St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
ANNUAL PARISH REPORTS
State of the Parish Report
The church is the body of Christ, the community of believers. We at St.
Andrew’s are profoundly blessed to be a community which is mutually supportive and
constituted by varied loving, faithful ministries in God’s service. You will get a sense,
from the submissions in the Annual Report, of the breadth and depth of parishioners’
ministries at St. Andrew’s, and I give great thanks for every member of our congregation.
As an ordained spiritual leader, I not only lead worship services, but I also seek to
find ways to support and foster the ministry of the laity. To that end, vestry meetings
have changed significantly during the past year: we continue to begin in communal
prayer, with a Eucharist in the chapel. We then spend 30 minutes or so doing a mutual
study on parish leadership, in an effort to continue to grow in our understanding both of
how we lead here at St. Andrew’s, and of how the leadership of a spiritual community
differs from, and is similar to, secular leadership. The bulk of the rest of our time is spent
on consideration of one or two specific issues facing the parish at the time. Committee
reports, financial reports, prior minutes, and all else that can be read ahead of time, are
sent to members in advance of the meeting. Members are asked to seek clarification
about any of these reports and to make necessary changes to them before the meeting.
This approach to our meetings together, we feel, helps us to spend time on our
development as leaders and in discussion of substantive issues, in an effort to be as open
as possible to God’s leading of us.
You will read elsewhere in these reports descriptions of our Centennial
Campaign, led by Jody Greenwood and with help from Rev. Nick Dyke, our diocesan
consultant. Despite the ravages of Hurricane Ike, and the serious economic woes of this
past fall, the campaign was quite successful, thanks to the faithful and committed
participation of so many of you, members of this parish community.
Ministering together with all of you continues to be both a privilege and a joy; we
have a vital, involved and faithful congregation. I am deeply grateful for the many ways
you, in St. Augustine’s words, “preach the Gospel at all times – and, when necessary, use
words.” Your actions – in worship, service, outreach, education, prayer, hospitality,
conservation and care of property and other material resources, and communication, both
internally and with others – speak loudly of God’s love for all people.
It is a joy for me to minister among you, and I pray that St. Andrew’s is a source
of deep joy for each of you. May God continue to bless us during 2009.
Senior Warden Report
The role of Senior Warden of St. Andrew’s for the year 2008 was more familiar to me
since it was my second year to serve in this position. However, with each new year come
new challenges and more opportunities for the Vestry to learn to work together to meet
The budget continued to be tight, partially due to the fact that we re-evaluated our
fundraisers. It was decided not to participate in “White Linen Night in the Heights” as a
parish fundraiser. Then came September and Hurricane Ike. This devastating storm
spared St. Andrew’s for the most part but many of the parishioners suffered greatly. The
largest impact of Hurricane Ike on St. Andrew’s was the rescheduling of the Celtic
Festival. This was discussed and felt necessary, due to the heavy workload of many key
people involved in the Festival, vendors and the community. The Celtic Festival was
rescheduled for February 15, 2009. The result of no major fundraisers in 2008 has helped
to create a budget shortfall for 2009.
One of the biggest projects for 2008 was the Centennial Campaign. In an effort to get St.
Andrew’s in ship shape condition for our 100 year celebration in 2011, the vestry decided
to work with a consultant and launch a three year capital campaign. Jody Greenwood was
selected to be in charge of this project. The campaign was initiated in October 2008.
The services and ministries at St. Andrew’s contain to grow and thrive. There is a Taize
service on the first Friday evening of each month. During Lent we had programs on
Wednesday nights with original plays that were written by a parishioner and the actors
were parishioners. In addition, the sack lunch program for the needy is being funded
primarily by the congregation. This is as wonderful opportunity for everyone to
participate in this ministry.
St. Andrew’s School is functioning well. The preliminary accreditation survey has been
completed and results are pending.
I always enjoy watching the children at play when I am working around the church—Oh
to have that much energy.
So it is a bittersweet moment for me as my vestry service comes to an end. I want to
thank each and every one of you for your support, your time and willingness to help with
projects and your service to St. Andrew’s. With God’s help, I will continue to serve Him
to the best of my ability.
Senior Warden, 2008
Jr. Warden Report
The Jr. Warden is responsible for the physical fabric of our campus buildings and
grounds of our church, plus their maintenance, cleaning, safety, key assignment,
improvement, as well as monthly work days. The responsibilities also include the
renewal of the Facility Use Agreement with St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. An
Assistant Jr. Warden is selected to help with the many areas of responsibilities of this job.
Over the course of the year the following major improvements/replacements were made:
1. Elevator Inspection/Phone – Elevator were inspected in February and passed
inspection with one exception – the emergency phone line didn’t reach a live
voice, or the line dropped. AT&T dropped a new dedicated line and
subsequently passed inspection. In reviewing our phone service and adding
the line, we are saving $30+/month.
2. Air Conditioning Unit on the South end of the Parish Hall was repaired.
Other thermostats were replaced and reprogrammed for ease of use.
3. Air Conditioning Unit on the North end of the Parish Hall required a rebuilt
4. Greenwood King has terminated their parking lot rental agreement, effective
5. 2005/2006/2007 Property Taxes on the Helfrich House (19th St) were
received, protested and lowered with the assistance of Tony Brown, Paul
Hardwick and Teri Jo Nicholson. 2008 was received during December, and
will be protested in a hearing on Jan. 5, 2009.
