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Christmas 2014 at St. Andrew’s
Parish Mission
St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Church celebrates
God’s love
for all people
as we grow together
in God,
invite others to
experience God
through Jesus Christ,
and share in
God’s work
5 p.m.: Back to Bethlehem:
A Christmas Service for All
The story of Jesus’ birth will
unfold through a Christmas
pageant performed by the
children of the parish, readings
and traditional carols. The service has been redesigned to
include more speaking parts
for children, and will continue
to be just over an hour in length. Although designed with children in mind, people of all ages
will enjoy this moving Christmas celebration.
10 p.m.: Traditional Christmas Eve Celebration
Our worship will begin in the stillness and darkness of the night as meditative music is played.
The joyous sounds of handbells and pipe organ will break the silence to invite worshipers to
celebrate the holy night Christ was born through carols, prayers and readings. The St. Andrew’s Choir and Handbell Choir will add to the festive nature of this worship experience.
of changing lives
in our community
and beyond.
Parish Goal:
To strengthen
an effective
parish-wide network
and establish
a culture for the
advancement of
God's purpose.
10:30 a.m.: Simple Celebration of
Holy Communion
Invite your friends and
neighbors to celebrate
Christmas at St. Andrew’s
Beginning on November 30th, all are
invited to pick up full-color invitaSaturday, December 27 at 5:00 p.m.: A simple Cele- tions with details about our Christmas Eve celebrations. If you’re unabration of Holy Communion.
ble to be at church during December,
Parish Administrator Jan Brega can
Sunday, December 28 at 10:00 a.m.: A Christmas
send you some invitations upon reLessons and Carols service with Holy Communion will
quest. She can be reached at
be celebrated. Continue to enjoy your favorite Christ413.567.5901 or admin@st-andrews
mas carols! There will be no 8 a.m. service on this day.
CHRISTMAS 1: Weekend after Christmas
W h i l e
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Advent Message from the Rector
Dear St. Andrew’s Community,
By the time you read this newsletter, our Advent journey
for 2014 will have just begun. Advent is the four-week
liturgical season leading up to Christmas. It’s a time of
hopeful anticipation and preparation as we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus during the Season of Christmas.
Advent helps us stay grounded and centered in God as
the rest of the world encourages busyness to the extreme
this time of year. I encourage
you for your holistic wellbeing to truly practice Advent
and slow down. Enjoy the gift
of each moment so we can
better receive the gift of God
living among us through Jesus Christ.
Our worship and formation
offerings will help you practice Advent – please see the separate articles to learn
more about how these offerings will assist you to grow
closer to God this Advent.
I invite you to reflect on this poem to help set the tone
for Advent:
Guide Me into an Unclenched Moment
Gentle me, Holy One, into an unclenched moment, a
deep breath, a letting go of heavy expectancies, of
shriveling anxieties, of dead certainties, that,
softened by the silence, surrounded by the light, and
open to the mystery, I may be found by wholeness,
upheld by the unfathomable, entranced by the simple, and filled with the joy that is you.
W a i t
Worship in Advent
Our liturgies will be more contemplative in nature to
help us be still in the midst of our busy lives. The church
will be a rest stop on the highway of life during what has
become a busy time of year. You will still find worship
engaging and you won’t get bored, however! All are welcome to come 10 minutes before each service for quiet
meditation. The lights will be dimmed and candles will
be lit to help us center. As you
enter the worship space regardless of what time you arrive for worship, please find a
seat without disturbing those
around you. Please visit with
your friends after the service.
At the 10 a.m. service, prelude
music will be another tool to
help center us. To help us
mark our journey to the manger, we will light candles on
the Advent Wreath. The 10
a.m. liturgy will feature rich Advent music.
Advent Lessons and Carols with
Schola Nova: December 6
On December 6 at 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s will host Advent
Lessons and Carols based on an early 20th century service
from King’s College, Cambridge. The service will include
prayers, readings and music to help us celebrate the holy
season of Advent. Schola Nova, a sacred music choral
group, will enrich our liturgy.
From Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted
I look forward to continuing Advent with you!
Advent blessings,
The Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, Rector
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A d v e n t
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Annual Visit from St. Nicholas:
December 7 at 10 a.m.
Including Adopt-a-Family gift ingathering, and festive brunch to follow.
