January 21, 2021


Bells tolling 4 minutes for 400,000 Covid Souls
January 19, 2021 (more photos in the gallery below)


Vaccinations and the Moral Dilemma

Should I get the COVID vaccine now that I’m eligible, or should I give my place to someone who needs it more than I do? This is a timely and valid question if you are 65 or older. I’ll tell you what I did.

 As clergy, I was eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1a. Our Bishop encouraged us to sign up when we were eligible, in part to do our part toward gaining herd immunity, and in part so we could visit our homebound parishioners who are at high risk if they contract COVID. I followed his advice and signed up. Every slot at the Tamworth DMV was open, so I signed up for the following day. When I got to the DMV there were two other people there receiving theirs – the DMV site can handle three people at a time, as you are required to wait 15 minutes after receiving the shot to be sure you don’t have a severe reaction.  (They hold your Driver’s License so you don’t have a choice!) While I waited one more person arrived, but she was the only person there when I left.

 When I signed up for my second dose, the schedule was wide open again and I suspect there were many slots that went unfilled during Phase 1a, at least at the Tamworth DMV. That probably won’t be true tomorrow, the first day people 65 or older can sign up, as there are some 300,000 people in the state in that age group. But we in Tamworth are fortunate, in that that we live in a low population area. It won’t be as difficult to sign up here as it will be in a city.

 I read an opinion piece this morning in the NY Times on this subject. The title was “If You’re Offered a Vaccine, Take It”. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/opinion/covid-vaccine-ethics.html?smid=em-share

 The points made were:

 ·         If you give up your place so someone who needs it more can take your place, you’re probably not helping the overall situation, because you don’t know who (if anyone) will take your place. It may be someone who is at lower risk than you. Or the slot may go untaken.

·         The more people who receive the vaccine, the better for the community, both local and beyond.

·         We tend to think that we are at lower risk than we are. It’s called an “optimistic bias”. We think that the public health campaign is more relevant to others than to ourselves because we may have an unrealistically optimistic view of how healthy we are.

·         Finally, the system for administering the vaccine has problems. Rollout is slower than anticipated. But we aren’t going to fix the problems with the system by opting out.

When I received my first shot I asked when the vaccine becomes fully effective. I was told the first dose of the Moderna vaccine is 50-60 % effective after four weeks, and the second dose, received four weeks later, is 90-95% effective four weeks after receiving it. So it takes at least eight weeks after the first dose to reach maximum effectiveness.

These are just things to consider as you ponder signing up for the vaccine. You must make your own decision, and some may have personal reasons for not being vaccinated. What was right for me may not be right for you; please prayerfully consider the best path for you.

 P.S.   We are likely still months away from gathering in person at St. Andrew’s. I expect that when we do get the green light to gather many will not be ready to meet in person, and we will move to a hybrid model of some in person and some on Zoom or Facebook. Meanwhile, thank you all for your faithful attendance at our Zoom and Facebook worship!



Registration for the COVID vaccine begins on Friday, January 22 for everyone 65 or older; inoculation begins 1/26. 

To register for your vaccine go to the state’s vaccine website, www.vaccines.nh.gov. You will then receive an email with a link. Follow that link to choose your location and schedule an appointment. You will need to take your Driver's Licence or another form of ID showing you are 65 or older.


The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM 
The remaining Sundays at 10:00 AM

This Sunday-January 24

at 10:00 a.m.
The Third Sunday after The Epiphany

via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information) 
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The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Collect of the Day

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson                              Jonah 3:1-5, 10

In our Hebrew scripture lesson the prophet Jonah, following his ordeal in the belly of a great fish, receives a second summons to prophesy to the heathen city of Ninevah.  Jonah preaches as he passed into the city, proclaiming repentance and predicting forty days before the city’s overthrow.  The people of Ninevah believe God and respond to the prophet’s message, proclaiming a fast and putting on the sackcloth and ashes that signify mourning and repentance.  IN response to Ninevah’s turn of heart, God determines not to destroy the city.

Psalm 62:6-14

God is a rock and shelter.  The people are to trust in God alone.

