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Bishop Kirk Smith visited St. Andrew's on Dec. 11 to baptize 7 young people, confirm 6 and receive into membership two more.

Baptism and Confirmation

During the service Bishop Smith and his puppet friend Dexter talked with the children about Evangelism.  Following the service there was a reception for Bishop Smith prior to his presentation to those present.


On the previous day December 10, the Bishop made the first-ever Episcopal visitation to the Casa Blanca Chapel, a mission of St. Andrews in Sonoita. casa


The annual barbecue took place on November 12, 2016. The following photos were taken by Sally Lockwood:





The following is a collage of pictures of St. Andrew's people at the annual convention in Phoenix.Convention


St. Andrew’s congregation sent eight young people to summer camp at Chapel Rock in Prescott, AZ. On Sunday the campers presented the congregation with a large thank you card with photos illustrating their experience there.

Castle Rock Kids

Work Day 2

Work Day 1

Bishop Smith Visits St. Andrew's Children's Clinic

Bishop with Rector and Deacon

Bishop Smith visited St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic on Feb 4.  He met with Deacon Jim Fitzsimmons and Fr. Ernie Galaz, rector at St. Andrew’s.

Bishop with Jim Fitzsimmons

Rev. Jim Fitzsimmons, Clinic Board member and Treasurer, gives Bishop Smith a tour of the Clinic; here they are in the waiting room where patients check in, are fed, participate in Arts & Crafts while they wait, and check out after all their appointments. Rev. Jim is Deacon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Nogales, where his ministry is serving The Clinic. In addition to serving on the Board, he supervises Clinic set up and tear down and does whatever needs to be done.


This is the table where patients check out after seeing doctors and therapists and arrange for their next Clinic visit. Left is Coca Romero, Clinic Patient Coordinator; her son was one of the first patients; next to her is her grandson, Mateo. He is a student at St. Andrew’s Preschool which is closed on Clinic day. The volunteer on the right is checking the Clinic’s schedule for upcoming months.


In the Orthotics & Prosthetics Dept. Rev. Michael Meyers, CPed., is explaining some of the problems he sees in fitting special shoes to accommodate extra foot width, AFOs, prosthetics, and other accommodations.


In the kitchen a team of volunteers prepare nachos as a first course for the patients and their families.  The first course is fruit such as apples, oranges or even strawberries.  Then comes the popular nachos.  By 10:15 there will be sandwiches, sloppy joes or hot dogs.  Finally about 11 there will be cookies.  Beverages of coffee and lemonade or hot cocoa are always available.

Taco Mardi Gras

On February 9, St. Andrew's unique Nogales Shrove Tuesday taco dinner was put on by men of the church.

Taco Tuesday

Annual Barbeque

St. Andrew's 63rd Annual BBQ was held Saturday evening November 14. Record numbers turned out to eat the BBQ, beans, cole slaw, tortillas and desserts in St. Mary's Hall and to take out the dinners to eat at home. The Basket Raffle sponsored by the women of the church was very popular and raised over $1,000 for the Women's Shelter. The very large number of volunteers necessary to make this big event run smoothly were all under the direction of Jean Moehlman and Katie Tadeo.


Celebration of All Saints and All Souls Days

A service for All Saints and All Souls Days was held after the 10:00 mass on Nov. 1 in the columbarium at St. Andrew's.  Names, mementos and photos of departed friends and family were presented on the altar for prayers from the congregation and clergy.  The ashes of dead parishioners are there as well. On the altar were marigolds, the cross and traditional bread baked for Dia de los Muetros.

All Saints


Fall Clean-up at St. A's

Parishioners showed up October 24 to mow, trim, weed, dust, polish and ready the church and its grounds for the fall events.  Having fun working together and enjoying the wonderful food cooked by Rosalva Alatorre make work days good times.  Not everyone who worked is pictured here.Cleanup


Annual Convention

Delegates from St. Andrew's attended the Annual Diocesan Convention in Phoenix October 16-17.  Representing our church were Fr. Ernie, Fr. Derwent, Fr. Pat, Dcn. Jim Fitzsimmons, Rodger Babnew, Sr. Warden Martha Zybko, Jr. Warden Steve Ferreira, Lynne Nelson, Shirley Gibb, and Karen Rodes.  Also attending were spouses Elizabeth Campbell, Irma Babnew, Vicki Fitzsimmons and Patty Ferreira.

