"LEAD LIKE ANDREW"
Membership Newsletter
Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Welcome to the current edition (Volume 37) of our bi-weekly newsletter "LEAD LIKE ANDREW." It's a quick-read, multi-topic news channel for members to see what is going on, what is planned, and what successes from the previous weeks.


We urge you to contact us with news, tidbits, or notices of upcoming events in your area so that we can include them! We also value your feedback on this newsletter or how your national office is serving you.

Please contact Conrad Jones (email Conrad) or

Dr. Roy Benavides (email Roy) for feedback or for sharing newsletter information!

Please share this newsletter with other men in your parish or community.

Our national webinars continue!


Our February Webinar will have a speaker who has been seen on national news regarding the drug crisis facing us at the southern border. Mr. Derek Maltz. Derek previously served as a Senior Executive in Federal Law Enforcement as the Director of the Special Operations Division (SOD), United States Department of Justice (DOJ). As a former DEA special agent he has seen firsthand the causes of our fentanyl crisis in the USA as well as the human trafficking at our borders. As he

says, “This is not a red issue or a blue issue, it is a Red, White and Blue issue impacting America. We need to do all we can to stop it”. He is very passionate about this subject and has blessed us to hear from such a knowledgeable source.


Mark your calendar NOW for Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm EST/7pm CST/6pm MST/5pm PST and join at this Zoom link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81854319259?pwd=VmNORjNIZWNoVXhoNlJDQWR6QTV3dz09

or click here


Make Biscuits


A pastor asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.  

 

"Lord, I hate buttermilk", the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going.  The farmer loudly proclaimed, "Lord, I hate lard." Now the pastor was growing concerned.  Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, "And Lord, you know I don't much care for raw white flour". The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn't the only one to feel uncomfortable.  

 

Then the farmer added, "But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don't like, when life gets hard, when we don't understand what you're saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits. Amen."  

 

Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.  Stay strong, my friends, because our LORD is mixing several things that we don't really care for, but something even better is going to come when HE is done with it. AMEN!


Got any good recipes to share with your Brothers?? Drop a note to Conrad or Roy and we'll include it in our newsletter!

Episcopal Church Lent resources

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Click the button below for new and updated resources for individuals, small groups, and congregations, including the following:

  • Lent curriculum, sermons, lesson plans, devotionals, and meditations
  • Lent Madness
  • “Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent” – adult forum sessions with videos
  • “Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community” podcast series
  • Sermons That Work
  • 40-day gratitude challenge
  • Publicity material, bulletin inserts, and more


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JOIN US IN PRAYER EACH WEEK

Mid-Week

Mid-Day

Pray Day

Join us...

What better way to level set during the middle of the week? We will be holding a weekly Wednesday, 12 noon (CDT) prayer time over ZOOM open to all Brothers and guests. Let's pray for the Brotherhood, for our Brothers, and even share some stories of how Prayer has impacted you or someone you know!

We can all spare 20 minutes in prayer. It's like making a stop at the faith service station to fill up your prayer tank!

Please join us every week when you can to recharge your prayer batteries!

The Zoom link can be accessed by clicking here. 



Copy and paste this Zoom link in your calendar so you can join us for 20 minutes

every Wednesday 1pm EST/noon CST/11am MST/10amPST!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89341488609?pwd=RStUSjJKbVF2eVY2c2cxMHpRTm9Pdz09


Prayer Leaders Schedule

January 25 Conrad Jones

February 1 John Thompson-Quartey

February 8 Tom Martin

February 15 Chris Matthews

February 22 Need Volunteer

March 1 Tom Welch

March 8 Tom Martin

March 15 Jeff Butcher

March 22 Jeff Butcher

March 29 John Thompson-Quartey


If you'd like to lead the program on a Wednesday, it's simple...we already have the script made out (in our devotional handbook or the Book of Common Prayer)!


We're done in about 20 minutes....that's it!

Contact conrad.jones@brothersandrew.net or roy.benavides@brothersandrew.net





It’s finally here!



Our newly refurbished Brotherhood website is up and running!

Go to www.brothersandrew.net to see all things Brotherhood! Let us know your thoughts and if you have ideas for anything else (especially we can always use MORE pictures of chapter and member activities)! The new site makes it easier to enroll new members, purchase Brotherhood swag, look at Executive Board minutes and Financial reports access our 7 Ministry resources, read about our history and even update your member information! And TONS more!!

