Thursday, April 29th

Wednesday morning's snow and Thursday's whipping winds notwithstanding, Spring is bursting out all over!

This Sunday, May 2nd we will have one service only at 9:00, followed by hearty, small-sandwich coffee hour to fortify us for our All Parish Spring Work Day. Coffee Hour will be hosted by the Liturgy Committee.
Feel free to come to church dressed suitably for cleaning and yard work. An array of tasks are available, both indoors and out -- some physically demanding and others not. If you enjoy outdoor work, please bring along your work gloves, lawn rake, and spading fork. Plan on being done by noon. [If you are unable to stay for the work day, please don't let that deter you from coming to church!]

Also this Sunday: Dinner Bell help is desperately needed! As of yet, no one has stepped forward to host this Sunday's Dinner Bell. Patti Rau, one of the coordinators (but who will be out of town), suggests that we order pizzas or subs, and that she is willing to purchase salad supplies and a simple dessert, and that we make use of paper plates to simplify clean-up. The church foots the bill for the food, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses for the "cook team." Dinner Bell guests begin to arrive around 4:30. At 5:00 a simple grace is offered and the meal is served. With light clean-up you can be certain of being out by 6:00, probably earlier.
As a parish, we have a commitment to this ministry of providing a healthy, free meal once a week to those who come. The number of guests is usually around 20, though can be as many as 30 or as few as 8. A number of people in the parish commit to serving as "cook team" four or more times a year. Others see to it that tables are set up each week and that silverware packets are set. If you have not done it before, this would be a much-appreciated time for you to offer your services.
If no one steps forward to host, we will be forced to put a sign on the door canceling the meal, something we have not done before. If you would be willing to help out, please call me at home (367-8220) and leave a message. Thanks.

Mission & Outreach discussions May 9 and 23.
It's been a while since we've had an Outreach & Mission discussion. We'll have one on Sunday, May 9th, after the 10 a.m. service, and another on May 23rd. On May 9, we'll focus on the school on Kenya, because some changes there mean that the tailoring program may not be the top priority at this time. We'll keep that meeting short, especially since it's Mother's Day. On May 23, we'll return to the broader question of where to put our Outreach and Mission focus.

Planning ahead: We will be hosting an Italian Dinner on Friday, May 21st, the proceeds from which will go to support Meals on Wheels, Agape Ministries, and Episcopal Relief and Development. Lynne Clough is coordinating the event and is looking for volunteers for cooking (at home), set-up, serving, and clean-up. there is a sign-up list posted in the Parish Hall.

Food for thought from Thomas Keating:
"The spiritual journey is not a career or a success story. It is a series of humiliations of the false self that becomes more and more profound. These make room inside us for the Holy Spirit to come in and heal. What prevents us from being available to God is gradually evacuated. We keep getting closer and closer to our center. Every now and then God lifts a corner of the veil and enters into our awareness through various channels, as if to say, "Here I am. Where are you? Come and join me."

Eastertide continues.
See you in church!

Blessings, Heidi+

April 22, 2010

On this Earth Day:
O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy spirit lives and reigns, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.    Collect for stewardship of creation BCP p. 259

A few reminders for the coming week:

Calling all sheep! 

This coming Sunday, April 25th (the 4th Sunday of Easter), has long been known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." Sheep, like human beings, come in all shapes and sizes. You are invited to help create a "flock" by bringing your sheep (small? carved? china? stuffed animal? local? imported?) and  shepherds to church this Sunday. Arrive a few minutes early and place them on the window ledges. 
     Services will be at 8 and 10. At the later service we will have the pleasure of guest musicians Val and Bill May who will enrich our music with their harp and guitar.

Later this week...
Thursday, April 29th:  Vestry Meeting at 7:00 pm, preceded by Round Table Eucharist at 6:00 in the Prince Room, followed by brown bag supper.

Mountain Top deadline for next issue is Friday, April 30th.

See you in church!


April 8, 2010: Thursday in Easter Week

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
"Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess in their faith." 
from the Collect for Thursday of Easter Week, BCP p.223

The Easter Season continues with this Sunday of Celebration and Send-off. This will be Christine Kurtz-White's last Sunday with us (at least on a regular basis); she will be leaving us on Tuesday to return to Miami, Florida, where she we be near three of her children and a number of grandchildren. Christine has been a active member of this parish since she moved up here about ten years ago. Please join us to wish her well at the 10:00 service and the coffee hour reception that will follow on Sunday. 
     It's been a long time since we have had an all-parish photo. We thought that would be a fitting memento to send along with Christine, and Duane has agreed to do that for us, so I hope you will plan to be part of that as well, during the reception.

Next week will be a quiet week. Duane and I will be on vacation, returning on the 19th. The Rev. Ellie McLaughlin, a good friend of the parish, will be with you on April 18th as celebrant and preacher. If you have matters of urgent pastoral concern during the week, please call the office (323-8515) or one of our wardens (Sammie at 476-2346 or Sally at 323-2050).

Sunday services for the rest of April will be at 8 and 10 a.m.

See you in church.
Easter Blessings, Heidi+

We hope you will join us for worship!

April 1, 7 pm: Maundy Thursday liturgy

April 2, Good Friday 

   noon-2 pm: Meditations at the Cross

   7 pm: Good Friday liturgy of the day

April 3, 8 pm: Great Vigil of Easter

April 4, Easter Sunday: Services of Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 am. 

The Paschal Triduum (the Three Sacred Days) is really one liturgy in three parts beginning with Maundy Thursday, continuing through Good Friday, and culminating with the Great Vigil of Easter.

April 1, Maundy Thursday, 7 pm: Foot washing, the Institution of the Lord's Supper, the stripping of the altar, and the the opportunity to meditate on the reserved sacrament in our transept "chapel."     

This liturgy invites us into the intimacy of Jesus' last meal with his disciples, his loving care of them in the washing of their feet, and his self-offering in the bread and wine. The word maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, "command," and it refers to the commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples that we love one another. After the sermon, all are invited (though none are required) to come forward for foot-washing and then to wash the feet of the one coming after them – a transforming symbol of service and sacramental action. We continue with the eucharist, followed by the stripping of the altar and chancel. The service ends in silent darkness.

April 2, Good Friday. From noon to two the church will be open for Meditations at the Cross. This is primarily silent meditation, interspersed with brief readings and psalms. At 1:30 we will close with the traditional Stations of the Cross. you may come and go as your schedule allows.

At 7 pm: the Liturgy of the Crucifixion of our Lord, a service of readings, hymns, psalms, the Solemn Collects, and spoken anthems at the cross. We will conclude with Communion, using the bread and wine that was consecrated at the Maundy Thursday service.

Two thousand years ago, Christ's life, death, and resurrection exploded into history. This week invites us into God's saving acts with the hope that each year we will experience God's saving power in new ways. Join us for Holy Week. Your Easter will never be the same!

 April 3rd, Saturday -- Holy Saturday: Holy Saturday is powerful day for us as Christians. Jesus has died. The reserved sacrament has been consumed. The eucharist is never celebrated during this day. It is a poignant, "in-between time," in which Jesus had descended to the dead but has not yet appeared as the risen Christ. The Prayer Book provides a simple order of service for this day. While we will not be holding a day-time liturgy at the church, consider following the order in p. 283 in your personal prayer time.

The Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday evening at 8:00), with Holy Baptism and the Feast of the Resurrection. The liturgy will begin with the kindling of the new fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle in front of the main doors of the church. We then all process into the darkened church for the chanting of the Exultet (Latin for 'rejoice!') which announces to us that God is at work in mysterious and wonderful ways on this night! The Vigil readings of salvation history follow, including at least one dramatized reading. We then will have the great joy of welcoming Chris Mills into the household of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. (The Vigil is the primary occasion for adult baptisms. You will see why on Saturday!) We will then proclaim the Risen Christ and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. The Lenten fast is complete! Let the feasting begin!

April 4th, Easter Sunday: We will continue the celebration of this great feast of our church year! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Our 8:00 service will be a joyful, though spoken, liturgy of Holy Eucharist, Rite I. At our 10:00 service we will pull out all the stops on our organ, which in timely fashion is also celebrating its new life (with its new motor)! Our trumpeter will return as well to add to the spirit and support our singing! This will be a Rite II Festival Eucharist. 

I hope you can be with us for some or all of these services! 


Next week will be a quiet week at St. Andrew's: I will be taking a few days off following Easter Sunday, and will return in time for the round Table eucharist at 6 pm preceding the 7 pm Vestry meeting on April 8th.

See you in church!

Blessings, Heidi+