November 19, 2020

 


Photo courtesy of Lisa Thompson

FROM THE RECTOR

TWO ADVENT OFFERINGS FOR THIS YEAR:

 ADVENT: A SEASON OF WAITING WITH A SENSE OF PROMISE

 Christi Humphrey will offer an Advent Quiet Morning on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 – Noon. Please scroll down for more information. Thank you for once again helping to feed our souls, Christi!

 MAYA ANGELOU AND THE FREEDOM POETRY OF ADVENT

 This Advent we will meet weekly to discuss this resource from the SALT Project. It is very similar to the Lenten sturdy we did two years ago using Mary Oliver’s poetry. Booklets will be available at the church office after today, or we can put one in the mailbox outside the church entrance if you can’t go by when Deb is there. We will meet via Zoom for discussion on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm, unless there are some who prefer to meet in the evening. Please let me know asap if you plan to attend and what time is best for you at RectorSAITV@gmail.com.

 Here is the info:

In this Advent devotional, biblical texts and simple, accessible practices interweave with Maya Angelou’s stirring vision of faith, freedom, and dignity. All you’ll need is your favorite Bible and Maya Angelou’s The Complete Poetry (all the poems are also available online). Week by week, as we wait, and watch, and pray, we’ll walk toward Bethlehem - with Maya Angelou as our guide. 

 Time off: I will be off Tuesday through Saturday of next week (November 24-28). Please contact our Sr. Warden, Sally DeGroot, if you have a pastoral emergency.

 Worship on November 29: I will be here on Sunday the 29th, but I’d like for us to worship with the Bishop as he introduces something similar to an agape meal. If we like it, we can use it ourselves; if not, we won’t! we’ll have our usual Coffee Hour following the service and discuss what we think about it and if we want to do it again.

Caroline

ADVENT QUIET MORNING

Advent: A season of waiting with a sense of promise

As the calendar turns toward Christmas, the liturgical season moves into Advent. It is a season of preparation and waiting. Advent arrives in 2020 in an atmosphere of stress, worry, and loss. Our routines have been upended for months, there are still many unknowns and it is difficult to wait for answers, relief, and clarity.

In the scripture readings for Advent, prophets, saints, and shepherds proclaim the incarnation of God in the world. Is the waiting in Advent different from our waiting for the results of a medical test, a vaccine, or to be able to gather with family? Advent waiting has been described as holy waiting. Waiting that requires profound patience and trust and is colored by hope.

A quiet morning is planned for Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10:00am-noon for cultivating the practice of holy waiting. Gathering virtually, our time together will include prayer, guided meditation, individual contemplation time, and fellowship. Christi Humphrey will facilitate. Christi is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a colleague at the Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA.

No matter where you are on your journey of faith and your ability to wait, please plan to join. To indicate your interest in attending and receive login information, please contact Christi Humphrey at cchumphrey@comcasat.net or 508-633-7466.

THIS SUNDAY

 TJOIN US FOR WORSHIP 

The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM 
The remaining Sundays at 10:00 AM

This Sunday-November 22, 2020
at 10:00 a.m.
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information) 
AND...
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SERVICE FOR 
A VIRTUAL 
on ZOOM

READINGS FOR SUNDAY

The Last Sunday after Pentecost

Christ the King

Proper 29, Year A

Collect of the Day                     We center ourselves for worship in prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson                              Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

In our opening reading the Lord promises to be the shepherd of the people.  God will bring them home and heal them.  God will feed and protect them.  The exile of Israel is coming to an end.  Ezekiel has prophesied against the false shepherds, the rulers who only fed off the flock.  Now God will tend the sheep who have been dispersed and preyed upon, but the overfed will be judged.

Psalm 95:1-7

A call to worship the Lord our God.

The Second Lesson                    Ephesians 1:15-23

In this lesson Paul gives thanks for the faith and love of the Ephesians and prays that they may see with their inward eyes the power of God, who has raised and enthroned Jesus far above all earthly and heavenly dominions.  How vast is the treasure that God offers to those who trust in the Lord!  The Lord Christ now reigns as head of the church, which is his body and which experiences the fullness of his love.