The new website was made possible by a designated donations and the hard work of our website team including Communications VP Gary Allman, Bros. Roy Benavides, Tom Welch, Conrad Jones and Support Specialist Jess Shelton.

Thank you!!!!!

Brotherhood Podcasts

soon to be available on your favorite Podcast listening app!

Starting in January 2023, you'll be able to listen to our new Brotherhood podcasts

"We're All Together"

Your president Conrad Jones will be interviewing Brothers from all demographics to answer questions like:

Has the Brotherhood made a difference in your faith journey?

Have you had a particularly memorable Brotherhood experience?

Has being in the Brotherhood enhanced your worship experience and/or participation in your parish life?

Do you feel as a Brother Andrew that you are a part of a community of faithful men from all over the world?

What’s your vision for our ministry?


Details will be coming soon as we work with a Podcast integrator to give us widespread availability and promotion.

BUT, you can get a sneak peek of the first episode today!

Just click this link and listen

From the Director’s Chair

By Tom Welch, Executive Director


Just how does all of what we do at the office get done? Part of it lies in volunteers helping during the “crunch times” of the year. In addition to processing membership renewals, new member packets and Annual Chapter Reports this time of year, here’s just one example:


A little over two weeks ago Brotherhood volunteers Larry Williams and Dan West of two different chapters here in Louisville join me and President Emeritus Jeff Butcher stuff and seal 2,100+ envelopes with a letter and raffle tickets announcing the much-anticipated KINGDOM BUILDER SWEEPSTAKES. 20 man-hours later the project was done. They were mailed on Friday, 1/13, to all our senior members having pledged in the last three years as well as our Life Members. We had our first $100 check for the packet of raffle tickets less than a week later! My personal thanks to these volunteers above. Special thanks also to our Support Staff Specialist Jess Shelton for preparing the file for us and to Merrick Printing here in Louisville for their work getting this processed

Our next effort where we count on volunteer support will be getting the Membership Tokens processed for mailing. (See what they look like below.) As we concluded the last effort Br. Dan West enthusiastically said, “This was the best afternoon I’ve had in a long time!” You know what? It was fun. We laughed, quibbled over who was the best on “the assembly production line,” shared stories and even made new connections.




Membership Updates

(Through 1/23/23)





746 Sr. Members paid (39% of budget)

90 New Members!

424 Life Members

8 Junior Members (160% of budget)

20 Associate Members (100% of budget)

Have you sent in your 2023 renewal YET?

Membership Recognition!

Brothers!

When you renew your ministry membership commitment for 2023 this year we will send you this "Member In Good Standing" token! About the size of a poker chip, you can have it with you all the time in your pocket. It will make a great conversation starter when someone sees it and asks, "What's that?" Thank you to our membership committee led by Br. Dick Hooper for making this happen and giving us a way to proudly show the word we are a part of this ministry fellowship!

Remember, your renewals for 2023 are DUE NOW!

And CHAPTERS that send in their membership rosters, complete with individual contact information and a single check for all individual member renewals plus a parish donation will receive an iron-on silver embroidered star to put on their chapter banner!

News from Br. Lyn Reavis

VP for Brothers At Large

There is not a day that goes by that the Brotherhood of St Andrew is not on the Air, or ZOOM! There are Weekday Prayers, Podcasts and Other Special Events. And, if for some reason you don’t have a Brotherhood Chapter of cannot attend Chapter Meeting, then once a month of the third Saturday, the Brotherhood will broadcast via ZOOM a The Brotherhood Service at 9:30 AM Central Time!

Members will have an opportunity to interact and Pray along side other Brothers from our On-Line Handbook. Also included will be a Bible Study from the Gospel designated for that day.

And we will have time to chat with each other, get know each other and if any Brother needs assistance, we will take note.

So, beginning Saturday January 21 at 9:30 AM Central, join Bro. Lyn Reavis for Breakfast, Coffee, Prayer, and Study for the Brotherhood Beat, You Are Never Alone!

Treasurer News

New for 2023, The Finance Committee unanimously agreed to include a Treasurer's Report in the monthly Cross Newsletter. Starting in February, the Treasurer's Report will provide a summary of Year to Date activities. Bear in mind the report will lag the current month's results when sent for printing.

