THE NETWORK September 2011 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ St. Andrew’s mission is to create a growing community of Christian faith where we worship through word and sacrament; recognize and experience God’s grace for all and are nourished to serve and minister to others. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This month’s cover article is about the Stewardship extravagant giver! Campaign. Sometimes when I feel a loss for words, I ask God By now I hope you have had the chance to look to help me by leading me to a quote from someone through the Stewardship package and are taking the else to explain what I feel and think. I found this time to prayerfully decide what your commitment quote from one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, to the Mission and Ministries of St. Andrew's can and I'd like to share it with you. be for October, 2011 to December, 2012. (The “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought reason this is a 15 month pledge period is because to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give we are "resetting" the pledges to determine if we more than we can spare. In other words, if our can bring Fr. Paul and Lucas to full time expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, positions.) If you have already returned your etc., is up to the standard common among those commitment card in the mail, my heartfelt thanks. with the same income as our own, we are probably We are asking that all cards be returned by Aug. giving away too little. If our charities do not at all 28. If we haven't received your card by Aug. 31, pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too someone from the Stewardship committee will small. There ought to be things we should like to do follow up with you. We sincerely hope that and cannot do because our charitable expenditures everyone who received a Stewardship package will excludes them.” — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), return a card even if the only box you can check is English author and scholar that you will pray for St. Andrew's. Blessings to all, For me, stewardship is the acknowledgment that Kathy Andres, Stewardship Chair God is the owner of everything and I am merely Weekly Worship Schedule His manager. I find it easier to give when I think about all the blessings in my life and the more I Sunday 8:00 a.m. Spoken Holy Eucharist give, the more I am blessed. Often I have 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist conversations about how much a person should Wednesday 12:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist give. I believe everyone can give something (remember the story of the Widow's mite) and it is Please help us with our liturgy on Sunday. We are important to start somewhere. Take baby steps if asking that parishioners kindly wait to enter the you need to. Start by giving even a small amount nave (church) during Scripture readings, prayers regularly, then learn to give proportionally and sermon until they are completed. Your help is increasing gradually to a full tithe, and eventually greatly appreciated! you will want to go beyond the tithe and become an Website updates: Vaughan for more information – and also the article Photos from the Picnic at Diane’s Farm have been further down in this newsletter. added to the website Sunday September 11th @ 10:00am – Homecoming http://www.standrewspickerington.com Sunday Kevin Blest & Richard Hollinger Homecoming Sunday, September 11th: Volunteers Needed: This year our annual Homecoming will be celebrated on Acolytes: St. Andrew’s has a STRONG need for Sept. 11, following the 10:00 AM service. It is a Acolytes at this time. Currently, we only have 6 wonderful time to welcome everyone back from their Acolytes on the schedule. Adults and children in 5th summer holidays, catch up on church news, and become grade or above are more than welcome to volunteer. acquainted with any new members that have joined the Please contact Fr. Paul if you are interested. St. Andrew’s family. St. Andrew’s Facebook page: Our celebration will begin immediately following the St. Andrew’s Facebook page has been deactivated. The worship service with a fellowship dinner. The Facebook page was not being updated on a consistent Hospitality Chairs have planned a delicious meal and basis, and nobody knew who was moderating it. We will need your help preparing the various recipes, as would LOVE to get the page back up and running, but well as serving the dinner and cleaning up. There is a we need a Facebook Page Manager. We would also be sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex listing the co-moderators (posting photos that we have been sent various areas help is needed and copies of the recipes for the newsletter). What the Facebook Page Manager we will be serving. would be mostly responsible for is updating the status Please check the list and sign up to help in some way message and making sure the News Feed posts are (we are not opposed to anyone signing up in more than appropriate for a “Church” page. If