The Gospel           Matthew 25:31-46

Our gospel presents a picture of the universal judgment when the Son of Man, acting as judge and king, will separate humankind into two groups: those who have cared for the Lord in the needy, the stranger, and prisoners–and those who have not. On one level the evangelist intends those in need to be understood as Christian disciples. But the bringing of all peoples into judgment has caused Christians to realize that the Christ is to be recognized in every individual. Beneath this has been decisively revealed in the human person of Jesus, may be perceived in each human being.

Click below to see the readings: 

HEALING OUR NATION'S DIVIDE

Faith, Compassion and Healing our National Divides 

Washington National Cathedral and the National Institute for Civil Discourse invite you to hear from two of America’s most respected religious leaders on how we find a way forward healing our divisions through faith and compassion.
 
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, 11:00am ET
 
Featuring:

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

Dr. Russell Moore, Executive Director of the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Hosted by Krista Tippett, broadcaster and host of On Being

 

As the nation gives thanks for the enduring strength of our democracy, we invite you to draw inspiration and practical tips on how to engage our neighbors with dignity and respect.
 
This online event is free and open to the public, but 
registration is required

WEEKLY CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE

For God alone my soul in silence waits;  from God comes my salvation.

God alone is my rock and my salvation,  my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.

                                                                Psalm 62:1-2


Throughout the ages, humans from all faith traditions have sat in stillness and silence to return to their heart in support of their spirit. There is an inner healing presence available to us when we stop, notice, and allow.

If you are interested in strengthening or building a contemplative practice or seek silence within community, please plan to join others, each Tuesday, beginning September 15th, at 9:00am. Newcomers are welcome at any gathering. No previous meditation experience needed.

Our time begins with a brief sitting practice, facilitated by Christi Humphrey.  Christi has lead other groups which gather to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion. Guided meditations and teachings draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices.

If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at cchumphrey@comcast.net. If you would like to sample Christi leading a guided meditation visit her blog https://watchingforgrace.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/bringing-compassion-to-these-anxious-times/

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: Jean DeThomas, Terri Hooper, Donna Jones, Martin, John McGowan, Sue Huckman, Steve Thompson, Joan Marshall, Marilyn Cloran, Kitty Lou Booty, Gabriele and Bob Wallace, Dave Appleton, Carolyn Boldt, Angela B., Tom, Carolyn Jarvis, Doug Crapser, Peg Patenaude, Joyce Humphrey, 

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Brian & Sara Kelley, Elizabeth Wiesner, Judy Grace, Audrey Berry.

For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.

For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                    

Volunteer Shoppers Needed for the Tamworth Christmas Project

As most of you know, the Tamworth Community Christmas Project distributes gifts to local children at St. Andrew’s in December each year. This is also one of the projects our outreach program supports. This year, due to the pandemic, some of their volunteer shoppers will not be shopping. Cathy Baybutt, director of the project, is looking for new volunteers

Volunteers shop for a family (from 1 to 4 children). The parents fill out a form with sizes and needs. We ask shoppers to purchase items on the list and then tally them up, then we send them a reimbursement check for the amount. I have very specific directions which seem to work very well. If you enjoy shopping and might lend a hand, please contact Cathy Baybutt at tamworthchristmasproject@gmail.com.

 DINNER BELL

No DINNER BELL until further notice.

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


COMMUNITY 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
12-6 pm
(No food pantry week of Thanksgiving)
Next Food Pantry: December 9
Any questions call 603-960-4067



 FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE


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
9    Alys Walker
10  George Rau, Bruce Foreman

Anniversaries
22  Antonio & Betty Faella
25  John & Joan Marshall


November 12, 2020

 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Thompson

FROM THE RECTOR

Painting Progress

This week our painters have finished painting the water-stained ceiling panels in the sanctuary and removed all the old popcorn ceiling coating in the Parish Hall, stage area and ramp by the office door. Almost all of the repairs to the walls and ceilings caused by roof leaks have been completed, and painting is continuing.

An insurance adjustor for Mike Lord, our roofer, has been in contact, and we will receive payment (amount to be determined) for the damages caused by the roof leaks that occurred during installation.

And we are in the process of finalizing a contract with J&J Flooring in Intervale, NH for carpet tiles in the Parish Hall, on the ramps and stage area and in the Prince Room. Tentative dates for carpet installation are December 28-29 for the Parish Hall, ramps and stage, and mid to late January for the Prince Room (carpet for the Prince Room is a special order and will take a few weeks longer to receive).

