Around St. Andrews in October

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church continues to offer three Sunday services. At 8:00 a.m. we have a spoken word Eucharist service on the lawn (weather permitting) or in the chapel. A 10:00 a.m. service with choir and children’s chapel for children ages four through eight. This service is also always live-streamed on Facebook and available later that Sunday on YouTube. Finally, at 5:00 p.m. we have a forty-five minute service with a short mediation, a time for reflection and the Eucharist. The second Sunday the 5:00 p.m. service is one of Evensong. On November 14 this service will feature the voice talents of Sariah Seare. In addition to those services we also have a service of Eucharist on Wednesdays at noon. We do ask that anyone who is coming inside our building for any reason to please wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

Looking ahead this fall and early winter we have a busy schedule. You may want to save the date for some of these exciting events. Sunday October 31, children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to Church for the 10:00 a.m service and stay for a special children’s homily. Later that evening the Church will be open for an Organ Spooktacular from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children are invited to trick or treat inside the Church while enjoying some scary organ music. We will celebrate the Feast of All Saints on Sunday, November 7 with a Choral Eucharist. The Syrian Highlanders Bagpipers will join us to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day on Sunday, November 21 at 9 a.m. between the services and at 11 a.m. They will return to welcome Saint Nicholas on Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. At that time we will be collecting packages of new white crew socks for children and teens that will be sent to our ministry partner in Uganda. And we will have our annual Christmas Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. That will be followed by a high tea reception.

Also look for announcements on upcoming Outreach events as we close in on the holiday season. Those announcements are always shared on the HPCC listserv and our website. We hope to partner with Hello, Neighbor again this holiday season. These events are successful thanks to the generous support of our neighbors in Highland Park.

Check out our Facebook page, our website, http://www.standrewspgh.org or our outgoing phone message for the very latest information on what is going on at St. Andrew’s. As always it is our goal to be the best neighbor possible. To that end please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are in need. May the light of the Lord shine upon you. God Bless.

Thank you, from St. Andrews

By Becky Marinov

A word of thanks to everyone who donated supplies and money for our annual backpack drive for The Neighborhood Academy. The backpacks were filled and delivered to the school in mid-August. Seventy-five students in grades sixth through twelfth benefitted from the generosity of our Parish and this wonderful Highland Park Community.

Volunteers help out with the backpack drive

With the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures, services are changing at St. Andrew’s. We invite you, your friends and family to join us anytime either in person or online. Starting Sunday September 12 we will be offering an 8:00 a.m. service in our Chapel or on the lawn weather permitting. This will be a spoken Eucharist service. This service will not be streamed or available on YouTube.

However, our 10:00 a.m. service with our choir will be available live on Facebook or later that same day on YouTube. In an effort to continue to maintain social distancing we are limiting this service to 50 people. At this service we will be offering Children’s Chapel for children ages 4-9. We will also be offering a service at 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The second Sunday of every month the 5:00 p.m. service will be an Evensong. All other Sundays this will be a forty-five minute contemplative Eucharist featuring a short mediation and time for reflection. At this time we will no longer be doing a first Thursday Evensong service. Finally starting on September 15 at noon we will be offering a service of Holy Eucharist.

Please keep in my mind at this time that only the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service will be available on Facebook or YouTube. Also we are following the CDC guidelines and asking anyone who comes to our services to please wear a mask while inside our buildings even if you are fully vaccinated. Thank you in advance for cooperating so that we can keep our community safe. All are welcome here.

Our outreach activities will continue in the fall with The Crop Walk on Sunday October 10. We are still working on the details of this great event, which benefits hungry people in our community and the world. Check back at our website for more information as more details are finalized. Jazz on the Lawn featuring the Diamante Orchestra is back on Saturday October 16 from 4 to 7. There will be food and crafts. Look for more details soon. Also as you look ahead to October there will be an Organ Spooktacular on Sunday October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 with scary music and trick-or-treating in the Church.

We strive to be a good neighbor. Please don’t hesitate to check out our website, http://www.standrewspgh.org, our Facebook page or our outgoing phone message for more information about our Parish. These are also the best resources for the
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God Bless you and keep you.