May 9, 2024

This Week at Saint Andrew's

Welcome to our newsletter.

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

Bishop Taylor's Visitation - May 12

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share with you that Bishop Taylor will be visiting St. Andrew’s on Sunday, May 12. The last time a Diocesan Bishop visited St. Andrew’s was about 20 years ago. Given the significance of this visit, I have decided that it would be best to have one service on Sunday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m.

We will have our traditional Mother's Day brunch at 9:00 a.m. followed by the service. I am hoping that Bishop Taylor will be able to join us for some of that time. If you are interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, please get in touch with me.

I hope you are able to attend this service. I think it’s important for the Bishop to see us and for us to be with him, especially in this time of transition for St. Andrew’s.

Grace and Peace,


Upcoming Services

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer

  • Join us for Evening Prayer. The service will be available through Facebook Live at the St. Andrew's Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two, may be accessed here. The readings for this evening may be accessed here.

Sunday, May 12, 2024, Only One Service at 10:00 a.m.: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

  • 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.

Starting this week, we will be printing fewer bulletins in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. We realize that using a device to read the bulletin may be a daunting task, but we have several congregants who are ready to help if you need it. If we are able to purchase less paper over time, we will donate the savings to our outreach efforts. If you don’t have a device to use, but are willing to share a bulletin with your neighbor, that helps us reach our goal too.

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 3 yrs during the 10 am service will be provided by Samira Sameni, a preschool teacher at our Saint Andrew’s Children’s Center. Drop-off will be at the courtyard of the Children’s Center.

Sunday School for children 4 years and older during the 10 am service will take place in the courtyard of the Children’s Center. This week we will talking about motherhood and making cards for mothers and grandmothers for Mother’s Day. This Sunday we’ll be having our Mother’s Day brunch from 9-10 am where the men and children of the parish create a celebration for the women of our parish. Children to arrive with parents at 9 am on Sunday and will be asked to stay a little late to help clean up. Bishop John Taylor will be visiting Saint Andrew’s this Sunday so please say hello to him. He’ll welcome listening to you and hearing about your family’s experiences with Saint Andrew’s Church. If you have any questions or feedback about Sunday School, please contact our Sunday School teacher, Tammy Smecker-Hane. 

Outreach News

I received a beautiful letter of gratitude and appreciation from Families Forward and wanted to share it with you. Our donations really make an impact on the families in need. We truly make a difference! Thank you for your continued support! To view the letter click here.

Sunday, May 5 began our May Baby Shower Event for Families Forward. We will be collecting diapers, wipes, and baby formula throughout the month of May. 

“We are truly God’s outreaching hands in the world."

Men's Group - May 11

St. Andrew's men will meet for their monthly breakfast on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Strawberry Farms. All are welcome! Please contact Peter if interested.

Annual St. Andrew’s Mother’s Day Breakfast - May 12

Sunday, May 12

9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Court


All are welcome! Please come help celebrate all of the mothers at St. Andrews.

Men - Our monthly men’s breakfast will be moved up a week to finalize the details of our event. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Strawberry Farms, on Saturday, May 11.  If you would like to help, but don’t yet have an assignment, please reach out to Mike Caprini or (714) 925-4741.

Woodbridge Manor - May 13

Woodbridge Manor volunteers will meet on May 13 at 10:30 a.m. We need empty cardboard egg cartons and plastic fruit boxes (like the ones raspberries come in). These may be brought to church and left in the Narthex. For more information contact Catherine Sharbaugh.

Prayer Shawl Ministry - May 14

The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets this coming Tuesday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Court. Contact Sharon Brooks for more information.

Book Group - May 15


The Virtual Book Group meets weekly on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. followed by noonday prayer. We are currently reading "Holy Envy" by Barbara Brown Taylor. Scroll down to Events and Activities on our website homepage for the new reading. To be added to the Zoom invitation please contact the office.

Women's Gathering - May 26

Sunday, May 26

5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Court

We will be ordering a mixture of food from Luna Grill, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Estimated cost $10-$15 per person.

Please bring a drink or a dessert to share.

Everyone welcome! Please RSVP HERE.

Wings - Orange County Women's Chorus

June 1 and June 2

Kathy Baldasari, Mary Langsdorf, and Ellen Quandahl invite you to a soaring musical journey celebrating the theme of taking flight in their season finale concert! Experience the exhilarating music that will accompany the group during their upcoming tour to Croatia this summer, providing a glimpse of

the captivating melodies they will perform abroad. The choir’s voices will bring to life stories of travel, adventure, and creatures of the sky. This concert appeals to all ages and tastes! “We've tackled some tough topics this season, but our final concert is one that's all about joy, flight, and freedom.” says OCWC’s Artistic Director, Eliza Rubenstein. “This is a far-ranging collection of works about birds, bees, angels, witches (they fly too!), and women spreading their wings and taking to the sky. Bring the whole family for this one and we promise they'll enjoy it!”



Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach

18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach, 92646

Ticketing information:

Tickets online in advance*: Adults, $30; Seniors (65+), $25; Students (with ID), $15

Tickets at the door*: Adults, $35; Seniors (65+), $30; Students (with ID), $18.

*Ticketing fees applied at purchase

To Purchase Tickets Click Here

Media Release

We’ve made some modifications to our media release form and ask that you fill it out if you are new to St. Andrew’s or a parent of a minor. We’ve added some clarification on what is posted on our site and on the St. Andrew’s Facebook page. If you prefer to complete it online, click here.

A Look Ahead.........................

May 2024

  • May 12 - Bishop Taylor's Visitation, Mother's Day
  • May 19 - Pentecost, Prayer Shawl Blessing
  • May 26 - Trinity Sunday

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.

Stay Connected with St. Andrew's

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