interested, please one area - preparing a recipe, helping to serve). If you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org are unable to help at this time, we warmly invite you to Thank you. Kevin Blest & Richard Hollinger join us to partake of the meal, your presence is always Family Photo Wall: welcome and important to us. If your photo is not on the wall in the Parish Hall, please Thanks for your help. If anyone has any inquiries or contact Julie Czapla to arrange a time to have your questions, please contact: picture taken, or if you already have a photo that you Sharon Parham (614-829-6121) would like posted on the wall, please get the photo to Sandy Heren (740-927-3977) Fr. Paul. Diane Tussing (740-862-4007) News from the Knitting Ministry: Foyer Groups: The Knitting Ministry of St. Andrew’s quietly continues its work by providing items such as handmade prayer The word foyer comes from a French word for shawls to so many in our parish and beyond. Please hearthside. consider being a part of this vital ministry. Even if you don’t know how to knit, that’s okay – we will teach you. The foyer group movement was started in England and Please see Joan Deisler for more information. is continued in many Episcopal parishes. For generations, Episcopalians in America have welcomed Happy Birthday to: Matthew Weibel 9/1 old friends and newcomers to gather in our homes to Maggie McCarty 9/1 celebrate a meal. Sharon Parham 9/6 What are Foyer Groups? Lucas Weiss 9/7 Make-up Rich Goehring 9/7 They are small groups of 6-10 persons sharing simple Mary Patterson 9/9 meals and fellowship. Joe Cessna 9/12 Kevin Blest 9/14 Groups are made up of singles, couples, young people, Anna Steffenson-Ross 9/19 retired folks, etc., in other words a cross section of the Justin Gartin 9/22 parish. Derek Knoblauch 9/23 The groups are put together randomly in order to add an Tim Vaughan 9/22 element of spontaneity, such that each of us might have Louise Young 9/26 the opportunity to get to know others in the parish who Dates to Remember: may be outside our normal circle of acquaintance. Saturday September 10th – 8:30am – 4pm A.C.T.S. Newcomers to the parish are especially invited to join Pickerington Sign up in the Narthex, and see Tim one of the groups. Purpose family is encouraged to personalize their The purpose is to provide a fun opportunity for our hosting turn according to their interests. Just parish family to mix and meet each other and become chatting and nibbling is fine too!!! better acquainted on a regular but informal basis for Whether, the gatherings are “grown-ups only” purely social reasons. or “include kids”, is largely left to the - to enjoy one another’s company individual group. Hosting a meal for just the - to develop new friendships and deepen old ones adults allows for undistracted conversations, - to have casual fellowship and a refreshing meal while including children unquestionably livens Out of the meetings, friendships develop among people up the evening. The groups should also be who might not have any other opportunity to meet and mindful that some homes are no longer “child get to know each other. proof”, causing unnecessary anxiety for both Foyer Groups are not a House Beautiful tour, they’re parents and hosts. The group should attempt to not a Martha Stewart showcase, and they’re not an Iron strike a comfortable balance. Chef cooking competition. Time Frame They are casual gatherings where the focus is on This session has the sign-up in August and runs fellowship and friendship, conversation and September-December. Some decide to move the last conviviality. We meet each other where we live, and meeting to January due to Christmas schedules. accept our surroundings as they are just as God does. The next session sign-up is in January and runs from Format February-May. Each group meets monthly for four consecutive months for a simple meal and relaxed Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!!! conversation in the homes of members. Susanne Steffensen Each group sets their own schedule of when to A.C.T.S. Pickerington: meet. It is advised to bring calendars to the Tim Vaughan contributed this article, describing what dinners to determine the next meeting. A.C.T.S. is: The meetings last around two to two and one- A New Outreach Opportunity half hours. Recently St Andrew’s was approached to participate in Typically, the host provides the main course a new outreach opportunity here in Pickerington. It is and beverages while the other members fill in entitled the rest of the meal such as appetizer, bread, ACTS in Pickerington salad, side dish, and/or dessert. ACTS stands for Active Christians Transforming There are several alternatives to a sit-down Society. It is about coming together from many dinner. You could plan a menu of finger- and different churches to reach out into our local fork-food that can be eaten from plates held on community. laps while sitting on sofas, chairs, or the floor… This is based on a similar movement in Grove City, to or arrange for the group to meet at a local get as many churches as