March 16, 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, March 16, 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, March 19, 8 & 10 AM The Fourth Sunday in Lent

  • 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 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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Lenten Program

Do you remember what you learned when you took your confirmation classes? Were you confirmed? Is the Episcopal Church new to you? Each week, in our Lenten Season, we will focus on a different aspect of the Episcopal Church. For example, one session will focus on the history of the church, and the next week an introduction to theology.

My hope is that we will relearn or learn from each other and have fun while we do it. We will be meeting via zoom on Monday nights at 6 p.m. beginning on February 27th.

If you would like to be a part of this year’s Lenten Program, please e-mail me.

Grace and Peace,


Palm Sunday Gospel Readings

If you would like to take part in the Palm Sunday Gospel Reading please sign up here. A copy of the reading can be found here.

New Program

Grief Support Group

We have been exploring the idea of a St. Andrew’s Grief Support Group that would meet initially once a week between Easter and Pentecost, April 10 to May 27. The purpose of the group would be for support and for better understanding of the losses in our lives—in the light of the Easter message—and with the understanding that grief is not neatly confined to the first year following a loss. Grief hits us in different ways at different times. The underlying theme of the group will be “you are not alone”. The books that will be our resources are “Finding Your Way Through Grief “ and “The Cure for Sorrow”. Each session will start with a reflection for the group to discuss. Please contact Susan Garrett (, Catherine Sharbaugh (, Kathy Cartelli (, or speak to Peter, if you are interested. We will finalize the day of the week and the time for the meetings after consulting with those interested; one suggestion is on Sundays at 4 pm. The first meeting will be at the church.

Upcoming Events

Peace & Justice Ministry will be meeting via Zoom April 12, 5 pm

Creation Care Ministry will be meeting after the 10 am service April 2

Sunday School Information

Sunday School for children of ages 5 to12 is during the 10 am service - follow the arrow on 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 later half of Jesus’ life. Our lessons will include arts & crafts and readings from the New Testament of the “Children’s Story Bible” that discuss Jesus’ 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 enjoy a selection of your children’s artwork from our previous lessons on the early life of Jesus. During Lent we will start each lesson by filling out leaves for our wall art project that read “I am sorry for …” and “This week I promise to …” to remind us that Lent is a time to examine where we fall short in our daily lives and contemplate ways to becoming more like the people God wants us to be.

Parents are invited to help us celebrate Easter on Sunday, Apr 9, in an economical and eco-friendly way by recycling the Easter eggs from last year. Put your plastic eggs in a bag and leave them in the Narthex, and we’ll make sure Easter bunny gets them. Donations of candy are always appreciated, too. 

Camp Stevens As you begin planning your children’s summer activities, please consider sending them to Camp Stevens (, an amazing summer camp and retreat center run by the Episcopal Church in the mountains east of San Diego just outside the historic town of Julian. We congratulate them on celebrating their 70th anniversary this year! 

Many young people at Saint Andrew’s have gone to Camp Stevens repeatedly for summer camp, and some loved their experiences so much they could hardly wait to return as teens to work there as camp counselors. Feel free to ask, for example, the Browning, Hane and Caprini families about their children’s recent experiences.


Camp Stevens is renowned for their inclusivity, celebration of diversity, fabulous outdoor experiences, and their farm-to-table kitchen. As Camp Stevens website explains, “We work to ensure each camper leaves with a greater sense of self-love, confidence, spirituality, and creativity from a week of being accepted as they are in a compassionate community. We believe that by exploring together in a group they develop a greater sense of empathy and responsibility to others and ready to face new challenges in the future. We hope that they feel inspired by their time in nature and have a deeper desire to become stewards of the earth.”  


Summer Camp is for children from 8 to 17 years in age, and they are grouped by age into different Adventure Groups. Each group cooks out over a campfire and sleeps under the stars at least once a week. Older campers may challenge themselves on the high ropes course, and younger campers aim for new heights on the climbing wall. All campers have the option to try classic camp activities such as swimming, hiking, archery, and arts & crafts. 


For the more adventurous youths, Wilderness Camp is available for teens 13 to 17 years in age and, depending on the particular week, involves backpacking either in the mountains and valleys around San Diego County or kayak around Catalina Island.


A great way to introduce young children to Camp Stevens and make them comfortable with the idea of going to sleep-away camp is to take your entire family to Camp Stevens for one of their weekend Family Camps. You’ll stay together in bunk beds in a room in one of the lodges and explore what’s growing in the gardens, visit the farm animals, and enjoy counselor-led activities like hiking or archery or maybe even go on a local winery tour. The next Family Camps on the schedule are during Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-14) and Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29).   For more information about Camp Stevens programs or to register for camp, please visit them on the web at Plan to register early because some sessions do fill up quickly.


Earthquake Donations

The Bishop’s Committee has decided to donate $1000 from the Donation/Outreach Budget to the Episcopal Relief & Development to support relief efforts with the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. 


If you would like to donate, you can write a check to St. Andrew’s with a memo line of Earthquake. 


Please continue to pray for those who have been affected by the earthquake.

Ongoing Scheduled Activities

Creation Care Ministry

Coming Soon…we will be resuming use of compostable materials during coffee hour. It is a requirement in the City of Irvine. We’ll announce a start date shortly. And to be even more green, consider bringing your own commuter mug for coffee or tea to church each week.


And consider joining the St. Andrew’s community at

Creation Care Ministry will be meeting after the 10 am service April 2

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 WilkersonIf 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.


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..
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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