6. The entire campus was re-keyed, and a Lock and Key Policy and Procedure
was approved by the Vestry.
7. Windows were installed in school classroom doors, per requirements of
Safeguarding God’s Children.
8. School windows on north and west sides of 1819 building were re-caulked.
9. Garbage disposer in Parish Hall was replaced.
10. Window shades were installed in the Choir Room, helping to keep that room
cooler in the summer.
11. Facility Use Agreement for 1819 and 1811 was revised and approved by the
12. SAES Facility & Use Agreement was renewed.
I would like to personally thank Mike McCurley for serving as Assistant Jr. Warden, and
all who helped take care of our property inside and out.
Chris Barker, Jr. Warden
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Christian Education Report
The Basics of the Faith class was held the weekend of September 5-7.
Due to the hurricane, Rally Day was held September 21 and classes resumed for all levels
on September 28.
Teachers and/or Coordinators:
The Nursery and Godly Play—Janet Matthews
Episcopal 101 –Christopher Carl and Richard Boening
(We need a helping teacher for this class.)
Liturgy for Children—Pam Kletke
EYC—Cher and Stephen Duffin
Adult Education—Mary Pauline McElroy
February 13-March 12--Lenten Supper Programs followed by one-act plays written by
Mary Pauline McElroy
Monthly Newsletter – We continued production of the church’s monthly newsletter, The
Voice. We did miss one issue—September 2008—thanks to Hurricane Ike. Thanks to all
those “holy folders” who step in each month to help us get the newsletter out on time.
Weekly Parish Emails - We work with the church administrator to coordinate a weekly
parish email with pertinent announcements.
Parish Event Publicity – Press releases are sent to local newspapers regarding
newsworthy parish events. During 2008, we received coverage in the Houston Chronicle
Religion and This Week sections as well as the The Leader. We have received coverage
for the Lenten Supper series, special holiday services, parish-wide garage sale, Blessing
of the Animals, and other special events.
Ad Coordination – We supervised production and placement of ads to promote special
events throughout the year in various community publications.
Website Update – We have made some content and design changes to the website so that
information is easier to locate and the site as a whole more user-friendly.
Thanks to Teri Jo Nicholson for providing design services for the newsletter and other
church publications throughout the year. In addition to regular church communications,
she supported the stewardship and centennial campaigns with outstanding
communication design services. And, thanks also to Trish Mehrkam, parish
administrator, for assisting with production, mailing and distribution throughout the year.
This past year has been one marked by increasing levels of anxiety and stress for us all.
From the troubles on Wall Street and the housing market, to the unwelcomed visit from a
guy named Ike, a heated and protracted presidential campaign, to the challenges we all
must face individually, striking us randomly and at times unequally. In spite of all this, or
maybe in part due to it, the generosity in giving of our treasure and time to those in need
has not abated.
On a monthly basis, we have supported various charitable organizations through our
offerings of clothing and other goods. Primarily, donations have gone to Lord of the
Streets (LOTS), but also Bridgid’s Hope. Our donations for clothing were down only
about 10% from 2007. We have given approximately 475 articles of clothing for men, 58
articles for women; Hygiene: 10 bags; Bottled Water: 14 cases.
On Sunday August 17th we compressed two activities into one day. Several parishioners
attended the early morning service at Trinity church with the clients of LOTS and
following the worship service, all Nine volunteers served breakfast in the Parish Hall to
those in need. Later on after the 10:30 service in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, many hands
helped to make 300 sandwiches in record time which were then delivered back to Trinity
for distribution throughout the week at Lord of the Streets.
In the fall of 2007 we kicked off a new program: “St Andrew’s Service Days at The
Beacon”. This activity has really blossomed in 2008. We have served 5 times the past
year for 3 to 4 hours on Saturday, roughly once a quarter. All who have served found the
experience rewarding and many have gone on to help beyond the scheduled visits
arranged through St. Andrew’s Outreach.
Finally, once again this past December we prepared 50 Christmas Gift Boxes for The
International Seafarers' Center of Houston. These gifts were distributed by the Center’s
chaplains to personnel on 484 ships calling at the Port of Houston between Thanksgiving
The monthly making of 200 sack lunches with contributions from the Parish and
assembled by EYC carried faithfully on throughout the year. These lunches were
distributed weekly from St. Andrew’s House to the marginalized of our local Heights
I’m thankful for all the gifts and service given towards Outreach by the people St.
Andrew’s in 2008 and feel certain that this spirit of generosity and care will only
strengthen in the coming year.
Outreach Committee Chair
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Parish Events & Fundraising Report
This particular Ministry is very important to the Church, year in and year out. We try to
have at least one fund-raising event to help off-set any budget deficits that may occur
during that year. There are a number of events for which this Ministry is responsible, but
we also act as liaison for other activities or events that have Chairpersons in charge.
Being a part of this Ministry is a time for fun and fellowship since we usually surround
every event with food and drink.
The following is a list of events that really brought focus to what this Ministry is all about
and my personal journey of inclusion.
1. January 6, 2008: Epiphany Party and de-greening of the Church – Only a single
9:30 a.m. service, followed by a brunch provided by the Second Sunday Breakfast
Bunch. The party program included a special rendition of The 12 Days of
Christmas, lead by Biz Loeschman, Church School Director, and the Church
2. February 5, 2008: Shrove Tuesday - A joint event with the Men of St. Andrew’s
to prepare pancakes and spaghetti dinner.
