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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Centered in God, Focused on Others


The Reverend Patricia Handloss, Interim Rector

Dan Connick, Jr. Warden

Sean Glennon, Music Director

Erica Mazenkas Administrative Assistant

Courtney Hill, Sunday School Director

Jesse Avellino, Sexton

A Note from the Rector's Desk

Dear Friends,


Tis the season for being grateful. Everyday should be a day that begins with “thank you” and ends with “thank you”. Every single day that we draw breath is a gift. A gift given by our creator.


One of the blessings of our lives is St. Andrew’s, a beautiful church with lovely souls that fill the pews Sunday after Sunday and have since 1725. What a treasure. I sometimes sit in the church during the week for prayer and quiet.


We are asked by God to give from our heart for the life of the places that nourish our souls and those of others. There is so much for which to be grateful here in this parish. 


We are seeing the return of folks who got out of the habit of church during the pandemic. We are experiencing magnificent music. Laughter filled the halls during the Christmas Fair. Our in house preachers have enriched life, and our lay leadership in worship is a blessing. Sunday school is creative and wonderful. Prayer has made life better for so many. Blessings abound. 


But places that are here for the people of God to be refreshed and renewed need to be cared for financially. Our time, treasure, and talents certainly came together at the Christmas Fair. But they need to come together for the budgeting of the parish.


We now ask that you help us keep St Andrew’s growing by participating in the annual stewardship campaign. Pledge cards will be available this coming Sunday. The in gathering will be on December 18, 2022.


Sharing our gifts is a part of one’s spiritual life. I invite you to join me in this opportunity to help St Andrew’s be the best church it can be.

Blessings and Love,


In Loving Memory

Claire (Felix) Howard

5/8/1938 - 11/18/2021

Claire was a devoted, lifelong member of St. Andrew's Church. She grew up in the Four Corners area on Broadway and would walk to church. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Howard, on April 26, 1958 at St. Andrew's. Their three children were baptized at St. Andrew's. She LOVED St. Andrew's! While she was always active in church life and fundraising, the fire in 1986 inspired her to do more. She organized countless fundraisers that brought everyone together. She organized craft fairs, a walkathon, suppers etc. Whenever she uttered the phrase, "I've been thinking...", you knew she had another idea. 

Claire drove a school bus for the town of Hanover for over 40 years. 

Claire was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was "GiGi" to her six grandchildren, and attended every one of their activities. She would light up whenever they would visit. She enjoyed celebrating EVERY holiday from Groundhog's Day to Christmas. She was always ready to open her home and her heart to all. She is missed everyday.

Church Happenings

The St. Andrew's annual Christmas Fair was such a joyous event that brought our congregation together with smiles and cheer!

A special thank you to Diane and Sarah!

See below for details and a note from Diane and Sarah!


Volunteers Needed!

Fall Clean Up for the Church

Friday 11/25 and Saturday 11/26

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

(or at your own leisure)

St. Andrew's needs your help!

If you can contribute your time and manpower

Leaf and brush clean up and any other landscaping that

you are able to contribute.

Please indicate to the office the day and number of hours you are

available to help out!

(It is important to let the office know if you can help).

Email or Call 781-826-2062


      *Hanover’s Four Corner Winter Festival*

  Friday December 2, 2022* 5:30-8:30 PM

Sean Glennon will set the mood for the night with

Christmas Carols on the Organ!

Courtney Hill and our Church School will be hosting a

holiday craft to do with the public!

Cindy Newton will give a Christmas cello performance!

A Live Nativity will be on our front steps! (more information to come)

And of course, the CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE!

                             WE NEED YOU TO BAKE COOKIES!!!

We will be selling Christmas Cookies by the pound and we will continue selling raffle tickets and Bruins raffle tickets in our beautiful sanctuary. We expect a high turnout for this event and we need a variety of cookies to sell. We ask you to package the cookies in groups of one or two cookies so patrons can easily pick up an assortment.

Volunteers are needed for set up, cashier and clean up.

Email Sarah Kelbaugh at or Dianne Nicol at with any questions.


   *Save the Date!*

St. Nicholas' Day~ December 4


*Holiday Concert*

The St. Andrew's Choir will be singing with the Abington Town Choir at a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 4th at 4:00pm. The event will be held at United Church of Christ, 10 Bedford Street (Rt. 18) in Abington. The concert will feature hand bell choir, instrumentals, vocal solos, choral selections, and a rousing combined choir anthem. The concert is free, though a free will offering may be observed.  


*Rehoboth House Shelter*

Once again, it's time to start collecting blankets and detergent for our friends at Rehoboth House. The laundry detergent should be large jugs (no pods please), and they request that the blankets be twin size if possible. Donations can be dropped off at the stage in the parish hall. Any questions can be referred to Sherry Long or Dave Nickerson. The team at Rehoboth House wants to thank St. Andrew's in advance for the continued generosity and kindness. 


