Surf and Turf Dinner was a wonderful success. No rain! No wind! No bugs! Delicious food and dozens of contented guest! $300+ will go to each of the three local organizations we are supporting: Tamworth Caregivers, Tamworth Nurses, and the Bearcamp Valley School. Abundant thanks to Sally and Vic DeGroot and their "team," along with our hardworking FUN-Raising Committee and all who contributed blueberry cobbler!

Saint Andrew's-in-the-Valley
Thursday MEMO
for July 30, 2010

Sunday, August 1st we will have ONE service only at 9:00, followed by Coffee Hour Open House at the Rectory in Madison. Bring something for the table if it's convenient -- but it's not required! We'll provide coffee, punch, and relaxed sociability. Direction are below.

The Annual CROP Walk for Hunger will be on Sunday, August 15 at 1 PM in Sandwich. This project raises funds to address hunger locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year members of the parish participate by raising money through sponsors and committing to this five mile walk with others in the area. A portion of the funds raised helps support our Food Pantry and Dinner Bell programs. Will you walk? Will you help sponsor a walker? Information is available in the Parish Hall following the service.

Readings for Sunday:
Hosea 11:1-11, Psalm 107:1-9,43, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21


Food for thought from Frederick Buechner ...

"Unbelief is as much of a choice as belief is. What makes it in so many ways more appealing is that whereas to believe requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn't require much of anything at all."


Directions to the Rectory (247 Pound Road, Madison, 367-8220)
from St. Andrew's:

Go east on Whittier Road to Rte. 25.

Turn left (east) on Rte. 25 to Rte. 16 and turn left (north) on Rte. 16.

Go about 2/10 of a mile on Rte. 16 and turn right onto Rte. 41 (just past White Lake Pizza).

Go about 5 miles on Rte. 41, past Silver Lake, to a stop sign, and turn right onto Rte. 113.

Go about 1.9 miles on Rte. 113 to a stop sign. Rte. 113 turns left but you will turn right onto East Madison Road.

Go about 3/10 of a mile on East Madison Road and turn left onto Pound Road.

#247 Pound Road is about 1/2 mile up Pound Road, on the left.

Parking: If walking is a challenge for you, park in the driveway or its side-spur, or have someone drop you near the house. Otherwise, please park along Pound Road. Since it’s sort of narrow, please park in the downhill direction – our side of the street. (If you go an extra 2/10 of a mile, you can turn around in Ox Pasture Lane.)

See you in church!


Carol and Duane move ahead on priming the south side of the Parish Hall, prior to painting. The final color will be a light gray, designed to harmonize with the newly painted trim, the stone work, and the stucco.

Saint Andrew's-in-the-Valley
Thursday MEMO
for July 22, 2010

Services for Sunday, July 25th, will be at 8 and 10 AM with Coffee Hour following both services.

Assuming you've made your reservation, don't forget the Lobster/Steak Dinner, Friday at 6:00. Advance reservations were necessary to purchase the lobsters and steaks, but a few extras were acquired just in case. Give Sally a call if you'd like to come and haven't made a reservation (986-1276). Those couple of extras are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Saturday, July 26th, 4-6 PM: Memorial celebration for the Life of Peter Booty. Peter, son of John and Kitty Lou, died early Tuesday morning of lung cancer in the company of his wife and two sisters, and a private burial service was held for the family earlier this week. Saturday's event is open to all who would like to attend. It will be held on the lawn of the Wentworth Estate on Wentworth Hill Road (Rte. 109).
Directions to 252 Wentworth Hill Road (the gorgeous house with the spectacular mountain view):
Take Route 25 into Moultonborough. Turn onto Route 109 N (between the Moultonboro Country Store and Moultonboro Library). Proceed on Route 109 approximately 3 miles to 252 Wentworth Hill Road. You will see a large white mansion on the right side, just after the road crests on Wentworth Hill. Look for the tent in the yard. Park along the road on the same side as the house. (From Center Sandwich, head south on Rte. 109. Tamworth folks may want to take the shortcut by taking Little Pond Road off of Rte. 25.)
Bring a simple contribution for the refreshments table, and, if you would like, a memory of Peter to share.

And on Wednesday, July 28th: A Live Webcast Conversation with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on the topics of the Anglican Communion, the environment, domestic poverty, immigration, and Haiti. The live webcast will be at 3 p.m. EST on the church's homepage. It will also be made available there later for on-demand viewing.
"Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will be addressing topics that are important in our lives as Episcopalians and as Anglicans," said Neva Rae Fox, public affairs officer and webcast moderator, in the release. "'A Conversation with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori' will allow for closer connections and open conversations on the issues that are on people’s minds."
To submit a question for the presiding bishop in advance or during the webcast e-mail:

Next Sunday, August 1st, we will have ONE Service Only at 9 AM, followed by a parish brunch Open House at the rectory in Madison from 10:30 to 12:30. Beverages will be provided. Please bring something to pass. All are welcome!

Food for thought from Thomas Merton, from When the Trees Say Nothing:

A sweet summer afternoon.
Cool breezes and a clear sky.
This day will not come again.
The young bulls lie under a tree in the corner of their field.
Quiet afternoon. Blue hills.
Day lilies nod in the wind.
This day will not come again.

Savor these glorious days!

Readings for this coming Sunday: Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85, Colossians 2:6-15, Luke 11:1-13

See you in church!
Blessings, Heidi+

Sunday is the deadline
for Lobster/Steak Dinner

Bill enjoys his lobster
at last summer's event.

