The nature of truth is impossible to describe or determine. It is different for each individual, depending on his or her outlook and level of awareness. As human beings, we may think that we are unique in how we determine or discern what is "truth". We are reminded that Jesus faced His own experience of truth when He was arrested and interrogated by Pontius Pilate. He was being questioned, Jesus did not answer Pilate because He knew that Pilate already knew the truth.. ..that He had done nothing wrong. Pilate was conflicted because he knew that Christ should not be put to death, but convicted Him anyway because of intense pressure from the angry mob.
When truth presents itself before us, can we handle it? Can we stand up to the disappointment or anger of others and hold our position, thus standing up for our $truth"? Pilate could not stand up to the mob and hold on to his own truth because he did not have the integrity to do so. In his case, not following through on his own truth caused the crucifixion of Christ. Although our choices are not as potentially catastrophic as that of Pilate, we are continually facing choices about things that involve following our instincts and beliefs about what is correct action. How are you when confronted with a disturbing truth? How do you handle the inevitable conflict that arises when you have to face such choices? Do you dread confronting reality or do you face it "head on. How we deal with the truth shows our intentions and motives. Sometimes it just takes courage to think through our right action and then make them happen. In other words, truth is a friend guiding and giving us direction. we align ourselves with the truth, it brings peace of mind. It calms our spirits. Responding to our inner truth involves at least two pathways of choice: we can welcome it, knowing that whatever is necessary action will be taken by us. We can accomplish what we need to do through faith in God and belief in our own abilities to stand up for what we believe. we can deny knowing our truth, therefore avoiding conflict and any action. If we welcome the inevitable challenges and lessons that accompany being aware of and following through on our personal experience of truth we are led toward a good and genuinely valuable life. If we reject our truths, we lead ourselves and others to harm and corruption. We may become comfortable depending on someone else to settle our conflicts for us or enable us to avoid them altogether. That is not living a courageous life of following in the footsteps of Jesus. He knew the truth and He always chose divinely correct action. Jesus even knew when to be silent while Pilate was making the most tragic choice of all time.. .to turn Him over to be crucified. One of the keys to being able to welcome truth is our choice to deal with, learn about, or accept the fact that life is full of conflict. Then we can become curious about how to deal with our own inner conflicts as well as our relationships with others. Some people who would like to seek a deeper relationship with God even experience intense conflict about allowing their hearts to open to Him. Learning more effective ways of handling discord helps give us confidence and self respect, both of which are required in order to be able to stand up for our beliefs and "truths". We will be more at ease with ourselves and others when we know we are truly strong and able to live our truths, whatever they may be for each one of us. Thus, the truthful person is an agent of peace. Living with the strength of standing by our truths naturally generates lives that are filled with both inner and outer peace. I wish that for all of us, in these times of discord and turbulence, so we may be instruments of God's peace. May God Bless you as we go through the rest of our summer together! Fr. Angelito Cubillas
ST. ANDREW'S FINANCES FOR JUNE 2019 June, 2019, Income: $7,943.29 June, 2019, Expenses: $8,357.67 June, 2019, Net: ($414.38) January-June,2019, Income: $42,996.57 January-June, 2019, Expenses: $41,980.58 January-June, 2019 Net: $1,015.99 YAY!
July What's up with the BAC The alarm system for the church is being upgraded. Builders Electric has been chosen as the vendor for the system. An invitation has been received for the people of St. Andrews to attend the South Coast Convocation at Devils Kitchen Beach in Bandon on August 17th from 10:00A.M. to 12:00P.M.. It will be a beach Eucharist. More information on this event will follow. Check your Sunday bulletins for updates. A discussion was held to see if St. Andrew's wants to host Community Dinners again. If so, someone will need to head it up with volunteers who will commit to the event. Please contact Ron Scott or Father Cubillas if you are interested. Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14, 2019 for St. Andrews picnic at the meeting hall yurt at West Woahink Recreation Area. The picnic is planned to go from noon until three o'clock, but we have the use of the yurt all day. Hope everyone can attend! God Bless, Ron Scott, Sr. Warden
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT News from the Diocese of Oregon
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we continue the search and transition process begun last month when Bishop Michael announced his intention to retire in January 2021, the Standing Committee has appointed Martin Loring (St. Paul's, Salem) to chair the Search Committee and the Rev. Beth Mallon (St. James, Tigard) to chair the Transition Committee.