3. February 13, 2008 - March 12, 2008: Lenten Supper Programs in the Parish Hall,
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
4. March 19, 2008: Agape Meal.
5. March 23, 2008: Easter Brunch was presented by the Vestry
6. April 24, 2008 Parish Wide Garage Sale. The Church made about $1900.
7. June 21, July 19, and August 26, 2008: Game Nights in Parish Hall, 6:30 p.m. -
8:00 p.m. These included a movie night, an ice cream social, and talent show.
8. October 5, 2008: Celtic Festival was rescheduled for Feb.15, 2009 due to
9. October 18 &19, 2008: Parish Retreat at Camp Allen. This event has been
renamed Week-end in the Woods. Camp Allen can accommodate all shapes,
sizes, and disabilities. Talk about “FUN & FELLOWSHIP”. Please plan ahead for
next year. The dates are October 17 & 18, 2009.
10. November 30, 2008: St. Andrew’s Day; Confirmation; and newly elected Bishop
“Andy” Doyle blessed us with his presence by leading our 10:30 service and
joining the festivities.
11. December 21, 2008: All parishioners were invited to stay after the 10:30 service
for the “greening of St. Andrew’s”, which was followed by a luncheon of soup
and chili in Parish Hall. This event was hosted by the Altar Guild.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Parish for your participation in
many of these events. When I needed food, you cooked. When I needed help, you were
there. Thank you! A very special thank you to Georgia Kirk, who joined the Vestry later
in the year. She and I became Co-Chairs of Events. And, to all the Vestry members that
stepped up and kept me on track when needed, another big Thank You. Georgia and I
would like to invite anyone interested in being involved with planning events, ideas for
fundraising, likes to cook, bake or just buy food to join us in the coming year.
The following is the accounting as a result of the 2009 Stewardship Campaign.
As of the end of November we had received a total of 81 pledge units (individuals
or families) for a total of $184,720.52, or an average of $2,280.50 per pledge. These
numbers are down from the 2008 year, where we had a total of 101 pledge units and a
total pledges in the amount of $200,802.21. However, the good news is that the average
pledge for 2009 is almost $300 higher than the average pledge unit in 2008, which was
In addition, there are 27 families/individuals that pledged in 2008 (totaling
$32,534) that have not yet pledged for the 2009 year. We received 7 new pledges for
2009 from individuals/families that had not pledged in 2008, totally $12,060.00. Of the
families that pledged in both 2008 and 2009, 35% of these pledges were higher than their
prior year, 16% were lower than their prior year pledge and 49% were the same.
We look forward to receiving additional pledges from individuals/families as we
approach the end of 2008 and embark upon the New Year in 2009. We encourage those
that have not pledged to prayerfully consider making a commitment to St. Andrew’s.
I would also like to thank all of the individuals of St. Andrew’s who helped with
the Stewardship Campaign this year and in particular, Jody Greenwood.
Jack C. Ogg
SAES Board President Report
2009 Board of Trustees––The Reverend Barbara Lewis, Elizabeth McCormick, Max
Zimmerman, Bart Altamari, Susan Kelly, Dorothy Yannuzzi, Jon Vaughan, Geoff Poll,
Jared Grimley, Janna Charlton
2009 School Administration––Janet M. Matthews, Alicia Perez-Guevara
2009 School Faculty and Staff––Michelle Balch, Bonnie Pena, Amber Reid, Gredel
Blanco, Lysely Fermin, Denise Taylor-Joshua, Michael Zimmerman, Marie Webb
The school gala, “Heavenly Nights, Earthly Delights,” brought in more than $21,000.
The 2009 gala will be held Saturday, May 2.
The STAR (Student Tuition Assistance Review) Committee issued $4,000 in tuition
assistance to two families.
A Committee of Trustees was formed. It is charged with deciding the content of board
member books and updates and also with recruiting new board members.
Pending the completion of financial reviews by an auditor, the school is tentatively
positioned to receive accreditation from the Southwestern Association of Episcopal
The Board conducted a self-evaluation at the April 19, 2008, annual retreat. In addition,
the Board reviewed recommendations and suggestions made as a result of a site visit by
the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools Accreditation Team.
Financial information is attached in a separate document.
SAES Treasurer and State of the School Report
The mission of SAES is to enrich children’s lives through respectful exploration of
spiritual, cognitive, physical and creative learning while nurturing the environment, the
community, the family, and the child.
SAES enrollment - full
The Vestry/Board, Faculty/Staff End of Year Party will be held on Wednesday,
December 17th @ 7 PM at St. Andrew’s House. Everyone is being asked to bring an
appetizer or dessert and their favorite wine, beer or other festive beverage to share.
a The next Gala Committee meeting will be held on Monday, January 12 @ 9 AM in the
P The toddler playground project (rubber surface laid over concrete areas) is scheduled
to take place over Winter Break (December 22 – January 2).
t SAES, the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools was contacted in regards to
submitting the 05/06 financial review to their accreditation standards committee. The
committee would like the 05/06 and 06/07 review submitted together so we are awaiting
the completion of the 06/07 review.
t Upon request, the September financials are available for viewing.
