What's up with the BAC
Senior Warden's Report Aug. 2020
August was a very good month to worship at St. Andrews. We were blessed with a very positive visit from Canon Neysa on the first Sunday of the month. She presided over our service in the Labyrinth and then met with our Search Committee. She said that everything we are doing is great! She told us that she was going to have a very positive report to take back to the Bishop about her visit with us. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.
As time goes on we are becoming more efficient with setting up and putting things away for our outdoor services. There is still a problem with Social Distancing, especially at the entrances of the church and the Labyrinth. We all need to remind people to keep these areas clear.
Our problem with people trespassing on the property behind the church is ongoing and may continue to be so. We are in communication with the Florence Police Department about this situation. I spoke with a man who worshiped with us Sunday after spending the night camping on our property. I encouraged him to continue to worship with us, but informed him that our church policy is no camping on our property.
Thanks again to all who are making it possible to love and serve the Lord at St. Andrews!
God bless you all,
Ron Scott, Senior Warden
Junior Warden’s Report
Kindhearted Jesus, make us aware of your presence in every circumstance. Amen.
Item(s) of note for the month:
Many thanks to John Evanow for tending to our drip irrigation system – our beautiful garden and I so appreciate his good work.
We have been blessed with good weather & fellowship as we gather to worship outdoors. To insure our compliance with the Diocese & Oregon State requirements; if you arrive for the service and there are not appropriate chairs available for your use, Thank You for advising me or one of the Ushers so that we can accommodate your seating needs and maintain the required minimum of 6 feet distance between seats.
Our long-time cleaning professional & her family are moving to Mapleton – I’ll be working with her to establish a new schedule for cleaning which will be respectful of our usage commitments for the building.
We have been advised that the outdoor church property has been / is being used after-hours by some apparently un-housed people. Please know that we are monitoring this issue, and have been in contact with local authorities – I am very grateful to Sr Warden Ron Scott and BAC Member Pam Roberts for their assistance.
Lastly – while I was selfishly hoping that Katherine McBroom-Redwine would be at St Andrews forever (& a day!), I’m so happy for her & her family that their new adventure is moving forward. I will be ever in awe of Katherine’s kindness, insight, communication & organizational skills – many thanks & blessings to her on the next part of her journey.
Betty Malone, Jr. Warden
ST. ANDREW’S FINANCES FOR JULY, 2020
July, 2020, Income: $5,544.96
July, 2020, Expenses: $3,317.10
July, 2020, Net: $2,227.86
Jan.-July, 2020, Income: $45,911.19
Jan.-July, 2020, Expenses: $32,707.37
Jan.-July, 2020, Net: $13,203.82
One Holy Catholic Church
By Louise Landis
Let us not divide the Body of Christ
By whim or grim determination to be right.
Disciples of a wandering preacher
Before we knew He was the Son of God,
Fishermen, beggars, slaves and freemen,
Women and children. Many were ailing,
Most were sinners. He welcomed all who would listen.
With his death and resurrection
He gave s the kingdom of God.
He accepted us from the beginning.
Will he now reject us from his service
Because we are poor and wayward?
Because we are of other races?
Because we are women or gay?
He makes welcome all who will eat
Of his bread or drink of his wine.
from The Word Painter, ©2005
THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING ®
LIGHTHOUSE CHAPTER, September, 2020
Evaluating Your Profile Sheet
In this column during 2020, we’ve been exploring the seven motivational gifts according to Romans 12:6-8. with guidelines from the book “Discover your God-given Gifts”. You were invited to score yourself each month, so that a tally and evaluation could assist you in developing a profile sheet. Now is the time for those profile sheets. Something to remember: “there is only one of you in all the world, and God has designed you to be a vital part of the body of Christ.” (—D. & K. Fortune, from their book)
If you find you have close scores in determining a primary gift, there can be a number of reasons:
1) Your motivational gifts may have been squelched in childhood or are being hindered by some present circumstances.
2) A poor self-image, rendering you unable to get in touch with underlying personality and actual giftedness.
3) Current involvement in activities or employment that make use of a secondary gift vs innate giftedness.
4) Are you trying to be something you’re not? Or trying not to be something you are?
5) You may indeed have two motivational gifts that are equally strong because you have been gifted by God in just that way.
In the book there are Tie Breaker questions, which are more numerous than would be good for this column, but could be made available for you if you are wanting that help.
Here are some other suggestions that can help you make sure of your primary motivational gift.
1) Take a few days, weeks or even months to become more observant of your behavior,
then go through the questions for each gift again, scoring.
2) Look for patterns.
3) Look at problem characteristics.
4) Ask a spouse, close friend, relative to help you score or even score the test for you.
5) Ask the Lord. This may be most important. Keep in mind that God wants you to be a
well-functioning member of God’s Body, using your gifts to help others. God’s desire is
for you to have the joy that comes from using your motivational gift(s) to the fullest.
In reading from Romans 12 the verses 9a-21, we see a “capsulized prescription” for following Paul’s exhortations. No matter a person’s motivational gifts, when these exhortations are followed, life would be good and relationships would be healthy. Conversely, to the degree that we do not abide by them, we then fall short of fulfilling the law of love.
