Monday, March 20, 2017

Marathon Sunday: A meaningful worship experience and time of fellowship

On the morning of March 12, the One City Marathon closed roads at St. Andrew's, so instead of our usual morning services, we gathered all together at one service at 5 p.m. that evening. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time! How nice it was to have everyone together for this special gathering. Over 80 people were there; the mood was relaxed and no one was in a hurry to get home. We were enjoying each other's company that much.

Our rector, Anne, led us on an enlightening journey through the story of Nicodemus, from the Gospel of John. Music Minister Brad Norris and Doug Burgoyne led the music, and the Rev. Carol Chamberlain celebrated the Eucharist. The service was followed by an Italian feast from Anna's Restaurant here in Hilton Village. 

 A special thank you to Judy Carey and Nora Ann Lambiotte for chairing the supper portion of the evening. Thanks to everyone who came out on a cold, blustery night to try something different. You are what made the evening a success!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Staff changes at St. Andrew's

Dear Friends,
Greetings and blessings to you in this holy season of Lent.
Thank you all, so very much, for your ongoing graciousness and patience as I continue to learn the ropes here at St. Andrew's.  There is a lot happening in our life right now, especially in terms of staffing.  I'm writing to share important news about some upcoming staff changes here at St. Andrew's.

Our beloved friend and priest, the Rev. Dick Holley, has decided to retire on March 31.  For many years Dick has carried out a loving, faithful ministry of pastoral care for St. Andrew's parishioners, especially those who are homebound.  Dick will continue to hold a monthly service of Holy Eucharist at The Chesapeake.  The other clergy and I will work together with the Pastoral Care Team to provide ongoing care for the folks whom Dick was visiting. 

We will be celebrating and giving thanks for Dick's ministry on Sunday, April 2, when we will hold a festive coffee hour in Dick's honor immediately following the 10:30 AM service.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for that celebration.

Meanwhile, the wardens and vestry and I have begun the process of crafting a job description for a full-time Assistant Rector whose primary job responsibility will be Christian Formation for Children and Youth. Bringing on a full-time Assistant Rector necessitates making changes to our current staffing:
  • Elizabeth Koerner and Jennifer Kimball, both of whom were called as interims, will be transitioning out of their roles.  Individually and together, they have done a fabulous job keeping our Christian Formation programs for all ages running smoothly. 
  • Travis, our gifted assisting priest, will start working full-time at Patriots Colony while continuing to preach and celebrate periodically here at St. Andrew's. 
No specific end dates have been set for Elizabeth, Jen, and Travis. I will continue to be in conversation with them to determine the best timing for each person's situation.  I am so grateful to these three incredibly talented women for their faithful ministry-and for the ongoing opportunity to work with them in the coming weeks and months until our new person is on board.  Our goal is to have the new full time clergy person in place prior to the start of the fall program year.  We are hoping to hire someone who has just graduated from seminary.  The wardens and I will keep you posted about the search process as we proceed.

Every time the staff gathers for our Wednesday morning meeting, I am reminded anew how very blessed St. Andrew's is to be served by such a competent, faithful team of people.  It is a special blessing to share ministry with so many wonderful clergy.  I've had people ask me why there are so many clergy at St. Andrew's.  The answer is: 
they want to be here, even those who do not receive any financial remuneration for their ministry in our midst!  As is true of all vocational deacons in our diocese, Kathy Gray does not receive a salary for her ministry; it is her gift to God and to God's people.  As a retired priest, Carol Chamberlain freely offers her ministry and is glad to be part of our faith community.  Travis, too, plans to stay connected to St. Andrew's even after she is no longer on our payroll.  We are so very blessed.

Please join me in holding our staff in prayer during the coming months.  Pray for us in this season of so much transition; and know that we are praying for you and doing our very best to serve God-and you-with faithfulness, diligence, and love. 

