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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Centered in God, Focused on Others


The Reverend Patricia Handloss, Interim Rector

Sean Glennon, Music Director

Linda Gelinas, Sr. Warden

Joanne Bibeau, Administrative Assistant Jesse Avellino, Sexton

Courtney Hill, Sunday School Director

Dear Friends,


PENTECOST. The time when we celebrate our good fortune of being the church.


We may not ever fully know the great gift of being the church, but it is. Gift. It gives us home. It gives us God’s gracious and abiding love. It gives us a community to love others and to be loved.


It is a place that helps us to understand the things in our lives that are sometimes inscrutable.

The church gives us a place to celebrate the awe and wonder of being human.

The church gives us a place to hold that which is beyond words, pain, grief, loss and to know all will be well.

The church is a place to sing even if one cannot hold a tune. Make a joyful noise is all that is required.

The church offers us a place to share.

The church feeds the hungry, helps the unhoused and offers what it can to those in need.

The church offers us the hope of forgiveness and a place to practice it.

The church offers opportunities to be more than we ever imagined we could be.

The church challenges us.

The church is inclusive, expansive and like a mother hen always there to hold and heal the wounds of life.

The church lets us dance however we shall dance, sing however we shall sing, and pray however we shall pray.

The church most of all takes The Christ into our hearts and into the world. It tells the story of redeeming love.

On PENTECOST Come. Celebrate our being the church.


Blessings and love and Happy Pentecost.


Sarah Kelbaugh, Dan Connick and Dianne Nicol represented Team St. Andrews at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. The weather was PERFECT! Through the generosity of parishioners, friends and family we were able to donate $1810 to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute! 

The theme of this year’s walk is “Cultivating Cycles of Peace”. Instead of getting caught in cycles of violence, the objective is to empower survivors, support returning citizens and their families and invest in Generation Peace, the young people shaping the world.

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has raised over 80% of their goal of $600,000. Donations will be accepted through Father’s Day, June 16. If you had planned to make a donation, there is still time.

Pictured speakers are Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Chaplain Clementina Chery (Peace Institute Founder)

Love from Olivia . . .

Dear Parishioners of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church:

There are not enough words to appropriately express our heartfelt thanks for the love, generosity and support that you have extended on behalf of the babies housed at The Baymont and Pilgrims Hope. These young families in the care of the Plymouth Area Coalition for the homeless are always grateful for the kindness extended to them. They are as Executive Director, Suzanne Giovanetti says, “full of hope.”

We will forever remember your generosity in memory of our cherished angel Olivia with love and gratitude.

Sincerely, Dona and Tucker

To learn more about the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless use this LINK or see at the end of this newsletter.



Welcoming our nominees: Bishop nominees Brendan Barnicle, Julia Whitworth, Edwin Johnson, Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa and Gideon Pollach gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on the opening day of their May 7-11 meet-and-greet tour of the diocese. Recordings of the meet-and-greet gatherings held in Barnstable, Taunton, Needham and Andover are available for viewing here.

Photo: Tracy J. Sukraw

Diocese prepares for election of its next bishop on May 18

Clergy and lay delegates from the congregations of the diocese will gather on Saturday, May 18 at Trinity Church in Boston for the special convention to elect a diocesan bishop to succeed the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates as the diocese’s 17th bishop when Gates retires later this year.

 The diocese’s Standing Committee will present five priests as nominees for election as bishop. They are:

The Rev. Dr. Brendan J. Barnicle, Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wilsonville, OR

 • The Rev. Edwin D. Johnson, Director of Organizing, Episcopal City Mission, Boston

• The Rev. Canon Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, Th.D., Canon for Immigration and Multicultural Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

• The Very Rev. Gideon L. K. Pollach, Rector, St. John’s Church, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

• The Rev. Julia E. Whitworth, Rector, Trinity Church, Indianapolis, IN.


Members of the diocese had the opportunity to meet the nominees and learn more about them at gatherings held May 7-11 at locations around the diocese. Recordings from the livestreamed gatherings are linked for viewing here. Additional information about each of the nominees is available at


The electing convention begins at 9 a.m. on May 18 with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Following the service, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the call to order will take place and then the balloting will begin.


Clergy of the diocese and lay delegates (two elected from each of the diocese’s parishes and missions) vote separately as “orders”; a majority of votes on the same ballot from both the clergy and lay orders is required for election. 


Pending consent from a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan bishops and a majority of dioceses (via their Standing Committees), the consecration of the bishop-elect is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Trinity Church in Boston.

Join us online! Click here for election livestream links, details and updates.

