THE NETWORK News from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany April 9, 2014
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Beyond St. Andrew’s
This Week at St. Andrew’s
Office hours Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
Wed. April 9
Birthdays (4/13-19): Jason Prest, Andrew Gregg
Healing Prayer List: Vil, Judith, Bill H.
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MARY’S MESSAGE Dear Friends,
On Ash Wednesday you were invited to the observance of a Holy Lent. Now I invite you to the observance of Holy Week. Beginning on Palm Sunday, we are invited to take the time to reverently recall the path Jesus followed from Palm Sunday, to the solemnity of Maundy Thursday, to the grief of Good Friday. Then on Easter morning we will celebrate Jesus’ victory over death and evil. Since we are baptized into Christ, his story is our story. We ritually commemorate these most sacred events every year in Word and Sacrament. Give yourself the gift this week of leaving kronos time and entering kairos time. Participating in remembering the events of Jesus’ road to death and resurrection can help us remember who we are and how we are to live.
May you have a blessed Holy Week. Mary+
Monday-Wednesday April 14,15,16
Maundy Thursday April 17
Good Friday April 18
Holy Saturday April 19
EASTER DAY April 20
SPRING SPRUCE-UP DAY To prepare for the Easter season we will gather on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 9:00am. The Altar Guild and helpers will polish and clean the brass and silver, as well as strip and ready the palms for Palm Sunday. Others are needed to wipe down pews and woodwork. Coffee and goodies will be available.
Environmental Stations of the Cross We have much to celebrate in our lives of faith, but also much to grieve. The commemoration of Christ’s Passion is our opportunity each year to take stock of the many ways we have broken covenant with God and have acted selfishly, seeking to secure our own power and material advantage at the expense of the well-being, not just of our fellow humans, but of the whole of creation. On Sunday April 13th at 5:00pm, we will retrace Christ’s step, by following the biblical record of his Passion in nine Stations. Each station will frame of Christ’s crucifixion into our own time and set it more inclusively, so that each station will also commemorate a significant breaking of our covenant with the entire family of God’s creation, human and non-human. In praying each station, it is our hope that we may find the courage and the power to become agents of healing throughout our world.
HELPERS NEEDED Tenebrae Helpers! If you are interested in extinguishing one of the candles during the service, please let Joseph Eppink know. We also need Environmental Stations of the Cross Readers – If you would like to read during one of the station of the cross readings on Sunday afternoon, please let Joseph Eppink know – email@example.com – 301.3345.
MAUNDY THURSDAY On Maundy Thursday, following the Eucharist in the Church, we gather for the Agape Meal in Carmichael Hall. It is a simple meal of soup, bread, and fruit. All are welcome to join us. In our Chapel, the Prayer Vigil, known sometimes as “the Watch” is held until 10pm. We are asked to come and sit in prayer as we remember the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. You may come at any time and stay as long as you like or can.
TENEBRAE Friday April 18th at 7:00pm. Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness.” The gradual extinction of all lights in the church throughout the service symbolizes the temporary triumph of the prince of darkness over the Light of the World. The loud noise at the conclusion of the service suggests the earthquake described in the Passion narratives. The single candle left burning is the symbol and promise of Christ’s triumph over death and darkness.
ECUMENICAL GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE The Capital Area Council of Churches Ecumenical Good Friday Service will be held on Friday, April 18 at 12noon at Mater Christi Roman Catholic Church on New Scotland Avenue. The theme will be “Forgiveness… at the Cross and Elsewhere.” All are welcomed.
EASTER BELLS Bring bells to the Easter service for ringing during the Gloria!
ST. ANDREW’S CHANCEL CHOIR The St. Andrews Chancel Choir will be performing with Holy Names Academy and the CSR Women’s Chorale on April 27 at 7:00pm. The concert will be held in the recital hall in the Massry Fine Arts Center. This is the building across from St. Andrews with the green roof and multiple windows. Parking is available directly behind the building.
EASTER BRUNCH Our tradition at St Andrew’s is a festive brunch on Easter morning between the 8 and 10am Services. We need volunteers to cook scrumptious Easter delights, to decorate Carmichael Hall in pastel hues of spring, and, of course, to help clean up when the festivities are over. John White will be coordinating this year. Parishoners are invited to help by bringing food items to share in the brunch. There is a sign up list on the bulletin board in Carmichael Hall or you may speak to John White about how you can help out.