Every blessing,
The Rev. Anne R. Kirchmier

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Minister of Music Brad Norris speaks to Circle 4 meeting

Circle 4 Women’s Group held its second meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, March 7.  Our very own Minister of Music Brad Norris, presented a most entertaining program on “How Music is Selected for Worship Services.”  Brad’s program added yet another dimension to our appreciation and awe of the amazing music program that we routinely enjoy at St. Andrew’s.

Members of Circle 4 have also begun bringing canned goods to the monthly meetings to help grow the St. Paul’s pantry collection.

Our next meeting
April 4, 10 a.m. in the Parish Library. More info coming soon!

Monday, March 6, 2017

One City Marathon - One service at 5 p.m. on March 12

On Sunday, March 12, Newport News will host the One City Marathon. The Marathon route will impact Hilton Village with road closures, blocked intersections, and parking restrictions throughout the area, making it impossible to hold church services at the usual times that morning. The runners are expected to pass St. Andrew’s from around 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. They will come down Warwick Boulevard, turn down Main Street, pass St. Andrew’s, and go left onto River Road, then left onto Rivermont Drive and back to Warwick. These roads will be closed to traffic from 6:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

What does this mean for us?  St. Andrew’s is planning to have a strong presence that day to cheer the runners on and hope that as many as can, especially those in the neighborhood who live within walking distance, will be here. The Parish Life Team has planned activities for those who come to cheer!

Our one service at 5 p.m. that evening will be followed by an Italian supper party. Enjoy baked penne pasta with meat sauce from Anna's Restaurant (gluten free past aavailable upon request), Caesar salad, garlic and herb cheese breads, fresh baked cookies and a beverage bar featuring tea, coffee, juce and wine. For special requests, Penne with marinara sauce and gluten-free penne with marinara will be available. This event is free, but donations will be accepted. Bring the whole family! Dress is casual this Sunday as we enjoy this combined service and the party afterward.

Friday, March 3, 2017

St. Andrew’s earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certification

For the seventh time in eight years, St. Andrew’s has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which  signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

St. Andrew’s ENERGY STAR certification demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs, freeing funds for mission and community service.

Commercial buildings that earn ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

St. Andrew’s extends our very grateful thanks to parishioner Bob Lord who spearheads this important effort.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Holy Habits - a 5-week series on practices that foster healing

Using the documentary film The Connection as our framework, we will explore the many ways that Holy Habits foster healing in our lives. The documentary draws from the work of top researchers of Mind-Body Medicine along with true stories of people who developed a healthy way of living after experiencing a serious health condition. The film takes an in-depth look at scientific evidence of healing that occurred when individuals engaged in a variety of Holy Habits. We too, have the same potential for health when we incorporate Holy Habits into our daily lives!

Each week, along with an episode of the documentary, we will hear from a series of regional professionals engaged in integrative healing approaches. These professionals will offer their own research as well as experiences of healing from those who have put Holy Habits in place in their lives. 

Click here for a program brochure.  Click here for info on other Lenten events at St. Andrew's.

Series begins March 8 and continues each Wednesday evening through April 5. Evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with soup and salad supper; program begins at 6:15. Nursery care is available after supper. RSVP to 595-0371 or if you plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Keeping a holy Lent

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a season of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter and Christ's resurrection. Come join us at St. Andrew's as we observe a holy Lent.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 28, 5:30 p.m.
Before the solemnity of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, join us for this beloved annual tradition. The Fishermen of St. Andrew's will host a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and the Parish Life Team will provide fun and games! Come enjoy the last "Alleluias" before the start of Lent.

Ash Wednesday Services
March 1 at 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesdays in Lent
The "Wednesdays in Lent" begin on March 8 and continue each Wednesday evening through April 5. You're invited to join us each Wednesday for all or just some of these events:

7:30 a.m. Lenten Service
8 a.m. Breakfast
11 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Healing
5:30 p.m. Soup & Salad Supper
6:15 p.m. Lenten Program: Embracing the Mystery of Healing

Click here for more Lenten programs and resources.