October 14, 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, October 14, 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 and on the website.

Sunday, October 17, 8 AM & 10 AM Twenty First 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.

Sunday School is Back during the 10am service - follow the A-frame sign to see if we are meeting in the Children's Center building or the Courtyard.

We are very excited to start a new series on "The Messiah Promised." These themes and stories will help kids understand the promise that was passed down through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and eventually David to bring a Savior into the world. After that, we'll detour into a mini-series on the Saints in preparation for All Saints Day, before we head into the Holiday season.

Professional Childcare also available.
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.
Please consider donating to support our ministry.
Men's Breakfast
The Men's Group will meet this Saturday, October 16 at 8:30 AM at Mimi's Restaurant. Come join us for food and fellowship. All are welcome. We have an out door table reserved.

Please let Peter know if you are attending by emailing him at peter@standrewsirvine.org
Stewardship 2022
St. Andrew's will begin the 2022 Stewardship program next week and as a starting point, you will be receiving a letter from Peter in your US Mail. We will provide updates both at the Sunday services and via the weekly St. Andrews Newsletter. As with everything we have done over the last 18 months, there might be a few changes to the processes that you have seen in the past. As we have demonstrated as a congregation during the pandemic, we are excellent at adopting new ways to be successful.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to either Kimberley Lakes or Tom Pietryga as we are heading up the program this year."
In Memoriam
The celebration of All Saints day is Sunday, Nov 7. You can enter the name of departed loved-ones here or in the 'In Memoriam' book in the Narthex. We will honor their memories in our prayers that day.
Prayer and Meal Ministry
Our Prayer and Meal Ministry is in need of updating. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this ministry when someone is sick, returning home from the hospital, birth of a child, etc, or otherwise unable to cook for themselves members of the congregation sign up to provide and deliver meals to that person. You are given the dates, contact information and food allergies/preferences to help with planning.

We are going to divide this ministry up so that people who are unable to provide meals can still sign up to offer prayers without feeling that they are obligated to provide meals.Regardless of whether you are currently signed up for this ministry please sign up here.
Updating our Emergency Shelter Information
After the wildfires last year we developed a resource listing of our members who would be willing to house others temporarily should the need arise. If you would like to add your name and information to the list or if you had your name on the list and need to edit it please complete this form

In the event of an emergency evacuation we will distribute the listing to our congregation so that they can then reach out to those on the list for possible temporary shelter. This list will be periodically updated.
Celebration of Life
We had a lot of Celebration of Life services here at St. Andrew’s here at St. Andrew’s this past month. Sad and difficult times for all of us. I would like you to think about filling out the Celebration of Life form, provided here. The form asks you things like what kind of music, or what scripture readings you would like at your service. I cannot tell you how helpful that can be, especially for your families. After you fill it out, return it to the church office and it will go in a file, and you can change it whenever you would like. For some folks, this can be difficult and I understand that. If you need help, I am always here. Peter
Current Outreach
Orangewood Foundation - Outreach
Between now and November 14 we will be collecting gift cards and food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive at the Orangewood Foundation. They request that items be placed in a reusable shopping bag. Please bring your items to the Narthex.

Shopping list:
  • 1 $25 gift card (to any grocery store)
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 1 can of yams
  • 1 box corn bread mix
  • 1 box stuffing mix
  • 1 box instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 1 can of gravy
United Thank Offering - Outreach
UTO
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

This year, UTO awarded 53 grants for a total of $1.039 million. Grantees include:

Episcopal Migration Ministries, Diocese of Los Angeles, New Start Asylee Orientation Program, $25,000
Asylees are one of most vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19. They are not eligible for stimulus or unemployment funds and are often just released from immigration detention. Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service (IRIS) will implement the New Start Asylee Orientation Program to help asylees to access vital programs and support.

Diocese of Los Angeles, St. Luke’s/San Lucas Laundry Project, $10,000
Every Saturday, 85-100 unhoused people come to St. Luke’s/San Lucas for showers, clothes, and food. Given COVID-19 transmission concerns, we need a secure, commercial-grade laundry facility for safe laundering and reusing of towels and clothes which this grant will provide. Through Laundry Love, low wealth neighbors will have an affordable, safe, community-based laundry.

Assisting Mothers’ Union with Planting Plots to Develop Livelihoods to Respond to COVID-19, $25,000
Due to the ongoing pandemic, food insecurity has increased among the poorest of Tanzania. This grant will allow the diocese to allocate 150 hectares for garden plots so women can grow food for their families.

How you can participate in UTO
Each day, reflect on what you are grateful for. As you do so, put a few coins or dollar bills in the UTO box. We’ll collect the boxes on November 21, Gratitude Sunday. If you don’t have a stash of coins, or a UTO box, no problem. On Gratitude Sunday, add a check to the collection plate with “UTO” in the note section. If you use Zelle, please note “UTO” as well. This is a great activity for the children of St. Andrew’s too.
On Going Scheduled Activities
Peace & Justice Committee - Sacred Ground Series, Session 3
The Sacred Ground series will continue with the third session on October 20th 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 the first two 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. We will be discussing the 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. 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 am. with the exception of federal holidays. It takes about 2 hours. 
 
Upcoming Food Bank dates are Monday, October 4 and 18.
 
We can always use cardboard egg cartons. 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 meets virtually on the third Saturday of the month. Please contact Peter is you are interested in joining.
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
Northern California Wildfires
Sacramento-based KCRA3 News has compiled a list of organizations aiding people affected by the disastrous Dixie and Caldor fires in the northern half of California. Generally, organizations request monetary gifts rather than in-kind items. The charities, including the Red Cross, offer many kinds of support, including housing for the displaced, care for animals fleeing the fire, and care for firefighters and other first responders. Learn more here.
Hurricane Ida
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to make a gift today.
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..
Episcopal Relief and Development-Haiti
On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters. To assist in these efforts, visit episcopalrelief.org/haiti-relief.
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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