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February 18, 2021
Special Message from our Rector
"When we hear the water being poured into the font, or witness the new fire at the Easter Vigil, or experience solidarity and shelter among the assembly, or taste the bread of life, we are reoriented toward God's eternity. Time stands still, God moves, and we are changed." Dr. Lisa Kimball – Virginia Theological Seminary

As part of our Lenten journey this year, we will have weekly reflections shaped and influenced by the cooperative work of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) and Virginia Theological Seminary. We will be focusing on five central signs and symbols of our Christian worship – Light, Water, Food, Shelter, and Community. 

 We experience life in a rapidly changing universe. Even when life forces us to slow down, our aspirations and desires cease to decelerate. The instant gratification we all strive for in life can make it difficult to worship and experience God in the way that our lives need it.  Yet, there is a constant necessity for these five resources in our lives.  Even if there is a day that goes by where we do not consider God – because of school or work or play; there is not a day that we do not rely on what God has given to creation. 

Each week I will send you a video presentation from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) and Virginia Theological Seminary. I hope you will enjoy and reflect on their messages to hear and experience these signs and symbols' richness. Why they are essential to our faith life, why they are vital to the church, and why church matters to our life.  

Fr. Stephen+
Week 1:  Light

This week we've endured something entirely new to all of us, continued rolling power outages. The light goes on and off and on and off. If you're anything like my household, you rejoice, mourn, celebrate, and then grieve. We know most of us have fared much better than many of our neighbors; however, this week has been a trying event. Light has been a crucial part of our experience.
Further, if you're like me, sharing the light with others was a trying task as well. We wonder why our power just can't be restored. This week, I would often contact someone and learn their lights were turned back on as mine went dark. Br. Curtis Almquist said, "There's something I find incredibly reassuring about how God separates light from darkness. Orchestrating it all with infinite possibilities, God decides to create a cadence of light and darkness to fill each day. It's true about the soul, too: we can only bear so much light. If there's too much light coming at us, we're blinded. Light can be as blinding as darkness."

We are children of the light, and our most difficult challenge is to remember that when our world goes dark, God’s light, the love of Christ, is always with us. God is the light of our lamps, and we must trust that God illumines all our darkness (Psalm 78.28). Moreover, we must share the love of Jesus and the light of our faith and our worship with the dark places of our world. Sometimes that means we have to sit in the darkness while others experience the light. For what good is it for us to sit in the light while our neighbors rest in darkness.

A prayer of Light:

Christ our True Light: when the lights of this world blind and bewilder and its darkness brings us no peace, train our eyes to behold your brightness and enfold us in the healing shadow of your wings, that we may love you by night as by day; who with the Father of lights and the Spirit of truth shine upon us, one God, through endless ages. Amen.  – Signs of
• Where does light show up in the life and liturgy of your worshiping community? How does light help you tell the Story?
• In the video below, the brothers talk about how darkness is not just the absence of light, but rather a generative force— seeds grow in the dark. Has this been true in your life, and what new growth happened when you were in the dark?

• We are called to be light in the darkness of the world. How does your worshiping community share light?

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.
Did you know that St. Patrick loves Irish stew? It’s true… So much in fact, that to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day we are going to have an Irish stew dinner in the garden! Come join us March 17th at 5:30 pm for a heaping bowl of Irish stew, a bonfire, and some much-needed fellowship.
Attention Prayer Garden volunteers!!! The Master Gardeners have put their plans for the St. Andrew's Prayer Garden on hold for the foreseeable future. As soon as we know anything we will pass that information along. If you have any questions, contact Alan Cockerell. Thank you for your help to keep our campus beautiful!
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.
Around the Diocese
Mustang Island Beach Escape with Your Valentine- Rescheduled: February 19 - 21
The Mustang Island Beach Escape with you Valentine retreat has been rescheduled to February 19-21 after inclement weather warnings. Escape to Mustang Island with your sweetheart for a special retreat. The retreat package includes two nights lodging, six meals, beach-time with your Valentine, special Saturday Valentine’s dinner and Saturday night campfire with S’mores. Your weekend begins Friday afternoon/evening and continues through Sunday lunch. Each room has a private deck view of the sea and boardwalk access to beach. The schedule is intentionally very relaxed, so you can spend time together resting, reflecting, and renewing with God and each other in His coastal creation.

Click here for more information.

Mustang Island Beautification Weekend 2:
February 19 - 21
A service-oriented weekend for adults to help Mustang Island Conference Center and experience an enjoyable weekend away. Work projects may include grounds clean-up, boardwalk maintenance, storage construction, or gardening. Projects will be coordinated by Mustang Island Conference Center staff to match the volunteer skills and what is most needed at that time.

