July 30, 2020



FROM THE RECTOR

I’m sharing two links today that were shared in the clergy meeting with the Bishop this morning. The first is serious; the second quite light. The first was written by John Lewis just days before his death, and appeared in the NY Times this morning, the day of his funeral. It’s called “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation” and is worth the few minutes it will take to read. It can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

The second is a parody on a song from Dancing Priest Does St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Tifton, Georgia, “decided to rewrite the song, ‘You’ll Be Back’ – in which King George orders the American colonies to stop rebelling, or else – to remind his parishioners that their church will be waiting for them when the pandemic ends.  It was the perfect number to use in the annual parish talent show (which, like everything else, has been moved online).”

If you’ve seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFduNE4pXAQ

Enjoy!   Caroline

Update from John McGowan

John has asked me to let you all know that he is feeling quite well these days, and after consultation with his doctors and a lot of prayerful consideration, has postponed his surgery scheduled for tomorrow. He will continue to consult with medical staff and revisit this decision in several weeks. He is most grateful for all your prayers and support over these last months.

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP               
August 2, 2020
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP AT 9:00 AM 
via Zoom (see email for Zoom information) 
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/

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

 
READINGS FOR SUNDAY

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

August 2nd, Proper 13, Year A

Collect of the Day                                   We center ourselves for worship in prayer.

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson                                     Genesis 32:22-311

Our Hebrew Bible reading tells how Jacob, on the night before his confrontation with his brother Esau, wrestles all night with a man he comes to recognize as God.  Many years earlier Jacob had tricked Esau and stolen his blessing and birthright.  Now Jacob has grown rich in the service of his father-in-law Laban, but he greatly fears his meeting with his brother.  Jacob’s struggle with God may in part express his guilty conscience and coming to terms with the evil he had done.  He has to fight for a blessing and permission to return to his homeland.  For his new life he is given a new name, Israel, but is left with an injury as a sign of God’s supremacy and a reminder of his wrong.

Psalm 17:1-7, 15

A plea for justice and protection by one who has followed ‘s ways.

The Second Lesson                                               Romans 9:1-5

In this reading Paul expresses his anguish and sorrow that so many of the children of Israel, the people especially favored by God, have not found the Lord’s promise. To them belong the covenants, the law, and so much else. From their nation Christ himself came. Paul would go to great lengths, even see himself an outcast, if such would help Israel to know its salvation. Later in this letter Paul tries to explain how this all may be part of God’s plan of redemption, which in the end will include Israel with the Gentiles.

The Gospel                                                  Matthew 14:13-21

Our gospel is the story of Jesus’ feeding of over five thousand persons.  After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus seeks a time of retreat.  The crowds, however follow him, and he has compassion on them.  The narrative suggests many levels of meaning.  It recalls Old Testament stories, especially God’s feeding of the Israelites with manna in the wilderness, and points forward to the legendary banquet at the end of time where Christ the King will preside.  The abundant miracle illustrates Jesus’ lordship; he is intimate with the powers of creation.  Other themes associated with the Eucharist are close at hand.

 

Click below to see the readings: 


SUNDAY August 9th Outdoor Eucharist              
Outdoor Eucharist on Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 pm!! (Rain date: August 16)

Our outdoor Eucharist is on August 9 at 5:00 pm. If you would like to come, please read the guidelines and let me know that you plan to attend. One of the questions I’ve been asked since sharing this last week is whether we will have both bread and wine for Communion, and the answer is that we will only have bread. Sharing the cup is simply not considered safe, and the Bishop has asked us to use only bread.

We plan to have several 10’ X 10’ canopies set up to provide additional shade.

We chose August 9 as the date because this is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the consecration of the church, August 6, 1927. We will commemorate our birthday by ringing the church bells 93 times at the Eucharist, one toll for each of our 93 years and writing notes expressing our gratitude for St. Andrew’s (

After reading the documents recommended by the Bishop, CDC guidelines and State of NH re-opening guidance we developed the 

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.

 Stay tuned…. As we approach August 9 we will no doubt make some minor adjustments to the plan. Meanwhile, please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend.

Happy Birthday, St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley!


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: Tom, Angela B, Ryan C, Doug Crapser, Richard Cady, Dave Appleton, Courtney and her baby, Christian, Tiffany, Kyren, Dorothy O'Donnell, Lisa Lemire, Donn Carty, Bob & Sue Huckman, Kenneth LaForge, Jennifer M, David Manley, Robin Martelle, John McGowan, Gabriele Wallace, Carolyn Jarvis, Tamara, Milan McNall, Marilyn Cloran, Joan Marshall, Rick, John, Carolyn Boldt, the Huckman family, as they grieve the death of Tom's uncle, Norm.