The monthly report will include the starting cash balances for the period YTD, the income and expenses at the beginning and end of the period, closing cash balances, and a projection of planned upcoming expenses in the near future.

We will also inform you of the health of our budget. One of the subtle nuances accepted by the Finance Committee was to remain completely transparent in reporting as accurately as possible the Brotherhood’s revenues and expenses incurred during the 2023 fiscal year. Reporting new members and chapters will also be highlighted. We will also include a Summary Cash Flow Statement. So, be on the lookout as we develop our report to bring to you, our beloved community.

Cecil Buxo

National Treasurer

Chairman, Finance Committee

From the Stewardship and Giving Commission

Br. Jeff Butcher

Welcome 2023, a New Beginning New Thinking. We are all shaking off the shackles placed on us by the worldwide Pandemic. We have a choice to cower down or stand up and be counted as God’s Kingdom Builders. These challenging conditions require thinking outside the box. The past is not our future. What worked prior to the COVID onslaught might not give us the ability to recover as quickly as needed to rebuild the momentum we had previously.

The National BStA Stewardship and Generosity Commission started exploring newer ways to explore our full potential as a men’s ministry community. Time, talent and financial resources are key for an aggressive new beginning new thinking era. Question is why and how?

Over a third of our men and youth who attended church prior to the Pandemic are lost, missing in action, today. Time has come to aggressively ring the Bell announcing Jesus Christ is here for you. We are open for business. Come and see! We Change People’s Lives. We can do this as a team, one person at a time in the local congregations. Stewardship and Generosity are key elements. Money and fear took them away, Stewardship and love will win them back. We offer open hands of fellowship and a place where one can feel safe again. Come see witness God’s precious gift given to each of us.

Recent Barna Group research stipulated that one in five Americans say they experience unwanted loneliness. Furthermore, 43% of all practicing Christian Millennials report they too experience unwanted loneliness and isolation. We have answers, real life experiences, and a desire to help others find their why? These efforts require additional financial resources to bring this effort home.

One way to build this new momentum could be the first time ever Kingdom Building Sweepstakes. These dollars have two components: National pot for providing new enhancements to combat loneliness and isolation for local parish use. The second part will reward five local congregations to facilitate new initiatives in the pews with authentic real-life experiences. Thus, this emphasis will raise additional financial resources. Moreover, the effort could also start a ground swell at the grass roots level to carry the message we are open for business Building God’s Kingdom. The Sweepstakes period will run from January 15 to March 15, 2023. The Executive Board will draw five ticket winners on March 29 during a live ZOOM session.

Chapter News!

Send us pictures and short writeups of what great things are going on in your Brotherhood world! We'd love to share!

St. Andrew's Anglican - Lewis Center, Ohio

Our chapter has a senior care facility/nursing home about 20 minutes north of us in a town called Delaware. It is Will Brook at Delaware Run. 


We have a widow there of a former brother, Dave Cook whom we recognize every year as he started our annual brats bash. We also have recently started a meeting there the 3rd Sunday's of the month. It piggy backs one our clergy who is doing Sunday service there from 2p-2:45p, and we meet right after from 3pm to 4pm. We recently had 5 men in attendance. Residents Bill Lucas, Jim Worthington, and then our priest Fr. Wil Verhoof, and "regular" chapter brothers Jim Menke and Carlo Cherubini. Not able to attend due to sickness was George Spradling, yet we had time to go visit his wife while we were there and pray with her.


At our meeting we took prayer requests, prayed for one another, and did a short study on John 1:35-51.


Jim Menke and I feel it's an important part of our service to make sure we include our extended St Andrew's Church Family as much as we can, and it worked out well with Fr. Will already having a service there. We're hoping over the next few months that the brothers there can invite a friend or two to join us and maybe get this to be a group of at least 10. May the Spirit lead us as He wills.

Carlo Cherubini




BStA meetings of the Ascension, Knoxville chapter, held each Thursday at 7:00 a.m. Eastern. The topics for six weeks are retirement, estate planning, hospice care, death and funeral services, and the role of the church at death. Hope you can join in and get some ideas to take this series to other chapters and whole parishes as a ministry of BStA.

