THE ST. ANDREW’S SEPTEMBER NEWS
Dear Members of the Community of St. Andrew:
This newsletter begins the effort to move St. Andrew’s communications to the internet and allow the Propers (readings) for the month to be listed for all to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest! Copies of the E-News will be made available at church for those who do not have web access. The intent is to get news out once a month. At this time there is no particular order of priority in the posting. There will inevitably be other emails sent out as concerns and possibilities arise, stay connected!
Let Us Love One Another as Christ Loved Us,
Reception for Deacon Shirley
Deacon Shirley is retiring to her home in Texas. Deacon served St. Andrew’s for many years and is beloved by the people of St. Andrew. A reception in her honor is being held Sep 18 (7-9 PM) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in North Tonawanda; 61 Payne Avenue. Please call Sandy to let her know if you’re planning to attend.
ALL CARE PHYSICAL THERAPY to care for our grounds!
In exchange for the use of our parking lot, All Care Physical Therapy has consented to help St. Andrew’s by mowing and taking care of the landscaping of our church property. Please offer prayers of Thanksgiving for All Care. We are so blessed!
Use of Our Space
St. Andrew’s is in discernment with the Buffalo Mindfulness Community about use of our space. Several parishioners met with members of their community last weekend. Mother Sarah learned Mindfulness (or Vipassana) meditation from an Episcopal priest at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. Holy Cross was the first indigenous religious order in the United States. One of the rare stained glass windows of the founder, of Holy Cross, James Otis Sargent Huntington, is in our chancel. In the 30’s, Holy Cross brothers used to come to St. Andrew’s on preaching missions. (Please note the Celebration of the Holy Cross (9/14) listed on the calendar below and keep the Order of the Holy Cross in your prayers). Others in the Episcopal Church who practice this form of meditation are Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, including the Bishop of Massachusetts. Buffalo Mindfulness is also looking at other sites. Please keep their community and ours in prayer for our mutual discernment.
Getting Rid of Stuff/Making Room for the Future
Our Getting Rid of Stuff/Making Room for the Future Sale was a great success. Running for only 3 hours, we got rid of a lot of stuff, but not just “got rid of”, were able to provide goods and give aways for: a start up church, families with furniture and household goods and students with furniture. Joe was on hand in the kitchen with home made goods for our visitors; Carrie, Virginia, Barbara, David, Bobbie, Fr. Stephen and Mother Sarah were on hand to assist folks as needed and Angie accompanied our activities practicing the piano! The highlight of the day was getting to know folks in the neighborhood, especially students from all over the world. Many expressed interest in having an place and opportunity for university students to get to know each other by gathering in interfaith conversation.
Giving to Journey’s End
St. Andrew’s has also made contact and provision to give much of what we no longer need but could be of use to Journey’s End Refugee Center a reality. Virginia is the contact for this initiative.
Received for Sale of Property
A check for the sale of the back lot has been received. We can claim this as living authentically into our vision statement of being a transforming agent for university heights. A back yard for children far exceeds becoming a repository for Fraternity House debris! Speaking of Fraternity House debris: I have spoken to Matthew, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. Matthew no longer lives in the house but has volunteered to make sure our lot is cleaned up every Sunday morning. However, should you ever come to church and find debris or broken glass in the parking lot, please call Buffalo Police Non-Emergency: 853-2222. The Police will come only if someone is on site.
Fr. Stephen will continue with our offering of Centering Prayer at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Those who have participated have found this very beneficial in reducing stress. And, our prayer to be open to God seems to be being answered. See following:
Making Space for Others
Over the past the past four months, as the St. Andrew’s community has been reshaping, focusing and opening, many conversations have begun about the Mission of the St. Andrew’s Building. Later in October, we will be hosting a conversation with those in our neighborhood, city and university about a Global Buffalo initiative. Stay tuned and keep this in your prayers.
Note the New Toilet in the Men’s Room!
Thank you Barbara for making this happen!
Elaine is taking a break and will no longer be preparing our Sunday leaflets. Thank you Elaine for all of your consistent and hard work in making sure we had leaflets without an administrator! Mark and Angie have volunteered to take on discerning how we might best provide for leaflets and/or readings. Until the decision is made, we will continue by using the Book of Common Prayer with page numbers and hymns announced. While we are on this topic: Let us offer our fullest prayers of thanksgiving for Angie’s ministry of music! We are truly blessed.
OUR NEW LIFE
Since Archbishop Terry’s visit June, 26, we have gained a new sense of community and direction. To this end, during August, Mother Sarah has been teaching and preaching about Baptism and the Emergent Church in her Sunday sermons. In September, in his sermons Fr. Stephen will incorporate teaching on The Eucharist. In October, Mother Sarah will focus on The Book of Common Prayer and Our Liturgy and, in November, Mother Sarah and Fr. Smith will alternate preach and teaching while weaving in reflection on Anglo-Catholicism: its heritage, St. Andrew’s heritage in the movement and what recoveries of practice may be most vital for the Church today.
EMAIL CONVERSATION ABOUT ST. ANDREWS
By now you should all have the group list of emails for the Community of St. Andrew and received the email from Mother Sarah inviting you into conversation as to the needs and wants for your spiritual life and the church. Please respond with your comments to the group email list. This will enable us to be in an online conversation and come to common understanding together. (Again, if you prefer your response to be anonymous, you may reply to Mother Sarah alone and your thoughts will be discreetly integrated).
OUR NATIONAL STATUS
As well as gaining listing on the National Historic Register, St. Andrew’s has now become a Partner Parish with the Episcopal Church Foundation. Not only will this enable us to gain support from ECF, we will be contributing to the development of the Episcopal Church by sharing our experience.
From: Donald Romanik
Executive Director of Executive Director of the Episcopal Church Foundation
August 25, 2010
We are pleased to consider St. Andrew’s Church in Buffalo as a partner parish of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). Through this relationship, ECF will remain in regular contact and communication with the congregation as it continues to discern its future and as ECF lives into its mission of helping Episcopal communities of faith develop leadership and raise resources for ministry. Together, ECF and St. Andrew’s will be about the work of transformation, growth and responding to God’s call in very practical and innovative ways. We may also develop models and best practices that can be replicated and shared with other congregations with similar challenges and opportunities. We look forward to walking with you on this journey.
For those who are reading aloud in church, and any others who may be interested, following are the lessons for the Sundays in September. A hint for lay readers: look at the reading on the lectern as soon as you come to church; make sure you know exactly where it is in case a page needs to be turned; if the next reading is on another page than the reading you read, please turn the page for the next reader. Go through the text at home and at church before services and make sure you know how to pronounce any odd words and all the names!