****News and Upcoming Events****
Soup Sales - Soup sales will continue on the first Sunday of the month through April. This effort is a major fundraiser for the Outreach Committee. Soup will be sold after both services. The “Order of the Golden Ladle” needs men and women to volunteer to make 4 quarts of the soup of their choice. The goal is to recruit 4 people each month. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Contact Judy Hontz or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Blue Christmas Service – Friday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. Typical holiday festivities—merry carol singing, decorating, gathering with family and purchasing gifts—emphasize joy and cheer, leaving little room for pain and grief. This service is meant as a way to acknowledge the birth of Christ without the joyful, celebratory events of a typical Christmas service, which can be painful for those coping with loss. The Blue Christmas service offers a somber, gentle space to gather.
Christmas Eve Service at 4:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s will hold their Christmas Eve Family Service on December 24th at 4:00 p.m. The young people will be sharing with young and older alike joyful Christmas Carols in the greatest story ever told!
Candlelight and Christmas Eve Service at 11:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s will hold our area’s only midnight Christmas Eve liturgy with Holy Eucharist on December 24th. A musical prelude with the Senior Choir, Organ, and Carols will begin at 10:30p.m. The service follows at 11:00 p.m. and concludes at midnight with the ringing of the church bells. All are invited to attend.
Christmas Day Service – There will be a “quiet” Christmas Day service at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's.
Alternative Christmas Giving - The charities are confirmed and the brochures are available. The nine charities are: Haven Ministry, Sunbury; Heiter Community Center, Lewisburg; Jackfruit Project, India; La Escuelita, Nicaragua; St. Ann’s in the Bronx After-school Program; Shepherd of the Streets, Williamsport; Supplemental Food Bank, Lewisburg; Syrian Refugee Project, Greece; Transitions, Lewisburg. Please consider supporting these projects.
Haven Ministry Week - St. Andrew’s is reviving its project to provide one or two (different) volunteers each night for the week of January 6-12th. Volunteers stay overnight in their own room (two beds) at Haven and are generally responsible for locking up in the evening. They also eat dinner with Haven’s clients (usually a full house of up to twenty people including children and babies). Volunteers arrive about 5 pm and leave by 8 am (but times can be adjusted if need be). Having overnight volunteers gives the daytime staff some relief and is very much appreciated. Homelessness is a big problem locally and Haven in Sunbury is the only shelter serving Union, Snyder and Northumberland counties. Sadly, it is nearly always full. St. Andrew’s was one of the founding churches for Haven and has regularly supported the Ministry financially. We are looking for up to six volunteers or pairs of volunteers – one for each night. If you are interested and/or would like to know more, please contact Richard Waller.
Dinner Club - As a way to help strengthen the social bonds of St. Andreans, an opportunity is being created for parishioners to interact more on a social level in small groups. What better way to interact socially than to share a meal in the quiet atmosphere of one’s home? We are continuing a Social Ministry called “8 at 6” which simply means (nominally) 8 people at 6 PM for dinner in a parishioner’s home.
Here’s the way it works: A sign-up sheet will be posted and anyone interested in participating (singles welcome) as a host or guest will sign up. At the end of the sign-up period families would be randomly assigned a role (as host or guest). Experience has shown that winter-early spring is the most likely time for people to be available and avoid competing holidays. Those who have signed up will be assigned a role for January, February, March and April.
The idea is for the host to provide beverages and the entrée. Each guest would contribute one of the following: hors d’oeuvres, salad/veggies, dessert, etc. as agreed with the host. The next month the lineup changes with new hosts and new guests, the objective being to meet and interact with as many people as possible in the four-month period. The target timing would be, arbitrarily, the third weekend of the month. Changes can be negotiated among the attendees to find a mutually agreeable time.
This will provide an excellent opportunity for current members to meet and greet new members and help them assimilate into the St Andrew’s family as well as strengthen existing social bonds. We hope you will embrace this concept and encourage others to participate. Its success will depend on your response.
Knit at Knine: Knit@Knine meets on the second Sunday of each month as a chance for the Prayer Shawl Ministry knitters to enjoy time together and to share projects, patterns, and encouragement as we work on items to be given away as needed. If you are interested in joining the group, please come to one of our meetings. Just bring whatever you are working on. Our usual projects are shawls, scarves and pocket prayer cloths. We usually sit together at one end of the tables in the Canterbury Room. We would love to have you join us.
Yoga Classes: The Lewisburg Yoga Studio will be holding yoga classes at St. Andrew's. Group sessions can be arranged or you may join a regularly scheduled class! Church members can enjoy a discounted rate. More information can be found on their website: www.lewisburgyoga.com
Adult Study Group: The Breakfast Group will meet at Country Cupboard at 8:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays. Please meet in the lobby so that all can be seated together. You may purchase anything from “just coffee” to a full breakfast. The dates of the meetings will be published on Parish News.
Aged to Perfection: Aged to Perfection meets in the main dining room of RiverWoods, and is held the last Monday of each month. This event gives those of "mature age" an opportunity to fellowship and share a meal together. The lunch specials cost $8-10. Hope to see you there.
Syrian Refugees: St. Andrews' Outreach would like to continue supporting the work in providing food for the 5th School Shelter in Athens, with the help of Stephanie Larson, who is still very much involved with the team of people supplying aid there. Outreach is also interested in helping to raise funds for a farm initiative begun by the 5th School Shelter, in which rented land is used to grow fresh produce. The refugees would like to expand the rented land to include space for five cows so that they can make, eat, and sell cheese. If you would like to support these efforts, please give your donation to Outreach. You may specify "donation Syrian Refugees" or "food" or "farmland," and together with Stephanie, Outreach will make sure that 100% of your funds goes to fill this need. Thank you for supporting these vulnerable people!
