Monday, February 27, 2017
St. Andrew’s News Notes
Here’s a look at the latest news from St. Andrew’s. Parishioners may log on to the Member Connection at left for a Member Directory, parish family news and more. Email us if you need a login and password.
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Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 1
By Fr. Ron Baird
Ash Wednesday on March 1 begins the holy journey to the Cross that we call Lent. Lent is a time to put away the cares of the world and to follow our Lord and Savior to Jerusalem, to Calvary, and to the Tomb. It’s a time to prepare our hearts, minds, bodies and souls to accept the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us. If we keep a Holy Lent, then the true meaning and joy of Easter permeates our life in fullness, because we have journeyed to the death that is Calvary; the sacrifice that is the Cross. We are thus empowered to the new life of the Resurrection.
In the penitential season of Lent, the Church asks the faithful to lay aside our own concerns and to remember what the price of Easter was and is: The Crucifixion of the only Son of God! Many Christians adopt a four-fold discipline of prayer, fasting, study, and almsgiving in Lent. This year, St. Andrew’s is offering several ways to help you along your Lenten journey.
It is important that we set aside a few minutes each day to be with our God; to look at our lives and to seek his will for us. You cannot follow Christ unless you take time to ask where he is going. The Daily Office, available here, offers an excellent pattern for daily prayer, including special prayers for Lent.
Many of you already pray weekly for the Church, including our own parish, using the “Prayers for the Church” taken from the Sunday liturgy’s Prayers of the People, and included in “The Net” each week. If you don’t already do this, Lent would be an excellent time to start praying regularly for the Church, seeking God’s blessing on his people, and also his guidance as we seek to fulfill his mission in this place.
You can also find resources for your Lenten journey, including a variety of online sources for prayers for the season of Lent, on our website, www.standrewspolaris.org. Click on “Lenten Resources” button on the home page of the website.
Fasting is not a popular concept in our time. Dieting, yes; but not fasting. Perhaps that is because we do not understand why we do it. In Lent, we fast in two ways. The first is known to most of us: We “give something up” for Lent. Giving up something is another way of saying fasting. We fast from something. We generally give up something that we know we will miss so that the absence of it, the desire for it, will keep in our minds the sacrifice that Christ made for us: His very life. What we give up is not nearly so important as that we do give up something that we will miss. Sundays are feast days in Lent; a time when we can splurge a little and have what we gave up. This is because Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, when our Lord’s life was restored to him.
Lent is also a time when we make time to learn more about the faith. This Lent, St. Andrew’s is once again offering a five-week parish-wide Lenten Study and Soup Supper Program on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8 p.m., March 7 through April 4. With programs for adults, youth and children, our hope is that families will come together to make this Lent a time of discipleship, fellowship and worship. This year's topic will focus on "The Kindness Challenge," and how an intentional commitment to kindness during this Lenten season can enhance your relationships with your family and friends, at church, at work, and in other areas of your life.
Almsgiving is historically the giving of gifts or money to the poor. There are several opportunities available to the parish this Lenten season to aid us in this discipline, including the Lenten Mite Boxes, which this year will benefit the Anglican Church in North America's Matthew 25 Initiative, established for the purpose of expanding and developing ministries in North America that are engaged in working, living, and serving on the margins of society.
Winter weather notice
Jack Frost has made his way to Central Ohio, and it’s cold out there! Please remember to check our website before heading out for events and activities at the church if weather conditions are deteriorating, if roads are in poor driving condition or if there are snow emergencies in Delaware or Franklin counties. (Please note that all events and activities at the church are canceled if there is a Level 3 snow emergency in Delaware County and/or Orange Township.)
If a cancellation affects a majority of the congregation, we will also send a parish-wide e-mail. Church service cancellations will also be posted on local TV stations.
Ernie Tracy to be ordained deacon in the Anglican Church
The Rev. Ernie Tracy, a retired United Methodist pastor who has been attending
St. Andrew’s since 2012, will be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Deaconate in the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes next Tuesday, Feb. 7. The ordination will be held at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, 1446 South Main Street, Akron.
The Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson, bishop, will also be ordaining two other people to the Deaconate, and four people to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood, including Terry Gatwood, a former member of our parish.