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Susannah Keith, Alida, Dylan, Brian & Sara Kelley, Bob Wallace, Carl Mamigonian, 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.


HISTORICAL MARKER CHALLENGE
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO 
How often have you just driven by one of these and wondered what it said.  Let me encourage you to stop. You can find a list of markers  along with a location map if you click on the link above.

TAKE A PHOTO WITH YOURSELF, PET, WHOEVER IS WITH YOU, LET ME KNOW THE DATE AND TIME OF THE PHOTO.  Have FUN and enjoy the ride!

I will track who can take the most photos with a different marker until the end of the year and post the photos in the Thursday Memo each week.


From Deb Hoyt: #2 -7/25/20 2:00pm
Marker # 0227 features the Nansen Ski Jump In Milan.
You can see the jump to the left of the marker on the hill. It is 
currently in the process of being refurbished

"Bucky and I stopped at a couple of markers
on our weekend ride through the National Forest to Errol 
and back down through the Notch to Jackson.
Click on the photos to read the markers better."
.

From Deb Hoyt: #3 -7/25/20 2:22pm
A wave from Bucky at Marker # 0255
 titled "The City That Trees Built" 
located in Berlin.

PACK A PACK

The 2020 Pack a PACK Drive is Going Virtual!


Although learning may look different this fall, it’s more important than ever for every student to have their own supplies. Help WMUR, Service Credit Union, The NH Food Bank and Boys and Girls Club of Central NH, to make that happen by making a donation today!

This is the program that David Manley coordinates for us every year. The only difference is that it’s all online this year. You can make a donation of any dollar amount, or you can make a $50 donation for a backpack and school supplies, a donation of $25 for a back pack, or a donation for $25 for school supplies.

To make an online donation go to https://servicecu.org/packapack/

Thanks to David for reminding me about this important way we can help school aged children, and directing me to the website!


 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: August 5th, 19th
Any questions call 603-960-4067


 FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE



FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 Connection

Prayer is not about the magic of saying certain words so that some desired outcome happens. Rather prayer is about the mystery of love. We pray, not because we want something, but because we love someone.

-Br. James Koester

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
1   Lisa Thompson
17  Vic DeGroot
18  Davis Dassori
21  Jennifer Brady
28  Marge Hagerup
30  Jim Theodore


Anniversaries
2  Ann Cady & Rob Walty
16  Todd & Jane Horn
31  Carla & Jack Knapp

PHOTO GALLERY

Gretchen’s hydrangea in full bloom in its first year!

Building and Grounds garden filling in beautifully!

Lots and lots of daisies!

Photos provided by Tina Quinn

July 23, 2020




FROM THE RECTOR

Prayers for the Huckman Family

 Please keep the Huckman’s in your prayers as they grieve the death of Bob, who died this morning. We pray especially for Tom, Bob’s son, Sue, Bob’s wife, Jen, his daughter-in-law and Sarah, Jim and Tim, his grandchildren

 Email Scam Warning:

 Deb received an email that looked as though it had come from me (the From: line had my name). The text was “Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am currently busy in a prayer session, no calls so just reply my email.” It was sent from the email address: onlinechurch355@g......

 The purpose may have been to confirm that it was a working email address. The Bishop’s office has also reported emails being sent that purported to be from him asking for money or donations.


Please be alert to the possibility that an email that looks like it came from me or the Diocese may in fact be a scam. Pay attention to both the content and the language used (the above doesn’t sound like something I’d write, right?!) and if it’s suspicious don’t respond.

Outdoor Eucharist on Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 pm!! (Rain date: August 16)

Your Outdoor Eucharist Planning Team has been hard at work! Yesterday at 4:30 pm we met on the back lawn of the church where we will hold the service and were pleased to see how much shade the maple tree by my office provides at that hour of the day. We also plan to have several 10’ X 10’ canopies set up to provide additional shade.

We chose August 9 as the date because this is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the consecration of the church, August 6, 1927. We will commemorate our birthday by ringing the church bells 93 times at the Eucharist, one toll for each of our 93 years and writing notes expressing our gratitude for St. Andrew’s (see “Happy Birthday, St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley” below).

After reading the documents recommended by the Bishop, CDC guidelines and State of NH re-opening guidance we developed the GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR EUCHARIST. Please read these guidelines and then let me know if you plan to attend. As you will see, we need to know in advance how many people will attend so that we can mark places for your chairs with appropriate physical distance between them.

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.

 Stay tuned…. As we approach August 9 we will no doubt make some minor adjustments to the plan. Meanwhile, please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend.

