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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.

To download “The Net,” our weekly newsletter, click here.

Missionaries visit St. Andrew's on World Mission Sunday

An Operation Christmas Shoebox story

New Lectionary brings ACNA closer to complete prayer book

Grow in Fatih with us!

St. Andrew’s joins AmazonSmile program

St. Andrew's Leadership Touchstone 2016

A bishop’s call to the Church: Reaching our children and youth for Christ

Pentecost 2016

Prayer services offered at noon on Wednesdays

Christian Formation Director Tally Whitehead collaborates on book about marriage

Meet Tally Whitehead, our Director of Christian Formation for children, youh and adults

Working with children or youth? Make sure you've completed your Ministry Safe Training and background check forms!

St. Andrew’s an Ohio Benefits Bank site

Missionaries visit on World Mission Sunday
In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.”
— Isaiah 12:4

On World Mission Sunday
St. Andrew’s welcomed missionaries to the Middle East at all three services, which made this special obseravnce spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging and practically motivating!

Joel, who is currently in the ordination process with the Anglican Church in North America, was our guest preacher at all three service, and will spoke during the Adult Forum on Sunday.

Joel and his wife Elizabeth were officially accepted as candidates with Interserve Fellowship ( in 2016, and have begun their journey of support-raising. The mission God has given to them is to love and serve Muslims in the Middle East as an extension of God’s great love for all. “His love compels us to love, to bless, to serve and to share our very lives with people who are radically different and sometimes radically opposed to us,” they wrote in their recent newsletter.

An Operation Christmas Child full circle story
Barbara Girard, coordinator of St. Andrew’s Operation Christmas Child program, and Marty Scott, parish outreach coordinator, visited New Song Community Church in Reynoldsburg on Feb. 5, where they heard Izabella McMillon, a Romanian Operation Christmas Child Shoebox recipient, share her story. They heard how God revealed himself through a hidden Bible, a secret church, and her shoebox gift! Click here if you are interested in hearing her message. The audio is about 47 minutes long, and is a very blessed story.

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 ( 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

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

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 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).

Grow in Faith with us! Grow
Our fall discipleship program for children, youth and adults is in full swing, as together we embark upon a new year of growing in faith through worship, discipleship and fellowship. The theme for the coming year is drawn from 2 Peter: 3:18 — “Grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ!” Our children (toddlers through 5th Graders) will return to their Godly Play classrooms, and our Tweens (6th and 7th Graders) and Youth (8th through 12th Graders) will resume their Bible studies. All of our Young Saints will be exploring stories from the New Testament, each presented in a way that will engage them at their level, and encourage them to know Jesus in a deeper way.

Adults will begin the fall with a teaching from Fr. Ron Baird on what it means to be “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church,” as we proclaim each week in the Nicene Creed.

We invite you to come “Grow in Faith” with us!

Saturday Service
Holy Communion @ 5 p.m.

Sunday Services
Holy Communion @ 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

“Grow in Faith” Discipleship
Sundays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

St. Andrew’s joins AmazonSmile program

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 The difference is that when customers shop at AmazonSmile (, 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 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 (, 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 will result in a donation.

To begin shopping with St. Andrew’s as your designated charity, simply go to You may also shop with St. Andrew’s as your designated charity by link to directly from our church website.
Please note that you do need to be logged in to, not the regular 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 account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

SALT Gathering

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...)


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 every Wednesday 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)

Christian Formation Director Tally Whitehead collaborates on book about marriage
tally_whitehead_bookbook_coverWe're excited to share that Tally Whitehead, our Christian Formation Director, has

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, Barnes and Noble,, and at other book retailers.

Read more at Tally's blog,, and at You may also follow Tally on Twitter @tallywhitehead.

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 WhiteheadTally 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.

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St. Andrew’s is an Ohio Benefits Bank site!
obb_logoSt. 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.

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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, 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

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