possible to come together to buffet-style restaurant, or reserve the picnic area perform community outreach within a specific at a county park and host a cookout. community. The primary goal of Foyer Groups is to extend The movement in Pickerington is being spearheaded by and deepen ties within the parish by giving 3C Church. Together with us, Grace Lutheran, people a chance to get to know one another Sycamore Creek, Epiphany Lutheran and Seton Parish, the community is going to do a two prong project on better, and that is most easily accomplished Saturday Sept 10, from 8:30 am until 4pm. You do not through conversation. There is no requirement need to commit for the whole day, two or three hours for structured debate or religious experience would be greatly welcomed. (well, it would be nice if you say grace before The first prong is baking (something we do well). We eating!). However, if the group is so inclined, will come together with baked goods, package them up you could play a party game after dinner, or you and deliver them along with notes from all of us to those could arrange to attend a movie together and who serve our community, including the three fire then discuss it afterward over the meal. Each stations, the police, and the Sheriff’s Department, to say southern coast in San Pedro de Macorís in the thank you for serving. Dominican Republic. They try to send updates on a The second prong is to help out in our community monthly basis whenever possible. Here is their August parks. This prong is divided into three sections. message: One- Painting. The shelters in both Sycamore Park and Lessons from a birthday party Victory park, benches, equipment, etc. Santa slowly said, “Bien” [“Good” in English], Two – landscaping. This includes cleaning up the with a bemused and somewhat mischievous expression - unruly shrubs and weeds, trimming back trees and an expression that means she has more to say. bushes. Santa and Maximinia, the Clinic’s community health coordinators, had completed a series of Three – Carpentry. Both the shelters need some minor workshops for the 13 community health promoter repairs and the roof on the gazebo in downtown groups. I had asked Santa how the workshops had gone. Pickerington needs to be replaced. The workshop topic was about planning projects, setting We would like to have a least ten people from each goals, developing objectives and aims, doing church participating. If you feel called to do any of the monitoring, and making evaluations - generally a dull four sections, please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the and boring topic. Narthex or see myself or Father Paul for further Of course, the health promoters use goals and information. If you are interested in being a project objectives, monitor progress, and evaluate results all the chair in any of these areas, please let me know. This is time in their daily lives - but they don’t use that formal not only a great opportunity to serve our community, terminology. Thinking about a birthday party (goal = but also to interact with other churches in the area. please the birthday girl or boy), Santa and Maximinia can illustrate all the concepts (even including the The hope is to get other churches involved by setting the evaluation: quantitative = how many people came to the example. This is a once a year project and we are party? or qualitative = is the birthday girl or boy looking at next June 23 or 30 for a bigger undertaking. happy?). It has been a clever and engaging teaching Going into people’s homes who are disabled or elderly method that makes the ideas easy to grasp within the who might needs some minor home repairs or health promoters’ everyday experiences. landscaping, helping those who cannot help themselves, At the end of the workshop, the health branching out throughout the community to serve as promoters split into small groups to design a “practice God has called us, to be his hands and feet. project” for their community complete with goals, Youth Retreats: objectives, and a monitoring and evaluation plan. Genesis 9 – December 9-11th, 2011 – a junior high Now back to Santa who continued, “The health retreat, and the cost is $35 promoters have left these workshop with a set of Exodus 9 – March 30th-April 1st 2012 – a senior high realistic and doable project outlines for real health retreat problems in their communities - cholera, mosquitoes, More information can be found on problems with health department services, water http://youth.diosohio.org/ drainage - and they are excited about their ideas! This is going to be very interesting to watch.” Recycling News: These recent workshops (more than previous Annual Report for 2011 ones on topics like diarrhea or vaccinations) equip the Month Name Tons Total health promoters to plan and develop programs for their January 0.89 4.45 communities. It is another step toward their autonomy February 0.91 4.55 and self-actualization - a step they seem ready to take. March 1.43 7.15 This is going to be interesting. April 1.05 5.25 Keep praying, Michael May .88 4.40 Community Page June 