Zoom Link Here!

or

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/475299366?pwd=Nk5YZGxuN21qMDB6NHZQY09JaXU4QT09

Meeting ID: 475 299 366

Password: Ascension


BROOKLYN ASSEMBLY ANNUAL PRESIDENT DAY BREAKFAST

It's that time again to support your favorite Assembly's Annual President Day Breakfast fundraiser. The annual breakfast is the Assembly's flagship fundraiser. The Assembly raises funds to support select scholarship recipients who have won the annual scholarship awards for their excellent academic performance during the school year. Some of our recipients may be more needy, yet very deserving children within the parishes in Brooklyn, NY. The awards are presented to these gifted students at their parish churches by the Brooklyn Assembly President and Scholarship Committee. The Assembly also sponsors fundraisers such as Feeding the Less Fortunate, Disaster Relief and Youth Programs through its Outreach Programs. Click here for the annual breakfast flyer and order ticket. 



Our Fellowship Community of Brothers is blessed by your membership!!!




Welcome New Members in 2023!

(most recent in bold font)

Jonathan Quinn, Matthew Abrams, Jose Calderon, Charles Collins, David Cotton, Brian Couvillion, Eugene Dickens, Susan Dickens, William Dove, Hank Drummond, Jesus Garcia, Lowell Garrett, Steven Gottlieb, Don Grace, Bill Grenek, George Guy, Doug Halversen, Larry Harris, Edmun Horn, Bobby Horne, Dillard Horton, Charles John, Sam Johnson, Jarvis Jones, Warren Josephson, Michael Kawesa, Kerry Kirspel, Scott Klaverkamp, Christopher Klukas, Alex Lenzo, Michael Leonard, Richard MacMaster

Wally Marx, Tem McElroy, Peter McGanity, Scott Meiller, John Mell

Kyle Morin, James Morton, Steven Norman, Bernard Pecaro, Mark Penley

Bruce Pinkham, Dan Power, Benjamin Rainey, Kerr Ramsay, Charles Reece

Daniel Rodriguez, Steven Rodriguez, Ali Ronaldi, Andy Rossi, Charles Roy

Ken Schloesser, David Schrantz, Timothy J Seidler, Bob Sellinger, Zachary Shives, Frank Simcik, Michael Solomonides, Lawrence Stankus, Thomas Stevens, Micah Thornton, Mark Tittel, Art Travenor, Vinnie Versaci, Bradley Wasko, David Wesson, George White, Gary Whitener, Bruce Wilson, Matthew Woolley, Bob Coon, David Maultsby, David Rummler, Robert Gambill, Richard Hall, Gary Pebworth, John Shivel, William Sepe, Bill Harvey, Dick McGuire, Buck Barnes, John Brechtenwald, Matthew Levesque, James Thompson, Edward England, Walt Joyce


New or Re-chartered chapters

St. Francis, Rio Rancho, NM

Brothers Departed

William Barzey, Dalton D. Downs, Thomas J Grace, Ron A Grant

George Grosvenor, Craig Harlan, Benjamin Tatum, Frank Francis, Ronald Blazier, John Thompson, Daniel Smaw

Hymns with Link


When Christ Our Lord to Andrew Cried

When Christ Our Lord To Andrew Cried Lyrics

Jesus Calls Us, o'er the Tumult

Eternal Father

Brotherhood of St. Andrew Asset Map

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Prayer Requests

If you have a personal prayer request please contact (502) 450-5809 to access the list and/or submit your requests. Accessing the list to join in the power of praying for those in need.


Many chapters have used various methods of keeping track of their prayer request. One such form has been used that organizes the requests and corporate prayers.


Click Here to submit your request


Learn to Pray the Anglican Rosary

PRAY THE ANGLICAN ROSARY



Books and Articles

Some Recommended

Books to Read


Leadership NOT by the Book

by

David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby


Following Three Books recommended by our January Webinar Speaker

The Righteous Mind

by

Jonathan Haidt


Difficult Conversations

by

Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen


I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), A guide to grace-filled political conversations

by

Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers


The Loneliness Epidemic

by

Susan Mettes


The Work of Prayer

by

James O. S. Huntington



Do you have any book recommendations? Write to us and give us the title and author so we can share it with your Brothers!


We Always Need Cross Articles and Ideas!
Send any stories you have about Brotherhood activity in your area to