Saint Andrew's-in-the-Valley 

Thursday MEMO
December 29, 2011




Christmas Eve at Saint Andrew's


This coming Sunday, January 1, 2012, Holy Name Sunday
and New Year’s Day, we will have a ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9 am with our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale, presiding.

Readings for this Sunday:
Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:15-21


What a glorious weekend of Christmas Services!
There was an abundance of people here to rejoice on Christmas Eve worshiping God while delighting in music with Val May and Aislin Hird on harps, Randy Ouellette on trumpet, Bernice Thompson on organ, our own choir, and the congregation's own hearty, joyful singing of carols.






Children at the Christmas Eve 5 PM service participated in the telling of the Christmas story and in the setting and blessing of the crèche.

To hear the interactive Children's sermon click below. http://standrewsinthevalley-2011blog.blogspot.com/



Thank you to all who participated in the success of the Christmas Dinner, especially Carol Tubman, whose never ending energy comes through for this end-of-the-year feast. She was recognized with a thank you card signed by all the dinner guests.


Ed Walters entertained Christmas Dinner guests with accordion and song.

By the way... Does anyone know when this much appreciated and much enjoyed tradition of a Community Christmas Feast began? Was this the 12th? The 15th? The 20th?


It’s that time of year…that is YEAR END!
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 5th, following our ONE service at 9:00 AM. Debra will be looking for your committee reports for our Annual Report as soon as you can get them to her. Final due date being January 17th. Please don’t wait until the last minute. Send them via email to the office or drop off a hard copy to her in-box. If you need a copy of last year’s report, please send your request to her and she can either email it to you or provide a hard copy.

9 o'clock Wednesday morning Services of Morning Prayer continue. ALL ARE WELCOME! We gather in the church to pray the daily office together. Using the Episcopal Church's calendar of greater and lesser saints as presented in Holy Women, Holy Men, each service commemorates a particular person, recognized by the church for the compelling ways in which each lived his or her faith.

For reflection during this Christmastide, from Brother David Vryhof of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist:

Like Jesus, we too are beloved children of God, and like a stone carver uncovering the figure within, God chips away all that is superfluous and non-essential, so that the essence of who we have been created to be may be revealed.

May we prepare to begin the New Year of 2012 open to that truth.

Blessings,
Heidi+


UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR:
Friday, December 30: 10a-noon Food Center
Saturday, December 31: 8pm AA (Parish Hall) & Al-Anon (Prince Room)
Sunday, January 1: Holy Name Day: Happy New Year!
One service only at 9 AM Holy Eucharist
Monday, January 2: Church office closed
Tuesday, January 3: 10-noon Food Center
8pm AA (Parish Hall)
Wednesday, January 4: 9 AM Morning Prayer
We remember Elizabeth Seton, Founder of the American sisters of Charity, 1821
Thursday, January 5: The church is always open for prayer during office hours and at other times by arrangement.





December 22, 2011


All are invited to join in the festive, intergenerational preparations of “Greening the Church” TONITE, Dec. 22nd. Come at 6 PM as we gather in anticipation and celebration, sharing in a simple meal together, then moving into the sanctuary for the Greening of the Church. We are a people of the Incarnation and we live our love, in part, through the ways in which we tend to the spaces around us, delighting in the beauty we can create, as an outward sign of our love of God and of God’s gifts to us.
“Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table…Love the guest is on the way!” [Wonder, Love, and Praise #724]

 

Our Crèche, to be set and blessed on Christmas Eve

We hope you will invite your friends and family members to join you at  Saint Andrew’s as we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord.

Services for Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th
4:45 PM Music: Carols, organ, harp, and trumpet.
5:00 PM Intergenerational Service with Children’s Sermon, Setting and Blessing of the Crèche, and Holy Eucharist.


10:45 PM Carols and Instrumental music (organ and trmpet)
11:00 PM Candlelight Festival Eucharist with choir and sermon.

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th,
11:30 AM a simple service of Holy Eucharist with carols,
          Reminder: There will be no 8:00 or 10:00 liturgies on Christmas Day 

12:30 PM Community Christmas Dinner (All are welcome. Please call the
church office at 323-8515 to make a reservation).

