St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Bringing God and People together through the love of Jesus Christ
News & Notes
January 15, 2020

Our new website is here.
You can click on this link:
 to find out all the latest St. Andrew's news and schedules.
Sunday, Jan. 19th @ 8:00 a.m.
Chalice:  Carol Swift & Mike Courts
Lectors:   Kay Kemper & Tom Courtney
Ushers:    Bob Burke & Mary Anne Hooker
Greeters: Steve & Susan O'Brien

Sunday, Jan. 19th @ 10:00 a.m.
Chalice: Bruce Birgbauer & Anne Honey
Lectors:  Nigel Spencer-Barnes & Sue Eddy
Ushers:   Loulie Muaran & Janet Guenther
Greeters: Kyle and Ann Flynn
Thursday, January 23
6:00 p.m.
Chapter House

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for
dinner & conversation.
We will be serving up grilled hotdogs and wine/beer/lemonade

How can you help make this a great event for the parish?
We are looking for the following volunteers:
3 people to bring chocolate brownies
2 people to bring vanilla brownies (no nuts)
2 people to dispense beverages
1 person to bring chopped onion (5 cups)
3 people to help reset the Chapter House at the end of the evening
6 people to serve as "Prayer Warriors" for this to be a fantastic event for the parish

If you can help...please let us know. you can sign-up on sheets in the back of the church Or click here to send an email to Rick Granger.
Spiritual Care of those with Dementia and Alzheimers
February 10th
at 9:00 a.m.
  • How do we affirm and celebrate our connections with God as we grow older and experience changing capacities? 
  • How do we care for one another when a loved one or neighbor experiences cognitive decline or dementia? 
  • How do we make our worship services embracing and nourishing for all sorts and conditions of folks?
Every faith community asks these important questions. St. Andrew’s will enjoy the gift of the Reverend Colette Bachand-Wood's wisdom, experience, and compassion on these subjects.
She will be our guest preacher Sunday, February 9th (both services) then, on Monday morning, February 10th, Colette will lead a presentation on the "Spiritual Care of those with dementia."
The session will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 10:30.
There will be a time for Questions and Responses. 
Folks who would like to stay a little longer to discuss their particular concerns are welcome to do so.

Colette is the author of  Do This, Remembering Me:   The Spiritual Care of Those with Alzheimer's and Dementia . And currently serves at the Chaplain at Penick Village Retirement Center in Southern Pines, NC.
Women's Bible Study and Fellowship continues
Friday, January 17th at 10:15 a.m.
Chapter House
We are learning about the "Fruit of the Spirit" and discovering how they relate to our daily lives. No previous expertise required! This is a great opportunity to enrich your journey with God and others.
Men's Bible Study and Fellowship
Tuesday, January 21st at 8:30 a.m.
Chapter House
The Acts of the Apostles and excerpts from C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity" serve as the starting point for thoughtful conversation and spiritual reflection. This is a great group of men who draw from many different denominations. Lively fellowship, conversation and fresh brewed coffee are the order of the day.
Strengthen and Renew your Marriage
with Group Renewal of Marriage Vows in the Church
Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 5:00 p.m.

An on-line marriage assessment tool is available free for couples as well as a booklet (available in the back of the church). There will be two group get-togethers...for mutual encouragement, and to share best practices with one another.
Tuesday, January 21st, 4 -5 p.m. in the Chapter House and
Tuesday, February 4th, 4 -5 p.m. in the Chapter House.

The Rev. Geoffrey Piper (married 36 years to Leslie) will guide our preparation and lead our group sessions.
January 29, 2020
3:00 p.m.

The island churches will host this year’s Ecumenical "Blessing of the Animals" at the Gasparilla Inn croquet lawn.
All pets are welcome!

the Gasparilla Inn
6:00 p.m.

please R.S.V.P. to parishioners Lynne & Steve Kieffer at: Steve RSVP or call the church office (941) 964-2257 ext. 1

Young Life is a Christian organization that meets kids where they are. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. Young Life is locally at Lemon Bay High School.
For a full description of Young Life click here:

An article from the "Englewood Sun" newspaper highlights how Young Life is making a difference in the lives of teens in our community. Click on the following link for more info: Charlotte Co. Young Life
Donate Items...
How about sharing a little love with members of the U.S. military serving in remote areas around the globe? We are inviting members of St. Andrew's and the wider Boca Grande community to donate snack foods and personal care items to send to service members for Valentine’s.
Requested items include :
  • protein bars, granola bars and/or LARA bars
  • beef jerky (lots and lots of beef jerky)
  • books, magazines, crossword puzzles
  • heavy duty sock (for boots in black, tan or olive) and
  • cheap flip-clops for showering
A detailed list is available in the pocket of the St. Andrew's Red Bags available in the Narthex.
Items should be returned to the church by January 19th .
For more information, contact the church office at (941) 964-2257.

Hands on Help... on packing day, Sat. 1/25 at 9 a.m.
Considering volunteering to sort donated items and assist packing individual boxes on Saturday, January 25th at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapter House. No heavy lifting required.
Note... date changes... to 24th & 25th

St. Andrew’s partners with local churches; sharing volunteer resources and the financial cost of building a Habitat Home in our community. This partnership is called ‘Apostles Build.’
 January 24 th - 8:30 a.m.   Blessing the Slab & Erecting Exterior Stud Walls

January 25 th – Saturday - 8:45 a.m. - St. Andrews Work Day  Install Exterior Plywood Sheathing

Location of our 2020 Habitat Home is: 1335 Miliken Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL 33953
Construction begins Friday, January 24 th  with a blessing of the home-site and the slab by local clergy and raising the exterior wall framing by volunteers from all participating Apostles Build churches. The following day, Saturday, Jan. 25 th is St. Andrews’s prime work day. Volunteers are needed for both events as below.

A sign-up sheet is available in the church narthex. The required HfH Volunteer Application and Release form instructions will be provided by email to each volunteer upon signup. Please contact John Lovo at for any further information.

Harold, Roland, Patrick, Ellen Adams, Brian Campbell, Riley Zellers Burton, Riley Callen,
Vera Chelnokov, Nicole Coleman, Brian Covachuck, Shannon Glenn, Connie Gregg, Warren, Hood, Julia, Tonya Hillenbrand,  Jake Hulbert, Carol Johnson, Jennifer Lilly, Ed Lines, Mac Martin, Peggy Mason, Bob McKinney, Nora Neely, Pete Nicholas, Margaret Norvell, Michael Ott, Ava Potts, Fletcher Rollinson, Jamie Rollinson, Hal Russell, Anne Siefert, Shirley Thayer, Jennifer Weaver and Ginny Wharton.

Blaise Bess, Max Hoffman, John Life Ikenberry, Colin Jackson, Anthony Kopp, 
Alex Lovo,  Andrea Tourville, Renier van Breen and Arch Wilson.