On the Second Sunday of Advent each year, St. Nicholas
visits St. Andrew’s at the 10 a.m. service. He will be sharing highlights of his life and ministry as part of the children’s message and will help us bless the gifts collected
for the Adopt-a-Family program. Although this is geared
for children, people of all ages enjoy learning about this
4th century saint. The Missions Committee and the Men
of St. Andrew’s invite all to have brunch with St. Nicholas
following the service.
A n d r e w ’ s
Discovering Mary: An Introduction to
Mary’s Significance in Christianity
November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21 - 9 to 9:45
a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Room
Each Advent and Christmas we hear biblical accounts of
Mary, Jesus’ mother. In essence, we then put her away
for another year until Advent and Christmas rolls around
again. In this course, participants will discover more
about Mary, her role in Christianity, and how she can be a
source of inspiration for our own faith journey. Participants will learn different theological perspectives on
Mary in various Christian traditions, including her place in
the Episcopal/Anglican tradition. Come explore!
Wednesday Evenings in Advent
Since the fourth Wednesday in Advent is also Christmas
Eve, we only have three evenings of Advent formation
this year. Please join us at 7 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s
Room for any or all of these offerings!
December 3: Kevin Gilmartin will lead us in a hands-on
discussion of Art as a spiritual practice.
December 10: Kathy Glista of Saint David’s will lead us in a
conversation about the labyrinth, followed by an opportunity to walk it. (This is part of our “Be Still Week”.)
Carol Sing: December 14 at 4:30
St. Andrew’s will host an Advent and Christmas carol sing
sponsored by St. Mary’s, First Church of Christ, U.C.C.
and St. Andrew’s. This is a
multigenerational event.
Cookies and hot cocoa will be
served. St. Nicholas will be
joining us! Bring family and
friends — this is a great
chance to sing all your favorites!
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December 17: Michael Carney will lead us in a conversation about Advent music.
Be Still Week: December 14 –19
Our second ever Be Still Week begins on Sunday, December 14. We will post hours when the chapel will be open
and the labyrinth will be out. Feel free to walk the labyrinth, pray in front of an icon or just enjoy quiet time in a
holy place. This Be Still Week also includes a session on
the labyrinth on Wednesday evening, December 10, at
7:00, led by Kathy Glista, from Saint David’s. The session
will be an informal conversation that should help to
make the labyrinth more meaningful for everyone involved.
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December Dates at a Glance
6 p.m.
7 p.m. Walking the Labyrinth in
6 p.m. Pageant Rehearsal
12/14 4:30 p.m. Community Carol Sing at St.
Andrew's with First Church
and St. Mary's
Saturday 5 p.m.
12/17 5:30 p.m. Pageant Rehearsal
Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
7 p.m. Music in Advent
10 a.m. Pageant Rehearsal
5 p.m. Back to Bethlehem Service
with Pageant
10 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve
10:30 Holy Communion
5 p.m. Holy Communion
10 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Staff and Contact Information
The Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, Rector
The Rev. Dr. Harvey Hill, Associate Rector
Jan Brega, Parish Administrator
Melissa Danehey, Young Family Ministries Director
Michael Carney, Director of Music Ministry
St. Andrew’s Schedule:
Weekend Eucharist:
Weekday Eucharist with Prayers for Healing:
Wednesday 12:15 p.m., with the exception of
the first Wednesday of the month, when the service
will be held at Glenmeadow at 10:15 a.m.
Contemplative Prayer:
2nd & 4th Wednesday Evening, 6 p.m.
Parish Office Hours:
9 a.m. –2:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-noon.
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7 p.m. Art as a Spiritual Practice - St.
Andrew's Room
5 p.m. Celtic Candlelight &
7 p.m. Lessons and Carols with
Schola Nova
10 a.m. Visit from St. Nicholas, Adopta-Family Ingathering and
3:30 p.m. Suzuki Program Multicultural
Interfaith Holiday Sing Along
and Café
Contemplative Prayer Chapel
Pizza lunch and Pageant
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The Church Without Walls: Could you help?
The Church Without Walls is thriving as an active ministry of St. Andrew’s
Church. Our Springfield street ministry to the homeless and marginalized continues to draw participants on a weekly basis. We made a presentation at Diocesan Convention which was well-received and has brought new interest
from other churches in our Diocese. We are also partnering in a new initiative
to minister to homeless veterans in Springfield.
Because of our new partners, St. Andrew’s no longer has the responsibility for
making sandwiches. Each Sunday a different church in our area (St. Mark’s,
St. Peter’s, Christ Church Cathedral, South Congregational, and Southwick
Community Episcopal Church) makes and brings the sandwiches to Court
Square where we meet each Sunday at noon. This is great news!