A note from Carol Tubman, organizer of the feast: Our lavish holiday dinner, open to all, will be served at Saint Andrew's at 12:30 on Christmas Day. Parishioners who wish to donate a dish please sign on the sheet in the parish hall. Items such as olives, pickles, cheese/crackers, vegetables and pies will be warmly received. But most of all I would really like it if Santa would bring me a clean- up crew. If so inclined, please indicate so on the same sign-up sheet or call the office and leave a message. Thank you in advance. 

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-14

Wondering what our “FUN” raising did this year? The following is a recap of 2011. A Big THANK YOU to all who contributed. It could not have been done without the help of the many hands that participated in so many ways.

BBQ Chicken Dinner    $ 336.23
Mardi Gras                         86.35
Lobster Dinner               1297.39
Rummage Sale                 652.29
Sandwich Fair Booth     2178.25
Harvest Supper              1408.70
Boughs & Bonbons       1249.20 

Outreach monies in the amount of $ 2,471.91 are being contributed to the following:

TCCP, Agape Ministries, Community Food Center, Seafarer’s Friend, Tamworth Community Nurses, ERD, Bearcamp Valley School, Ossipee Children’s Fund, Ossipee Concerned Citizens, Tamworth Caregivers, Starting Point, NH Community Loan Fund, Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation, Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County, Saint Andrew’s Mission Reserve Fund.
Fair Trade Coffee profits will be sent to Nets for Life.

GREAT JOB EVERYONE!


ALL ARE WELCOME! To join a Service of Morning Prayer, every Wednesday at 9 AM, led by one of our three licensed worship leaders. 

PICTURES, PICTURES AND MORE PICTURES….It would be wonderful if someone could take pictures over this weekend to share. Please email them to the office and I thank you in advance. ~Debra 

Holiday Blessings from The Office at St. Andrew’s

UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR: 


Fri 12/23: OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
            10a-noon Food Center
            Baskets distributed    

 Sat 12/24: Christmas Eve   
            4:45 PM Intergenerational Service
            8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)
            10:45 PM Candlelight Festival Eucharist

Sun 12/25: Christmas Day

One service only
            11:30 AM Holy Eucharist: Rite Two
                 followed by
            12:30 Community Christmas Dinner



Mon 12/26: Church office closed

Tue 12/27:    
            10a-noon Food Center
            8pm AA (PH)

Wed 12/28:    
            9am Service of Morning Prayer


Thu 12/29:

December 15, 2011












Services for this coming Sunday, December 18th, The Fourth Sunday of Advent, will be at 8 and10 am with our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale.
Christmas flower (poinsettia) envelopes need to be in the office by this Sunday.
 
Readings for this Sunday: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 15; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 




 Last Sunday’s Service, The Third Sunday of Advent we welcomed Dana Cunningham as our guest musician.



All are invited to join in the festive, intergenerational preparations of “greening the church” on Thursday, Dec. 22nd. Come at 6 PM to share in a simple meal then stay for the decorating.

 “Give a Gift in Someone’s name”: There are envelopes in the Parish Hall that you can give a give a gift to one of St. Andrew’s Designated Funds and give that gift in someone else’s name. They will receive a card from St. Andrew’s letting them know that a gift was given on their behalf.

NOTE: if you provided cooked goodies or other items for the boughs & bonbons fair, please pick up your personal containers from the table in the Prince Room as soon as possible. Thank you. 

A lavish holiday dinner, open to all, will be served at At. Andrew's at 12:30 on Christmas day. Parishioners who wish to donate a dish please sign on the sheet in the parish hall. Items such as olives, pickles, cheese/crackers, vegetables and pies will be warmly received. But most of all I would really like it if Santa would bring me a clean- up crew. if so inclined please indicate so on the same sign-up sheet. Thank you in advance. Thank you. ~Carol Tubman

SEAFARER’S LOCKER still needs 2012 Calendars, hats, cards. Please ask Tom Reinfuss about other needs.


