December 6, 2012

The services for this coming Sunday, December 9th, the Second Sunday in Advent will be at 8 and 10 AM, followed by coffee hour.

We invite all who are interested to join with members of the Vestry for our annual Outreach and Mission conversation following the 10:00 service. This is the time when we make our decisions about the organizations and efforts that we as a parish will support with the money we have raised through our fund-raising dinners.

Readings for this Sunday: Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6.

 And we hope you are joining us for our Advent Quiet Day, which will be this 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.

A big Thank You for all who contributed their cooking and time for Boughs & Bonbons! Please get your receipts for reimbursements in to Debra this week so we can get a final tally on the net profit.

And a huge thank you to our team of “earth movers” George Rau, Dave Adams, Bill Lord, and also Duane Dale (taking the photo), who spent most of the daylight hours yesterday improving the drainage away from the Prince Room, on both the north and south sides. They also made the dirt and concrete disappear from the west side of the parking lot and improved the grading near the concrete walk, and got the job done before the ground freezes solid! Yet to come (next spring) are the permanent handrails and asphalt to meet the bottom of the concrete.

Women’s Lunch Bunch will not meet this month.

If you would like to write to Fred Jones, his address is :
MGH Respiratory Acute Care, Bigelow 9, Room 906, 55Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114
Visitors are still discouraged but cards are welcome.

 Looking for warm donations for seafarers: hats, scarves, current magazines, and your extra 2013 calendars can be dropped off in the Seafarer’s Box in the Parish Hall.  Thank you.

 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 our 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.
And for your contemplation…this 6th century Latin Advent Hymn
Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding, “Christ is nigh,,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the works of darkness, O ye children of the day”
Wakened by a solemn warning, from earth’s bondage let us rise;
Christ, our sins, all sloth dispelling, shines upon the morning skies.
Lo! The Lamb, so long expected, comes with pardon down from heaven;
let us haste, with tears of sorrow, one and all to be forgiven,
So when next he comes with glory, and the world is wrapped in fear,
may he with his mercy shield us, and with words of love draw near.
Honor glory might and blessing, to the Father and the Son,,
with the everlasting Spirit while unending ages run!

See you in church!
Blessings, Heidi+

From the office at St. Andrew’s:


Fri  12/7:
10a-noon  Food Center

Sat 12/8:              
8pm AA & Al-Anon(PH,PR)

 Sun 12/9:
8 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
5 PM Dinner Bell (Cook Team: Madison)

Mon 12/10:         
Church office closed

Tue 12/11:
10am – noon  Food Center
8pm -AA

Wed 12/12:
9 AM Service of Morning Prayer

Thu  12/13:
6 PM Round table Eucharist
6:30 brown bag supper
7PM Vestry meeting