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Seeking a Part-Time AV/IT Technician
St. Andrew’s is seeking a part-time AV/IT Technician to support the ministry and mission of the church by overseeing and coordinating all aspects of audio-visual production and information technology. If you know someone qualified for this position who might be interested, please tell them about it! Click here for the job description and application information.

St. Andrew's to re-gather for worship beginning Nov. 29 - but you can continue to join us online!
After much prayer and discussion, the vestry has come to consensus about a date to regather in person: Sunday, November 29, the first Sunday of Advent. That is the start of the Church New Year, a very appropriate time for us to start up live worship again. Click here important information about re-gatheringClick here for more info and a word about virtual Christmas services. Worship Online with us: You can continue to worship with us onine now and after Nov. 29. Link to join the service is emailed weekly. Join our email list here. You can also worship with us on our Facebook page. In addition to recordings of our weekly worship, daily prayer videos are also posted on Facebook.

Reserving your seat for in-person Sunday worship on November 29
Because our regathering protocols limit the number of people who can be present in the church, attendees will need to click here to make a reservation for yourself and other family members who will attend with you. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and opens on Sunday, November 22 at noon and closes on Wednesday, November 25 at noon.  If you make a reservation and need to cancel, please contact Bill Wilds, 595-0371. If you are not able to get a reservation because all spaces are taken, call Bill to be placed on the waiting list. If something opens up, he will contact you. Because space is limited, we are asking that if you attend one Sunday, please wait at least a week before registering again. All of our services will continue to be streamed online each week and also available to watch later on Facebook.

Upcoming outreach events that need YOU!
There are several upcoming outreach efforts that need your participation - Blessing and Hygiene Bags, MAGIS (Mittens And Gloves Including Scarves), and PORT. Click here for information on all upcoming projects.

Take our Communication Survey!
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged congregations everywhere to find new ways of being the Church. While they’re far from perfect, it’s wonderful to have today’s digital tools to help us connect and communicate during this time. We’d like to hear from you about the digital tools we’ve been using. Which ones have helped you to feel connected to St. Andrew’s? How can we improve the way we’re using them? What tools are we not using that we should be? Please take a few minutes to share your experience with us. Click here to take the survey.

Parish Christmas video:  Please participate!
St. Andrew’s own Carter Ficklen III, son of Carol and Carter Ficklen, has made the generous offer to create a special Christmas video for our parish family. The video will be an opportunity for all of us to offer Christmas greetings to one another. We will be able to see each other’s beloved faces, hear cherished voices, and send our blessings and love. The video will be included at the end of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, and we will also post it on our Facebook page. To participate, please email a picture or video (no longer than 15 seconds, please) of yourself or your family to Carter at carterficklen@gmail.com with “St. Andrew’s video” in the subject line by Sunday, December 20. Dressing in your Christmas finery is encouraged! If you encounter technical difficulties, please email Carter directly. All of us look forward to seeing you!!

Support THRIVE Peninsula on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1)
Support THRIVE Peninsula on Giving Tuesday and your gift will be matched! THRIVE Peninsula is committed to serving Peninsula families during this critical time. The organization has increased its services by more than 40% to respond to the needs of those whose income and stability has suffered due to COVID-19. Distributing fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable foods through the pantry, offering supportive financial coaching, and providing emergency rent and utility assistance helps families stay financially afloat during crisis. Learn more about how their COVID-19 response here: www.thrivepeninsula.org/coronavirus. HOW TO DOUBLE YOUR GIFT: Visit www.thrivepeninsula.org/donate on December 1 or give by check to "THRIVE Peninsula" memo: Giving Tuesday. *gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $8000* Questions? Call Angela: 877-6211 ext. 3.

Scrip Gift Cards for the holidays
A number of folks have asked if we would offer the Scrip gift cards for the holidays.  The answer is “Yes.”  There will be one order date – Monday, December 7.  Please turn your order into Bill Wilds by Friday, December 4 accompanied with your check made payable to St. Andrew’s Divine Dollars and “Gift Cards” in the memo section.  For a detailed list of available vendors, go to ShopWithScrip and then click on “Retailer List.”  If you have any other questions, please contact Bill (saec.0371@verizon.net or 595-0371).

Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, December 13 at 2 PM (Both live and Zoom options available for attending)
Annual meetings are a crucial part of our parish life, the time when we come together to reflect on the past year, look ahead to the future, and elect leadership.  Because of the pandemic, our annual meeting this year will look and feel different from usual, but it will still fulfill its purpose of enabling us to do the organizational work we need to do.  Please mark your calendars now for 2 PM on Sunday, December 13 and plan to participate in the annual meeting, either by coming to the parish hall (where our strict social distancing protocols will be in place) or by logging in on Zoom. More specific information about both options will be available soon, including how to vote via Zoom.  Please note:  according to Episcopal Church and diocesan canons, no proxy or mail-in voting is allowed.  To vote in the annual meeting, you must either be physically present in the parish hall or electronically present through the use of Zoom.

A Note from the Altar/Flower Guilds about Advent and Christmas
You may have read in a newsletter early in November that a decision was made not to attempt to have the usual in person Christmas services at the church. But way before that the clergy, staff and altar/flower guilds were already thinking about Advent and Christmas.  Orders had to be placed for all those wreaths and poinsettias used during that time. After considering both our tradition, the church calendar and the virus, it was decided we’d go ahead and place the order. Advent will begin with purple hangings and the Advent ring. Seasonal greens will be in place.  For Christmas, the church will be decorated as you are used to seeing with lovely red poinsettias and greenery. You will be notified, at a later date, of a system by which you can collect/receive a poinsettia if you choose. The altar and flower guild teams are eager to participate and be involved. Poinsettia order information and order forms will be available in December.  As is our custom, no dollar amount is specified or required for ordering memorial poinsettias.
 

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St. Andrew’s Net email newsletter
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St. Andrew’s Net print newsletter
For those who prefer to have a print newsletter, the St. Andrew’s Net is available in print version, mailed weekly. If you would like to receive the print version of the newsletter, contact the parish office, 595-0371 or saec0371@gmail.com.
 

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