September 22, 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, September 22, 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, September 25, 8 AM & 10 AM The SixteenthSunday after Pentecost

  • 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.
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Please consider donating to support our ministry.
St Francis

St Francis Day - Blessing of the Animals Oct 2

In honor of St. Francis we will be blessing all creatures great and small. If your pet is unable to attend, please bring a photo. Stuffed animals are also welcome. 

Upcoming Outreach News -September/October
During the months of September and October we will be collecting personal care items for the Orangewood Foundation. Pleasee bring you donated items and place them in the yellow can in the Nathex. Thank you for your continued support to the young people of Orangewood. Here is a list of the personal items needed: 
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Loofahs, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shaving Cream, Face Soap, Razors, Feminine Products, Lotion, Ethnic Products. 
Orangewood is aksing for full size items only, please.
Fall Gala Information
Invitation to Fall Gala

Dear Members and Friends of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,


We are so pleased to invite you to the first in person Fall Gala since 2019 in support of our Revive and Restore projects, Families Forward, and the Friendship Shelter. It is just around the corner now on Saturday, October 1, 2022, starting at 5:00 pm at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine in Irvine. Tickets include dinner with a choice of entrees and valet parking. The ticket price is $100 per person. If you have not already purchased your ticket it’s not too late! Ticket sales continue through September 26 at noon.


The link to this year’s ticket sales and auction site is: Once you purchase your tickets, you will receive an access code which you will use to log in to Auctria. When you purchase your tickets, you will also select an entrée—New York steak, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, and vegetarian ragout are the options available.

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will be able to view the catalog of auction items available. Bidding on silent auction items will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 25 and end at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 1. When you view the silent auction catalog, please note we will be continuing to add items as the donations come in so you’ll want to check the site frequently. If you still wish to donate something for the auctions, please email a photo and description to Catherine Sharbaugh.


The live auction and paddle bids will take place at the event.


To insure everyone’s safety, please test for Covid on the day of the event before attending. We will have extra test kits at the door for anyone who needs one.


If you cannot attend the Fall Gala, you can still donate and participate in the raffle and online silent auction. Please register without purchasing a Fall Gala ticket in order to take part.


When you purchase your ticket, you will be given the option to register a credit card. If you prefer to pay by Zelle or check, please add a note that it is for the Fall Gala tickets so we can accurately track attendance and payment.


For any issues, please contact Catherine Sharbaugh ( or Kathy Cartelli (

Ongoing Scheduled Activities
Peace & Justice Committee - Sacred Ground Series
The Sacred Ground series will have it's last session on Oct 5 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 on hiatus until Sept 28. 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.

Outreach Ministry is a ministry that recognizes and helps fulfill the needs in the community. With the help and generosity of St. Andrew’s, we aim to help those who are struggling. Whether a homeless youth in need of a hot meal or a new mother in search of formula, we strive to be God’s Outreaching Hands In The World.
Please contact Grace for questions or ideas.
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.


Thank you to all who filled in for those of us who traveled to the Holy Land during September.


Upcoming Food Bank dates are October 3, 17, and 31.


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

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
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:
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:
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

The Rev. Peter Browning, Vicar

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
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