January 16, 2020



JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
THIS SUNDAY, January 19th, The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, there will be two services at 8 & 10 a.m.

CENTERING PRAYER  
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

MORNING PRAYER 
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP

READINGS FOR SUNDAY


Sunday, January 19th
 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Year A

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-12
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Preston Mills
2nd Reading: Bruce Kennedy
Prayers: Valerie May
Click below to see the readings: 

FROM THE RECTOR

Good snowy morning,

What a beautiful snowfall! Unless, of course, you’re trying to go somewhere.
This week’s weather and the forecast for snow on Saturday night has prompted me to prepare for possible Sunday morning service cancellations. I’ve emailed those who normally come to the 8:00 service with a plan to email them if I cancel the 8:00 service. If you would like to be notified about 8:00 service cancellations and did not receive this email, please let me know and I’ll add you to the group. I’ll send this email by 7:00 am.
If the 10:00 service will be canceled I will make an announcement on WMUR, so if the weather is iffy, please check closings at https://www.wmur.com/weather/closings and search for St. Andrew’s. I’ll make this decision by 8:00 am.


My trip to Montreal last weekend to see the exhibit, “Imagine Van Gogh,” was every bit as fabulous as I thought it would be. His paintings were projected onto fourteen huge panels around a rectangular space paired with classical music selections (see pictures below). The paintings changed every few minutes and we were free to wander as we wished. Sometimes portions of a single painting appeared on several panels, sometimes all the panels had different paintings displayed. Sometimes the painting scrolled down the panel. It was a truly immersive experience, evoking chills, tears and wonder. The exhibit will be in Montreal until March 1, and I highly recommend it! For more information go to https://imagine-vangogh.ca/en/.
See photos in gallery below.
Caroline
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

Please keep in mind during the winter when the weather looks questionable for safe travel to call the church before you leave home to check for schedule changes. If a storm comes in on Saturday evening or Sunday, I will make a judgment by 7:00 AM about whether to hold, cancel, or delay services. Cancellations will posted on WMUR9. PLEASE do not travel if it feels unsafe to you. Enjoy a Sabbath morning at home and remember St. Andrew’s in your prayers.

If only the 8:00 a.m. service is cancelled, an email will be sent out to the regular 8:00 attendees.
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
 

 Dinner Bell cook teams for the month of January are:
           
        19   Slader
        26   Lewis
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The incarnate Word is with us,
is still speaking, is present
always, yet leaves no sign
but everything that is.

Wendell Berry

This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems

COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for January is shampoo/conditioner.


The Community Food Center (CFC), which operates out of St. Andrew’s Church on Old Route 25 in Tamworth, is looking for new volunteers to help with this important program.  The Center is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to noon for clients to come in and pick up their food. On each of these days, two volunteers staff the Center and a CFC Board Member is on hand to help and answer questions. Scheduling is done bi-monthly and substitutes provide flexibility for volunteers who have other commitments. 

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE

ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 2nd


January 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
3        Donna Jones
4        Ellie McLaughlin, Jen Huckman
6        Joyce Carter
9        Pat Adams
19      Ginger Heard, Jonathon Brady
25      Connor Bunker, Ann Cady
27      Carol Tubman

PHOTO GALLERY
Photos courtesy of 
Caroline Hines









January 9, 2020



JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
THIS SUNDAY, January 12th, The 1st Sunday after Epiphany, there will be two services at 8 & 10 a.m.

CENTERING PRAYER  
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

MORNING PRAYER 
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP

READINGS FOR SUNDAY


Sunday, January 12th
 1st Sunday after Epiphany
Year A

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17


READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Kaitlyn Marshall
2nd Reading: David Manley
Prayers: Cathie Lewis

Click below to see the readings: 

FROM THE RECTOR

Please enjoy the Service of Morning Prayer this Sunday on the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany, The Baptism of our Lord.

I will be away over the weekend.
Caroline
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

Please keep in mind during the winter when the weather looks questionable for safe travel to call the church before you leave home to check for schedule changes. If a storm comes in on Saturday evening or Sunday, I will make a judgment by 7:00 AM about whether to hold, cancel, or delay services. Cancellations will posted on WMUR9 and also be announced on WMWV radio 93.5. The church phone message will also reflect any cancellations. PLEASE do not travel if it feels unsafe to you. Enjoy a Sabbath morning at home and remember St. Andrew’s in your prayers.
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
 

 Dinner Bell cook teams for the month of January are:
           
        12   Wakefield
        19   Slader
        26   Lewis
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Morning Poem


Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

from Dream Work (1986) by Mary Oliver
© Mary Oliver

COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for January is shampoo/conditioner.


The Community Food Center (CFC), which operates out of St. Andrew’s Church on Old Route 25 in Tamworth, is looking for new volunteers to help with this important program.  The Center is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to noon for clients to come in and pick up their food. On each of these days, two volunteers staff the Center and a CFC Board Member is on hand to help and answer questions. Scheduling is done bi-monthly and substitutes provide flexibility for volunteers who have other commitments. 

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE

Now it’s time to get down to end of year work!
ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 2nd
Please be working on your Annual Reports. They are due on or before January 15th.  A reminder that you may request a copy of last year’s report if you need it.
Thank you for your timely responses.


The office will be closed 
Thursday of this week, January 9th.

