Feb 18, 2021
Welcome to our newsletter for the week beginning February 18, 2021. We hope to provide current information and keep you connected to our family.
Vicar's Message
Dear St. Andrew’s,
 
Last night we began the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service. Lent is that 40 day journey with Jesus into the wilderness seeking to turn our lives around. It is traditionally a time in which we give something up or take something on. A season of repentance and reflection. A season of remembering who we are and who we belong to. I wonder if Jesus really knew what he was walking into when he entered the wilderness? Did he know that he was going to be tempted by Satan? Did he have any idea as to how difficult it was going to be? Our wilderness experience, remembering who we are and who we belong to can be a difficult journey. Soul searching was never meant to be easy. I sometimes think to myself thank goodness it’s only 40 days.
 
The thing is we have been in the wilderness for a long time. I remember when we did our first virtual service. It was the Thursday night following the second Sunday of Lent, and I remember thinking we really are having our wilderness experience now. Little did we all know that this journey was going to be a whole lot longer than 40 days. As we all get closer to receiving the vaccine there is a sense of hope. That we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we are not quite out of the wilderness yet. This has been a long and difficult year for all of us, but by the grace of God we have journeyed together. May this season of Lent be a time in which we reflect on how this wilderness experience has impacted each of us. May we give thanks that we are on this journey with God and with one another.
 
If you need anything, please reach out.
 
Grace and Peace, 
Peter
This Week at Virtual Saint Andrew's

Thursday, Feb 18, 6PM
  • Join us for Evening Prayer. Viewing will be available through Facebook Live at the St Andrew's Facebook page. Bulletins are available for download here and on the website.

The The First Sunday in Lent, Feb 21, Sunday - 10 AM
  • Join us for Morning Prayer. Viewing will be available through Facebook Live at the St Andrew's Facebook page. Bulletins are available for download here and on the website.

If you are having problems connecting to the service please reach out to the office@standrewsirvine.org so we can try to assist you.
Virtual Coffee Hours - 11:00 AM
Contact the office to get involved in our Virtual Coffee Hours and connect with your fellow congregants. It's never too late to join. Coffee hours take place at 11:00 AM on Sunday.
Please consider donating to support our ministry.
Lent Madness is Here! Fill out your Bracket!
Get your Bracket Sheet here. Fill it out and email it back to the office.

What is it? Modeled on March Madness, it is a daily competition between 2 saints. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote on line for their favorite saint. The 16 winning saints move on to the next round; the eight winning that round move on to; and so on, until a final head-to-head match up between the 2 remaining saints.

Lenten Program
Our Lenten series, this virtual year, will be based upon Bishop Curry’s book Love is the Way. The diocesan One in the Spirit team has provided, for the diocese, a five week Lenten Study program. If you would like to participate, but finances are a problem please let Peter know. You will not need to purchase a study guide.

Please sign up here if you would like to participate. We will be meeting on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. via zoom beginning with Tuesday, Feb. 23rd.
Music Ministry

Enjoy Paul's Play List for this week : Paul's Play List

Virtual Sunday School- The Fruit of the Holy Spirit Series
We are using a Kahoot Challenge format to deliver the virtual Sunday School lesson for kids aged 5-13 each week. Kahoot Challenges can be completed anytime and are self-paced. Use the link or game pin below to access the lesson. The Kahoot challenges can handle a huge amount of players, so non-kids are welcome to check it out too. 

Lesson: Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness 
The video, trivia, and craft are within the Kahoot Challenge below.

Click the Kahoot Challenge URL:
Or you can go to Kahoot.it in your browser or the app and use the Game Pin: 01016434

To complete past Kahoot Challenge lessons, they are linked in this Google document

If you have any questions or feedback on St. Andrew's Sunday School, please contact Michelle Schonken at michschonken@gmail.com.
Volunteer Opportunity at Woodbridge Manor
St. Andrew’s volunteers bag food for approximately 115 residents at this apartment complex for low income seniors and disabled adults. We have a group of loyal volunteers and we can always use more help. If you can help we’d love to have you join us. We meet every other Monday at 10 am. It takes about 2 hours. The Food Bank at Woodbridge Manor will be open on February 22, March 8 and March 22.
Virtual Book Group
The book group meets virtually at 11AM on Wednesdays followed by Noon Day prayer. We are currently reading "Love is the Way" by Bishop Michael Curry. We are reading two chapters per week: chapters 10 & 11 for 2/24, 12 & the appendix for 3/3. The book group will not be meeting on Ash Wednesday, February 17. If you would like to be part of this group, please contact the office and we will add you to the group. Newcomers are welcome.
Prayer List
Please remember those who need your daily prayers. Prayer requests may be sent to office@standrewsirvine.org

For the Government and the Nations of the World: Joseph, our President, Gavin, our Governor; for the Congress and Supreme Court of the United States

For the Church: Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, Presiding Bishop; John and Diane, Bishops of the Diocese; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Peter, Rick, Thomas, priests; Kathy & Chuck, Wardens; For the Bishop's Committee and the Saint Andrew's Children’s Center; and for the ministry of Canterbury Irvine

For Healing: Dorothy Hawkins, Lyle, Scott, Judy Clericuzo, Kathleen Karnowski, Robin, Sandy Wilson, Scarlet, Mollie, Mitsuye, Lyle Menzel, Kathy Kucynski, John Selman, Bill & Jeni, Steadman, Patty Vera, Tom, Nora Antenore, Patti, Jerry, Kevin Brennan, Liz Hyslop, James Jackson, David, Jenny, Perry Vicente, Cynthia, Carl Abend, Jennie Selman, Corinne Lakes, Kris & Jenny, Karen P., Kenna, Frank Seaman, Chip, Amir, Mrs. Lee, Pat, Marlene Sassaman, Debbie Dignan, Tara, Martha, Blair, Jim, Joe, Robert and Maryglen, Susan W, Dan, Susan, Don James, Bryce
For Long-Term Needs: A.A. groups, Harriet Cole, Jack Selman, Debbie Hamada , Nick Hurey, Shane Statum, Nancy Lockwood, Jerry & Wanda Lay, David, Theresa, Ned, Jack Burelison, Barbara Weinstock, Ann Lawrence and her family, Patti, Heather, John, Brent, Donna Westlund, Sarah Hudson, Glenda Watson,Leslie Ennis, Sherin, Knox, Vicky Carham, Carol, Chris Bennett, Gayle, Larry Lee, Marjorie Hendrickson, Merrilee Gardner, Susan D'Zmura

For Guidance: Mike Catalano, Mikaela, Stephanie

For Those Serving in the Military:

For Pets: Maggie, Smudges

For Those in College: Grace, Gage Monroe, Donny, Monica, Daniel, Sarah, Ryan, Louis, Evan, Hank, Jack, Shannon, Kiley Selman, Kate

Celebration of Birth: Josephine Kay Sardo, Hazel Jeanne, Rhys Toon Donaldson, Penelope Baldo

Comfort for: Karnowski Family, Perez Family, Jeff & Debby, Cartelli & Hughes families

Repose of the Soul: Betty Hughes, Eugene Doepping, Gary Snead, George Regas, Ken Hughes, Gable, Jeannie Yugar
Centering Prayer - Message from StillPoint
Virtual Centering Prayer: In a time of uncertainty, it can be challenging to find time for quiet and reflection. All are welcome to join Stillpoint in a half hour of Centering Prayer any weeknight from 5:30-6. A link and more information on the practice is available at stillpointca.org/still-points.  
Sick or In the Hospital
If you know of someone in our church family who is sick, in the hospital or in need of pastoral care please notify the office or clergy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office via phone 949-559-4699 or by email office@standrewsirvine.org.

The Rev. Peter Browning, Vicar
The Rev. Rick Whittaker, Assisting

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
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