The Call

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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

Linda Gelinas, Sr. Warden

Sean Glennon, Music Director

Joanne Bibeau, Administrative Assistant

Courtney Hill, Sunday School Director

Jesse Avellino, Sexton

The November 19 "The Call" being resent - some information inadvertently cut from previous mailing.

A Letter From The Rector's Desk

Dear Friends,

This weekend our beloved Jesse Avellino goes to the Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center for his two day meeting with the Commission on Ministry of the Diocese of Massachusetts. It is a time of discernment on the part of the Diocese about who will be asked to enter the postulancy for the long road to ordination to the sacred order of priests. It is an important meeting.


I am asking all of the parish to hold Jesse in prayer from today through Saturday as he goes through the meetings. We love Jesse. Let us pray for Jesse.

Tonight the first meeting of the living with grief group meets at 6:30 in the Chapel. Bill Louie will be leading the group tonight. We will not meet on Thanksgiving but will regroup the following week.


This Sunday we will remember our upcoming National Holiday of Thanksgiving. We will be singing the Thanksgiving hymns and favorites. 


There are not words enough to thank Dianne Nichols and Sarah Kelbaugh for the Holiday Fair. There were so many volunteers. It was almost a parish reunion. And what fun! People just took to their posts and the Fair, seemingly with ease, but really with so much work behind the scenes, was off and running. What a treat to see, and in which to share. Thank you to all the volunteers.


This is a season of Gratitude. Think on that which has graced your life and for which you are grateful. Those are the blessings that nourish your soul.


Blessings and love,


Christmas Fair Update . . .

We are overwhelmed by the success of this year’s Christmas Fair! We grossed over $10,000. 

This would not have been possible without the generosity of the parishioners of St. Andrew’s. We are beyond grateful for the dedication of the parishioners who devoted countless hours sorting, merchandising and pricing donations. We wouldn’t have had anything to sell, if you had not brought in donations of collectibles, holiday items, jewelry, accessories, toys, crafts, raffle items, fudge and baked goods. 

A special thank you goes out to the sales force during the fair. Everyone was very busy with a steady stream of customers. We have to remember that we were open for business 3 hours on Friday and 4 hours on Saturday. In just seven hours we raised over $10,000.

We had a record number of participants for Pie Night and made 42 delicious pies! 

We think of the Christmas Fair as not only a fundraiser, but also a FUN-raiser. If you were able to attend the Christmas Fair, we hope you were able to feel the love and positivity. 

Thank you ALL!!!

Dianne Nicol & Sarah Kelbaugh

CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE December 1, 5:30-8:30


Our annual Christmas Cookie Sale is part of the Hanover Four Corners Celebration. We ask that the cookies are placed in zip-lock bags in groups of 2 or 3. The cookies are sold by the pound. We sell out every year, so we need MANY, MANY cookies.

Thanks to Doreen Dow, Mary Nicol, Pat Montgomery & Dianne Nicol who listened and began to make the cookie dough! They made multiple batches of cookie dough to bake snicker-doodles, chocolate chip cookies, M&M cookies and slice and bake sugar cookies.



There are still some ornaments on St. Andrew's Giving Tree in the Parish Hall. Please take one, purchase the requested gift, and deliver the unwrapped gift with the tag to the St. Andrew's office (or bring to Sunday services) by Friday, December 15. Note office hours below.

OFFICE HOURS: In NOVEMBER, the office will be OPEN

  • every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
  •  every Thursday noon to 6:00 p.m. (except CLOSED Thanksgiving 11/23); and
  •  alternating Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as follows:

o  Tuesday, November 7th and 21st and 29th, and

o  Friday, November 3rd and 17th

Church News, Events &

Other Happenings

Welcome Owen Paul Smith who was baptized Sunday, November 12, 2023

Friendship Home Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 29th our dear friends from Friendship Home in Norwell would like us to attend a luncheon in their new onsite cafe'. This will include a light lunch prepared by the individuals at FH and a guided tour of the beautiful facility. We will plan on being there at 11:30am. They are located at 458 Main St. in Norwell. Please notify Sherry Long ( if you would like to attend – a head count is needed by November 22. If you would like more information on Friendship Home and learn about their amazing mission and various programs check out their website:

See new sign up sheet in the narthex for donations of flower arrangements for the altar on Sundays.

You will be responsible for the purchase & delivery of the flowers. The office will coordinate with you and the altar guild.


St. Andrew’s collects items for the Hanover Food Pantry. Please drop off in the narthex. Our current needs are: mayonnaise, pickles, chicken noodle soup, tuna, canned chicken, beef stew, vegetable oil, applesauce, flour, Italian and ranch dressing, diced tomatoes, canned vegetables (no corn), canned fruit, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, copier paper, #10 envelopes.

Fairs and Fundraisers at Churches on the South Shore

Several churches have exchanged information, flyers, etc. about upcoming events. We have provided a flyer of St. Andrew's upcoming Holiday Fair. The following are those that have been shared with us (click on ones in italics for more info):


November 18

All Saints Church, Whitman, Harvest Fair

Lakeville United Church of Christ, Lakeville, Christmas Fair

Union Congregational Church, 105 Pleasant St. East Bridgewater - Holiday Craft Fair -Fri Nov 17, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Sat Nov 18, 9 am - 2 pm


November 22

First Baptist Church, Scituate: Holly Days Fair, 10-3

November 25

Trinity Church Rockland, Live Nativity at the Rockland Holiday Stroll

December 1 - Hanover 4 Corners; Cookie Sale at St. Andrew's


December 2

First Congregational. Marshfield

Silver Bells Fair, First Parish Church 222 Main Street Kingston, MA

North Community Church, Old Main St., Marshfield Hills

Trinity Church – 3 Goddard Ave, Rockland, MA

First Unitarian, Duxbury

Weymouth High School

Second Church of Plymouth


December 16

Christmas Bake Sale, First Baptist Church, Hanson

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Hybrid Worship Service

Sundays 9:30 A.M.


Please note the following updated worship guidelines:

  • Masks optional.

  • 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.


Kristen & Marc - Edgar, Gary, Glenn, and Gayle & Darrell and Kassandra & Korey - Scott E - Don S - Steve K - Nancy – Heather - Teddy-Jackie H.-Michael Curry-John and Janet-Dwayne- Tracy Sprows-Sally W.- Cathey Gately- Barbra W.- Betsy S.- -Barbara K.-JoAnn K.-Pam W.-Charlotte C.-Paul M.-Karen C.- Carolyn R.- Ashley E.-Sue G.-Meredith C.-Seth H.-Joann K.- Gerry M.-Paul Sheehan-Bonnie T.- Jerry-Bob S.-Nancy Huntley-Sally D.- Janice- Lisa- Alex-Bruce- Muriel- Paul R. - Susan J.- Diane G.-Beth -Marilyn - Sara, Matthew & Trang – Edgar, Gary, Glenn, and Gayle & Darrell and Kassandra & Korey - Scott E - Don S - Steve K