September 19, 2019


JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

THIS SUNDAY, September 22nd, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

OCTOBER 6TH- BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
One Service only at 9 AM

Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

 Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

and FELLOWSHIP


READINGS FOR SUNDAY

Sunday, September 22nd
Pentecost 15, Proper 20
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13
READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Patti Rau
2nd Reading: Tina Quinn
Prayers: Sammie Wakefield

Click below to see the readings: 

FROM THE RECTOR

UPDATE: One of the goals we targeted during our series of parish meetings last winter and spring was the need for an expanded Building and Grounds Committee. For the time that I’ve been here we’ve had a number of great people who take care of our routine needs: Tom Huckman who did all of our snow plowing and is our go-to fix it guy; Victor DeGroot who is another resource when something goes wrong; Dave Adams who takes such good care of our lawn; and George Rau who takes care of routine maintenance items like changing water filters. 

We realized that we’re at a point of needing to add some planning and oversight responsibilities to the Buildings and Grounds Committee’s duties and that the existing committee really didn’t have the time for that. Over the past few months we’ve added some people who are interested in that: Lin Frank brings great organizational skills to the group, Lisa Thompson brings vision and a historical perspective, and Pat Adams and Patti Rau, who are both vestry members. We held one meeting this summer that included both existing and new members, and compiled a master list of existing short term needs. Lin volunteered to obtain bids for new flooring in the parish hall and Prince Room, and later to also obtain bids for needed interior repairs and painting.

We now have bids for flooring, which range from roughly $8,000 to $16,000, depending on the type of flooring used. The contractors Lin contacted for repair and painting were all busy and not willing to make bids this summer, but we hope to obtain those bids in October. At the same time, we still have concerns about whether our roof will leak. We had two major problem areas when the snow began to melt last year. Since then the roof has been completely tight in all of our rain storms, but we haven’t experienced another winter.

So though no visible progress has been made on repairs and flooring, the committee has been active. As much as we would like to have new flooring now, there is an order to what needs to happen first. We need to be confident that our roof is tight before we spend money on repairs, and repairs and painting should be done before new flooring is laid. We are actively engaged in making all this happen and will keep you posted as we progress.


Finally, abundant thanks to all serving on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and special thanks to Tom for installing our superb new sound system!! As I’ve said to many of you, the quality of the sound is amazing – it is by far the best sound system I’ve experienced in the various churches I’ve served. And many of you have told me how pleased you are.

Caroline

IN THE COMMUNITY

IT'S FAIR TIME

Hello Everyone, 

It’s Fair Time! I am looking for judges to help judge youth exhibits at both Fryeburg and Sandwich Fairs. Judging categories could include posters, baking, sewing, vegetables, arts and crafts, photography etc. You can judge whichever category you’re most comfortable with. No experience is necessary, we will orient you to the process and staff will be there to help the whole time. This year I only need a few judges for Fryeburg but lots of help at Sandwich. 

Who can help judge:
Anyone over the age of 18, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, 4-H leaders, community members, anyone interested in learning more about 4-H.

Judging Schedule is:
Fryeburg Fair: Saturday September 28th 11:30-2pm 
(11:30-12 Judges Orientation)

Sandwich Fair: Friday October 11th 5:30pm-8pm
(5:30-6pm Judges Orientation)

Please let me know if you might be interested in helping out as a judge. Judging takes place the day before the fairs are open so parking is usually not an issue. As a thank you all judges receive a pair of passes to the fair.

Contact Amanda at 447-3834 or email amanda.royce@unh.edu.



FOOD FOR THOUGHT

From Night Prayer, The New Zealand Prayer Book
Lord, it is night.
The night is for stillness.

Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.

The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.

Amen. 
CROPWALK

WALK. GIVE. CHANGE THE WORLD.



OCTOBER 20, 2019
1 PM at Sandwich Baptist Meeting House
Church Street
Contact Starr Hope 603-630-1935 for more information

Hurricane Relief Help and Migrant Detentions
There are so many terrible events in the news these days that it’s easy to feel helpless and to let our hearts become hardened to the suffering of others. Following are two ways we can help in small ways


We’ve all seen shots of the devastation in the Bahamas, and as Hurricane Dorian moves up the coast damage is occuring in our southeastern states as well. One way to help with hurricane relief is through Episcopal Relief and Development at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/give/donate-now/individual-donation/


Another painful topic in our news is the detention of migrant children and families at our southern border. Episcopal Migration Ministries is working with the Diocese of Texas and others to deal with this situation, and our summer Deacon Midge Pendergast has given me information on an initiative her diocese is supporting. We have the opportunity to join in this effort by donating toiletries in reusable grocery bags.