January 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
3        Donna Jones
4        Ellie McLaughlin, Jen Huckman
6        Joyce Carter
9        Pat Adams
19      Ginger Heard, Jonathon Brady
25      Connor Bunker, Ann Cady
27      Carol Tubman

PHOTO GALLERY
Photos courtesy of 

January 2, 2020



JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
THIS SUNDAY, January 5th, The 2nd Sunday after Christmas  there will be ONE SERVICE ONLY  at 9:00 a.m. 

CENTERING PRAYER  
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

MORNING PRAYER 
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
and FELLOWSHIP


COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED!!!!!
Please sign up on the sheet in the Parish Hall
READINGS FOR SUNDAY


Sunday, January 5th
 2nd Sunday of Christmas
Year A

Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 84
Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23


READERS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1st Reading: Christi Humphrey
2nd Reading: Sally DeGroot
Prayers: Davis Dassori

Click below to see the readings: 

FROM THE RECTOR

What beautiful Christmas services we had this year! A big thank you to everyone who helped to make our services so wonderful:
·         The Altar Guild, who came in force on the Saturday before Christmas to polish everything and green the church, and then set up and cleaned up for all the services;
·         George, who helped with the greening;
·         Gretchen, who picked up the poinsettias;
·         Everyone who donated poinsettias;
·         Bernice and the choir for beautiful music at the Christmas Eve services and Lessons and Carols;
·         Val and Preston for their beautiful solos, and Val for playing harp;
·         All the readers, acolytes and Eucharistic ministers;
·         Cathie and Lisa for leading Lessons and Carols;
·         Deb for all the Christmas bulletins, and Dale and Bernice for helping fold and staple them;
·         And everyone who came to worship with us, from far and near, and participated with such spirit!

I had a wonderful visit with all my family in Meridian, Mississippi. It’s always such fun to get everyone together and catch up, and see how my nieces and nephews are growing up. Jay, my oldest nephew, and his wife Michelle did a fantastic job hosting all of us for meals and time to be together. Tori, my oldest niece, and her fiancĂ©e, Hannah, are getting married this summer, and have asked me to officiate at their wedding. Grace is a sophomore in college, Peyton is a freshman, Wilson is a junior in high school and Caroline is a sophomore. They are all thriving in their various schools and blossoming into late teens and young adulthood.

The only damper was travel – nearly always a challenge in winter. Freezing rain the morning I left caused me to miss my bus and then my plane. Two flights turned into three (Boston to Nashville to Chicago to Birmingham!) and I got to my hotel at midnight instead of to my nephew’s for dinner. On the way back I made all my connections but drove the snow-covered Hwy 16 from Portsmouth to Rochester, where I stayed in a hotel instead of driving all the way home. But it was well worth it, and I had yesterday to recover!


I pray your Christmas was filled with love and joy, and that you will be abundantly blessed in this new year,

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.

DINNER BELL
 

 Dinner Bell cook teams for the month of January are:
           
        5  Sandwich Church
        12   Wakefield
        19   Slader
        26   Lewis
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Starlings in Winter



Chunky and noisy,
but with stars in their black feathers,
they spring from the telephone wire
and instantly

they are acrobats
in the freezing wind.
And now, in the theater of air,
they swing over buildings,

dipping and rising;
they float like one stippled star
that opens,
becomes for a moment fragmented,

then closes again;
and you watch
and you try
but you simply can’t imagine

how they do it
with no articulated instruction, no pause,
only the silent confirmation
that they are this notable thing,

this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spin
over and over again,
full of gorgeous life.

Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,
even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it;

I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard. I want

to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

by Mary Oliver

COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for January is shampoo/conditioner.


The Community Food Center (CFC), which operates out of St. Andrew’s Church on Old Route 25 in Tamworth, is looking for new volunteers to help with this important program.  The Center is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to noon for clients to come in and pick up their food. On each of these days, two volunteers staff the Center and a CFC Board Member is on hand to help and answer questions. Scheduling is done bi-monthly and substitutes provide flexibility for volunteers who have other commitments. 

FORWARD DAY BY DAY FOR TODAY
THURSDAY, January 2, 2020
Psalm 1:4-6 It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.
From the Archives:
Saturday, November 16, 1935 What is the teaching of Christ about: war and peace; the training of youth; the economic injustices of our day; race barriers? Review the resolutions you have made this week. Talk out these subjects with others. Agree upon mutual action—no matter how slight.

Some practical suggestions are: 1. Treat every man as a brother and every woman as a sister. 2. Share privileges with others. 3. Dispel bigotry and intolerance by sympathy and understanding. 4. Cherish childhood. 5. Replace competition by cooperation. 6. Support democracy by realism in civic affairs. Advocate international equity and friendship. 7. Live the sacrificial, creative life in Christ.

MOVING FORWARD: How does today’s meditation make you feel about your own resolutions?.

FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE

Now it’s time to get down to end of year work!
ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 2nd
Please be working on your Annual Reports. They are due on or before January 15th.  A reminder that you may request a copy of last year’s report if you need it.
Thank you for your timely responses.

January 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
3        Donna Jones
4        Ellie McLaughlin, Jen Huckman
6        Joyce Carter
9        Pat Adams
19      Ginger Heard, Jonathon Brady
25      Connor Bunker, Ann Cady
27      Carol Tubman

PHOTO GALLERY
Photos courtesy of