February 13, 2020

THIS SUNDAY, February 16th, The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany,  there will be two services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.


Sunday, February 16th
 The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Year A

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

1st Reading: Jonathan Brady
2nd Reading: Marty Cloran
Prayers: Chris Boldt

Click below to see the readings: 


Online Lenten Offering from the Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist

Note: if you already receive daily emails from SSJE, there is nothing you need to do; you will automatically receive this offering.

Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.

This series comes right from the heart of our life as monks, and we are excited to share with you an offering like none we’ve ever made before. This series takes up the signs and symbols of our shared Christian worship, illustrated by rich footage of our own life here at the monastery.

What to expect:

· Each Sunday we will send out a 15-minute video on that week’s topic, featuring Brothers in conversation, exploring the symbols of Light, Water, Food, Shelter and Community, as they appear in Scripture, worship, and our own experience.

· Each weekday we will modify “Brother, Give Us a Word” to include a short written mediation and a daily practice to inspire you to further reflection on the weekly theme. These daily practices bring Signs of Life together with the Episcopal Church’s Way of Love, two complementary approaches to our shared vision of living a Jesus-centered life.

Your daily “Brother, Give Us a Word” email will automatically include the Signs of Life videos, meditations, and practices during Lent 2020 (no need to subscribe separately).

If you wish to receive additional information about Signs of Life, click here and we will keep you updated.

We have been delighted by the positive feedback from those of you who are already planning to use this series as your Lenten practice. We believe this will be our best offering to date.

We look forward to exploring the Signs of Life with you all,

Br. James Koester SSJE

Saint Andrew’s in the Valley Episcopal Church, Tamworth, NH
Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:30am – 12:30pm
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
                                                                                Psalm 51:10-12
Each year, as we are invited to observe a holy Lent at the Ash Wednesday service, we pray these lines from Psalm 51. The season for returning and renewal encourages us to times of self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, self-denial, reading and meditating on God's holy Word.
Perhaps you have established habits which support you or maybe you are looking for inspiration in shaping a practice for the Lenten season.  Please plan to attend this workshop in which we will look at and try on different practices of prayer. We will consider what are the components of a prayer practice, how to get started and how to keep it going.
Facilitated by Christi Humphrey, the workshop will include times for prayer, contemplation, and conversation.
Christi Humphrey MDiv, is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a colleague at the Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA. She holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development. For twenty years, Christi has accompanied others on their spiritual journey through various projects -- spiritual formation groups, pilgrimages, mission trips, and as a Minister of Spiritual Care.


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 canceled, an email will be sent out to the regular 8:00 attendees.
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.

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 the month of February are:

16   Tubman
23   Slader

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


God creates with love and tenderness and in God’s image. The imprint of God’s very hand – the divine potter – is on everything he created. This intimacy between creator and created is very important, because the created world – the trees and flowers and birds, the sunshine – even the snow! – have the power to reveal God to us.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.

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. 


Not a sports fan here!  But I thought I would give Lent Madness a try in 2019. I encouraged my husband to join me in a friendly competition to reach the Golden Halo winner and we both had so much fun. I received the emails and forwarded them to him and kept a separate bracket chart for each of us. (You can easily download a printable pdf of the bracket here)

Not only was it fun to team up with someone....but it was especially fun to learn about the different Saints and their backgrounds.  So many not so very well known but their services and contributions were just as important as those who are.

I encourage you to try this out even if you don't enjoy sports. It's very easy. Sign up for the emails and you can place your vote for your "Saintly" pick each week. 

Watch the bracket posted on the Kitchen door during Lent Madness!

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.

2        Joan Marshall
3        Carolyn Boldt
7        David Manley
13      Bill May
14      Linnea Frank
17      Nathalie Smith
20      Tom Huckman
21      Judy Grace
26      Melissa Bunker

14      Ken & Debra Hoyt
20      Bill & Valerie May

Photos courtesy of