November 15, 2012

Services for this coming Sunday, the 18th of November, the Sunday before Thanksgiving and our pledge ingathering will be at 8 and 10 AM.  You are invited to bring in a fruit or vegetable to be offered on the altar during the 10:00 liturgy, as a visible symbol of your pledge of support to the church and a sign of the abundance of grace in our lives.  Then plan to join us for coffee hour following the service as we wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving. 

To date 48 pledges have been received.  Thank you to those of you who have made your pledge for 2013.  If you have not turned in your pledge card, please do so and help us celebrate.

Readings for this Sunday: Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25; Matthew 6:25-33.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Join us for Morning Prayer, every Wednesday morning at 9, led by one of our three licensed worship leaders.

JOIN US TOMORROW for Saint Andrew's Harvest Supper and Pie Auction. Tickets will be available at the door. Plan to come and invite your friends! It is hoped that many of you will bake delicious pies (pies that can be frozen for Thanksgiving feasts are especially welcome) to be auctioned following the meal, beginning at about 7:30pm. 
Note: If you are contributing Pies please deliver them on the day of the dinner/auction by 3 p.m.

The ChIPs project shoppers!
Tim, Jim, and Ted, assisted by their mom, Jen, and a friend, did an impressive job at selecting gifts of books and toys, purchased with your generous ($550!) ChIPs project contributions. Michelle, the store owner at Bayswater Books in Center Harbor, could not have been more kind, welcoming, helpful and awesome, AND she gave us a 20% discount!!!            Consider doing your book shopping there; tell her you’re from Saint Andrew’s and be sure to thank her for her generosity in support of this project. The purchases were all transported to Concord on Wednesday and will be made available to incarcerated parents so that they can provide gifts (free of charge) to their children at Christmas. Many lives will be touched by your generosity! 

 Looking ahead: It is with great joy that you are invited to the Baptism of Connor, Albert, and Melissa, the Bunker children, on Sunday, November 25th, the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Their baptism will also be the celebration of their formal adoption by Kathy and Alan. We want to let you know, so that you might plan accordingly. Please be present to part of the congregation as we pledge our support to these three remarkable children (and their parents) and welcome them "into the household of God!"

Get Ready!  St. Andrew’s Boughs & Bonbons Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 1st – 9 AM – 1PM
We need your help with this last fundraising event of the year.
Flyers are available in the Parish hall detailing ways you can help

·        Make bows

·        Decorate wreaths:  Join Elaine South on Thursday, Nov. 29th beginning at 8:30 am to help decorating wreaths. Please help!

·        Bake cookies

·        Make candy

·        Bake bread or make preserves or relishes

·        Deliver posters

·        Set up and clean up

·        Work at the fair

Please contact co-chairs Lynne Clough (323-7046) or Patti Rau (367-8223) with questions or offers of help.  Let’s make this Boughs & Bonbons the best ever!

Food for thought from Br. Kevin Hackett SSJE…

“The prayer of thanksgiving frees us from the bondage of our own too-small worlds. It lifts us beyond ourselves and our petty preoccupations. And it does not come always come easily. Rather, paradoxically, like all prayer, thanksgiving is a gift, from God for us, waiting to be received.”
I hope you will join with us in person or in Spirit on Sunday as we offer our thanksgivings together.

Blessings, Heidi+

From the office at St. Andrew’s:
Debra will be taking some time off next week to spend the holiday in Maine. She will be out of the office from Thursday Nov. 22nd through Tuesday Nov. 27th.

Fri  11/16:
                  6PM Harvest Supper & Pie Auction
                10a-noon  Food Center

Sat 11/17:            
                8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

Sun 11/18:
8 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
           10 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
                5 PM Dinner Bell (Cook Team: Wakefield)

Mon 11/19:         
               Church office closed

Tue 11/20:           
                10am – noon  Food Center
                8pm -AA
Wed 11/21:
                9 AM Service of Morning Prayer

Thu  11/22:
                HAPPY THANKSGIVING!