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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.
The BStA group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Church undercroft and all men are welcome. At St. John’s, the BStA provides a comfortable setting in which to explore our faith as men. In addition to supporting each other in fellowship, Brothers pray for the joys and concerns of each other and our congregation, as well as the special needs of friends, family and our greater community. Faith and prayer are the cornerstones of our group and our most important contribution to the St. John’s community. And when help is needed by the congregation, you will very often find one or more of our Brothers there to lend a hand on a wide variety of service projects. We find it a privilege to serve such a wonderful congregation as St. John’s.
Some notable 2014 Brotherhood items:
We continued our support of The Saint Vincent’s Center in Haiti. Fund raising by the Brotherhood is mainly through the annual Parish Steak and Chicken Dinner which is a wonderful fellowship event for St. John’s each and every year. Other outreach support from the Brotherhood went to Episcopal Relief and Development (Philippines) and Food Share.
In 2014, Brothers were able to connect with Phelps House, a home for veterans located in Rockville and run by Chrysalis, a non-profit organization. We helped the vets build a vegetable garden that turned out to be a great success. Vets have attended St. John’s events at our invitation and we continue to build a relationship with the Phelps House residents and management. Through the Brotherhood, many parishioners have donated furniture, clothing and other items to the vets. Brothers John Horan and Tom Valliere have been outstanding leaders in this outreach.
Brothers are also active in numerous ministries at St. John’s including assisting with church buildings and grounds maintenance, managing the acolyte program, lay Eucharistic visits, ministering communion, helping with the Christmas Bazaar, lectionary reading and leading Youth Fellowship events.
Brothers volunteer in the larger community by participating in many charitable activities including in Boy Scouts and the Tri-Town and Cornerstone homeless shelters in Vernon and the Vernon Clothing Bank.
We were witness to the amazing power of prayer this year through our Brother Tom Valliere who experienced a sudden and serious illness and then recovered in a manner that was nothing short of miraculous. We praise God for Tom’s continued healing.
St. John’s Chapter Membership 2012
|Jim Hutton, Director||Paul Brown||Lenny Dufour|
|Paul Janovicz, Secretary||Richard Clark||Richard Bennett|
|Ed Keune, Assistant Director||Ron Cronsell||Dave Smith|
|Bill Gutzmer, Treasurer||Al Dreher||Tom Valliere|
|Dwight Feenstra||John Horan||Virginia Army (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.