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Announcements for Week of June 25, 2017

What’s Happening at St. Andrew’s

The Week of June 25, 2017

 

Sun 25th Bob Williams+, Celebrant
Tues 27 Woodcarvers 9:00 AM
ASUMH Cooking Matters 12:30 PM
St. Martha’s Guild  1:00 PM
Wed 28 Stitchers 9:00 AM
ASUMH Cooking Matters 5:00 PM
Fri 30 Prayer Group 12:30 PM

 

June Forum: “Inquire and Renew” will continue to explore our common faith, focusing this Sunday on ‘What Is God Calling You to Do?’ and ‘Spirituality: Created for Prayer’.  Join us during these next two Sundays to be a part of these sessions as we share and learn from each other.

 

Worship Leaders:

July 2 – Bob Williams+, West Plains

July 9 – Bishop Benfield – Confirmation and Reaffirmation

 

Upcoming Events at St. Andrew’s

July 1st –  Supper with the Reverend Canon Jason Alexander and ‘Appreciative Inquiry’.

July 4th Independence Day (Office Closed)

July 5th – Healing Service @ noon

July 5th – Pub Theology

July 8thMen’s Breakfast

July 9thBishop Benfield

July 2017 Laity Schedule

Date
Date Lector Intercessor Chalice Bearers Acolyte Greeter Coffee Altar Guild
07/02

8:00

Mary Waldeck Mary Hazel Sue Windeknecht

Stu Friend

Mary Hazel Steve Cushing

Jo Cushing

Kathy McClellan

Jerre Plunkett

07/02

10:30

Nell Engeler

Bonnie Smith

Mark Buls Rock Engeler

James Loveless

Margaret Weeks Chuck Orvis

Jeff Loveless

Nell Engeler Kathy McClellan

Jerre Plunkett

07/09

8:00

Sue Windeknecht Mary Waldeck Deanna Van Eps

Art Williams

Mary Hazel Bob Novotny

Bonnie Novotny

Kathy McClellan

Jerre Plunkett

07/09

10:30

Shelly Hill

Linda Hipes

Sharon Boatright Rock Engeler

Jeff Loveless

Billy Williams Chuck Orvis

James Loveless

Alyse Wade Kathy McClellan

Jerre Plunkett

07/16

8:00

Kathy McClellan Mary Hazel Sue Windeknecht

Art Williams

Deanna Van Eps Pat Seuling

Gail Alter

Helen Loop, Jeff Loveless, Nancy Williams
07/16

10:30

Nell Engeler

Bill Weeks

Mark Buls James Loveless

Jeff Loveless

Billy Williams Stan Jones

Pat Jones

Helen Loop, Jeff Loveless, Nancy Williams
07/23

8:00

Mary Hazel Gail Alter Mary Waldeck

Art Williams

Wendy Crissman Pat Seuling

Donna Stading

Gail Alter Helen Loop, Jeff Loveless, Nancy Williams
07/23

10:30

April Baily

Pat Jones

Bonnie Smith Nell Engeler

Rock Engeler

James Loveless Jeff Loveless

Elaine Zimny

Helen Loop, Jeff Loveless, Nancy Williams
07/30

8:00

Kathy McClellan Mary Waldeck Stu Friend

Deanna Van Eps

Mary Hazel Bob Novotny

Bonnie Novotny

Joyce Polacek

Pat Seuling

07/30

10:30

Jane Darr

Sharon Boatright

Shelly Hill Nancy Williams

Rock Engeler

Margaret Weeks Stan Jones

Pat Jones

Joyce Polacek

Pat Seuling

Wednesday

07/05

Healing

Nell Engeler April Baily Ray Loop Helen Loop N/A N/A

***Please arrange for your own substitutes, then notify the office of changes.

 

Announcements for Week of June 18, 2017

What’s Happening at St. Andrew’s

The Week of June 18, 2017

Sun 18th Robert Wetherington+ and Betsy Baumgarten+, Camp Mitchell Directors,  Celebrants
Vestry Meeting 4:00 PM
Tues 20 Woodcarvers 9:00 AM
ASUMH Cooking Matters 12:30 PM
Wed 21 Stitchers 9:00 AM
    ASUMH Cooking Matters 5:00 PM
Pub Theology, Arena Grill 5:30 PM
Thur 22 Birthday Party – Bill Harrington

@ Hiram Shaddox

2:30 PM
Fri 23 Prayer Group 12:30 PM
Sat 24 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for All

Hosted by the Men’s Group

5:00 PM

 

June Forum: “Inquire and Renew” will continue to explore our common faith, focusing this Sunday on ‘Faith: Whom do we Trust?’ and ‘Navigating the Church’.  Join us any time to be a part of these sessions as we share and learn from each other.