While the Transition Committee will not be appointed until September, the Standing Committee and Martin worked hard at a meeting on June 6 to choose a group of people we felt could best work together as the Search Committee to carry out the process that leads to a list of finalists to be our next bishop.
From a highly qualified pool of applicants, we appointed the following people: Mary Adams (St. Thomas, Eugene)
Marie Bagwell (St. Michael & All Angels, Portland)
The Rev. Sallie Bowman (Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Portland)
Barbara Brecht (St. David of Wales, Portland)
The Rev. Brandon Filbert (St. Timothy's, Salem)
The Rev. Ernestein Flemister (St. Luke's, Grants Pass)
The Rev. Timothy Hannon (St. James, Coquille)
The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud (Trinity Cathedral, Portland)
The Rev. Shana McCauley (St. Edward's, Silverton)
The Rev. Deacon Allan Miles (St. Martin's, Shady Cove)
Alan Murray (Trinity Cathedral, Portland)
The Rev. Bingham Powell (St. Mary's, Eugene)
Cindy Russell (St. Francis of Assisi, Wilsonville)
Becky Snow (Trinity, Ashland)
In addition to these fourteen committee members and Martin, we chose the Rev. Maria McDowell (St. Philip the Deacon, Portland) to serve as Search Committee chaplain. We urge you to continue to pray for everyone involved in the search and transition process, and to look for ways you can involve yourself as well. Faithfully, Your Standing Committee Sharon Rodgers (President), the Rev. David Sweeney (Secretary), James Johnson, the Rev. Karen Tiegs, Laurea Arnoldt, the Rev. Nancy Gallagher, Toni Phipps, the Rev. Patricia Hale
A RIDDLE WHAT IS THE FAVORITE COLOR OF CATS? Can you guess?
United Thank Offering and Gratitude Kathy Lenox
The ministry of United Thank Offering emphasizes practicing gratitude, every day, and placing an offering into your "little blue box" for your blessings. But did you know that practicing gratitude has health benefits? Robert Emmons, a renowned gratitude researcher and scientific expert found that gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. He says it can "lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep". It also "reduces depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders, and is a key resiliency factor in the prevention of suicide". Practicing gratitude "increases self-esteem, enhances will power, strengthens relationships, deepens spirituality, boosts creativity, and improves athletic and academic performance". It is suggested you take 15 minutes every evening (or morning) writing down things you are grateful for — events, relationships, experiences, your health and anything else for which you are grateful. And by placing a monetary donation into your "blue box" as a physical sign of your blessings, you are also helping others in your community and the world. Quotations taken from "The Little Book of Gratitude" by Robert Emmons, PhD
CREATION CARE - AN EPISCOPAL MISSION (from the ww.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care site, under Ministries):
+ We will change our habits and choices to live more simply, humbly and gently on the Earth.
+ We will stand with those most vulnerable to environmental degradation and climate change.
+ When we are surrounded by the abundance and wealth of the natural world, in awe of all that God has given us, we must also recognize that humans have changed earth cycles, surface, creatures and climate. As Christians, we are called to be stewards of creation as a way of respecting our God, its creator. Through the General Convention, The Episcopal Church has remained committed to addressing environmental issues through policy, charging the Office of Government Relations to take on significant issues pertaining to energy reform and environmental justice.
+ & here're some ideas to help on an individual level • 'Plastic Free July' was a global movement that we can continue, by trying to work towards a 'Plastic Free August' in our daily lives by saying "No" to Plastic straws, water bottles (even though they're so convenient!), plastic bags & more by bringing our own reusable bags & containers and being mindful of the plastic in our lives and reducing, reusing and recycling.
+More ideas can be found at plasticfreejuly.org and storyofstuff.org
Creation Care Prayer God, maker of marvels, you weave the planet and all its creatures together in kinship; your unifying love is revealed in the interdependence of relationships in the complex world that you have made. Save us from the illusion that humankind is separate and alone, and join us in communion with all inhabitants of the universe; through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who topples the dividing walls by the power of your Holy Spirit, and who loves and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen.