Election Eve Prayer Vigil:

The Cathedral of St. Paul and Old North Church in Boston invite the diocesan community to join on Zoom for a prayer vigil on the eve of the electing convention, Friday, May 17, from 7 to 7:40 p.m., to pray for the nominees, the electing convention and for God's mission in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Register to receive the Zoom link here. All are welcome.


Let us pray: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: We thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, and for the witness of your whole church in his name. We thank you for your Holy Spirit, empowering us for ministry. So guide the hearts and minds of all those who shall choose a bishop in this diocese and those who will respond to the call, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people. May our discernment transform our spirits and draw us closer to you, Almighty God. Amen.

Confirmation & Sunday School News

The students meet with Rev. Pattie after the 9:30 services on Sundays.

Mark your calendars. Confirmation will take place Saturday, June 15 2024 at 10:30am for the South Shore Deanery at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Duxbury, MA; Bishop Alan M. Gates scheduled to preside.


Lessons take place during services after the Children's Homily. Come join us!

Sophy Richmond Church Hansen Memorial Service Sunday June 2, 11:00 am, St. Andrews Church

Sophy Richmond Church Hansen passed away on May 12, 2020. She was 98.

She had written out what psalms and hymns she wanted for the funeral she had expected at her beloved St. Andrews Church. One hymn was “Amazing Grace.”

When her twin Frances passed, seven years before, Sophy and I were by her side. Sophy was holding her hand when she left. At Frances’s funeral, the church was full and there were loving eulogies.

When Sophy was passing during Covid, no one could be by her side. I played music to soothe her over FaceTime.

Then when Sophy passed, there could be no funeral. We drove Sophy by St. Andrews Church and paused, as Reverend Kevin Sparrow rang the bells once, saying he wanted to “ring them 98 times.” We paused at her family homes on Broadway. At the cemetery I played “Lullaby” which had soothed Sophy while she was passing. We heard sobs throughout the many who had followed us, masked, spread far out. An eerie sight.

I had saved Sophy’s chosen “Amazing Grace” for her funeral, not realizing how long it would be.

Now, we will finally have a memorial service for Sophy in the church she loved. We will ring the bells 98 times, and she will have her “Amazing Grace.”

After the service we will have a dedication of the daffodil garden in St. Andrews yard, to Sophy and her twin sister, Frances.

Deborah Hansen Hollenberg


Saturday, June 1, 2024 Hanover Pride Day 

  • Forge Pond Park, 231 King St, Hanover MA; 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • This is a family friendly and pet friendly event. 
  • We will be distributing Pride flags, Make Kindness Loud Cards and leis.
  • We will have a craft for kids

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Wear Orange

  • Wear Orange to church to honor survivors and build community with those working to end gun violence
  • Orange ribbons will be distributed
  • see the website for additional info

Saturday, June 22, 2024 Hanover Day 

  • B. Everett Hall Field/Sylvester Field, 495 Hanover St, Hanover MA; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • This is a family friendly and pet friendly event. 
  • We will be distributing Make Kindness Loud Cards and leis.
  • We will have a craft for kids 


We have prepared pledge envelopes for those who indicated on their 2024 pledge cards that they would make their pledge donations using them. The boxes of envelopes are labeled by Name/Number and are now available in the narthex.

If we did not prepare a box for you and you would like a set of envelopes, please call the office. Thank you for your support of St. Andrews!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Did you know that our congregation supports mental health by serving as one of five sites of Pastoral Counseling Services of the South Shore? Their office is located on our premises.   PCSSS is distinctive from other counseling agencies because its professionally licensed therapists are trained in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy, meaning they are skilled in caring for people of faith according to the clients’ interests. If you or a loved one are in need of mental or behavioral health services, Pattie can make a referral for you, or you may reach out directly for intake at 781-826-0011 x 112, or (After the referral, all of your contact with PCSSS would be strictly confidential.) Most insurances accepted. Visit for more information.


