July 25, 2013

The services for this coming Sunday, July 28th, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, will be at 8 and 10 AM.

Readings for this Sunday:  Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13.

Don’t forget the Barbeque! It’s tomorrow evening at 6:30! Delicious home-smoked pork, courtesy of Chris Boldt with secret sauce by Caroline – along with specialty beans prepared by our summer friends Mickey and Elaine Hassan, Gretchen’s special coleslaw, pasta salad, and Sandwich Creamery ice-cream with fresh berries for dessert! Folk and Celtic music by The Caravan Band! Bring your friends and don’t miss the summer fun! More info (will open in new window).

Calling all walkers!!! The Annual Church World Service CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, August 4th, (a week from this coming Sunday), beginning at 1:30 from the Baptist Church in Sandwich. Please plan on walking the five-mile loop through Sandwich. Sponsor envelopes will be available this Sunday following both services. Our Community Food Pantry and Dinner Bell both benefit significantly from the money raised.

You are invited to the Rector’s Biennial Summer Brunch to take place immediately following the 9:00 service on Sunday, August 4th. The rectory is at 247 Pound Road in Madison, a twenty-minute drive from the church. Heidi and Duane will provide beverages and a breakfast casserole, and welcome additional contributions to the food table. Printed directions will be available in your bulletin that Sunday. (And, yes, you’re invited even if you’re not in church that day!)

People of the Way discussion groups are now underway. This coming week, the Wednesday morning group will focus on chapters 3, 4, and 5, meeting at 10:15 in the Prince Room. The Wednesday evening group will meet next on August 7 – at 5:30 for a brown-bag supper followed at 6:00 by discussion of chapters 3 and 4.  

There will be an informal Roundtable Eucharist, open to all, in the Prince Room at 6:00 on Wednesday, July 31. This will be followed by a brown-bag supper, with the July Vestry Meeting beginning at 7:00. If you’ve been unable to attend on Sunday, desire a midweek eucharist, or would like to experience the intimacy of an informal celebration together, please join us.

Saint Andrew’s in the news! This week we received special recognition from the Governor’s Commission on Disability for our accessibility efforts. The award was presented at the State House by Governor Maggie Hassan. We were recognized for upgrading our Parish Hall entry ramp and doorway to the standards of the Americans for Disability Act even though churches are exempt from the ADA’s legal mandates. The award cited our desire to be welcoming to all members of the surrounding communities who use the building. As Duane Dale, who chairs our Facilities Planning committee, put it, “We recognized the Americans for Disabilities Act as the best standard for what it means to be accessible and welcoming, and we decided to pursue that standard.” New handrails on both sides of the walk, extending all the way to the parking lot, are about to be installed.


Tom Huckman, of Northcountry Metalcraft and also a parishioner, shown here with helpers, brought the railings over to fine-tune them prior to painting.


 Click here for more pictures of the awards ceremony http://dfdphotography.zenfolio.com/p896979007 

Saint Andrew’s out in the world: A large congregation of community members and friends, including an entourage from Saint Andrew’s, gathered last week in the beauty of a summer Sunday afternoon for a Celebration of the life of Billy McAdams, a good friend of the parish and for many years our lawn care provider and snow plower. The Norcorsses provided the site by the Bearcamp in South Tamworth near Billy’s home; Heidi officiated for prayers and sharing of reflections. Please continue to hold Billy’s wife Gina and their children in your prayers.
Food for thought from John Greenleaf Whittier...

Though heralded with naught of fear,
Or outward sing or show;
Though only to the inward ear
It whispers soft and low;
Though dropping, as the manna fell,
Unseen, yet from above,
Noiseless as dew-fall, heed it well,–
Thy Father's call of love!

See you in church!
Blessings, Heidi+