We are asking for a different kind of help from the folks at St. Andrew’s. Each
week we make a large pot of coffee to take with us. We are hoping to find
one or more people who could commit (weekly, monthly?) to take on this
task of making coffee. It could be a shared responsibility, including folks from
all three of our weekend services. Here is what needs to be done:
Coffee pot filled with water and basket filled with coffee (Could be done
by a “five o’clocker”).
Creamer and sugar put into orange container.
Coffee pot plugged in (must be done by 9:30 on Sunday).
Coffee “assembled” (after the 10:00 service).
Please contact any member of the Core Team if you would like to take on
any/all of this important ministry.
Karen Gladwin, Larry Morrow, Randy Galinat, Mike Scuderi, Wende Wheeler
CWW Core Team Members
Stewardship Reflection
I recently came across a reflection
about stewardship that struck me
with its power and meaning.
“Let us not arrive safely because we
sailed too close to shore.”
The writer, a parishioner in an Episcopal church in Arizona, was urging his
readers to take bold steps in imagining what was possible for their
church. Over the four years my husband and I have been members of St.
Andrew’s we have seen the parish
flourish. We are immensely grateful
to be part of such a vibrant and
meaningful community, and we are
also committed to sustaining it with
our stewardship.
Each of us in the parish has a role to
play in nourishing our community
and helping it continue to thrive—our
involvement in any of the many ministries that give witness to our mission; our willingness to reach out to
one another in need; our participation in worship together; and our
commitment to financial support that
reflects the importance of St. Andrew’s in our lives.
The key words in our mission statement express the joyful message of
God’s love that is at the heart of the
St. Andrew’s experience:
The Stewardship Formation Team
invites you to celebrate our community by sharing in God’s work through
your gifts, and we thank you for your
Our CWW community very much appreciates coffee on a cold day.
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Linda Cardillo Platzer
for the Stewardship Formation Team
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Adult Formation Notes
Contemplative Prayer
We are still experimenting with contemplative prayer at
Saint Andrew’s. The Contemplative Prayer Group has
been meeting at 6:00 in the chapel on the second and
fourth Wednesdays of the month. We will continue as
usual on the second Wednesday (12/10), but NOT the
fourth Wednesday, which is Christmas Eve. Beginning in
January, we will probably adjust our schedule and perhaps our format. In the meantime, we welcome newcomers as well as more experienced contemplators.
Mid-week Manna
Mid-week Manna seems especially valuable in the midst
of Christmas craziness. Take a few minutes in the middle
of your Wednesdays for a quiet Eucharist and healing
prayers (in the chapel at 12:15) and/or conversation
about one of the books in the Apocrypha, First Maccabees (in the Saint Andrew’s Room at 1:00). Our last session of Mid-Week Manna for 2014 will be December 17.
We will resume the first Wednesday in January.
Book Corner:
Read the Bible in a Year:
An On-line Formation Offering
Have you thought about reading the Bible, but the task
just seemed too daunting? Or wanted to come to the
weekly Bible Study, but the schedule didn’t work with
yours? This on-line opportunity may be for you.
Using The Bible Challenge by Marek Zabriskie, we will undertake a complete reading of the Bible in 2015. The
book provides a structure by designating a portion of the
Old Testament, the Psalter and the New Testament each
day. It also offers daily commentaries which are authored
by bishops, priests and scholars from around the world.
Thought-provoking questions are also provided to invite
the reader into deeper consideration of the text. The
time commitment for any single day is small, but if you
stick with the program you will read the entire Bible in
2015. Those of us who participate may decide to meet
occasionally, but we are thinking that people will mostly
“discuss” what they are reading in a group blog.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Father Harvey ( or
Wende Wheeler ( You will
need a copy of the book (available in paperback or as an e
-book) and a Bible. We anticipate beginning in midJanuary.
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer
Christian Wiman, poet and editor of Poetry Magazine, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the middle of the
last decade. As he struggled to come to terms with his own mortality and to make sense of his life, Wiman rediscovered the power of his childhood faith. But Wiman is too sophisticated, and his experience too raw, for him to settle for
naïve religious clichés. This book is the result.
