April 2017

Make Palm Crosses April 8

The Altar Guild needs a bit of help making palm crosses for our Palm Sunday observance. Join the fun in the Parish Hall on Saturday, April 8 at 10 am – there will be snacks, drinks (mimosas are a strong possibility) and plenty of palms. No special skills required – you’ll be shown just what you need to do. Questions? Contact Susan Kelly.

Join Us for Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday, April 9

8:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 with Passion Reading

10:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 with Passion Reading, Incense, Choristers and St. Andrew's Choir

2 pm Rhythms of Grace

Worship in the Parish Hall for all ages and abilities

Spiritual Reading Group, April 10

The Spiritual Reading Group invites you to finish reading with us City of God, Faith in the Streets, by Sara Miles. This book details Sara's reflections and experiences distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday in the crowded streets of San Francisco. Sara is reflecting from a specifically Episcopalian perspective and, throughout the book, she describes her experiences with The Rev. Paul Fromberg, former rector of St. Andrew’s and current rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa, in San Francisco. We will discuss this book (page 95 to the end) on Monday, April 10, at 6:30 pm, in St. Andrew's House. If you are unable to attend meetings, you can join the online discussion on the Facebook page SAEC Spiritual Reading Group.

Maundy Thursday, April 13

7 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 with Foot Washing, Incense, Stripping of the Altar and St. Andrew's Choir

Celebrate the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist in this beautiful service that begins in light and joy and ends in darkness with the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

Good Friday, April 14

11 am Stations of the Cross

Recount the path Jesus trod from his condemnation to his body laid in the tomb in this solemn service. Instrumental reflections and music from Taizé accompany each station.

Noon Proper Liturgy for Good Friday with Incense

The reading of the Passion and the presentation of the cross along with hymns and chants

7 pm The Good Friday Project

A unique blend of performance and liturgy, this service features five artistic and musical responses to the Crucifixion, each led by parishioners.

Easter Day, April 16

6 am The Great Vigil of Easter

The first official celebration of the resurrection, held in the darkness before sunrise, includes St. Andrew’s Choir and Holy Eucharist.

8:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

9:30 am Flowering of the Cross, Front Lawn, and Brunch, hosted by the Vestry, Parish Hall

10:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 with Incense and the St. Andrew's Choir

Children are invited to bring baskets for our annual Egg Hunt after the service.

2 pm Rhythms of Grace

Worship in the Parish Hall for all ages and abilities

Integrity Houston Eucharist April 21

All are invited to participate in Holy Eucharist and a potluck dinner with Integrity Houston on Friday, April 21, 7-9 pm at Christ Church Cathedral’s Golding Chapel, 1117 Texas Avenue. Integrity Houston is part of a national organization that promotes full inclusion for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies in the Episcopal Church. All are welcome. If you’d like to learn more, contact SWayne Mathis or join the group on April 21.

Spring Bazaar April 22

St. Andrew’s will host the Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am to 3 pm, showcasing close to 50 artists, crafters and specialty vendors. The Bazaar is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for yourself or someone else—and is an important fundraiser for the parish. The event will include a wide range of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items, some event created by our own parishioners. Admission is FREE, and all are invited to stop, shop and check out all the wonderful offerings. Bring your friends, neighbors, and family!  To volunteer, contact Bazaar Chair Steve Runner.

DOK meeting April 23

April 23, Prayer and service are the cornerstones of the Daughters of the King (DOK) Order. Women interested in joining DOK may contact Cathey Harrison or talk with any woman wearing the DOK silver cross. All members are happy to answer any questions.  St. Andrew’s DOK meets every 4th Sunday, (this month April ‪23), at 3:30 pm at St. Andrew's House.  

Volunteer at Food Pantry April 22

The Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry, 3523 Beauchamp, is open for clients from 5-7 pm on Thursdays and 10 am – noon on Saturdays. St. Andrew’s provides a team of volunteers on the fourth Saturday of each month—helping register clients, stocking shelves, preparing bags and baskets, and assisting with other duties as needed. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join in this fellowship and service to our neighbors in need.

