May 5, 2022
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, May 5, 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, May 8, 8 AM & 10 AM Fourth Sunday of Easter
  • 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 is during the 10am service - follow the A-frame sign to see if we are meeting in the Children's Center building or the Courtyard.

Professional Childcare also available.
Prayer List Please remember those who need your daily prayers. Prayer requests may be sent to office. The Prayer List can be accessed here.
Please consider donating to support our ministry.
Outreach Ministry
The Outreach Ministry is sponsoring a "May Baby and Mommy Shower”. Since formula is very expensive, it is always needed as well as diapers and baby wipes. Please bring your donated items beginning on May 1st - the 29th. Items will be delivered to Families Forward on May 31st.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATION!
Saint Andrew's is Moving Forward with our 20-year Time Capsule Project
Since March 2020, we have experienced a global health crisis. This period has been difficult and emotional, not only for each of us personally but for our church community as well. 

We’d like to document our journey.
  
Please consider filling out our questionnaire by clicking here to download the form.

You may send your form directly to the church office, in a sealed business envelope with “Time Capsule” written on the front, or you may place it in a special box in the church narthex. Your envelope will not be opened. It will be placed in our capsule along with other church documents and memorabilia. The capsule will be buried on our grounds sometime this summer, and will not be opened until the year 2042!

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Foret.
Media Release Form - Important
Photos bring life to and help tell the story about St. Andrew’s on our website. If you have not already done so, please fill out this Media Release Form to tell us your wishes for photos of you and your family. You may return it to the office by mail or email, or hand it to an usher or place it in the offering plate on Sunday.

It is important that you fill out a form to let us know your desires whether they are a consent or non- consent.
We Are Heading to the Holy Land!
Join pilgrims from St. Andrew's and All Saints' Riverside on a journey to Israel and the West Bank September 5-16, 2022. Local guides, Canon Iyad Qumri and his son Rami Qumri, will introduce us to the land where Jesus walked. Our itinerary will include ancient sites, vibrant markets and modern museums in a land suspended between East and West, past and present. Your faith will be enriched, your heart opened, your knowledge deepened. Sign-ups and deposits are accepted from March 6 through May 8. For pricing and other details, contact Susan Shevlin at seshevlin1@gmail.com.  
Encountering Your True Self with the Desert Mystics: The Desert Mothers
June 4 - Meeting via Zoom and/or in person (as allowed by health codes). Register here
Part two of an introduction to desert spirituality through the lives and teachings of the desert fathers and mothers, sponsored by the Orange County-based Center for Spiritual Development. "Little known outside of academic circles, the desert ammas/mothers share spiritual medicine for our anxious, frenzied world: silence, solitude, and stillness. We will meet Amma Syncletica of Alexandria and Amma Mary the Harlot (of Egypt). Their earthy wisdom awakens in us renewed awareness that God’s love has always surrounded us." Led by the Rev. Brad Karelius, who has been a priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles for 50 years. For 45 years he was associate professor of philosophy at Saddleback Community College. He is author of The Spirit in the Desert (2009), Encounters with the World’s Religions (2015) and Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest (2019). When registering, mark your preference for Zoom or in-person. Cost: $20 per person.
Ongoing Scheduled Activities
Peace & Justice Committee - Sacred Ground Series, Session 8
The Sacred Ground series will continue with the eighth session on May 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. This has been a thought provoking series so far on the impact race has on all of us. Please feel free to join us, even if you have missed sessions. If you would like to join us, please let the St. Andrew’s office know. We’ll send out the Zoom link a day or two before the session.
Virtual Book Group
We will be meeting virtually for our book group at 11 AM on Weds. Currently we are reading Louise Erdrich's book The Night Watchman. Our next meeting will be on May 11. 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.

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 10:45 am. with the exception of federal holidays. It takes about 2 hours. Contact Catherine Sharbaugh for more information.

Upcoming Food Bank dates are Monday May 16.

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
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m., currently via Zoom. Prayer Shawl news goes out monthly to all interested. 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
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..
Resources
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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