|Photo courtesy of Lisa Thompson|
Interior Painting Begins on Monday!
On Wednesday a Mi-Box container was delivered to the church parking lot. This is in preparation for the movers who are coming on Saturday to move the contents of the Parish Hall and the Prince Room into the container. And that is in preparation for the painter we’ve hired, John Thompson of JLT Painting in Alexandria New Hampshire. We then hope to schedule installation of new carpeting soon after the painting has been completed.
Thanks are in order to so many people for getting us to this point:
· Lin Frank, who has worked tirelessly on getting bids and finalizing contracts, and will be the primary contact for the painter.
· Sally DeGroot and Lisa Thompson, for choosing beautiful paint and carpet colors.
· Tina Quinn, Patti Rau and Sammie Wakefield, for cleaning out the Prince Room and packing up all the books for storage.
· Lisa Thompson and Sammie Wakefield for cleaning out the sacristy
· George Rau for taking everything off the walls in preparation for painting, taking numerous loads to the dump, and for supervising the movers on Saturday.
We could never have gotten to this point without everyone’s help. Many thanks to everyone who has been involved in this process!
All Saints' Day is this Sunday, and is the day when we traditionally read the names of our loved ones who have died. If you haven’t already sent the names you wish to be read, please send them to me at RectorSAITV@gmail.com by Friday evening. AND, if you would like to have a picture of a loved one shown during the reading of names, please send it to Lois Brady ASAP at .
All Saints’ Day is also our traditional Stewardship Ingathering Day. See below for our plans, and if you haven’t already turned in your pledge card you can bring it with you to the Sunday evening drive-by parade. Unfortunately, I will miss this because I’m having minor foot surgery on Monday. I had a Covid test yesterday, and am now in quarantine until the surgery. I’m so sorry to miss this – I was really looking forward to it! I hope all of you will go to view the candlelit church windows and pick up a gift from the Stewardship Committee.
Presiding Bishop's National Service of Prayer
I was originally considering having a prayer service for St. Andrew’s on either Sunday or Monday evening before the election. But Sunday has turned into a busy day, and Monday won’t work because of my surgery. I wonder if you’d be interested in a service on Wednesday evening instead (we've already ruled out Tuesday evening). I’ll conduct a poll after our Zoom service on Sunday to find out if you’re interested.
via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information) or on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/
AND...JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SERVICE FOR A VIRTUAL on ZOOM
ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY
Proper 26, Year A
Collect of the Day We center ourselves for worship in prayer.
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
First Lesson Revelation 7:9-17
This lesson. presents a vision of those who have survived great tribulation and now worship before the throne of God and the Lamb. These myriad saints come from all over the world and have been purified through their own sufferings in association with the sacrifice of the Lamb. But now the Lamb (which is the figure for Jesus) will be their shepherd, and they will suffer no longer. Such a vision would be a great consolation to those undergoing persecution.
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
A hymn of blessing and praise to the Lord for deliverance.
The Second Lesson 1 John 3:1-3
In this lesson we learn that through God’s love, disciples are now children of God; their destiny is to be like Christ. Those who did not recognize Jesus will not recognize his disciples either. Though the mystery of what those disciples are to become has not been fully revealed, Christians know that a dramatic change has taken place in their lives; an earnest of the transformation underway. Those who stand in this hope will purify themselves as Christ is pure.
The Gospel Matthew 5:1-12
The gospel is the opening sayings of the Sermon on the Mount, words of both comfort and challenge. The values of the kingdom are quite different from worldly standards. Those who are to find blessing will know want and thirst, if not because of their own circumstances, then for the sake of others. Those who hunger for righteousness will find fulfillment, but first they must suffer persecution.
WHEN? Sunday, November 1st from 6pm to 7pm
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 Sammie’s beloved HOMEMADE CHEESE 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 Cheese 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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Food Pantry: November 12th