Your weekly news & updates
October 15, 2020
A Note from our Rector
"'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"  

~Jesus of Nazareth~

Click here to read a special message from Fr. Stephen, our rector.
October 18, 2020

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
(Prayer Garden)

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
(Church and live stream)

At this time, we have two in-person services. They are held each Sunday, one at 9:00 am in the Prayer Garden for an Outdoor Family Service and our Contemporary service at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. A decision will be made at a later date about the Rite I, 8:00 am service.

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.
Reopen 1
Dear St. Andrew's Family,

Below you will find information regarding our worship opportunities and our safety requirements for the church. We have a responsibility to report this information to you, and we ask that you do your best to review the material.  Please know that your Office Staff has full trust in your love for your fellow congregant and that it is apparent in your actions that you have treated these guidelines as a covenant of love for your worshipping neighbor.  

When making the decision about whether to return for in-person worship or not, the new, diocesan approved guidelines Plan for Phased Reopening: Phase 2(b) is a great read to help you know what to expect and consider well how this experience will be different from the last time you were here. 

These are some of the requirements each person must meet as you make your decision to join us in the nave:

  1. All people over the age of 10 must wear a mask covering nose and mouth at all times whenever you are on church property. We ask that parents or guardians of children under the age of 10 strongly consider the benefits of their child wearing a mask.
  2. Anyone over the age of 65 and/or with any of these underlying medical conditions should carefully weigh the risks before joining into public worship: Chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, chronic heart disease, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, liver disease, or weakened immune system. 
  3. As you enter, please fill from the front – and DO NOT SIT ON THE BLUE TAPE. Families may sit together. Singles, unfortunately, must sit alone.
  4. Other changes and requirements are found in the Phased Reopening plan. We urge you to “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” this document.
  5. If you want a Prayer Book, Hymnal or bulletin, please bring one from home. To eliminate to possibility of the spread of any coronavirus germs, they will not be available in the pews. 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.

As we reopen for public worship, LIVE STREAMING WILL CONTINUE.
In order to avoid disrupting the live-stream video and audio, we ask that everyone be in your seats no later than 10 minutes before the beginning of the service. Use those 10 minutes to thank God for your life and health, to listen to the prelude, and to otherwise prepare yourself for worship.
Ministers in the Lord's Service
Fr. Stephen Shortess

Lay Reader-
9 am- Will Follis
10:30 am- Mark Williams

Altar Guild-
Lynnette Jackson
Kelly Olson
George Ann Fuqua
Theresa Casey

Offertory Tellers-
Tracy Donley
Mickie Teagarden

Paul Gaytan
Claudia Gaytan

Leo Garcia- Choir Director/Cantor/Soloist
Bill Gibbons- Guitar
Gil Merkle- Guitar
Mary Ann Winden- Organ

Aaryn Perry
Gil Merkle
Jack Merrell
Warren Wundt
Betty Anderson

Jim Anderson
Pledges, Tithes, and Offerings
Ways to Give

Please consider donating to St. Andrew's by one of the options listed below.

  1. Click the "DONATE NOW" button at the bottom of this message
  2. Visit the Donate page on our website
  3. Set up bill pay with your bank
  4. Mail a check
  5. 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

The altar flowers for this Sunday are given to the glory of God by Don & Joyce Richey in loving memory or Daryl and in thanksgiving for their 47th anniversary.

If you would like to donate altar flowers on any given Sunday please contact the church office.
Stewardship Thoughts
from our Stewardship Chair
Chuck Ingersoll, our Stewardship Chair shares a Stewardship Thought stating "One of my favorite definitions of stewardship is “Everything we do after we say, ‘I believe.” For me, stewardship is an all-encompassing concept, calling for the proper use of all the resources that God has given us, whether it relates to our time, talents, or financial resources."

Click here to read more
For All Saints' Sunday this year we would like to invite all of you to send in a digital picture of your loved ones who have gone before us. We would like to try something special to honor and remember them. Email your loved one's name and picture to Charlene at by Thursday, October 29th to ensure your loved ones are included.