-Liturgical Materials for Honoring God in Creation Reported to the 78th General Convention
THE BOUNTY OF TIME "Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people." —Gal. 6:9-10. August - the month of summer without commonly celebrated specific (national) holidays, the month when many enjoy vacation or "R&R" - the month when there seems to be more of a bounty of time. Our once-national Poet Laureate Carl Sandburg said, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." What he didn't say is that time is a gift from God. And our decision of how to invest the gift of time is our gift back to Him. Norman Vincent Peale said, "The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have." Choosing to invest ourselves in eternal things, will energize us. That can certainly be said of "R&R" in Nature. Investing ourselves in the truly important things multiplies the value of our time. In today's society, nothing is as scarce as the gift of time, and nothing is so desperately needed as time spent on people! Debbie Macomber writes about this in her chapter from Discovering the Power of Generosity entitled The Bounty of Time. Debbie indicates how important it is to figure out what God's best for us is. She refers to Jesus reminding us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness Matthew 6:32-33. A question we might ask ourselves: how tied up with activities, committees, meetings, initiatives and programs are we (even with their intrinsic value), that we don't have time to notice that our neighbor is hurting, or that someone we work with is desperate to know the love of Christ? Good is often the enemy of the best. The habit of carefully examining our choices aids in selecting what best results in serving God and neighbor. Another question: are there signs of God's fingerprints on our relationships? Just looking for them might help one find them, or decide this is not the best use of (God-given) time with which we have been entrusted. It is well to remember that relationships may be taken for granted. "You matter to me" comes about only when there is time to invest wisely with the people we care about. God is the master of time. When we seek His wisdom on where to invest our time, we are certain to invest well. Continued on following page.. Si le Wa to Discover ore Hours in our Day Television: spending more than 2.5 hours a day watching? Internet & E-mail: investing in people we care about should consume more time than these Chores: improve productivity and cut steps. Multitasking: do two things at once; do things on to-do lists with friends* Reclaim lost snippets of time: when waiting for something, read, exercise, write a note, pray.. Put first things first. GK. Chesterton said it best: "The modem world has far too little understanding of the art of keeping young. Its notion of progress has been to pile one thing on top of another, without caring if each thing was crushed in turn. People forgot that the human soul can enjoy a thing most when there is time to think about it and be thankful for it. And by crowding things together they lost the sense of surprise: and surprise is the secret of joy."
Red Welcome Bags Ann Evanow
A reminder about the red welcome bags we have assembled for first time visitors to St. Andrews. These contain the traditional jar of jam, a peace candle and it's story, a pen and more information about the church. The bags are on the shelf under the visitor's book near the entry. If you greet a new visitor to our church, please present one of the bags as a welcome and a reminder of our church.
BLESSINGS TABLE REPORT Elenor Sullivan
This report covers the first two quarters of 2019. The disbursements were made at the discretion of the Craft Guild. 1st Quarter - ending March 31st. Total funds: $147.26. $147.26 to begin a Parish Life Chair Fund. 2nd Quarter - ending June 30th. Total Funds: $110.17 $50.00 to be sent to the Rev. Doug Hale for use in his outreach program through the University of Oregon Food Pantry $60.17 to be added to the new Parish Life Chair Fund. Please support the Blessings Table - your donations will to serve the Parish and Diocese. Your donations during the last two quarters of 2019 will go to those needs as they become apparent. If you have knowledge of any cause that should be considered, please contact a Craft Guild member. PLEASE REMEMBER THE ANNUAL PIE SALE ON SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 23rd
Hi everyone, Here the update on the summer lunch program. We are now serving 30 to 40 lunches every Tuesday (once a month). The need this year is higher than ever. I want to thank the cooks, servers and wonderful dishwashers. These are the people and heart of what St. Andrews seeks to fulfil in its mission to fight hunger. We always need help of any kind to keep the program up and running every month. Please Sign Up, and we will do this together. Sincerely, Karen Faria.
Spirituality By Jody Manchester
The Lord God is my strength and will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places." (Habakkuh 3:19) I read The Pilgrim's Progress as well as Hinds' Feet in High Places when I was a student in high school. They were good then and they're even better now! How deeply we want to love the Lord, how deeply we want to serve Him, yet life just gets in the way. Having grown up Catholic, then joining the Episcopal Church later I life, I still had some "hang ups." Hinds' Feet....has most certainly settled my mind, along with The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. There are some wonderful books to read and think about in our St. Andrew's library, as well as Bibles that you can take home and keep or give away!
There is a tiny group (2-3 ladies), who meet from 10:00 to 11:30 each Monday morning and read and discuss spiritual books. We are currently reading The Ragamuffin Gospel. Please join us for coffee or tea and discussion if you would like to. Call the church or Jody (541-662-0616) for further information.