Celebration of the 119th Anniversary of Saint Andrew's First Worship Service
This past Sunday, we celebrated the 119th anniversary of Saint Andrew's first worship service, which took place on the evening of Sunday, July 14, 1900, in Ferguson Hall above a storefront on Pendleton Street. We also took the opportunity to recognize and honor two members of our parish who, after many years of faithful service, have recently retired from leading key ministries at Saint Andrew’s--specifically, Sandra Kelley , for her many years of taking care of our Sunday altar flowers, and Jim Grunwell , for his many years of overseeing our lay liturgical ministers. At our 10:30 AM mass, the church was full--and then, after the covered dish lunch that followed in the Parish Hall, everyone in attendance was full! A special thanks to Patty Slay, Riley Owens, the ECW, and the Hospitality Committee -- and everyone who brought a plate -- for all that you did to make this such a joyful and filling celebration. But, most of all, thanks to Sandra and Jim for their faithful service to Saint Andrew's!
Worship Schedule
Wednesday, July 17
Feast of Macrina, Monastic & Teacher (observed)
Mtr. Mia McDowell, celebrant

5:30 PM Rosary
6:30 PM Low Mass with Unction and Healing Prayers
Sunday, July 21
The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Fr. Peter Hawes, celebrant

8:30 AM Low Mass (Rite II)
10:30 AM High Mass with Incense (Rite I)
Wednesday, July 24
Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene (observed)
Fr. Donald McPhail, celebrant

6:30 PM Low Mass with Unction and Healing Prayers followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Prayer Requests
The following people have been commended
to the prayers of the parish:
Audrey, Barbara, Bill, Chuck, Corinne, Dick, Eddie, Edward, Elaine, Ena, Ephraim, Geordie, Hamilton, Hannah, Jean, Jodi, Kathy, Leigh Ann, Margaret Lee, Mary, Michael, Nell, Robert, Sally, Sharon, Sue, Weesie, Winnie
To add someone to the Daughters of the King prayer list, please e-mail
daughters1913@gmail.com . There is also wooden box in the Narthex where you can fill out prayer cards. The Daughters will add your names to their prayers. 
Supply Priests Presiding This Week and Next
Father Gary is out of the office much of this week doing thesis research and writing work, and, next week, he will be on vacation with his family. Tonight, Mtr. Mia McDowell will preside at our Wednesday night healing mass. This coming Sunday, July 21, Fr. Peter Hawes will preside at our regular Sunday masses. Next week, Fr. Don McPhail will preside at our Wednesday evening mass (7/24) and Sunday masses (7/28). We are grateful to Mother McDowell, Father Hawes, and Father McPhail for their participation in our worship life. 
Save the Dates:
Upcoming Children’s Formation Events at Saint Andrew’s
Here are a few dates worth noting:

  • Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, August 18, 10:30 Mass School starts Tuesday, August 20 so children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to church so that both the children and their backpacks can be blessed for the coming year!

  • A Back to School Party for Children and their Parents is being planned for late August / early September - more details soon!

  • Sunday School Kick Off on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 AM This year we will continue with our Hearts Alive lectionary-based curriculum for our children’s classes. We are looking for more children's Sunday School volunteers so, if you are interested in serving as Sunday School teacher, please let Father Gary know.
Columbarium Niches Available
Saint Andrew’s has a limited number of spots in our columbarium still available for purchase. The cost is $2200 which may be paid in installments. Please contact the office if you would like more information.
Education for Ministry (EfM) Training
At Holy Cross Simpsonville | Monday evenings | 6-8 PM
September 2019 – June 2020
Education for Ministry (EfM) is an extension program in theological education from the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee. It is a small-group study with six to 12 people who are in various stages of learning about the Old Testament, the New Testament, church history, and theology through study, reflection, and prayer. The cost for the course is $375 per year, which includes the cost of all materials except a bible. EfM is a four-year course but participants commit to one year at a time. Register by calling Bobbie Godwin at 843-287-3760. Deadline for registration is July 14, 2019.
Parking Update
With the opening of the Homewood Suites parking garage (across Markley Street), folks coming to Saint Andrew’s now have another parking option for evening or weekend worship or other church events. Thus, on evenings and weekends, you can now park in the designated "permit parking only" spots in the Homewood Suites parking garage—in addition to parking in spots marked with yellow rectangles or white numbers in the Pendleton Street Baptist parking lot (adjacent to the church). Starting in July, you will need to have a Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church parking sticker on your car in order to use the permit parking (and preferably have it affixed to your rear window). The stickers are available in the Parish Office.