Celebrate Christmas Schedule


December 18
Fourth Sunday of Advent

8 & 10 am Services 

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
4:45 pm Carol Sing
5:00 pm Blessing of the Créche & Holy Eucharist
~
“Midnight” Service with Organ and Choir
10:45 pm Carol Sing- 11:00 pm Festival Eucharist 

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day
11:30 am Holy Eucharist followed by Christmas Dinner

Holiday Blessings from The Office at St. Andrew’s 

UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR: 
Fri 12/16:      
            10a-noon Food Center

Sat 12/17:     
            8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

Sun 12/18:     
            8 & 10 am Holy Eucharist
           10 am child care available
            5pm Dinner Bell: Cook team: Friends

Mon 12/19: Church office closed

Tue 12/20:    
             10a-noon Food Center
             8pm AA (PH)

Wed 11/21:     

             9am Service of Morning Prayer

Thu 11/22:
        Food Baskets packed
             6pm Supper followed by
             greening of the church

December 8, 2011


Services for this coming Sunday, December 11th, The Third Sunday of Advent, will be at 8 and10 am with our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale.
Christmas flower (poinsettia) envelopes need to be in the office by Sunday, Dec. 18th.
Dana Cunningham, well-known area pianist, composer, and a good friend of this parish, will be our guest musician, providing the music for our 10:00 liturgy. For those who are interested, Dana's CDs will be available for purchase at coffee hour. 

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126; 1

Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28




 Last Sunday’s Service, The Second Sunday of Advent was a welcome back to our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale, from her Sabbatical. After the service during a brunch coffee hour she was presented with gift of a scrapbook compilation of various thoughts from members, staff and supply clergy along with T-shirts for her and Duane. We are very happy to have them back!

  

  

The Diocese is offering Advent Retreats in 4 locations( Concord, Berlin, Exeter and Meredith) the 1st and 2nd weeks of Advent. For more information please pick up a card in the Parish Hall or visit www.nhepiscopal.org





Boughs & Bonbons Christmas Fair! (more pictures below)
This year tables were manned by outside venders offering a variety of items for gifts and eats. Many thanks to all who contributed to this last fundraiser of the year. Numbers are still being put together as there are still items to be sold in the parish hall.
NOTE: if you provided cooked goodies or other items in your personal containers, please pick up your containers off the table in the Prince Room as soon as possible. Thank you. 

 
“Give a Gift in Someone’s name”: There are envelopes in the Parish Hall that you can give a give a gift to one of St. Andrew’s Designated Funds and give that gift in someone else’s name. They will receive a card from St. Andrew’s letting them know that a gift was given on their behalf.

A lavish holiday dinner, open to all, will be served at At. Andrew's at 12:30 on Christmas day. Parishioners who wish to donate a dish please sign on the sheet in the parish hall. Items such as olives, pickles, cheese/crackers, vegetables and pies will be warmly received. But most of all I would really like it if Santa would bring me a clean- up crew. if so inclined please indicate so on the same sign-up sheet. Thank you in advance.  ~Carol Tubman 

 Dear Friends, What a wonderful homecoming! As you know from my earlier letters, my sabbatical time was deeply rewarding – fascinating places, interesting people, both restful and energizing – but there’s nothing quite like returning home to a beloved community. It is such a joy to be back with you and deeply moving for me to experience how you and the Holy Spirit have teamed up! Your joy, your willingness to work hard, and your deepened affection for each other, this place, and God has been palpable from the minute I returned! That is a blessing that we all share.

The scrapbook that you presented to Duane and me at the welcome back coffee hour last Sunday is an amazing work of artistic creativity, but perhaps more than that, a provides a rich window into who we are as the parish of Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley. Your own reflections on the past three months – in prose, poetry, and pictures – along with the observations from the visiting clergy team – all so well presented – are a wonderful gift. It is impossible for me to spend time with this beautiful volume and not have a smile (even grin) on my face and tears in my eyes!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And while I know that most of the actual labor (and fun) of putting the book together fell to a handful of individuals, the grace with which you as a parish and as individuals thrived and grew is an indication of how much you allowed God to be part of the process and how well you used these past three months of sabbatical time! May this abundant growth continue.
As I said on Sunday, I’m excited about discovering where we are headed now a priest and people, as we move into the second half of Advent.
Notice! Stay awake! And strive to do everything that you do with deep affection and we will be richly rewarded.

It’s good to be home. Blessings, Heidi+ 


SEAFARER’S LOCKER still needs 2012 Calendars, hats, cards. Please ask Tom Reinfuss about other needs. 

