September 16th, 2022

This Week

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Join us this Sunday at 10:30, online or in-person. Fr. Mal Jopling (and his lovely wife Marsha) will be with us while Mtr. Lisa takes some much deserved time off. Fr. Mal will also be covering much of Mtr. Lisa's maternity leave, so come meet him if you haven't already!

Update: Covid-19 rates are once again elevated in our area. Masks are optional and provided in the Narthex of the church for those who are immunocompromised or concerned. Just a gentle reminder, if anyone in your household has Covid, please stay home.

Our virtual service is online every Sunday. Tune in at 10:30 am on the St. Andrew's Jax YouTube page. You can find the bulletin on the YouTube page or linked below.

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Godly Play Starts this Sunday!

Godly Play, a Montessori-style children's formation class, is finally back and in-person! You may remember we were telling Godly Play stories on YouTubebut there is so much more to a Godly Play Class.

Bring your kiddos (ages 3-10) to Classroom 2 THIS SUNDAY at 9:15 a.m. and meet our new Children's Minister Sally Boyd. If you would like, sit in on the first class to see how Godly Play will help your child come to know God.

Please let Mtr. Lisa know if you are interested in helping build and grow our Children's Ministry at St. Andrew's.

Christian Formation:
The Bible in 90 Days

Have you read the Bible cover to cover? Would you like a more comprehensive understanding of the Bible? Have you started reading the Bible hundreds of times only to drop off right after Genesis?!?

Then do we have a challenge for you! Join us in the Parish Hall Thursday evenings at 6pm and read the ENTIRE Bible in just 90 days... even the stuff the lectionary doesn't cover! You'll read around 12 pages a day on your own and we'll meet every Thursday for an hour or so to discuss. We'll be finishing up in December and you can finally say you've read the whole Bible!

If you missed the first session, it's not too late to join now!

If you are interested, please let Kathleen know. You can order new or used copies of the books needed here:

1. Course Bible (Please see the heavily discounted used copies)

2. Participant Guide (Please see the heavily discounted used copies)

3. The Essential Bible Companion (OPTIONAL) (Please see the heavily discounted used copies)

UPDATE: Rebuild. Restore. Renew.

This summer, we began seeking $30,000 to Rebuild, Restore, and Renew St.. Andrew's. And you went above and beyond pledging $55,000- almost twice our ask!

Of that, we have already received over $35,000, which we have started putting to good use. As of today, we have:

  • Repaired one AC unit in the sanctuary and completely replaced another.
  • Started work on the library to get the building ready to rent. See the before and after pictures below!

Keep an eye out for more promised improvements over the coming months.


Lawanda's Last Day!

September 25th will be our Deacon Intern Lawanda Williams' last day with us, and it has been such a privilege to have her with us these past 6 months!

Please come out to hear her preach, join us on the patio after the service for some sweet treats, and wish her well on her next great adventure.

Office Volunteers Needed!

Could you answer phones for a few hours a week? Would nothing give you more joy than to shred documents from 1978 on our new industrial strength shredder? Do you really like scanning things?

We have the need for office volunteers for some short-term special projects for just a few hours a week. If interested, please contact Kathleen and let her know!

Thank you Linda Moore, Earl Williams, Rose Reynolds, and Cynthia Wright for stopping by to shred boxes of documents. You shredded over 5 boxes of documents - 5 1/2 large black trash bags full!

Memorial Garden Cleanup

If you have any sort of memento or tchotchke by a loved one's spot in the memorial garden, please be sure to remove it by October 1st so that we may clean up the garden for All Saints Day. All items will be removed.

Ladies Night Out

Ladies' Night Out will be Tuesday, September 27th at 6 p.m. Join the ladies at the Regency Olive Garden restaurant on Atlantic Blvd.

Contact Rose Reynolds or the church office to RSVP.