TOILETRIES – All travel size—PLEASE REMOVE FROM PACKAGING
1.    Toothpaste
2.    Toothbrush
3.    Comb
4.    Deodorant stick (not spray)
One of each item is to be packed in a reusable grocery bag.


Midge has generously offered to take our donations back to her church and mail them for us. If you would like to participate in this effort the deadline for bringing items to the church is Sunday, September 29.

 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 September are:
22- Friends
29-UUFES
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

 COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER- FOOD PANTRY


FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

  
 FROM DEB IN THE OFFICE

I will be out of the office September 20th-27th.  
Please contact Caroline if you need office assistance. 
Thank you. Iii

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
5   Laurie LaBrecque
5   Antonio Faella
8   Bruce Kennedy
14 Preston Mills
21  Pat Scarborough
24  Sammie Wakefield
28   Jane Horn
29  Valerie May

Anniversaries
20     Kathy & Alan Bunker

PHOTOS






LINKS






September 12, 2019



JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

THIS SUNDAY, September 15th, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

OCTOBER 6TH- BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
One Service only at 9 AM

Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

 Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

and FELLOWSHIP


READINGS FOR SUNDAY

Sunday, September 15th
Pentecost 14, Proper 19
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 51:1-11
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10


READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Valerie May
2nd Reading: Preston Mills
Prayers: Marty Cloran

Click below to see the readings: 

FROM THE RECTOR

Would you like to be confirmed, received into the Episcopal Church, or to reaffirm your commitment to Christ? The Bishop is coming, so here’s your chance!

Bishop Rob Hirschfeld will make his annual visitation on Sunday, November 24, 2019. He will preside and preach, 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 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 let me know by the end of September, so that preparation may begin.

Caroline

IN THE COMMUNITY

ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY
As part of this year’s One Book One Valley program, on Monday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m., the Conway Public Library will present a panel discussion as a way to open conversation and provide awareness about issues and questions facing LGBTQ populations. The panel will include individuals representing personal perspectives, as well as members of medical and mental health services who have experience serving transgender individuals.   Sarah Huckman is participating on the panel.


IT'S FAIR TIME

Hello Everyone, 

It’s Fair Time! I am looking for judges to help judge youth exhibits at both Fryeburg and Sandwich Fairs. Judging categories could include posters, baking, sewing, vegetables, arts and crafts, photography etc. You can judge whichever category you’re most comfortable with. No experience is necessary, we will orient you to the process and staff will be there to help the whole time. This year I only need a few judges for Fryeburg but lots of help at Sandwich. 

Who can help judge:
Anyone over the age of 18, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, 4-H leaders, community members, anyone interested in learning more about 4-H.

Judging Schedule is:
Fryeburg Fair: Saturday September 28th 11:30-2pm 
(11:30-12 Judges Orientation)

Sandwich Fair: Friday October 11th 5:30pm-8pm
(5:30-6pm Judges Orientation)

Please let me know if you might be interested in helping out as a judge. Judging takes place the day before the fairs are open so parking is usually not an issue. As a thank you all judges receive a pair of passes to the fair.

Contact Amanda at 447-3834 or email amanda.royce@unh.edu.



FOOD FOR THOUGHT



Compassion can never coexist with judgment because
judgment creates distance and distinction, which
prevents us from really being with the other.


~ Henry Nouwen, The Way of the Heart





 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 September are:
15- Slader
22- Friends
29-UUFES
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

 COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER- FOOD PANTRY


FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

  
 FROM DEB IN THE OFFICE


I will be out of the office September 20th-27th.  
Please contact Caroline if you need office assistance. 
Thank you. Iii

FORWARD DAY BY DAY


THURSDAY, September 12, 2019
1 Kings 18:17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?”
Every generation is confronted with the tension between short-term gains and God’s long-term plan, between the will to power and the will to love. Today, we see Ahab turn his back on God to worship another god, Baal, because doing so represents the path of least resistance to Ahab’s understandings of personal and political power. Lest we think this is just a problem for Ahab, we too in our current day covet the short-term gains of money or fame or raw institutional power instead of the long-term promises of God’s goodness and mercy.

In contrast to Ahab’s waffling and wandering away, Jesus’ whole life and ministry shows us that relying on God’s authority—on God’s essential goodness—leads to abundant life. But the powers of this world work tirelessly to undermine this deep truth. To follow Jesus presupposes our willingness to make trouble for the powerful, to be brave enough to take up our own crosses and walk.
MOVING FORWARD: Do you feel called to take a stand on a particular issue of justice? Write to your state or national representative and make the case for a way the issue reflects God’s goodness.

