December 5, 2019

Advent Season

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP                
THIS SUNDAYDecember 8th,  The Second Sunday of Advent there will be two services  at 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.  



* Morning Prayer service on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

* Centering  Prayer on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


*  A Blue Christmas service  will be held on Wednesday, December 18th, at 5:30 p.m.  This service is open to everyone, but is particularly for those who struggle with the holiday season due to some sort of loss: death of a spouse, a child, a sibling, a close friend; loss of a job or a house; a loved one who suffers from addiction; or any loss that is difficult, and makes it hard to be merry. It is a service of remembrance and at the same time, a time to lift up our blessings even as we grieve a loss.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, December 8th
 Second Sunday of Advent
Year A

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Tina Quinn
2nd Reading: Carol Tubman
Prayers: Patti Rau

Click below to see the readings: 

FROM THE RECTOR

Once again this year we will hold a Blue Christmas service, on Wednesday, December 18, at 5:30 pm. This service is designed for those for whom the holiday season is difficult, and for those who support them. Those of us who have experienced a loss of some kind may not be feeling joy, and may feel that we need to "put on a happy face" for others, pretending to enjoy the holiday festivities.

The Blue Christmas service is a time to make the space and take the time to acknowledge our sadness or worries, and also to recognize that we are not alone. The church will be dimly lit, with candles all around, and Valerie May will lead our music on her harp. There will be time for silent reflection and prayer, a time to light a candle for whatever loss we are experiencing, and Scripture and music that remind us that God is with us even when we are grieving or struggling. It is an opportunity to honor the complexities of our feelings, and to remember the light that shines in the darkness, the promise of hope that God's word offers to us all.

The service is open to everyone, so please spread the word to friends and family in the community.


Other Advent events: 
Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



Our Advent Book Study on Light of the World continues on Tuesday, December 10 at noon and on Wednesday, December 18 at noon. All are welcome; previous attendance isn’t necessary.
Caroline
SAFE CHURCH     

If you are up for Safe Church Renewal
you must do your renewal modules on Armatus
then sign up for one of the following meetings online.

Safe Church Zoom Call
If you have questions, please contact Safe Church Minister, Marty Cloran.



PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY    
Come join us! Knitting skills not required.
1st and 3rd Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.


If you knit or crochet (or would like to learn how to) and are led to engaging in an outreach mission that provides physical and spiritual comfort to those in need, please join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:15 AM in the Prince Room. We are a joyous group that will keep you in stitches! The coffee and tea will be on and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please call Lin Frank at 323-0402.

WOMEN'S LUNCH BUNCH       

The Women's Lunch Bunch will have their December Pot Luck at the home of Sally DeGroot , 278 Bennett St, N. Sandwich. 

DIRECTIONS:  113 A  to Whiteface Intervale Road.  If you come from Tamworth thru Wonalancet, Whiteface Intervale Road is on your right about 5 miles past the little white church. 
If you come from Sandwich or from Route 25, to 113A, Whiteface Intervale Road is about 3 miles on your left.  Whiteface Intervale - left on Bennett Street - 1 mile down (first mailbox on left after road turns to dirt) #278 Bennett Street.

 If you have questions, please contact Dale Appleton.
   
CELEBRATE THE SEASON

 DINNER BELL
  

 Dinner Bell cook teams for the month of December are:
           8  Slader
         15  NEED COOK TEAM
         22  NEED COOK TEAM
 Tuesday the 25th is a Christmas Dinner – All are welcome!
         29   UUFES
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

St. Andrew's CHRISTMAS DINNER-December 25th
Open Invitation to all
Hors d’ oeuvres at 12:30pm ~~ Dinner at 1pm. 
RSVP requested to 323-8515 or office@standrewsinthevalley.org

Can you help with food?
Hors Douevres:
Seeking finger foods / Or other ideas/donations welcome
Drinks:
Seeking donation of a case /bottles of sparkling cider   (need a total of 15)
Any other juices or seltzers welcome
Desserts:
Looking for candies, cookies, small dessert pieces
 If you are able to donate items, please let us know about your generosity,
We would also welcome volunteers to help!
Thank you!
Jen & Tom

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Horizon
The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. That’s just how Advent works. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s hindquarters fade in the distance.
So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder.
There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For
pushing.
For now, stay. Wait.