My Bright Abyss takes the form of a series of short meditations, grouped into chapters by
theme. Throughout, Wiman intersperses poetry, theology, and memoir. Wiman’s meditation on
the human condition is surely not for everyone. At points it is almost painful to read. Other meditations are intellectually challenging. But if one takes it slowly, My Bright Abyss repays the
effort. Wiman manages to acknowledge the tragedy of human life, the inadequacy of some religious responses, and the power of faith in a God beyond our language but intimately involved in
our experience. At the end of the book Wiman still struggles, and yet he also finds a sort of redemption that will speak powerfully to many modern believers and seekers alike.
Reviewed by Fr. Harvey Hill
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Mission Happenings
November Recap
$125 went to the 2nd Annual Wounded
Warrior 5k Run in Longmeadow November 8. The event drew 700 people and
raised $15,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project’s programs and services for
injured service members.
$300 went to the Community Survival Center of Indian
Orchard to purchase turkeys for Thanksgiving meals.
Special thanks to Judy Mish and Susie and Bob Hutchins
for supporting the Thanksgiving basket project at Open
Pantry Community Services November 15.
Blustery weather on November 2 didn’t deter the saints
of St. Andrew’s. About 40 walkers participated in the 37th
Annual Greater Springfield CROP Hunger Walk through
Forest Park. St. Andrew’s donation that day was close to
$600, about $60 of that in quarters from our church
school children. Overall, the walk raised more than
$20,000 to end hunger and poverty locally and around
the world.
Salvation Army “Adopt-aFamily” Program
At press time, ornaments were still available for the
Adopt-a-Family Program. Take one or more ornaments
from the tables near the chapel and buy one or more of
the gifts listed. Or pass along an ornament and cash to
any member of the Missions Committee to shop on your
behalf. Return gifts (in gift bags, unwrapped, with ornament tags attached) to the altar on or before December
7, then celebrate with a Saint Nicholas brunch after the
10:00 service. What a wonderful way to share God’s
abundant love with neighbors who have experienced
hardship this year!
Adopt-a-Family tag/ornaments were made this year by
our hard-working church school children.
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St. Andrew’s Women’s
Book Club
Vestry Highlights
At its October 21st meeting, the Vestry:
* Revised the 2015 preliminary budget to incorporate some salary increases as recommended by the Human Resources Committee and to
add a Youth Ministry Coordinator
position (this person will help Fr.
Derrick oversee this ministry for
grades 6-12 currently being overseen
by Fr. Derrick).
* Finalized plans to roll out the Vestry-Contact-of-the-Week
* discussed the possibility of
adopting a consent agenda approach
to help the Vestry capitalize on its
meeting time
* Reviewed some new ministry initiatives sponsored by St. Andrew’s including the new approach to Children’s Choir, the worship service at
Glenmeadow, and Midweek Manna.
For additional information about this
meeting, please see the approved
October minutes (to be approved at
the November 25th meeting).
Minutes are posted on the Vestry
bulletin board in the Narthex. If you
have any questions, please ask the
On November 20th, a wonderful circle of friends gathered to
discuss our first book club selection, The Paris Wife, by
Paula McClain. All opinions,
ideas and insights were enthusiastically embraced and analyzed! Dene Kimball courageously joined our
women’s group and enlightened us with his literary perspectives.
We are pleased to announce our next book selection: The Boat House Café,
written by our very own Linda Cardillo! Linda is an active member of St. Andrew’s and an extremely talented woman and author. Visit her website to
discover more about her and how you can order a copy of her book. We will
meet in January – date and time to be determined. Happy Reading!
Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Sing Along
The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) and St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Church invite all to join us for a free multicultural interfaith holiday sing-along
and café on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3:30PM at St. Andrew’s Church, 335
Longmeadow St. (Rt. 5) in Longmeadow.
The STEP Suzuki Strings, STEP's multigenerational performing ensemble aged
five to adult, will provide the instrumental accompaniment for the sing-along
as well as perform classics by Bach, Handel and Martini, fiddle tunes and other seasonal favorites. Listeners will enjoy the music of voices and strings,
while adding to the spirit of unity as we come together in song. Our hope is
to gain more understanding and appreciation of each other’s faiths as we
share international holiday music, traditions and food from the celebrations
of Chanukah, Christmas and Reyes (Three Kings Day). Families are encouraged to bring their children.