Caroline

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP               

July 26, 2020
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP AT 10:00 AM 
via Zoom (see email for Zoom information) 
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/

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

 
READINGS FOR SUNDAY

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 26th, Proper 12, Year A

Collect of the Day                                 

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 First Lesson                                     Genesis 29:15-28

In our sequential reading from Genesis, Jacob meets his match in his future father –in-law, the deceptive Laban.  We encounter the cultural power of custom, here applied to women when it is deemed inappropriate to marry off the younger daughter Rachel before the elder daughter Leah.  God makes no overt appearance in these events, though God’s promise is at work even in the unlikely interactions of an exploitative father-in-law, two competitive sisters, and the compromised patriarch Jacob.

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

A hymn of praise celebrating God’s forming of a people through generations.

or

Psalm 128

The one who reveres the Lord will be blessed with many children, a long life, and the prosperity of Jerusalem.

 The Second Lesson                                               Romans 8:26-39

In this lection Paul expresses his great confidence that God is for us, making love known to humankind through the sacrifice of the Son and the help of the Spirit. The Spirit pleads with God for us, interceding when words fail.  We learn that God works for good with those called according to God’s purpose.  Nothing, therefore, can separate us from the love of One who did not withhold from us the divine Son.  Neither mortal distress nor supernatural power can separate us from such love.

The Gospel                                                  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Our gospel is five of Jesus’ short parables: the mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the priceless pearl, and the net.  They suggest how the action of God’s reign is realized.  What seems insignificant is suddenly of great importance.  It is like a marvelous gift which one seizes upon joyfully and for which all else is willingly sacrificed.  The Kingdom takes all kinds, and the sorting out must await the end.  Wise servants will recognize treasure both old and new.

 


Click below to see the readings: 

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: Tom, Angela B, Ryan C, Doug Crapser, Richard Cady, Dave Appleton, Courtney and her baby, Christian, Tiffany, Kyren, Dorothy O'Donnell, Lisa Lemire, Donn Carty, Bob & Sue Huckman, Kenneth LaForge, Jennifer M, David Manley, Robin Martelle, John McGowan, Gabriele Wallace, Carolyn Jarvis, Tamara, Milan McNall, Marilyn Cloran, Joan Marshall, Rick, John, Carolyn Boldt, the Huckman family, as they grieve the death of Tom's uncle, Norm.

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Susannah Keith, Alida, Dylan, Brian & Sara Kelley, Bob Wallace, Carl Mamigonian, 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.

For those who have died: Shirley Boldt, Mother of Chris Boldt.

HISTORICAL MARKER CHALLENGE
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO THIS SUMMER and beyond?



How often have you just driven by one of these and wondered 
what it said.  Let me encourage you to stop. You can find a list of markers
 along with a location map if you click on the link above.


TAKE A PHOTO WITH YOURSELF, PET, WHOEVER IS WITH 
YOU, LET ME KNOW THE DATE AND TIME OF THE PHOTO.  
Have FUN and enjoy the ride!

I will track who can take the most photos with a different marker until the end of the year and post the photos in the Thursday Memo each week.

From Deb Hoyt: #1 -7/21/20 12:50pm
This is "Bucky". Bucky will be photo bombing our 
visits to the NH Historical markers.
Marker # 0242 is one of many close to home
featuring Ice Harvesting in Wolfeboro.
 Here is the text.



THANK YOU

A Big Thank You from David!

 David has asked me to relay his abundant thanks to all of you who have reached out to him while he’s been in the hospital and rehab. He so appreciates your calls, cards and prayers, and says your support is what is sustaining him through this time. He will be in rehab for many more weeks – he doesn’t know how long – so I know he will appreciate you continued support.

 He can be reached on his room phone during business hours at: 603-624-4366, ext. 3857 or his cell phone: 603-733-6961 at any time.

 His mailing address is the same as previously published:

David Manley

Rm. E 105

VA Medical Center

718 Smyth Rd.

Manchester, NH 03104 

PACK A PACK

The 2020 Pack a PACK Drive is Going Virtual!


Although learning may look different this fall, it’s more important than ever for every student to have their own supplies. Help WMUR, Service Credit Union, The NH Food Bank and Boys and Girls Club of Central NH, to make that happen by making a donation today!

This is the program that David Manley coordinates for us every year. The only difference is that it’s all online this year. You can make a donation of any dollar amount, or you can make a $50 donation for a backpack and school supplies, a donation of $25 for a back pack, or a donation for $25 for school supplies.

To make an online donation go to https://servicecu.org/packapack/

Thanks to David for reminding me about this important way we can help school aged children, and directing me to the website!