The names and bios of the newly approved board candidates have been submitted to
the Vestry secretary by the board of directors.
Dates of Interest:
December 17 – SAEC/SAES End of Year Party Vestry, Board, Faculty and Staff
December 19 – SAES Winter Tea, Noon Dismissal
December 22 through January 2 – W inter Break and Toddler Playground Project
December 24 – Christmas Eve services, 5:30 PM Pageant & Family Service, 10:30 PM
HE & Choral Service
December 25 – Christmas Day service, 9 AM
January 2 – Teacher In-service
January 5 – Classes Resume
January 6 – Epiphany Service 6:30 followed by de-greening of the Parish and a party
in the Parish Hall
January 7 – Board Finance Committee Meeting, 7 PM at the Oak table
January 11 – Annual Parish Meeting after the 10:30 service in the Parish Hall, Lunch
January 19 – Holiday, No School, Martin Luther King Day
January 20 – SAES Board Meeting, 7 PM at the Oak table
Janet M. Matthews
Head of School
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Alms Counters Report
Alms counters perform the following vital functions every Sunday following the 10:30
• Accurate accounting of the plate offerings
• Prepare the bank deposit
• Record documentation to enable the Treasurer to credit parishioners pledge accounts and
pay ongoing financial obligations
The following persons donated their time in 2008 to perform the alms counting duties:
Georgia Kirk, Teri Jo Nicholson, Deidre Grawl, Pat Caver, Dale Lee, Lynn Ringh, Kathy
Rennie, Mary Rennie, David Rennie, Chris Barker, Laurie Hardwick, Bart Altamari, PJ
Arendt-Ford, Cheryl Arendt-Ford
Thanks to all of you for your service in 2008. If you would like to serve in this capacity
or learn more about it, please contact me.
Altar Flower Report
The flower fund is established to provide the church with weekly flowers for the altar and
other places in church for special occasions. The funds for the flowers on the altar and
elsewhere are donated by parishioners, usually to honor someone or for a special
occasion. The donations are acknowledged in the weekly liturgy sheets. Among the
most frequent dedications for donations are:
To glorify God; For Christmas and Easter holiday services; Memorials for loved ones; In
celebration of birthdays, weddings, baptisms, and confirmations; To honor family
members or other parishioners for special achievements; To honor a church ministry; In
thanksgiving for any event in your life, especially when prayers have been answered.
The flower calendar is in the parish hall for sign up of a particular week along with a
form to fill out with the details of your dedication. The cost per week is $80 which
includes two vases. The arrangements are then placed in Chapel and St. Andrew’s house.
Thank you for your support in the adornment of the church altar.
Altar Flower income $2,500 expense $4,000; reminder letters were sent the week of
Thanksgiving and checks are being received.
Easter Flowers income $1,080 expense $600.00
Christmas Flowers income approx $900 expense $650.00
Altar Guild Annual Report
The dedicated members of St. Mary’s Altar Guild have had a busy year. The Altar Guild
does the “behind the scenes “work prior to and following each Holy Eucharist service at
St. Andrew’s. We also assist with decorating the church at special times such as
Christmas, Easter, weddings and other special occasions. This year the Altar has new
brass office candles, a gift of the Quilting Guild. They are so pretty and straight.
The Altar Guild is divided into four teams with each team being responsible for the
preparation and care of the Altar, Altar linens and vessels for one week each month
The Altar Guild is open to women and men who are interested in participating in an
active prayerful ministry. For information, please call the church office or contact
Anne’s Bookshelf, St. Catherine's Guild Report
Anne's Bookshelf is an extension of St. Catherine's Guild in that we can order quantity
amounts of publications for an individual or group.
The Bookshelf was maintained by Erika Anzaldua and Vanessa Menz without profit.
The bank account for The Bookshelf is maintained by the church (St. Andrew's, David
E. Anzaldua & V. Menz
Centennial Capital Campaign
In February 2008 the vestry agreed to begin a Capital Campaign at St. Andrew’s
to raise special funds needed for improvements to the parish and school leading up to the
Centennial Celebration in 2011. Rev. Nick Dyke, a diocesan consultant for capital
campaigns, was brought in to provide guidance and structure to the campaign, and I was
asked to Chair the campaign using Nick’s material as the foundation.
During April and May we solicited feedback from the parish for improvement and
expansion ideas as well as what they considered to be the highest priority. This input was
reviewed and approved by the vestry, and provided the focus areas for the fundraising
and outlined how this money would be used.
A group of coordinators came together to head up the various aspects of the
campaign, and met bi-weekly during the summer and fall. This group made sure all the
necessary invitations, hand-outs and events were well coordinated and stayed on track.
This was a great team, and I’m grateful for their service!
Rector : Barbara Lewis Vestry Sr. Warden: Marianne
Stewardship Chair: Jack Ogg Print Materials: Teri Jo
Improvement: Jody Greenwood & Chris Barker Involvement: Diedre Grawl
Devotional Booklet: Olivia Jordan Kick-off Meetings: Pat Caver
Foundational Gatherings: Elaine Massey Youth: Carly Brown
Celebration Event: Georgia Kirk & Addie Smith Children/School: Janet Matthews
Communications Team: Izzy Bayles, Elizabeth Cooper & Elizabeth McCormick
After a Hurricane Ike delay of one week, the Kick-off event was held on
September 21st. The goals of the campaign were outlined and devotional booklets were
provided to parishioners and school parents.