Convention attendees

Blessing of the Animals (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi)

The Feast of St. Francis, (October 4) celebrates the patron saint of animals and the environment.  St. Andrew's congregation collected pet food for the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter and delivered it on Saturday, Oct. 3.  Fr. Ernie blessed the animals there who are waiting to be adopted. The event was organized by Marilyn Hedges and Darlene Thornhill.

On Sunday, October 4, there was a blessing of the animals during the 8 and 10 o'clock services.  Photos of pets were also blessed for those that preferred not to attend a service.



Triennial Convention in Salt Lake City

The imposing Main Stage backdrop for the conference proceedings featured Salt Lake City’s mountain landscape.


Below is a group photo of some of the Nogales and Diocese of Arizona Participants. Front, l to r, Fr. Ernie Galaz, Vickie Fitzsimmons, Dcn. Jim Fitzsimmons, and Sigrid Maitrejean; Rear, Laura Smith, Winifrid Follett, Marilyn Hedges and Bishop Kirk Smith.

Our own Sigrid Maitrejean was honored as the Arizona Diocesan Woman of the Year at the Triennial Convention. The photo below is of Sigrid holding the award certificate, flanked by Bishop Smith and Fr. Ernie.

Bishop and Sigrid and Ernie

Arizona Diocese Lay Leadership Retreat

Four members of the vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales attended the Diocese of Arizona Lay Leadership Retreat at the Chapel Rock Conference Center in Prescott, AZ from March 6-8. 


The photo above is of the attendees from St. Andrew's with Bishop Smith. From left to right are Martha Zybko, Sr. Warden, Shirley Gibb, recently elected Vestry member, Steve Ferreira, Jr. Warden, Bishop Smith and Sally Lockwood, Vestry Clerk.

Chapel Rock is a beautiful retreat center and a wonderful location for summer camp for our children and young people.



"Ashes to Go", Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The second annual "Ashes to Go" at Garrett's Supermarket in Rio Rico on Ash Wednesday.

Father Ernie administering ashes

In all, 171 people came to Fr. Ernie for ashes and a blessing.


Taco Mardi Gras (Nogales Style), February 17, 2015

Serving Station

The men of the church hosted the second annual Taco Mardi Gras. Elizabeth Campbell prepared the Bread Pudding. 

Greeter David

Guests were greeted by David Moehlman at the ticket box.

Guests in St. Mary's

Some of the community and church members enjoying the meal in St. Mary’s Hall.


Annual Meeting of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, January 25, 2015

The Annual Meeting was held following a potluck lunch and was chaired by our Rector, The Rev. Ernie Galaz.  The attendees worked together in small discussion groups, but mostly celebrated the renewed health of the church and spirit of the congregation.

Annual Meeting Leadership

L to R: Sally Lockwood, Vestry Clerk; Deacon Jim Fitzsimmons; Treaurer Kate Endersbe; Fr. Ernie Galaz, Rector; Steve Ferreira, Junior Warden; Jim Lee, Office Coordinator; Martha Zybko, Senior Warden.

Discussion Groups

Discussion leaders reported their group’s ideas to the assembly.


A potluck meal was enjoyed by the congregation.


Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, November 30, 2014

The annual celebration lf our patron saint took place in splendid form. The choir and clergy wore vestments trimmed in St. Andrew's tartan. The wool cloth was ordered several years ago from Scotland and was sewn by parishioner Kate Endersbe.



Piper Michael DeMik lead the procession, including the congregation, into the Church.

Piper Michael DeMik

After the service, the Vestry hosted a wonderful potluck. Members of the congregation provided deserts.


The St. Andrew's Annual Barbecue

As an institution in service to the communities of the Santa Cruz Valley for over a century, St. Andrew's reaches outside the church walls to welcome all of its neighbors to the annual barbecue, which features pit roasted beef and all the trimings. Below are a set of images captured by Sally Lockwood of the most recent event. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2015 at the 63nd Annual BBQ!




Preschool Begins School Year

St. Andrew’s Preschool and Child Care opened for the year in August, with full enrollment. A special blessing was given on Wednesday, September 3.  Fr. Ernie and Rev. Jean Rogers blessed the students and their teachers.  They also blessed not only the Assembly Room and the Back Porch of the outside play area, but also the Entryway, all the classrooms, the Kitchen and even the students' lunches. Also in attendance were Preschool Director Cynthia Bustamante, Preschool Board members and Parish members.