The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas will also offer something special on All Saints' Sunday. At 6 pm, Bishop David Reed will lead a diocesan-wide All Saints’ Day Online Evening Prayer service to pray for, honor, and remember all the faithful departed from our congregations and communities, who have died in 2020. This online-only Evening Prayer service will be hosted by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, to be broadcast live on the diocesan Vimeo and Facebook accounts.

Megan Dempster- October 18
Kenny Neumann- October 21
Kyra Yeomans-October 23


Don & Joyce Richey- October 20
Kelly & Holly Modl- October 21

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 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.
The St. Andrew's Prayer Garden has been adopted as a project by the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners. They will assist in maintenance and future planning of the garden. We would like some St. Andrew's volunteers to help with the maintenance of the grounds. We do not have any dates of work days yet, but would like to know how many people are interested. Click here to sign-up and inform us of your interest. If you have any questions, contact Alan Cockerell. Thank you for your help to keep our campus beautiful!
Bible Studies and Prayer Groups
Introducing the Fall 2020 Bible Study: With Hearts Enlightened
Adult Christian Formation presents the Fall 2020 Bible Study, inspired by the theme verse selected by the Rt. Rev. David Reed for 2020, "With the eyes of our hearts enlightened" (Ephesians 1:18). Beginning Monday, October 12, members of the diocese will explore how Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus still rings true for our modern world, especially during this unusual year. The six-week study will begin with Bishop Reed sharing the initial reasons behind selecting this theme and his amazement at its enduring, deepening meaning and guidance offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Wisdom Years Online Book Study, "On the Brink of Everything" by Parker Palmer: October 15 - December 10

Starting Thursday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m., join the Wisdom Years ministry for a weekly, online book study diving into "On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old." Written by Parker Palmer, this book invites us to travel the last season of our lives with courage, clarity, joy, and peace; find meaning in what our lives offer now; and glean from our histories all that has made us who God created us to be. Study participants will read a chapter each week, reflect on how it connects to their own life, then gather in a small group online to share insight and fellowship. Click here for more information.
Sunday Night Live! October 25-All diocesan youth are invited to an evening of online worship, prayer, teaching, and break-out groups, hosted by the diocesan Youth Commission on Sunday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. Let us gather together to lift these difficult times up to God and share fellowship with one another. Email Meredith Rogers, at for more information. Click here to RSVP and receive log-in details, prior to the event.
Forest Dwelling: Spirituality for Our Wisdom Years, hosted by Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, is an ecumenical, certificate program designed for more mature seekers who desire to mindfully embrace the challenges and opportunities of aging by accessing the deep wisdom embedded in the world's great mystical and contemplative tradition. This two-year program of education and formation will be led by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, the Rev. Mary C. Earle, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, and other invited speakers on transformation and aging. Click here to learn more about the program.
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
Tech Help
Do you ever feel out of the loop when it comes to technology? I think we all do sometimes. It seems as though technology is advancing every day and there is always some new tech thing. And with the trying times that we are in, you have to use technology to worship with your church family. Well, we are here to help! Click here for a list of FREE tutorials for different programs with step-by-step instructions on how to use them!
15th Annual Bishop's Golf Classic, Benefiting Diocesan Programs
This year, the Bishop's Golf Classic will benefit Camps & ConferencesWorld Missions, and Vital University Missions. The tournament will take place with modifications and pandemic precautions, on Friday, November 6 at Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio. Help our ministries continue reaching beyond our borders and fostering transformative experiences of Christ's love in mission, worship and formation, and camp programming; click here to register your team or sponsorship.
It's Bar-B-Que time!!! The Guadalupe Valley Christian Counseling Center will host their annual BBQ fundraiser on Sunday, October 25th at Faith Lutheran Church from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. In light of COVID, this year will be a little different. A ticket will get you 1/2 a BBQ chicken through the drive thru!!! Tickets are $8 or you can purchase at the window. Call the church office to get your tickets!
Happening #146: November 20 - 22
The Happening Board is overjoyed to announce registration is open for Happening #146, taking place at Camp Capers, November 20 -22. In order to protect participants and staff, COVID-19 guidelines and protocols will be upheld both during the Happening planning and the weekend itself.
Click here for more information and to sign up.
Eric Cooper and the San Antonio Food Bank, invite you to the first Virtual Interfaith Celebration, Feeding Hope: A virtual interfaith Thanksgiving service of prayer and praise on November 22, 2020, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm. This year, we come to the virtual table to give thanks for one another and provide rejuvenation for the work to come. Join members of faith communities across San Antonio as they bring scripture, song, and prayer to nourish our hearts and minds so we are fit to continue serving those in need in our community. 