 

Pledge Update

Our pledge ingathering day was on November 1 this year, and the drive by parade held on November 8. We have received approximately two-thirds of the pledges we received last year and are on track to maintain last year’s pledge level if the remaining one third of pledges come in at the same level. This would be an outstanding outcome during the pandemic and holding our worship services on Zoom! Many thanks to everyone who has turned in a pledge card. If you have not yet turned in your pledge for 2021, please do so as soon as possible. It is time to create next year’s budget, and we need to know what our income will likely be.

Here are some statistics for those of you who like to watch our progress.

                                              2020                      2021

Number of Pledges                    59                          39

Amount pledged              $156,537                $120,730

 Of the 39 pledges received, 13 have increased, 4 have decreased, and 22 remain the same as in 2020. This is so encouraging, given the year we have faced!!

Caroline

THIS SUNDAY             
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP 
The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM 
The remaining Sundays at 10:00 AM

This Sunday-November 15, 2020
at 10:00 a.m.
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information) 
AND...
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SERVICE FOR 
A VIRTUAL 
on ZOOM

READINGS FOR SUNDAY

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 28, Year A

Collect of the Day                     We center ourselves for worship in prayer

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

First Lesson                              Judges 4:1-7

In this lesson from the Hebrew Bible the Israelites prove unfaithful to the Lord, going after foreign gods and doing what is evil in God’s sight.  In consequence, they fall under the oppression of the Canaanite King Jabin and the commander of his army, Sisera.  The Lord raises up for the Hebrew people Deborah, a prophetess, to arbitrate for justice among them.  Deborah, a gifted leader, is inspired to liberate the Israelites from their Canaanite overlords and summons the warrior Barak.  Deborah commands Barak in the name of the Lord to gather warriors against the superior chariots and troops of Sisera, confident that God will grant the Israelites success.

Psalm 123

Those who are lowly and scorned place their trust in the merciful Lord.

The Second Lesson          1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

In this reading Paul counsels the new disciples to be alert as in the daylight, for the day of the Lord will come swiftly and unexpectedly, although at a time unknown to mortals.  Many early Christians believed that the course of world history would soon come to an end.  Paul urges the Thessalonians not to live like people of the night but soberly and expectantly.  Whether they first die or remain alive they may look forward, not to God’s wrath, but to a salvation that has been gained through Jesus.  Paul’s central point remains valid for us:  we do not know when the consummation of history will take place, but are to live always prepared for judgment.

The Gospel     Matthew 25:14-30  

Our gospel is the parable of the wise and foolish maidens–those prepared and unprepared for the bridegroom’s coming.  In several ways the details of the story may strike us as odd and even a little unfair, but such a concern misses the main point, which has much in common with other of Jesus’ parables.  One must at all times be ready with repentance and decision for the kingdom’s coming.  In a later period this story was read with allegorical overtones.  Jesus is the bridegroom whose return is delayed.  Some in the church are falling asleep while others remain expectant.

Our gospel is the parable of the servants who made different uses of the money entrusted to them.  The evangelist intends the story to be instructive to Christian disciples.  The master Jesus is now away.  When he returns, he will expect his followers to have made diligent use of the faith he has left in their charge.  If it has not grown, then it has been without value and will be taken away.  One also recognizes how immense are the sums left with the servants. The parable warns against the false security of only guarding the traditions and not investing them in life and in others.



Click below to see the readings: 

STEWARDSHIP


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it- John 1:5
WEEKLY CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE

For God alone my soul in silence waits;  from God comes my salvation.

God alone is my rock and my salvation,  my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.

                                                                Psalm 62:1-2


Throughout the ages, humans from all faith traditions have sat in stillness and silence to return to their heart in support of their spirit. There is an inner healing presence available to us when we stop, notice, and allow.

If you are interested in strengthening or building a contemplative practice or seek silence within community, please plan to join others, each Tuesday, beginning September 15th, at 9:00am. Newcomers are welcome at any gathering. No previous meditation experience needed.

Our time begins with a brief sitting practice, facilitated by Christi Humphrey.  Christi has lead other groups which gather to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion. Guided meditations and teachings draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices.

