November 16, 2023

This Week at Saint Andrew's

Welcome to our newsletter.

We hope this information keeps you connected to our church family. 

Upcoming Services

No Thursday Evening Prayer, November 16th

There will be Evening Prayer on November 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2023, 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.: the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

  • Join us for Holy Eucharist. The service will be available through Facebook Live at the St. Andrew's Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. The service bulletin may be accessed here or by clicking the image of the cover.
  • Sunday School for children ages 5-12 meets during the 10:00 a.m. service. Infant and toddler care are also provided.

Climate Connections: As a way to reduce paper consumption, please consider downloading the bulletin and reading it on your device during the service.

Click here to donate to Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church

Pastoral Care

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.

Prayer List

Please remember those who need your daily prayers. Prayer requests may be sent to the office. The prayer list can be accessed here.

Sunday School Information

Weekly Sunday School

Expert day care for infants and children younger than 5 during the 10 am church service is provided today by Samira Sameni, a preschool teacher at our Saint Andrew’s Children’s Center. Drop-off and pick-up is in the Children’s Center courtyard. However, in cases of rainy or cold weather, we instead meet in the 2nd floor lobby of the Children’s Center building. Simply follow the arrow on the A-frame sign that leads you to us. 

Over the next month in Sunday School we’ll be focusing on gratitude as we prepare for Thanksgiving and our UTO Ingathering. If your child hasn’t received his/her color-your-own UTO box, please pick one up in the narthex, and have them put a coin in the box whenever they’re especially grateful for something in their daily life.

Questions about Sunday School? Contact Tammy Smecker-Hane

Support for a Refugee Family

St. Andrew’s established a committee to work with the diocesan program Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service (IRIS) to help support a family who have recently immigrated to the United States. After several meetings with the head of IRIS a family has been identified for us. They are from Afghanistan and are just moving into an apartment in Woodbridge. There are two parents, twin 13-year-old boys, and a 6-year-old girl.

They have been promised items such as beds and dishes from friends, but will need other things as well.

Click here to view a Google Doc which lists things they have requested. If you have any of the items on the list you would be willing to donate, please complete and submit the form and send a photo of the item(s) to Donna Catalano.

Men's Breakfast: This Saturday, November 18th

St. Andrew's men will meet for their monthly breakfast on Saturday, November 18th at 8:30 a.m. at Mimi's. All are welcome! Please contact Peter if interested.

Woodbridge Manor

Woodbridge Manor volunteers will meet on November 20 at 10:30 a.m. We need empty egg cartons and plastic fruit boxes. These may be brought to church and let in the Narthex. For more information contact Catherine Sharbaugh.

Book Group


The Virtual Book Group meets weekly on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. followed by noonday prayer. There will be no meeting on November 22nd. Scroll down to Events and Activities on our website homepage for the current reading. To be added to the Zoom invitation please contact the office.

Saint Andrew's Thanksgiving Gathering


Nina Macdonald and Ted Wright enjoy being part of a large Thanksgiving gathering but, with our family a long way away, we are inviting others in the congregation who would like to be part of a larger Thanksgiving gathering to join us. This gathering would take place at our house in Modjeska Canyon, east of Irvine off Santiago Canyon Rd.

We are planning to provide a festive setting, turkey, ham, stuffing, and whatever other food the meal might need but others are not bringing -- Ted is actually happy to cook the entire feast, so there is no need to bring food unless you want to -- however, we know that Thanksgiving is a time when people have favorite dishes, so, for those who are interested, we will coordinate those contributions.

If being part of this gathering might interest you, please email Ted ( by Saturday, November 18th..

United Thank Offering

The United Thank Offering (UTO) invites every Episcopalian to NOTICE the good things that happen each day, GIVE thanks to God for your blessings, MAKE an offering for each blessing by dropping a coin in a UTO box, and every penny you donate becomes BLESSINGS for others through UTO grants. Motivated by the Beatitudes to focus on the least among us (Matthew 25:36), the theme of this year’s grants will be “Welcoming the Stranger.”

Pick up your traditional blue or the new “color-your-own” UTO box in the Narthex then over the month of November use the November Gratitude Calendar to daily challenge you and your family to notice the blessings in your life and put a coin or dollars in acknowledgement of them into your UTO box each day. 

Pray for Peace in the Holy Land

The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor asks us to pray for peace and keep in our hearts the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its archbishop, the Rt. Rev. Hosam Naoum. Bishop Taylor has written to him on our diocese’s behalf and invites us to make a gift to the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which supports the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. Archbishop Naoum calls on all to unite in prayer for reconciliation.

Complete your Disaster Resiliency Survey!

St. Andrew’s is developing a disaster resilience and response program and we would like you to be a part of it. If there is a disaster that affects the church and/or our parishioners, we would like to be able to determine whether you need help or if you are available to help others. Please click on the button to complete the survey--one survey per household. We'll offer hard copies at church as well.

Click here to complete survey

Stay Connected with St. Andrew's

Please visit our website to learn more about our nurturing community of faith, both the ways we interact with each other and the ways we reach out to the community.

Quick Links

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church | 949-559-4699

The Very Rev. Peter Browning, Vicar |

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 In-office: Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Remote: Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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