July 30, 2020


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.

August 2, 2020
via Zoom (see email for Zoom information) 
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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!

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.

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.


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.


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!


No DINNER BELL until further notice.

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


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




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

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.  

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

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


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