Celebrate Christmas Schedule
December 18
Fourth Sunday of Advent

8 & 10 am Services 


Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
4:45 pm Carol Sing
5:00 pm Blessing of the Créche & Holy Eucharist
~
“Midnight” Service with Organ and Choir
10:45 pm Carol Sing- 11:00 pm Festival Eucharist

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day

11:30 am Holy Eucharist followed by Christmas Dinner




Gretchen selling Fair Trade coffee

speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil...
Holiday Blessings
from The Office at St. Andrew’s 
 
Soap display






UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR:

Fri 12/9:
            10a-noon Food Center 
Sat 12/10:      
            8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR) 

Sun 12/11:                  8 & 10 am Holy Eucharist
            10 am child care available
            5pm Dinner Bell: Cook team: Wakefield

Mon 12/12: Church office closed
            TCCP preparing for gift packing

Tue 12/13:
            10am-noon Food Center
              8pm AA (PH)

Wed 12/14:
            9am Morning Prayer
            TCCP packing gift bags

Thu 12/15:
            TCCP packing gift bags 
           
6 pm round table eucharist
              followed by brown bag supper
            7pm Vestry Meeting


Thank yous to:
Heidi for providing pictures from the Boughs & Bonbons Christmas Fair.
Debra for providing pictures from the welcome back brunch.    
Duane for providing pictures from the Sunday service.
ALL who organized, contributed and helped with the Boughs & Bonbons Fair.

December 1, 2011

Bidding is in full swing for Pies!


Saint Andrew's-in-the-Valley
Thursday MEMO


 






Services for this coming Sunday, December 4th, The Second Sunday of Advent, will be one service only at 9 am Welcoming back our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale.

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13;

2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

On Sunday, November 20th, Rev. Gail Avery was unable to preach and Rev. Brian Kelley was able to preside over the Service.
 




Last Sunday’s Service, The First Sunday of Advent was enjoyed by all with guest priest, Rev. Ellie McLaughlin presiding.


The Diocese is offering Advent Retreats in 4 locations( Concord, Berlin, Exeter and Meredith) the 1st and 2nd weeks of Advent. For more information please pick up a card in the Parish Hall or visit www.nhepiscopal.org
 
Harvest Supper & Pie Auction: Great Food, Great Fun had by all! (more pictures below)
           Many people have told me what a great job I did as auctioneer, well, thank you very much but, you did all the work. I had all the fun. You told people about the dinner and auction. You baked the pies. You prepared and served the dinner. You gave pronunciation and elocution lessons. You did the cleanup. You did the bidding. This had to be one of the most fun-filled FUN-Raising events ever. So, let me tell you…. YOU DID A GREAT JOB! Tom Reinfuss

 
Come and get your wreath! and other goodies.
St. Andrew’s Boughs & Bonbons Holiday Fair 
This Saturday, December 3rd – 9 AM – 1PM
Please contact co-chairs Lynne Clough (323-7046) or Patti Rau (367-8223) with questions or offers of help. Let’s make this Boughs & Bonbons the best ever!
 
SEAFARER’S LOCKER needs 2012 Calendars, hats, cards. Please ask Tom Reinfuss about other needs.

Memory Awakens Hope. . . . . . . . . Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which Is Above,1986

"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope." 
 

Celebrate Christmas Schedule
December 18 Fourth Sunday of Advent 8 & 10 am Services

December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
4:45 pm Carol Sing
5:00 pm Blessing of the Créche & Holy Eucharist
~
“Midnight” Service with Organ and Choir
10:45 pm Carol Sing- 11:00 pm Festival Eucharist

December 25 Christmas Day 11:30 am Holy Eucharist followed by Christmas Dinner



~ Holiday Blessings, Debra ~


 

UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR: 
 Fri 12/2:       
           10a-noon Food Center

 Sat 12/3:      
            9-1 Boughs & Bonbons Fair 

           8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

Sun 12/4:      
            9am Holy Eucharist followed by
                     a Welcome Back for Heidi           
            5pm Dinner Bell: Cook team: UUFES

Mon 12/5:     
            Church office closed

Tue 12/6:     
            10a-noon Food Center
             6:30pm Evening Prayer
            7pm Liturgy Committee
            8pm AA (PH)

Wed 11/23:   
            9am Morning Prayer
 Thu 11/24: 


MORE PICS FROM THE HARVEST SUPPER! 
 See the Parish Hall bulletin board for more pictures
(Thank you to Sammie Wakefield for photography)
         
Yummy Pies!




lots of hearty eaters.





