Welcome to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico Thank you for taking the time to visit our website! We would like to welcome you to visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Come check us out! We are a parish with a love for each other and a desire to share that love with others. It is our aspiration to be a Christ-centered parish that provides spiritual growth to her members and Christian service to the community. Our worship is from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. We hope you will join us at St. Andrew’s in our life together in the service of Jesus Christ. “Digging Deep Wells So Others May Drink.” Our Vision “Digging Deep Wells so Others May Drink” is about being the Church. It is about mission and ministry inside and definitely outside the walls of St. Andrew’s. Digging Deep Wells is about helping each other live as vibrant Christians in a culture where followers of Christ are sometimes indistinguishable from other people. Digging Deep Wells is about supporting our parishioners in their daily living to transform their everyday arenas into opportunities for mission and ministry. Our History The Episcopal Church came to the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico in 1875 when the St. James mission was established in Mesilla Park. In 1905 the Rev. Hunter Lewis, more informally known as “Preacher Lewis” was called to St. James Church. He was passionate abouve establishing mission up and down the Rio Grande Valley. One of those missions was St. Andrew’s. The cornerstone of St. Andrew’s was laid on November 30, 1913, and it was organized as a mission on April 15, 1914. The original building still stands and is known as Kendrick Chapel, named after Bishop Kendrick. The present church was built in 1962 with a “Gathering Space” added in 2001 under the then rector, Fr. Jim Galbraith. Our preset Rector, the Rev. Canon Scott Ruthven, DD, was called to St. Andrew’s in August of...
Our Rector Fr. Scott Ruthven was called to be our rector at St. Andrew’s in 2003. He is a Doctor of Ministry as well as serving as Canon of Theology for the Diocese of the Rio Grande. He came to us with his family from a parish in Alamagordo and is a native of New Mexico. He was born in northern New Mexico and has served as a priest in southern New Mexico. He brings to our parish knowledge and understanding of New Mexico culture and traditions. Scott and Mary Jo were married in 1979. Mary Jo is involved in the children’s LOGOS youth program, the bell choir and other areas as her time allows with her outside employment. They have three children; the oldest, Leah, born in 1983, works as an elementary school teacher, Aaron, born in 1988, is in college, and Caleb, born in 1993, is in high school. All are musical and provide accompaniment during our Sunday services. Fr. Scott brings a strong pastoral ministry to our members and provides an excellent role model of Christian kindness and loving. He was called to the priesthood at the young age of 12. It took 20 years for the Lord to prepare him for His service as a priest. He is a strong believer in lay ministry and St. Andrew’s is noted for its lay hospital ministry and a multitude of other lay ministries. His focus is on spiritual growth for each parishoner with congregational growth a secondary priority. He and Mary Jo feel that spiritual growth breeds congregational growth. The parish has flourished under his guidance. Fr. Scott believes we should be known as the “Church that Cares” and he brings that attitude to all his activities. As a downtown church, he is committed to the needs of the people of the area. His door is “always open” for those in need of his time. If you are looking for a new spiritual home, please feel free to contact Fr. Scott to discuss this important matter with him. Jeff Kramer, Senior Warden Elected to Vestry ,Term: 2015-2016 Neal McMillan, Junior Warden Elected to Vestry, Term: 2015-2016 Sharon Nelson Hammersmith Clerk of the Vestry, Joyce Anglin, Elected to Vestry Bill Black, Elected to Vestry Sarah Brockmeier, Elected to Vestry Nancy Haynes, Elected to Vestry Dick Hiss, Elected to Vestry Grace LaTorra, Elected to Vestry Dianna Singh, Elected to Vestry Tom Mackin, Treasurer Sandy Hempfling, Assistant Treasurer Joan McClure-Post, Organist Missy Wortman, Parish Secretary Fran Chavez, Bookkeeper Gayle Treakle, Music Director Kevin Fry, Sexton ...
