July 13, 2017

-                  JOIN US FOR WORSHIP                -

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

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 16, 2017- 
(Proper 10, Year A)
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Vincent van Gogh, The Sower, 1888

-            FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR           -


Are you ever been disappointed in a conversation you have with a child, hoping you’d have a deeper exchange but simply receiving one-syllable responses? The folks at Illustrated Children’s Ministry (creators of our Easter Alleluia coloring posters have put together a list of questions to ask kids this summer, in hopes of helping foster awareness of God in your midst and enrich connections between you and the children in your care as you savor the summer. 

Here they are (and they really aren’t just for kids!): 

What made you laugh today? As many of us know, work flow efficiency and checking off tasks on our lists can be all-consuming of our minds and time. Kids feel this, too, while in school and even over summer when schedules are busy. Many times, we can focus on what was done rather than joy that we experience. Try this question and others like it that help change focus from industriousness to freedom of spirit. And you might just find yourself laughing at a story you never would’ve heard otherwise.

When did you help someone recently? Wherever we find ourselves and our families, we can inspire our children’s hearts toward serving others. By simply asking the question, children begin to anticipate it and turn their attention to the opportunities to assist those around them. Kids, even as young as toddlers, are proud when they see the good they’ve done in their world.

What are you feeling grateful for this week? We can learn a lot about what our children like by asking where their gratitude lies. They may be grateful for the longer story time before bed the night before, for example. We get a window into what they value and can cultivate more time to do those things together. Also, there is deep wisdom in gratitude. It’s linked to the experience of sustained joy, which fosters resilience. And what a gift that is to our kids.

What’s been a challenging part of your day? Of all on the list of questions to ask kids, this is one that can lead to great processing together. The response could be anything from an argument with a sibling to missing their friends to a fear of the ropes course at summer camp. Helping our verbalize struggle can be a great way to begin speaking with them about God’s faithfulness and their abilities to navigate hard things.

How have you experienced God this week? Older children will have an easier time answering this question, of course. But younger children can listen in. They will begin searching for God in their own lives as they become ready and able to think more abstractly. If this is difficult for your children to answer, even the older ones, start by sharing with them over a couple weeks how you’ve experienced God. They will begin to understand and connect with God more as they hear from you.

Try them out!
-                       FUNDRAISING EVENT!                    -

The always popular Annual Lobster and Steak Dinner is back this year and will be held on Friday, August 4th at 6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance with your reservation.
This year we are offering Surf AND TurfThe menu: Caesar salad, steamers, lobster, steak, corn on the cob, scalloped potatoes, blueberry buckle with ice cream.  BYO beer or wine.
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: 10-12 lbs butter, ice cream.  Sign up sheets are in the Parish Hall.

-                          DINNER BELL                       

Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday July 16th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday July 23rd
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)
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

Sunday, July 16: House Meeting “WRAP-UP” 
      at CHURCH, after the 10AM service.
Wednesday, July 19 at 4PM
Sunday, July 23 at 11:15AM
Sunday, July 30: no meeting
Tuesday, July 25 at 4PM

Tuesday, August 8 at 4PM
Sunday, August 13 at 11:15 AM (“check-in”)
Wednesday, August 23 at 4PM
Thursday, August 31 at 3PM

Sunday, September 10 at 11:15AM
Sunday, September 17 (at 1PM?? TBD) 
     SC-Vestry Retreat, at church,
     with The Rev Canon Hannah Anderson
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, 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.

-               FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE              -

We go LIVE on July 18th!



1 Samuel 16:23 And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would depart from him.

Last summer, after a two-year fight with chronic hip pain, my doctor began discussing surgery. When surgery sounds like a relief, pain has been in charge for too long. Pain doesn’t stop at affecting your mobility—it seeps into your mind, convincing you that you don’t deserve to feel better. Faith has to work doubly hard to stay on top of pain.

As I drove my daughter to school for her dance program, I handed her my phone so she could play DJ on our morning commute. Jaiya, being the insightful child God made her, choose the perfect song:
Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost. Just because I’m hurting, doesn’t mean I’m hurt.

Of course, this youngest child of mine is right to remind that I’m not the negative feelings I feel—not alone, or hopeless, or unwanted. I am, have been, and will continue to be God’s beloved child. God wants me to fight for my healing and peace. God wants me to be complete. And God is fighting alongside me, making me whole and giving me peace.

MOVING FORWARD: What song helps carry you through difficult times?

For Daily meditations pick up a booklet in the Parish Hall or visit Forward Day by Day Meditation.


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