Two Foundational Gathering Dinners and a Lunch were hosted on September 24th
& 25 amid recovery from the hurricane. Nick Dyke led the program, defining sacrificial
giving, and outlining various ways of giving to a capital campaign. Pledge cards for both
the Stewardship and Centennial Campaign were handed out at these events, and mailed to
those who couldn’t attend in person.
Calls were made to encourage participation in the campaign and to remind
everyone about Loyalty Sunday (October 12th). A second round of calls was made
leading up to the Celebration Event on November 9th. A banner was designed for the
occasion and was part of the processional. A Homecoming Picnic on the front lawn was
well attended and fun for all!
As of December 9th, pledges and gifts to the campaign total $224,936.46
3-Year Pledges totaling $176,952.00 plus one-time gifts of $20,692.50
Donations from other St. Andrew’s ministries: $15,406.69
Designated funds from Auxiliary Account: $11,885.47
This will allow St. Andrew’s to repair and update the porches/plumbing/electrical in the
House and Church/School building, incorporate new signs and banner poles, resurface
and repair the parking lot, repair and protect the stained glass windows, level and shade
the playground, add a deck to the EYC house, enhance the organ design, and hopefully
A special bank account is in place for this purpose and we’ll use a “pay as we go”
approach - projects will only be done as money is received. Quarterly updates will be
provided so we can all see our progress as we prepare for our Centennial in 2011!!
Thanks to all who participated in this amazing undertaking, and to all who have
made a sacrificial gift so that we can continue to enhance our ministry for the future.
Children’s Liturgy Report
I have been greatly blessed to be able to serve in the Children’s Liturgy this year. We
generally have between 5 and 10 children attend each Sunday. At times we have had as
many as 20 children attend.
Every week our readings follow those of the big church and presenting this material to
younger children is an exciting challenge. The consistent structure of Children’s Liturgy
containing the readings, homily, Nicene Creed and Prayers of the People has allowed
many of the regular attendees to have a good grasp of the elements and order of the
liturgy. We also try to tie the lessons in Children’s Liturgy to special events at the main
church, such as discussing the role of the Bishop when the Bishop came to St. Andrews.
We have been focusing on the concept of symbols, such as candles symbolizing the light
of Christ, and the dove representing the Holy Spirit. We have been using song and guitar
accompaniment as another way of exploring the idea of song as prayer and the children
seem to particularly enjoy this.
We welcome parents to attend and share the service with their children if they wish. We
have had good feedback from some of the parents that their children have been talking
about what they experience in Children’s Liturgy with their parents. Many of the parents
have been generous with their time, attending the Children’s Liturgy and helping the kids
stay focused and organized, something which is especially appreciated when we have
high attendance (keeping 20 kids sitting and listening can be quite interesting!) . While
there hasn’t been a shortage of helpers, it has been challenging to fill the roll of monthly
leader for the Children’s Liturgy. Currently two of the four leader spots are open.
In the future we would like to integrate what the children are experiencing in other
Children’s Ministries like Godly Play and Episcopal 101 into Children’s Liturgy so that
the different groups can complement each other. We can build and expand on what the
other groups are doing, without needless repetition. This will help give the children a
consistent message and keep them better engaged with the material. We would also like
to integrate our scheduling with the greater Church calendar to make it easier for folks to
help since many of the people who help in one Children’s ministry also help in others.
There is also an opportunity for older children to help with Children’s Liturgy, to offer
some of their own experiences and perspectives, and to serve as role models for the
younger children who look up to them.
I feel that the Children’s ministry is very important to the spiritual health of the Church as
the children are the future of St. Andrews. The Children’s Liturgy provides a safe place
where the children can explore and wonder at the great mystery of God’s Peace and Love
at their own level and in a more relaxed environment. I am continually amazed at by
some of their comments and how easily they grasp some of the messages that can be
difficult for adults. It is truly amazing to experience the Liturgy through a child’s eye.
“Let the little Children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the
Kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on
them, and blessed them. Mark 10:14b-16
Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy in Christ
Angel Choir Report
The Angel Choir continues to support our liturgical worship in myriad ways, and always
with skill and good will. The volunteer members (Jerry Galbraith, Kathleen Galbraith,
Patricia Golemon, Paul Hardwick, Dale Lee, and Rob Safely) are inspired and reassured
by our paid section leaders, Sandra Johnson and Elizabeth Good. Additional volunteers
have expressed interest in joining, and we eagerly anticipate their participation.
We thank the non-choir members of the parish who serve on the Organ Fund Advisory
Committee—Georgia Kirk, Jim Denzler, and Virginia Lindsay. Expected year-end fund
balances at Sterling Bank follow:
CD203450 $ 42,218.95
Interest payment of $358.73
Made on 2 November 2008
CD 203810 $ 41,371.54
Sterling Bank 5000234995 $ 2,131.48
As of 31 December 2008
Payment of invoice ($467.50) on 27 September 2008 to St. Dunstan Art Organ Works for
organ tuning in December 2007
Note: at interest rates below two percent (the most recent payout on a CD was the result
of an interest rate of 1.7 percent), earnings will not cover annual tuning costs.
