The Network March 5, 2014

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THE NETWORK                                                                              News from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany March 5, 2014
In This Issue

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Fr. Stuart Hoke
  • Lenten Book Study
  • Daylight Savings Reminder
  • St. Andrew’s for Prisoner Justice
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Thank you
  • Daily Devotionals
  • Easter Flowers 
  • Lent Study with the Scotts
  • Safeguarding God’s Children

​Upcoming Events

  • Savvy Social Security Workshop
  • A Different Kind of Conversation
  • Damien Center Dinner
  • Children’s Chapel

​Beyond St. Andrew’s

  • Episcopal Diocese of Albany
  • Diocese of Central NY
  • Capital Area Council of Churches
  • Capital Region Theological Center

This Week at St. Andrew’s
Office hours Monday-Friday 9am-12pm

Wednesday March 5 ASH WEDNESDAY 12pm Ash Wednesday Service 7pm Ash Wednesday Service
Thursday March 6
Friday March 7 6:00pm Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper
Saturday March 8 10:00am-1:00pm Shop Open
Sunday March 9 8:00am Holy Eucharist 9:10am Lenten Book Group 9:40am Prayerful Reflection 9:45am Sunday School 10:00am Holy Eucharist 11:15am Prisoner Justice Meeting 11:20am Youth Group
Monday March 10
Tuesday March 11 10am-3pm Shop Open 6:30pm Holy Eucharist 7:15pm EFM Class


(3/9-3/15):  John DeGraff, Jr., Jim Jackson, Chelsea Lillpopp, Rich Angelo, Silas Elliott, Cliff Prewencki
Anniversaries  (3/9-3/15):  

Healing Prayer List: Bob, Barb, Leslie

If we missed your birthday or anniversary, please let us know so we can update our records and wish you God’s blessings on your occasion. Thank you! 

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Today 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:

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke will speak at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, March 8 at 2:00pm concerning Shelter from the Stormy Blast: Reflections on Christian Community Post 9/11.  The talk is sponsored by Albany Via Media.  We are meeting upstairs in the Children’s Chapel.  All are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.
This Sunday, 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!
Donations to help cover Fr. Hoke’s expenses are very welcome. Please write a check to St. Andrew’s with Fr. Hoke’s name on the memo line.

book coverLENTEN 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 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.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS DAY REMINDER Remember to “spring forward” this Saturday night for Daylight Savings time!

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.

LENTEN PRAYER TABLE During Lent there is a Prayer Table at the rear of the Church, in the corner. There you may sit or kneel for a moment of prayer. Votive candles are provided for you to light as you offer a prayer. We encourage you to visit the prayer table on Sunday or whenever the church is open. Thanks to the Worship committee and Cynde Schwartz for arranging this prayer opportunity.

LENTEN SCHEDULE Our Lenten Schedule is now available in the Lenten Brochures found on the tables by the doors and the Lenten Resource Table in the hallway by Carmichael Hall. There are many ways to enhance your spiritual life during Lent. Examples include prayer, study, and giving. Our Focus Food Pantry baskets are always looking for donations. Why not make it part of your Lenten discipline to bring a few cans of food each week to church. The Episcopal Relief and Development HOPE Chest boxes are also a good Lenten discipline. Take one with you today!

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.

THANK YOUS Thank you to Mary Gregg and all others who helped set-up, serve, clean-up, and brought food for our Mardi Gras Party last Sunday! Much thanks always to Jeff Haugaard and volunteers for another wonderful community dinner, this time for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.

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  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.

IMAG0727EASTER FLOWERS Easter Flower donation envelopes are on the tables by the doors. Members of the congregation like to donate for the Easter floral decorations each year in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for a significant event. Please print legibly on the envelopes and return them to the Church Office. Any and all donations are accepted. Names are printed in the Easter Day bulletin. Thanks!

LENT STUDY: HOW CAN WE MAKE ROOM FOR GOD? Lent is a time of the church year when we are offered an opportunity to set aside time to think and pray about our journey with God. Each day we are offered unlimited possibilities to experience the presence of God in all that we do. Come and join us in sharing our spiritual time line as well as how God is working in our daily life. It is through sharing our stories that our faith grows. We will meet on Monday nights during Lent at the Scott’s house in Delmar. We will meet from 7-8:30pm. March 10, 24 and April 7. Please bring a notebook. Email or call us if you would like to join us. Call Mary and Keith Scott for more information.

SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN We are offering two different sessions of Safeguarding God’s Children here at St. Andrew’s. The first session is Sunday March 30th after the 10am Holy Eucharist. The second session is on Saturday April 5th at 10am. Each training will be held in the Gerber Library and is required of anyone who works with children at the church. You need to complete a training session every three years. Please let the Parish Office know if you will be attending.


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 to reserve a spot.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONVERSATION Do you want to explore your personal faith as part of a diverse and accepting community? Are you looking for a safe place to ask tough questions about God, Christianity and the church? Would you like to try a different type of service? Join us for a monthly gathering of prayer, song, discussion, and sometimes snacks. Usually we meet after the Love Thy Neighborhood Dinner, but this month’s dinner is on Shrove Tuesday with a Pancake Supper (March 4). We will still meet on the third Thursday of March (March 20) at 6:45pm, here at St. Andrew’s.
DAMIEN CENTER DINNER St. Andrew’s will be hosting the Damien Center Dinner at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 29th at 5pm. We need volunteers to donate either appetizers or desserts and/or to help out serving at the dinner. The Damien Center serves those who are living with HIV/AIDS in the Capital District. Please sign up on the Outreach Project Board in the foyer of Carmichael Hall by the coat room or speak to Steve Iannacone who coordinates the dinner.   CHILDREN’S CHAPEL On Sunday March 30th at 9:45am, we will have Family Eucharist in the Children’s Chapel, with a family Stations of the Cross.


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 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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