February 7, 2013

This coming Sunday, February 10, we welcome our new bishop, Rob Hirschfeld, to Saint Andrew’s–in-the-Valley. We will be having only ONE service at 10:00. Elizabeth Wiesner will be reaffirming her baptism, Bishop Rob will be preaching and presiding, and the choir has prepared music with guest musician Ron Wold on French Horn. The liturgy will be followed by a reception and an open conversation with the bishop. This is his first opportunity to get to us as a parish.
Readings for this Sunday, The Last Sunday after the Epiphany, are Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 and Luke 9:28-43a.

The Bishop’s Discretionary Fund: It is the church’s custom that contributions to the Bishop’s discretionary Fund be encouraged at the time of the Bishop’s visit to the parish. An envelope will be included in the bulletin for your convenience. This fund provides for the bishop to reach in a myriad of ways around the diocese where there is particular need.
Celebrating the life of Jim Brown: Saturday, February 9, 3 pm. Jim passed away last Sunday after a long and good life. (Call first if the snow is heavy.)

Calling all dried palms!!! Do you have palms from last Palm Sunday tucked behind a picture or into your Bible or Prayer Book? There’s a basket to receive them on the piano in the transept. They will be used to create ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Tuesday, February 12 at 6 pm. Enjoy an evening of wild, pre-Lenten festivity – Saint Andrew’s style! Wear wild clothes, beads, and a mask if you choose! We will have a Pancake Toss (Yes, you get to throw some food around!) and a Pancake Flipping Race, as well as a chance to decorate some Alleluias that we will “bury” (=hide) in the church to find at Easter. Ladies are invited to stop in at the Rector’s Discrete Tattoo Parlor! The menu: Pancakes (with or without blueberries), homemade applesauce, sausage, real local maple syrup, with brownie sundaes for dessert! Spread the word. Invite your friends. The modest cost for all this is $5 for each adult or teen and $2 for children 12 and under. 50% of the proceeds will support our Outreach and Mission projects.

On Ash Wednesday we will have three services: Morning Prayer at 9 AM, Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist at noon and 7 PM. The evening liturgy will begin with the burning of the palms outside the main door. “Return to me with all your heart.” says the Lord your God, for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abiding in steadfast love.

Special thanks to our “Heroes of the Week,” George Rau, David Manly, and Tom Reinfuss who moved furniture out then back in to the Parish Hall and Prince Room for the professional cleaning of the carpets. What a difference!
 Thanks to all who made the Annual Meeting such a success – committee chairs, cooks, clean-up squad, and the faithfulness and generosity of the people of Saint Andrew’s throughout the year. And if you missed the meeting, Annual Reports are in your mail boxes. By unanimous acclaim of the Vestry, this year’s special recognition went to Duane Dale who is shown here receiving “The Golden Shovel Award” from out-going senior warden, Sammie Wakefield!

Join us for a “Parish Book Read:” The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. We will read the book on our own in February, then have several opportunities to gather to discuss it. This book is not overtly religious but how can a pilgrimage not be a spiritual endeavor? Consider inviting a friend to join you as a way of broadening our circle. It is a promising, page-turner of a book and will serve as a conversational jumping-off point as we relate Harold Fry’s pilgrimage and explore how our faith background shapes the ways in which we understand our lives. We will hold the discussions in early March. Sign up sheets are on the easel in the Parish Hall. Books are $13 and may be purchased in the office or on your own. It is also available as an e-book through your preferred resource.
Click the link below, then scroll down for a  terrific 4-minute video interview with the author.

A Special “Heartsong Workshop, Saturday, February 16th, from 10-3:
WHAT: Singing, Chanting, Drumming, and Movement
WHO: Adults and young people (9+ or younger and musically enthusiastic) ready to delve into sound, silence, and Spirit. No musical ability needed!
WHY: To build community, grow spiritually, and “sing your way to your sweetest identity!”
This workshop will be held at Holy Cross Church in Weare (near Concord). It will be led by Ana Hernandez, a Composer, performer, and author of a wonderful book, The Sacred Art of Chant.
If your at all interested, let Rev. Heidi know and we can register a group of us.

Food for thought on relationship as we move from Epiphany into Lent:
God has created you as you are…. In God’s scheme of things, God has plans for a relationship with you that lasts forever, a relationship which only grows in intimacy over the years. It’s like an eternal infatuation. You’re always on God’s mind…. –Br. Curtis Almquist

Live into the varied richness of these coming days…and enjoy the snow!