Support SAES Run for the Roses April 29

13th Annual Gala for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School - Saturday, April 29 at Down House, 1801 Yale

Think big hats and bowties for the 2017 SAES Gala, Run for the Roses. This Kentucky Derby themed event is the school’s only major fundraiser, and proceeds directly support the school’s operating budget, creating an ever more enriching Montessori environment for the children. The event will be fun for all and feature a number of great, must-have auction items. Attendees enjoy dinner, drinks, along with the live and silent auctions. Even if you cannot attend in person, you can participate by bidding online from the comfort of your own home. Check the flyer in this issue for more details about how to get your tickets and get ready for a great evening at the races!

For more details, visit www.biddingforgood.com/saesintheheights and for more information, contact the Gala committee

Save the Date!

Episcopal Night at the Astros

7 pm Friday, May 19

For ticket information, contact PJ Arendt-Ford.




March 2017

Ash Wednesday, March 1

Ash Wednesday is a day in which millions around the world pause from the busyness of their daily lives to honor the cosmic mystery that we are “dust, and to dust we shall return.” It is a solemn, reverent, holy moment that marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent.

We offer "Ashes To Go" from 7 am-10 am in our church parking lot.  For those that prefer the traditional Ash Wednesday observance, St. Andrew’s will offer services at noon and 7 pm in the church. Childcare is available for the 7 pm service. 

Touch-A-Truck, March 4

Trinity Episcopal Church, Christ Church Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church invite you to bring the family for Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, March 4 from 10 am – noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman St. Come and get up close to fire trucks, police cars, a Metro bus, garbage truck, art car, motorcycles, a food truck and lots more! This is a family friendly, no fuss, no food, no fee event that gives people a chance to meet first responders in a safe, positive environment. The flashing lights and sirens will be put on hold from 10 to 11 am for those with sensory issues. The event will continue until noon, rain or shine. Everyone is welcome, and parking is free on Fannin St. across from the Trinity parking lot.

Wednesday Evening Lenten Series

Living a Life of Wholeness and Gratitude

On the five Wednesday evenings of Lent come and learn about techniques for living a more peaceful and productive life. St. Andrew's weekly Lenten Learning Series, this year designed by the Hines Center for Spirituality, is for children, youth and adults will be facilitated in part by by Brooke Summers-Perry and Holly Hudley from The Hines Center. 

Each session will address a spiritual problem and provide a way to pray through it.  

6:00pm - Optional Eucharist (Nave)

6:30pm - Dinner (Parish Hall)

7:00pm - Youth & Adult Program (Parish Hall) & Children's Program (2nd floor classrooms)

March 8 - Why Don't I Feel Satisfied? Unmet needs as spiritual guides to wholeness

March 15 - Getting Beyond our Gripes: Finding goodness beneath the rocks of our resentment and our pain

March 22 - I Did It Again! Breaking the cycle of our repeated mistakes & suffering

March 29 - Me, a Monk? Living the Good News in ways that foster gratitude

April 5 - More than Myself: Praying in ways that affect our friends and our community

Lenten Program for Children

Lent is a time to look in the mirror – a time to think about how we can be our better self. Each evening children will follow a simplified examen with activities, crafts, discussion and games.

(March 8) What do we need?

What do we all need and what do I need? How to help others and be a better me!

 (March 15) What hurts?

We are free to say what hurts us - and what we can do about it

 (March 22) I’m sorry

What to do about mistakes.

 (March 29) Gratitude

      Replaying the best part of the day

 (April 5) Ready for Easter?

How to talk to God 

Get Certified: Safeguarding God’s Children, March 11

On March 11 St. Andrew’s will offer Safeguarding God’s Children training from 9 am until noon. The training is required by the Diocese of Texas for all parish employees, lay leaders and volunteers who work with children. Safeguarding is a three-hour training in sexual abuse awareness and prevention created by the Episcopal Church.

Our newly elected vestry members will be attending this training, but it is open to everyone. To attend and be certified you must complete a pre-registration. Please contact Trish Mehrkam at 713-861-5596 for more information.

Support to Food Pantry, March 25

Volunteers from St. Andrew’s continue to gather at the Food Pantry on the fourth Saturday of the month. Work begins at 10 am, and volunteers assist pantry clients, stock shelves and contribute as needed until noon. All are invited to lend a hand, and no training or prior sign-up is required. The Pantry is located at 3523 Beauchamp, near Travis Elementary.



A Few February Highlighted Events

February 3-5, Parish Retreat, Camp Allen - sign-up on Home Page!

February 3, Taize service, 6:30 PM

February 4,pick-up pork shoulder orders from men of st. andrew's, 4pm parking lot

February 5, Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney and long-time parishioner of St. Andrew's, will speak in the Faith Matters adult education forum about her vocational journey and the spirituality of politics.  All are encouraged to attend!

February 9, 50+ luncheon at Brady's Landing

February 12, 2nd Sunday Breakfast at 9:30 am and Newcomer Meet-n-Greet at 11:30 am in the St. Andrew's House (in lieu of Coffee Time).  All are invited!

February 18, Parish-wide Visioning meeting in the Parish Hall, 8:30 am Morning Prayer and 9-noon visioning meeting.  child care until 12:30 pm. RSVP to trish mehrkam 713-861-5596.

February 25, Heights Interfaith Ministries Work Day, 10 am-noon and Community of Hope informational meeting, 10 am-noon in the St. Andrew's House, speaker Beverley Davis, regional director for COH

February 28, celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancake supper in the Parish Hall, 6:30 PM




Annual Parish Meeting & Breakfast January 8

All are invited to our Annual Parish Meeting where we review the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to future goals. We will gather in the Parish Hall following the 8:30 am service for a brief meeting to update the parish on ministry activities and review our financial standing. In addition, we honor outgoing Vestry members and officially welcome our new Vestry members elected in November.

After the meeting, we will share breakfast provided by the Second Sunday Breakfast Crew.   All are invited to share in a delicious meal and enjoy some fabulous fellowship. The meal is free, but donations are welcome and very much appreciated by our hard-working cooks.

Epiphany Service January 6, 7PM

The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings (or Magi) at Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem and begins the season of the church year that recounts the ways in which God revealed himself through Jesus (Epiphany is from the Greek meaning “to reveal”). God, however, has also revealed and continues to reveal himself through countless men and woman throughout history and the present day.

On Friday, January 6 at 7 pm, St. Andrew’s will mark The Epiphany with a Feast of Lights service, which will recount the lives of several saints through whom God has cast his light in the world.

Childcare will be available.

Holiday Open House December 10

St. Andrew's Holiday Open House

Saturday December 10, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST
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Home of The Rev. Jimmy & Marla Grace
1643 Arlington St.
Houston, TX 77008
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You and your family are invited to stop by the Heights home of Rev. Jimmy and Marla Grace for a Holiday Open House.

Enjoy wonderful Mexican food, margaritas and other delicious holiday treats while we celebrate the joy of the season together.

Bring the kids--they'll enjoy a bounce house

and other activities just for them!

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Make Advent Wreaths November 27

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the first Sunday of Advent during the 9:30 am Education Hour in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 27. We’ll provide the wreaths, greenery, candles and prayer booklets, and you bring your garden clippers or shears. A coffee cake to share or small donation is also welcome!

Advent Lessons & Carols December 4

On Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm, St. Andrew’s will host a service of Advent Lessons & Carols. Framed in a liturgy that 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.” Following the readings will be musical selections of either Advent carols sung by all or anthems sung by the St. Andrew’s choir that build on the themes of the readings. The use of candlelight, incense, and movement will punctuate this service. This service is adapted for Advent from the Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols service instituted at Truro Cathedral in Great Britain in 1880 and popularized by King’s College, Cambridge, which has sung the service annually since 1918.

50+ travels to NASA November 30

Addie's 50+ Group will visit NASA on Wednesday, November 30 to see the new Independence Plaza with the recent shuttle installation. Our bus will leave St Andrew’s parking lot at 8:30 am. The cost per person is $12, and extras included in the ticket price are a tram tour of several exercise buildings, presentations and three movies about the space program.  Various lunch options are available for $9-$11 per person. All funds for this exciting trip must be deposited with Addie Smith by November 22 for advance ticket purchase. Call Addie for reservations and payment arrangements at 713-304-6449 or 832-986-5378.