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Brotherhood of Saint Andrew
What is The Brotherhood of St. Andrew? The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BStA) is a ministry for the spread of Christ’s kingdom, especially among men and youth, in the Episcopal/Anglican Communion. Founded in 1883 in Chicago, it is the oldest missionary and evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church. Brothers of St. Andrew vow to support each other in faith and follow the disciplines below in order to help men and youth everywhere find a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
The three disciplines of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew:
- The Discipline of Prayer is to pray daily for the spread of Christ’s kingdom, especially among men and youth, and for God’s blessings upon the labors of the Brotherhood;
- The Discipline of Study is to study the Holy Scriptures regularly and the teachings of the Church, to attain a better understanding of how to follow Chris and bring others into his kingdom; and
- The Discipline of Service is to make continuous efforts, week by week, to bring others nearer to Christ.
Some recent Brotherhood Items:
The St. John’s chapter continues its ongoing support of the Phelps House in Rockville. In conjunction with Chrysalis, Phelps House provides housing for veterans who otherwise would be homeless. Our support includes gift cards to local merchants so new occupants of Phelps House will have an easier time getting stated there. We also contribute non-perishable food items, clothing, and furniture. Brother John Horan continues to provide outstanding leadership in this outreach. We also offered support for the National Guard holiday party for families of deployed service members.
Our outreach is made possible in large measure to our annual Steak and Chicken Dinner, an event held in late September for the entire parish. With thanks to Brother Jim Hutton, State Treasurer for St. Andrews, we raised a significant amount of money to help in the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort.
Brothers are also active in numerous ministries at St. John’s including assisting with maintenance of the church buildings and grounds, support for the ECW Christmas Bazaar, managing the acolyte program, lay Eucharistic visits, ministering communion, helping with the various dinners held during the year, participating in the Lector Group, supporting Cornerstone food and clothing outreach and leading Youth Fellowship events.
We welcomed the bothers from St. John’s in East Hartford to our chapter, and recognize and appreciate their contributions. Led by Brother Don Wills, we are upgrading the appearance of the Memorial Garden, especially its exterior area. Plans are in the works to plant shrubs on the west side of The Garden to provide a more appealing boundary to the church’s property there.
Each year several brothers volunteer their time to the Special Olympics at Southern CT State University in New Haven. This group serves lunches to the volunteers who in turn supervise the various events that make up the competition.
At our monthly meetings we continue our reading and discussion of Barking to the Choir by Fr. Greg Boyle, while still discussing traditional scripture. Recently we did some research to learn about the origin of The Brotherhood.
Our chapter hosted the Spring Assembly of all the chapters in Connecticut, and continue to make a financial contribution to the CT organization at large. In an effort to get to know brothers in other chapters, our chapter welcomed brothers from around CT to worship at our 10 AM service on February 4, 2018, and we will attend services at other Episcopalian churches who have active St. Andrews chapters.
St. John’s Chapter Membership 2018
|David Smith, Director||Ray Carmichael||Dwight Freenstra||Jim Morrow|
|Bill Gutzmer, Treasurer||Richard Clark||Don Wills||Virginia Army (Assoc. Member
|John Horan, Secretary||Ron Cronsell||Tom Valliere||Diane Gutzmer (Assoc. Member)|
|Paul Brown||Al Dreher||Jim Hutton||Diane Dalo (Assoc. Member)|
|Ben Brockman||Steve Filipek||Russ McClelland||Mary Wilson (Assoc. Member)
We welcome all men of St. John’s to join us. Just ask one of our members about our group or drop by one of our monthly meetings this year.