 

Worship Leaders:

June 18 – Robert Wetherington+ and Betsy Baumgarten+, New Camp Mitchell Directors

June 25 and July 2 – Bob Williams+, West Plains

July 9 – Bishop Benfield – Confirmation and Reaffirmation

 

Upcoming Events at St. Andrew’s

June 25thFood Ingathering

                   Singers of a Simple Song (summer Choir) – all invited

June 27th – St. Martha’s Guild

July 1st –  Supper with the Reverend Canon Jason Alexander and ‘Appreciative Inquiry’.

July 5th – Healing Service @ noon

July 5th – Pub Theology

July 9thBishop Benfield

Announcements for Week of June 11, 2017

What’s Happening at St. Andrew’s

The Week of June 11, 2017

Sun 11th Rev. Anne Carriere, Celebrant  
Mon 12th Audubon Society 1:00 PM
Tues 13th Woodcarvers 9:00 AM
Book Discussion Group Noon  
ASUMH Cooking Matters 12:30 PM
Wed 14th Area Art Club 9:00 AM
Stitchers 9:00 AM
    ASUMH Cooking Matters 5:00 PM
Fri 16th Compassionate Friends Setup 12:00 AM
    Prayer Group 12:30 PM
Sat 17th Compassionate Friends

Rummage Sale

7:00 AM

 

June Forum: “Inquire and Renew” will be the topic during June to prepare us for the Bishop’s visit in July. Whether you are considering being confirmed or want to explore and refresh your faith and participation in The Episcopal Church, please be a part of these sessions as we share and learn from each other.

 

Worship Leaders:

June 11-The Reverend Anne Carriere

June 18 – Robert Wetherington+ and Betsy Baumgarten+, New Camp Mitchell Directors

June 24 and July 2 – Bob Williams+, West Plains

July 9 – Bishop Benfield – Confirmation and Reaffirmation

 

Upcoming Events at St. Andrew’s

June 18, Vestry Meeting, 11:30 AM

June 21, Pub Theology, Arena Grill, 5:30 PM

June 24, Men’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, 5 PM

June 2017 Laity Schedule

Date Lector Intercessor Chalice Bearers Acolyte Greeter Coffee Altar Guild
006/04

8:00

Kathy McClellan Sue Windeknecht Stu Friend

Ray Loop

Helen Loop Steve Cushing

Jo Cushing

Donna Stading

April Baily

06/04

10:30

Linda Hipes

Shelly Hill

April Baily James Loveless

Jeff Loveless

Margaret Weeks Stan Jones

Pat Jones

Darr/Orvis Donna Stading

April Baily

06/11

8:00

Mary Hazel Mary Waldeck Art Williams

Deanna Van Eps

Mary Hazel Roxanne Friend

Donna Stading

Gail Alter Donna Stading

April Baily

06/11

10:30

Mark Buls

Jane Darr

Bill Weeks Rock Engeler

Jerre Plunkett

Billy Williams Elaine Zimny

Mearl Plunkett

Weeks Donna Stading

April Baily

06/18

8:00

Kathy McClellan Gail Alter Stu Friend

Sue Windeknecht

Deanna Van Eps Roxanne Friend

Donna Stading

Sharon Ward
06/18

10:30

Shelly Hill

April Baily

Sharon Boatright Kathy Johnson

Nancy Williams

Billy Williams James Loveless

Jeff Loveless

Pat Jones
06/25

8:00

Mary Waldeck Kathy McClellan Art Williams

Sue Windeknecht

Wendy Crissman Bob Novotny

Bonnie Novotny

Kathy McClellan
06/25

10:30

Margaret Weeks

Mark Buls

Jane Darr Rock Engeler

Nell Engeler

Billy Williams Mearl Plunkett

Jerre Plunkett

April Baily
Wednesday

06/07

Healing

Nell Engeler Gail Alter Ray Loop Helen Loop N/A N/A

***Please arrange for your own substitutes, then notify the office of changes.

 

Upcoming Worship Leaders:

June 4 and 11-The Reverend Anne Carriere

June 18 – Robert Wetherington+ and Betsy Baumgarten+, New Camp Mitchell Directors

