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Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

I am back from vacation, but as this is the first Sunday of the month Fr. Ron will be preaching and presiding.  I look forward to worshiping with you next Sunday.  Let me remind you of a few practices we all need to maintain in order to stay safe:

  • Please do not attend services if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has been diagnosed with the disease.
  • We all need to remain at least 6 feet apart from people not in our households at all times, including when coming forward for Communion.  The green worship guides mark the places where you can sit and maintain that distance from others.
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless you are serving as a Cantor, Lector, Intercessor or Celebrant.  If you leave your mask in the car, just grab one from the basket (and don't put it back).
  • Only the Cantor will sing the hymns and the service music.  The rest of us may hum along, but wearing a mask doesn't begin to offset the increased risk of infection that singing presents versus normal breathing.
  • In order to avoid passing diseases along with the offering plate we ask you to leave your offering in the basin by the font as you come into church.
  • At the conclusion of the service please exit the building immediately so that we can minimize everyone's exposure.  Some of us have been staying after the service for an outdoor coffee hour; feel free to sit at a picnic table or bring a chair, and be sure to keep 6 feet apart from people who aren't in your household.
  • In the event you test positive for COVID-19, please advise me (or Fr. Ron, if I am away) immediately so that we may advise everyone else who was in church with you.  We will not identify the person who has reported being infected, only that there was someone at church that day who has tested positive.  The Ushers are keeping track of who is present at each service; these records are destroyed after 2 weeks.

Even as we are able to gather in person, we continue to live stream our Sunday service at 10:00 am via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website.  We continue to stream the 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting https://zoom.us/j/7858850465, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 785-885-0465. Copies of the Bulletin, Prayers of the People and Music have been sent out under deperate cover. A copy of the Children's Bulletin is attached for families with youngsters.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community.  We collected well in excess of $600 for our July Healing Sunday offering, which will be given to Arundel House of Hope.  You may make a special gift to the Healing Sunday offering by making a note on the memo line of your check or your electronic gift.

The Rector's Discretionary Fund is a means of enabling me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community. I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

A final note for this week; On July 29th and 30th, St. Andrew’s again hosted a Red Cross blood drive in the great hall. 58 units of whole blood were collected helping to save the lives of 174 people. The Red Cross will return four times this Fall to again collect blood. They have scheduled September 16th, October 15th, November 12th and December 16th as days they will be at St. Andrew’s.  The link to make an appointment to donate is: https://www.redcrosslood.org/give.

Please contact Charlie Day at chezday81@gmail.com or 410-428-7309 if you would like to help to staff the hall, check temperatures, register donors, and manage snacks on any of those days.  We have two shifts mornings from 9:30 to 1:15 and afternoons from 1:00 to 4:445.  The Red Cross is very appreciative of our willingness to support them through these challenging times.

--Fr. Jason


For those of us who want to continue to affirm the ongoing normative role of the Bible in the life of the church, it will not do to dismiss the concerns raised about the Bible from many quarters.  The path forward is not a return to the naivete of a previous generation, but a journeying through the hard questions while being informed by the roots of the tradition bequeathed to us.  I propose instead that we adopt the posture of Jacob and refuse to let go of the text until it blesses us.  Stated differently, we adopt a hermeneutic of trust in which we are patient with the text in the belief that when interpreted properly it will bring a blessing and not a curse."

--Fr. Esau McCaulley


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