Serve at Food Pantry February 24

Our monthly service day at the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is Saturday, February 24. We gather at the Pantry, located at 3523 Beauchamp, at 9:30 AM and serve pantry clients until noon. There are jobs for all ages and abilities. Sign up to serve to help the Food Pantry make sure that they have enough hands to do the job. Hope to see you there!

Lent, Holy Week & Easter

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Thursday February 22, 7 - 8 PM Healing Circle  - Depression and the Winter Blues, Chapel

A facilitated prayer circle that allows adults to offload joys and concerns to improve spiritual health. 

February 21 - March 21, 6 PM- Music For The Soul

These free concerts will benefit a charity chosen by each artist. Concerts are appropriate for all ages. Check the full schedule.

Sunday, March 4 - Lenten Organ Recital, 4 PM

A brief recital of music for the season of Lent including works by Johann Sebastian Bach and César Franck

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Friday, March 9, 7 PM – Monday, March 12, 7 PM - The Miqra

The public reading of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation accompanied by activities for all ages. Yes, we will begin at Genesis and read through Revelation in three days!

  • Friday, March 9, 7 PM – Our reading begins with Welcome and Evening Prayer.
  • Saturday, March 10, 9 AM - 3 PM -  Explore the Hands-On Bible Museum and experience the Bible through music, stories, and art. The day will include Tony Pryor and Living Your Voice singers, master storyteller Kathy Culmer, the call of the ram’s horn, lunch in the Parish Hall, activities for all ages incorporating art, culture and history, as well as fun things to take home!
  • 4 PM Singing the Psalms with members of the St. Andrew’s Choir
  • Sunday, March 11 – Our reading continues in the church and chapel.
  • Monday, March 12 - Youth and Community Partners Day – Youth, community partners, and fellow congregations are invited to read, tour the Bible Museum, and enjoy fellowship.

Saturday, March 24, 9-11 AM Holy Week Mini-Retreat

Holy Week is a spiritual time of many journeys woven into one: prayer, Bible, history, and the life and death of Jesus. Take time to prepare for the powerful enrichment that Holy Week has to offer and join The Rev. Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis for the Mini-Retreat at St. Andrew's House.

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

  • 8:30 AM Liturgy of the Palms and Passion Reading with Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • No Education Hour
  • 10:30 AM Liturgy of the Palms and Passion Reading with Holy Eucharist: Rite Two with Incense

Thursday, March 29 Maundy Thursday

  • 7 pm Holy Eucharist: Rite Two with Incense, Foot Washing, and Stripping of the Altar

Friday, March 30 Good Friday

  • 11 AM Stations of the Cross
  • Noon Good Friday Liturgy with Incense                              
  • 7 PM The Good Friday Project

Sunday, April 1 Easter Day                                                            

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  • 6 AM The Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
  • 8:30 AM Holy Eucharist: Rite One
  • 9:30 AM Brunch and Flowering of the Cross
  • 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist: Rite Two with Incense
  • 11:45 AM Easter Egg Hunt
  • 2 PM Rhythms of Grace

2018 Parish Retreat

Come Away to the Piney Woods!

Friday evening, February 2 - Sunday morning, February 4, 2018

Space is limited so register early! To register, complete the form below and drop in the alms basin. In the memo line of your check, please write “Parish Retreat”.  Or mail to St. Andrew’s, 1811 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008.  Registration is not complete without payment.

Questions? Contact Lisa Puccio

Weekend rate is $65 for adults and $25 for children under age 18 for campsite accommodations or $265 for each hotel room. Rates cover all meals and activities.

Day visitors on Saturday: $25 (adults) and $15 (children)

Return this form with payment.

The Rev. Alex Montes, retreat leader and speaker  

Camp Allen, operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, is 62 miles from St. Andrew's parking lot, located near Navasota. The facility is approximately a one-hour drive from Houston. For more information about Camp Allen.

We will be staying in climate controlled cabins at Campsite #3.  Each cabin sleeps up to ten people and can be shared by families and friends. Bath facilities are steps away on the ground level and shared by gender.  Retreat attendees will need to bring bedding, pillows, toiletries, and towels.

