THE NETWORK News from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany February 26, 2014
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MARY’S MESSAGE: Sermon Responses
February 9 Rev. Mary’s Sermon The Gospel demands that we fulfill all the commandments before we can be in the Kingdom of Heaven. How does the square with other Gospel passages that stress personal transformation above observance? I think this a classic both/and kind of answer. I think that obeying the commandments with the right intention will lead to transformation and the on-going transformation of our lives will lead to a greater observance of the commandments. The commandments give us a foundation and framework with which to order our lives in accordance with God’s will for us. This attention to living a holy life gives space to the Holy Spirit to transform us. February 16 Fr. Keith’s Sermon I was struck by the stark parallels between the Deuteronomy text and the Gospel passage: life and prosperity, death and adversity” and “Let your word be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ We have choices! February 23 “A courageous sermon that I needed to hear today. Christianity is a radical way of living and truly radical message. Why do we not hear this message every Sunday? Why are we not called to work beyond the sanctuary of our church; to take this bread into a cruel and tired world: How can the community of St. Andrew’s support each other in such ministry?” I’m glad the sermon touched you. I agree with your thoughts 100%. Our homes, workplaces, and leisure activities are the primary places where ministry takes place. Celebrating Eucharist together reminds us of our union with Christ and that as his brothers and sisters we have been commissioned in our baptisms to continue Christ’s ministry of healing, teaching and proclaiming the Good News. That is why I am particularly fond of the dismissal, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” Over the years we have invited people to take their ministry outside the church. One year, for Pentecost, everyone wrote down on red construction paper “tongues of flame” of places they volunteered outside the church. If I recall correctly, over 100 different agencies were listed Bible and book studies and prayer nourish and strengthen us to do God’s work in the world. Our various committees, such as Prisoner Justice, the Empire Haiti Coalition, the Shop, Love Thy Neighborhood Dinner are ways we try to move into serving our communities. Our vestry has just started learning about Missional Church. I think the ideas of MIssional Church address many of your concerns. Last night at Tuesday Eucharist we heard the biography of John Roberts. John Roberts was assigned to minister to the Native Americans in Wyoming. He spent his life learning their culture and their language in order to better minister to them. He earned the peoples’ trust and served as a bridge between the US government and tribal leadership. His life is an excellent example of missional service. I’d love to hear everyone’s ideas on how we can do this better. Not related to the sermon: I suggest that the “resolution of the rectory” be added to the prayer list. If the entire congregation prays faithfully, I think things will be resolved more quickly. Just a thought and a prayer. Thanks for the suggestion. Jennet just added it to the Prayers of the People.
LENTEN BOOK STUDY A Sunday Morning Lenten book group led by Rev Mary will be held on Sundays in Lent from 9:10-9:45am. The book being read is Reflecting the Glory: Meditations for Living Christ’s Life in the World and is available from Amazon.com or you can order it from your local bookstore. The group will begin on Sunday, March 9th. Please obtain the book before the first meeting.
MARDI GRAS The Parish’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will be this Sunday, March 2, the Last Sunday after Epiphany. We gather to celebrate Mardi Gras on the Sunday before Lent begins. Our tradition is to have a festive brunch after the 10:00am Service in Carmichael Hall. The 10am Holy Eucharist will be complete with gospel and blues music! In addition to our own fine musicians, we have the pleasure of hosting Josh Casano. Josh is a classically trained solo acoustic guitar player who does a variety of music and was influenced by Ray Lamontagne, among others. He’ll be performing during the service and for our celebration in Carmichael Hall following the 10am. His website is www.wix.com/kgbaxp/joshcasano, which has tracks and his upcoming performances.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER On Shrove Tuesday, March 4, our Love Thy Neighborhood friends will join us for the annual Pancake Supper as we prepare to begin the Lenten journey the next day, Ash Wednesday. Come and enjoy delicious pancakes, sausage, and other goodies. The fun begins at 5:30pm. If you can volunteer to help, please see Jeff Haugaard or Martha Iannacone.
ASH WEDNESDAY Next Wednesday March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season. Services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:00am, 12:00noon, and 7:00pm. Again this year we will be offering Ashes-to-Go on the front steps of the Church following the 7am and 12 noon services. This articles helps explain more about Ashes to Go: http://ashestogo.org/about/.
GUEST PREACHER On the First Sunday in Lent, March 9, we welcome The Rev. Stuart Hoke as our guest preacher. Fr. Hoke is an Episcopal priest who has served parishes in several states as well as having been on the staff of the General Theological Seminary, one of the Episcopal Church’s seminaries located in NYC. Help us welcome him to St Andrew’s!
ST. ANDREW’S FOR PRISONER JUSTICE The next meeting of St. Andrew’s for Prisoner Justice is Sunday March 9th, after the 10am Holy Eucharist.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS & SOUP SUPPER Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper will be held each Friday in Lent beginning March 7. Beginning at 6:00pm in the Church we will walk the way of the Cross and then enjoy soup and bread supper. Volunteers are needed to help with bringing soup/bread and leading the Stations. Please see Rev. Mary with questions. There will be a sign-up sheet in Carmichael Hall this Sunday.
