Rector’s Message:

In the next several weeks you will be hearing more about this exciting adventure of faith that we as a parish are about to embark on together. As the Rector of this amazing faith community, let me say that I am supportive of the campaign and I have committed my own resources to help the parish reach the goal that we have set. I invite you as well to prayerfully consider what you might be able to give to help us reach our goal. I am a firm believer that all of us working and praying together can and will do great things for the glory of God.

Our steering committee consists of Pat Saunders, Geoff and Alice Sawyer, Ben Kiel, Joyce Bembry, Lucia Robinson, Kitty Esterly, Josh Martin, Joe and Karen Johnson, Wanda Smith and Dot Dorsey who have been meeting and working with our consultants from Bloom-Metz. Now we are about to begin the public phase of the campaign. Kay Keenan and Susan Sherk, along with the steering committee, have been immensely helpful and supportive in our desire to improve our kitchen and to restore our organ.

These are exciting times at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew as we are preparing to welcome the Cathedral Choir School and members of the Cathedral congregation to SsAM later this summer and early fall. There are signs all around us that SsAM is growing in spirit and mission as more and more people are coming to be our guests on Sunday morning either for breakfast or to attend our transformative Liturgy. The Holy Spirit is at work in all of us who feel blessed to call this parish home.

Sharing our Blessings is a dynamic theme for a campaign as we continue to strive to be place of welcome and nurture for members and the city of Wilmington. The campaign’s goal to renovate the kitchen and the organ will ensure that people will continue to come to SsAM to be fed food for their bodies and their souls for years to come. This will happen if all of us help in whatever way we can to see that we succeed.

I therefore invite each of us to pray for one another, ask God in your prayer how you can help by giving of your time, and your resources to help. I wish to conclude with the campaign prayer:

Gracious Creator, The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew
is composed of people like me; I help make it what it is.
It will be welcoming, if I am welcoming.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith
with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with
those same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task
of being all the things that I want SsAM to be.

I look forward to sharing with you more as we begin this exciting phase of our life together and I hope you will join me and members of the steering committee as we walk in faith into an exciting, promising future.

The Lord Has Risen, He Has Risen Indeed, Alleluia,

The Rev. David T. Andrews, Jr., Rector
April 25, 2012