Community of Hope Report
This year's C.O.H. class had 3 new members, as well as 2 members from previous classes
taking a refresher course. They all went through the 14 week training sessions, with the 3
new members being commissioned on Nov. 23rd. They are now Lay Pastoral Caregivers,
belonging to Community of Hope International, which began in the early 1990's, due to
the desire of St. Andrews parishioner, Dan Cobb. Once formed, the organization had its
beginning in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and held its first training class there. That
class had 3 St. Andrew's parishioners: Dan Cobb, Helen Jones, and Corinne Dillon. St.
Andrews has always held prominent place in C.O.H., which went from being a local
Houston group of caregivers, to national, and now to international.
Caregivers are always needed; always welcome, and anyone interested in this ministry,
please contact Dorothy Yannuzzi.
Submitted by Dorothy Yannuzzi
Daughters of the King Report
The Daughters of the King is a praying, religious Order for women and girls in the
Episcopal, Anglican Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran ELCA Churches. The
mission of the Order is evangelism and to the strengthening of the Church.
With servant hearts, it is our privilege to pray daily for you, our dear parish family.
Anyone can submit their prayer requests by completing the Prayer Request Form found
in the plastic holder on the back of the church pew, by contacting the church office, or by
contacting any member of the order.
You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings, and all are welcomed. We meet
the third Sunday of each month at noontime for sharing, learning, and prayer.
Over view of Daughters of the King 2008
Practically Christian Study Guide with Mother Barbara- Throughout the 2008 year.
Sunday, January 13 - Annual Parish Meeting. DOK assisted with the vote count.
Sunday, January 20 - Induction of 2008 DOK Officers.
Friday, February 15 - DOK Daughters, Erika Anzaldua and Deidre Grawl provided
interpretation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Council in Galveston, TX.
Sunday, February 17 - DOK installation, Chris Barker.
Friday, March 21 - DOK hosted Gethsemane Vigil in the Chapel.
Saturday, May 24 - DOK Daughters provided interpretation for the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing at the Cathedral for the Bishop's election.
Thursday, August 7-10 - Vanessa Menz attends the DOK National Junior Daughter
Directress Retreat at Camp Christopher, SC.
Sunday, August 17- DOK unanimously votes to contribute $10,000+ to the Centinnial
Friday, September 26-27 - DOK Diocese of Texas Fall Assembly at Camp Allen,
Saturday, November 22 - DOK Daughters provided interpretation for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing at St. Martin's for the Bishop's Ordination.
Sunday, December 14 - DOK election of 2009 officers.
The Transfiguration Chapter of the Daughter's of the King has been very active not only
in our own parish but where ever we are called. The Daughters of our parish often go un-
noticed but their work is very much seen. Thank you Georgia Kirk and Marianne Haynes
for coordinating the numerous receptions and other parish events and thank you to ALL
the Daughters who help them set-up and clean up. Thank you Elaine Massey for
coordinating the Sack Lunch Ministry. Thank you Daughters for serving on the Altar
Guild, Vestry, Choir, Acolyte, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, Community of Hope, Christian
Education, Usher, Greeter, Alms Counter, Deaf Ministry, Lay Eucharistic Visitor,
Quilting Guild, Prison Ministry, Lay Reading, Sack Lunch Ministry, and if I missed one I
apologize, for your work is far greater than one can keep up with. And a special thank
you to all of the 2008 Officers, VP Deidre Grawl, Treasurer Elaine Massey, Secretary
Erika Anzaldua, and Chapter Chaplin Mother Barbara Lewis, for your help, advice and
support, you have made this year a great year. Congratulations to the 2009 Officers,
President Deidre Grawl, VP Elaine Massey and Treasurer Gina Henderson.
If you are interested in exploring membership in this Order, please contact the church
office and ask to be put in touch with Deidre Grawl.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) Report
The past twelve months has been a time of growth and learning for the EYC. We've
spent time together, getting to know and trust each other. It's been a year of pizza, flower
sales, movie nights and other events - in other words, we've worked on bonding into a
tight-knit family, which has proved very valuable.
We kicked off 2008 with a ski trip! Six of the EYC members, along with a few
parents, traveled with Good Shepherd Episcopal EYC group to ski down the snowy
slopes of Copper Mountain. We had a wonderful time together, but wished all our EYC
was present for this wonderful experience.
Spring brought warmer weather and our Springtime Flower Fundraiser. Every EYC
member participated in the flower sales and we consider the effort a success, with
leftover flowers being sold at the St. Andrew's Garage Sale. We sold an estimated
$1,000 dollars worth of flowers, leaving our net profit at around $300. Claire and Grace
Hardwick sold the most flowers and each won a $25 American Express gift card for their
efforts. It's worth mentioning that Max and Sam Matte came in a very close second on
this event, and that all EYC members participated in this fundraiser, either doing pre-
sales or working at the garage sale.
With the season of Lent came wonderful new challenges for the EYC
members. Almost every single member participated in one, or more, of the Lenten series
play readings! Stephen, Naomi, Carly and I are so proud that these fine young people
took part in this event. Something that seems simple to an adult can often prove
overwhelming for a child - but these kids got up in front of many people and did a
Summer afforded us some play time together and we had two EYC movie nights!
Pirate movies were the order of the day as we munched pizza, popcorn and sugared up on
candy. Everyone had a great time and several of the EYC members brought friends
along. We found out that we need a few more beanbag chairs, but that we can actually fit
19 kids and 3 adults into the EYC house! It's crowded but comfy - we are truly blessed
that everyone gets along.