If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at cchumphrey@comcast.net. If you would like to sample Christi leading a guided meditation visit her blog https://watchingforgrace.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/bringing-compassion-to-these-anxious-times/

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: Jean DeThomas, Terri Hooper, Donna Jones, Martin, John McGowan, Sue Huckman, Steve Thompson, Joan Marshall, Marilyn Cloran, Kitty Lou Booty, Gabriele and Bob Wallace, Dave Appleton, Carolyn Boldt, Angela B., Tom, Carolyn Jarvis, Doug Crapser, Peg Patenaude, Joyce Humphrey, 

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Brian & Sara Kelley, Elizabeth Wiesner, Judy Grace, Audrey Berry.

For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.

For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                         

From the Diocese: ChIPS and UTO

Due to the pandemic, the prison system is not allowing many visitors into the prison. This will make it impossible for us to offer the ChIPS program this year. I'm afraid we won't be taking donations of money or gifts for the children of prisoners this year.

 Please send your United Thank Offering (UTO) donations through your church so each church sends one check, made out to the Episcopal Church of NH with UTO in the memo line. We look forward to honoring these donations during our worship. Thank you for your support of this important program.

Volunteer Shoppers Needed for the Tamworth Christmas Project

As most of you know, the Tamworth Community Christmas Project distributes gifts to local children at St. Andrew’s in December each year. This is also one of the projects our outreach program supports. This year, due to the pandemic, some of their volunteer shoppers will not be shopping. Cathy Baybutt, director of the project, is looking for new volunteers

Volunteers shop for a family (from 1 to 4 children). The parents fill out a form with sizes and needs. We ask shoppers to purchase items on the list and then tally them up, then we send them a reimbursement check for the amount. I have very specific directions which seem to work very well. If you enjoy shopping and might lend a hand, please contact Cathy Baybutt at tamworthchristmasproject@gmail.com.

 DINNER BELL

No DINNER BELL until further notice.

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


COMMUNITY 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
12-6 pm
(No food pantry week of Thanksgiving)
Next Food Pantry: November 18th
Any questions call 603-960-4067



 FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE

STAY CALM AND JUST BREATHE

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A BRIEF THEOLOGY OF VETERANS DAY
November 11 is Veterans Day, originally “Armistice Day.” On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (i.e., November 11, 1918, exactly 102 years ago this Wednesday), the truce was declared that ended World War I, then known as “The Great War” and “the war to end all wars.”

“Armistice” is from the Latin arma (“arms”) and sistere (“stand still”). Imagine the stillness, the quiet that came from laying down weapons on both sides, after years of grueling, bloody trench warfare.  

The United States Congress subsequently declared that the date “should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”  

Sadly, it was not “the war to end all wars” — and so in 1954, the day was renamed, “Veterans Day” in order to honor veterans from all the wars since, not just World War I. But the words of Congress still resonate, as do the holiday’s origins in that great stillness.

A day of thanksgiving: for the service of veterans, living and dead; for the service of caregivers — doctors and nurses and chaplains and mental health professionals and spouses and family members and friends — who walk with veterans through the ravages of war, even after the bullets and bombs and missiles stop flying; and for the days of peace that come at long last.

A day of prayer:  for people of all faiths (or no faith at all), a time of prayer, meditation, or reflection on the stillness of armistice, so that the days of peace on Earth increase, and the days of war decrease.

A day of exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations: for all of us to find ways, large and small, to build bridges across lines of difference, suspicion, or hostility, in our neighborhoods, our country, and among the nations of the world.

To lay down our arms. To step into a new stillness together. To sing with our ancestors that we, too, will lay down our swords and shields, “down by the riverside, and study war no more” — so that the next hundred-and-two years may be more peaceful than the last.

May God’s peace be with you on this Veterans Day, this Armistice Day, and may we lay down all of our arms, all of our burdens, in God’s great Shalom rising up even now, like soldiers climbing out of trenches a century ago.