Click here for more information.
The World Missions department extends its gratitude to all who have donated to their ongoing Emergency Food & Winter Clothing Drive. World Missions continues to collect items for mission partners affected by the food and resource shortages intensified by the global pandemic. To schedule a donation drop-off time, contact Catherine Markette, World Missions Ministry Coordinator, at, or you may make a financial donation to World Missions towards purchasing food and winter clothing, at
The annual Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas will convene as a virtual gathering February 26 - 27, 2021 to ensure the health and safety of all involved, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Clergy, as well as lay delegates will participate in closed, secure sessions hosted on Zoom, while individuals wishing to view the business of Council in its entirety and engage online will be able to access a live broadcast streamed on the diocesan FacebookVimeo, and website.
Missions Café: A Visit to Honduras, Part Two:
March 4

Mark your calendar for the second in the World Missions' lunchtime webinar series, taking place Thursday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m. CT, via ZoomA Visit to Honduras, Part Two will feature our mission partner, Patricia Perea, who is the Ministries Coordinator of the Honduras Manos de Dios Ministry, a member of St. Francis, Canyon Lake, and mission team leader in the Diocese of West Texas. Online registration for this free event is open now.

Click here for more information.
Weekly Schedule

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

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


12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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.
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 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(b) 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

Lay Reader-
9 am- Linda Hannasch
10:30 am- Barbara Upper

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

Offertory Tellers-
Al & Janice Pruitt

Paul & Claudia Gaytan

Leo Garcia- Choir Director/Cantor/Soloist
Wendi Gustafson- Music Director/Organ
Ellie Follis- Soloist

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

Jim Anderson
NEW 2021 FLOWER CALENDAR IN NARTHEX!- Do you have a special day you wish to remember: an anniversary or birthday to celebrate, a loved one to honor, or an offering of thanksgiving for your many blessings? You may give the gift of altar flowers for worship by signing up on the new 2021 flower calendar in the narthex. Flowers are $50.00, with checks made payable to St. Andrew's (note flowers on the memo line). If you are worshipping at home but would still like to give the gift of altar flowers, please contact the church office and we will be happy to assist you.

Cooki Blevins- February 24
Syd Bauer- February 26
Lynnette Jackson- February 26

No Anniversaries for this 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 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 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.
Online Lenten Series: "Nevertheless the Kingdom has come near to you"

This five-week, online series will explore how God has been moving and blessing us through the last year. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday evening during Lent, join a different presenter from throughout the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, including the Rt. Rev. David Reed, for their reflection on the 2021 diocesan scripture theme: "Nevertheless the Kingdom has come near to you" (Luke 10:11). Each week will also include opportunities for breakout discussion with other members of your church and a Questions & Answer section. Click here to learn more.
Lenten Study - "Moving on through Forgiveness:" February 4 - March 25
Join Marjorie George, Carla Pineda, and The Rev. Patricia Riggins from The Wisdom Years in, "Moving on through Forgiveness" a 8-week Pre-Lent and Lenten study group about forgiveness. Learn from accomplished writers together and engage with other participants to learn methods to consider and practice small steps toward forgiveness throughout the week. The group will meet Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Click here to view the flyer for more information.
Life after Loss Virtual Class: Beginning February 15

Christ Church, San Antonio and Porter Loring Family Care Services would like to invite those grieving a loved one to participate in a virtual class designed to help you process your grief.

Beginning February 15, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., the weekly bereavement program will run for six consecutive Mondays. If you are not comfortable with Zoom, please contact the staff and they will assist you. To register, please contact Kelsey Hankins, at

Contact Karen Von Der Bruegge at Christ Episcopal Church, (210) 736-3132.
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.
St. Mark’s, San Marcos, launches “Sacred Earth,” a new website exploring the interplay of spirituality and nature. Through stories, interviews, book reviews, and videos about people living in environmentally sustainable ways, this site is an attempt to help users navigate the current ecological crisis with hope, faith, and the knowledge that they are not alone. Topics include: theological underpinnings of creation care and practical ways to live an ecologically responsible life. Click here to visit the website.
Lenten Series from Episcopal Women’s History Project:
February 18

Beginning this February, The Episcopal Women’s History Project (EWHP) will present a Lenten series sharing the stories of six women who have made an impact on the Episcopal Church, emceed by the Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker, president of EWHP. The series will be presented via Zoom each Thursday at 2:00 p.m. CST during Lent, beginning February 18. Click here to register.
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

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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