All are welcome at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

Fr. Ron will again be leading our service this Sunday while I recover from foot surgery. I look forward to returning on the 25th.

As was the case when we were able to meet in the summer and fall, we need to observe several practices to keep everybody safe:

  • Please remain at least 6 feet away from anyone you don't live with. We will not exchange handshakes or embraces at the Peace.
  • Everyone must wear a close-fitting mask. If you don't have one help yourself to a disposable mask from the basket by the front door.
  • The yellow worship guides indicate where you should sit.
  • Only the Cantor will sing; you may hum behind your mask, but please do not sing.
  • Only the bread will be distributed at Communion. Please come forward, masked, and receive the bread with your hands outstretched; then, you may consume it when you return to your seat.
  • Windows will be opened for the duration of the service, so you may want to dress accordingly.
  • Restroom doors will stay propped open, and restrooms should only be used by one person at a time.
  • Ushers will be taking attendance for contact tracing purposes. These attendance sheets are destroyed after 2 weeks.
  • At the conclusion of the service please exit the building immediately.

The 10:00 service streamed via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website. We stream the 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89538636563?pwd=aDZ6SXUxZTMvMklKSi81UkVlaGpIZz09, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 8953-863-6563, password 201189.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address needs in our community. Our March Healing Sunday offering of $365 will be given to Arundel House of Hope. St. Andrew's has contributed a gift basked for their Bid for Hope fundraiser, which will be held April 14-17. Our April Healing Sunday offering will go toward helping Bill Forkgen's family recover from their recent house fire.

The Rector's Discretionary Fund enables me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community, and to support the needs of worthy ministries, as I am made aware of these needs. I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your family's income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

--Fr. Jason

"Do not let your troubles distress you too much. For the less we grieve over things, the less grievous they are. It is nothing strange that the heretics have thawed, and are taking courage from the springtime, and creeping out of their holds, as you write. They will hiss for a short time, I know, and then will hide themselves again, overcome both by the truth and the times, and all the more so the more we commit the whole matter to God."

--St. Gregory of Nazianzus, to St. Gregory of Nyssa, ca. 377


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Holy Eucharist, Rite I                                 8:00 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II                               10:00 AM
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