December 8, 2011

Services for this coming Sunday, December 11th, The Third Sunday of Advent, will be at 8 and10 am with our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale.
Christmas flower (poinsettia) envelopes need to be in the office by Sunday, Dec. 18th.
Dana Cunningham, well-known area pianist, composer, and a good friend of this parish, will be our guest musician, providing the music for our 10:00 liturgy. For those who are interested, Dana's CDs will be available for purchase at coffee hour. 

Readings for this Sunday: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126; 1

Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

 Last Sunday’s Service, The Second Sunday of Advent was a welcome back to our rector, Rev. Heidi Frantz-Dale, from her Sabbatical. After the service during a brunch coffee hour she was presented with gift of a scrapbook compilation of various thoughts from members, staff and supply clergy along with T-shirts for her and Duane. We are very happy to have them back!



The Diocese is offering Advent Retreats in 4 locations( Concord, Berlin, Exeter and Meredith) the 1st and 2nd weeks of Advent. For more information please pick up a card in the Parish Hall or visit

Boughs & Bonbons Christmas Fair! (more pictures below)
This year tables were manned by outside venders offering a variety of items for gifts and eats. Many thanks to all who contributed to this last fundraiser of the year. Numbers are still being put together as there are still items to be sold in the parish hall.
NOTE: if you provided cooked goodies or other items in your personal containers, please pick up your containers off the table in the Prince Room as soon as possible. Thank you. 

“Give a Gift in Someone’s name”: There are envelopes in the Parish Hall that you can give a give a gift to one of St. Andrew’s Designated Funds and give that gift in someone else’s name. They will receive a card from St. Andrew’s letting them know that a gift was given on their behalf.

A lavish holiday dinner, open to all, will be served at At. Andrew's at 12:30 on Christmas day. Parishioners who wish to donate a dish please sign on the sheet in the parish hall. Items such as olives, pickles, cheese/crackers, vegetables and pies will be warmly received. But most of all I would really like it if Santa would bring me a clean- up crew. if so inclined please indicate so on the same sign-up sheet. Thank you in advance.  ~Carol Tubman 

 Dear Friends, What a wonderful homecoming! As you know from my earlier letters, my sabbatical time was deeply rewarding – fascinating places, interesting people, both restful and energizing – but there’s nothing quite like returning home to a beloved community. It is such a joy to be back with you and deeply moving for me to experience how you and the Holy Spirit have teamed up! Your joy, your willingness to work hard, and your deepened affection for each other, this place, and God has been palpable from the minute I returned! That is a blessing that we all share.

The scrapbook that you presented to Duane and me at the welcome back coffee hour last Sunday is an amazing work of artistic creativity, but perhaps more than that, a provides a rich window into who we are as the parish of Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley. Your own reflections on the past three months – in prose, poetry, and pictures – along with the observations from the visiting clergy team – all so well presented – are a wonderful gift. It is impossible for me to spend time with this beautiful volume and not have a smile (even grin) on my face and tears in my eyes!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And while I know that most of the actual labor (and fun) of putting the book together fell to a handful of individuals, the grace with which you as a parish and as individuals thrived and grew is an indication of how much you allowed God to be part of the process and how well you used these past three months of sabbatical time! May this abundant growth continue.
As I said on Sunday, I’m excited about discovering where we are headed now a priest and people, as we move into the second half of Advent.
Notice! Stay awake! And strive to do everything that you do with deep affection and we will be richly rewarded.

It’s good to be home. Blessings, Heidi+ 

SEAFARER’S LOCKER still needs 2012 Calendars, hats, cards. Please ask Tom Reinfuss about other needs. 

Celebrate Christmas Schedule
December 18
Fourth Sunday of Advent

8 & 10 am Services 

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
4:45 pm Carol Sing
5:00 pm Blessing of the Créche & Holy Eucharist
“Midnight” Service with Organ and Choir
10:45 pm Carol Sing- 11:00 pm Festival Eucharist

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day

11:30 am Holy Eucharist followed by Christmas Dinner

Gretchen selling Fair Trade coffee

speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil...
Holiday Blessings
from The Office at St. Andrew’s 
Soap display


Fri 12/9:
            10a-noon Food Center 
Sat 12/10:      
            8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR) 

Sun 12/11:                  8 & 10 am Holy Eucharist
            10 am child care available
            5pm Dinner Bell: Cook team: Wakefield

Mon 12/12: Church office closed
            TCCP preparing for gift packing

Tue 12/13:
            10am-noon Food Center
              8pm AA (PH)

Wed 12/14:
            9am Morning Prayer
            TCCP packing gift bags

Thu 12/15:
            TCCP packing gift bags 
6 pm round table eucharist
              followed by brown bag supper
            7pm Vestry Meeting

Thank yous to:
Heidi for providing pictures from the Boughs & Bonbons Christmas Fair.
Debra for providing pictures from the welcome back brunch.    
Duane for providing pictures from the Sunday service.
ALL who organized, contributed and helped with the Boughs & Bonbons Fair.