The Call
August 2020
Your monthly news & updates
A Message from Fr. Robert

Fr. Robert released a new message to the church concerning COVID-19 and St. Andrew's. Click here to read his message.

10:30 a.m. Modified Morning Prayer, Rite II

Click on the link above  to join us Sunday for our live stream worship service at 10:30 am.  You will receive a copy of the bulletin via email or you can find the link to download a pdf version on our website under  Sermons   which is under the worship tab.


10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rite II (Church)
Ministers in the Lord's Service for August 2
Fr. Robert Certain

Lay Reader-
Susan Rinn

Altar Guild -
Sandy Merrel

Alisha Bade- Cantor/Soloist
Mary Ann Winden- Organ

Aaryn Perry
Gil Merkle
Jack Merrell

Carolyn Baker
Pledges, Tithes, and Offerings
Ways to Give
Please consider donating to St. Andrew's by one of the options listed below.

There are a few ways you can donate to St. Andrew's.

  1. Click the "DONATE NOW" button at the bottom of this message
  2. Visit the Donate page on our website
  3. Contact Marsha (830-372-4330) to set up auto-draw
  4. Set up bill pay with your bank
  5. Mail a check
  6. Drop off your check in our mail slot located in the window to the right of the office door.

Thank you for your help to fund the mission and ministry of St. Andrew's
August 2-

10:30 am-
Susan Rinn

August 9-

10:30 am-
Kelly Follis

August 16-

10:30 am-
Gerry Richardson

August 23-

10:30 am-
Mark Keddal

August 30-

10:30 am-
Linda Hannasch
August 2

Sandy Merrell

August 9

Sandy Merrell

August 16

Sandy Merrell

August 23

Sandy Merrell

August 30-

Sandy Merrell

Altar Flowers are back! If you would like to donate altar flowers on any given Sunday please contact the church office.  (830-372-4330)
Special Days in August
The Gladiolus is the birth-flower for August. Gladioli express strength of character, remembrance, faithfulness, and moral integrity. The gladiolus, hence its name, is also meant to pierce the heart of the recipient, conveying infatuation.

Darrell Huck- August 8
Elizabeth Walker- August 8
Jessica Edler- August 11
Quintin Alexander- August 12
Mary Louise Donegan- August 14
Chris Krippner- August 14
Jackie Ball- August 18
Cheynne Palasky- August 18
Betty Anderson- August 18
Carolyn Baker- August 21
Allison Cutcher- August 21
Michael Strauss- August 22
Fruit Baldaras- August 25
Charlene Vardeman- August 25
Jack Merrell- August 26
Al Pruitt- August 29
Hallie Moore- August 31


Gary & Amy Bethel- August 5
Mark & Sally Keddal- August 12
Wayne & Pam Roitsch- August 19
Tony & Beth Price- August 20
Nick & Anne Costas- August 21
Darrell & Cassie Huck- August 24
Jim & Kay Fouts- August 29
Joe & Sudy Bruns- August 30
If you have a birthday or anniversary in August and it's not listed, please call the Parish Office and leave a message for Charlene to add it
to the list.
We pray for all members of this parish family, our family members, and friends, especially:  Bill Anderson, Kenneth , Amy & Gary Bethel , Morgan, Audrey Herron, Susan Neuman, Ardith Perry, Penny Sengler, Theresa Zapata, Jean Norris, and for all who suffer from the effects of the novel coronavirus.  May their special needs and concerns receive God's mercy and grace. 

We pray for all those who are home bound, or residing in care and retirement communities, especially:  Ann Benham, Betty Rainey, Judy McClendon, Patsy Creager, Ruth Burges, Karen Cook, and Rose Foegelle . May God's comforting grace be present to them.
We pray for those who have died especially: 

We pray for all those serving in the Armed Forces, especially:  Shane Keenum, Simon Barrientes, Thomas Smith, Brandon Buckalew, Zachary Ryan Buckalew, Lee Alexander, John David Mills, Liam Rubarth-Lay, Steve Helmer, and Justin Carnahan. May they look to God for the strength and peace that only He can give.
If you or another member of the parish are sick or in the hospital and would like a contact from Pastoral Care, please notify the Parish Office. We don't want anyone to get missed! Contacting the office will ensure that Pastoral Care is notified.

