November 7, 2013

Services for this coming Sunday, the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost,will be at 8 and 10 AM. Readings for this Sunday: Job 19:23-27a, Psalm 17:1-9, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17, Luke 20:27-38.
At the ten o’clock service we will have a special guest. Tamara Kittleson-Aldred will join us, offering the homily, working with our children, as well engaging us in special activities after the service.  Tamara is the director of Eleanore’s Project. She is an occupational therapist, and the mother of the late Eleanore, for whom Eleanore’s Project is named. This project is the wheelchair ministry that Sammie and Carol have participated in over the last seven years. 

Proper adaptive equipment for mobility, sign language and alternative communication systems, along with family education and a supportive community provide the focus for the mission of Eleanore’s Project. Tamara has graciously agreed to offer us a window into this creative and powerful ministry that partners with Peruvians, so that together (in the words of our Baptismal Covenant) they seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being. And since this will be our November family-friendly service, the children will have an opportunity for special wheel chair learning.

The Sandwich Federated Church is planning a Giving Meal in Support of the Community Food Center, Sandwich-Tamworth food pantry. It is scheduled for November 13th at around 5 to 7 pm. The main course will be both chili with meat and meatless chili, at the diners preference.

Ladies Lunch Bunch: Wednesday, Nov. 13th Mountain View Station Restaurant at noon.

We hope you will join us for a Saint Andrew's Harvest Supper and Pie Auction, to be held on Friday evening, November 22nd. Tickets will be available at the door. Plan to come and invite your friends.! We are hoping that many of you will provide your delicious baked pies (pies that can be frozen for Thanksgiving feasts are especially welcome) to be auctioned following the meal, beginning at about 7:30pm. 
We also need help delivering flyers. Please pick them up in the Parish Hall.
Note: Pies should be delivered on the day of the dinner/auction by 3 p.m.

We have handrails!!! Thanks to Tom Huckman our handrails are now complete, providing safe, supportive access to our facility! Thank you, Tom, for your amazing generosity of service.

 St. Andrew's was well represented at our Diocesan Convention last weekend. Also present, though not for this picture, were Lee Custer and Ellie McLaughlin. Congratulations to Cathie Lewis who was elected to serve as an alternate deputy to General Convention in Slat Lake City in 2015. The bishop’s Convention address is available on line at There are also paper copies available on the info table in the Parish Hall.
Pledge Season continues… Remember to join in the fun of opening  “your door” on our Grounded in Giving tree on the piano in the church when you have made your pledge card of support for the coming year. And remember…no pledge is too modest if it is the right pledge for you. Similarly, no pledge is too large if it right for you. Your pledge is one way of claiming Saint Andrew’s as your church home.

Yikes!  St. Andrew’s Boughs & Bonbons Holiday Fair is a only month away.
Saturday, December 7th – 9 AM – 1PM

We need your help with this last fundraising event of the year.
We would like to put cookies in tins this year. If you have any holiday tins that you could donate, it would be appreciated. They should be big enough to hold about a dozen cookies.  We also need volunteers to help….
·        Make bows
·        Decorate wreaths: 
·        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 a continued success!

Food for thought on giving, pledging, and stewardship from John Westerhoff…

[At a fundamental level,] stewardship is not a program or a campaign or a season. It is not about raising money for the church budget (although that money is necessary). Stewardship is a way of life – a way of life that grows naturally from our Christian faith and spiritual life. Once we have all grown in our relationship with God and therefore in faith, hope, and love, we will never again have to worry about church finances or have pledge drives. The economics of God will make sense, and stewardship will become a natural dimension of our Christian life of faith, [but we’re not there yet.] …
….If we are to live in an ever deepening and loving relationship with God, we need to live out of the depth of life, identifying with all who suffer. This sense of compassion underlies grateful and generous hearts. If we are to be aware of the presence and action of God in our lives and history, we need to be alone and silent. This consciousness of God nurtures grateful and generous hearts. And if we are, with God’s help, to know and to do God’s will, we need to pay attention to the deep restlessness in our interior lives. This ability will lead us to have grateful and generous hearts.

“God of grace and God of glory,” a well-known hymn by Harry Emerson Fosdick, (595 in our Hymnal) written during the Great Depression, puts it this way:
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.
May we be blessed as we walk this walk together.

See you in church,
Randy Ouellette, guest trumpeter
for All Saints' Sunday

Good food and good conversation all around at the All Saints' Day Stewardship Breakfast