Love and peace,  The SALT Team

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
9    Alys Walker
10  George Rau, Bruce Foreman

Anniversaries
22  Antonio & Betty Faella
25  John & Joan Marshall

November 5, 2020

 


Photo courtesy of Lisa Thompson

FROM THE RECTOR

Outdoor Eucharist on Sunday at 4:15 pm

What perfect weather for what is likely to be our last outdoor service of the season! The forecast says clear with temps in the 60’s. We will gather on the back lawn at 4:15 pm and comply with all the usual guidelines. Please don’t forget to let me know if you plan to attend. It’s important for me to know how many are coming ahead of time.

The Eucharist will be a continuation of the morning Liturgy of the Word, not a full service. Our morning Zoom service will be the same as usual. The afternoon Eucharist will have only minimal elements of the Liturgy of the Word (one reading from Scripture, no sermon, no Prayers of the People), followed by the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion. Those who plan to attend the Eucharist are encouraged to attend the Zoom service as well, both for the elements of the service that will only occur at the morning service and to stand in solidarity with those who do not feel comfortable gathering in person.

 As before, please plan to bring the following:

·         Bread for Communion

·         Lawn chair

·         Face mask

·         Hand sanitizer

·         Water

·         Jacket, etc. as weather dictates

 We ask that everyone follow these safety requirements:

·         Stay at home if you do not feel well

·         Wear a face mask

·         Maintain 6 ft. distancing at all times. We will exchange the Peace while remaining in our places.

·         Because we know that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets caused by singing and speaking loudly we agree to refrain from:

o   Singing

o   Congregational responses, unison prayers and exchanging the Peace in normal volume. Instead we will make non-verbal responses or use very quiet voices.

·         Keep social gathering after the service to a minimum and maintain 6 ft. distancing

 I hope to see you there!

 Thank you! My foot surgery went well, and I was able to walk without crutches the next day. I continue to feel better every day, and so appreciate your prayers, thoughtfulness and assistance in various ways.  I am so grateful for the privilege of serving as your rector!

THIS SUNDAY             
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP 
The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM 
The remaining Sundays at 10:00 AM

This Sunday-November 8, 2020
at 10:00 a.m.
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information) 
AND...
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SERVICE FOR 
A VIRTUAL 
on ZOOM

READINGS FOR SUNDAY

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 27, Year A

Collect of the Day                     We center ourselves for worship in prayer

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson                              Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

In our Hebrew scripture lesson, Joshua, like Moses before him, acts as a mediator between the people of Israel and God at Shechem.  He calls them to reaffirm their covenant with the Lord.  It was at Shechem that God first spoke to Abraham in Canaan, and at Shechem that Jacob abjured his family to “put away the foreign gods among you.”  Joshua recalls the Lord’s faithfulness through history and his consistent benevolence toward Israel.  The choice is stark, for the Lord demands entire devotion; all other deities must be shunned and put away.  In language reminiscent of treaty documents of the period, the people swear their loyalty to God.

Psalm 78:1-7

The psalm recalls Israel’s trials and the Lord’s sustaining grace in the wilderness after the escape from Egypt.

The Second Lesson          1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

In this reading Paul offers a vision of how the dead in Christ will rise and then, together with those who are alive, be caught up to meet the Lord in the sky.  Apparently some members of the Thessalonian church had died, and there was this concern: would they miss the Lord’s coming?  First, Paul reminds them that the Christian hope is rooted in the God who raised Jesus.  He then describes the day of the Lord’s appearing and the raising up of the dead and the living, using highly poetic imagery conditioned by the worldview of his time.  The essential meaning is clear: we shall be with the Lord.

The Gospel     Matthew 25:1-13  

Our gospel is the parable of the wise and foolish maidens–those prepared and unprepared for the bridegroom’s coming.  In several ways the details of the story may strike us as odd and even a little unfair, but such a concern misses the main point, which has much in common with other of Jesus’ parables.  One must at all times be ready with repentance and decision for the kingdom’s coming.  In a later period this story was read with allegorical overtones.  Jesus is the bridegroom whose return is delayed.  Some in the church are falling asleep while others remain expectant.




Click below to see the readings: 

STEWARDSHIP


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it- John 1:5

ALL SAINTS’ DRIVE-BY PARADE RESCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY!

WHEN? Sunday, November 8th from 5pm to 6pm - NEW TIME

WHERE? AT THE CHURCH. (Yes, you read correctly!)