Auctioneer, Tom and helper, George.

November 17, 2011

Services for this coming Sunday, November 20th, The Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, will be at 8 and 10 am with guest preacher, The Rev. Gail Avery.

Readings for this Sunday: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24;
Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Services for the following Sunday, November 27th, The First Sunday of Advent, will be at 8 and 10 am with guest preacher, The Rev. Ellie McLaughlin.

Readings for the following Sunday: Isaiah 64:1-9;

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18;1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Matthew 13:24-37
 

Last Sunday’s Service was enjoyed by all with guest priest, Rev. Susan Ackley presiding.





Our guest organist was Ray Stineford.

 
Come for the food and fun! Join us for a Saint Andrew's Harvest Supper and Pie Auction, tomorrow night, November 18th. Tickets will be available at the door. Plan to come and invite your friends! It is hoped that many of you will bake delicious pies (pies that can be frozen for Thanksgiving feasts are especially welcome) to be auctioned following the meal, beginning at about 7:30pm. 
Note: Pies should be delivered on the day of the dinner/auction by 3 p.m.

  On Saturday we will be participating in the Farmer’s Market at the Brett School from 10am-1pm. Gretchen will be there with a table of relishes, hot pepper jelly, popcorn, cornmeal, plants and other things. Hope to see you there!


Get Ready! St. Andrew’s Boughs & Bonbons Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 3rd – 9 AM – 1PM
We need your help with this last fundraising event of the year.

Flyers are available in the Parish hall or Please contact co-chairs Lynne Clough (323-7046) or Patti Rau (367-8223) with questions or offers of help. Let’s make this Boughs & Bonbons the best ever!


Thank you! to Sally DeGroot for producing and framing the poem read at the Blessing of the Kitchen. It looks wonderful on the wall.

 


Have you noticed? The children’s corner in the Parish Hall has been made more “children” friendly. The addition of the small chairs (which were stored in the basement) along with a couple of small tables. The chalk/dry board easel was brought out from the Prince Room. This area is very much enjoyed by children from the Parish as well as those accompanying their parents to Food Pantry and AA.
 
Stewardship Update: We are now up to 54 pledges in the amount of $ 118,168.00 on our way to $140,000.00. Thank you for your individual support for us as a church community.


Make sure you check the announcements in the bulletin to see what plans are being made for Heidi’s return in two weeks!

ALL ARE WELCOME!To join a Service of Morning Prayer, every Wednesday at 9 AM, led by one of our three licensed worship leaders.

 Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Holiday. I will be in Bar Harbor, ME enjoying the holiday with family and friends. Please look for the next Thursday Memo on December 1st. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. 
Happy Fall Blessings, Debra



UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR:
Fri  11/18: 
          10a-noon  Food Center
          6-9PM HARVEST SUPPER & PIE AUCTION

 Sat  11/19: 
          8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

Sun 11/20:
          8 and 10am Holy Eucharist
          5pm Dinner Bell:  Cook team: UUFES

Mon 11/21:  Church office closed
Food Center Thanksgiving Basket Distribution
 
Tue  11/22:
          10a-noon  Food Center- Basket Distribution
          6:30pm Evening Prayer
          7pm Liturgy Committee
          8pm AA (PH)

Wed 11/23:
          9am  Morning Prayer

 Thu  11/24 & Fri 11/25: Office will be closed
Happy Thanksgiving!  

         

November 10, 2011


Services for this coming Sunday, November 13th, The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost, will be at 8 and 10 am with guest preacher, The Rev. Susan Ackley.

Following the 10 o’clock service will be an Outreach discussion led by Bob Seston to determine who will receive 2011 fundraiser monies.

Readings for this Sunday: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123;

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30



 Last Sunday’s Service was enjoyed by all with guest priest, Rev. Gail Avery presiding. She shared her gratification for St. Andrew’s part in her ordination and her gift of the chasuble she was able to wear on All Saints’ Sunday.



 

We also enjoyed trumpet playing from Randy Ouellette.











Following the service was the Pledge Celebration Breakfast hosted by the Stewardship Committee. Reports were given by Sammie and Gretchen of pledges received.

(more pics below)




 A November Book Group led by Lisa Thompson: praying for strangers will have their first discussion on Wed, November 16th at 10 am following the prayer service. A 2nd discussion will be offered that Wednesday evening at 7pm.


