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.