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Church in-person activities suspended to prevent spread of coronavirus - Join us online!
On March 12, Bishop Haynes asked all churches in Southern Virginia to suspend all in-person activities until further notice in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. Visit our blog for information about when and how we will re-gather in person. Worship Online with us: Join us live on Zoom each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Link to join the service is emailed weekly. Join our email list here. You can also worship with us on our Facebook page. In addition to recordings of our weekly worship, daily prayer videos are also posted on Facebook.

Conversations on Racism
Click here if you've missed any of the video conversations between Anne members of the Black community that explore racism and white privilege. These videos, originally posted on Facebook, are now being saved to our YouTube channel.

Seeking Vestry nominees!
Even in the midst of the pandemic, the life of the church continues on. We will hold our Annual Congregational Meeting on December 13 and are currently working out the details--streaming? live? a combination? Stay tuned. It is likely that our voting for vestry members will be via mail-in ballot, and we will send you more information about that in coming weeks. Meanwhile, now is the time to submit names for vestry nominees. We need four people to become the vestry class of 2023, and one of them maybe you. Nominations need to be submitted by November 2nd. Please see the attached form for information about eligibility, expectations, and how to nominate yourself or someone else. Click here for a nomination form.

Stewardship 2021 – Giving Together
Our 2021 Stewardship campaign will kick off with an opening video from Doug Burgoyne, our Stewardship chair, on Sunday, September 27.  Doug will be asking parishioners to speak each Sunday in October, as part of our Sunday services, or to write a Stewardship article for the October newsletters.  Sunday, November 1 will be Stewardship Ingathering Sunday and our pledge cards will be blessed on Sunday, November 8. The 2021 Stewardship packets were mailed on September 21.  If you do not receive yours, please call the church office (595-0371) and we will send you one. Let us celebrate this time of appreciation for all the blessings we enjoy as we “give together.”

Young Adult Ministry Team forming
As all of us try to weather the pandemic, statistics show that young adults are having a particularly difficult time. While they are not as susceptible as older adults to the physical toll of COVID, the collateral damage (school, work, and social opportunities upended; intense isolation and loneliness, etc.) is having a devastating effect on young people’s mental health. Anxiety, depression, drug use and overdose, and suicide rates are all increasing among this age group. St. Andrew’s has a number of young adult members—some are current college students; others have already entered the work force or are trying to do so. All of them can use our love and prayers and support. And we know that many young adults in our society have no church connection at all or have become disconnected from their childhood churches for a variety of reasons. As people of faith, we know that all our hope on God is founded, that our relationship with Jesus and with one another is the bedrock of our lives. How can we share our faith with today’s suffering young people, helping them to find in Jesus the solid ground on which to stand even in the midst of these disorienting times? The need is urgent. Dan Waddill and Anne Kirchmier will be convening a Young Adult Ministry Team to help us at St. Andrew’s come up with concrete ways to reach out not only to our own young adults, but also to those outside of our faith community. We have some ideas in mind, but no firm plan—that’s what the team is for, to brainstorm and then implement ideas. We need your help. Our first meeting will be a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 PM.  Please join us, using this link. All are welcome.  If you are interested in being part of the team but unable to attend the first meeting, just let Anne or Dan know.

A St. Andrew’s Church “Pilgrimage”
Do you have a desire to spend a bit of quiet time in the church?  We can make that possible. Sign up by contacting Bill Wilds (595-0371 or saec.bill19@verizon.net) between 9:00 AM and noon to reserve an hour time slot (you don’t have to remain the whole time). The times are: Tuesdays 10:00 AM and noon; Wednesdays 1:00 PM; Thursdays 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Come to the Main Street doors and ring for us. We’ll let you in. Put on a face mask, sanitize your hands, and we’ll give you a card. Find a favorite spot to sit in the church, and leave the card where you sat. There may be music rehearsing happening at that time.  Bring some reading material if you wish.

Resources for Families while we are at home during COVID-19
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for our NEW Family Resource Center and to learn how you can join in Children's Chapel each Sunday at 11:15 via ZOOM!

Episcopal Relief & Development
At this time of uncertainty with Covid, the recent East Coast storm, the storms affecting the Midwest, and the explosions in Baltimore and Beirut, Episcopal Relief & Development can use our help.  If you would like to make a financial donation to ERD, please make your check payable to St. Andrew’s and write “ERD” in the memo section.

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St. Andrew’s Net email newsletter
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St. Andrew’s Net print newsletter
For those who prefer to have a print newsletter, the St. Andrew’s Net is available in print version, mailed weekly. If you would like to receive the print version of the newsletter, contact the parish office, 595-0371 or saec0371@gmail.com.

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