Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What's your version?

On New Year's Day I heard a sermon in Austin where the preacher asked a question I've been pondering ever since, "What version of the best life do you embrace?" There are a lot of voices and images that compete for our attention. We have lots of new beginnings these days. What does the richest and most worthwhile life look like to us?

Brad Norris
Minister of Music

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Rev. Carol Chamberlain celebrates 40th ordination anniversary

The Rev. Carol Chamberlain will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her Ordination to the Priesthood This Sunday.

The Rev. Carol Chamberlain will be preaching and celebrating this Sunday, January 15, the day that marks the anniversary of her ordination to the priesthood 40 years ago.  Join us after the 10:30 service for a special coffee bar in Carol's honor. 

In 1977, Carol was ordained in the first month of the first year in which women were ordained in the Episcopal Church with General Convention approval.  By year's end, 100 women had been ordained to the priesthood.  Congratulations to our pioneering Priest Associate!
Photo: The Rev. Carol Chamberlain on the day of her ordination, Jan. 15, 1977.

How the Light Comes

By Jan L. Richardson

I cannot tell you how the light comes.
What I know is that it is more ancient than imagining.
That it travels across an astounding expanse to reach us.
That it loves searching out what is hidden what is lost
what is forgotten or in peril or in pain.
That it has a fondness for the body
for finding its way toward flesh
for tracing the edges of form
for shining forth through the eye, the hand, the heart.
I cannot tell you how the light comes,
but that it does.
That it will.
That it works its way into the deepest dark that enfolds you,
though it may seem long ages in coming
or arrive in a shape you did not foresee.
And so
may we this day turn ourselves toward it.
May we lift our faces to let it find us.
May we bend our bodies to follow the arc it makes.
May we open and open more and open still
to the blessed light that comes.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Thank you!

To all of our volunteers who bought blouses and shirts for the elderly at the PACE Center, many, many thanks.  It was huge success. 

To all of our many cheery volunteers who helped with checking in, feeding, and checking out at PORT December 15 and 16 at the Greek Orthodox Church, a hearty and grateful thanks to you all (and especially to those who had the graveyard shift!).  We had 64 hungry and tired people who left Friday morning with full stomachs and smiles. 

To all who donated to the Fishermen’s Warm Fuzzy program to help parents in need at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

To all who donated money or bought items for Turkey Sandwich Day.  We broke a new record – we were done by 10:20 a.m.  Those who received our bag lunches were most grateful.

To those who supported the day school’s two fund raisers: gift wrap and poinsettias.

To those who donated to the Wreath Project and who helped load, unload, prepare the wreaths and bows, and lay them at Hampton National Cemetery. 

To those who attended the Outside Wind Quintet for donating $1,037 for the PORT Homeless Shelter, and to the performers who donated their talent.

To Bob Lord for getting three computers reconnected to various printers.

To the children for a wonderful Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve.

To the Altar Guild, Acolytes, Lay Readers, Ushers, sound techs, clergy and staff for wonderful Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day services.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Circle 4 will return in February

The ladies of Circle 4 and their guests, along with some new faces, enjoyed a Christmas luncheon featuring delicious food at Schooner's and fellowship and laughter aplenty. As Circle 4 looks forward to 2017, its members hope to welcome new ladies into the fold beginning at its next meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. Learn more about Circle 4 here and watch St. Andrew's weekly eNews and Sunday bulletins for details on the Feb. 7 meeting as the date draws closer.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Honoring veterans at Christmas

We placed over 6000 wreaths on the graves of veterans Dec. 17 in Hampton National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this extraordinary effort possible. Thanks to Bill Miles for this wonderful video of that day.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Vestry members and officers elected

A special thank you to Jay Lambiotte, Sabrina Miles, Ann Turner, Mary Gibson Waddill, and John Whitley for accepting their nominations for the Vestry Class of 2019. Jay, Ann, Mary Gibson and John were elected at our Annual Congregational Meeting on December 11. Should a Vestry seat come open during the year, Sabrina will fill that seat. 

We extend sincere appreciation to Michael Daniels and Mary Neale for their three years of service to the Vestry and St. Andrew's Church, and to John Whitley who was appointed by the Vestry to complete a two-year term.

At their December 12 meeting, the Vestry elected the following officers:
John Whitley, Senior Warden
Doug Vaughan, Junior Warden
Danny Switzer, Assistant Junior Warden
Jim Shamblen, Treasurer
Jim Neff, Assistant Treasurer
Bill Clock, Register