Please keep Ernie and his wife Candy, an active member of our parish who is one of our Children’s Chapel leaders, in your prayers as they embark upon this new ministry. We look forward to having Ernie, who has been preaching and teaching at St. Andrew’s, take a more active role at Christ’s altar here at St. Andrew’s.
‘Celebrate Marriage’ anniversary dinner Feb. 11
The Celebrate Marriage Small Group will host a dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11, for all couples at St. Andrew’s who celebrated wedding anniversaries this winter (December through February). The event will be held at the church at 7 p.m., and will feature a showing of the movie “The War Room.” Snacks and finger food (popcorn, cookies, etc) will be available for couples to enjoy.
Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex. For more information, please contact Larry and Patti Cooper at email@example.com or 740-369-0832.
The Celebrate Marriage Small Group meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish House. With Valentine’s Day falling on the second Tuesday in February, the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on the fourth Tuesday, and the parish-wide Lenten Study Program on Tuesdays in March and April, the group will be taking a break over the next several months. Its next regular meeting will be Tuesday, April 25.
Financial Peace University underway; sign up now!
Millions of people have gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) and learned God’s ways of handling money. They’ve worked a plan, rewritten their stories, and changed their futures.
We’re pleased to be bringing this life-changing program to St. Andrew’s on Sundays, Jan. 8 through March 5, at 6:30 p.m. Financial Peace University consists of a nine-week curriculum taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey, and will be facilitated by St. Andrew's parishioner Ryan Weiser. It incorporates small group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship. Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes, and the course is just as fun as it is practical!
Registration and course materials are required. Click here to register online, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-548-5112 for more information. You may learn more about the Financial Peace University course by clicking here.
New Lectionary brings ACNA closer to complete prayer book
St. Andrew’s is now using the Anglican Church in North America’s new three-year Eucharistic Lectionary during the Liturgy of the Word. In addition, we’re also publishing the ACNA’s new Daily Office Lectionary in “The Net” and on our website (standrewspolaris.org) for those who wish to use the Daily Office during their personal prayer and study time. The College of Bishops has approved the English Standard Version (ESV) for parish use, and for your convenience the Lectionary on our website links directly to the ESV translation on BibleGateway.com.
The new Sunday Lectionary provides a three-year cycle of four readings (from the Psalms, the Old and New Testament, and the Gospels) for each Sunday of the Christian Year, as well as lessons for Principal Observances: Christmas Day, the Epiphany, the Presentation, Ash Wednesday, the weekdays of Holy Week and Easter Week, Ascension Day and All Saints Day. Year A begins with the first Sunday in Advent in those years evenly divisible by three.
Also included in the Sunday Lectionary is a single set of Eucharistic readings for Prayer Book Customary Observances (“red-letter days”).
The new Daily Office Lectionary follows the principle adopted by Anglicanism at the time of the Reformation, which provided that “the whole of Holy Scripture (or the greatest part thereof)” should be read each year. Parishioners accustomed to following the Daily Lectionary will find that many of the readings are longer, and much of the New Testament will be read twice throughout the year.
When Scripture verses appear within parentheses, they are permissive additions to the appointed passages, and may be read if desired.
The recitation of the Psalms is also central to daily worship throughout the whole of Christian tradition, and the new daily Lectionary retains the Anglican custom of reading through the entire Psalter once each month.
While the Lectionary includes two sets of recommended Psalms daily, for use during Morning and Evening Prayer, you may chose to reduce the number of Psalms you read each day, as long as you read the entire Psalter regularly. One pattern of reading through the Psalter regularly would be to read the Psalms appointed for Morning Prayer during one month, and the Psalms appointed for Evening Prayer in next. When there is a thirty-first day of the month, psalms from the Psalms of Ascents, Psalms 120 to 134, are used.
With the release of the new lectionaries, the ACNA moves another step closer to the release of a complete Prayer Book, currently scheduled for 2019. Working texts already published for use in and by the Church include the Holy Eucharist; Morning and Evening Prayer; Introduction to the Christian Year; Collects of the Christian Year; Holy Days and Optional Commemorations; Baptism; Confirmation; Renewal of Baptismal Vows; Holy Matrimony; Burial of the Dead; Midday Prayer; Compline, and Family Prayer. Copies of all of the new documents may be downloaded by clicking “Liturgy” under the “Resources” link at anglicanchurch.net.