After intermission there will be a Community Holiday Café where interested
vocal and instrumental musicians from the Greater Springfield community
can perform their holiday or religious favorites while listeners enjoy holiday
New Glenmeadow Ministry
Beginning last October, St. Andrew’s
launched a new ministry at Glenmeadow, a retirement community in
Longmeadow. On the first Wednesday
of each month at 10:15 a.m., Fr. Derrick and St. A’s parishioners lead a simple celebration of Holy Communion
open to all Glenmeadow residents.
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foods and beverages. To sign up to
donate holiday foods & beverages, or
to perform for the Open Mic during
the café, please sign up on the Interfaith Holiday Sing-along & Café signup in the narthex. For more information, contact STEP Director Lani
Bortfeld at (413)734-4458 or
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Young Family Ministries
It’s Pageant Time!
If your little actor or actress has given you a hint that
they want to be on stage for Christmas Eve here are the
dates for the rehearsals.
Saturday December 13 6pm – 7pm- Obtain costumes,
parts and lines (if holding a speaking part)
Wednesday December 17- 5:30 – 7pm- Pageant rehearsal in Sanctuary
Advent Rotation
The church school will put aside the regular classes and
lessons and learn in a different way for the month of December. We will learn about the events that led up to
the birth of Jesus while experiencing, crafts, drama,
games and videos. Church school will be held at the same
time and place; 9:45am -10:40am, downstairs in the undercroft.
Saturday December 20 10am –
11:30am- Pageant Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Sunday December 21 - 11:15-11:40
pizza lunch- 11:50 – 1:15pm Final Pageant
Dress Rehearsal
If your child already knows what he or she
would like to be or you would like more
information please contact Melissa Danehey at
Learning about
Church Without Walls
Church School welcomed Larry Morrow
on October 26 from the Church Without
Walls (CWW). All the children gathered
together to see a video, ask questions and
learn about this amazing ministry. We
were all amazed to know how many people attended the service that was held
outside, even when it was raining! The
children finished their lessons by making
cards for the people who may be having a
hard time. The cards were painted outside and the inside said “God’s love is
bubbling over for you”.
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December Birthdays
1 Joseph Scuderi
2 Bill Fisher
Ben Wheeler
4 Brendan Bayles
John Laurenzano
5 Sarah Laurenzano
Laura Messier
6 Kaitlin Starke
Carmine Santaniello
10 Priscilla Teixeira
14 John Pelletier
17 Marykate Rintoul
18 Derrick Fetz
Ruth Reynolds
19 Stephen Burrall
Ella Proctor
Bill Souder
21 James Danehey
Karen Sprinthall
26 Cliff Purdy
28 Patricia Bailey-Sarnelli
Alex Elia
Christine Williams
30 Catherine Brill
Leah Skypeck
December Anniversaries
5 Dee and Randy Kuerzel
27 Tamie Kidess-Lucey &
Art Lucey
29 Kerry and Jeff Rintoul
30 Darcy and Toby Proctor
If your birthday or anniversary is incorrect, or does not
appear, please contact the
parish office.
November 2,2014
Abigail Laura Stevens
Daughter of Craig and
Mary Stevens
Juliet Marley Batchelder
Daughter of Stephen and
Erica Batchelder
Christmas Altar Flowers
It is time to submit your request for Christmas flower memorials to help beautify
the sanctuary for our Christmas Eucharist celebrations! Flowers may be dedicated
as a memorial, in thanksgiving, or in honor of a loved one or special event. Your
name and memorial information will be printed in the Christmas bulletins.
Flower donation envelopes are available in several locations throughout the church and at the end of each pew. Donations of $20-25 are appropriate, but all amounts are gratefully accepted. Your donations for Christmas poinsettias help
provide the beautiful flower arrangements created by the Flower Guild throughout the year.
There are several ways to submit your request. You can drop a flower envelope in the collection plate during the service, or mail your request and donation to the church to the attention of Jan. Please make checks payable to St. Andrew’s Altar Guild.
Please submit your memorial request by Thursday, December 18th to be included in the printed listing.
Retirees Holiday
Coffee Hour
Ministers Wanted
A Retirees Holiday Celebration will be on Tuesday,
December 9th at 3:00 pm
in the St. Andrew’s Room.
We are looking forward to
festive fellowship by candlelight! Friends are welcome.
Are you a hostess (or host)
with the mostest? Aching
to be baking?
If so, please consider joining the coffee hour team!
Interested? Please email
(kwalker04@connecticutc or call Krista
Walker (413) 275-8279 for
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Property Committee members Mike
Scuderi and Bill
Fisher assembling new furniture for the
Nursery. Thank
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