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September 9, 2021
A Special Message from Our Rector
When I was in fourth grade, my teacher Mrs. Rose taught us about the day John F. Kennedy lost his life in Dallas. She told us that it was a day she would never forget - the place and time where she was -because his death was so wholly tragic.  She told us youngsters, that eventually, there would be a day and time when an event of the day would be so memorable we would never forget where we were when it happened.

My tender ears did not want to believe Mrs. Rose. But that day did come. That day for me is September 11, 2001. 

It was during the second period of my senior year of high school.  The call came in for my Anatomy and Physiology teacher to turn on the TV. Something happened in New York City.  And she did. And we sat there in shock and awe at the First World Trade Center burning.  Like a drug, we could not keep our eyes off the TV. Then it happened. The moment I’ll never forget. I was sitting on the edge of my desk, watching the ghastly image of the second plane arriving from behind the damaged buildings, thrusting into the Second Trade Center.

Indeed, a whole new world was opened to me in those fleeting moments. The rest of the day was filled with hallways and classrooms full of quiet and confused faces that were distressed with the intermittent calls of another classmate going home.  The memory is still as haunting as it was the day after on September 12.  
This Saturday, twenty years will have passed since that painful day. Let us remember many of those who put their whole lives at risk to save and rescue as many people as they could.  Let us remember those we lost.
Yet out of the rubble and ash, what followed the aftermath of the fallen towers, was a country that was resilient and determined to love, pray, mourn, and work together to restore the hopes of a hurting nation.  That memory, too, is etched in my mind forever.

Twenty years have now passed, and we are still a country that knows and experiences tragedy. Yet, we are still a country where first responders remind us of the ultimate Jesus virtue to “lay down one’s life” for the good of all people. 

On Saturday, I urge all of us to take time and pray for all those still haunted by the flames of 9/11 and the well-being of those who seek to rescue us from any kind of devastation.  But may we also remember who we can be as a people in the wake of tragedy—those who seek to serve and love their community. 

May we never forget. And may we always remember who we can be and how we can respond to our hurting world.
God the compassionate one, whose loving care extends to all the world, we remember this day your children of many nations and many faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Console those who continue to suffer and grieve, and give them comfort and hope as they look to the future. Out of what we have endured, give us the grace to examine our relationships with those who perceive us as the enemy, and show our leaders the way to use our power to serve the good of all for the healing of the nations. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, in reconciling love, was lifted up from the earth that he might draw all things to himself. Amen

Frank W. Griswold, “Remembering September 11, 2001” from an American Prayer Book
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
The altar flowers for this Sunday are given to the glory of God by
Lou Dagel in thanksgiving for the birthdays of Patty Dagel, Julius Tabery, and Alex Dagel.
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).
St. Andrew’s Shines at “Art at the Texas” We are proud to boast that the winners of two of the award categories named by the Seguin Arts Commission are members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church! Leo Garcia is the Artist of the Year and Samuel Gaytan is the Young Artist of the Year. Also being recognized is the Seguin Art League as Art Organization of the Year. We know that several of our St. Andrew’s members belong to this group. On Saturday evening, Sept. 18th they will be recognized and announced publicly. If you would like to be present for this wonderful event you can purchase a ticket that includes a fun evening of entertainment, food, art sales and a silent auction for $25. See Kelly Follis, Marty Keil or Robin Walker for tickets. Tickets are also available at Gift and Gourmet or the Seguin Chamber office. Come out and support our peeps as well as the Arts in Seguin! Congratulations to all the winners!
Join us this Sunday at 9:15 am in McKeogh Hall as we resume our Adult Christian Formation classes. This Sunday, Mark Keddal will lead us and will discuss the importance of silence in our daily lives.

Next week Fr. Stephen and Rev. Patricia Riggins will take turns leading us as we begin the study of "Family Theology: Finding God in Varied Human Relationships" by Bishop Carol Gallagher. You can purchase a book here, or if you need help purchasing one, please let the office know .
The Children's Christian Ed classes will start a new subject this Sunday as well. They will learn about Noah's Ark and the Flood.
The St. A's Ministry Fair, a Parish Breakfast, and the 2022 Stewardship Kickoff will all be held next Sunday, September 19th. Breakfast tacos, juice, and coffee as well as sign up sheets for various ministries will be available in the courtyard in between the 8 am & 9 am services as well as between the 9 am & 10:30 am services. Please RSVP to Charlene in the church office or Kelly Follis ( or call 830-305-1534). Then plan to join us on October 17th when Canon Caroline Mowen from the Diocese will be our guest speaker at all 3 services!
St. Andrew's- Blessing of Animals

Has your pet been to church this year? No? Then grab your pet and a bag of dog or cat food and meet us in the St. Andrew's Community Garden on Saturday, October 2 at 9 am for our Blessing of the Animals service. All furry, scaly, and feathery friends are welcome! Pet food will be donated to the Seguin City Shelter pet food pantry and the Starcke Park Feral Cat Program. See you there!
This fall we will work with a company for a new directory! Stay tuned for more details!
If you would like to donate to St. John's- Thibodaux for Hurricane Ida relief, please send a check or cash to St. Andrew’s with Hurricane relief in the memo, and we will send the donated amount directly to St. John’s - Thibodaux as they minister to those in need of resources and support from the storm.
The Christian Closet (old nursery) for TruLight 127 is in need of volunteers to help either Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm or Thursdays from 5pm-7pm 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 September are as follows...

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group-
September 6th and 20th-REGISTER HERE

NAMI Family Support Group-
September 1st and 15th- 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.
Anyone interested in helping with maintenance in the Community Garden Contact Alan Cockerell. Thank you for your help to keep our campus beautiful!
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.

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.
Hospital Staff Snack Drive continues

Thank you to all who have donated to help reenergize the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff at GRMC! If you haven't donated yet or you want to donate more, you can bring any drinks and/or snacks that they can eat/drink during their breaks to the church and place it on the table in McKeogh Hall.
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)

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 Sanctuary for a 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.
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-
Alan Cockerell

Lay Reader-
8am- Barbara Upper
9 am- Clara Spencer-Dibble
10:30 am- Kelly Follis

Kambrie Boeder

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

Johnana Clark- 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
Henry Moore Jr. September 16
Joyce Lee- September 17
Don Keil- September 18

No Anniversaries for the coming week

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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