Once monthly, the EYC has worked as a team to put together the lunches for the
homeless. Although this task seemed monumental at first, the kids have really gotten the
hang of it and can quickly put together 200 lunches while simultaneously holding
six separate conversations. It is a sight to behold! Since we only meet on the 1st & 3rd
Sunday of every month, and the lunches take up one of those Sundays, we've asked the
Daughters of the King to alternate months with us. They have graciously agreed and we
are very thankful for the extra time it will give us to do other things on our wish list.
December 22nd, the EYC members will attend A Christmas Carol together as a reward
for their commitment this year. We will hold a discussion afterward on the importance of
making mankind our business and how we can apply this to everyday Christian life. On
the 23rd, we will assist with the Greening of the Church and practice the readings for the
Christmas Eve service, as several of the older EYC members will participate as Readers
in this lovely service. After the Greening, we will celebrate our Anticipation of His birth
by eating cookies and punch and watching a heart-warming holiday movie.
As for the future, we have many plans! We are planning our work and working our
plans. First on the list is the debut of our Celtic Cafe on January 30th. If the Celtic Cafe
proves successful, we plan to hold one quarterly and will host a variety of musicians and/
or performances. Earned monies will be utilized in several ways, like; assisting in
sending EYC members to Camp Allen for summer camp, helping with the Centennial
Campaign, helping finance our organic gardens, and other utilitarian needs as they arise.
We had some growth this year as a few more St. Andrew's kids began coming to EYC
and, just as exciting, several EYC members regularly bring a friend or two to meetings
and events. The more the merrier - we are busting at the seams of the EYC House! The
EYC Ministers take this as a positive sign that the kids are not only happy to attend EYC,
but are excited enough to bring a friend.
We are sad to say farewell to Carly Brown and will miss her lively personality and
positive attitude! We are actively searching for the right person to fill her vacancy - it
won't be easy! We've found our 'groove' as an EYC family and need to find a person who
will compliment our balance, rather than disrupting it, as we are at a critical time in our
leadership. Please let us know if you have a recommendation.
As for the EYC Ministers, our formula for success includes serving our congregation
in various ways and showing, while teaching, the EYC Youth to be value-adding, active
members of St. Andrew's Episcopal. We are keenly aware that we are raising future St.
Andrew's leaders, and more importantly, impressionable young Christians. Overall,
Stephen, Naomi, Carly and I [Cher] have been pleased with the past year.
The EYC Ministers
Stephen Duffin, Carly Brown, Naomi Villarreal, Cher Duffin
50+ Group Report
The following is our calendar year for 2008 trips:
January 08, Logan Road House for lunch & movie, National Treasure
February 08, Lunch at Red Onion Café & movie, The Bucket with Jack Nicholson &
March 08, The Spindle Top @ Beaumont, Texas for lunch at The Rocking A Café
April 08, Blue bonnet trip to Chapel Hill and lunch at Sealand Seafood & Steak in
May 08, The new cathedral and lunch at Clebourne Café.
June 08, The Fire Museum at 2403 Milam, Houston
July 08, Martha’s Bloomers in Navasota, Texas
August 08, Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas and lunch at Garden Restaurant and saw
the Titanic artifacts and IMAX movie Wild Ocean
September 08, Newman’s Bakery in Bellville, Texas
October 08, canceled to due Ike
November 08, movie and out to eat
December 08, Christmas lights and dinner
Thanks, Addie Smith
Housing Fund Trustee Report
This report reflects the most current statements in hand on December 26, 2008.
Certificate of Deposit held by Prosperity Bank 11/23/08
136,763.43 YTD earning 5,869.33
Money Market Acct held by Capital One Bank 11/20/08
57,485.82 YTD earning 960.02
Participating Fund held by Episcopal Diocese of Texas 10/31/08
64,917.36 YTD loss -21,791.88-
This report completed by Elaine Massey
Housing Fund Committee Member
Houston Ground Angels Report
The Houston Ground Angels was chartered in July 2005, by founder Kathy Broussard, in
Baytown, Texas, to help people in need of free air and ground transportation for medical
and humanitarian purposes. Billy Jones takes care of the air by flying qualified patients
into, around, and out of the Greater Houston Area….I do the same, but on the ground by
To us, it’s such a rewarding experience, to actually help someone in need. Most of our
patients are going to M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital, although others that needed
medical help have also been transported. They have so much on their mind… but most
have hope….you can just feel it. And they are so very grateful for us getting them to their
destination or on their way back home again. It truly brightens our day, knowing that we
helped not only with eliminating the extra expense of a taxi, but just bringing some sense
of normalcy back to their life by talking and listening to them during this stressful time.
They are all so brave and their faith is evidently being tested.
If you would like to volunteer and be an Angel… just go to the website,
houstongroundangels.org or contact Billy Jones or me. It will make a difference in your
Billy Jones – Air Angel
Lynn Ringh – Ground Angel
Ladies Night Out Report
The purpose of this group is for the women of St. Andrews to have an opportunity to get
to know each other in an informal, social setting. We meet once per month at a local
restaurant where we enjoy good food, lively conversation and fellowship. The group is
canvassed as to restaurants they would like to try in the future. There is no formal
structure to these evenings out.
