April 9, 2020


Spring comes to St. Andrew's!



FROM THE RECTOR
Dear St. Andrew's Family,
     
On this chilly, rainy Thursday afternoon it does not feel to me as though Easter is just days away. The pandemic and it’s impact on the world feels much more fitting for Lent and Holy Week. But Easter will come on Sunday regardless of all that is going on, and regardless of how I feel. And we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, even though we can’t gather together physically, and even though we can’t receive the Eucharist. But even as I write this, I’m looking ahead to the day that we can gather again at St. Andrew’s. And that is when I will feel like Easter has arrived. We don’t know when that will be – how many weeks or months from now. But we know the day will come! So I invite you to join me for the liturgies this evening and tomorrow and Saturday evenings, and again on Sunday morning. We will once again walk with Jesus on his way to the cross, we will mourn his death, and on Sunday we will celebrate his resurrection in the best way we can, knowing that an even greater feast awaits us one day.


Online Worship Schedule
Maundy Thursday at 7:00 pm

Good Friday at 7:00 pm

The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 pm on Saturday
Easter Day at 10:00 am

The bulletin for the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil) is available to download and print. Click on the bulletin photo for the link:



Check your email for the Zoom log in information.
Or you may watch any of the services on Facebook live at:  
  

May God bless you,
Caroline         
READINGS FOR SUNDAY
Sunday, April 12th
Easter Day
Year A

COLLECT
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
READINGS
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18

Click below to see the readings: 

AND...
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SERVICE FOR 
A VIRTUAL 
on ZOOM
  
SACRED SPACE
Because our Holy Week worship will take place online, here are some suggestions for creating a sacred space in our homes for Holy Week. 

PLEDGE OFFERINGS


Thank you for continuing to honor your pledges during this time. While we cannot gather in the church, our usual practices for counting, recording and depositing your pledge payments continue. You may mail your checks to the office or set up a direct payment through the bill pay feature of your bank. Our expenses continue as usual, even though we are not able to gather in person.




MIDWEEK WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Each of these weekday services will be live streamed on Facebook and available on ZOOM.
Please email Caroline for the link
rectorsaitv@gmail.com
  

EVENING PRAYER
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

MORNING PRAYER
Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

COMPLINE
Mondays, Wednesdays,Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.


WE HOPE YOU WILL Continue to JOIN US FOR WORSHIP and FELLOWSHIP in our online presence.

OFFICE HOURS AND HOW TO REACH US

The Office is closed, but Deb continues to respond to email, phone messages and fulfill her other responsibilities.
Deb will be in the office-building open:  Tue 4/14, 9a-11a;

If you need to contact Caroline she is available 9:00 – 5:00 Sunday – Thursday via email (RectorSAITV@gmail.com) or cell phone (603-553-9254). In the case of a true emergency please call anytime. Of course you may also email her at any time, but she will answer email during her regular hours. 

If you are sick PLEASE let Caroline know!

PRAYERS FOR EACH OTHER

One thing we can always do while we stay at home is to pray for each other! We would like to keep our prayer list up to date and publish it each week in the Thursday Memo. Please email Deb at office@standrewsinthevalley.org with any updates.



This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for: Dave Appleton, Hettie, Courtney and her baby, Christian, Victor, Tiffany, Kyren, Bob & Sue Huckman, Kenneth LaForge, Viv, David Manley, Robin Martelle, John McGowan, Gabriele Wallace, Tamara, Jennifer M, Milan McNall, Jerry Williams, Marilyn Cloran, Joan Marshall, Rick, John.

TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE FLU OR CORONAVIRUS

Wash your hands frequently. 



Sanitize hands before and after contact with others. 

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. While our primary concern is the spread of COVID-19, this is also a bad flu season. If people have not gotten a flu vaccine, there’s still time before the expected second wave of seasonal flu infections.

Additional information and links may be found at the Episcopal Church of NH website at https://www.nhepiscopal.org/covid19 and on the Episcopal Relief & Development web page, “Faith-Based Response to Epidemics.”

DINNER BELL

DINNER BELL will continue as Take Out
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

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

We cannot meet at this time, but KNIT ON!