If you would like to add a name, etc., to the prayer list, send an email to . If you have a pastoral situation that needs attention, please contact the parish office. 

If a member of your family is in the armed forces please send their name to Charlene via email at   or by phone (830-372-4330) so they can be included in the Prayers of the People each Sunday.
Click here   to read a special message from Fr. Robert where he asks Will you love your neighbor as yourself? and Who is my neighbor?
A Message from your Sr. Warden

It is with joy and thanksgiving that I can announce to you Father Stephen Shortess will be the new Rector for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Our Search Committee was thorough in the interview process of all the candidates and we are thrilled with our success. Father Shortess hopes to begin with us by September 6 th .

Special thanks certainly go to Mark Williams as our search chair. His persistence in arranging for the “meet and greets” followed up with interviews in a timely manner helped us to keep moving forward and to always be prepared. Aaryn Perry was a tremendous asset with his technology skills and a great ambassador for our church in arranging for the candidates to receive special accommodations for our ice breaker sessions. As a committee of 10 we were always able to speak openly and honestly with one another and found that we were all very cohesive as a group. God led us in finding the right priest for St. Andrew’s, and it was a unanimous decision to Call Father Shortess. We thank God that he accepted the Call!  

Click here  to meet Fr. Stephen Shortess, our new rector.
Vestry Meeting Minutes
July 19, 2020
We all know that doctors and nurses are on the front lines of battling the corona virus. Although there isn't much we can do to help them physically while they help patients,  we can pray for them . So we are asking all of you to  Click here  to sign up for a time slot to pray for them around the clock. This way we can make sure we have at least one person praying even for just a few minutes of every hour of every day. If you are not able to commit to a specific time, or if the slots are all full, please take a few moments to   say one of these prayers each day for these wonderful men and women. Thank you!

Sanctify, O Lord,  those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Angels in blue gowns , They wear face masks instead of haloes. Their gloved holy hands administer to us Care we are too weak to provide for ourselves.
Without sleep, Without hope of a day off, In the face of ever-dwindling supplies, They risk their lives at every moment In order to save ours. Blessed are the hands, Rubbed raw from washing, That connect us to ventilators. Blessed are the feet, Sore and swollen, That tread the ER floors. Blessed are the eyes That have stared down death Hundreds, Thousands of times, And yet look upon each desperately ill patient And refuse to give up hope. God Most Merciful, Preserve the health and safety Of those who work so hard to preserve ours.  Amen .– Cameron Wiggins Bellm
Bible Studies and Prayer Groups
The Christian Formation Committee of the Diocese of West Texas  offers a seven-session Staycation Bible School inspired by "The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children," a children's book written and illustrated by Roger Hutchinson. The 2020 Staycation Bible School is a curriculum designed for families to connect with God at home over the summer.  Click here  for more information.
Spirituality in the Wisdom Years , a ministry by and for older adults, is sponsoring a weekly study of   The Gift of Years   by Joan Chittister. This book invites reflection on topics that all human beings encounter as we age, emphasizing their blessings. The group gathers online on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. New participants are invited to join at any time. Upcoming weeks will focus on regret and joy. To learn more, contact Marjorie George at .
The Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women invites all to join the online study group  "Beijing +25: Celebrating the Blessing, Realizing the Dream"  for a series of webinars, blogs and conversations, beginning Thursday, July 9 through November 2020. The delegation will lead a conversation to recall the importance of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, to share stories, to “celebrate the blessing,” and to think critically about what still needs to be done to “realize the dream” of Beijing and how to make that happen within the UN, within the Church, and through local, national and global advocacy and action.
Click here  to learn more and sign up.
The West Texas Adult Christian Formation's  8-session Psalms study "God's People Speak to God" with questions for personal or group reflection is now over, but you can still access all of the information on their website. We invite you to use this study however seems best to you.  Click here  to learn more and subscribe to receive new reflections by email. Contact Marjorie George at , for more information.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians to take a moment with him each week to consider cultivating a "habit of grace,"  as communities adjust to the realities of the coronavirus and requests to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing. These weekly meditations can be found online, at
Weekly Centering Prayer with St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center
Join St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for an online Centering Prayer group on Tuesdays, at 3:30 p.m. CT. This Zoom-based opportunity is for new and experienced practitioners alike to share time together, both in quiet conversation and in silence. For log-in information and other details, contact .
"Embracing Evangelism" is a six part, free digital course that explores Christians' call to seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people – and then invite everyone to more. Each session features teachings on Episcopal evangelism. Made possible through a partnership between The Episcopal Church and Virginia Theological Seminary, the series consists of of six video sessions each under 45 minutes, and discussion resources. Click here to read more.
Introducing the new DWTX website
The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website at , now optimized for all devices with up to date web browser access.
Happening #146  will be postponed to November 20 - 22, 2020, in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Texas. For more information, contact Julie Turner, Happening Board Chair, at .
Program Updates from Camps & Conferences, Vital UM, World Missions, and More.  After months of difficult conversations, fervent prayers, and carefully considering safety standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Texas, Kendall County, and the American Camp Association, Camp Capers has canceled Intermediate Camp B and Primary Camp B sessions in 2020. Senior High B and Junior High B sessions will still be offered at 50% capacity.   Wondering what else is going on with diocesan-wide ministries and programs? Read updates from diocesan ministries, including Camps & Conferences' Summer 2020 changes, VITAL University Missions, World Missions, Episcopal Schools, and more at this link.

