St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Bringing God and People together through the love of Jesus Christ
News & Notes
January 31, 2020

Feel bored with worship? Stunted in your spiritual walk with God? Hungry for making sense of life in your "second mountain" (google David Brooks for reference) ?
Well, we want to talk to you!

St. Andrew's will be offering a small group - forum style opportunity for parishioners to gather and share their needs, interests, hopes and desires for St. Andrew's. Part of our time together will be to provide feedback from the Parish Survey parishioners took last Spring. The second part of the session will be spent aligning short and long term ministry priorities with parishioner's Spiritual growing edges.

We have set aside three dates in order to encourage as many parishioners to participate as possible. You are asked to attend one of these three sessions:

Wednesday, February 5th 9:00 - 11:00
Wednesday, February 5th 4:00 - 6:00
Thursday, February 6th 9:00 - 11:00
In-Home Fellowship Dinners
(formerly Dinners for 8)

February 25t h & March 26 th
Those of us who have attended the "Dinners for Eight" here at St. Andrew's know it's a delightful way to get to know fellow parishioners on a deeper level. This year we would like to expand this offering to host homes that may only be able to seat six or seven. This means if you'd like to host a dinner but can only seat 6 or 7 around your table...we want you! St. Andrew's will provide the entree and desserts - hosts will provide salad and bread.

How to Sign Up

If you would like to be a "guest" at one of the dinners and need a ride...we'll provide. If you have a special dietary need, we'll accommodate. We want to make it possible for all who desire it to attend.

Please indicate your interest by clicking this link click here to email Rick and Laurie Granger:
  • I will pray in advance for this event (prayer warrior)
  • I wish to attend
  • I wish to host and can seat...6, 7 or 8
  • I need a ride
  • I have dietary restrictions
You can also sign up via link on our new website
Tuesday, February 4th at 8:30 a.m.
Chapter House
The Acts of the Apostles (Ch. 18) 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.
Friday, February 7th 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. This week we continue our conversation about JOY as a fruit of the Spirit.
No previous expertise required! This is a great opportunity to enrich your journey with God and others.
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Chapter House

Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer in which we rest silently in the presence of God. It is a very simple method that is easy to learn. We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this is not the only form of prayer. Trappist monk, Thomas Keating describes centering prayer as “a way of saying ‘Here I am.’ The next step is up to God. It is a way of putting yourself at God’s disposal; it is God who determines the consequences.” All are welcome.
Spiritual Care of those with Dementia and Alzheimer's
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.
E vening P rayer
Tuesdays beginning Feb. 11th at 5:00 p.m. (church)

This is a brief 25 minute liturgy that helps us to take a breath, offer our worries to God, give thanks for the day that has past and refresh our spirits.

D inner and t able T alk
Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Chapter House)
All are welcome. We will gather in the Chapter House for a light dinner and thoughtful conversation as we explore and share our journey with God. Skeptics, doubters and spiritual giants (and everyone inbetween) are welcome.
Two offerings to...
Strengthen and Renew your Marriage

Marriage Boot Camp 2.0
Tuesday, February 4th, 4 -5 p.m. in the Chapter House
Whether marrited 50+ years or just 5 days...this offering is an opportunity to meet with other couples to mutually discover and share tools for strengthening your marriage. Facilitated by Fr. Geoffrey Piper.

Group Renewal of Marriage Vows in the Church
Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Make plans to attend the couples session on the 4th or just want to participate in the Group Renewal of Vows on the 14th, we hope that you will find your marriage renewed by these offerings.
A very busy weekend for St. Andrew’s outreach effort has resulted in walls raise at our Habitat House in Port Charlotte and some 100 boxes of Valentine’s Day cheer destined for American service men and women in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Djibouti.
Following the slab blessing and preliminary work Friday morning, a hearty group of workers spent Saturday as part of Habitat’s annual Apostles’ Build project that will become stable housing for a local family.

At the same time, 30 volunteers working at the Chapter House filled the soldiers’ boxes with socks, magazines, toiletries, candies and all sorts of snacks. The boxes also included valentines made by students at the Island School and a greeting from St. Andrew’s. Labels were prepared and attached to the boxes in preparation for the men’s Bible study group to deliver them to the post office on Tuesday.
A big thank you goes to those who worked Friday and Saturday at the Habitat House as well as to all those who shopped and filled the red bags, to those who wrote labels, filled boxes, taped, toted and cleaned up the Chapter House when the Soldiers’ Boxes effort was complete. Deserving of particular notice are John Lovo who headed up the Apostles’ Build project for St. Andrew’s and Susan and Greg Wilson who organized our packing day for the Soldiers’ Boxes. It is a true blessing to be part of a community that is so generous, not only with its treasure, but with its time and talent as well. 
~ Kathy Silverberg, Outreach Chair
More Outreach...
Boca Grande Friendship Villages
Tuesday, Feb. 4th
Gasparilla Inn ~ Beach Club

6:00 p.m. Social Hour and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ed Raine, President/CEO of Food for the Poor
S unday, Feb. 2nd @ 8:00 a.m.
Altar Guild: Jo Brookhart
Chalice: Mary Anne Hooker & Anne Honey
Lectors: Kimberly Whipple
Ushers: Went Caldwell & Tom Courtney
Greeters: John & Pat Rice

Sunday, Feb. 2nd @ 10:00 a.m.
Chalice: Joyce LeClair & Brice Birgbauer
Lectors: JDon & Zig Smith
Greeters: Kay & Denny Parker
Coffee Hour: Kimberly Whipple

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Harold, Roland, Patrick, Ellen Adams, Riley Zellers Burton, Riley Callen, Vera Chelnokov, Nicole Coleman, Brian Covachuck, Shannon Glenn, Connie Gregg, Warren, Hood, Julia, Tonya Hillenbrand,  Jake Hulbert, David Jenkins, Bud & Mary Jenne, Carol Johnson, Jennifer Lilly, Ed Lines, Mac Martin, Peggy Mason, Bob McKinney, Nora Neely, Pete Nicholas, Margaret Norvell, Michael Ott, Bobby Parker, 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.