Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley

Thursday MEMO

July 28, 2011

A quiet summer day.

Services for this coming Sunday, July 31st, will be at 8 and 10 AM, with coffee hour following each service. We hope you will join us for worship.

HELP NEEDED! The rector and her husband (that is Duane and I) are “on” as Dinner Bell Cook Team this Sunday evening. This is intended as a twice-a-year opportunity for families with children and teens and their friends to work together on set-up, food prep, serving, and clean-up. At this point we have a “maybe” response from one household. If you can lend a hand, please email or call me at home (367-8220) to offer your services. We will have a simple menu. The time frame is from 4 to 6 on Sunday.

Reminder: Next Sunday, August 7th, will be the first Sunday of the month so...ONE Service only at 9:00 AM. Please plan to stay for coffee and refreshments and an all-parish conversation about plans for Saint Andrew’s during Heidi’s three-month sabbatical leave which begins on September 1st. The discussion will be led by members of the Sabbatical team – Bruce Kennedy, Lisa Thompson, Carol Tubman, and Cathie Lewis.

A special THANK YOU to everyone who made last weekend’s Lobster/Steak Dinner such a wonderful success. The list is a long one and I apologize in advance for whomever I miss. It certainly begins with Sally DeGroot (organizer extraordinaire) along with her husband, Vic, and there so-very-generous friends who volunteered their services again this year to bring their equipment and cooked our lobsters, clams and corn. Thanks, too, to Lynne (who had to miss the actual event) and Carol for their leadership, along with Brooks, Elaine, and Chuck (who shucked the corn), George Plender (who tended the grill), kitchen workers, table setters, and clean-up crew including Grete, Chris, Diane, Frank, George, Patti, Gretchen, Dale, Kathy Johnson, Duane (along with others, I’m sure), all the blueberry buckle bakers, and greeter and ticket-taker supreme, Peg Cade. And it wouldn’t have been much of a party at all without all our guests, so thank you to you and your friends as well!

Time to plan for our Annual Rummage Sale: Friday, August 26th, from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, August 27th, from 9AM to 1 PM. We will be accepting contributions of clean, clothing in good condition on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week. We will also be adding some thing year:

Readings for Sunday: Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21

A brief mediation
for July 31st on the virtue of humility from Fred Buechner's Listening to Your Life:

Humility is often confused with the gentlemanly self-deprecation of saying you're not much of a bridge player when you know perfectly well you are. Conscious or otherwise, this kind of humility is a form of gamesmanship. If you really aren't much of a bridge player, you're apt to be rather proud of yourself for admitting it so humbly. This kind of humility is a form of low comedy. True humility doesn't consist in thinking ill of yourself but of not thinking of yourself much differently from the way you'd be apt to think of anybody else. It is the capacity for being no more and no less pleased when you play your own hand well than when your opponents do.

See you in church.