Our presiding Bishop Michael Curry has instituted the Way of Love:
1) TURN - pause, listen, choose to follow Jesus
2) LEARN - reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings
3) PRAY - Dwell intentionally with God each day
4) WORSHIP - Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God
5) BLESS - share faith and unselfishly give and serve
6) GO - cross boundaries, listen deeply, live like Jesus
7) REST - receive the gift of God’s grace, peace, and restoration
Next month this column will look at Jesus’s characteristics in all seven gifts!
United Thank Offering
Summer has flown by and if you have not heard the “good news”, the Diocese of Oregon Episcopal Church Women Board won the top award for their video depicting the board and friends racing for United Thank Offering. The Rev. Deacon Nancy Crawford from St. Mary, Eugene, was responsible for a wonderful video showing walkers who raised monies for the next grant cycle. $20,266 was raised to provide funds for two seed funding grants in a congregation that is responding to Covid-19.
The recent Province VIII meeting was done via the internet. We could not be present in Hawaii due to social distancing, but spirits were high as over 80 people were present at the virtual meeting! New officers were elected for the next Triennial (which at this time may also be postponed due to Covid-19). The officers for 2021 through 2024 are: Martha Estes, President (Diocese of LA), Madeline Sampson, Vice-President (Diocese of Navajoland), Winnie Follett, Secretary/Treasurer (Diocese of AZ), Kate Mietus, UTO Representative (Diocese of WA), and Louise Aloy, Church Periodical Club Representative(Diocese of HI).
Technology enabled us to go into “virtual rooms” to discuss new ways to “do church” as well as strategies to stay connected to each other during these stressful times. We learned that prayer groups, Bible studies and craft guilds may still meet virtually. Many of us found we have more in common as we learn a “new normal”. The Rev. Mary Janda (UT) lead us in a forgiveness workshop. As we look inward, we may remember that God loves us, no exceptions. Church communities working together using tools such as the Book of Common Prayer or the Lord's Prayer are good beginnings, no matter the current circumstances.
Your Diocesan Board will be meeting electronically on September 26. More details we be available soon as everyone is welcome. The smallest act of kindness will go far during these changing times. Be grateful and share a virtual hug!
Diocese of Oregon United Thank Offering Representative
Announcement from UTO
United Thank Offering recently held a virtual race to raise grant funds which will be used for Ministries responding to Covid-19. At this time $20,266 has been raised to fund these grants. We are proud to announce the Diocese of Oregon Episcopal Church Women has won the top award for their video depicting board members and friends racing for UTO! The Rev. Deacon Nancy Crawford, their videographer, did a stellar job and the video may be viewed on the Episcopal Church Women of Oregon (ECW) Facebook page.
Search Committee Update
Thank you for completing the Questionnaire! The information will help provide a better profile for prospective candidates. Once we add the questionnaire data to the profile, add a few photos, we will be ready to send the Profile to Canon Neysa. Once we have Canon Neysa’s approval, our profile is posted on the Diocese employment website. From there, our hope is the right priest will be waiting for us!
Rosemary Rebello, Chair
ECW Annual Meeting
From Mary Andrew:
To our women parishioners: Regarding our Annual ECW meeting; because of the Pandemic it will be on Zoom.
The annual meeting will be on September 26 at 10AM and you do need to register.
A ZOOM ADVENTURE
Saturday, September 26 at 10 AM.
We are most grateful to have Canon Martha K. Estes as our inspirational speaker. She serves as Vice President of Province VIII ECW and representative to the ECW National Board.
Please register as soon as possible by following the instructions below.
2020 ECW Annual Meeting
Due to COVID-19 and restrictions on meeting in person, this year’s Annual Meeting will be an on-line zoom gathering, and you are invited!
WHEN: September 26, 2020 TIME: 10 AM
Registration is easy… just send an email with the following information to
Robin Powel and she will send you the zoom link.
Worship participants, September 2020
EM Steve Skidmore
Reader Dorland Neale
Ushers Jane Salamone/Tia Menser
EM Ron Scott
Reader Pat McArdle
EM Maggie Doud
Reader Kathy Lenox
Ushers Tom/Carole Velvin
EM Betty Malone
Reader Anne Evanow
Ushers John Evanow + 1
News from the Parish
From STEPHANIE AND CHUCK:
My knee revision surgery went very well on this past Friday (Aug. 28th), and I will be coming home tomorrow afternoon. Both of our Daughters are with us now and have been taking Chuck back and forth every day, so that he can be here with
And they will be there with us this whole week.for good care. Then our Son will be here next Sat. when the girls leave. So we will be covered with loving family.
We continue to miss our St. Andrews family of friends but are hoping to be back as soon as Dr.says it's o.k.
Warm Hugs and love to All.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water!
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days.
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
SPREAD THE WORD - PLEASE SHARE.
Note from Church Secretary
The Church Directory was printed and is ready for you to pick up. It is on the usual table in the Parish Hall.
Don’t forget to call or e-mail the church office if you plan to attend worship services at St. Andrew’s – on Wednesdays, Sundays or both. We are keeping attendance lists for contact tracing purposes.
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