Your weekly news & updates
October 7, 2021
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
-Isaiah 40:8

Dear St. Andrew's Family,

It's finally here... October. Affectionately called "Spook-tober" by those who love Halloween and all of its associated festivities, October can be a time of celebration. However, for the blossoms of early summer, it is the time of year for them to fade. For us living in South Texas, that is the biggest change that tells us that fall is here. If we were a little more north we would see the leaves on trees change color and fall as well. My point being, we expect these changes in October. The plants fade with time. They have had their full time of growth and unfolding, and their fair share of the beauty and blessedness of the world. Why did God make these beautiful plants only last a season? Why cause them to wither and die every year? While thinking about this and doing some google searches on Isaiah 40:8, I came across this passage by David Platt who is a pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. and it helped me come to the answers I needed to hear.

"Think about all the things around you right now. Obviously, I don’t know where you are, sitting or standing or walking right now, but look around you in the world and see all the things that will fade away, grass, flowers, all kinds of things in nature and the world around us. I don’t mean to be depressing, but it will fade.

Live today for that which will matter forever by spending time in God’s everlasting Word.

You think about some of the most basic things, even the things you find pleasure in right now that are going to fade in this world, so think about that. That’s what Isaiah is doing, or God is saying through Isaiah, “Look around you at all the things that fade in the world. Then, look at the Word of God and know it will never fade. It will stand forever. In this, to realize the wonder of God’s word and the value of spending time in it. You want to live today for that which is going to matter forever? You want to live today for that which is going to matter ten trillion years from now? Then spend time in God’s word. It is going to last forever.(David Platt)"

Many blessings to you all!!
Charlene V.
A Special Message from Our Rector
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I’m always grateful for the charity and generosity of this St. Andrew’s congregation. Your desire to give your time, talent, and treasure is clear and abundant. Today I write to you to remind you of another way to give to your church. That is through the Endowment Fund.

Our church Endowment Fund is a separate fund or funds of St. Andrew’s Church. Its purpose is to enable the Parish to fulfill its mission more completely by developing its ministries beyond what is possible through its annual operating funds. 

The Endowment Fund was created with generous gifts of the Emmett Donegan and Jim Swope families. The Endowment Fund is a perpetual fund. The Parish benefits from the fund through a yearly payout of 85% the interest earned that year. That payout may only be applied to expenses outside of the normal operating budget (e.g.: updates and repairs to the facility, outreach ministries, parish programs, and seed money for special one-time projects). Normal operational expenses of the Church (e.g.: salaries and utility bills) are paid for by Parishioner gifts principally raised through the pledging process.

The yearly payout of the Endowment Fund will grow through gifts from Parishioners, e.g.:

  • Memorial gifts made any time especially All Saints Day, Christmas, and Easter when you designate Endowment Fund.
  • Bequeaths made to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Endowment Fund – Please contact a member of Finance Committee or Office Staff and your estate planner for assistance in including the Church in your will. 
God’s peace to you all and thank you for all that you do!
Talent at St. Andrew's
This year during stewardship season, in our newsletter, we will highlight the talents of many of our parishioners and the gift they are to
St. Andrew’s and our community.

Who's that young man? It is long time member, Dr. Henry Moore!! He is a man of many talents who has committed his life to helping others by sharing his many gifts with the world through healthcare, art, and a missional heart. Check out this link which includes the story about how Dr. Moore helped start the mission we know as Manos de Dios in Honduras; then check out the piece of Dr. Moore's art work we have hanging in McKeogh Hall!  
Thank you Dr. Moore, for sharing all your talent here at St. Andrew’s and abroad. 
Our St. A’s kid's scarecrows did well in the Downtown Seguin Scarecrow or Skeleton Competition. They place 3rd in the Church/School category. Way to go kids! Now that we have gotten 3rd place, can Fr. Stephen have his clothes back?
The Blessing of Animals service was a howling good time!

Every dog and cat had their day! Fr. Stephen blessed each and every animal that attended our service last Saturday then he went to the shelter and blessed the animals there, as I am sure you all read about in the Seguin Gazette! If you are looking for a pet, there are some amazing animals up for adoption at the shelter. Adopt a pet and save a life!
Calling all volunteers!!! 
There will be a Campus Beautification Day held on October 9th from 9 am to noon. We need volunteers to help with clean up around the campus. Come help keep St. Andrew's beautiful!!
There are 19 concreted in fence posts supporting the fence that we will be removing Saturday morning at 9:00 am. I would like to see if we can get 18 volunteers to dig up 1 fence post each. I am
number 19. In less than 30 minutes the fence and all the posts could be removed in preparation for an on site parking lot. Please bring your own shovel and gloves.
Don Richey
Sr. Warden 
The altar flowers for this Sunday are given to the glory of God by by Joyce Lee in loving memory of her parents and Joyce Richey's grandparents Erna & Winchester Kelso.
The flower chart has some spots open! If you would like to donate altar flowers on any given Sunday you can sign up on the flower chart found in the narthex or contact the church office at (830-372-4330).
There will be no Adult Christian Formation this Sunday. Rev. Patricia Riggins will be out of town this weekend. We will resume next Sunday, October 17th at 9:15 am in McKeogh Hall. We will continue our study of "Family Theology: Finding God in Very Human Relationships" by Bishop Carol Gallagher. You can purchase a copy here, or if you need help purchasing one, please let the office know . Be sure to join us!
In observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day and Columbus Day the church office will be closed Monday, October 11th.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Don't worry if you missed the Ministry Fair. You can still sign up for any ministries that you are interested in. Click here to learn about the different ministries at St. Andrew's then sign up for one or two! Then mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 17th when Canon Caroline Mowen from the Diocese will be our guest speaker to talk about "Every Perfect Gift" at all 3 services!
GVCCC BBQ FUNDRAISER The Guadalupe Valley Christian Counseling Center will host their annual BBQ fundraiser on Sunday, October 17th at Faith Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A ticket will get you 1/2 a BBQ chicken through the drive thru(in the alley behind the church)!!! Tickets are $8 or you can purchase at the window for $10. Contact Claudia Gaytan or drop by the office for tickets!
St. Andrew's has a booth at Seguin Mainstreet's October 30 Trade Days. We need volunteers to pass out information about St. Andrew's and fun favors to kids. We hope to spread our love for Jesus & for our church home. One-hour shifts are from 11 to 4 with clean-up duty after the 4:00 shift. Kelly Follis & Susan Rinn will set up at 9:00 and work the 10:00 shift. Call or email Kelly to sign up: 830-305-1534,
Ecumenical Build Days: Come out and build with other local area churches. Volunteers should be 16 or older.
October 30th
November 20th
December 4th