Around the Diocese

New Update:

The Bishop's Election

Some of you noticed that we reverted back to praying for "Our Future Bishop" this past Sunday. There have been some developments in the Bishop's Election. While we were hoping to have more answers for you by the time of this publication, we expect to hear more from the Diocese shortly and want to make sure you are up to date.

As you probably know by now, the Diocese of Florida met for a Special Convention May 14 to elect a successor to Bishop Howard. (A “bishop coadjutor” serves alongside a diocesan bishop until the latter retires, at which time the former becomes the new diocesan bishop.) A quorum of voting delegates must be reached in both the lay house and the clergy house. Based on pre-registration numbers, it became apparent just a few days before the Special Convention that quorum of clergy would not be reached.


Various long-standing rules and regulations were quickly worked around in the 48 hours prior to the election to allow for a hybrid election (online and in-person). The election proceeded and an election of a new Bishop was proclaimed on the third ballot.


Within days a formal procedural protest was lodged by more than 10% of the delegates, which prompted a mandatory investigation by the Court of Review of the Episcopal Church- an impartial board made up of people from various diocese around the country charged with investigating the procedural objections made. The court’s report came back in early August, finding that important and necessary rules were not followed. You can read the Court of Review's report here.


Despite ongoing review over the course of the summer, the diocese moved forward with relocating the bishop-elect to Jacksonville, giving him an office at diocesan headquarters and a salary.


Based on the findings of the court, the bishop-elect has now withdrawn his acceptance of his election, but is still listed on the diocesan website as a member of staff. He has written that he still hopes to be our bishop, perhaps via a new election. Last week Bishop Howard made a video explaining the diocese’s official responses to the court’s findings and calling for a new election as soon as possible.

As of this past Monday, Standing Committee announced their intention to hold an election with a limited number of candidates at Camp Weed on November 19th. They also published a new process for candidates to be added by petition.

We pray the Holy Spirit will intercede and lead us to a path which will help us to unify and unite the diocese, allowing all voices to be heard and appreciated, while following the constitution and canons set forth by the National and Local Church.

No matter what happens on the Diocesan or National level, we at St. Andrew's will continue to focus on our mission tending to our little corner of the Kingdom. I hope you will join me in our continued prayer and work.

St. Andrew's Helping Others

DOK's "Bless the Animals" Drive!

During September, Daughters of the King® will be collecting donations for the Jacksonville Humane Society for our furry friends. This is a prelude to the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2nd at St. Andrews. 

The Society wish list is:

  • Dry or wet Dog and Cat Food
  • Dry and wet Kitten Food
  • Pup-Peroni Dog Treats
  • Kongs (new)- large and medium
  • New leashes (standard, non-retractable)
  • New or used blankets and towels and Paper Towels

All items can be placed in the container in the narthex. Should you prefer to give a money donation, please make out your check to St. Andrews Episcopal Church and put Humane Society in the memo line. Our beloved homeless pets need your help!

Volunteers Needed: The Angel Tree

Every year St. Andrew's works with Episcopal Children Services to deliver toys to kids in need... And we could use your help!

We need volunteers! We need folks willing to lead and coordinate the Angel Tree this year. Contact Kathleen or Carolyn Hartman if interested!

Prayer List
Please Remember in your Prayers:

Sarah J., Amber L., Su F.,

Lauretta A., Arlene S.,

Dick M., Tom B., Amy B., Vivienne C., Dean C., Williams family, Jen O.,

Michael J., Francis (Butch) D., Carolyn L., Kristin W., Cash family, Anthony N., Bitsie R., William N., Robert V., Katrina, Josh S.

Charles Taylor 9/18

Charity Landry 9/19

Bette Wilson 9/20

Linda Moore 9/24




Michael and Lydia Ruliva 9/18


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Save the Dates!

9/25 Lawanda's Last Day

10/2 Blessing of the Animals

10/30 Mtr. Lisa & Jordan's Baby Shower

11/5 Fall Parish Work Day
11/6 All Saints' Day
11/20 St. Andrew's Day
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