The Buildings & Grounds Committee would like to remind you that if you are the last one out of the building (at any time), please turn off all lights, and lock all doors. Help us to keep our church tidy and presentable throughout the week. If you use the building during the week, we ask that you clean up after yourself.
AIDS TO HELP WITH YOUR WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
AT ST. ANDREWS
FROM THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE - DID YOU KNOW?After the opening procession has concluded and the celebrant and other participants in the service are in their places, the service formally begins with the "Opening Acclamation and Response", the "Collect for Purity", the singing of a hymn of praise (or penitence in Lent), and the Salutation and "Collect for the Day". The opening acclamation is season specific; the first one is for normal use, the second for use during the Easter Season, and the third for penitential seasons. The Acclamation is a form of greeting and sets the tone of the service by reminding worshipers that the worship of God is the focus of all that follows in the service.
GENTLE REMINDER - The period before the service begins is appropriately used as a time of quiet prayer and meditation for many parishioners. If conversation is necessary, please use the lower lobby or Canterbury Room; this will lessen the amount of sound filtering into the sanctuary of the church.
THE HOLY EUCHARIST - Please note that during the 10:00 service there are two chalices. The first chalice to pass is for drinking and the second is for intincting (or dipping). To intinct, please hold the bread in your hand openly until the chalice bearer is in front of you. When the chalice is lowered, lightly dip the bread in the wine and then consume it.
SOUND MATES - Sound Amplifiers are available for those who need them. Please ask a greeter
LARGE PRINT NOTEBOOKS - If you are interested in a large print service bulletin, please contact our Administrative Assistant.
CHILDREN'S WORSHIP BULLETINS (for ages 3-6 and 7-12) are available in the Narthex on the credenza. They are filled with activities that relate to the Gospel reading.
FORWARDS DAY BY DAY DAILY DEVOTIONALS - are available in both regular and large print. They are on the Narthex Credenza. Please consider giving a donation to help defray the costs of these wonderful devotionals. You may place your donation in the same basket as the devotionals $1.00 for regular print and $1.25 for large print.
**** STANDING ANNOUNCEMENTS ****
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS NEEDED: It takes many people to help with our prayer and worship services: Acolytes, Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Eucharistic Visitors, Chalice Bearers, Lectors, Prayer Leaders, Ushers, Greeters, Altar Guild, and Choir are all necessary so that we can pray and worship together. Take a moment and think about how you can take an active role in our prayer and worship. Call or email the parish office to either receive more information or to sign up. You will receive training and support. Training will take place for different groups on different days. After contacting the parish office with your interests, you will be contacted regarding the day and time of training. Keep in mind that assisting in our worship services is a wonderful opportunity to serve God. A description of each is provided below:
Acolytes/Servers - This team functions as acolytes, torchbearers, Crucifers (processional cross bearer) and Gospel bearers. Many go on to become Chalice Bearers or Lay Eucharist Visitors. Children can begin serving as acolytes when they are at least 8 years old and to be a server, children should be at least 12 years old. Several adults are also a vital part of this ministry. Acolytes assist the clergy and other worship leaders with our worship services. Initial and ongoing training is provided. Note: There will be an acolyte training session on Sunday, September 24, following the 10:00 a.m. service. Please let Mother Sarah know you are interested.
Eucharistic Visitors /Chalice Bearers/Lectors and Prayer Leaders assist the clergy in public worship. Chalice Bearers (Lay Eucharistic Ministers) assist by administering consecrated wine. Eucharistic Ministers are approved by the Rector and licensed by the Bishop to assist in serving at the altar during Eucharist. Some go on to be trained as Eucharistic Visitors. Lectors and Prayer Leaders assist in public worship by reading the Word of God and by reading the Prayers of the People.
Greeters are the first faces people see as they walk the path to our open doors. Greeters are there to say hello and to acknowledge new faces. They assure newcomers know where all facilities are located, especially the nursery and rest rooms. Greeters also try to get as much information as possible from newcomers so that we can properly follow-up with additional welcome and make them feel at home here at St. Andrew’s. Our Greeters also help during the service with the collection and with the Holy Eucharist.
Counters work as a team to count, record and deposit the offering – usually serves one time a month.
ALTAR FLOWER CHART is posted in the Narthex for you to sign up to provide altar flowers for the Sunday services. Be sure to write your name, the name of the person/people your are honoring, remembering, celebrating, etc.
CARING FOR OUR OWN - In an effort to reach out to those who are “shut-in” or in need of encouragement, we have provided stamps, note cards, and addresses for you to express your thoughts, encouragement, and prayers. You can find these items on the table in the back of the church. This is a simple, yet powerful, way to show that we care for our own.
GROCERY CART - All items donated are given to the local food pantry for families in need. Thank you for your generosity in filling our grocery cart for the local food pantry. Please continue to fill the cart weekly for the Food Bank's normal distributions.
GENTLY USED CLOTHING BANK - the tubs beside the grocery cart are to collect clean, gently used clothing for those in need. No shoes please. THANK YOU for donating your gently used clothes to St. Andrews. The clothing is appreciated by low income families because we donate it clean and with a nice smell to it.