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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.



Oct 11 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.

Oct 11 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.

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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.


Oct 11 Weekly News Update

Sept 27 Weekly News Update

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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

Oct 11 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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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.

September 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 September’s serving schedule, click HERE, and for October’s serving schedule, click HERE.

If you are powerless or are losing power, or if you live without privilege, or if you have lost something significant in life – lost a loved one, lost an ability, lost being attractive, strong, agile, dexterous, competent, healthy, desirable – then you will hear what Jesus says about the last becoming first, not as an arduous adjudication, but as a welcome invitation. You still belong.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Angel Tree Volunteers Needed

The Salvation Army welcomes volunteers to assist with Angel Tree registration the week of Sept. 10. Angel Tree is an outreach that provides Christmas gifts to children in low-income families. Typically, we serve over 300 children each year. Volunteers are needed to welcome applicants, review required documentation, and record requests. We like to have at least five people working each shift. Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes early for their shift, so that they can be oriented to their task for the day. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially welcome! If you would like to volunteer, we need you to register in advance. Please e-mail Capt. Maureen Diffley at Maureen.diffley@uss.salvationarmy.org or call her at 865-361-0051. She will provide a more detailed explanation of the process.

Available shifts include:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
September 10, 12 & 13
4:45pm – 8:15pm

Wednesday & Saturday
September 11 & 14
9:15am – 12:15pm

Christian Formation

Christian Formation is taking today off to do some planning for the fall and to encourage you to learn more about St. Andrew’s at the Ministry Fair. Classes for all ages, from 4 to 94, resume next Sunday, Sept 15. If you would like to help, please get in touch with John DiDiego at johndidiego@gmail.com.

Ministry Fair, Parish Breakfast, & Ice Cream Social Today

Join us for Parish Breakfast at 9am after the early service and an Ice Cream Social at 11:30am after the late service. In addition to delicious food, we’ll be hosting the St. Andrew’s Ministry Fair at both 9:00am and 11:30am so you can see all the engaging ways to get involved with the church.

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.

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.

Signup Genius Update

We will no longer be using online signups for serving. The serving schedule will be made one month in advance and will be posted in the Nave, Great Hall, and online. If you are unable to serve on your assigned day, it is your responsibility to get it covered.

Oct 11 Weekly News Update

August 30 Weekly Update

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

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For this month’s Serving Schedule, click HERE, and for next month’s Serving Schedule, click HERE.


“Shake off the illusion that you are responsible for meeting the needs of every living creature. Only God knows what each creature truly needs, and will use your help when and as God sees fit.”

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

Save the Date: Sept 8! Ministry Fair, Parish Breakfast, & Ice Cream Social

Join us for Parish Breakfast at 9am after the early service and an Ice Cream Social at 11:30am after the late service. In addition to delicious food, we’ll be hosting the St. Andrew’s Ministry Fair at both 9:00am and 11:30am so you can see all the engaging ways to get involved with the church.

Christian Formation

Women’s Book Circle meets Sunday for a special “Guided Visualization” session.

Christian Formation is taking a few weeks off to do some planning for the fall. Classes for all ages, from 4 to 94, begin again on the Sunday, Sept 15th. If you would like to help, please get in touch with John DiDiego at johndidiego@gmail.com.

Angel Tree Volunteers Needed

The Salvation Army welcomes volunteers to assist with Angel Tree registration the week of Sept. 10. Angel Tree is an outreach that provides Christmas gifts to children in low-income families. Typically, we serve over 300 children each year. Volunteers are needed to welcome applicants, review required documentation, and record requests. We like to have at least five people working each shift. Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes early for their shift, so that they can be oriented to their task for the day. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially welcome! If you would like to volunteer, we need you to register in advance. Please e-mail Capt. Maureen Diffley at Maureen.diffley@uss.salvationarmy.org or call her at 865-361-0051. She will provide a more detailed explanation of the process.

Available shifts include:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday                                                                                                                 
September 10, 12 & 13 
4:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday & Saturday
September 11 & 14
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Signup Genius Update

We will no longer be using online signups for serving. The serving schedule will be made one month in advance and will be posted in the Nave, Great Hall, and online. If you are unable to serve on your assigned day, it is your responsibility to get it covered.

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.

Oct 11 Weekly News Update

August 16 Weekly News Updates

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“If you are not in a place to approach another person as beloved of God, you may want to take the time to pray for them. Prayer is a sanctifying act. God will burn off the dross of bitterness and resentment, and help us to love our brother and sister.”

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

Free Moms Hugs

The first Blount Pride Event takes place on Saturday, Aug 24!It does not include a parade, but will be a series of family-friendly events at The Bird & The Book in Maryville, from 3-10pm. Please contact me for the specific list of events/times. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend. Andy and I will be in Nashville for the statewide GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) planning session for this next school year. It was difficult to choose just one of these great events! We hope that by going to Nashville we will learn more ways for us at St. Andrew’s to support the LBGTQ youth of East TN. It would be great for St. Andrew’s to have a visible presence (St. Andrew’s t-shirts and FMH/FDH t-shirts) at Blount Pride even though I won’t personally be able to attend. I know it is just around the corner. Please contact me if you are able to attend, so we can put together a plan for our presence. 

Barb Schneider, 865-382-3729, institchesquilter.barb@gmail.com 

Angel Tree Volunteers Needed

The Salvation Army welcomes volunteers to assist with Angel Tree registration the week of Sept. 10. Angel Tree is an outreach that provides Christmas gifts to children in low-income families.Typically, we serve over 300 children each year. Volunteers are needed to welcome applicants, review required documentation, and record requests. We like to have at least five people working each shift. Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes early for their shift, so that they can be oriented to their task for the day. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially welcome! If you would like to volunteer, we need you to register in advance. Please e-mail Capt. Maureen Diffley at Maureen.diffley@uss.salvationarmy.org or call her at 865-361-0051. She will provide a more detailed explanation of the process.  

Available shifts include:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
September 10, 12 & 13
4:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday & Saturday
September 11 & 14
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Cursillo Reflection & Reunion Retreat

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

Adults in the WAY

We are wrapping up our summer series following the Episcopal Church’s Way of Love this Sunday. Whether you have attended one or all of the classes, we invite you to join us as we summarize some of the things that have delighted or amazed us, as well as things we have put in place to bring our lives more in line with the life God wants us to lead. We will meet at 9:15 am either in the Upstairs meeting room or the Katie Barr room, which ever is open. Come join us!

Women’s Book Circle Resumes

We’re reading the Book of John from the New Testament, so join us in the Library on Sundays, from 9:15-10:15. The year’s reading plan is available at the office or you may email Tabetha at tabismiles@gmail.com for a copy.