The Second Lesson      1 Corinthians 7:29-31 

In our epistle lesson Paul encourages the Corinthians to manage their temporal affairs in light of eternal realities.  It was thought by Paul and the early Christian communities that the time of the Lord’s return was near.  The urgency was all the greater, therefore, to keep priorities in order and to be cautious about attachments to this present world which  may distract.  The time to labor for God’s kingdom is now.


The Gospel     Mark 1:14-20   

Our gospel records the beginning of Jesus’ ministry: his proclamation of the coming kingdom and the calling of his first disciples.  After the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus returns to Galilee preaching the nearness of God’s rule and the need for a change of heart.  Two sets of brothers are bidden to leave their nets and become fishers for people.

Click below to see the readings: 

One thing we can always do while we stay at home is to pray for each other! We would like to keep our prayer list up to date and publish it each week in the Thursday Memo. Please email Deb at office@standrewsinthevalley.org with any updates.

This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for:  Judy Grace, Jeannette Mead, Margaret, Mary Ireland, Jean DeThomas, Terri Hooper,  Martin, John McGowan, Sue Huckman, Steve Thompson, Joan Marshall, Marilyn Cloran, Kitty Lou Booty, Gabriele and Bob Wallace, Dave Appleton, Carolyn Boldt, Angela B., Tom, Carolyn Jarvis, Doug Crapser, Peg Patenaude, Joyce Humphrey, 

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Brian & Sara Kelley, Elizabeth Wiesner,  Audrey Berry.

For those who have died: 

For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.

For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.



YOU will learn first-hand of our Episcopal Church’s work-in-progress all across New Hampshire

YOU will share ideas for new and vital ministries with other parishes in the Lakes region

YOU will meet with Bishop Rob for conversation and inspiration

YOU will engage in reviewing the Diocesan budget and Resolutions for Convention

YOU will represent Saint Andrew’s as a Delegate to our Diocesan Convention in November

YOU will make new connections and friendships in parishes across the Diocese

If most of these reasons appeal to you, it is likely that you are ready to give your perspective and participation to six monthly meetings a year. If you would like to become a Delegate or Alternate, please contact members of the 2021 Nominating Committee, Sally DeGroot and Lisa Thompson by Sunday, January 24. Thank You! 
EFM, or Education for Ministry, currently has a combined New Hampshire/New York group that meets online weekly. This group was started by Rev. Bill Cruse, and was initially a New Hampshire group, but due to graduation, the group became too small for sharing and discussion, thus combining with the New York group this year.  It has been a wonderful process, learning and sharing with new friends from an area totally different from rural NH. We would love to keep this group viable looking forward to next Fall. 

If you like meeting new people, sharing your story and your faith with others, lively discussion about scripture and other authors, praying together, all from the comfort of your living room, EFM may be for you! If you need more information, Jen, Carol, Sammie, or Pat would be happy to answer any questions.

 On another note, if you enjoy Compline, and miss it on Friday evening, please join Carolyn Black, one of our New York friends, who does Compline every Friday evening at 7:00PM.  Here is linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktLGR7kHffE 


Safe Church In-Person Zoom Trainings 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:00 pm - Click HERE to register

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm - Click HERE to register


No DINNER BELL until further notice.

Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!


The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.

Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
12-4 pm
Next Food Pantry: February 3
Any questions call 603-960-4067

Photo: Artworks Community presents  $600 check to CFC

If you do not see your birthday or anniversary listed, please make sure Deb in the office has an information sheet on file for you.
3        Donna Jones
4        Ellie McLaughlin, Jen Huckman
9        Pat Adams
19      Ginger Heard, Jonathan Brady
25      Connor Bunker, Ann Cady
27      Carol Tubman


From Pat Adams "This is my sister Tracy wearing her shawl from the St Andrews prayer shawl ministry. Due to COVID and her cancer treatment I had been unable to see her until recently to give it to her.  She is very grateful and loves it!" 

Painting progress in the Parish Hall and Prince Room

Bell Ringers