If you have any questions, please call Lin Frank at 323-0402.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hymn 170-To Mock your reign, O dearest Lord



1   To mock your reign, O dearest Lord,
          they made a crown of thorns;
     set you with taunts along that road
          from which no one returns.
     They did not know, as we do now,
          that glorious is your crown;
     that thorns would flower upon your brow,
          your sorrows heal our own.

2   In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord,
          they snatched a purple cloak,
     your passion turned, for all they cared,
          into a soldier’s joke.
     They did not know, as we do now,
          that though we merit blame
     you will your robe of mercy throw
          around our naked shame.

3   A sceptered reed, O patient Lord,
          they thrust into your hand,
     and acted out their grim charade
          to its appointed end.
     They did not know, as we do now,
          though empires rise and fall,
     your Kingdom shall not cease to grow
          till love embraces all. 


COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
FOOD CENTER
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
3-7 pm
April 15, 29
May 6, 20
Any questions call 603-960-4067

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE




APRIL  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                       
2   Ellen Keith
3   Christine Mills
14  Audrey Berry
17  Sara Kelley
24  Dave Adams
26  Todd Horn
28  Peggy Cannon



Anniversaries                       
8    Christine & Bob Mills
16   Peter & Trudy Thompson
19  Marty & Marilyn Cloran
19  Dave & Pat Adams

PHOTO GALLERY

Ann Cady's face shields
made from soda bottles!
Thanks Ann your contributions.


LINKS





April 2, 2020




FROM THE RECTOR
Dear St. Andrew's Family,
     
It is hard to believe that Holy Week is upon us, isn’t it? This Sunday is Palm Sunday! Our shipment of palms arrived last week (the company would not issue refunds) and the palms are staying fresh in the refrigerator. They will be blessed during the Palm Sunday service as always, but there can be no procession. Rather than try to find a safe way to distribute them during the pandemic, I will save them and we will find a way to celebrate with them when we are able to gather in person again. Thank you to Gretchen for preparing them as always.
Holy Week and Easter services will all be online next week. I encourage you to join us for Compline either tonight or next week for a “practice run” if you haven’t connected online yet. Services will continue to be broadcast via both Facebook Live and Zoom. I’ve heard from some of you that you are not able to connect online, but this does not mean that you cannot participate. There is a phone number to call that will connect you to the audio portion of a Zoom call, and you will be able to hear the entire service. If you have felt discouraged or frustrated by the need to use technology you’ve never used before, please call in using the number provided. If you are still having difficulty, email me and I will connect you to someone who will try to help.
Coffee hour by Zoom will immediately follow services on Palm Sunday and Easter.


Online Worship Schedule for Holy Week

Palm Sunday Blessing of the Palms and Liturgy of the Word at 9:00 am

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 pm – Compline

Wednesday at 9:00 am - Morning Prayer

Maundy Thursday at 7:00 pm

Good Friday at 7:00 pm

The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 pm on Saturday
Easter Day at 10:00 am


Because of “Zoombombing” (when someone crashes a Zoom meeting and posts hate speech or something equally disturbing) I am not publishing the Zoom log-in information. It is the same link I’ve been using for our mid-week services, and I will send it in an email again. If you do not receive it please email me and I’ll send it to you directly. 

You may watch any of the services on Facebook live at:  


Bulletins for the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil) and for Easter will be available for download next week.

If you would prefer printed bulletins for the Triduum, please let me know immediately so that I’ll know how many copies to make. Bulletins will be placed in your mailbox in the Parish Hall if requested, and will be available for pick up on Wednesday afternoon 1:00 – 3:00.

Once again, thank you for continuing to honor your pledges during this time while we cannot gather in the church. 

I hope to “see” you on Palm Sunday!

May God bless you,

Caroline         
READINGS FOR SUNDAY
Sunday, April 5th
The Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday
Year A

COLLECT
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
READINGS
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:36-27:66


Click below to see the readings: 

AND...
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SERVICE FOR 
A VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
on ZOOM


SACRED SPACE
Because our Holy Week worship will take place online, here are some suggestions for creating a sacred space in our homes for Holy Week. 
SACRED SPACE
PLEDGE OFFERINGS

Thank you for continuing to honor your pledges during this time. While we cannot gather in the church, our usual practices for counting, recording and depositing your pledge payments continue. You may mail your checks to the office or set up a direct payment through the bill pay feature of your bank. Our expenses continue as usual, even though we are not able to gather in person.