Something is on the horizon.
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
Thursday, December 5
2 Peter 3:14-15a Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

Maybe you’ve seen or read or heard about the series of novels that depict life before and after the Rapture. This series and other books and media like it capitalize on our shared preoccupation with what is waiting on the other side.

The Second Epistle of Peter helps me shift my focus. Why not attend to life right here and now? I can do things that place me in closer alignment with the Spirit of God—praying, reading scripture, worshiping, blessing, sharing God’s love, resting, and abiding with Jesus.

If we want to dwell with God, we don’t have to wait until Jesus comes back. Salvation is happening every day we have breath, through the grace and patience of our Lord. Make this place and time heaven on earth.

MOVING FORWARD: If Jesus came back today, what would he find you doing?
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.

     Birthdays
6        Carolyn Seston
12      Hettie Buck
13      Suzanne Morgan
27      Debra Hoyt
30      Gretchen Behr-Svendsen

     Anniversaries
8        Bob & Carolyn Seston
21      Chris & Carolyn Boldt

FROM THE OFFICE
Christmas Flower dedication slips may be found on the bulletin table and the parish hall table. Please complete your dedication slip and return along with your $20.00 donation  in the offering plate or leave in the office for Debra by December 15th.

PHOTO GALLERY


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November 21, 2019

Bishop's Visit this Sunday

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP                
THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th,  The Last Sunday after Pentecost there will be ONE Service at 9am with the Bishop's Visit and Confirmation.
***

Join us at 9:00 this Sunday for Bishop Hirschfeld’s visit to St. Andrew’s. The 9:00 service will be followed by a special coffee hour celebrating Bishop Rob’s visit with us, Chris Mills and Preston Mills’ Confirmation, and John and Joan Marshall’s reaffirmation of their marriage vows as they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. After everyone has gotten refreshments and found a seat, Bishop Rob will offer his thoughts on some new initiatives in the Diocese and take questions on any topic.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP
CENTERING PRAYER  
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

MORNING PRAYER 
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, November 24th
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Year C
Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Psalm 19:1-6
Romans 10:8b-18
Matthew 4:18-22

READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Sally DeGroot
2nd Reading: Cathie Lewis
Prayers: 

Click below to see the readings: 

ADVENT BOOK STUDY
Advent Book Study Begins in Two Weeks!
To help us prepare for Christmas this year we will have a book study using Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent. The description of this book on Amazon.com says, “In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike.”

This will be a four-week study that will begin on Wednesday, November 20, skip November 27 (the day before Thanksgiving), and then meet on December 4, 11 and 18. We will meet either at noon or at 5:30 pm on those Wednesdays, based on your input. Either time will begin with a simple soup meal. If you are interesting in joining us for this study, please let me know your preference for the meeting time by emailing me at RectorSAITV@gmail.com no later than next Tuesday, November 12.

Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
In the Gospel Reading for the First Sunday in Advent, the writer of Matthew’s Gospel invites us to Keep Awake! For we do not know on what day the Lord is coming. As 21st century Christians what does it mean for us to keep awake? With the pace of life, the needs of family, friends, co-workers and fellow community members, what are the ways we can stay present to where God is in our lives.

Please join us for a time of contemplation, conversation, and reflection on how the stories of Advent can help us know what it means to keep awake. We will spend time with the stories of Mary and Joseph and consider how their witness might inform our lives of faith.

Advent Book Group gets and started.
FROM THE RECTOR
Once again, I find The Salt Project’s weekly email full of good fodder for thought and reflection. They recently published what they called A Brief Theology of Thanksgiving, which, in fact, isn’t all that brief… But if you’d like to read it all the link is https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2018/11/14/a-brief-theology-of-thanksgiving
The following section particularly struck me:

III. The Difference Gratitude Makes
“There is perhaps no better day than Thanksgiving to reflect on the astounding power of gratitude itself - and accordingly, to commit ourselves to cultivating it more intentionally in the coming year.  

If we think of “gratitude” primarily as a kind of duty to discharge (Now remember to write that thank-you note!), we’re missing the boat entirely, effectively reducing one of life’s wonders to mere good manners.  On the contrary, gratitude is a vital force in the world, a profoundly dignifying act that builds relationships, communities, and healthy human hearts.