ST. ANDREW’S MINISTRIES VOLUNTEER INFORMATION As you leave through the doors of the Gathering Space at St. Andrew’s, the words Servants’ Entrance are above you. To follow in Jesus’ path is the goal of the church family. Below is a list of the many volunteer ministries to which our church members are called. Please complete an interest check sheet included at the end of this booklet and turn it in to the office or into the offering plate. You will be contacted back by the appropriate people. •Acolytes have helped with worship services since the year 250 AD. The word acolyte means “one who helps.” Acolytes help the priest before, during, and at the close of services. Acolytes light candles, serve as crucifers and assist with the Offering and Holy Communion. This ministry requires a minimum amount of training. Typically, acolytes will be scheduled at one to two services per month. All ages are welcome. •The Altar Guild assists the clergy. Guild members are responsible for the proper care and handling of eucharistic linens and vessels for Holy Communion. Rotating weekly teams are responsible for setting up the altar for all services held at the church. •Baptismal Friends provide Christian support and encouragement to families and the Godparents prior to and for a year after the Baptism. They participate in the pre-counseling and at the Service of Baptism. •The Baking of Fruit/Nut Breads for Newcomers is a ministry provided by anyone in the church. Loaves of bread are frozen for delivery by the Visitors to the newcomers. •Chalice Bearers are licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese to assist the Parish Priest in the distribution of the sacramental wine. The Deacon or his designated alternate schedules these individuals on a rotating basis. Potential Chalice Bearers must be approved by the Rector and Vestry, before licensing by the Bishop. •The Daughters of the King (DOK) is a religious order with a mission. Our mission is to extend Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism. Meetings are the first Saturday of each month with Morning Prayer, a homily, sharing and group prayer. Members send cards to the sick and shut-ins, deliverer flowers, pray for all those whose names we receive for prayer. Twice a year DOK sponsors a retreat at the church – during Advent and during Lent. Other services are performed as necessary for the spiritual life of the parish. •Destination ImagiNation (DI) is a creativity and problem solving program for children from elementary age to college age. Teams of up to seven members compete in various challenges that require complex thinking, problem solving, teamwork and creativity. The goal of the program is to teach creative and critical thinking, presentation skills, problem solving, and teamwork skills. •Discernment Committee is comprised...
Recent Sermons Click Here to Enjoy Father Scott’s Sermon from Sunday, August 16th. The readings for this Sunday were Proverbs 9:1-6, Psalm 34:9-14, Ephesians 5:15-20, and John 6:51-58. http://www.dioceserg.org http://www.episcopalrelief.org http://www.las-cruces.org SENIOR PROGRAMS http://www.las-cruces.org/Departments/Public%20Services/Services/Senior%20Programs.aspx http://www.donaanacounty.org http://ourladyoflaspalomas.org Christian Based Counseling: Bill Middendorf MA LPCC Individual, Substance Abuse, Group, Men’s Issues (575)...
Worship Schedule Sunday 8:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II Tuesday 9:30 AM Morning Prayer in Kendrick Chapel Thursday 12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in Kendrick Chapel Youth Programs Sunday School (during school year) 10:25 AM to 11:15 AM (returned to family for Holy Eucharist) LOGOS Youth Program Wednesdays (during school year) 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM (includes dinner); high school until 8:30 PM Teen Nights are held during the summer months for mid-school and high school groups. Vacation Bible School held for a week in summertime for youngsters. Bible Study September to May in the Parish Hall Between services Tuesday nights and Thursday mornings: The study of Isiah begins in Sept. Small group study during Lent in parishoner homes Men’s Club Dinner Gatherings 2nd Monday of the month in the parish...
Outback Rock Vacation Bible School will be taking place at St. Andrews starting tomorrow July 14 – July 15 from 6-8:30PM! It’s not too late to sign up! Come join the Aussie adventure! Contact Jan Miskovich for information! (575) – 642 – 7382 or at...
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Phone: 575-526-6333 Fax: 575-524-8981 E-mail: standrewlc@vcimail[dot]com Web site: http://www.SaintAndrewsLC[dot]org Fr. Scott’s E-mail: FrScottRuth@comcast[dot]net Office Hours Note: Entrance located on the East side of the building. Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Office doors unlocked 9-3; ring bell earlier or later. St. Andrew’s is located downtown at the intersection of Alameda Blvd. and Mountain Street. Address: 518 N. Alameda Blvd. Las Cruces, New Mexico...
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Welcome to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website!
We would like to welcome you to visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Come check us out! We are a parish with a love for each other and a desire to share that love with others. It is our aspiration to be a Christ-centered parish that provides spiritual growth to her members and Christian service to the community. Our worship is from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
We hope you will join us at St. Andrew’s in our life together in the service of Jesus Christ.
“Digging Deep Wells So Others May Drink.”
8:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
9:30 AM Morning Prayer in Kendrick Chapel
12:05 PM Holy Eucharist in Kendrick Chapel
Sunday School (during school year)
10:25 AM to 11:15 AM (returned to family for Holy Eucharist)
LOGOS Youth Program
Wednesdays (during school year)
4:00 PM to 7:30 PM (includes dinner); high school until 8:30 PM