The Rev. Dr. Joy Blaylock Feb. 19
Teacher Needs
Those Who Serve
Christian Education
St. Mary’s Valentine Dinner Feb. 14


Rector’s Updates


The Rev. Dr. Joy Blaylock

Canon Missioner for Discipleship
Dean of the Diocesan School for Ministry

February 19

On Sunday, February 19, we welcome The Rev. Dr. Joy Blaylock to St. Andrew’s. Rev. Blaylock  will speak to us about the discipleship component of our overall diocesan vision statement of “Discernment, Development and Discipleship,” and to focus on “Transforming people from members into disciples and, even further, into apostles.”

The missioner will speak about Discipleship Day and other formation events sponsored by the bishop’s office, specifically, Fresh Start, Education for Ministry, and clergy continuing education opportunities. 

Rev. Blaylock is priest-in-charge of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Mobile. She has also been serving as the dean of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast’s School for Ministry. Additionally, she has served in a variety of other settings including St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Forest Hill United Methodist Church.

St. Andrew’s Valentine Day Event

At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Panama City, we are all about love and what better time to
celebrate ourselves than on Valentine’s Day. In honor of the occasion we gathered at lunch to laugh,
play and eat. We toasted “love” with bubbly and then commenced to play “The Almost Newlywed
Game”. Our participants ranged in experience from 73 years of marriage to “just dating”. A few secrets
were revealed (but we aren’t telling) and our love for each other grew as we shared laughter and

Financial Oversight Committee

The Financial Oversight Committee met Friday, Feb. 17, to review church income and expenses. One of
their major concerns is way to reduce expenses. It was reaffirmed that anyone using a church credit card
must give Fran a receipt with an indication of what the purchase was for and what ministry it supports.
This is also true for anyone desiring to be reimbursed for a purchase from their own funds.
In addition, due to an overabundance of kitchen supplies in the pantry (3000 packets of sugar and
1000coffee stirrers, for example!) and to separate expenses for church events and community suppers,
all purchases (food and supplies) must now go through Teri Floore (850-704-7720.) As the sommittee
put it…if you want the church to pay for it, you will need approval from Teri. Thank you for your
cooperation and service.

Teacher Needs
We have 4 fantastic teachers in our church family that need our help with items for their classrooms.  Please take some time to see the list on the bulletin board in Byrne Hall to find out how you can help Tiffany Erickson, Elizabeth Waldon, Lynda MacFarland and Raf Knap. 


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Those Who Serve
February 19

Crucifer: Tom Sontag
Torch Bearers: John Coats & Ted Broome
Chalice Bearers: John Erickson & Tom Sontag
Greeter: Fran Tate
Readers: David Dean and Andrea Harper
Intercessor:Sally Brewer
Ushers: TBA
Altar Guild: Fran Tate Leah Hudgens

February 26

Crucifer: Ted Broome
Torch Bearers: Patrick Cook & Tom Brewer
Chalice Bearers: Tom Brewer & Tom Sontag
Greeter: Dagmar Davenport
Readers: Amber Adams and Elizabeth Waldron
Intercessor: Anna Prevost
Ushers: Tom Floore and Jerry Jimmerson
Altar Guild: Patrick Brennan

After Church Coffee Hour
Feb. – 19 – Sally Brewer
Feb. – 26 – Shirley Gobat

Thank you Toni !!

Christian Education & Formation Newsletter

Our Adult Formation Class (i.e., Sunday School) recently concluded its in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark. Wow! On February 12, 2023, it will begin an in-depth study of the Book of Matthew in conjunction with the Lectionary Calendar. “According to Mark, [Matthew] was the son of Alphaeus. He was a Jewish tax collector working for the Roman government at Capernaum. Matthew is called Levi in the accounts of his call to discipleship in Mark and Luke, but he is always referred to as Matthew in the lists of the apostles. It is possible that Levi was his original name and that Matthew, which means ‘gift from God,’ was given to him after he became a disciple. Since the second century the authorship of the first gospel has been attributed to St. Matthew, but it is considered unlikely by most scholars that the present Gospel of Matthew was written by a Galilean tax collector.” What do you think? Please join us Sundays at 9:00 a.m. as we explore the Gospel of Matthew.

John Erickson

Pick up a copy of the February newsletter and schedule from the table in the Narthex.

Happy January birthday wishes to: Wyn Ayers (Feb. 4), Jerry Jimmerson (Feb. 19), Marnie Yon (Feb. 14), Jerry Richmond (Feb. 27), Tyler Roswald (Feb. 25), and Esther Sabol (Feb. 27.)

Happy Anniversary to Frank and Kathy Lopez (Feb. 28.)

TIME IS too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is ETERNITY. Hours fly, flowers die, new days and new ways pass by… love stays.

Please remember to keep the following in your prayers. If you have names you would like to add, please email the church. 

BC, Beverly, Bob, Brody, Calvin, Christy, Cooper, Dell, Diane, Don, Gayle, Jean, Joe & Nancy Clark, Joel, John, Julia, Mary, Paige, Paul, Patrick, Pearle, Rian, Robin, Sarah, Scott, Val, Will,  Quinton
We pray for all our men and women in the Armed Forces at home and abroad.

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