June 15, 2017

THURSDAY MEMO for June 15 & 22, 2017

-                  JOIN US FOR WORSHIP                -

THIS SUNDAY, The 2nd Day after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

NEXT SUNDAY, The 3rd Day after Pentecost, there will be an 8:00 am service at the Church and the 10:00 a.m. service will be the All Parish Eucharist and Picnic at White Lake. Please see more about this below.

There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

-                 READINGS FOR SUNDAY               -

Sunday, June 18th
Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7
Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8-23

Sunday, June 25th
Genesis 21:9-21
Psalm 104
Matthew 10:24-39


Our Annual All-Parish Picnic at White Lake State Park will be held June 25th at 10:30 AM, a week from today. A regular service of Holy Eucharist will also be held as usual at the church at 8 AM. Our event will be held rain or shine since the pavilion is under cover. This has proved to be a fun community event, so feel free to invite friends and family members who might not regularly join you for church. The worship service will begin at about 10:30 (not our regular 10:00), and will be followed by the picnic. You are free to stay and enjoy the park until park closing time.
     When you come through the “check-in gate” just tell them you are there for Saint Andrew’s Picnic, then proceed to the pavilion. Set-up will be taking place from 9:00 on, so feel free to arrive early to drop off your food and get settled. The site is wheelchair accessible, including the bathrooms. Burgers, hotdogs, buns, and beverages will be provided, but you are invited to bring something for the food table: chips, salads, or dessert. The swimming at White Lake is excellent and good for children as well as adults; the water warms up early. Bring your kayak if you want to enjoy the whole late.
     The official amount that the church will pay for pavilion use is $5 per person, BUT WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR THE EVENT. If you want to come, come! If you would like to help subsidize the cost to the church, we welcome your contribution, large or small. (Checks can be made out to St. Andrew’s with a memo: for parish picnic.)
 What to bring:
A food table contribution of chips, salad, or dessert, informal clothing suitable to the weather, including an extra layer in case it gets chilly
A comfortable portable chair (The pavilion has only backless picnic tables.)
Swim suit and towel (if you want), Sunscreen, Kayak or swim toys
Directions from the south: The White Lake State Park entrance is on the left about a three-minute drive north from the West Ossipee intersection of Route 25 W and Rte 16. (Think McDonald’s, then head north toward Conway.)
Directions from the north: It is on the right about 3.5 miles south from Chocorua Village.

-            FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR           -

Funeral planning worksheets
I’ve recently had requests for the form for funeral planning, and have made an updated version. It is now available for anyone who is interested in planning ahead. You may wonder how important this is and if you should fill one out. My answer to anyone who asks me about this is that families are always glad when this has been done. It takes away a portion of the stress one feels when a loved one dies and the family is happy to know that they are following their loved one’s wishes for the service.
What’s involved? There are a few questions relating to your preference for the disposition of your body:
·         Whether you wish to be cremated or embalmed
·         Where you wish to be buried
·         Whether you’ve made arrangements with a funeral home.
The rest of the questions have to do with the service itself:
·         Whether you wish to have Communion
·         Whether you prefer Rite I (Elizabethan language) or Rite II (contemporary language)
·         Scripture readings you would prefer
·         Music preferences
·         If there are people you’d like to participate (readers, ushers, remarks, etc.)

Choices of Scripture readings as listed in The Book of Common Prayer and the texts are available in a separate document, as are hymn suggestions.

This fall I will plan to have a session on funeral planning for anyone who is interested. But in the meantime, these materials are available upon request.

-                         VIGIL                     -

This Evening at 7pm at Hesky Park in Meredith at the docks is the annual ride in of motorcycles to the  POW/MIA Vigil. this vigil is one of the longest running vigils in the country and is held every Thursday at 7pm. Peg Cade will be one of the honored guests as her brother was a POW during WW II.  

-                          DINNER BELL                        -
Thank you to Bev Hammond for stepping in as Dinner Bell coordinator!
This is a very important outreach opportunity that needs new volunteers.  There are still many dates that need to be covered for the upcoming year!
Open Dates for Cook Teams for Dinner Bell at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
July 2
August 20, 27
September 3, 24
October 8
December 17, 31
There will be a Christmas dinner on 12/25
  but anyone wants to still do a Dinner Bell meal for 12/24 they can.

February 18, 25
March 4, 18,
April 1, 15, 22
May 13, 20
June 3, 17, 24

-                   SEARCH COMMITTEE                  -
A Request from the Search Committee
As we continue with our fact gathering for our parish profile, we have mentioned at our Sunday services that we would be having small informal group discussions so that parishioners could continue to discuss our parish, and our search for a new rector. This coming Sunday, in the parish hall, there will be a sign up sheet with the names and addresses of parishioners who have agreed to host these discussions. Please sign up under the place, date, and time that is most convenient for you.
Your thoughts and opinions are very important in our search process, so we would like as many of you as possible to attend one of these sessions
If you have any questions, please contact any search committee member.
For the latest news from the Search Committee

Prayer for St. Andrew’s during the search process.
Loving God, giver of all good gifts, grant to the Search Committee, and to the parish, wisdom and faith.  Be with us as we develop and create the Parish Profile. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Search Committee: George Rau, Lisa Thompson, Cathie Lewis, Tom Huckman, Betsy Hess and Pat Adams.

-            COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER           -

The Hannaford Store in Ossipee, NH has selected The Community Food Center as the June recipient of the Hannaford Cause Bag Program!

Anytime a shopper purchases our Fight Hunger reusable bag,
a local Hunger Relief Agency receives $.25!

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for JUNE is paper towels.
-                  FOOD FOR THOUGHT                -
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

-               FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE              -

I will be on vacation June 19-25th.
Office hours will be limited with volunteers staffing, as follows:
Tue 10a-noon/ Wed 1p-3p/ Thur 1p-3p/ Fri 10a-noon
This is a two week Thursday Memo. It will not be produced on June 22nd.


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.
11      Dale Appleton
26      Gabriele Wallace, Mary Harrington
27      Aislinn Hird

1        George & Patti Rau
14      Bob & Susan Luz
16      Bernice & Ron Thompson
20      Sally & Vic DeGroot
22      Joan & Bob Wright