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State of the Parish: 2020

Posted by Fr. Andrew Van Kirk on

Fr. Andrew presented the following address to the Annual Meeting of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on January 26, 2020. Thank you for being here at the 2020 Annual Meeting of St. Andrew’s. It is my privilege to be with you this morning in Michie Hall, named for our first rector, and give...

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What the...!

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Stephanie’s and my youngest, Drew, is 4 1/2. He’s developed the habit of responding to unexpected situations with an emphatic “What the…!” This two-word expression leaves too much to the imagination. Specifically it leaves the third word to the imagination, and...

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Choosing the Right Christmas Service at St. Andrew's

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Posted by Fr. Andrew Van Kirk on

At this point the thing that remains in our Advent and Christmas schedule is — Christmas. The most important part. Our Christmas Eve schedule is all over the place — in the bulletins, on Facebook, on the outdoor banners, and on this website. But because not all our Christmas services...

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Beyond the Usual Christmas Music

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I am always on the lookout this season for Advent or Christmas music that I’m not hearing in every public gathering place. Something beyond Jingle Bells, or even “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (despite how well that latter song goes with our Message of the Angels theme). One...

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The Fireworks of Advent

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Did you know that Eastern Orthodox Christians are fasting right now? The traditional practice is to abstain from all red meat, poultry, meat products, eggs, dairy products, fish, oil, and wine during Advent. I don’t know about you, but I have some Christmas parties coming up, where the...

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People Reaching People

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We are excited this week to be welcoming the board of People Reaching People, the support organization for the Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd and the Rev. Patsy McGregor. Bishop Todd is the Bishop of the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar, one of the newest dioceses in the Anglican communion and one that...

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Our New Grief Group

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On October 9 at 7:00 pm, a new ministry at St. Andrew’s will get underway: an open grief group led by our Stephen Ministers. I want to tell you a little about this group. First, What is it? And second, Who are these Stephen Ministers leading it? An open grief group is a group that anyone...

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Just as Rain Bird can't beat the rain...

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“I spread out my hands to you; my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.” -Psalm 143:6 It’s October and it’s 90 degrees! Late summer has seemed to drag on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on. For weeks my weather app has seemed to be broken — every...

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Roof Replacement

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So you may not have heard, but there's an unpublished chapter of Dante's Inferno which describes a special circle of hell in which the roof is constantly being replaced immediately above the head of the condemned.   Our fantastic office manager Brandi and I are currently living...

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You're Doing Good

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One of my most deeply cherished spiritual encounters in the first few years I was a priest happened over lunch. I was meeting a man new to the church I was serving, whom I barely knew at all, at a restaurant. He’d arrived before me, and when I got to the table, he asked without any...

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