St. Andrew's Sod day: Volunteers 10 and older
January TBD, 2022
Save the date for the 16th Annual Bishop's Golf Classic benefiting diocesan Camps and Conferences; the tournament will take place on Friday, November 5th at Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio. Your support of the individuals and operations of the diocese enables our programs reaching beyond our walls to foster transformative experiences to the Body of Christ at camp.

 We want everyone to get a new picture taken so that our new directory will be complete. IT WON’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT YOU so please, sign-up today! Click here to make your appointment on-line. If you have any issues making your appointment, please call the office and we will help you. Every family photographed for the directory will receive a copy of the directory and an 8x10 portrait at no cost.

Photo dates are:
NOV. 8, 2021

You will have a professional photography session, schedule a ZOOM
meeting to see your proofs on computer and have the opportunity to
purchase extra portraits for family and friends.
November 14, 2021  
7 - 8 PM at Temple Beth-El

 Join the San Antonio Food Bank in an interfaith service that creates continuity between our missions & traditions. Let us secure San Antonio by setting an example for the world that now, more than ever, we are called to repair the world together.
The Christian Closet (old nursery) for TruLight 127 is in need of volunteers to help either Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm or Thursdays from 1pm-3pm so foster families can come and get some clothing, etc. for their families.
Click here for our new Annual Events Parish Calendar! The calendar serves as a general overview of the life of the church.  In a sense, it is a “living calendar,” events may be added and removed, and of course, not all church events will be listed. 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has two peer-led support groups that meet twice a month. One group is the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group which is for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition that meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm via zoom. The other is the NAMI Family Support Group which is for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition that meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 pm also via zoom. The meeting dates for October are as follows...

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group-
October 4th and 18th-REGISTER HERE

NAMI Family Support Group-
October 6th and 20th- REGISTER HERE

If you are a part of the tech team click the link above to assign yourself a piece of equipment for the 10:30 am service on a Sunday or two. If you would like to be part of the St. Isidore Guild Contact Aaryn, Gil, or Charlene.
Now that the heat of summer is gone, be sure to visit the Community Garden Thank you for your help to keep our campus beautiful!

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.
Please remember to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose while indoors at St. Andrew's. 
Anyone speaking or reading during the services(lay readers, guest speakers, preachers) will be allowed to remove their mask while speaking or reading. If you do not have a mask an usher will provide you one at the door. While I am sorry to reinforce this policy, it is the responsible action for us as a community to take at this time.
-Fr. Stephen
Weekly Schedule
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Chapel)
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Church)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Church)

10:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study (McKeogh Hall)
12:00 p.m. Service for Healing (Chapel)

8:00 a.m. Brotherhood of St. Andrew's (McKeogh Hall)

If you are uncomfortable with physical return, you can still be spiritually present with us by joining us via live stream! CLICK ON ONE OF THE IMAGES BELOW to join us virtually on Sundays at 10:30 am as we worship Our Lord. All services are available any time after that on Facebook (click on Video tab), YouTube, and our web page under Sermons.
If you are joining our service online and would like a way to donate, click the button below. Thank you for your help to fund the mission and ministry of St. Andrew's
Current Diocesan Guidelines
Vestry and Diocesan approved guidelines Plan for Phased Reopening: Phase 2(d) will help you know what to expect when considering attending worship. 
Ministers in the Lord's Service
Fr. Stephen Shortess

Vestry of the Week-
Don Richey

Lay Reader-
8am- Susan Rinn
9 am- Clara Spencer- Dibble
10:30 am- Jim Miller

Kambrie Boedder

Altar Guild-
Dorothy Bauer
Martha Bruns
Ann Ramsey
Marty Keil
Linda Williams
Jackie Ball

Offertory Tellers-
Margaret Taylor
Syd Bauer

Carlotta Coffman
Margaret Taylor
Jackie Ball

Wendi Gustafson- Music Director/Organ
Samuel Gaytan- Violin
Bill Gibbons- Guitar
Gil Merkle- Guitar

Leo Garcia- Choir Director/Cantor/Soloist
Ellie Follis- Soloist
Kayla Hinton- Soloist

Aaryn Perry
Gil Merkle
Jack Merrell
Warren Wundt
Betty Anderson
Will Follis

Jim Anderson
Tori Jimenez- October 13
Wayne Roitsch- October 13

Bernie & Kim Mueller- October 10

If you have a birthday or anniversary next week and it's not listed, please call the Parish Office and leave a message for Charlene to add it to the list.
If you or another member of the parish are sick or in the hospital and would like a contact from Fr. Stephen, please notify the Parish Office. We don't want anyone to get missed! Contacting the office will ensure that Fr. Stephen 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 forcesplease 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.
For more St. A's events CLICK THE CALENDAR BELOW
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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