Click here   for more information.
South Texas Pregnancy Care Center (STPCC) is experiencing a critical need for new volunteers.   STPCC has been serving the community of Seguin and surrounding counties since 2001. They are an affiliate of  Heartbeat International,  a life-affirming evangelistic ministry dedicated to educating and encouraging people to choose life, to make positive sexual choices, and to bring healing to those affected by abortion.​ STPCC is one of the nonprofit organizations that is part of our Outreach program. Please prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer. For more information or to sign up to volunteer please call the STPCC office at  830-303-2151 .
Be a Souper Hero! 
The Christian Cupboard is in great need. Please consider donating some food. Volunteers will receive donations at the side door of the center located at  516 N. Camp St. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.  Thank you for your help!
Useful Links
Follow our  Facebook page  for our weekly Sunday live streamed worship services at 10:30. If you miss it, join when you can by going to the Video tab.
The St. Andrew's  website  tells the story of our parish, and is useful for downloading the bulletin, or delayed watching our Facebook Live worship services on a later time or day.
If you do not have a Prayer Book at home, you can download a complete version to view on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Click here  Book of Common Prayer to download the free pdf version of the book. Here is a link to purchase a copy if you would prefer a hard copy.
The Sunday and Holy Day scripture readings are available on the internet. Click on the  Lectionary page  to read the Scriptures for the day.
You can get ready for Sunday, review the scriptures, and learn about other Holy Days through the year.
If you want a hard copy of a  Book of Common Prayer  or a  Hymnal 1982 , the Church Publishing Company is your best choice:
The CPC has waived the standard shipping fee on all book orders over $35 until July 15, 2020. Use code  FREESHIP  at checkout.
Prayer Books ($21-35)
Hymnals ($24.95)
Prayer Book/Hymnal combination ($99.95)
Forward Day-by-Day  can be read on your computer, tablet or smart phone. If you would like a hard copy, we are placing them in a plastic bag hanging on the church office door. You can drop by any time to pick one up!
The Episcopal Church is one part of the worldwide  Anglican Communion.  The Cycle of Prayer is found in Forward Day by Day, or at this link
The Bishop has asked us to remember other parishes, missions and ministries of the Diocese in our weekly prayers. Click on this link to view or download the  Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Twelve Step Recovery

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Youth House on Crockett Street.
St. Andrew's dares to embrace its Episcopal Heritage by living out the Great Commission of Christ through the intimacy of community, discipleship, and service.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, a congregation of The Episcopal Church, and a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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