October 11, 2018

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP                
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, Pentecost 21, there will be two services at 8:00 am and 10:00 a.m.

Book Group will meet at 11:15 following services on October 14, 21 and 28.
Please read the 1st 2 sections, Childhood in White and Midlife Wake-Up Calls.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Please check the sheet in the Parish Hall and ask someone to “team up” with you for Coffee Hour. Hosts are needed for all dates for remainder of Oct and all of Nov and Dec.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, October 14, 2018
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23, Year B

Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

Note: I will be at the clergy retreat Monday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 17, but will be available by cell phone (603) 553-9254 or email  (RectorSAITV@gmail.com) in an emergency.

On Sunday we began our stewardship season for 2019. If you have not received your packet please let Deb know. Letters to our out of town members were mailed last Friday, and to local members on Monday. Thank you to the Stewardship Committee (Pat Adams, Barbara Lord, Patti Rau, Lisa Thompson and Sammie Wakefield) for another season’s good work! They have once again created a wonderful and meaningful campaign! We who are many are one. We all know this phrase from Scripture. It comes from Romans 12:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.  
In so many ways this passage and others like it (1 Cor. 10:17; the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians) form the foundation of our community of faith. We cannot be the church, the body of Christ, by ourselves. It is only when we come together in faith and share our God given gifts that this is possible. We who make up the body of Christ at St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley – our part of the vine in New Hampshire, our part of the Jesus Movement of the Episcopal Church – we who are many, are one body in Christ. Together we make possible ministries like Dinner Bell, the Community Food Center and Eleanor’s Project. Together we worship on Sunday mornings and during the week, supported by the Altar Guild, Eucharistic ministers, readers, ushers and acolytes. Together we give of our time to take care of our building and our grounds; and together we have given our money to “Raise the Roof”. Together we support each other in times of sickness and grief, together we celebrate in times of joy. Together we grow in our faith and find the strength and courage to navigate our lives during the week. Without every one of us St. Andrew’s couldn’t be the welcoming and loving community that it is. Without each one of us, the rest of us couldn’t be our best selves.

Thank you for all you do, for all that you give, and for all that you are.
With gratitude,

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 
1 Corinthians 10:14-17

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
                                                                             1 Corinthians 12:4-14

Your help is needed to sell Quilt Raffle Tickets
Please sign-out a packet of tickets to sell to your family, friends and neighbors. See Hettie Buck after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, October 14 or call 603-253-5035. There will also be packets of tickets in the office after October 14.



Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday October 14th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday October 21st
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

Many Thanks to Scott Whitmore's cook team from the Call and Response Foundation who served the delicious meal at Dinner Bell this past Sunday 10/7. They arrived early and brought the meal all prepared, lasagna, salad, garlic bread and apple crisp so all 11 team members had plenty of time for socializing with the guests before, during and after the meal. 

Scott and the members from the Call and Response Foundation were at Camp Huckins for a weekend yoga and chanting retreat and Scott had called the church a couple of months ago as their foundation wanted to do service to the community while on their retreat and thus their service to Dinner Bell. Their group also prepared the evening meal the night before Dinner Bell at the Congregational Church in Center Ossipee.

Many thanks to Scott and the members who so joyously served Dinner Bell! I had the opportunity to meet them and eat with them and I also attended their  Kirtan-Sanskrit chanting Sunday night event at Camp Huckins right after Dinner Bell which was sacred and special.

Scott and his group hope to return next year the first weekend in October to serve Dinner Bell again as part of their yoga/chanting retreat.  Looking forward to their return!

For more information about the Call and Response Foundation: their website is: callandresponsefoundation.org  and their retreats are open to the public.

Beverly Hammond

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for October  is deodorant for men/women.

Thursday, October 11
Acts 24:14-15 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our ancestors, believing everything laid down according to the law or written in the prophets. I have a hope in God—a hope that they themselves also accept—that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.

Jesus reassured his disciples and followers that he was not intent on destroying the law or the prophets but rather had come to fulfill them. Now Paul, standing before the Roman governor, must also convince the powers that be that the Way is not a cult and he has not abandoned the God of Israel. Paul maintains that the Way is a furtherance of the law and the prophets, an expansion of what was established in the calling of Abraham and the revelation to Moses. The idea of a resurrection for both the righteous and sinners is as radical a proposition as any of the rest of Jesus’ teachings, staking the bold claim that all are equal before God and worthy of salvation.

The idea that old and new beliefs can coexist is challenging for Paul and his community, as it still is for us today. However, the Roman governor showed that he could be flexible and allowed Paul some liberty. It is better to bend than to be absolutely rigid. 

MOVING FORWARD: How do you reconcile your own conflicts, spiritual or otherwise, within the context of flexibility or rigidity?  

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.

5     Ray Walker
9     Joan Wright, Peter Thompson
11    Barbara Worcester, Rob Walty
20    Lois Brady
22    Sally DeGroot, John McGowan
27    Larry Grace
28    Dick Wakefield, Dwight Baldwin

8        Judy & Larry Grace

9:00 am
Blessing of the Animals
8 & 10 am
Pentecost 21
11:15 am
Book Group
8 & 10 am
Pentecost 22
11:15 am
Book Group
8 & 10 am
Pentecost 23
11:15 am
Book Group
Every Sunday
5:00 pm
Dinner Bell

9:30 am
Quilt Group
7:00 pm
Vestry Meeting

Every Tuesday
10:00 am
Community Food Center
5:30 pm
Centering Prayer
8:00 pm
AA Meeting
9:00 am
Cooking Class

Every Wednesday
9:00 am
Morning Prayer
Lunch Bunch meets at Rosies


Every Friday
10:00 am
Community Food Center
1:00 pm
Office Attic Cleanout

Every Saturday
8:00 pm
AA Meeting
8:00 pm
Al-Anon Meeting


It’s that time of year for giving!
Over the next two Sundays we will collect gifts for ChIPs and United Thank Offering (UTO).  Each October we invite contributions which will be taken to the Diocesan Convention on November 3rd by the Delegates.

The CHiPs program (Children of Incarcerated Persons) collects gifts and monetary donations ($25 this year) to be given to the children of those who are in prison. 

UTO: The first priority of The United Thank Offering is to encourage the spiritual practice of gratitude and then to give grants from the abundant collection of coins and bills given each year to our Blue Boxes. In 2018 the United Thank Offering annual grant recipients, seminarian and young adult grant recipients are working towards evangelism and reconciliation as a part of the Jesus Movement. The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church awarded 47 grants for a total of $1,169,969.55 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The 2018 grants were awarded to 34 Episcopal Church Dioceses, 8 Companion Relationships, 4 International Dioceses/ Provinces and 1 to continue our tradition of supporting Episcopal Church missionaries.

If you are giving by check to St. Andrew’s, please mark in the memo line “ChIPs or UTO”. You may leave your contributions in the office or drop them in the collection plate.

Thank you for your generosity to these very important outreach programs.


Blessing of the Animals