Back Porch

Back Porch

Preschool Blessing

Assembly Room

Memorial Day 2014 at St. Andrews

St. Andrew’s congregation held a Memorial Day ceremony in honor of those who have served in the military on Sunday, May 25, after the 10:00 mass. 

Memorial Day

Church Honors Retired Deacons Anne and Skip Vellom

The Velloms have recently moved away. They were honored during the May 25 10:00 service and at coffee hour.  A compilation of memory sheets was created as a farewell gift.

Ann Vellom

Skip Vellom


A Visit to Our Coffee Beans

On April 12 members and friends toured Just Coffee’s roasting and distribution in Agua Prieta, Sonora. Adrian Gonzales served as our tour guide and translator and Daniel Cifuentes explained the work of the cooperative from certifying the organic growing conditions in Chiapas to growing, preparing, transporting and finally roasting the coffee.

Many churches and other organizations support the Café Justo cooperative that provides a living wage to Mexican coffee growers and their families.

We order coffee for our consumption at St. Andrew’s and to sell to anyone who would like to buy this fine coffee. We stock beans and ground Arabica coffee in medium and dark roast, beans and ground Robusto coffee and decaffeinated Arabica both beans and ground. We can special order other kinds and grinds. If you are interested in purchasing coffee from Café Justo, you can call St. Andrew’s Church, 520-281-1523.

Cafe Justo 1

Daniel Cifuentes and Adrian Gonzales explained the
process to our group.

Just Coffee 2

Women's Retreat

The Women of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church spent Saturday, March 29, in a retreat with the theme “Hands to Work; Hearts to God” conducted by the Rev. Ernie Galaz. The retreat included prayer, reflecting time, presentations, food, sharing, and a visit with teenagers and their chaperones from Grace-St Paul’s Church of Tucson who were on a two day visit to the border. (See more about their visit and their itinerary below.


Fr. Ernie read the book, Shaker Hearts by Ann Warren Turner during the ECW retreat which was entitled Hands to Work: Hearts to God. The relationship between Work and Prayer in the Spiritual Life.


The retreat ended with Communion celebrated by Fr. Ernie.

Friends Across Borders Tour

Thirteen young people and their chaperones visited St. Andrew’s Saturday morning, March 29, during their Friends and Faith Across Borders tour. At St. Andrew’s they viewed a video of the Saint Andrew’s Children’s Clinic with Vicki Fitzsimmons answering questions, toured the church with Fr. Pat to see the locations for the different specialties offered to the patients, talked with the adult volunteers of the Clinic and had breakfast.
Following their visit to us they were going to visit the border fence, walk part of the Devil’s Highway near Arivaca, meet with the Border Patrol in Douglas and visit two more Episcopal churches, St. John’s in Bisbee and St. Stephens in Douglas.



Girl Scouts attend St. Andrew’s worship service

Members of Nogales Girl Scout troops celebrated the beginning of Girl Scout Week on Sunday, March 9, by attending the 10:00 worship service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Sixty-two girls entered with a procession of their flags and baskets of Girl Scout Cookies. Patty Molina , area coordinator, arranges a visit to a different church each year to learn about a variety of denominations.  Wednesday, March 12, is the 102th anniversary of Girl Scouts of America.




"Ashes to go"

The premiere of "Ashes to go" in Santa Cruz County was a success. Over 165 people received ashes on Ash Wednesday at Garret's between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Many thanks to Rodger Babnew and Karin Rodes who provided liturgical support by reading portions of the service as people came for ashes.

Taco Mardi Gras

This year, 2014, the men of St. Andrew's replaced the traditional pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday with a Taco Mardi Gras. Look for this to become a new St. Andrew's tradition! The advertising flyer for the 2014 event is shown below:

Taco Mardi Gras 2014

The Rev. Ernie Galaz installed by Bishop Smith as St. Andrew's Rector

After a year as Priest-in-Charge, The Reverend Ernie Galaz was installed as our Rector by Bishop Kirk Smith on February 8th. The service was attended by the congregation, fellow clergy, friends and family. Following the Mass, a reception was held in St. Mary’s Hall.



Special Events of Advent and Christmas Season 2013

In addition to the usual Sunday and Christmas services, the following new St. Andrew's traditions were initiated: