January 19, 2023

This Week at Saint Andrew's

Welcome to our newsletter. We hope to provide current information and keep you connected to our family.
Upcoming Services

Thursday, January 19, 6 PM Evening Prayer

  • Join us for Evening Prayer. The service will be available through Facebook Live at the St Andrew's Facebook page at 6 PM. Bulletins are available for download here.

Sunday, January 22, 10 AM The Third Sunday after Epiphany

  • Join us for Holy Eucharist. We will be holding services inside the Church. Viewing will also be available through Facebook Live at the St Andrew's Facebook page at 10 AM. Bulletins are available for download here.
  • Sunday School this week for children ages 5-12 meets during the service. Infant & toddler care also provided.
Prayer List Please remember those who need your daily prayers. Prayer requests may be sent to office. The Prayer List can be accessed here.
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Souper Bowl Sunday - Save the Date

On February 12th after the 10AM service, we will be celebrating Souper Bowl Sunday.

Come and enjoy homemade soup and bread and fellowship! See you there!!!

Sunday School Information

Sunday School for children of ages 5 to12 is during the 10am service - follow the A-frame sign at the front of the Children’s Center to see if we are meeting in the Children's Center building or the Courtyard.

Day care for infants and children younger than 5 is also available during the 10 am service lead by one of our Children’s Center staff. Drop-off is in the Children’s Center courtyard.

Over the next few months in Sunday School, our lessons will be focusing on the life of Jesus and will include selected readings from the New Testament of the Children’s Story Bible that discuss Jesus early life, his ministry, including parables and miracles, and will lead up to his death on the cross and his rising from the dead on Easter morning. Please stop by the bulletin board in Fellowship Court to see a selection of our children's beautiful artwork from their Advent/Christmas lessons. 

Upcoming Outreach

January Outreach

Start saving those soup cans because SOUPER BOWL is upon us! We will be collecting soup cans for all of January for Families Forward. 

Ongoing Scheduled Activities

Creation Care Ministry

Bishop Taylor formed the BIshop’s Committee on Climate Change a few months ago. This commission is charged with advocacy, investigating solar options for our churches and schools, creating communications and helping develop disaster resiliency. We are forming a Creation Care ministry at St. Andrew’s to address climate change as a church and to coordinate with the diocese on our efforts. Please let Kathy Cartelli (kathycartelli@gmail.com or cell: 949-322-0006) if you are interested in participating. We’ll set up a Zoom call to discuss in more detail.

Virtual Book Group

We will be meeting virtually for our book group at 11 AM on Weds. The group will be reading Caste:The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson- Part 2-chapter 9If you would like to be part of this group, please contact the office and we will add you to the group. Newcomers are welcome.

Noonday Prayer follows the Book Group Meeting.

Volunteer Opportunity at Woodbridge Manor

St. Andrew’s volunteers staff a Food Bank for approximately 85 residents at this apartment complex for low income seniors and disabled adults. We receive food donated by local grocers, unpack it and organize it on tables for the residents to “shop” for their groceries. 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 10:30 am. with the exception of federal holidays. It takes about 2 hours. Contact Catherine Sharbaugh for more information.

Upcoming Food Bank dates are tbd


We can always use cardboard egg cartons and small plastic containers (like the ones raspberries come in).  Please bring what you can to the church.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the Second Tuesday of the Month at 3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Court Patio. Some ministry members who cannot attend the monthly meeting knit or crochet shawls and prayer cloths at home. If you are a newcomer to Prayer Shawl, please contact Sharon Brooks at emibrooks@cox.net.

If you are in need of a prayer shawl, send a message to Sharon or ask any Prayer Shawl member.
Men's Group
The Men's Group will meet the third Saturday of the month at 8:30 AM at Mimi's on Barranca. Newcomers are welcome.
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
Helping Those in Need
Supporting humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine
Episcopal Relief & Development has provided a webpage of information and resources for congregations that want to help the people of Ukraine during the humanitarian crisis created by Russian aggression. The agency is seeking donations to purchase blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed items. The webpage has resources such as language for newsletters, flyers and bulletin inserts encouraging help for Ukrainians.

In-kind donations and traveling to the affected areas to help are discouraged by Episcopal Relief & Development and other international organizations responding at this time.

In addition, Church World Service is coordinating letter-writing campaigns to encourage U.S. representatives and senators to offer help to Ukrainian and other refugees. To participate, click here.
Afghan Refugee Resettlement
Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees.

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry and providing support please click here..
Vaccination Sites Near Us
In his recent letter to the Diocese, Bishop Taylor has asked us to pray that vaccination rates will pick up. If you have not been vaccinated and are looking for a vaccine site near you, you may use this link and simply type in your zip code: https://www.vaccines.gov.
Reporting Hate Crimes
Orange County has the third largest Asian population in the country and Irvine has the largest number in the county. The rise in hate crimes against those of Asian heritage is alarming and unacceptable and we can do our part to stop such acts. California Penal Code 422.55 defines a hate crime as a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim. This includes:
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Association with a person or group of persons with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics

The City of Irvine has created a portal to report hate crimes. If you become aware of a possible hate crime, you can call the Irvine Police Department to report it or complete the report on the portal: https://records.cityofirvine.org/OnBaseWebClientStdUF/UnityForm.aspx?key=UFKey
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

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
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