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Welcome to St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, a friendly community of faith for the young, old, and for the young at heart; a warm and caring church serving both our local community and also our many Winter Texans and summer vacation visitors.

Inspired by our patron saint, Andrew, a fisherman by profession, who became a “fisher of men”, we continue to bring the Gospel to the people of Port Isabel, South Padre Island and the surrounding communities in addition to our multitude of visitors.

St. Andrew’s, located at the point of Yturria Street and North Shore Drive, is an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Texas, situated on the shore of the Laguna Madre, with a breathtaking view of the water directly across from the church.

Please browse through the various areas of our website to learn more about our church. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing.

All Are Welcome ~ ~ ~ No Exceptions.

This week at St. Andrew’s

Events for week of March 29, 2020

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Al-Anon

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lenten Healing Eucharist

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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April 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Regular Weekly Service Times:

Sunday, 8:00am, Rite I Holy Eucharist ~ ~ Sunday, 10:00am, Rite II Holy Eucharist with Music

See important message below from Pastor Claudia regarding COVID-19

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
It seems that every time I say or write something about our response to COVID-19, I have to change it. This is new territory for everyone and I have had to prayerfully reevaluate my decisions in light of new information.
 
Up until this week, my hope was that we could continue services with stricter sanitary precautions. However, after President Trump handed down new guidelines to avoid gatherings of ten or more people, and taking into account actions of our local government, it seems wise to press the pause button on all in-person church activities, including Sunday services and the Lenten healing service through the end of March.
 
I hope and pray that we will be able to re-open in time for Holy Week and Easter. However, with such “swift and varied changes in the world,” (BCP, Collect for 5th Sunday of Lent) we will make that decision closer to the date.
 
On Sunday, I spoke about how Jesus Christ breaks through social isolation in order to draw near to us – and here we are seeming to go against this core Christian value. Yet, the truth is that even as we isolate, Jesus continues to draw near. 
 
I encourage you to consider these 15 days a time of retreat – a time of refreshment in Christ, and of healing.
 
With that in mind, St. Andrew’s will be offering a virtual Lenten Healing Retreat – a way to seek God together and receive His healing in our lives, even while we are physically apart.
 
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

On Sunday, March 22 and 29, we will offer on video via Facebook a short homily and celebration of Holy Eucharist. We will also send the homily out over email. Each day during the week, we will make available a short devotional and prayers. Eucharistic home visits will be available for those who would like it. Proper precautions will be taken. Pastor Claudia will offer on Facebook-healing talk and prayers every Wednesday. (Times and details will be announced shortly. Watch your e-mail.)

For many of us, these are scary times. Others may wonder “is it all really necessary?” I, myself, vacillate between these two poles. With the discernment of our vestry, I decided to err on the side of caution. Please know that I am available to you, and taking proper precautions, will visit anyone in need.

Shortly, a member of our vestry or another leader will be contacting you to ensure that we can be connected and that you can receive our prayers and reflections.

I continue to pray over you the blessing from Psalm 121, which we prayed over each other in church two weeks ago: “May the Lord watch over your going out and your coming in from this time forward forevermore.”

Yours faithfully,
Pastor Claudia.

 

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We will be hitting the pause button on

ALL In-Person ACTIVITIES at St. Andrew’s 

as we continue to follow the guidelines to protect us all from the COVID-19 Virus.

The prayer is that we will be able to re-open in time for Holy Week and Easter.

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