July 15, 2021
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, Evening Prayer will return August 19

Sunday, July 18, 8 AM & 10 AM Eighth Sunday 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 and on the website.
Please consider donating to support our ministry.
Sacred Ground Series
The Peace & Justice Committee invites you to participate in the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground series, a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. This year, our newly formed committee is focused on educating ourselves and interested others in our congregation in peace and justice issues in our community. This series is one way in which we will do that. We also plan to invite guest speakers from different organizations starting in the fall.

WHAT IS THE SACRED GROUND RACE DIALOGUE SERIES?
• Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism.
• It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.
• It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing. 

Everyone is welcome to participate. We ask you to watch the video and read the recommended documents prior to the discussion sessions, but if you can’t finish the pre-work, please feel free to join us anyway. Please click on this link to sign up for the Zoom discussion sessions and we will send out the invitation a day or two before we meet.

Here is the link to the materials we’ll be discussing. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/welcome
The case-sensitive password is: ThisIsSacredGround
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
Music Ministry

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

Sunday School - God's Creatures: Big and Small Series

During July, Sunday School for ages 5-12 will meet outside in the Children's Center courtyard, 10am, to start a new 4 week series on God's Creatures: Big and Small. Kids will be hearing Bible stories and lessons where animals played a part, as well as having fun with activities or crafts. Sunday School will go on break during August before resuming in September.
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 am. with the exception of federal holidays. It takes about 2 hours. 
 
Upcoming Food Bank dates are July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, September 8 (Wednesday) and 15.
 
We can always use cardboard egg cartons. Please bring what you can to the church.
Virtual Book Group
The book group will be on hiatus during July and August. We will resume on Wednesday, September 1 at 11:00 am. At that time we will begin discussing of our next book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham. The book is widely available.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.

The Prayer List can be accessed here.
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.  
Stillpoint Programs
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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