A reminder that you should never park in red-numbered spots in the parking lot adjacent to the church, since Pendleton Street Baptist Church has set those aside for paid hourly parking via a phone app (unless you plan to pay via the app). 

Also, if you are visiting the church during weekday business hours, you should try to find street parking or use one of the available yellow rectangle spots in the adjacent parking lot. 
Sunday Altar Flower Dedications
with New Suggested Donation Range ($50-$100)
Every Sunday, we have the opportunity to offer a special dedication of the altar flowers in honor, memory, or celebration of loved ones. The cost to the church for altar flowers is now $100.00 per Sunday, so we are suggesting that donations for dedicating altar flowers be in the range of $50.00 to $100.00 to help us cover those costs.

If you would like to sign up for a Sunday, please see the sign up sheet on the bulletin in the Parish Hall. You may place a check in the offering plate with "Altar Flowers" noted in the memo.

Finally, if you have an interest in trying to organize or serve in a flower guild that would consist of parish volunteers who could be responsible for the altar flowers each week--or if you have other ideas about how we could provide altar flowers at a lower cost, please let our Father Gary or our senior warden, Riley Owens, know.
Upcoming Safe Church Training Opportunities
Safe Church training is important for anyone volunteering in children's ministries, or doing any lay ministry, such as lay eucharistic visitors, involving potentially one-on-one ministry within the parish. We also encourage all parishioners, especially those in positions of leadership - such as vestry members and other ministry area leaders, to get Safe Church certified.

There is an upcoming Safe Church training session being offered at Christ Church Episcopal School:  Wednesday, August 14, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  To register for this class at Christ Church School, please click on this link. There is also a Safe Church training session being offered at Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC on Sunday, August 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM If you are interested in this session, please contact Joanne Wood at jwood@churchofadvent.org or call her at 864-504-3691. 

Please make sure to let our parish office know if you sign up for one of these classes. (We are also working to set up a training session at Saint Andrew's in the near future.) More info on Safe Church Training here.
Service Opportunities
Sing with the Summer Choir
During the summer, music in our Sunday Masses is led by the Saint Andrew's Summer Choir, which is made up of choir members who gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM (and not on Wednesday evenings), to prepare the music for each Sunday 10:30 AM Mass. With this limited time commitment the Summer Choir is an excellent opportunity for prospective new members of the choir to "try us out" for a Sunday or two (or more). We always need additional singers--especially altos--to reinforce our sections, so please consider joining the Summer Choir. If you have questions, please contact the Parish Office--or just show up on Sunday morning!  
Sunday Coffee Hour Refreshments
We are blessed to be a growing parish, and one of the ways that we offer hospitality to our many visitors is through our coffee hour after the 10:30 AM mass every Sunday. Please consider signing up for a Sunday on one of the sign up sheets hanging on the parish bulletin board. 
Nursery During 10:30 AM Mass Every Sunday
Staff member Amanda Abreu oversees our Sunday morning nursery during the 10:30 AM Mass. Going forward, we need at least one parish volunteer each Sunday to serve as our second nursery caregiver. Thanks to those parishioners who have already volunteered to help. If you have gifts for working with infants and young children--and have "Safe Church" training, we could use your help! If you are interested, please e-mail Amanda
Feed Thy Neighbor on Saturday Mornings
Feed Thy Neighbor is a cooperative effort of the Episcopal community in Greenville. Parish volunteers from Saint Andrew’s, Saint Peter’s, Saint James and Christ Church feed the homeless each Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 AM in the Saint Andrew's Parish House. The Third Saturday of the month is Saint Andrew's particular responsibility. Come and join us! Set-up and cook team start at 6:30 am. Clean up team start at 8:00 am. Individuals interested in this ministry opportunity, please contact the office at 235-5884.