Agenda

Friday

5:00 Arrive/Social Hour

6:00 Chili Cook Off Contest

7:30 Compline

Saturday

8:00 Breakfast

10:00-11:30 Speaker, The Rev. Alex Montes, camp activities for youth & children

12:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Adult discussion with Alex Montes, youth meet-up and games, nature stories & crafts for children

3:00 Optional Camp Allen activities (giant swing, canoeing, nature walk)/free time

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Hayride, campfire, s’mores and camp songs

Sunday

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Eucharist by the lake

10:00 Clean up and head out

Return this form with payment.

Advent & Christmas Season

Advent Lessons and Carols Service December 10, Sunday at 5 pm

This liturgy invites us to pause, reflect, and wait—counter to what our Christmas-crazed culture demands—this service will use readings to explore themes of expectation and the mystery of God’s incarnation as Emmanuel, “God with us” through Scripture, poetry, and music. Childcare will be provided.

Greening of the Church December 23, 10-am-Noon

Please join the Altar Guild for festivities.

Christmas Eve Services: 

10 am Holy Eucharist

1 pm Rhythms of Grace

3 pm Choristers Choir and Children’s Pageant

4:30 pm Christmas Lessons and Carols

10:30 pm Candlelight Holy Eucharist

Christmas Day Service:

10 am Holy Eucharist

Epiphany Service:

January 6, Saturday, 7pm Feast of Lights.  Childcare provided.

2018 Parish Retreat at Camp Allen

Come Away to the Piney Woods!

Friday evening, February 2 - Sunday morning, February 4, 2018

Space is limited so register early! To register, complete the form below and drop in the alms basin. In the memo line of your check, please write “Parish Retreat”.  Or mail to St. Andrew’s, 1811 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008.  Registration is not complete without payment.

Questions? Contact Lisa Puccio

Weekend rate is $65 for adults and $25 for children under age 18 for campsite accommodations or $265 for each hotel room. Rates cover all meals and activities.

Day visitors on Saturday: $25 (adults) and $15 (children)

Return this form with payment.

The Rev. Alex Montes, retreat leader and speaker  

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Camp Allen, operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, is 62 miles from St. Andrew's parking lot, located near Navasota. The facility is approximately a one-hour drive from Houston. For more information about Camp Allen.

We will be staying in climate controlled cabins at Campsite #3.  Each cabin sleeps up to ten people and can be shared by families and friends. Bath facilities are steps away on the ground level and shared by gender.  Retreat attendees will need to bring bedding, pillows, toiletries, and towels.

Agenda

Friday

5:00 Arrive/Social Hour

6:00 Chili Cook Off Contest

7:30 Compline

Saturday

8:00 Breakfast

10:00-11:30 Speaker, The Rev. Alex Montes, camp activities for youth & children

12:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Adult discussion with Alex Montes, youth meet-up and games, nature stories & crafts for children

3:00 Optional Camp Allen activities (giant swing, canoeing, nature walk)/free time

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Hayride, campfire, s’mores and camp songs

Sunday

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Eucharist by the lake

10:00 Clean up and head out

Return this form with payment.

 

Bishops are Coming to St. Andrew's

The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher will visit and confirm at the 10:30 AM service, and at the 2 PM Rhythms of Grace service the Rt. Rev. Hector Monterosso will visit and confirm. The Daughters of the King will host receptions in the parish hall following both services. We are pleased to welcome both bishops to St. Andrew's on October 1.

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Upcoming Events for September

Sock Drop!  The Daughters of the King are collecting new socks for the needy in our area.  Drop the socks in the donation boxes around the church building.  September 10 is the deadline for socks!

The Cloud of Unknowing - Spiritual Reading Group’s Book

 The Spiritual Reading Group will be covering the anonymous 14th century spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. We invite you to read and then join our discussion of chapters 1-39, on Monday, September 11, at 6:30, in St. Andrew’s House.  If you are unable to attend in the evenings, you can join the online discussion on the Facebook page for the SAEC Spiritual Reading Group.

August 2017

Work the Lot on White Linen Night August 5

The annual White Linen Night In the Heights will take place Saturday, August 5 and much of the fun will take place right on 19th Street. St. Andrew’s will once again provide parking for attendees to raise funds for the church and school. This is easy volunteer duty, simply bring a lawn chair and a cool beverage and donate an hour or two of your time. Volunteers are needed to staff the lot from 4-8 pm. This is a great way to raise funds for our ministries and get to know your fellow parishioners. If you would like to help, please contact richard.quarles@am.jll.com or 832-788-1443 or contact the church office at 713-861-5596.

