- JOIN US FOR WORSHIP -
THIS SUNDAY, July 30th, The Eighth Day after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Note: Sunday, August 6th- One Service only at 9 am.
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, July 30, 2017
(Proper 12, Year A)
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
- FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR -
The Bishop is Coming!
Bishop Rob Hirschfeld will be here for his annual visitation on Sunday, October 29, 2017. He will preside and preach at both services, and offer Confirmation, Reception and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows to older children or adults, and Baptism for any age person who has not been baptized. Wondering if one of these is right for you? Read on!
Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments in the Episcopal Church. If you were baptized as a young child your parents and godparents made the baptismal vows to renounce evil and follow Jesus Christ for you. Confirmation is “the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Catechism, BCP p. 860.
Reception is not a sacrament, but is for those who have already been sacramentally confirmed in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox or Evangelical Lutheran churches and would like to become an Episcopalian. Reception into the Episcopal Church is done by the bishop. Those who were confirmed in a church other than those listed above would need to be confirmed in order to become an Episcopalian.
Reaffirmation is for those who have already been confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, and who have experienced a renewal of faith, are returning to church after a period of inactivity, or who wish to renew their Christian commitment. We all renew our baptismal vows on the major baptismal feast of the church (the Baptism of our Lord, Easter, Pentecost, and All Saints’ Sunday); reaffirmation is a more intentional and formal renewal, preceded by both an interior desire and preparation.
If you are interested in any of these, or in Baptism for yourself or your child, please contact the Interim Rector by the end of August, so that preparation may begin.
Interim Rector Vacation: Caroline will be on vacation from Sunday, August 6 – Saturday, August 19, so if you need to see her before then please be in touch.
- FUNDRAISING EVENT! -
LOBSTER AND STEAK DINNER
The always popular Annual Lobster and Steak Dinner is back this year and will be held on Friday, August 4th at 6pm. This year we are offering Surf AND Turf. The menu: Caesar salad, steamers, lobster, steak, corn on the cob, scalloped potatoes, blueberry buckle with ice cream. BYO beer or wine.
Ticket price is $30. Please make your reservation no later than Sunday July 30th. Children’s meal is available for $10 which includes a Hot Dog instead of Steak and Lobster plus the other menu items.
Last day for reservations is July 30th. Text or leave a message at 603-733-6961.
We depend on and appreciate your help in getting the word out!
The event coordinator, Sally DeGroot, is looking for volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, servers, blueberry buckle bakers. Supplies needed: 10 lbs butter, ice cream. Sign up sheets are in the Parish Hall.
- DINNER BELL -
Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday July 30th
Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday August 6th
SANDWICH COMMUNITY CHURCH
Head’s up! Need cook teams for the following dates!
August 27, Sept 3 & 24th.
Please contact Bev Hammond or the Parish Office.
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!
- SEARCH COMMITTEE -
“The (parish) profile serves as the parish’s introduction to potential candidates. At its best, the profile uses images and words to describe the personality, mission, ministry, and ministers of the parish; and denotes the passion and gifts for ministry it seeks in its next Rector.” (2017 Search Committee Handbook, Diocese of NH)
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE
These are some of the things we learned from the nearly fifty (yes, 50! You “heard” me right!) of us who participated in the group discussion meetings in preparation for the Parish Profile. We confirmed that we are a warm, welcoming, and loving parish who take care of each other and those in the wider community. We also found out that there are some things that folks would REALLY like to do differently.
We’ll talk about all of this on Sunday, July 23rd, at the coffee hour following the 10:00 o’clock service. Please come with more questions and comments and share anything you didn’t get to say before then!
SEARCH TIME-LINE for 2017
July-Early September: Assemble the Parish Profile, with help from parishioners. Editing process with Vestry and the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson.
September-October: Complete the Profile and make it available to prospective candidates and our parishioners.
October-November: Begin receiving names and applications of candidates. Reading and reviewing applications.
Lisa Thompson, 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.
George Rau, Lisa Thompson, Cathie Lewis, Tom Huckman, Betsy Hess and Pat Adams.
- COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER -
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for JULY is dish detergent and a special request for Jello which is a popular summer item.
- FORWARD DAY BY DAY FOR TODAY -
THURSDAY, July 27
Mark 5:19 [Jesus said,]"Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you."
I was walking around the Reservoir again, enjoying the different trees, birds, and insects. I had seen some birds on a nearby trail a couple of days previous that I didn’t recognize. Coming around a curve, I noticed them again. A couple walked toward me, and I asked them about the birds. “Wild turkeys,” they explained. We chatted briefly about good hiking spots in the area, and then we went our separate ways.
Trails have helped me to step outside of myself, unencumbered by my own fears and insecurities, while at the same time, being the deepest, realest me possible. I want to capture everything about the trails, the smell of the air in the woods, the glimpse of one of God’s creatures scurrying away. Walking trails helps me realize how much God has done for me and reveals the promise of what God will do for me. I fervently pray that you can find the same for yourself.
- FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE -
–You can find our Facebook page links at the bottom of the Memo each week. We hope you will visit the page and like us!
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- JULY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES -
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.
1 Lisa Thompson
5 Don Pease
17 Vic DeGroot
18 Davis Dassori
21 Jennifer Brady
28 Marge Hagerup
2 Ann Cady & Rob Walty
16 Todd & Jane Horn
29 Don and Elizabeth Pease
31 Carla & Jack Knapp
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