In January of 2017, with the exception of the Psalter, all remaining materials proposed for inclusion in a new Prayer Book (among which will be the Lenten and Holy Week services) are scheduled to be presented to the College of Bishops. The Psalter is expected to be ready for inclusion in the 2019 prayer book. In the meantime, we’ll be using the Psalter in the Book of Common Prayer, which begins on Page 585.
Feedback from use of all the working texts continues to be invited from all members of the Church at email@example.com. This feedback will be used as the Liturgy Task Force and the College of Bishops seeks to evaluate and improve what have been “working texts,” putting into final shape the texts to appear in The Book of Common Prayer (2019).
St. Andrew’s has joined the AmazonSmile rewards program. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation, will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you’ll need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
To begin shopping with St. Andrew’s as your designated charity, simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/26-1707284. You may also shop with St. Andrew’s as your designated charity by link to smile.amazon.com directly from our church website.
Please note that you do need to be logged in to smile.amazon.com, not the regular amazon.com site, for the church to receive the 0.5% of your purchases.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
SALT Leadership Gathering
More than 50 parishioners involved in ministry at St. Andrew’s gathered recently for the St. Andrew’s Leadership Touchstone (SALT) event. Now in its fifth year, SALT is designed to bring ministry leaders together to learn what it means to serve with the heart of Christ, and to facilitate communications and excellence in ministry.
A call to the Church
Reaching our children and youth for Christ
“Not too long ago, I was in a discussion with a woman who shared with me about talking with a teenager in a major city in the U.S. who had never heard the name Jesus!”, writes Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North Ameria. “Can you imagine a child growing up in Canada or the U.S. and never hearing the name of Jesus? How many children and teenagers live or attend school within one mile of your church? How many of those children and youth are unchurched and do not know about Jesus? Yet, Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” (Read more...)
Children “bury” their Alleluais
The last Sunday before Lent is a special time for our children as they draw, color and decorate artwork bearing the phrase “Alleluia,” which is traditionally omitted from the Liturgy during Lent. Their “Alleluias” are then sealed in plastic and “buried” in potting soil, where they await Easter morning. They are then “resurrected” and turned into paper banners to wave in celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Click here for all the pictures, and details about the tradition of burying the Alleluias.
Bi-monthly Wednesday Prayer Service offered
The St. Andrew’s Prayer Ministry hosts a time for parishioners (and friends) to come to the church to pray. There is minimum structure to this service, which takes place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Most of the hour will be open for simply praying to God for St. Andrew’s, and whatever else is on our hearts. You may come for part or all of the time. If it’s your lunch hour, please join us for as long as you can, and leave when you need to.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
research Tally did with best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn.
From Shaunti's website: “You've probably heard it before: Half of all marriages end in divorce. But according to who? What if that ‘fact’ is actually... a myth? Divorce isn't the greatest threat to marriage. Discouragement is.”
The book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, and at other book retailers.
Read more at Tally's blog, www.tallywhitehead.com, and at www.shaunti.com. You may also follow Tally on Twitter @tallywhitehead.
Website on new server
We have completed the move of both our public website and our online Member Connection to a new server, allowing us to provide enhanced security measures and continuity between the two sites. If you have previously bookmarked our sites, please delete those bookmarks, clear your browser cache, and bookmark https://standrewspolaris.org. The “s” at the end of http indicates a secure connection through SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. (Note: There is no need to include www before our address.)
When you log in to the Member Connection you’ll now see a security icon, a small padlock to the left of the URL in your browser’s address bar, which indicates the site in encrypted.
A new archbishop for the Anglican Church in North America
The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America has elected the Rt. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach of the Diocese of the South to succeed the Most Rev. Robert Duncan as archbishop for the Anglican Church in North America. Archbishop Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America. (Read more...)
