November 29, 2012

Thursday MEMO for November 29th and Friday, November 30th, our patronal feast day!

There will be ONE service only at 9 o’clock this coming Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. Contrary to the message we get in the media and in the stores, it’s time to SLOW DOWN. QUIET. IT’S ADVENT! We hope you will join us as we “change gears” into Advent. Be open to the change of pacing in the liturgy and allow the hymns of Advent to work in you, preparing you for what is to come. And after the service, in case there are goodies left from Boughs and Bonbons, perhaps you’ll want to pick some up to put under the tree!
     We will also be re-commissioning all Eucharistic Ministers, Eucharistic Visitors, and Worship Leaders, so, LEMs and LEVs, please try to be with us.

Saturday is our Boughs and Bonbons Christmas Fair, 9-1! Spread the word. Invite your friends. There will be tables from outside crafts’ people, as well as our own wonderful array of Christmas goodies. And the wreaths this year are splendid. Chose from among wonderfully decorated, simply bowed, or plain. And special thanks to the dozen or so folks who shared generously of their time and decorating creativity, as well as all the cookie bakers!
     If you’d like to lend a hand with setup, table staffing during the fair, or clean-up, please call Lynne (323-7046) or Patti (367-8223). Many hand make light and cheerful work!
Go paperless with “E-Advent Calendars” and treat yourself to simple daily meditations:
The SSJE (Society of Saint John the Evangelist) "Brother, Give Us a Word" Advent Calendar goes live on Sunday, December 2.  Each day in Advent open a new door to God with a beautiful image and thought for the day. Click here to visit the page. Click here:
Or try “Following the Star,” a daily online advent devotional guide with scripture, prayer, and meditative music at
Mark your calendar for our Advent Quiet Day, which will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 9am to 1pm at Dale Appleton’s home (49 Logan Way, West Ossipee, 539-3761). The Rev. Susan Ackley will be our retreat leader. Susan is an experienced retreat leader, an old friend of the parish, and one of the priests who took services here during Heidi’s sabbatical. To register, please contact Lisa Thompson at 323-8245.

A “Quiet Day” is a time set aside as a gently directed retreat. This comes at a particularly appropriate time for us to pause as we enter into the Advent season and prepare our hearts for Christmas. It will involve several mediations (short, reflective talks) designed to support you in how you might use the several periods of quiet time during the time together, as well as equipping you to be more centered and spiritually engaged in the weeks that follow. It will close with a brief eucharist and a simple meal of bread and soup.

Welcome to Connor, Albert, and Melissa, whom we welcomed into the household of God through the sacrament of baptism last Sunday and formally into Kathy and Alan’s family household on Tuesday.

Children of the parish brought water from their wells, streams, and special places … and the altar Guild contributed some Jordon River water. It was truly baptism by immersion in joy!
Bishop Rob's Installation: This celebration will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 5 at St. Paul’s Church in Concord.  All are welcome and invited to this event.  If you would like to offer a ride or need a ride, sign up on the bulletin board. This will be the formal occasion when Bishop Rob becomes the Diocesan Bishop.
Bishop Rob will be visiting Saint Andrew's on February 10th. If you think you might like to be confirmed or officially received on that occasion, please let me know soon so we can work on preparation.

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

Food for thought and action…

Did you know that today, November 30th, is the Feast Day of Saint Andrew the Apostle? Once again the day falls amidst the pre-Advent, pre fair hubbub. One of the Twelve, Andrew often seems to fall in the shadow of his brother Simon Peter, but he holds a special place in John’s Gospel. That is where we hear that he had been a disciple of John the Baptist, until John pointed Jesus out to him with the words, “Behold the Lamb of God!” at which point Andrew turned and followed Jesus. His first “act” as a follower was to find his brother and bring him to Jesus. So Andrew might rightly be acknowledged as the first missionary disciple! I’m guessing that might have something to do with why our parish is dedicated to him, and perhaps that can serve as an encouragement for us to go out and do the same! Celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day by reaching out to someone and invited them to come and see!

Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: give us, who are called by your Holy word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Have a blessed Saint Andrew’s Day.

See you in church as we begin the new season (and the new church year) together on Sunday!
Pax, Heidi+
From the office at St. Andrew’s:


Fri  11/30:
                10a-noon  Food Center

Sat 12/01:            
 9am-1pm Boughs and Bonbons Fair
                8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

Sun 12/02:
9 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
                5 PM Dinner Bell (Cook Team: Tamworth Cong.)

Mon 12/03:         
               Church office closed

Tue 12/04:  
                10am – noon  Food Center
                8pm -AA

 Wed 12/05:
                9 AM Service of Morning Prayer

Thu  12/06: