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.