Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church

306 North Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI   48104
734 663.0518  |

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The front steps (main entrance) to the church are currently undergoing repair. The entrance will be closed UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

During this time, please use one of the many other entrances to the church: the North Entrance, the Cloister Entrance, the Bell Tower Entrance, the Memorial Garden Entrance or the Page Hall Entrance. We hope to have the issues repaired and the steps back in place for winter!

Sunday, November 23

History Sunday

This Sunday, November 23, is History Sunday! Interested in our parish history? The new book, A History of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Part II, will be on sale for $25 before and after services and at the Book Release Party at 3:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

During the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, the short play Our Scottish Connexion will be presented in place of the sermon. Come enjoy this series of vignettes about people whose lives and teachings brought others to Christ performed by the Church School and friends.

Sunday Adult Forum

The Forum continues at 9:00 am in the Lounge. This fall, until the First Sunday of Advent, we will examine and discuss the Gospel readings: what do they offer for our consideration about values in the world today and choices in our lives? Led by Fr Charles.

Starting next Sunday: “Both in its individual and in its corporate aspects, human action is profoundly influenced by the assumptions people make about the nature of ultimate reality.”(Canon Eric Mascall, He Who Is, London, 1943.) Using each Sunday’s Collect, the Forum in Advent will discuss its bearing on our assumptions and actions in regard to whom we wait for in Advent. Led by Fr Charles.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Pies are ready for pick-up at the Church on Sunday, November 23 - just in time for your Thanksgiving celebration! Proceeds benefit J2A fundraising for the 2016 Pilgrimage.

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

There will be a Thanksgiving Day Eucharist at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 27. (The 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist and Healing service will NOT be held that day.)


The Parish Office is closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. There is no Bible Study on Thursday, November 27.

National Family History Day: November 27

Thanksgiving is the annual National Family History Day. Over the holiday or at other times when families gather, and since 2004, the Surgeon General has encouraged Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Then, share your family health history with your health care provider. Learning about their family's health history may help ensure a longer, healthier future together. LEARN MORE

Sunday, Novmeber 30

United Thank Offering Special Collection:
Next Sunday we will mark the First Sunday in Advent with a special collection for the United Thank Offering (UTO). The mission of the UTO is to expand the circle of thankful people by encouraging daily prayer, offerings and an awareness of God’s abundance. Funds raised by the UTO are used to help the poor and needy throughout the world. This year, St. Andrew’s was a recipient of a $76,000 UTO grant to renovate our kitchen in support of the Breakfast. Please be generous in assisting this ministry that has been so generous to our work here.

O Antiphons
We will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent in a special way beginning with the Liturgy of the Word at the 10:00 am service, journeying through the beautiful service of the O Antiphons, with special choral responses by Peter Hallock.

Christmas Pageant Meeting:
There will be a meeting for those interested in participating in the annual Christmas pageant in the chapel at 11:30 am.

Christmas Adopt-a-Family:
Once again this year, members of St. Andrew’s will sponsor area families through an adopt-a-family program. Working with the Ann Arbor Community Center, we are able to share Christmas gifts for the holiday with others. Gift tags and family wish lists will be available for pickup in the lobby outside the lounge after services starting Sunday, November 30. The ingathering of gifts will be in church on Sunday, December 14.

Mittens and Gloves Needed

We invite the parish to donate mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks to help keep the Breakfast guests warm during the winter. The mitten tree is set up in the hallway outside of the office to collect donations through December 17.

St. Nicholas Day Party

Don’t miss this wonderful celebration on Sunday, December 7 at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall.  Welcome St. Nicholas himself, make an ornament for the Christmas tree we share with the Breakfast, enjoy a J2A lunch, and be sure to get a  gingerbread man from Rite 13!


The CPR/AED class has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 6. Call the Parish Office to register - the class is free!

Stephen Uche Sale

On Sunday, December 14, after the 10:00 am service, Stephen Uche will be back in the Parish Hall for his annual sale of jewelry, baskets, musical instruments, decorative boxes, etc. handmade by people from his home village in Nigeria. The proceeds support widows and children in his village by providing funds for food, clothing and school fees.


Altar Rail Kneeler Notecards

Altar Rail Kneeler Notecards: The second series of altar rail kneeler notecards is now for sale after Sunday services at the Welcome Table or in the church office at other times. Perfect for gifts or to use as Christmas cards, they cost $10 for 6 cards with envelopes. Proceeds benefit the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s.

2015 Episcopal Calendars

The 2015 Episcopal Church Calendars, both Ordo and Regular, have arrived; they are $6.00 each and feature a photo of the acolytes on Easter. They can be found in the lobby, near the chapel.

Do You Have a St. Andrew's Parking Permit?

We continue to ask that all parishioners place a permit onto the lower left corner of their back window to identify themselves as having permission to park in our lot. Permits are available at no cost from the church office during office hours or after services on Sundays. Vehicles without permits WILL BE TOWED


If you’ve lost it, we may have found it. Please check the extensive lost and found table outside the office for your missing belongings. Items include multiple pairs of glasses, keys, and coats.

Church School Announcements

Chapel Gathering

The second Chapel Gathering (for Morning Glories through Fifth Grade) will occur this Sunday, November 23. Please go directly to the Chapel at 9:45 am - NOT your classrooms! Children will remain in the chapel until they will enter the Church for Our Scottish Connexion.

What is Chapel Gathering? It is the new Church School experience which allows children (Morning Glories through Fifth Grade) to learn about music and movement as an expression of prayer and worship. Upcoming Chapel Gathering Dates: November 23, December 7 and 21. LEARN MORE

Guest Teachers Needed

Faith formation is a process of discernment. The Church School and Journey to Adulthood is interested in sponsoring guest teachers to share their stories. The youth groups in particular are eager to hear about your passions, your spiritual journey, an epiphany, or your outreach initative.

Please contact Carol (663-0518 ext. 202, if you would like more information on how your experience can provide a meaningful message to our children and youth.

Music Notes

Hymn 231: By All Your Saints Still Striving

This hymn has an unusual structure: it has general words for the first and last verses, but the middle verse changes with each saint’s day. Today for the feast of St. Andrew, we sing the verse for St. Andrew, printed in the left column just below the music. Not only does this hymn celebrate the variety of saints, but it was written by many, too. Horatio Bolton Nelson (nephew of Admiral Nelson) encouraged friends to add verses to his originals; revisions for Hymnal 1982 involved many talented hymn writers of our time. --Donna Wessel Walker

Revised Common Lectionary (The RCL)


Sunday, November 23 - The Last Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 29

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24   |   Psalm 95:1-7a   |   Ephesians 1:15-23   |   Matthew 25:31-46

Sunday, November 30 - The First Sunday in Advent, Year B

Isaiah 64:1-9   |   Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18   |   I Corinthians 1:3-9   |   Mark 13:24-37

Looking ahead?

Please visit The Lectionary Page. St. Andrew's generally follows Track Two. Also, please note that with Advent, we begin a new Church year - The First Sunday in Advent begins Year B in the three year lectionary cycle.

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Leaders in Liturgy for the month of November