 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: July 22
Any questions call 603-960-4067


 FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE



FOOD FOR THOUGHT


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
1   Lisa Thompson
17  Vic DeGroot
18  Davis Dassori
21  Jennifer Brady
28  Marge Hagerup
30  Jim Theodore


Anniversaries
2  Ann Cady & Rob Walty
16  Todd & Jane Horn
31  Carla & Jack Knapp

Happy Birthday, St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley!


As part of the outdoor Eucharist on August 9th, we will celebrate the beginnings of our ministry here at St. Andrew’s with ringing of the church bells and a Tree of Gratitude. We invite each of you to express a thought of what St. Andrew’s means to you—perhaps, something that you are especially grateful for that we can all rejoice in on this special day. Grab a note card, or anything you can write on—be creative! Bring your gift of gratitude to the 5 PM service to be hung on the tree; or mail it to the church office if you are not able to be present. We hope to hear from everyone…far and near. We will save your gifts to be displayed in the Parish Hall once we are all able to gather together again.      

PHOTO GALLERY


Lilies replanted from Easter by John McGowen



July 16, 2020


FROM THE RECTOR

I am on vacation this  week, July 13-19. Worship this Sunday July 19,  will be with the Bishop at 9:00. Information for that service can be found at the Diocesan website: https://www.nhepiscopal.org/worship-liturgy.

Caroline

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP               

July 19, 2020
JOIN The Bishop FOR WORSHIP AT 9:00 AM 
 https://www.nhepiscopal.org/worship-liturgy.

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

 
READINGS FOR SUNDAY

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 12th, Proper 10, Year A

Collect of the Day                     We center ourselves for worship in prayer.

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson                              Genesis 28:10-19a

God comes to Jacob in a dream and, in a vision of a ladder between earth and heaven, renews with Jacob the promise made to his grandfather Abraham.  Jacob will become the father of a great nation.  Jacob awakes astonished at God’s self-revelation and sets up a sacred pillar, calling the place “Bethel,” a site which will one day become an important northern shrine city.

Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24

With wonderful wisdom God alone perceives the heights and depths of life.

The Second Lesson                             Romans 8:12-25

For Paul, true spirituality means that we experience the reality of the Spirit, which enables us to pray as God’s children, keeps us in solidarity with creation, and gives us unseen hope that God will liberate us and creation from bondage to death and decay.

The Gospel                                         Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The gospel is the parable of the wheat and the weeds, for which Jesus then provides an explanation.  The story points to a mystery: why there is both good and evil in life.  The parable may at one time have been used to suggest that it is not so easy for humans to know what is good and what is bad from the divine perspective.  In a strangely mixed world one must carry on with patience. The allegorical explanation emphasizes the judgment which will take place in the end at the hands of the Son of Man.

 


Click below to see the readings: 

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: Tom, Angela B, Ryan C, Doug Crapser, Richard Cady, Dave Appleton, Courtney and her baby, Christian, Tiffany, Kyren, Dorothy O'Donnell, Lisa Lemire, Donn Carty, Bob & Sue Huckman, Kenneth LaForge, Jennifer M, David Manley, Robin Martelle, John McGowan, Gabriele Wallace, Carolyn Jarvis, Tamara, Milan McNall, Marilyn Cloran, Joan Marshall, Rick, John, Carolyn Boldt, the Huckman family, as they grieve the death of Tom's uncle, Norm.

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Susannah Keith, Alida, Dylan, Brian & Sara Kelley, Bob Wallace, Carl Mamigonian, 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.

For those who have died: Shirley Boldt, Mother of Chris Boldt.

HISTORICAL MARKER CHALLENGE
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO THIS SUMMER and beyond?



How often have you just driven by one of these and wondered 
what it said.  Let me encourage you to stop.

You can find a list of markers along with a location map if you
click on the link above.


TAKE A PHOTO WITH YOURSELF, PET, WHOEVER IS WITH 
YOU, LET ME KNOW THE DATE AND TIME OF THE PHOTO.  
Have FUN and enjoy the ride!

I will track who can take the most photos with a different marker until the end of the year and post the photos in the Thursday Memo each week.

 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: July 22
Any questions call 603-960-4067


 FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE



FOOD FOR THOUGHT


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
1   Lisa Thompson
17  Vic DeGroot
18  Davis Dassori
21  Jennifer Brady
28  Marge Hagerup
30  Jim Theodore


Anniversaries
2  Ann Cady & Rob Walty
16  Todd & Jane Horn
31  Carla & Jack Knapp
  
PHOTO GALLERY