St. Andrew’s collects items for the Hanover Food Pantry. Please drop off in the narthex. Our current needs are; canned chicken, tuna, mustard, dish washer detergent, liquid dish detergent, strawberry jelly, peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing, canned peas


Jean & John - Wesley – Sherry L -- Peter C - Dave N – CH - Joan & Keith Macleod – Hilarie Lennan – Pam F – Lee G. – Kristyn & Jesse – Gene and Maryann – Jackie – Sally Cotten – Kristen, Marc & Eleanor – Edgar, Gary, Glenn, and Gayle & Darrell and Kassandra & Korey – Don S – Steve K – Nancy – Heather – Teddy – Jackie H. – Michael Curry – John and Janet – Dwayne – Tracy Sprows – Sally W.- Cathey Gately - Barbara W .- Betsy S.- Barbara K. - JoAnn K. - Pam W. - Charlotte C. - Paul M. - Karen C. - Carolyn R. - Ashley E. - Sue G. - Meredith C. - Seth H. - Joann K. - Gerry M. - Paul Sheehan - Bonnie T. – Jerry - Bob S. - Nancy Huntley - Sally D. – Janice – Lisa – Alex – Bruce – Paul R. - Susan J. - Diane G. - Beth - Marilyn - Sara, Matthew & Trang 

OFFICE HOURS: For month of MAY, the office will be OPEN

  • every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
  • every Thursday noon to 6:00 p.m. and
  • alternating Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as follows:
  • Tuesday, MAY 7 and 21;
  • Friday, MAY 17 & 31

Email: or call (781-826-2062) with the name and date of birth for yourself and your loved ones. Each month or quarter we will list the names (without ages – unless requested!) and offer a special blessing on a designated Sunday for all of those celebrating a birthday that month or quarter.

Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless -- How They Help

Family Shelter

The Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless provides emergency assistance housing for families at the Pilgrim’s Hope Shelter and the Baymont Inn. Clients are placed at the shelter by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Living Conditions (EOHLC). Coalition shelters provides clients with safe temporary housing for their families, professional case management, and support services.

Our goal is to empower and strengthen families by offering weekly adult enrichment classes, case management, support services for parents and children, in a warm, nurturing, and compassionate environment.

In the Spring of 2024 the Plymouth Area Coalition will open an additional Emergency Assistance Shelter in Plymouth, increasing their ability to provide temporary shelter and basic needs to homeless families.

Case Management

The staff of the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless are committed to moving our families from shelter to safe and affordable housing. Our professional case managers, supported by a dedicated residential staff work daily to ensure that every client’s shelter experience is positive and empowering. Clients meet weekly with their case manager to set personal goals, formulate a re-housing plan, and job search opportunities.


Working in partnership with their case manager, clients develop a re-housing plan that will meet their family’s needs. Our primary objective when a family arrives in shelter is to identify safe, affordable housing, and assist the family in transitioning to a permanent home.

Housing Stabilization

Coalition case management continues for one-year following a family’s ability to successfully find permanent housing. During this time, the Coalition will provide support and guidance to clients to ensure their family’s transition is going well, and they are self-sufficient.

In most cases, families placed in an emergency assistance shelter, are eligible to receive Home BASE funds to assist in their home stabilization. These funds may often help with first and last month’s rent, and security deposits. Home BASE is designed to strengthen a family’s ability to meet the economic demands of permanent housing. For families in danger of becoming homeless, Home BASE funds may often help avoid the need for emergency assistance sheltering.


The Empower(me)nt Program goal is to empower the adult residents of our shelters by providing a diverse curriculum of educational, enrichment, workforce development, and wellness opportunities. These are areas that we have identified as crucial to helping our clients, by developing the skills and confidence, to lead self-sufficient lives.


We believe by expanding their skill set, personal health practices, and emotional health, they will experience increased self-confidence through achievement. The Empower(me)nt Program is designed to deliver life-changing services and to promote personal and family stability, dignity, and self-sufficiency.

Children Services

The academic, physical, and emotional health of our youngest residents is a priority for the Coalition. The Children Services Coordinator oversees the shelter experience of all children in Pilgrim’s Hope Shelter.

In addition to ensuring that children are enrolled in the appropriate school, and receiving any additional services they may need, the Children’s Service Coordinator plans and coordinates a variety of children’s activities. Among them; organized playgroups, after school activities, vacation week field trips, and craft parties. 

Laila’s and Henrik’s Teddy Bear Program is also overseen by the Children’s Services Coordinator.  Click here to learn more about the Teddy Bear Program.

Voice in the Night

An invaluable resource to all individuals in need of support during times of crisis. A free resource and referral service, the Coalition maintains A Voice in the Night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Collect calls are accepted.


Voice in the Night phone line: 781-582-2010

The program is guided by the belief that when an individual is in crisis, there is no substitute for a sympathetic voice.  

Hybrid Worship Service

Sundays 9:30 A.M.


Please note the following updated worship guidelines:

  • Masks optional.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the church, and for use before and after Holy Communion.

For those participating in the service from home, please join us on our Facebook link:

We want to thank you for your patience during this time. As always, the safety and health of our members is paramount.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the Vestry.