Click here for more information.
Fall Family Weekends & Retreats at Camp Capers

Registration is open for Fall Retreats at Camp Capers, with more dates to be announced soon. Any individual, couple, or family needing a safe, stress-free weekend getaway is invited to:

  • Halloween in the Hill Country Family Retreat (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1)
  • Art & Soul Retreat (Nov. 6-8)
  • A Very Capers Christmas Retreat (Dec. 10-13)
Each retreat will include time to savor the beautiful Texas Hill Country, play in the Guadalupe River, enjoy fun family activities, and share delicious meals. Morning and evening worship services will be led by Camp Capers staff and chaplains.

Halloween in the Hill Country Family Retreat at Camp Capers: October 29 - Nov. 1- Bring your family out to Camp Capers to learn about and celebrate Halloween, All Saint’s Day and Dia de Los Muertos! Find out more about the origins of each day and experience traditional and cultural activities that are specific to our region and the Episcopal Church. Activities will include pumpkin carving and painting, arts & crafts, trick or treating, costume party (socially distanced), movie under stars, haunted/non-haunted family hay rides, campfires, cider sippin’ and more! Registration includes lodging, meals and activities. Click here for rates, more information, and to register.

Art & Soul Retreat at Camp Capers: Nov 6 - 8- A weekend retreat focused on feeding our souls through art! Art & Soul will create space for creativity and for spiritual, Christian learning in community with other artists from across the diocese. Bring your own Arts & Crafts supplies and work on your projects or sign up for an artist led workshop and learn a new skill. Click here for rates and to sign up!
A Very Capers Christmas Retreat at Camp Capers: Dec. 10-13- Bring your family to Camp Capers and cozy up to the fire with a mug of hot cocoa, make and decorate Capers’ Christmas Cookies, create a family Advent wreath, sing Christmas carols around the campfire, and get crafty in arts & crafts making Christmas tree ornaments. Learn more about the season of Advent and Christmas and how we, as Episcopalians, prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Other activities will include snowball fights, snowman building, ugly sweater contests, and more! Click here for rates, more information, and to register.
Fall Family Weekends & Retreats at Mustang Island

Individuals, couples, and families are invited to the Fall Retreats at Mustang Island Conference Center. Each weekend will include time to savor the beautiful Texas beaches on Mustang Island, enjoy fun family activities, and share delicious meals. Worship services, including Compline, will be led by camp staff and chaplains.

Beach Escape to Mustang Island‍- October 16 - 18, Mustang Island Conference Center Escape to your island home before the chaos of the holidays begin. Escape packages for individuals through families of four or more include two nights lodging, six meals, beach chairs, shade, use of boogie boards, surf boards, and Saturday night campfire with S’mores. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Holiday on the Island- December 11 - 13, Mustang Island Conference Center Holiday on the Island offers an opportunity for individuals, couples, and families to celebrate the Christmas holiday together with two nights lodging, six meals provided, and activities for everyone. Join us for campfires, s'mores, outdoor movie, holiday cookie decorating, crafts, worship, and more. Click here to learn more and to register.

Personal Retreats and Rentals- Based on Availability, Mustang Island Conference Center Rest, reflect, and renew within God's coastal creation as you enjoy the coast at your own pace. Rent one of our standard Guest Rooms or one of the Casa de la Playa suites with a full kitchen, and choose your own adventures. Spend time on the beach, kayak, fish, go birding, read, watch the sunrise and sunset, or take an excursion. Please contact Lynn Corby for inquiries and booking, at
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.
In light of recent email scams, please remember - if you receive an email that looks like it is from your rector, parish administrator, diocesan staff member, or bishop requesting a “favor” and instructing you to reply, DO NOT REPLY and DELETE IT.
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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