1.04 5.20 This page will be used for announcing anything July .97 4.85 community related, not necessarily church-related. Total: 7.17 $35.85 C’mon, we can do better than that! Guitar Lessons: Bill Barker is volunteering to give guitar lessons on Message from the Dohn’s: Wednesday at 6pm for about a half-hour at St. For those of you who are not aware, Anita and Michael Andrew’s. The cost is $10 a session. For more Dohn are physicians serving as SAMS missionaries information, please contact Bill Barker at 614-920- with La Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana at the diocesan 9316. Clínica Esperanza y Caridad. They live along the Thank you note from PFC Philip Arthur: Job Seekers & Networking: Dear St. Andrews: Thank you so much for the nice Connecting People and Jobs package. It was a good surprise and very much By Richelle Thompson appreciated. Its always nice to get stuff from back This forum is designed to allow job-seekers and home. I appreiate your kind gesture and prayers during employers to connect. Job seekers are encouraged to this difficult time for me and my family. My unit is post 2-3 paragraphs about their skills and the type of slowly starting to come back from Iraq and all have jobs they are seeking. Include an e-mail in the text of returned safe. Once I return to Ohio, I will be sure to your comments so a potential employer has contact visit St. Andrews with Julie, Jon and the boys. Take information. Employers: Post job openings here -- or Care and God Bless, PFC Philip Arthur, Fort Hood share information about employment opportunities. Texas (Brother of Julie Czapla) Job Blog: see Diocesan Website Episcopal Relief and Development program: http://www.diosohio.org/What we Netsforlife – Healing a hurting world do/jobsnetworking.html If your next door neighbor or family member was dying and you have the means to do something. Would you? I Keep in mind: (also mentioned earlier in the bet you would. What if it is someone you don’t know, newsletter) would you help? I bet you would too. Most human The Outreach Program – we still need school supplies beings are honest and decent people, willing to help – please try to bring them to Church. The boxes may be people in need. Sometimes, we can only watch collected within the next couple weeks. The list of helplessly as a loved one is taken away from us in an school supplies needed, and what has already been untimely fashion. But here is an opportunity to do collected, can be found on St. Andrew’s website at something. http://www.standrewspickerington.com/Outreach.html Fact: Nearly one million (1,000,000) people die yearly Acolytes are still needed – Adults and children in 5th of Malaria fever grade or above are more than welcome to volunteer. Fact: Approximately 3.3 billion (yes, billion with a “B”) Please contact Fr. Paul if you are interested. people live in areas where Malaria is a constant threat. Fact: 90 per cent of all malaria death occur in Africa Photos for Parish Wall: If you need a photo taken, Fact: Most of these deaths are children under five years please contact Julie Czapla. If you already have a photo of age. you would like to contribute, please give the photo to Fact: Malaria can be cured with prompt diagnosis and Fr. Paul. proper treatment but most people who are affected have no access to proper healthcare. E-mail list: Currently, we send out the newsletter and several This is where we as God-loving Episcopalians come in. announcements during the week via e-mail. If you are This is an instance we can help to prevent unnecessary currently getting the newsletter via e-mail, and would death. This is one area we don’t have to stand by prefer getting a printed copy, please let us know so we helplessly, while people die. Netsforlife is a program can make sure your name gets on the mailing list for a where the Episcopal Relief and Development partners printed copy. Now is the time to make the change with other organizations to eradicate malaria. Yes, before the holidays arrive. Send us a quick e-mail at prevention is key but Netforlife cannot do it alone. The email@example.com if you would prefer goal is to deliver seven million nets over three years to getting a printed copy of the newsletter. Thank you. people in areas where the disease is prevalent. Richard Hollinger & Kevin Blest Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that kills over 3000 people every day. If this was to happen in the US, this would be a pandemic. There would be general panic and We hope everyone had a happy and safe people would want something done about it. Yet, we go summer. At this time, we remember our about our own way, unaware of the vast number of people who die every day, every year from this terrible servicemen, at home and abroad, and give but preventable disease. comfort to the families with the knowledge that we keep our Servicemen at home and To learn more about Netsforlife, please visit abroad in our thoughts and prayers at all http://www.netsforlifeafrica.org/ . A little goes a long way. times.
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