WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

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At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
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St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS AGAIN Beginning today, we’re delighted to have Sara Piazza—Sunday School teacher extraordinaire—back with us for another year of learning, singing and praying!  All children age 5—10 are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9:00 am for some of life’s best, and most enduring, lessons about love and God.  Know any families with children that age?  Reach out and invite them!

 

THE MIGHTY SAINT ANDREW’S “SINGING SAINTS” CHOIR is set to begin rehearsals on a new night this year, and would love for YOU TO JOIN US!  First rehearsal is Tuesday, September 18, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  All voices and levels of experience welcome—and there is a special place in heaven for TENORS AND BASSES!

Feel free to “try us out” and really—no strings attached—come sing and see how it feels!

 

YOUTH TRIP TO CITYREACH BOSTON:   Open to all teens in grades 9—12, this is an overnight trip on Friday, December 14, 2018 to help shelter, feed and clothe our Boston neighbors—and learn!  Students and parents interested to sign up or know more should call Father Chip at 774-563-9716.  (Reservations and deposits are due by September 30!)

 

”DIRTY GOSPEL SUNDAYS”(featuring Workman Song and Sean McMahon) continues weekly on Sundays at the Ritz in OB and goes from 7 – 9pm.  Come hear classic gospel songs and spirituals, with some pop “convertibles” about life and love—in a fun and informal setting!

 

HARBOR HOMESis a project that Father Chip and others have been working on for a couple of years now, and we’re looking for your help to get us up and running!  This from the brochure (available on the table at the back of the church):

 

“Harbor Homes of MV is a collaborative island initiative that has a bold and   beautiful focus:  to help individuals become healthy and productive citizens by offering them secure housing and individualized support.  Harbor Homes will  provide congregate housing for individuals with incomes below 30% of the    median family income for Dukes County and who are considered too poor for affordable housing.  This will include the elderly on fixed incomes, adults on SSI,and unsheltered individuals living in poverty.  Harbor Homes will offer the most    accessible, cost effective and practical solution to responding to low income renters who lose their housing.”   

 

If you (or someone you know) might be aware of any single-family residences that might be available to lease on a year-round basis, please see Father Chip.  And please stay tuned to see how you might help us in our efforts!

 

IS ST ANDEW’S READY FOR A DISASTROUS EVENT?  An Episcopal Relief & Development disaster preparedness training will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston.  Lunch will be provided.  The training will facilitate the development of a ministry that assists congregations in anticipating and preparing for local, unexpected disastrous events.  The session will explore how members of congregations can create and become familiar with various models and approaches, what resources and tools are available, and what supports and structures already exist for use in this important work.  At the conclusion of the session, participants will be prepared to function as the Episcopal Relief & Development point person for the congregation.  Lay participation is encouraged and clergy are welcome.  RSVP by e-mail to jay@ stpauls-nbpt.org by Oct. 17 (please indicate any food restrictions). FOR INFORMATION:  The Rev. Jay Jordan (978-465-5351 or jay@ stpauls-nbpt.org).

 

“I no longer believe we can “win” justice simply by filing lawsuits, flexing our political muscles or boosting voter turnout.  Yes, we absolutely must do that work, but none of it—not even working for some form of political revolution—will ever be enough on its own.  Without a moral or spiritual awakening, we will remain forever trapped in political games fueled by fear, greed and the hunger for power.”  (Michelle Alexander)

 

“Healthy churches often say that they do only three things:  worship, small groups, and community service…. When people say, “I’m going to church,” what they almost always mean is that they are going to attend a worship service at which they will be mostly a passive recipient.  Imagine if that phrase came to mean, “I’m going to a small group where I can be authentic and intimate and give others grace to do the same, where I can pray and be prayed for, where I can learn and share a little of what I know, where I can care and be cared for, and where I can serve in a way that doesn’t benefit me except to help me find my purpose for living.”  If that was what it meant to “go to church,” our churches would be exploding in growth.  What I just described is what every human needs.  Your church can provide a great gift by simply facilitating those kinds of transformational communities.”  (from Liberating Hope)

 

 

 “Do you believe in God?”  The question seems simple enough. But a Pew [study] suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest—and that belief in God and religious identity don’t always correlate. Four in five American adults say they “believe in God.” Of these believers, 70 percent say they believe in the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, while 30 percent say they believe in another higher or spiritual power. But, surprisingly, almost half of the Americans who say they don’t believe in God also say they do believe in another higher power or spiritual force at work in the universe. Among the religiously unaffiliated—also known as the religious “nones”—nearly three-quarters (72 percent) believe in some form of higher power, and 17 percent believe in God as described in the Bible. And among self-described “atheists,” a full 18 percent believe in some form of spiritual higher power. Among self-described Christians, the data shows a similarly complicated spread of theological beliefs. For example, among self-described Christians, a full 20 percent believe in a higher power but don’t believe in the God described in the Bible. That number goes up to 26 percent for mainline Protestants and 28 percent for Catholics. In an American society in which … religious identity is often incredibly politically polarized, Pew’s results remind us that the religious tapestry of America is more complex than it may seem. How somebody identifies—an identity that is deeply rooted in racial, economic, and political ideologies as well as explicitly religious ones—may not necessarily reflect the content of their beliefs about God or the nature of the universe. … In other words, we shouldn’t assume that religious identity and belief are synonymous. —Tara Isabella Burton in Vox (4/26/2018).

 

 

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The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

Our Vestry:             

Wardens:  Carl Malmquist and Jessica Buckley

Treasurer:  Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk: Pam Monterosso

Members at Large: Hans von Steiger, Sandra Mott, Leon Brathwaite, Chris Buchholz, Michael Balay and Harrison Kisiel