Thank you to all who have contributed to get us closer to our 2010 Deficit Reduction Goal of $7,860. (Special Gifts to Operating Budget).

We have reached $6,346 making the remaining balance of our goal $1,514, which we could easily meet with a little help from everyone.




We hope you will join us for a Saint Andrew's Harvest Supper and Pie Auction, to be held on Friday evening, November 18th. Tickets will be available at the door. Plan to come and invite your friends.! It is hoped that many of you will bake delicious pies (pies that can be frozen for Thanksgiving feasts are especially welcome) to be auctioned following the meal, beginning at about 7:30pm.

Note: Pies should be delivered on the day of the dinner/auction by 3 p.m.

Get Ready! 



St. Andrew’s Holiday Fair Boughs & BonbonsSaturday, December 3rd – 9 AM – 1PM

We need your help with this last fundraising event of the year.






Here are the many ways how you can be a part of it:

· Make bows: It’s easy and fun and you can do it while watching TV! If you are interested, Elaine South or Judy Grace can give you some tips and supply you with ribbon.

· Decorate wreaths: Elaine and Judy will be at the church on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 9-noon to attach bows, pinecones, and other natural decorations.

· Bake cookies: Cookie plates are a big seller – it would be great if you could donate 4-5 dozen (because of food allergies, nothing that contains nuts or peanut butter, please). Cookies should be dropped off at the church on Thursday or Friday, Dec. 2 (by 9 am). Please tag the cookies with your name and a brief description of what you’ve made.

· Make candy: If you have a favorite, great. If not, some suggestions: peppermint bark or peanut brittle. We are all set with fudge. 

· Bake bread or make preserves or relishes: Holiday breads such as cranberry or date nut are always popular. We have some jams/jellies/pickles etc. left from the Sandwich Fair but we could always use more. Please contact Carol Tubman to let her know what you’re contributing no later than Sunday, Nov. 27: 539-2780 or
cctubman@msn.com. Please include size and ingredient info, as she is making signs and labels.

· Deliver posters: Holiday Fair posters will be available at the church on Sunday, November 13. They need to go to post offices, libraries, and other high traffic areas in Tamworth, Madison, Moultonboro, Sandwich, and Ossipee.

· Set up: The Parish Hall will be transformed into Holiday Fair headquarters on Friday, Dec. 2. Help is needed assembling cookie plates, setting up and decorating tables, and arranging gift items. 

· Work at the Fair: A sign-up sheet for helpers will be in the church hall by Nov. 13.

             Please contact co-chairs Lynne Clough (323-7046) or Patti Rau (367-8223) with questions or offers of help. Let’s make this Boughs & Bonbons the best ever! 




ALL ARE WELCOME! To join a Service of Morning Prayer, every Wednesday at 9 AM, led by one of our three licensed worship leaders.


Happy Fall Blessings, Debra



UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR:

Fri  11/11: 
          10a-noon  Food Center

Sat  11/12: 
          8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

Sun 11/13:
          8 and 10am Holy Eucharist
Outreach Discussion to follow the 10am service.
          5pm Dinner Bell:  Cook team: Wakefield

Mon 11/14:         
          Church office closed
  
Tue  11/15:
          10a-noon  Food Center
         6:30pm Evening Prayer
          7pm Liturgy Committee
         8pm AA (PH)

Wed 11/16:
          9am  Morning Prayer

Thu  11/17: Office will be closed    

 More pics from the Pledge Celebration Breakfast.



November 3, 2011


DON’T FORGET–Turn your clocks back 1 hour- Midnite, Sat. Nov. 5th.

One Service only for this coming Sunday, November 6th, All Saints’ Sunday, will be at 9am with guest preacher, The Rev. Gail Avery. If you have names to be remembered at the altar during the service you may call the office or email Debra at office@standrewsinthevalley.org. Names must be recieved no later than 8am Friday morning.
Following the service there will be a Pledge Celebration brunch hosted by the Stewardship Committee. Thank you to those of you who have made your pledge for 2012.  If you have not turned in your pledge, please do so and help us celebrate.

Readings for this Sunday: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22;
1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12











Last Sunday’s Service was enjoyed by all with guest priest, Rev. Ellie McLaughlin presiding. She shared the story of the church pictured on the back of her vestments.

