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  • September 2016 “Rebuilding God’s Church – Sharing God’s Love – Changing God’s World!” Page 1

    The Shield “The Lord is my strength and my Shield” Psalm 28:7

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pasadena MD Volume 47 No. 8, September, 2016

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    The Diocesan Ultreya and Musicfest will be at

    Ascension Episcopal Church - Westminster, MD on

    October 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Ultreya

    serves as the annual business meeting of The

    Maryland Episcopal Cursillo. A number of

    musicians will perform and lead singing.

    The Ultreya at St. Martin’s in the Field, Severna Park will be September 16 at 7 pm. These meetings are open to all. Want to learn more about Cursillo? Come on out! The team has been identified for MD 111. Keshia Pollack will be the Rector for the November 4 – 6 weekend. This will be a Friday to Sunday co-ed weekend at Claggett. Applications for new

    Cursillistas attending MD 111 are due before

    October 4.

    It is not too late to apply for team membership on

    MD 112 in the Spring. Please check out The

    Abrazo at:

    Team Application and Applications for new Cursillistas can be found at: Resources.html.

    Birthday Wishes

    Please keep these fellow parishioners in your thoughts and in your prayers throughout the month. Send them a birthday card or, even better; wish them a happy birthday when you see them.

    SEPTEMBER Charles Clarke 9-4 Alli Enders 9-7 Charlie Crowl 9-11 Jessica Bunn 9-14 Rich Crothers 9-21 Kathryn Hunt Whitlock 9-25 Nancy Tait 9-25 Chris Wissmann 9-25 Kathy Charvat 9-27 Cailin Bunn 9-29 Joshua Hayghe 9-30

    The Shield

    Is the monthly newsletter of:

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 7859 Tick Neck Road

    Pasadena, MD 21122




    The Venerable Carl W. Wright Rector

    Joan Wibbe Organist-Chiormaster

    Bill Forkgen Rector’s Warden

    Richard Crothers People’s Warden

    Joan Teakle Treasurer

    Charles Rollhauser Registrar

    Pam Kilgore Church Secretary

    Alex M. Cox Shield Editor

    If you have informative articles that you believe

    would interest our readers, please put them into The

    Shield’s mailbox in the Great Hall, or send them to

    me at:

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    “What’s In Your Backpack?” By the Venerable Carl Walter Wright

    With apologies to the world famous credit card company that asks, “what’s in your wallet?” I ask, “what’s in your backpack?” Are you traveling lightly or heavily? Are you bearing too much to be an effective witness for Christ? The long hot summer in the long green season isn’t over yet. It appears that we’re in for another good month (September) of uncharacteristically tropical temperatures. But following the agricultural and academic years, we will start making changes the first Sunday in September. At this writing – the third week in August – I see children starting back to school, promenading around in their colorful backpacks. Also, I’ve noticed it’s become popular for Episcopal parishes in our diocese to sponsor backpack ministries, handing-out well-stocked backpacks to deserving students. Backpacks are “in” nowadays. The backpack has become an indispensable item in our American culture. But it was not ever thus. Not so long ago it was postmen and working folks who bore their loads on their backs, while the professional folks were known by their leather brief cases. As a military man (and a First Class Boy Scout before that) I have carried backpacks – or, rucksacks – on my back most of my life; and I have the back and shoulder pains to prove it! What’s in those backpacks? Lunch? Books? Writing utensils? Extra clothes? Shaving kits and shower gels? If today’s kids are anything like I was – they’re carrying too much! Because the pack is spacious and flexible we’re tempted to put too much in them; and half of that stuff

    we don’t even use; just like some ladies with their handbags… There’s a lesson in this. When commissioning his earliest followers to spread the Good News in His Name, Jesus said, in Mark 6 and 8, “Take nothing for your journey except a staff – no bread, no money in your belts.” Similarly, Luke 10 and 4 has Him saying to them, “Take no purse [backpack], nor bag, nor sandals, and salute no one on the way…” Now, some followers have taken this advice as if it were a commandment. These followers are monks, religious, hermits, nuns – Christians who radically follow Christ and pray daily for us. But the rest of us must find our way down the road trying at the same time to be obedient to the Lord’s wishes and surviving in the world. While we may not be able to literally empty- out our backpacks, or go bare-footed, or ignore what’s happening in the world; we certainly can live modestly, pray daily, exercise regularly, give generously, and love lavishly. In so doing, we will fulfill the Lord’s intent. In so doing we will be true witnesses of the Way to the world. As we start this Program Year, in the Name of Jesus, I recommend we check to see what’s in our backpacks and strive each day to lighten our loads so that others “by observing our good woks may glorify our Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:6).”

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    Musical Notes


    “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! That is what our choir does at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning when we are back in the two-Service groove. Have you noticed when we sing there are some empty seats in the choir loft? If you can carry a tune and count to four, you can fill one of those seats. Thursday evening choir practice will begin on September 1st at 7:00 p.m. Come sing with us as we feel the Spirit move within our hearts!


    Have you ever thought of joining a heavy metal group? Now is your chance! If you know your left hand from your right hand, and can count and recognize the colors blue and red, there is a place for you among our handbell ringers! Please see our “ring leader” Joan Wibbe. Practice begins on Wednesday evening, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.

    Bearing Fruit In Old Age

    One of the greatest leaders in history didn't begin his public ministry until he was eighty years old. Moses, it appears, would have been quite content to live out his life in the quiet recesses of Midian, but God had other plans. At the burning bush, God told Moses to do now, in the strength of the Lord, what he had attempted forty years earlier in his own strength---deliver Israel from Egyptian oppression. Perhaps even more impressive, is that after two years of service, he consented to thirty eight more. Too many Christians work hard in the kingdom of the Lord until they reach retirement years when they not only retire from their calling in the world, but also from their work in the church. The example of Moses shows us that for some the most fruitful years in the service of the Lord begin after retirement. Every stage of life has its own temptations and in every stage of life, we must war against the flesh. For the aging, the temptation is often to quit the race and stand on the sidelines. The exhortation is to resist this temptation. Find a way to bear fruit in the kingdom. Use your golden years to strengthen your relationship to Christ through the disciplines of prayer, meditation, and study. Use your time to serve others who need your help, whether they are the sick, the young mothers, the spiritually weak, or those more advanced in years than yourself. There is always work to do and in the body of Christ there are no unnecessary members.


    * I was "drug" to church on Sunday morning. * I was "drug" to church on Sunday night. * I was "drug" to church on Wednesday night. * I was "drug" to Sunday School every week. * I was "drug" to gospel meetings several times a year. * I was "drug" to the family room to read the Bible after supper. * I was also "drug" to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents.

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