June 24 and July 2 – Bob Williams+, West Plains

July 9 – Bishop Benfield – Confirmation and Reaffirmation

Announcement for Week of June 04, 2017

What’s Happening at St. Andrew’s

The Week of June 4, 2017

Sun 4th Rev. Anne Carriere, Celebrant – Pentecost
Tue 6th Wood Carvers 9:00 AM
Citizens for Clean Water 9:00 AM
Wed 7th Stitchers  & Area Art Club 9:00 AM
Healing Service 12 Noon
ASUMH Getting Ahead Class 2:00 PM
Pub Theology 5:30 PM
Thu 8th PEO 11:30 AM
Building/Grounds Committee 3:00 PM
Fri 9th Prayer Group 12:30 PM
Sat 10th Men’s Breakfast 7:30 AM
    Daughters of the King 9:00 AM

June Forum: “Inquire and Renew” will be the topic during June to prepare us for the Bishop’s visit in July. Whether you are considering being confirmed or want to explore and refresh your faith and participation in The Episcopal Church, please be a part of these sessions as we share and learn from each other.

Worship Leaders:

June 4 and 11-The Reverend Anne Carriere

June 18 – Robert Wetherington+ and Betsy Baumgarten+, New Camp Mitchell Directors

June 24 – Bob Williams+, West Plains

July 9 – Bishop Benfield – Confirmation and Reaffirmation

 

Upcoming Events at St. Andrew’s

June 21, Pub Theology, Arena Grill, 5:30 PM

June 22, Lunch and Learn, Noon

June 24, Men’s Dinner

June 25, Vestry Meeting

Announcements for Week of May 21, 2017

What’s Happening at St. Andrew’s

The Week of  May 21, 2017

 

Tues 23 Wood Carvers 9-11:30 AM
St. Martha’s Guild 1:00 PM
Wed 24 Stitchers 9-11:30 AM
Area Art Club 9 AM – 2 PM
Fri 26 Prayer Group 12:30 PM

 

Announcements

Adult Forum:  This week the forum will be led my Kathy McClellan and the discussion topic will be “U.S. AG Sessions Orders Tougher Prison Sentences” from the Wired Word for the Week of May 21, 2017

 

Questions & Answers:  On Sunday, May 28th, Canon Jason Alexander will lead Adult Forum, providing members an opportunity to learn more about the process of calling St. Andrew’s next rector. Please, plan on being present and ready with your questions at 9:15 in Keller Hall.
Graduation Celebration:  David Jackson-Lockyer, our longtime acolyte, is graduating from Mountain Home High School. We want to recognize his achievement and express our appreciation for all his years of service at St. Andrew’s with a celebration after the 10:30 service on May 28th.  Congratulations, David!

Church Picnic:  Save the date for our annual church picnic which will be held at the Bull Shoals Park Pavilion on June 3rd beginning at 5:00 pm.  The Men’s Group will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats.

Episcopal Church Women Summer Quest 2017:

From Friday, June 2, 9:00 am – Sunday, June 4,10:30 am the ECW will host a retreat at Camp Mitchell. The Rev. Amber Carswell, associate priest at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, will be leading a Quiet Day with “Prayer In Pentameter” on Friday. The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, a Minnesota priest and author, will speak on Friday evening and Saturday on the subject, “Strengthening Our Spiritual DNA; The Faith of Our Foremothers.” Lindsay will be joined by her poet-priest husband the Rev. Leonard Freeman who will lead several rounds of the popular Bible Women Game. Register online soon.

Changes to the Bulletin: Beginning in June we will be using preprinted inserts in our bulletin which provide the Collect and Lessons in large print. Church Publishing offers these at about the same cost of printing them ourselves and purchasing them will reduce the amount of time required to prepare our bulletin. The worship committee will work with Carolyn to make other changes in the bulletin to simplify it further. Please be patient with us as we work to create a new, user friendly format.

Lay Ministry Training: Thank you to all who participated in the training sessions held in the past week. These new volunteers are much needed and appreciated.

Coffee Hosts Needed: Please let Carolyn know if you are able to provide this for the June 4th, 8:00 service.

 

Upcoming Events at St. Andrew’s

 

Sunday, May 28, Graduation Celebration

Saturday, June 3, 5 pm

Church Picnic – Bull Shoals Pavilion 1

Sunday, July 9, Bishop Visit

 

Sermon for Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sermon for Easter 5, Year A

May 14, 2017

Acts 7:55-60                     Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16                   1 Peter 2:2-10                      John 14:1-14

In old Jerusalem, there is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  It was one of the first places we visited when I was at St. George’s College. It is a huge structure which houses what is believed by many to be the two most holy sites in Christianity – the place where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid.  There is a shrine built over each of these sites, and whether or not the shrines are built in the actual places where these events occurred,  millions of Christians from all over the world visit this church to remember the death of our Lord.  The church is shared by several denominations and has several chapels within it.