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
5   Laurie LaBrecque
5   Antonio Faella
8   Bruce Kennedy
14 Preston Mills
21  Pat Scarborough
24  Sammie Wakefield
28   Jane Horn
29  Valerie May

Anniversaries
20     Kathy & Alan Bunker

PHOTOS

Photos from Lisa T.
Last Sunday Coffee Hour











LINKS






September 5, 2019



JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
THIS SUNDAY, September 8th, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

 Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP

READINGS FOR SUNDAY
Sunday, September 8th
Pentecost 13, Proper 18
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33


FROM THE RECTOR

There are so many terrible events in the news these days that it’s easy to feel helpless and to let our hearts become hardened to the suffering of others. Following are two ways we can help in small ways.

We’ve all seen shots of the devastation in the Bahamas, and as Hurricane Dorian moves up the coast damage is occuring in our southeastern states as well. One way to help with hurricane relief is through Episcopal Relief and Development at https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/give/donate-now/individual-donation/


Another painful topic in our news is the detention of migrant children and families at our southern border. Episcopal Migration Ministries is working with the Diocese of Texas and others to deal with this situation, and our summer Deacon Midge Pendergast has given me information on an initiative her diocese is supporting. We have the opportunity to join in this effort by donating toiletries in reusable grocery bags.

TOILETRIES – All travel size—PLEASE REMOVE FROM PACKAGING
1.    Toothpaste
2.    Toothbrush
3.    Comb
4.    Deodorant stick (not spray)
One of each item is to be packed in a reusable grocery bag.

Midge has generously offered to take our donations back to her church and mail them for us. If you would like to participate in this effort the deadline for bringing items to the church is Sunday, September 22.

  


Finally, we should never underestimate the power of prayer. For victims of the destructive forces of hurricanes, for those in border security detention centers, for victims of gun violence and their families and loved ones and all the other crises and tragedies in our world; our prayers for a better world and our commitment baptismal vows are surely as important as our donations of time and treasure.

Caroline

WOMEN'S LUNCH BUNCH

The Women's Lunch Bunch will meet at Noon
Wednesday , September 11th at
Jake's Seafood and Grill, Rte 16 in Ossipee

Contact Dale Appleton with questions.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Font of Knowledge


From you is contained the truth
of how to live our lives well.
Live simply. Go the extra mile.
Do not judge. Give generously.
Respect self and others. Rest.
Love unconditionally. Forgive.
This wisdom and much more
you offer for our spiritual benefit.
It is left for us to drink fully
from you, our Font of Knowledge.

Today: I respond to the Knowledge given to me.


From 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation: Fragments of Your Ancient Name, by Joyce Rupp.

 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 September are:

8- Rau
15- Salder
22- Friends
29-UUFES

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

 COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER- FOOD PANTRY

FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
 


 FROM DEB IN THE OFFICE


Working full time had brought it's own challenges to keeping my volunteer jobs. Now I have a family illness that requires my attention and need to step down from my outside volunteer jobs.  I have loved giving my dedication to each of them but need to recognize my limits. I have found a replacement for my Board Chair position with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and now need to fill my volunteer position as Treasurer for the Community Food Center.  I am hoping to have my replacement in place within the next 4 months before I resign my position January 2020 (or sooner if possible).  Please contact me in the office if you might be interested in helping out and would like more information.  Thank you.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY

THURSDAY, September 5, 2019

Psalm 37:1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
Like the psalmist, we might proclaim that nice guys finish first, but many of us secretly harbor a preference for the rascals. We have aphorisms that reinforce this notion: If you can’t beat them, join them! You have to fight fire with fire. We say Everyone does it! to justify our own less-than-savory choices. By and large, we value boldness over kindness.
Jesus’ life, though, offers an example of boldness rooted not in zero-sum competitiveness but in everyone-wins generosity. The competitive paradigm of winners and losers that permeates our culture is exactly contrary to walking in the Way of Jesus. The way to celebrate and proclaim Christ’s victory is to boldly and confidently work to ensure that everyone around us wins, offering love, kindness, compassion, and mercy.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Psalm 37 today. What is it saying to you?

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
5   Laurie LaBrecque
5   Antonio Faella
8   Bruce Kennedy
14 Preston Mills
21  Pat Scarborough
24  Sammie Wakefield
28   Jane Horn
29  Valerie May

Anniversaries
20     Kathy & Alan Bunker

PHOTOS





LINKS