Tuesday January 4, 2022
 
Dear Friends of St. Andrew’s,
 
Here is some news to report.  The office will be closed today through Friday because on Monday I tested positive for COVID.  I need to fulfill the required five days of isolation. I am asymptomatic and feeling fine.  I am working from home.  At the same time, our administrator Christina remains at home with COVID symptoms and is not fit to return to work as of yet. 
 
On a brighter note, I will be cleared to return to work this Sunday. This is the First Sunday after the Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus.  Darrin the Music Director will be back as well to bring music to our Sundays again.
 
At the 8:30 Eucharist we will participate in the Renewal of Baptismal Vows.  At the 11:00 service Bishop Rayford High will confirm candidates and celebrate the Eucharist. Both services are online only.  There will be music, but no choir.  Only those being confirmed, and a few essential staff will be present in person.
 
Roy Hinajosa and Erick Reynero are the folks being confirmed. They were very enthusiastic students in the Essential story class and prepared well for their confirmations.  Both Erick and Roy are looking forward the liturgy by which they officially join the Episcopal Church and our St. Andrew’s congregation in particular.
 
I know missing out on important friendships at church is a real spiritual and emotional loss.   So, as we weather this wave of COVID, we will return to in-person services and fellowship as soon as possible.  When we get back to in-person gatherings we will pay attention to the COVID safety precautions -knowing that gatherings or any kind comes with some risk.  Please everyone get your vaccines and your booster shots.
 
On behalf of the vestry, staff, and myself thank you all for your patience and ongoing prayerful and financial support of the life and ministries at St. Andrew’s. 
 
May the God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace in believing, through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13.)
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Fr. David

St. Andrew’s supports the recovery of all persons afflicted with addictive diseases.  This is a safe place to be honest and find support.  In person meetings have returned to St. Andrew’s.

Mondays      NA (Narcotics Anonymous – ‘Just for Today’)          6:15 pm

                      OA (Over eaters Anonymous)                                      7:00 pm

Tuesdays      Alanon                                                                           12:00

Thursdays    Alanon                                                                           12:00

Fridays         NA (Narcotics Anonymous – ‘Freedom Group’)        7:00 pm

 

The pastoral care teams and Fr. David need help in phone calling and/or visiting shut-ins.  The number of people unable to attend a church gathering has increased and remains high due to COVID.    Don’t just ask the staff ‘how is so and so I haven’t seen them in awhile.  Instead join the team of people who are calling for find out how they are. Your phone call or visit is critical at this time. Ask about how you can help.

Our insurance people are still working out a final settlement figure.  When that is completed we will use our insurance funds to hire a contractor to replace the flooring and then the hall will be open again for use.  We will keep you informed of the progress.

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries (the National Church) on Thursday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. for ‘Repairing the Breach…’ a 90-minute webinar highlighting the work to rebuild the refugee resettlement program… the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry (the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.) and other leaders from EMM to learn about the work of the Episcopal Church collaborating with many others in refugee resettlement.  Register here.