WHAT: HONOR THE SAINTS, PAST AND PRESENT.

HOW? DRIVE BY THE CHURCH. SEE the CANDLES OF HOPE IN EVERY WINDOW.                                            

RECEIVE a CANDLE and a beloved HOMEMADE GRITS RECIPE. 

Enter the church parking lot via the entrance closest to Tamworth, and exit via the driveway closest to Ossipee. Stewardship Committee members will be there to greet you!

WHAT NEXT? Drive home (past the church again?), warmed by the memory and encouragement of all our saints, at Saint Andrew’s and across the world.

In lieu of our usual In-gathering brunch, The Stewardship Committee invites you to this Celebration of Saints. Not only will you have an authentic Southern Grits recipe to enjoy throughout the year; you will “find rest for your souls” and joy in seeing each other safely.     

May God’s abundant blessings be with you this day, and always.

The Stewardship Committee


WEEKLY CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE

For God alone my soul in silence waits;  from God comes my salvation.

God alone is my rock and my salvation,  my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.

                                                                Psalm 62:1-2


Throughout the ages, humans from all faith traditions have sat in stillness and silence to return to their heart in support of their spirit. There is an inner healing presence available to us when we stop, notice, and allow.

If you are interested in strengthening or building a contemplative practice or seek silence within community, please plan to join others, each Tuesday, beginning September 15th, at 9:00am. Newcomers are welcome at any gathering. No previous meditation experience needed.

Our time begins with a brief sitting practice, facilitated by Christi Humphrey.  Christi has lead other groups which gather to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion. Guided meditations and teachings draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices.

If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at cchumphrey@comcast.net. If you would like to sample Christi leading a guided meditation visit her blog https://watchingforgrace.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/bringing-compassion-to-these-anxious-times/

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: Jean DeThomas, Terri Hooper, Donna Jones, Martin, John McGowan, Sue Huckman, Steve Thompson, Joan Marshall, Marilyn Cloran, Kitty Lou Booty, Gabriele and Bob Wallace, Dave Appleton, Carolyn Boldt, Angela B., Tom, Carolyn Jarvis, Doug Crapser, Peg Patenaude, Joyce Humphrey, 

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Brian & Sara Kelley, Elizabeth Wiesner, Judy Grace, Audrey Berry.

For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.

For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                         

From Ann Cady: An ecumenical memorial service for those who have died of COVID and for victims of violence is being held outside at the First Congregational Church of North Conway, Friday (tomorrow) at noon, weather permitting.  It will be rescheduled if necessary because of inclement weather.

From the Diocese: ChIPS and UTO

Due to the pandemic, the prison system is not allowing many visitors into the prison. This will make it impossible for us to offer the ChIPS program this year. I'm afraid we won't be taking donations of money or gifts for the children of prisoners this year.

 Please send your United Thank Offering (UTO) donations through your church so each church sends one check, made out to the Episcopal Church of NH with UTO in the memo line. We look forward to honoring these donations during our worship. Thank you for your support of this important program.

Volunteer Shoppers Needed for the Tamworth Christmas Project

As most of you know, the Tamworth Community Christmas Project distributes gifts to local children at St. Andrew’s in December each year. This is also one of the projects our outreach program supports. This year, due to the pandemic, some of their volunteer shoppers will not be shopping. Cathy Baybutt, director of the project, is looking for new volunteers

Volunteers shop for a family (from 1 to 4 children). The parents fill out a form with sizes and needs. We ask shoppers to purchase items on the list and then tally them up, then we send them a reimbursement check for the amount. I have very specific directions which seem to work very well. If you enjoy shopping and might lend a hand, please contact Cathy Baybutt at tamworthchristmasproject@gmail.com.

 DINNER BELL

No DINNER BELL until further notice.

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


COMMUNITY 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
12-6 pm
Next Food Pantry: November 12th
Any questions call 603-960-4067



 FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE

STAY CALM AND JUST BREATHE

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For Deliverance from Faithless Fear and Worldly Anxiety

Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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   Ray Walker
9   Joan Wright, 
11   Rob Walty
20  Lois Brady
22  Sally DeGroot, John McGowan
27   Larry Grace
28  Dick Wakefield, Dwight Baldwin

Anniversaries
8     Judy and Larry Grace