Your weekly news & updates
July 15, 2021
A Special Message from Our Rector
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This Sunday, our Summer Sermon Series continues with us welcoming the Director for Guadalupe Valley Habitat Humanity, Madeline Zwicke. You may find her bio below.

John's Gospel records Jesus as saying, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (John 14.1-2)

We often speak in the church about how the Kingdom of Heaven may look. Here in John's Gospel, we might assume that God's kingdom looks like a place where there is enough room for everyone. By the love of God enough room for everyone to dwell and feel safe.

The mission and vision of Habitat for Humanity states that it is an organization, "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope (mission)." Moreover, create "A world where everyone has a decent place to live (vision)."

By their principles to, 1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, 2. Focus on shelter. 3. Advocate for affordable housing, 4. Promote dignity and hope, 5. Support sustainable and transformative development; it seems that they value their work as an opportunity to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth as an organization and as a community of people. (For further reading, open your BCP to pages 304-305 and see how some of these principles relate to our own Baptismal Covenant)

So let us give thanks for the work of Madeline and all of Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity. Further, I hope you will join us this Sunday to hear more about their excellent work.

God's peace,
I attended Texas A&M University (class of '13 Whoop!) and began working at Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity as the Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach in 2013. I am a Guadalupe County native and moved back to Seguin in August of 2019 when I began working as the Executive Director at Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity. My favorite part about Habitat is getting to go out to the job site and build alongside the partner families. I also enjoy joining and leading Global Village teams. I have had the opportunity to build with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador, Chile, Guatemala, Portugal, and Zambia. I hope to one day build in every country that Habitat works in (which is 70 plus different countries!) I am looking forward to networking, making new connections and making an impact in our local community.
Due to the high temperatures of this summer weather, the 9 am service will be held in McKeogh hall until further notice. See you Sunday!
“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever.” 
Psalm 110.4

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You may have noticed on Sundays or at the Wednesday Eucharist an increase in the presence of priests.  Both Rev. Patricia Riggins and Rev. Tom Bruns in their retirement have expressed their desire to me to continue serving God and God’s people, even in retirement. So from time to time you will see them actively serving in our worship services. I am grateful for their presence with us at St. Andrew’s and the opportunity to have them serve among us. As they say, “once a priest, always a priest.” 

Fr. Stephen+
Altar flowers for this Sunday are given to the glory of God in celebration of their daughter, Morgan on her birthday by Don & Marty Keil.

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).
All interested in receiving at home communion or becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister, please contact Mickie Teagarden at 830-433-0017 or or the church office.

Second Half of the Summer Season Continues at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Family Camp, and Duncan Park:
July 1 - September 6

Don't miss your chance to spend time in the mountains, on the beach, or in the hill country this summer! The second half of the summer still has a few open spots for children, youth, families, and adults at Camp Capers, Duncan Park, and Mustang Island Conference Center. After a season apart, experiencing Christian community in beautiful surroundings that help strengthen our faith and develop meaningful friendships is more important than ever before.

Click here for session dates and registration.
Scholarships are available to assist any child who would like to attend summer camp but can't afford to go. Please contact Fr. Stephen for more information either in person, via email, or by phone.
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 July are as follows...

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group-
July 5th and 19th-REGISTER HERE

NAMI Family Support Group-
July 7th and 21st- REGISTER HERE
This Saturday, July 17th is St. Andrew's Habitat Build Day!!-Calling all St. Andrew’s handymen, handywomen, and kids ages ten and up to join Habitat for Humanity in building a new home for a local family. Come out anytime between 8 AM - 12 PM and support a good cause. The build location is 521 Newton Ave., Seguin. Make sure to wear rubber boots if you have them! Please note that currently, masks are required on all Habitat build sites.

Click here to sign-up!
St. Andrew's Summer Sermon Series

Save the Date!!
July 18, 2021

Madeline Zwicke - Guest Speaker for Habitat for Humanity at each service

All interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Recommitment and all newcomers are invited to attend a 7 week "Intro into the Episcopal Church" course starting August 1st following the 10:30 service. We will study the book "Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices" by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe. Upon completion, all participants will be Confirmed, Received, or Recommitted by Bishop Hall on St. Andrew's Day(Nov. 28th). Interested? Contact the office by email, phone, (830-372-4330), or Click here to sign-up.

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.
Anyone interested in helping with maintenance in the Community Garden Contact Alan Cockerell. 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.
Weekly Schedule
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Chapel)
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II (McKeogh Hall)
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)

At this time, we have three in-person services. They are held each Sunday, one at 8:00 am in the Chapel which is our Rite I spoken service, 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.

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.
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
Phased Reopening Guidelines
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.  

As a reminder these are some of the requirements:

  1. All people over the age of 3 who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine must wear a mask covering nose and mouth.
  2. Please remember to social distance. DON'T SIT ON THE BLUE TAPE IN THE PEWS.
  3. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

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

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

Guest Speaker-
Madeline Zwicke

Vestry of the Week-
Don Richey

Lay Reader-
8am- Linda Hannasch
9 am- Gary Bethel
10:30 am- Mark Williams

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

Offertory Tellers-
Jeanene Smith
Anne Galaway

Wayne & Pam Roitsch

Terry Boehnke- Piano
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
Caston Casey- July 19
Cinde Jimenez- July 20
James Shortess- July 20
Alan Cottrell- July 23
Morgan Stautzenberger- July 23


Alan & Debbie Cottrell- July 20
Frank & Anne Galaway- July 22

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.
Bible Studies and Prayer Groups
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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