September 17, 2015

Signs of Fall
There will be two services this coming Sunday, September 20th and the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, one at 8 and 10, with coffee hour following both services. We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

Readings: Proverbs 31:10-31, Psalm 1, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37.
Come help us harvest! JOIN US this Saturday (Sept 19th) for Our Annual Harvesting Party. We will gather at 9 AM at Gretchen’s house in Tamworth Village (directions to follow) at 9AM to receive our “marching orders,” and will then proceed to the field.  We will harvest the gourds and squashes that Gretchen planted in May, wash them down, and prep them for sale at our booth at the Sandwich Fair. While the harvesting requires a comfortably agile body, we field workers will happily deliver the produce to the more sedentary team of washers. So there’s something for everyone to do. Children are welcome. At midday we’ll return to the house and share a potluck lunch together, so bring something to share. Please dress accordingly for the weather.

Directions to Gretchen’s: From the church go left (west) down Whittier Road. Take the first right onto rte. 113 over the bridge towards Tamworth village. Go past the Brett School and past the Post Office. Her drive way is on the left, shortly after the PO, 1.8 miles from the corner of Whittier Rd and immediately before the Police Station. There is a house number of 106 posted at the end of the dirt driveway. Follow it to the end. Park along the side of the driveway, or near the house if you need easy access. Questions call Gretchen at 323-7459.

HELP! Dinner Bell needs cooks for October 4th! If you think you would like to help with this outreach program and have never done this before, it’s easier than you think.  Please contact Carol Tubman with questions or contact the office with your confirmation to help.
Calling all bakers and jam makers!!! It’s Sandwich Fair prep time! Apple and/or pumpkin whoopee pies have become one of our now signature offerings!  Small loaves of seasonally appropriate sweet breads such as pumpkin, apple, apple spice, and zucchini are also top sellers! If you’re willing to help with some baking, please call Chris Mills at 603-452-4049 or email at She has a standard recipes to share for the whoopee pies and will provide more details to anyone who calls or emails. Make some now and freeze them, or commit now to baking later and have us count on you! Thanks.
Sign up to tend our booth at the Fair! It’s fun. It’s easy. Be an emissary of Saint Andrew’s! (And it gets you into the Sandwich Fair!) The fair runs for three days. The shifts are 3 hours.
The Syrian Refugee crisis is on all our minds and I trust in all our prayers. Please take the time to read our Presiding Bishop’s statement to the church and explore some of the background material that is provided within it.
Syrian refugees and migrants disembark the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, September 14, 2015. Of the record total of 432,761 refugees and migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, an estimated 309,000 people had arrived by sea in Greece, the International Organization for Migration (IMO) said on Friday. About half of those crossing the Mediterranean are Syrians fleeing civil war, according to the United Nations refugee agency. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis  I also commend to you our Bishop’s September 11 post on his blog “Tending the Vine,”  as together we pray and consider how we as individuals and as a parish might be called to respond to this, the world’s largest refugee crisis since World War II.

Planning ahead…
Session two of the Green Burial presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30 at 7 pm at the Cook Library in Tamworth. Gretchen was one of the presenters for session one last night which was superb.
Our Annual Blessing of the Animals will be on Sunday, October 4th. There will be ONE service only at 9:00 that morning. Dogs should come on leash, cats and rabbits in carriers, birds in cages. Invite your friends to bring their pets as well, and if your animal doesn’t feel up to coming in person, feel free to bring a proxy. This year, our service falls on the actual Feast Day of St. Francis!
Food for thought (and included in last Sunday’s homily.)
We often think about religion as a set of beliefs,
doctrines, propositions or formulae for right thinking.
But religion is essentially a program of action;
a program of practices, both ritual and ethical
practices, and it is by faithfully and repeatedly
performing our practice that we come to believe.
And when we believe then we are changed.
                                                -Br. Robert L'Esperance
See you in church,
Blessings, Heidi+