Saint Andrew's-in-the-Valley
Thursday MEMO
for July 15, 2010

Services for Sunday, July 18th, will be at 8 and 10 AM with both services followed by coffee hour.

Our Annual Lobster Bake/Steak Grill will be held this coming week -- Friday, July 23rd at 6 PM. Advance reservations are required so that we can order the appropriate number of lobsters and steaks. The deadline for making your reservation is this coming Sunday! Tickets will be available after both services or reservations can be made by calling Sally DeGroot at 986-1276. Invite your friends TODAY if you haven't already done so.

Proceeds will go to the support of three Tamworth organizations: the Bearcamp Valley School, the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, and the Tamworth Community Nurse Association. Our support of these organizations extends our reach as we do our part "to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves."

We have sent anniversary greetings to the Anglican Church in Tamworth, England, Saint Martin-in-the-Delph. Three months ago we received a note from the church in Tamworth, England as they began to make preparations for celebrating their 20th anniversary, inviting us, as the church in Tamworth, NH, to send greetings to them on that occasion. This is their anniversary weekend, and we will be remembering them in our prayers this coming Sunday, giving thanks for their ministry.

Sonya Britton, their chief organizer, used to work for their local paper, the Tamworth Herald, and in that capacity was aware of Tamworth, NH as a sort of "sister village." Apparently on occasion they did stories that linked the two Tamworths, so she was pleased to discover our web site and establish a link between our churches as well. Check our parish bulletin board for more information about their church!
In response to their request, we sent them a small packet with pictures of our parish, along with the following letter:

To: Saint Martin-in-the-Delph Church, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

The People of Saint Andrew's and our rector, the Reverend Heidi Frantz-Dale, send hearty and gracious greetings in the name of Christ on the occasion of your 20th anniversary celebration July 16-18. Please know that your clergy, the Reverend Ian Murray (rector), and the staff and congregation of Saint Martin's Church will be in our hearts and prayers during this joyful occasion. We wish you many more years of fruitful work in God's kingdom.

We are a small but vigorous church located in the Ossipee Valley of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We have included pictures of our church, the area, and our congregation.

T. Sammie Wakefield, Senior Warden (for the Vestry)
The Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale, Rector


Readings for this coming Sunday
: Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42

See you in church.

Blessings, Heidi+

We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water...
from the Baptismal liturgy BCP p. 306

Saint Andrew's Thursday MEMO
for July 8, 2010

Services for Sunday, July 11th, will be at 8 and 10 AM. Both services will be followed by coffee hour.

TONIGHT, Thursday, July 8th: "Threats to New England Lakes & Ponds" at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany, presented by Roger Wheeler . Roger has participated in the water quality debate in New England for many years and understands the problems that confront out regions water systems. Tonight's event will focus on key threats to lakes and rivers and the unnatural regulation of freshwater flows created by dams. [Cost to non-members is $3/person and $5/family; Tin Mountain members are free.]

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We are called by God to be stewards of creation, but how easy it is to leave that work to someone else. This is certainly the week in which I hope all of us have given thanks for the gift of water, as we hydrate ourselves in this heat and as we cool off by plunging into our favorite swimming hole or enjoy the pleasures of a cool shower. Perhaps tonight's program at Tin Mountain will raise some new awareness and move us to taking a more active role in the preservation of the blessings that surround us in the natural world.

Our Annual Lobster Bake/Steak Grill will be held two weeks from tomorrow -- Friday, July 23rd. Advance reservation are required. Tickets will be available after both services. Invite your friends and help get the word out. Proceeds will go to the support of three Tamworth organizations: the Bearcamp Valley School, the Tamworth Community Nurses, and the Tamworth Caregivers. Our support of these organizations extends our reach as we do our part to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Readings for this coming Sunday: Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 82, Colossians 1:1-14, and Luke 10:25-37

See you in church.

Blessings, Heidi+

I wonder, how many of us have these wonderful, bold yellow "4 o'clocks" blooming in our gardens, mementos of Margaret Jackson and her generosity.

They transplant easily and grow anywhere! If you'd like some of your own, let me know. There are plenty to share! (Margaret was an avid gardener and longtime member of St. Andrew's who died two years ago.)

Thursday, July 2, 2010

This coming Sunday, July 4th, we will have ONE service only at 9:00, followed by coffee hour hosted by Diane and Frank Lombardi. We will end the service promptly by 10:00 so that you can make your way to whatever Independence Day festivities you might have planned with family and friends. If you do have guests visiting, live your faith and encourage them to join you for church giving thanks for our freedoms and offering our prayers for this country and the world.

Special thanks to Bob Seston, Pat Scarborough, and Gretchen Behr-Svendsen who stepped up to the plate at the last minute last Sunday to team up with hosting Dinner Bell. FYI: There will be no Dinner Bell this Sunday.

Our condolences to Betsy Rouner and Judy Grace at the death of their beloved dogs. Betsy's dog Kita passed away last Sunday and Judy and Larry's dog Lilly on Monday.

Our Third Annual Surf or Turf Dinner of lobster and steak will be held on Friday, July 23rd. Mark your calenders now and invite your friends. Fliers and tickets will be available on Sunday for posting in the area. Proceeds will go to the support of three Tamworth organizations: the Bearcamp Valley School, the Tamworth Communty Nurse Association, and the Tamworth Caregivers. If you are able to offer a helping hand, please talk to Sally DeGroot or Lynne Clough.

Enjoy and give thanks for the gifts of this weekend. And remember, amidst the exuberance of parades and fireworks, to set aside time to be alert to the sound of sheer silence.

See you in church.

Blessings, Heidi+