DAILY DEVOTIONALS Daily Devo is a new daily e-mail devotional from Forward Movement publications. This resource for prayer and reflection is delivered daily to your inbox. Every daily devotion offers a brief meditation on Scripture, a video or images, and a call to action with prayer: Read, Watch, Act, Pray. Albany Via Media has purchased a congregational subscription to daily Devo. They would like to make this resource available to members of St. Andrews. If you would like to have Daily Devo sent to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with your subscription you will receive occasional program announcements from AVM. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, by computer or cell phone, Daily Devo can increase your spiritual health. The email will arrive in your inbox in the morning. You decide when to share, whenever it is convenient for you.
SPACE PLANNING Fr. Richard Vosko, the internationally recognized liturgical architect, will meet with us Monday, March 3 in Children’s Chapel at 7:00pm to help us evaluate our liturgical space in terms of how we want to use it. He will give us tools for use in “discernment, designing, and doing.” Many people have ideas on how better to use our beautiful space, so this consultation with an expert should be a great help.
2014 FLOWER CHART The 2014 Flower Chart is now up on the bulletin board in Carmichael Hall. Members and friends of the parish are invited to make a donation of flowers for Sundays in 2014 by signing up on the chart. Many give flowers in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for an event. The suggested donation is $60/week. The Flower Guild, led by Lorrie Graham, is happy to provide specific color or flower choices as available. Please write legibly on the chart so that correct names may be included in the Sunday leaflet. Thanks!
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS The Coffee Fellowship Host Chart for Epiphany and Lent is now available on the bulletin board in Carmichael Hall. We are looking for individuals or groups to host each Sunday after the 10am Service. Hosting includes arriving early to set up (cups, plates etc), providing goodies and clean up after. The Coffee and Tea will be turned on, and you will assist in getting things set up. If you have questions please speak to John White or Laura Soloway. Thanks! Coffee Hour cannot happen without participation by everyone.
VOLUNTEER WITH HOSPICE Spring 2014 training for Community Hospice volunteers will be held at The Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, beginning March 17. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact 518-724-0295 or email email@example.com.
COMING EVENTS AT ST ANDREW’S
SAVVY SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING WORKSHOP Monday March 10th at 1pm, join special guest speaker Gregory Mengel, MBA, ChFC, CLU, FIC, Wealth Advisor from Thrivent Financial for “SAVVY SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING: What baby boomers need to know to maximize retirement income.” This workshop covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits, including: Five factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits, How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income. This workshop is hosted by Thrivent Financial and your local representative, Paula Christy Heighton. The workshop will be here at St. Andrew’s. Please call Marlene at 518-453-3500 or email Marlene.firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
BEYOND ST ANDREW’S
Coming events in the Diocese of Albany
Building Healthy Relationships Workshop Adirondack Cross Roads Psychology, P.L.L.C. will be presenting a series of workshops on building healthy relationships at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 543 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. The workshops are as follows: –Thursday, March 13 Presenter: Paul Schulze, Janice Benjamin, Bruce Tamlyn, Sandra Hanley Twelve Key Ideas for a Satisfying Relationship The workshops are free, though a free will offering will be taken. For more information or to register, please call Lisa at Adirondack Cross Roads Psychology at (518) 798-2088. Please note that there is no expectation for anyone to share anything about themselves in this workshop series. The workshop series is designed to give each person/couple a number of practical and useful skills for enhancing their relationships.
Coming events from Cornerstone Ministry
BAKESALE HERE AT ST. ANDREW’S The Cornerstone Campus Ministry will have one of their great Bake Sales to support their ministries on Sunday, March 2 at the Coffee Hour after the 10am Service.
Coming Events from Capital Region Theological Center
Finding Sacred Common Ground: Three Abrahamic Traditions Christianity, Judaism and Islam all spring from the life and faith of a revered Father Abraham. Yet over the years, generations have come to different understandings about how to express the faith we have received from this great ancestor. We live in a time in which we desire to understand and connect with others of different traditions. But why engage in Interfaith relations? Could Christians become productive partners in building spiritual affinities? What are the challenges? What are the benefits? Professor Landau will help us consider both the challenges and the opportunities involved when we seek to come together with those of other faith traditions. Explore the tensions and possibilities for cooperation that exist in Jewish-Muslim relations. Consider ways that we can begin to promote Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and build lasting Abrahamic partnerships. Professor Landau will guide us through ways of greater understanding, offering tools to foster constructive conversation, build trust, and pave the way for new advances in Interfaith relationships. Course Dates: 03/13/2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; 03/14/2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Early Registration: 02/14/2014; Registration Deadline: 02/26/2014 Cost: $150 by Feb. 14; $165 thereafter. Location: Congregation Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenctady, NY 12309
Register by phone at 518-462-2470. Watch our website and our Facebook page for information on these and many other upcoming courses. Scholarships and group discounts available for most classes. New Discount! Bring someone new to CRTC – you both attend for ½ price!
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