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

Dec 13 Weekly News Update

Dec 13 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.

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

Dec 13 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

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.

Nov 1 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.
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

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.

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.



Dec 13 Weekly News Update

Oct 11 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.

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.

Dec 13 Weekly News Update

Oct 4 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.

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.


Dec 13 Weekly News Update

Sept 27 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.

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