.

Cursillo Reflection & Reunion Retreat

There will be a Cursillo reflection and reunion retreat Oct 13, 2:00pm-6:00pm at Grace Point Camp & Retreat Center. Call the church office for more information.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild is in need of volunteers! For more information or if you would like to help, please call Adam in the church office at 865-983-3512.


Nov 15 Weekly News Update

Sept 27 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 September’s Server Schedule, click HERE.
For October’s Server Schedule, click HERE.

It is when we live in union and communion with God that we can speak with the same authority as did Jesus. But knowing God, rather than knowing about God, is a dangerous thing. It requires us to be like Jesus. It requires us to empty ourselves and take on the form of a servant. It requires us to become obedient, even to the point of death. Only then can we say that we truly know God.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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 get 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.

Snow People Workshop

Come help make snow people for the Holiday Bazaar between services on Oct. 6. All are invited and encouraged to attend! 

Blessing of the Animals

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, we’re encouraging you to bring all the critters you love to our Blessing of the Animals service on Oct. 6 at 3pm!

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 this month. Join us on Sunday in the library at 9:15am for some great conversation (and laughter). If you need help getting a copy of the book, contact Tabetha at tabismiles@gmail.com

Nov 15 Weekly News Update

Sept 20 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 September’s server schedule, click HERE.
For October’s server schedule, click HERE.

We are rescued by love when someone bequeaths dignity, worth, recognition, gratitude upon us, encouragement for us because of who we are and what we do. We simply cannot grasp this alone: that we are precious, and amazing, and of inestimable value, unless this truth is mirrored into our being by another person. We need to give and receive support and encouragement for one another as “daily bread.”

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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 get into the second part of the service, the Liturgy of the Table.
johndidiego@gmail.com if you have questions…

Snow People Workshop

We will be making snow people for the Holiday Bazaar between services on Oct. 6. All are invited and encouraged to attend!

Angel Tree Thank You

I’m writing to thank St. Andrew’s congregation for tremendous volunteer support this past week as we accepted applications from 157 families over 5 days for Christmas gift assistance for their children. Ten members put in their valuable time (sometimes more than had been expected!) and efforts to make people feel welcomed, heard and confident that Christmas does not have to be an extra stressful time financially. As the days progressed, word of mouth became increasingly common as the “source of referral”. The welcome people received at St. Andrew’s is a key reason they would tell their friends and neighbors to come to The Salvation Army Angel Tree. 
Thank you!
Maureen Diffley, Captain
The Salvation Army

Cursillo Reflection & Reunion Retreat

There will be a Cursillo reflection and reunion retreat Oct 13, 2:00pm-6:00pm at Grace Point Camp & Retreat Center. Call the church office for more information.

Christian Formation Recap

Christian Formation Recap

Adult Formation

We had a great time getting started this weekend. In case you missed it, I will include all of the previous and current resources we are using to unlock and enter into the mysteries of the Eucharist/Holy Communion/Mass/Sunday service…whatever you choose to call it…
We got through more than I expected last week.  We covered the whole first part of the service, or the Liturgy of the Word, which goes up to the Passing of the Peace/Announcements. 

So for the next couple of weeks, we will start in on the second part of the service, the Liturgy of the Table, or Liturgy of the Eucharist.  

We are using a series called How2charist, put together by a Rev. Callie Swanlund, and promoted by the Episcopal Church.  

This week Lee Ann and Marilyn will lead the group into the second part.  There are two videos you can watch ( you will have to download them, but it shouldn’t take very long) :

Liturgy of the Table – pt III ~ 8 min
Liturgy of the Table – pt IV ~ 13 min

If you’d like to catch up and watch the earlier ones ( Part I and Part II).

Remember  – if you have your own copy of the Book of Common Prayer, bring it along.   Meet upstairs in the Greeting Room next to the kitchen.  We will get started at 9:15 am.
Enjoy!
John

Women’s Book Circle

The Women’s Book Circle started this week with Genesis 28 (narrowing in on Genesis 28:10-16) and the prologue of our new study book: God was in this place and I, i did not know by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. There was wonderful insight from discussing the meaning of Self and God, and the mirror we all look through.

This week, for our Sunday, Sept 22 meeting, we are reading chapters 1 / Rashi and 2 / Kotzk.

I will not be able to attend this week, but Barb will be leading the charge and I look forward to hearing how you all liked the readings! As you read, I encourage you to do two things:

  1. Highlight sentences or words that stand out as you read the full chapter.
  2. After you’ve finished reading, go back to what you highlighted and feel those out in your journaling. Ask a lot of “why” questions – why did this stand out to you? Why does it confuse or delight you? Are there any questions you have from it? What can it mean for you right here, right now?

Have fun!
Tab

Sept 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.

When the fresh air of the Gospel becomes our oxygen, the collective sin of the world, of others and our own, will burn our sensitized lungs like toxic fumes. We will notice injustice everywhere we turn, and though we will do all we are able in response, we will feel powerless against so much of it, and that powerlessness will crucify our hearts. Then, as St. Chrysostom’s life reminds us, we will know the hope of the Resurrection from the inside, through the mind of Christ. God’s power to raise, to heal, and to save will flow through us, because God will be our only lasting hope.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

Office Help

The office needs volunteer help to cover the front desk the week of October 7th. Please let Adam know if you are able to help.

Christian Formation – It’s TIME!

Glad to see so many of you at the Ministry Fair and breakfast last week. There’s a lot going on at St Andrews, and so many ways to get involved – we need you all. Sunday Christian Formation will start at 9:15 am, Sunday Sept 15th. Y’all come!

Godly Play (K-4th grade): Room 108 – downstairs
Wonder-filled Montessori style teaching and experiencing stories from the Old and New Testaments.

Episcopal Youth (5th-HS): Room 109 – downstairs
Get ready to learn about the Episcopal faith traditions and also enjoy outings and service to locals in need.

Women’s Book Circle: Library – downstairs
This month is a study of Rabbi Lawrence Kushner’s book, God was in this place and I, I did not know

Adult Discussion Forum: Greeting room – upstairs
This month we will take a deep dive into the wonder, mystery, and ancient rituals of the Eucharist, using the Episcopal Church’s new resource, How2charist.

Post Communion Blessing

May God grant you the grace never to sell yourself short; grace to risk something big for something good; grace to remember that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love. And the blessing of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you, inspire you, and remain with you, this day and forevermore. Amen.

Altar Guild Breakfast

The Altar Guild will resume their monthly breakfasts on Sept. 21 at 9:00am. Please let Sam French know if you will be attending.

Save the Date

John DiDiego will be leading a hike on Nov. 16. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. A signup sheet will be in the Great Hall.