The Altar Bread Guild provides the communion bread, the sweet taste of Jesus, for each Sunday Eucharistic worship service or other rites as needed. Four bakers who see this ministry as an organic path to spirituality, rotate quarterly using a simple yeast recipe. Jo M'Gonigle organizes this servant ministry.
Altar Guild This group prepares the sanctuary, or worship space, and altar, or Lord's table, for worship services. Behind the scenes, members care for communion vessels, linens, paraments (altar and sanctuary hangings), banners, and candles. our work is to provide order and beauty in all the preparation for worship.
The Banner Ministry Banners enhance and beautify worship with symbolic images, changing as the worship seasons change. Each special celebration of the church year has a distinctive banner. The congregation has two special banners: one for our patron saint, St. Andrew the fisherman, and one to commemorate the founding of the church. For more information, see Jo M’Gonigle.
The Introductions Ministry Introductions before the readings from the Hebrew Scriptures, and from the apostolic letters and book of Revelation in the New Testament, clarify background and context, and share information to deepen the listeners’ comprehension of the readings. See Jo M’Gonigle for more information.
Memorial Board The memorial boards provide engraved plaques naming members who have died, with flowers indicating the people buried in the St. Andrew’s Memorial Garden. After many years of faithful ministry, John M’Gonigle has turned this ministry over to John Evanow.
Episcopal Church Women We are Episcopal Church Women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds. The common denominator of our members is love of God and the wish to do His work in the world while supporting each other. Mary Elles is our church representative. Kathy Lenox is on the Diocese of Oregon ECW board. At St. Andrew's our members are organized on a quarterly basis to provide hospitality and food for receptions, funerals, and other church social events. For more information, see Betty Leach.
Eucharistic Ministers Lay ministers serve at the altar and take communion to home-bound members. Lay Eucharistic Ministers help the Deacon to prepare the altar for Eucharist, and read part of the scriptures. They may serve the chalice at Eucharist. They carry the cross in procession at the beginning and end of each service.
Health Ministry The St. Andrew’s Health Ministry Team is focused upon health promotion and pastoral care for the congregation and beyond. For more information, talk to Terri Pennington, R.N.
Prayer Chain We maintain a list of people and situations we pray for on a daily basis. To join this ministry and pray for the needs of the congregation and the world, talk to Deacon Steve.
Ushers Our ushers welcome worshippers and assist in making our worship services flow smoothly. The Ushers ministry offers welcome, information, (and a jar of preserves to newcomers), to worshippers who come to St. Andrew’s. They are the “first face” of the Body of Christ at the church, and seek to welcome every visitor as another member of that Body. Tia Menser organizes our ushers.
United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry which encourages daily gratitude in the form of contributions to a "blue box". These monies are gathered twice yearly and are distributed in the form of grants. Deacon Steve Avery is our Church Coordinator and Kathy Lenox is our Diocesan Representative.
The Order of the Daughters of the King Our local chapter of this international order is focused on prayer and service. Lighthouse Chapter, Daughters of the King, is the Florence branch of an international community of women who have taken vows to pray, serve and evangelize. It provides structure to our spiritual journeys among a sisterhood of women who are Christ to one another as they serve the priest, parish, diocese, assembly and province in which they reside. Lucene Pike-Etzold is the lead Daughter at St. Andrew's.
Lectors Lectors read scriptural passages during services of Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer. They read the passages in advance of the service, and prepare prayerfully to offer the inspired word in the liturgy. For more information, speak to Joan Hayes.
Music Music is provided at the 10 o'clock service by pianist Lucene Pike-Etzold and by Jan Kinslow and Mary Ann Eagle.
Liturgy Work Group This team plans worship services for the coming month and season.
Outreach Committee The Outreach Committee is a sub-committee of the BAC and is open to all members of the congregation. Its role is twofold; 1. To assist the BAC by prioritizing local and world needs and making recommendations regarding distribution of budgeted Outreach Funds. 2. To promote and deliver, in cooperation with our congregation, direct services to others.
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