Andrea L. Wight
The Rev. Andrea
L. Wight graduated from one of the Episcopal
Churchs eleven seminaries, the Church
Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley CA, in
May of 2003, and her position at St. Marys
marks the beginning of her active, ordained
She is a
lifelong Episcopalian, being born and raised in
New Jersey. As a teenager her family moved to
Wyoming where she continued her life in the
Church. She graduated from the University of
Wyoming in Laramie with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Pharmacy. Shortly after graduation she
moved to Las Vegas NV where she lived and worked
as a hospital pharmacist for close to 28 years.
ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in
February of 2003, and was ordained to the
Priesthood on October 25, 2003.
She is very
active in the American Association of University
Women, a member of the Kiwanis, with the Diocese of Chicago, is
a member of the Greater Rockford Clergy Association, and is a
volunteer reader at Spring Creek Elementary School. She enjoys running and yoga. She has
two grown children, and two younger sisters.
Ten Essential Steps
for a Godly Life
- Confess often, get rid of
your sins: use the formal BCP confession,
prayers from the prayer book or make up
your own. Dont feel you always have
to be right.
- Get in the habit of using
the name of Jesus often: think in his
name and use it in prayer.
- Dont blame others when
you are sinning: when you know you are
sinning stop it as quickly as possible.
- If you are unhappy more than
you are happy, find out why and change
your life-it is inside you. We are
responsible for our own peace, our own
happiness. No one else can make us happy
and we cant make others happy.
- Spend more time in prayer:
the more you pray, the easier things
come. Talk to yourself-Jesus is in you.
- Dont hold a grudge;
you will be the one who ends up sick:
give it up. Let God given music flow
through you instead of the grudge.
- Do not agree with criticism:
this is the pivotal point in our
spiritual growth. When someone is
criticizing, especially the church, bow
your head and silently pray for the
- Stay loyal to worship. When
you stay away from church you stop
praying and you are open to Satan: it is
not possible to be lukewarm.
- Dont complain because
things end-lets rejoice because
From an article by The Rev. Lewis
St. Clement Episcopal Church, Tampa, FL
Vestry to start planning
for next 3-5 years
Summer is upon us and many of our busiest times and
events are behind us, at least for a while.
We slow down some as people take the time to
travel and go on vacations or go on occasional weekend
getaways. For me it’s going away to Arizona during, yes,
some of the hottest days of the summer.
I will be away for most of June to relieve my
mother’s caregiver so that she can attend her
granddaughter’s graduation from high school.
It’s also the time I get to spend a long weekend
with my daughter in San Diego—at least it’s not quite as
This month as part of our Vestry meeting, the leadership
of St Anskar parish is beginning a conversation to look
at the next three to five years and talk about what
might be on the horizon. Our members are getting older
and many changes have happened over the past few years
such that it is time to look at where we are now, and
what will and will not be sustainable for us in the
future. It was agreed by all that being proactive is
preferable to doing nothing or putting off the
conversation for another time.
The conversation is important, one that we must
have, and, as questions and options emerge from the
conversation, it will be shared with the congregation.
It is not a conversation that can be taken lightly or
done quickly—it will take some very thoughtful
discernment on our part. Your prayers are requested and
encouraged as we begin this process of discernment.
Earlier this month, our plan was to bid farewell to the
Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, Cindy and
Don will not be leaving Rockford.
The story of this change in their decision to
stay is, to say the least, very complicated. Cindy
bravely shared some of the story with us during the
service and afterward during the coffee hour.
We said prayers and laid hands on her and blessed
her during the service to let her know we love and
support them in these difficult times.
I won’t get into the details, but please keep
Cindy and Don in your prayers.
Peace be with you all,
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