The science on this subject is overwhelming: in study after study, gratitude has been shown to lead to stronger relationships, better sleep, lower blood pressure, fewer trips to the doctor, fewer depressive symptoms, more patience, and more perseverance, among other benefits (check out these study summaries here and here).  In one particularly intriguing study, gratitude turns out to be a powerful antidote to the “Headwinds/Tailwinds Asymmetry,” our all-too-common tendency to focus on the obstacles in our lives (headwinds) and overlook blessings (tailwinds), an imbalance that over time leads to feeling aggrieved and resentful.  In short, focusing on headwinds breeds bitterness; focusing on tailwinds breeds appreciation - and the act of thanksgiving helps call our attention to the winds at our backs.”
From the SALT Project


Happy Thanksgiving! And as the SALT team says, “let this year’s Thanksgiving be not just a day of gratitude, but a springboard into a new life of gratitude…”

Caroline
FUN RAISING EVENT
HARVEST SUPPER & PIE AUCTION

 Friday November 22nd

Dinner will begin at 6 PM  followed by the Pie Auction at 7 held by the entertaining & charming Christopher Boldt.  Tickets are $15 with a simple supper. Children under 12  are just $5. BYOB beer or wine.  Please tell your friends and acquaintances as this is an entertaining evening and a great place to pick up the following Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner's dessert.  
CAN YOU HELP?
A Call out to all PIE BAKERS and help with clean up.

Lists are posted in the parish hall.
Please contact Carol Tubman
WOMEN'S LUNCH BUNCH
December 4th Women's Lunch Bunch
will be hosted by Sally DeGroot.
Contact Dale Appleton with questions.


ITEMS FROM GRETCHEN

Flower Arranging.  Gretchen’s friend, Lorna will be here later this month and is willing to teach another Flower arranging class if anyone is interested.  This is a Japanese style of arranging and there will be a small fee to cover the cost of the flowers.  Please contact Gretchen (323-7459) if you are interested so a date and time can be set.

Wreaths.  Gretchen will be picking up the wreaths for the church Saturday, November 30th.  If you would like a locally made, undecorated, wreath from Spider Web Gardens she is willing to pick them up for you–they are $18.  Please call her at 323-7459 by Monday, Nov. 25th.
STEWARDSHIP

Thank you for your continued 
support of St. Andrew's

Thank you to Sammie Wakefield
for her construction of the grapevine 
and Barbara Lord for her 
creative leaves.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The World I Live In

I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
     reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
is wider than that. And anyway,
     what’s wrong with Maybe?
You wouldn’t believe what once or
twice I have seen. I’ll just
     tell you this:
only if there are angels in your head will you
     ever, possibly, see one.


~ Mary Oliver
SAFE CHURCH
 If you are up for Safe Church Renewal
you must do your renewal modules on Armatus
then sign up for one of the following meetings online.

Safe Church Zoom Call
If you have questions, please contact Safe Church Minister, Marty Cloran.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Come join us! Knitting skills not required.
1st and 3rd Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.


If you knit or crochet (or would like to learn how to) and are led to engaging in an outreach mission that provides physical and spiritual comfort to those in need, please join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:15 AM in the Prince Room. We are a joyous group that will keep you in stitches! The coffee and tea will be on and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please call Lin Frank at 323-0402.

DINNER BELL

 

COOK TEAMS
for November are:
17-Friends
24-Slader

Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE
The Parish office has new office hours:
Tuesday                                       9am-12pm
Wednesday and Thursday           1pm - 5pm
Monday and Friday                      Closed

BIRTHDAYS AND 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.
Birthdays
9    Alys Walker
10  George Rau, Bruce Foreman

Anniversaries
22  Antonio & Betty Faella
25  John & Joan Marshall

PHOTOS

November 14, 2019

Oreo gets his blessing!

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP                
THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th,  The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost there will be two services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP
CENTERING PRAYER  
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

MORNING PRAYER 
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, November 17th
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Year C

Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19
READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Jonathan Brady
2nd Reading: Marty Cloran
Prayers: Davis Dassori

Click below to see the readings: 

ADVENT BOOK STUDY
Advent Book Study Begins in Two Weeks!
To help us prepare for Christmas this year we will have a book study using Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent. The description of this book on Amazon.com says, “In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike.”

This will be a four-week study that will begin on Wednesday, November 20, skip November 27 (the day before Thanksgiving), and then meet on December 4, 11 and 18. We will meet either at noon or at 5:30 pm on those Wednesdays, based on your input. Either time will begin with a simple soup meal. If you are interesting in joining us for this study, please let me know your preference for the meeting time by emailing me at RectorSAITV@gmail.com no later than next Tuesday, November 12.

Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
In the Gospel Reading for the First Sunday in Advent, the writer of Matthew’s Gospel invites us to Keep Awake! For we do not know on what day the Lord is coming. As 21st century Christians what does it mean for us to keep awake? With the pace of life, the needs of family, friends, co-workers and fellow community members, what are the ways we can stay present to where God is in our lives.

Please join us for a time of contemplation, conversation, and reflection on how the stories of Advent can help us know what it means to keep awake. We will spend time with the stories of Mary and Joseph and consider how their witness might inform our lives of faith.
FROM THE RECTOR

A huge thank you to everyone who stayed to help with our clean up day last Sunday! We got so much done, and the outside work was finished just in the nick of time. You can’t really see the finished product under the snow and ice that fell Monday and Tuesday. But all the gardens we cut back, and the leaves and fallen branches were raked up. Maybe the snow will melt before the Bishop comes, but either way our grounds are in good shape.
A lot was accomplished inside as well: pews and the woodwork in the chancel were cleaned and polished, windows cleaned and screens removed, and the Prince Room looks amazing! Thank you all!! And be sure to check out all the pictures Lisa took.
A note about our ongoing attempt to keep both the kitchen and the Prince Room tidy: It seems that every time we have a pot luck things are left on the kitchen counters. Those who use the kitchen need clear counter space, and when the counters are full the clutter is often moved to the Prince Room. In an effort to remedy this, we’ve placed several unidentified items on the benches in the Parish Hall. Please claim them if they’re yours; if they are still there on Monday we will dispose of them. Please help us keep the kitchen and the Prince Room uncluttered.

Bishop Hirschfeld will be with us on November 24. Note that we will have only one service at 9:00, followed by coffee hour and time with the bishop. Come and welcome him, and celebrate with our Confirmands, Chris Mills and Preston Mills, and John and Joan Marshall who will reaffirm their marriage vows as they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
Caroline
FUN RAISING EVENT
HARVEST SUPPER & PIE AUCTION

SAVE THE DATE 
 Friday November 22nd

Dinner will begin at 6 PM  followed by the Pie Auction at 7 held by the entertaining & charming Christopher Boldt.  Tickets are $15 with a simple supper. Children under 12  are just $5. BYOB beer or wine.  Please tell your friends and acquaintances as this is an entertaining evening and a great place to pick up the following Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner's dessert.  
CAN YOU HELP?
A Call out to all PIE BAKERS and help with clean up.

Lists are posted in the parish hall.
Please contact Carol Tubman
WOMEN'S LUNCH BUNCH
December 4th Women's Lunch Bunch
will be hosted by Sally DeGroot.
Contact Dale Appleton with questions.


ITEMS FROM GRETCHEN

Flower Arranging.  Gretchen’s friend, Lorna will be here later this month and is willing to teach another Flower arranging class if anyone is interested.  This is a Japanese style of arranging and there will be a small fee to cover the cost of the flowers.  Please contact Gretchen (323-7459) if you are interested so a date and time can be set.

Wreaths.  Gretchen will be picking up the wreaths for the church Saturday, November 30th.  If you would like a locally made, undecorated, wreath from Spider Web Gardens she is willing to pick them up for you–they are $18.  Please call her at 323-7459 by Monday, Nov. 25th.
STEWARDSHIP

Thank you for your continued 
support of St. Andrew's

Thank you to Sammie Wakefield
for her construction of the grapevine 
and Barbara Lord for her 
creative leaves.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird -
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.
SAFE CHURCH
 If you are up for Safe Church Renewal
you must do your renewal modules on Armatus
then sign up for one of the following meetings online.

Safe Church Zoom Call

If you have questions, please contact Safe Church Minister, Marty Cloran.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Come join us! Knitting skills not required.
1st and 3rd Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.


If you knit or crochet (or would like to learn how to) and are led to engaging in an outreach mission that provides physical and spiritual comfort to those in need, please join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:15 AM in the Prince Room. We are a joyous group that will keep you in stitches! The coffee and tea will be on and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please call Lin Frank at 323-0402.

DINNER BELL

 

COOK TEAMS
for November are:
17-Friends
24-Slader

Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE


BIRTHDAYS AND 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.
Birthdays
9    Alys Walker
10  George Rau, Bruce Foreman

Anniversaries
22  Antonio & Betty Faella
25  John & Joan Marshall

PHOTOS
DIOCESAN CONVENTION





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