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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Centered in God, Focused on Others


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 Rector's Desk


Dear Friends,


It is with gratitude for her recovery that I write to tell you that Nancy Huntley fell last weekend. She broke her neck, a vertebra in her back, many ribs and two bones in her hand. I saw Nancy Tuesday. She looked good, was surrounded by wonderful family and was of course worried about her gardens. I assured her that we would have them tended.


Covid continues to strike our community so please wear masks and wash your hands. 


If you have children who you want confirmed please bring them to class on Sunday at 6 p.m. Pizza will be served.


If you wish to be received, please come to The Rev’d Pattie’s office after getting a cup of coffee after church.

We are in the Season of Creation. Soon we will have the blessing of the animals a time when we remember our call to love and care for all creation. Our liturgy will be slightly different. There will be a reading from a non Biblical source for the second reading. We will use prayers and hymns which remind us of our sacred duty to care for our Mother Earth and all that is in it. And we will ask God to bless our precious animals.


Blessings and love,


Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

The parish of St Andrew’s on the Vineyard showed the love of Christ to the immigrants who were shipped there last week. The following is the article the Diocese sent out about the situation. The people have been placed on the Cape. We are the hands and feet of Christ the bearers of His Love.

St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown 

Courtesy photo 

Martha's Vineyard Episcopalians rally to shelter  

surprise-arrival migrants 


St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown opened its doors to provide emergency shelter overnight to 43 men, women and children--all reported to be migrants from Venezuela--who unexpectedly arrived on Martha's Vineyard by plane late in the day on Sept. 14 with no notice to island officials. The migrants themselves seemed to have been uninformed, or misinformed, according to some reports, about their destination.


News media have reported that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's administration arranged for the people to be sent to Martha's Vineyard as part of a wider scheme to relocate undocumented immigrants to states like Massachusetts that have "sanctuary" policies in place against cooperation with aggressive federal deportation efforts.

Politics aside, local officials, community service providers, volunteers and churches have rallied to meet basic needs until next steps are determined. The new arrivals were taken for temporary shelter to St. Andrew's Church, whose facilities are sometimes used for shelter space as part of community-supported housing services. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration is reported to be supporting the local effort with state emergency aid.


Given the evolving nature of the situation, Diocese of Massachusetts Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Suffragan Gayle E. Harris and diocesan staff are in contact with St. Andrew's clergy and leaders as they discern what further response may be needed. 


St. Andrew's co-warden Palmer Marrin reports an "amazing outpouring of community support." Donated supplies and services, including language translation and legal counsel, seem to be adequate at this point, she said, so those wishing to help are invited to make online monetary donations to St. Andrew's Church via, designating "Refugee Efforts" in the note field. St. Andrew's can then make sure the funds go to where they are most needed as the situation evolves, in coordination with the other island churches.


"We deplore the treatment of human beings as pawns in political disputes," Bishop Gates said today. "Unannounced relocations and family separations are not humane, nor do they promote constructive immigration policy debate. We are grateful to the people of St. Andrew’s and to the entire Martha’s Vineyard community for their compassionate response to people in need, and pledge our support of those efforts."

Volunteer Needed!

Help! We do not have a videographer for this

upcoming Sunday Service!

If you can help with this please contact Reverend Pattie on her cell 508-380-9892.

We can not have a Facebook live service with out some help with this! 

Thank you in advance!

Autumn Happenings

Blessing of the Animals

October 2

St. Francis Day

October 4

Reverend Pattie's Office Hours:

Monday's and Tuesdays

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*If there is a pastoral emergency please contact Pattie on her

cell phone at any time*


Parish Office Hours:

Tuesday-Wednesday- Thursday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sean Glennon Attends Diocesan Musicians Retreat

Our music director, Sean Glennon, attended a diocesan music directors retreat this past Friday in the Town of Erving. The retreat was sponsored by Bishop Alan Gates, and was coordinated by Louise Mundinger, music director of our Cathedral Church of St. Paul.

While informal in nature, the retreat included a deeply moving morning prayer service as well as an inspiring roundtable discussion. While Sean has been part of a weekly virtual diocesan musicians discussion group since March 2020, he was thrilled to finally meet many of his diocesan colleagues in person for the first time.

 Sean was the only attendee from the diocese's entire South Region (consisting of more than 50 churches), thus illustrating his commitment to St. Andrew's, as well as his deep appreciation for the "DioMass" music directors network. 

We are thankful and blessed to have Sean, his dedication and the honorable experiences that he shares and brings into St. Andrew's.

Christmas Fair News

Friday, Nov 11 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Saturday, Nov 12 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Donations for the Christmas Fair may be placed in

the designated rooms downstairs.

Donations are needed for:

* Grandma’s Attic (collectibles, NO ELECTRONICS, please) See       Janet Keane with any questions.

* Holiday Items: See Jan Nickerson with any questions.

* Toys 

* Jewelry & Accessories 

* Crafts (share your hobby with us & make a donation)

* Baked goods 

* Raffle items (donate a gift card from your favorite coffee shop or restaurant, donate some lottery tickets) See Sarah Kelbaugh with any questions.

* St. Andrew’s Cafe

Volunteers will be needed to organize the donations, work during the fair and clean up after it’s done. Please contact Dianne Nicol or Sarah Kelbaugh, if you would like to volunteer or take the lead organizing the toys, jewelry, crafts or baked goods.

Thank you in advance for your support!!! 

Dianne Nicol and Sarah Kelbaugh



We will meet every Wednesday night at the same time.


The discussion will be led by,

Skip Aluisy ( 339-933-1575 ) .

Coffee , tea, and water will be available.

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:

Pickles- Ketchup- Spaghetti-V8 Juice

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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.



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