*Be the Christmas Magic*

Our giving tree is almost empty! How is that for Christmas Magic!

Great job St. Andrew's!!

 Please bring gifts for the 13 and 5 year old boys to the parish office, unwrapped by December 8.

Thank you!

Gift Card Donations to local stores for the are also needed to help the

VNA to support other local families in need.


The Christmas Fair Co-chairs would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone for making

our Christmas Fair an OVERWHELMING success.

We made over $8000 and money continues to come in. There was a line at the door both days! It was miraculous! 

The fair also brought many things that money cannot buy like fellowship, fun, community, outreach, camaraderie, teamwork, warmth and holiday spirit. It was beautiful to see all generations working together. It was amazing to see people ,both from the parish and the community at large, that return to make the Christmas Fair part of their tradition. It was truly a joyful event filled with laughter and we are beyond grateful.

Please support the businesses and vendors that donated items to our fair, as we would not be successful without them.

There are too many people to thank to name them all here! Please know that we appreciate ALL OF YOU. We are also incredibly grateful to the Nelsons for donating a pair of Bruins tickets for our raffle. We are doubly blessed to have Erica Mazenkas and Jesse Avellino's help behind the scenes. There is so much that goes into the planning and preparation before the Christmas Fair and Erica and Jesse handled all of the chaos with smiles on their faces.

Special thanks to the following people for their efforts in the following rooms/tables:

The Bank ... Joan Shaw and Michelle Joyce

Grandma's Attic ... Janet Keane and Susannah Leslie

Holiday Treasures ... Janice Nickerson and Kristine Nickerson

Toys ... Carol Scott and Terry Johnson

Raffles ... Sarah Kelbaugh with special assistance from Kristi Olivieri, Courtney & Grace Hill

Gift Baskets ... Dianne and Paul Nicol

St. A's Cafe ... Paul Nicol, Ken Johnson, Doreen Dow and Sherry Long

Bakery ... Suzanne Bunszel

Pie Night ... Mary Nicol

Jewelry and Accessories ... Susan Scopelleti, Elise McKee and Joanie Rogers

Crafts ... Maryann Haen

Bruins Raffle … Taylor Campanile 

Giving Tree ... Erica Mazenkas


The fair may be over, but the raffles go on! We have more than $2,000 in gift cards, cash, scratch tickets, and merchandise to raffle off! More than 40 chances to win! You do not need to be present to win! You do not have to be present to play! Tickets are $1.00 for one, $5.00 for six, $10.00 for 13, $20.00 for 28 or $40.00 for 60. 

Contact Sarah Kelbaugh at if you would like to play!  

Click to see List of Raffles

Bruins Tickets Raffle--Enter to win a pair of Bruins tickets (valued at $190) for Thursday March 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Oilers. Section 309 Row 8 seats 3 and 4. Tickets are one for $10.00 or three for $20.00.

Again you do not need to be present to win or to play!

Email to play!  

Click to See Bruins Tickets Raffle

All raffle prizes will be drawn the night of the cookie sale, Friday December 2nd at 8:30 p.m. Good luck!  

We are truly blessed to be part of a generous, welcoming, inclusive church community. 

Thank you,

Dianne and Sarah


November 19  


December 2  


December 3   


4 Corners Winter Festival Hanover- St Andrews

First Unitarian Church, Kingston

Trinity Church, Rockland

First Parish Unitarian, Duxbury

Ladies Benevolent Society Christmas Fair-@ First Congregational- Marshfield

Christmas by the Sea Bazaar -St. Anthony's Hall 26 Hammond St, Mattapoisett

Second Church- Plymouth 581 State Road

St. Andrew’s is collecting items for the Hanover Food Pantry and these can be dropped off in the narthex. Currently, the pantry could use:

Beef Stew- Flour- Body Wash- Pickles- Olives- Vegetable Soup-

Canned Carrots- Chili

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Hybrid Worship Service

Sundays 9:30 A.M.


Please note the following updated worship guidelines:

  • Masks required while singing only.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the church, and for use before and after Holy Communion.

For those participating in the service from home, please join us on our Facebook link:

We want to thank you for your patience during this time. As always, the safety and health of our members is paramount.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the Vestry.



Barbara K.-JoAnn K.-Pam W.-Charlotte C.-Paul M.-Karen C.- Carolyn R. Ashley E-Sue G.-Meredith C.-Cathy and Pattie-Seth H.-Joann K.- Gerry M.-Paul Sheehan-Bonnie T.-Tim Sweeney Marion Gates-Linda- Jerry- Rich-Bob S.-Nancy H.-Sally D.- Janice- Lisa- Alex- Stephen-Bruce- Muriel- Paul R. -Stephen- Susan J.- Diane G.