In 2008 we have eaten in several local restaurants including Pronto!, Hickory Hollow,
Spaghetti Western and Petronella’s. A great time was had by all. We thank everyone
who has participated in these events, and send out a hearty WELCOME to all women of
St. Andrews. This is your night out with the girls, so please plan to join us when your
Lay Eucharist Visitor (L.E.V.) Report
St. Andrew's has licensed Lay Eucharist Visitors, who take communion each week as
needed, to those in the parish that are hospitalized; homebound; in nursing homes, and
etc.. The L.E.V.'s visit after the Sunday services, and after the Thursday morning
Healing service. The L.E.V.'s are:
Elaine Massey, Bill Jones, Deidra Grawl, Erika Anzaldua, Georgia Kirk, Paul Kirk,
Susan Young, Pamela Kletke, Christopher Rigdon and Dorothy Yannuzzi.
Please let our priest, Barbara, or our secretary, Trish or Dorothy Yannuzzi know if and
when you need this service.
Submitted by Dorothy Yannuzzi
Liturgical Ministers Report
Many thanks to the faithful souls who served as lay readers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers,
and acolytes at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services and for special services
throughout the year.
Erika Anzaldua, P.J. Arendt-Ford, Wayne Berry, Don Chevalier, Rosina Chevalier,
Elizabeth Cooper, Jim Denzler, Chase Duffin, Cher Duffin, Anne Gallay, Gracie Gallay,
Deidre Grawl, Jody Greenwood, Claire Hardwick, Grace Hardwick, Parker Harrison,
Marianne Haynes, Bob Johnson, Bill Jones, Haley Jones, Olivia Jordan, Georgia Kirk,
Paul Kirk, Dale Lee, Virginia Lindsay, Biz Loeschman, Elaine Massey, Andrew Miner,
Jessica Miner, Teri Jo Nicholson, Naomi Pettin, Julie Pettit, Christopher Rigdon, John
Stephenson, Susan Young
If anyone’s name has been omitted, my deepest apologies!
We welcomed several new participants to this ministry in 2008. We rejoice in the
faithful service of these parishioners and hope that others will be called to this ministry in
If you would like to serve at either service in any capacity, we would love to hear from
you. We are happy to provide training.
Men of St. Andrew’s Report
Greetings to all from the Men. The year 2008 was a glorious year for us as we were
finally able to replace the old rusting hulk of a barbecue pit with a grand and brand new
version. We are extremely grateful for our good fortune and are indebted to all our
carnivore friends for their support during the year, without which I shudder to think of
what we would be smoking our delectable meats on.
We are not quite finished with our cooking area as we have plans for a cover to protect us
and our new pit from the elements when we barbecue and serve for the Celtic Festival.
We had hoped to have this complete by now however Hurricane Ike had other plans for
us. Time to accomplish this task this year has escaped us but we are planning to have it
in place prior to the festival in February.
The Men would like to thank all of our supporters this year and hope to satisfy many
more palates in the next. Peace and a good rub.
Jerry Galbraith President
Jack McCormick Vice President
William Cordell Treasurer
Tony Brown Secretary in Absentia
Mike McCurley Maintenance Supervisor
Gary Mosley, Steven Stewart, Greg Bayles, Paul Hardwick, John Harrison, Paul Kirk
Quilting Guild Report
March 27, 2008 Donation of $1,500.00 given to the Altar Guild toward the new
May 10, 2008 Donation of $200.00 given to All Saints’ Catholic church towards their
fund to make improvements on church for their 100 year celebration.
Purchased food for the lunch bag program in the amount of $200.00
Summer of 2008 Quilting ladies made 50 little hearts (red and green) for the children of
the Church School.
November 17, 2008 Donation of $400.00 given to St. Andrew’s Church School
November 17, 2008 Donation of $1,000.00 given to St. Andrew’s Church for the
Centennial Campaign Fund.
Submitted by Sarah Salisbury
Once a month, on the first Friday, there is a Taize service, focused on reconciliation
through prayer, held in the church. The service is softly lit by candles, with mantra-like
music (short, repetitive refrains); brief scripture readings; prayers, and a few minutes of
reflective, meditative silence. There is no communion and no sermon. It is mostly a
form of centering prayer and thoughts on God.
All are welcome. Those who attend this service, find it quieting and spiritually uplifting.
Submitted by Dorothy Yannuzzi
Ushers and Greeters Report
The year 2008 for the Ushers and Greeters went well, considering the fact that we
lost several members of our team, due to relocation and other reasons that kept members
from serving. I would like to thank each member of our teams that served when they
were scheduled and filled in when others were unable to fill their scheduled time. As
always, we should remember that these positions, greeters and ushers, perform an
invaluable service to our parish, as these are the first people that visitors and parishioners
see when they arrive at St. Andrew’s. In addition to greeting and ushering,
responsibilities include keeping the busy bags filled and ready for the children, presenting
the gifts for the Holy Eucharist, gathering the children from children’s chapel and
assisting anyone during the service. Ushers also assist with special services throughout
If you would like to serve as an usher or greeter, your ministry is more than
welcome. And it is easy and rewarding. You only serve one Sunday a month and it allows
you to greet newcomers and visitors and also allows you to get to know fellow
parishioners. Please contact Teri Jo Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Teri Jo Nicholson