MIDWEEK WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Each of these weekday services will be live streamed on Facebook and available on ZOOM.
Please email Caroline for the link
rectorsaitv@gmail.com
  

EVENING PRAYER -Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.










MORNING PRAYER -Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.









COMPLINE - Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.






WE HOPE YOU WILL Continue to JOIN US FOR WORSHIP and FELLOWSHIP in our online presence.

OFFICE HOURS AND HOW TO REACH US

The Office is closed, but Deb continues to respond to email, phone messages and fulfill her other responsibilities.
Deb will be in the office-building open: 
Tue 4/7, 9a-11a; Wed 4/8, 1p-4p, Thur 4/9,1p-4p.

If you need to contact Caroline she is available 9:00 – 5:00 Sunday – Thursday via email (RectorSAITV@gmail.com) or cell phone (603-553-9254). In the case of a true emergency please call anytime. Of course you may also email her at any time, but she will answer email during her regular hours. 

If you are sick PLEASE let Caroline know!

PRAYERS FOR EACH OTHER

One thing we can always do while we stay at home is to pray for each other! We would like to keep our prayer list up to date and publish it each week in the Thursday Memo. Please email Deb at office@standrewsinthevalley.org with any updates.


This Week We Pray for
In our Parish Cycle of Prayer: Nola Boomer, Kitty Lou Booty
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrew's in Hopkinton
For those who have died: 


Health and Wholeness for: Dave Appleton, Hettie, Courtney and her baby, Christian, Victor, Tiffany, Kyren, Bob & Sue Huckman, Kenneth LaForge, Viv, David Manley, Robin Martelle, John McGowan, Gabriele Wallace, Tamara, Jennifer M, Milan McNall, Jerry Williams, Marilyn Cloran, Joan Marshall, Rick, John.
LENTEN RESOURCES

Lent Madness 2020 The Tenth Annual Saintly Smackdown!
CONTINUE to enjoy participating in Lent Madness.
Here is the bracket as of today! (click on the photo for a larger view)



Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. Click on the link above to sign up for a daily email with information about each saint. 

TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE FLU OR CORONAVIRUS

Wash your hands frequently. 

Sanitize hands before and after contact with others. 

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. While our primary concern is the spread of COVID-19, this is also a bad flu season. If people have not gotten a flu vaccine, there’s still time before the expected second wave of seasonal flu infections.

Additional information and links may be found at the Episcopal Church of NH website at https://www.nhepiscopal.org/covid19 and on the Episcopal Relief & Development web page, “Faith-Based Response to Epidemics.”

DINNER BELL

DINNER BELL will continue as Take Out
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!


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

We cannot meet at this time, but KNIT ON!



If you have any questions, please call Lin Frank at 323-0402.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Eucharist

Eucharist comes in many forms.
Yesterday at dawn I stepped
onto the round, white stones
of Lake Michigan’s vast shore;
I felt the deepest communion
with all that exists, especially
with the One who woos my heart.
I thought of my friend, Janet,
holding out her open hands at Mass
to receive the Gift she holds dear.
Today, as the retreat house bell
calls the women to come receive,

I stand before the full-bodied,
incandescent maple tree, sunshine
illuminating its golden leaves
like a host held high in the blue sky.
I stand in creation’s communion line,
bow my head, open my heart,
and receive Eucharist once again.


~Joyce Rupp, Prayer Seeds

COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
FOOD CENTER
A VERY BIG THANK YOU!!!!
To Lin Frank for providing masks for the 
food pantry volunteers.

and
Thank you to Robin Daoust and Shawn Flynn of Wings for their food donation.
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
3-7 pm
April 1, 15, 29
May 6, 20
Any questions call 603-960-4067

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE

 


APRIL  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                       
2   Ellen Keith
3   Christine Mills
14  Audrey Berry
17  Sara Kelley
24  Dave Adams
26  Todd Horn
28  Peggy Cannon




Anniversaries                       
8    Christine & Bob Mills
16   Peter & Trudy Thompson
19  Marty & Marilyn Cloran
19  Dave & Pat Adams

PHOTO GALLERY




LINKS