Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Souper Bowl Sunday fundraiser benefits Food Bank

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the EYC's Souper Bowl Sunday fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula. The EYC raised over $300 and a generous amount of canned goods.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Letter of thanks from our new rector

Dear friends,
Thank you!!  What an amazing, gracious welcome you have given me and John during (and even prior to!) our first days here.  So many people have done so many kind and generous acts of love.  You’ve unpacked and decorated my office, showered me with gifts, written beautiful reflections about your experiences of God’s light at St. Andrew’s, and put on a glorious reception, with so many people contributing food and labor and love.  The flower team and altar guild lavishly decorated the church and parish hall for my first Sunday.  Brad Norris composed a gorgeous, eloquent prayer that the choir sang during our first service together.  Our wonderful parish staff has welcomed me warmly (with a homemade breakfast, no less!) and has been incredibly patient with my many questions.  Janna and her staff and our day school students have greeted me with warmth and enthusiasm and encouragement.  Thank you all.

Did you know?  In your incredible graciousness, you are a living, breathing reminder of the way God works: God moves first, loves us first, is gracious to us before we have ever offered God anything and beyond what we could ever deserve.  I am brand new to you, and yet you have greeted me with affection and warmth and love, giving generously of yourselves before I’ve had any opportunity to give to you and beyond any generosity that I can repay.  Thank you so very much, not only for your loving welcome but for reminding me once again of God’s pattern of love.

In the first few weeks, I am scrambling a bit to learn how things work here at St. Andrew’s.  I am meeting one-on-one with each staff member to learn about their hopes and concerns and to figure out how best I can support this amazing team in the ministry they are carrying out.  I am in close contact with our wardens, John and Doug, and am looking forward to my first vestry meeting.  Please keep me in your prayers as I listen and learn; and please know that you and our ministry together are very much in my prayers.

Every blessing and much gratitude,

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Circle 4 meeting features presentation by the Rev. Carol Chamberlain

Circle 4’s first meeting of 2017 was held on Tuesday, February 7.  The group was thrilled to have the Rev. Carol Chamberlain, our priest associate, as its presenter.  Carol shared her walk “from Nursing to Ordination,” and we enjoyed getting to know Carol in such an inspirational and personal way.  We were also delighted to have the Rev. Anne Kirchmier, our new rector, drop in and chat a bit. 

Check out our webpage at http://bit.ly/circle4saec to catch up and perhaps support Circle 4 at our next meeting and in the future.  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 7, at 10 a.m., and plan to attend Circle 4’s next meeting. Details forthcoming.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

St. Andrew's welcomes our new rector!

On Sunday, February 5, St. Andrew's welcomed our new rector, the Rev. Anne Kirchmier, and her husband, John Herbst. Naturally, there was a party to celebrate!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

St. Andrew's honors first responders

If you were at St. Andrews on Sunday, January 31, you were exploding with pride and love. Our First Responder's Community Event was a resounding success thanks to you! Our staff, our volunteers, our cooks and our first responders joined for a special worship service featuring Kathy Gray's magnificent message of appreciation and gratitude and the presentation of St. Michael medals to our guests. Every word in every hymn sounded hand selected for the occasion. Our Brunswick stew luncheon followed and over 100 parishioners joined with our first responder guests for a delicious welcoming meal. During the luncheon members of our parish delivered lunches to police and fire fighters on duty that day. This was truly a community event and the members of St. Andrews formed a dynamic team to make it happen. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Shine bright!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works 
and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

Our parish light is shining so brightly that we going to need to give The Rev. Anne Kirchmier a pair of sunglasses when she arrives for her first day at St. Andrew’s.  Everyone, congregation, staff, and our school, has been working very hard to have everything ready and in the best possible shape when she begins her leadership of our church.  There is a feeling of excitement and joyful anticipation right now.  Sometimes I wonder if I’m in a Disney movie and I’ll come in to work one morning to find squirrels, mice, and birds singing and cleaning. 

It’s not just the physical environment that is shining; it is also every aspect of parish life.  Anne is going to find St. Andrew’s at its very best and ready for her leadership.  She will be able to spend her first few months getting to know us rather than dealing with big problems.  If you want to capture some of your light, you can contribute stories about your experience at St. Andrew’s to a notebook that Jen is compiling for Anne. 

She will find a faithful parish of energetic Christians, a loving community living out the Gospel.  We will let our light shine before her so that she will see our good works.  And, we will all give glory to our Father in heaven.

Elizabeth Koerner
Interim Minister of Youth & Children

Letter of Thanks for our Turkey Sandwich Day project

Dear Parishioners of St. Andrew's,

This year we were fortunate to provide Christmas gifts, toiletry bags, new book bags with school supplies, and new coats, hats and mittens for over 400 men, women and children. The guest then went to Youth Challenge and were given homemade lunches at the reception. Even Santa came to bring a special cheer for so many children who cannot afford to visit him at the mall. All of this was possible in part due to your generous contribution. Your generosity was a special blessing for so man people.

We cannot thank you all enough for your hard work to prepare the bag lunches for our guests. They loved them!! Your contribution helped make this special event happen.

We hope to see you again next year and may this New Year be filled with many blessings of peace, hope and love.

In gratitude,
Ellen Williams
Downtown Christmas Coordinator
St. Vincent DePaul Church

Downtown Christmas at St. Vincent DePaul