Following the service was the Blessing of the Kitchen led by The Rev. Brian Kelley. A poem reflected during the blessing is written below along with additional pictures. If you were unable to attend the Kitchen Blessing, click below to view the video.





November Book Group led by Lisa Thompson: praying for strangers An Adventure of the Human Spirit “To escape her own fear – a paralyzing terror every parent of a soldier understands – River Jordan resolves to pray for a stranger every single day for a year. And it is the beginning of something extraordinary.” (Neil White, jacket cover) Discover where River Jordan’s resolution takes her –and you – in her compelling and can’t-put-down account. We will read the book and then meet to reflect what has moved us, excited us, comforted us, or challenged us. More information and sign-up times in the Parish Hall this Sunday. 

We hope you will join us for a Saint Andrew's Harvest Supper and Pie Auction, to be held on Friday evening, November 18th. Tickets will be available at the door. Plan to come and invite your friends.! It is hoped that many of you will bake delicious pies (pies that can be frozen for Thanksgiving feasts are especially welcome) to be auctioned following the meal, beginning at about 7:30pm. 
Note: Pies should be delivered on the day of the dinner/auction by 3 p.m.


Get Ready! 
 St. Andrew’s Holiday Fair Boughs & Bonbons
Saturday, December 3rd – 9 AM – 1PM


We need your help with this last fundraising event of the year. 
Here are the many ways how you can be a part of it:

· Make bows: It’s easy and fun and you can do it while watching TV! If you are interested, Elaine South or Judy Grace can give you some tips and supply you with ribbon.

· Decorate wreaths: Elaine and Judy will be at the church on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 9-noon to attach bows, pinecones, and other natural decorations. 

· Bake cookies: Cookie plates are a big seller – it would be great if you could donate 4-5 dozen (because of food allergies, nothing that contains nuts or peanut butter, please). Cookies should be dropped off at the church on Thursday or Friday, Dec. 2 (by 9 am). Please tag the cookies with your name and a brief description of what you’ve made.

· Make candy: If you have a favorite, great. If not, some suggestions: peppermint bark or peanut brittle. We are all set with fudge.

· Bake bread or make preserves or relishes: Holiday breads such as cranberry or date nut are always popular. We have some jams/jellies/pickles etc. left from the Sandwich Fair but we could always use more. Please contact Carol Tubman to let her know what you’re contributing no later than Sunday, Nov. 27: 539-2780 or
cctubman@msn.com. Please include size and ingredient info, as she is making signs and labels.

· Deliver posters: Holiday Fair posters will be available at the church on Sunday, November 13. They need to go to post offices, libraries, and other high traffic areas in Tamworth, Madison, Moultonboro, Sandwich, and Ossipee.

 · Set up: The Parish Hall will be transformed into Holiday Fair headquarters on Friday, Dec. 2. Help is needed assembling cookie plates, setting up and decorating tables, and arranging gift items. 

· Work at the Fair: A sign-up sheet for helpers will be in the church hall by Nov. 13.

 Please contact co-chairs Lynne Clough (323-7046) or Patti Rau (367-8223) with questions or offers of help. Let’s make this Boughs & Bonbons the best ever! 

ALL ARE WELCOME! To join a Service of Morning Prayer, every Wednesday at 9 AM, led by one of our three licensed worship leaders.

POEM BY MARGE PIERCY "To be of use"
 The people I love the best
jump into the work head first
without dallying in the shadows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

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They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.


I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
 who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

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The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape which satisfies, clean and evident.

Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.


Happy Fall Blessings, Debra
UPCOMING WEEK’S CALENDAR: 
Fri 11/4:   
        10a-noon Food Center

Sat 11/5:    

          8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)


AT MIDNITE: TURN CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR

Sun 11/6:   
         9am Holy Eucharist
 Stewardship Brunch to follow the 9am service.

          5pm Dinner Bell: Cook team: Reinfuss

Mon 11/7: 

          Church office closed

Tue 11/8:   

          10a-noon Food Center
          8pm AA (PH)

Wed 11/9:  

          9am Morning Prayer

 Thu 11/10:          




Anyone who might be willing to provide pictures of our guest priests or have something to post, please forward your information to the office through hard copy or email to office@standrewsinthevalley.org


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