On one of the lower levels there is a window where archeologist found a cracked stone.  The tour guides are now quick to draw it to everyone’s attention as being the stone referred to in scriptures as “the stone that the builders rejected.” In 1st Peter, this stone is said to have “become the very head of the corner.”  Peter is quoting the same verse in Psalm 118, which Jesus quotes while teaching people after he has ridden into Jerusalem on a donkey.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that after Jesus says this, the scribes and the chief priest know Jesus is referring to them.  They want to arrest him on the spot, but fear how the crowd listening to Jesus might respond.  They have rejected Jesus and his teachings in their hearts and minds, and later they will do so publicly with his execution.

So, the tour guides in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher point out the crack in the stone and note that it is located beneath the site, two stories above, where Jesus was crucified.  Jesus is the cornerstone of our salvation, and the cornerstone that the scribes and chief priest have rejected.  To them, Jesus is fatally flawed.  Yet, the Bible is filled with stories of how God chooses the least likely to accomplish what needs to be done.  A young sheep herder goes against Goliath with only a slingshot and some stones, and wins the battle.  A carpenter saves the world with his love, his sacrificial love, not violence.

Jesus is indeed the chief cornerstone that the builders rejected and we are building our faith on him and his love – not only his love for us, but for everyone – friend and foe, family and strangers.

In our readings from Acts today, we hear about Stephen, the first Christian to be martyred. He is stoned to death, and we are told that the coats of those who stoned him are laid at the feet of none other than Saul – who we know as Paul.  It is Paul’s first appearance in the scriptures and one in which he can be identified as an unlikely candidate to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  After that day Saul pursues and persecutes Christians with zeal.

Then, on the road to Damascus, Jesus appears to Saul and asks why Saul is persecuting him.  Saul becomes Paul, and some have suggested there would be no Christian Church without Paul.  It is Paul who spreads the good news of God’s love for us throughout the Roman empire.

And, of course, we have today’s gospel, in which Jesus is preparing his disciples for what is to come.  Jesus tells them he is going to be with his Father and he will prepare a place for them.  Jesus then says, “And you know the place where I am going.”  Thomas replies, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?”  Philip says, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”  Here, Jesus is patient with his disciples – after all his followers are fishermen and a tax collector – an unlikely group of people on which to build Christ’s Church.

Before becoming a priest, I hired a number of people in order to carry out the mission of the home health and hospice programs that employed me.  I would seek the best possible candidates, people who had the strengths I needed.  Today, however, I am thinking about how God has accomplished such great things with the most unlikely people, people that I would have rejected.  Perhaps I am too quick to dismiss people.

The other day I needed to purchase some moving supplies.  The first place I went to was closed with nothing but a note on the door saying it would be open the next day.  I took my business elsewhere, thinking there would be no reason to return there.  Later in the week, however, after learning that neither of the two movers in town could move us on the dates we had available, I decided to go back by that u-haul rental company and ask if they had the names of people who could pack and load the truck for us.  I was thinking I could then drive the truck and arrange help to unload it once there.  I can’t say why I decided to go to that particular store, only that I did.  It was open this time and by the time I was walking out, I knew that God was taking care of us.  I had underestimated the services they had to offer.  It is a full service moving company, as well as U-haul rental agency and they will be moving us to Batesville.

Now, being Mother’s Day, I am reminded of another time in my life when I realized I had underestimated someone.  Growing up, it was my father’s presence which seemed to dominate a room.  His love for everyone regardless of social status, race, or any other characteristic, challenged us to be more loving and accepting of others.  After his death, however, I got to know my mother better and began to see how she had influenced him to become the man he was.

I came to understand my mother as an example of God’s  self-sacrificing love for us.  Some of us can identity this trait with other women who have served as mothers to us.  We cannot over appreciate these women in our lives and the gifts they have given us.  So on this day, I give thanks for our mothers and other women who gave of themselves that we might become the people we are today.

I am also personally thankful for the reminder in today’s scripture that we should not be so quick to judge and dismiss others, or even ourselves, for “the stone that the builders rejected” may indeed “become the very head of the corner.”  God’s Kingdom will come about because God’s love can overcome any flaws in us or others.

Let us pray.

God, our Father, help us to see past the flaws in others and in ourselves and see the potential you see.  Help us, then, to support others that we might truly come to know the way to truth and live.  Accept also, our thanks today for those who have mothered us, seen our potential, and taught us to love.   We offer our prayers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.