Join Integrity Eucharist August 18

Integrity Houston will host Eucharist and a potluck dinner at 7 pm on Friday, August 18 at the Golding Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral. Bring friends and a dish and join together in the breaking of the bread. Together we can bring about the full inclusion of LGBTQIA folks within the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Texas and across the nation. For more information, contact SWayne Mathis at 832-630-0651 or mathistribe@mindspring.com

Take the Hidden Crosses Photo Challenge

God is everywhere and so are crosses. They remind us that we never stray from God’s love. This summer, be aware of the symbol of the cross in hidden places. Snap a photo and send it to lpuccio@saecheights.org before August 15 to be included in an online and in-house exhibit on August 20.

Get Ready for Rally Day!

Please plan to join us Sunday, August 20 for our annual Rally Day Ministry Fair. We will showcase our ministries along with the many ways you can be involved in growing the St. Andrew’s community.

This year, our ministry tables will be organized into the following categories, which align with our Visioning goals:

·         Welcome and Embrace

·         Following God into the Community

·         Worship and Spiritual Growth

·         Children and Youth

·         Facilities Plan

Come upstairs to the Parish Hall after the 8:30 and 10:30 am services to see the many opportunities available to you at St. Andrew’s. A special surprise will be given to everyone who comes to the Rally Day Fair, so don’t miss the fun, fellowship and gifts!

Learn with Monthly Outreach Tours

Our next tour to Lord of the Streets (LOTS) is scheduled for August 24 at 11 am. We look forward to learning about the many opportunities LOTS has for the at-risk community. Everyone is invited to join us for outreach tours – usually scheduled mid-morning during the week. Look for more news on our tour schedule in the weekly emails and blue inserts in Sunday’s service bulletins. For further information, please contact Trish Mehrkam at trish.mehrkam@saecheights.org or call 713-861-5596.

Serve at Food Pantry August 26

Help us serve the hungry in our community on Saturday, August 26 as we volunteer at the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry, 3523 Beauchamp. We gather at 9:30 am and serve until noon. Volunteers help register clients, stock shelves, prepare bags of food and assist where needed. All ages and abilities are welcome—and there’s no need to sign up in advance. Just show up and lend a hand!

Blessing of the Backpacks August 27, 10:30 am and 2 pm.  Bring your backpacks and your friends!

Daughters of the King meeting August 27

It is time to start preparing for the DOK Advent booklet. At Rally Day on August 20, we will provide instructions to help writers and artists with their booklet submissions. Perhaps in 2017, your thoughts or artwork will be part of our shared Advent journey. The booklet takes a team but is worth every minute as the parish enjoys a day-to-day journey to the birth of Christ. 

Our meetings are the 4th Sunday of the month at 3:30 pm in St. Andrew’s House. This is your personal invitation to visit, and remember those that wear the silver cross are living into the oath of a Daughter of the King and are happy to answer your questions.

Sunday Morning Education

On August 6 classes for all ages will take a summer break. On August 13 we share Second Sunday Breakfast at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall. All are invited to Rally Day on August 20 and to join us as we kick off the fall program year on August 27.

Adult Ed - Faith Matters

On August 27, Carly Brown, Megan Gibbs and Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis begin a teaching series on the book Toxic Charity.  As the congregation prepares to live more deeply into its vision and strategic plan, this resource may increase our competency for crossing lines of cultural difference while highlighting healthy ways to do outreach and community service.

Parlor Youth

Sunday Education Hour classes begin on August 27. If you have any question or suggestions, please contact Liz Luna at youth@saecheights.org.

Children

Classes for children in PreK through 4th grade resume on August 27 when we kick off the year in our Godly Play and Creative Space classrooms. In Sunday school, children learn the stories of our faith and the importance of community. This year 5th graders are welcome to continue with Surrounded By the Story or move up to The Parlor youth community. Stop by the information table at Rally Day to learn more, or contact Lisa Puccio at lpuccio@saecheights.org.