Pentecost X – Episcopal Visitation – Confirmation

Pentecost X – Episcopal Visitation – Confirmation

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, MD.

August 9, 2020       

Pentecost X


Welcome Bishop Ihloff:  Today we welcome to St. Andrew’s, The Right Rev. Robert W. Ihloff. Bishop Ihloff will Confirm our Confirmands, and be the Celebrant for the Eucharist. The following is obtained from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland website:

The Right Rev. Robert W. Ihloff

Assisting Bishop of Maryland

We are pleased to announce that beginning January 1, 2020, the Right Rev. Robert Ihloff, 13th Bishop of Maryland will join the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland to serve as assisting bishop to the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, our diocesan bishop. We are excited to welcome Bishop Ihloff back into service in the Diocese of Maryland. He will serve as second bishop in an appropriate ecclesiastical capacity, as staff liaison to Commission on Ministry, as primary bishop for western Maryland, and as staff liaison for the small church movement. He will visit congregations on Sundays to celebrate, preach and confirm as well as performing other episcopal functions, such as ordinations, seasonal confirmations, and celebrations of new ministry.

Many of you knew or worked with Bishop Ihloff in his capacity as Bishop Diocesan of Maryland from 1995 – 2007 and many of you will be meeting him for the first time. Born and raised in central Connecticut, Bishop Ihloff was ordained a deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968. Before becoming Bishop of Maryland, he served parishes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. As Bishop of Maryland, he worked extensively on congregational renewal, social justice issues, Christian formation, and the development of our diocesan camp and conference center at Claggett.

From 2002 to 2009, Bishop Ihloff served as president of Province III (13 dioceses in the mid-Atlantic area including Virginia). In that role, he served as a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice for two presiding bishops. From 1996 to 2009, he was a member of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops. Bishop Ihloff has served as a trustee of Virginia Theological Seminary and a on the board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

Bishop Ihloff served as co-chair of the Urban and Social Concerns Committee for three General Conventions of The Episcopal Church and remained active on several committees and boards within the House of Bishops. In 2014, he came out of retirement for 14 months to be full-time interim rector at Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore and most recently has been serving as bishop associate in the Diocese of Virginia part time.

Bishop Ihloff and his wife Nancy have two married children and six grandchildren. He is a voracious reader and an opera lover. A life-long gardener, he has, over the years, cultivated more than 150 varieties of 19th century English roses.

Congratulations to our Confirmand Class of 2020: Congratulations to our Confirmands; Dicky Repp; Jocelyn Donahue, and Rick Barlup.

Orange Phase: We are now in the Diocesan approved “Orange Phase”. There are some requirements, and restrictions for us to be in this phase of “Regathering”. Please follow the directions on the posted signs, and from our ushers. The tape on the floor, and in the pews, mark the Social Distancing requirements. Those who live together, are exempted from the Social Distancing requirements. However, please do not sit in the pews that are closed. 

Receiving Holy Communion: Please come to the Communion rail to receive the Sacrament (Bread). You may stand only, and we can have 3 people at the rail the same time and follow the Social Distancing requirements. Those living together are exempted from the distancing requirements at the Communion Rail, but are required to stand while receiving the Sacrament.

One Year Bible Challenge” is underway.: The “One Year Bible Challenge”, began last Monday. This daily reading (Monday – Saturday) follows an outline, and Father Steve writes a Commentary/Explanation for each daily reading. Although we began last Monday, you may still join in. The outline is in the Church Narthex.

Adult Education Will Return in October:  We will read the following book; “The Lost Letters of Pergamum – A Story from the New Testament World” by Bruce W. Longenecker. The book is fiction, but every person who has read it, believes it is non-fiction, including Father Steve. You will be surprised in the outcome of this book. As we get closer to October, Father Steve will take orders for the book. It is paperback, and the Adult Education class is asked to pay for their own copies.

Church With No Walls”: An additional worship opportunity at St. Andrew’s has been initiated by Fr. Steve. These outside services are called “Church With No Walls”, and are hosted once a month by different families who have property with LARGE – OUTSIDE – SAFE – WIDE OPEN SPACE. These outside services are very informal; Contemporary Music is used, but the service is full of the Holy Spirit! Service begins around 11:00 a.m. Kent & Sheila will host the next “Church With No Walls”, at their residence on Sunday, August 23rd. at 11:00 a.m. Address to Kent & Sheila’s house will be verbally announced in Church. Please let Kent & Sheila know if you are coming.

Ongoing Prayers & Needs:  The Rev. Mark Ricker – Kevin – Tim – Jennifer – The Rev. Elizabeth Sipos – Polly – Lynn – Sandy – Kathi – Eric & Regan – Pam – Don – Geraldine & George. The Homeless. The Police Officers of this Country. All First Responders. Those in the medical profession, and all hospital workers.

Recently Departed: Nellie Simmers.

Prayers for those in the Military: Benjamin Benner

Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer

Pray for the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda

The Most Revd Laurent Mbanda – Archbishop of L’Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda & Bishop of Shyira

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Cycle of Prayer

Christ Church, Columbia

Christ the King, Woodlawn        Grace, Elkridge

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