Tally Whitehead new Christian Formation
Director for children, youth and adults
Tally Whitehead, who has served as volunteer small groups ministry coordinator since spring of 2011, will bring her love for Jesus and a desire to help others grow in relationship with him to our children and youth ministries. Fr. Ron Baird and the St. Andrew’s Vestry are pleased to announce that Tally has joined the staff part-time as Director of Christian Formation.
Tally will continue to lead our adult small group and discipleship ministries, while shepherding our children’s and youth programs. “I have a passion for discipleship, and look forward to leading and encouraging the Christian spiritual formation of our youngest members in the church,” she says.
The spiritual health and well-being of children is especially close to Tally’s heart, as she and her husband, Eric, are the parents of four children ranging in age from 2 to 16. “My heart is to continue the foundation that has already been set at St. Andrew’s, and to help each of our members grow as followers of Christ who are overflowing with his love and grace.”
Tally earned her Master of Arts Degree in Practical Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2010, with a Spiritual Formation major, and a Leadership/Management minor. Her degree, and her leadership and involvement in a variety of discipleship ministries, make her uniquely suited for her new position. Here at St. Andrew’s, in addition to coordinating small group ministries, she has coordinated with Fr. Ron to present the past two Lenten Study Programs, as well as the St. Andrew’s Leadership Touchstone (S.A.L.T.) gatherings.
Tally served as Women’s Ministry Coordinator for seven years at the church she and her family attended before joining St. Andrew’s in the fall of 2009. There she lead women’s Bible study; planned, organized and hosted fall and spring retreats; and wrote monthly articles for the church newsletter.
She has worked part-time since 2006 doing media research for Christian author and speaker Shaunti Feldhahn, conducting research for books, articles, and various internet mediums; assimilating research and writing for various projects, including rough drafts for a syndicated weekly column; and interviewing experts for articles.
She led or co-led Bible study for women coaches at The Ohio State University for five years; has volunteered for short-term missions to Slovakia and Hungary; and has been involved in a number of “kids church” programs, and activities for youth, including camps and retreats for college-aged students through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Tally counts among her spiritual gifts those of discernment, exhortation, pastoral leadership, teaching, administration and service.
St. Andrew’s is an Ohio Benefits Bank site!
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church has been established as an Ohio Benefit Bank site. The Ohio Benefit Bank is an Internet-based, counselor-assisted service that connects low- and moderate-income families to tax credits and work supports. As a response to the declining economic plight facing thousands of Ohioans, The Ohio Benefit Bank connects individuals and families to the support they need where they live, work, play and pray. Click here for more information about the Benefit Bank. Click here to take advantage of programs, including tax preparation and voter registration services. The site is open to the public by appointment only.
Ministry Safe Training required for children’s volunteers
The Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes is now requiring everyone who works with children and youth in parishes and outside ministries sponsored by the church to complete an online Ministry Safe Training course. All volunteers in Children's and Youth Ministries at St. Andrew's, and staff members, should have already received an e-mail from MinistrySafe@ministrysafe.com, with a link to access the online training course, and instructions on how to complete the training.
The training takes about an hour, including the 25-question quiz at the end of the video. There are nine segments that are self-contained, so if you don't have time to complete the entire course in one sitting, you can watch just one or two segments, and pick up where you left off later. We do ask that you complete the course as soon as possible so that we can continue to maintain our quality education ministries, while doing our part to help assure the safety of our children and reduce the risk of sexual abuse in our parish. If you've already completed the training, thank you for your promptness in doing so!"
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Ministry Safe Training certificate, a copy of which you should turn in to the Parish Office. You may also forward a copy of the certificate to Judy Baird.
If you did not receive an e-mail, please check your junk mail or spam box to see if it landed there. If it's not there, please let me know so that we can have a new one sent to you as soon as possible.
Please note that this training does not replace the background checks we run on people who minister to children and youth. Rather, it is another step toward ensuring the safety of children and young people in our care. All children's and youth ministry volunteers should have already read our parish's Children's Ministry Handbook available here; indicated by their signature that they agree to abide by the policies in the handbook, and completed and signed the permission form allowing us to complete a criminal background check. If you have not done so, please let Judy Baird or Tally Whitehead, our Christian Formation director, know as soon as possible so that we can get those materials to you.
To learn more about Ministry Safe Training, log on to www.ministrysafe.com.