St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Our Mission:

"Sharing Our Faith - Welcoming and Serving Others"

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The Diocese of Bethlehem and the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania are exploring a possible reunification (they used to be one diocese) or sharing of resources. Read here about the process along with a complete report of the discussions so far. For information and videos from the recent Diocesan Convention, click here.

Calendar at a Glance

Tuesday Study Group from 10:30 to noon in the downstairs Harry Large Common Room. We are currently exploring the Acts of the Apostles. Please join us!

November

Food Pantry distribution 6-8 PM on Wednesday, November 1 (St. Andrew's volunteers needed)

Victory House at  6 PM on Saturday, November 4

Consecration Sunday at 10:30 AM on Sunday, November 5 

Vestry Meeting at 7 PM on Monday, November 9

Food Pantry distribution 6-8 PM on Wednesday, November 15

Bethlehem Emergency Shelter on Friday, November 17

Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, November 26

To the Saints of St. Andrew’s,

 

We are fast approaching the end of the Church’s year – the last Sunday of Pentecost. On that day, we celebrate Christ the King. The celebration began in 1925 in Rome when Pope Pius XI created the celebration for the Roman Rite and assigned it to the last Sunday of October.  In 1970 the celebration was moved to the last Sunday of Pentecost in the Roman Rite.

 

Given the Roman Catholic origin of the Celebration, does it seem odd that Episcopalians now (since the 1979 Book of Common Prayer) also observe the last Sunday as the Festival of Christ the King?  Afterall, it’s a Roman ‘thing’, right?

 

The liturgical calendar (weekly and daily observances of the Church) was not something that was established all at once. The form in which we know it was developed over centuries of use. The Festival of Christ the King is the latest addition. Some observations began in one city or another, one congregation or another and spread to other areas of the Church as an appropriate observation for them. There’s the key…an appropriate observation for others. Currently, for example, Lutheran, Anglican, Moravian, Methodist, Nazarene, Reformed and United Protestant Churches also celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It’s an appropriate observation that was eagerly adopted by others. 

 

The Feast of Christ the King has a focus that points to the end of time when the kingdom of Jesus will be established in all its fullness to the ends of the earth. It leads us into Advent, when the Church anticipates Christ's second coming.

 

While this background might be important for some, the more significant question is what it means for each one of us that Christ is the king of and for our lives? I suggest that we all take time – a good amount of time – to consider this. We might begin thinking with: “What does it mean for me that Christ is the King of my life?”

 

Peace,

Fr. Jerry

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

1900 Pennsylvania Ave.

Allentown, PA 18109-3187

 

The Rev. Dr. Gerard Gaeta OblSB

grgaeta@aol.com

 

St. Andrew's office

610-865-3603

hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

9AM to 1PM

Email: saec@ptd.net

WEEKLY SERVICES

10:30 AM on Sundays

Masks optional and CDC

recommendations followed.

 

Tuesday Study Group 

Lively discussion sparks spritual growth on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to noon in the downstairs Harry Large Common Room. We are currently exploring the Acts of the Apostles. Please join us!

Ministers of the Parish

 

The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols

Bishop

 

The Rev. Dr. Gerard Gaeta OblSB

Supply Priest (through 2023)

 

The Rev. Lane Perdue

Deacon

 

Margaret Haney 

Parish Administrator

 

Sandy Evans

Organist/ Choir Director

 

Mark Shipman

Finance Committee Chair

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