REFLECTIONS ON HOLY WEEK AND EASTER What does Holy Week mean to you? -Travel to the dark side (facing painful parts of life with courage, love, and trusting the dance) -The reenactment of our core existence as Christians. We rehearse our salvation as a people. -A journey of faith along with the Lord in real time! -The time to experience the central acts of our faith. My favorite church time is the chance to live the Passion, let it sink in and remember what God did for me. -Holy Week is a very spiritual week for me. It is a special time that is somber and serious. The best word to use is reflection. It is a time to remember how Jesus suffered for us and our sins. It is a time of fast and prayer. -It means preparing and being ready to symbolically receive the joy of Easter: the good news of the Resurrection. What does Easter mean to you? -Light at the end of the dark tunnel; joy -New Life, New Creation; Colossians 3:1-4; Prioritize; God is revealing God’s self to us; Through the Red Sea brought at last; Alleluia. Created anew. -Resurrection; new life; butterflies, eggs, flowers -The high point of the year -Joyful! Easter season is a celebration. We are forgiven. There is opportunity for new life and growth. -Celebrating the Resurrection and being a joyful child of God.
NEW STOVE COLLECTION We are collecting monetary donations to cover the cost of a new stove in our parish kitchen. The new stove is just the thing we needed to better keep up with our neighborhood dinner and other community outreach projects.
MINISTRY VOLUNTEER POSSIBILITIES Our newly updated Ministry Volunteer board is up in Carmichael Hall. There are lots of ministry areas where you can volunteer to help out in the life of the parish, from worship ministries to outreach. Take a look and see where you can help!
ISO: DIAPER CHANGING TABLE Dad’s change diapers, too! A changing table in good condition is needed for the Men’s Room. If you have one in good shape to donate, please call the church office.
CHOIR REHEARSALS Please note the following choir rehearsal dates: Sunday April 13th 4:30pm, Thursday April 17th at 5:15pm, Friday April 18th at 6pm, and Sunday April 20th at 7:20am.
PARKING PERMITS Parking permits for the church lot are available during office hours.
NOTE TO FLOWER GUILD Just a reminder that Flower Guild will be meeting at 11am on Saturday April 19th (the day before Easter) in the church to arrange Easter Flowers.
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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS & SOUP SUPPER Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper will be held each Friday in Lent. 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 is a sign-up sheet in Carmichael Hall.
EASTER 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!
COMING EVENTS AT ST ANDREW’S
LOVE THY NEIGHBORHOOD DINNER Thursday April 24th at 5:30 is our April monthly community dinner! Join us for food and fellowship as we welcome our community into St. Andrew’s.
BEYOND ST ANDREW’S
JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM The Jubilate Singers and Orchestra, conducted by Ralph C. Schultz, will be performing “Journey To Jerusalem, featuring John Rutter’s Magnificat” on Sunday April 13th at 7:00pm. Soloists are Tess Torreggiani and Diane Mineau. The concert is at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 85 Elm Avenue, Delmar. Ticket prices are adults $15, seniors and students $10, children 12 and under free. Reservations suggested: 478-9476.
Coming Events from
The Episcopal Diocese of Albany
Thomas Cole Art Show St. Luke’s Church, 50 William Street, Catskill, NY 12414 is hosting a juried art show on Saturday, May 10th to celebrate the life and work of Thomas Cole, artist and member of St. Luke’s. The show will have two categories, religious art in the style of Thomas Cole and an open category. There is no entry fee. You can download more information by clicking here, or you may e-mail the show organizer, Madeline Behrmann, by clicking here.
A Parish Nurse/Health Minister Course is being offered by the Albany Diocese Health Ministry on May 14th – 18th at Serenity House, Glen Lake, NY. This Course offers the tools to nurses and health ministers who want a Health Ministry in their Parish. For more information please contact Dcn. Micki Thomas by phone at 518-692-2753 or you may e-mail her by clicking here.
Coming Events from
Capital Region Theological Center
CRTC DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER! The Evolution of the Gospel, with David Sloan Wilson, Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, 9am-4pm, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Albany. Most people in America agree that religion, as we know it, is changing. What exactly is religion and why is it such an integral part of human nature? What will it look like in coming decades? Explore the way religions and cultures co-evolve, for good or ill. $150 by March 28; $165 thereafter. Reg. Deadline: April 9.
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!
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Albany, New York Call us at 489-4747 Parish Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am – 12:00pm www.standrewsalbany.org
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