December 10, 2015

Torch-bearers prepare to process
 Don’t miss the photo gallery at the end with pictures from Acolyte Commissioning last Sunday.

We will have services at 8 and 10 AM this coming Sunday, December 13th and the Third Sunday of Advent.  We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

The readings for this Sunday: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Canticle 9 (The First Song of Isaiah), Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18.

LAST-MINUTE REMINDER: TODAY (Thursday) FROM 1 TO 3 IN THE Prince Room …A pre-Christmas Tea: Cookies, Carols, and Conversation. Take a break from your busy life and come to tea.

SLOW DOWN. QUIET. IT’S ADVENT! If slowing down seems like an impossibility to you, consider it a sign that the Quiet Day being offered this coming Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 5 may be just what’s needed for your soul and your body. What better way to still yourself than to join us for this time of Mindfulness Meditation, Gentle Yoga, and a Silent Tea Ceremony led by Beverly Hammond. Beverly is an experienced yoga instructor and mediation teacher. And remember...if you can breathe, you can do yoga! Experience living in the moment.

 Enrich your season by enjoying the performances of Saint Andrew’s members:
Dicken’s Christmas Carol: Sunday, Dec. 13, This staged reading will take place at 3:30  in  Runnells Hall, Chocorua. Come earlier from 2:30 for mince pies, sausage rolls, Smoking Bishop and other Dickensan favorites at the adjacent library.

Sandwich Singers’ Christmas Concerts:
Sunday, Dec. 13,
Methodist Mtg Hse, Center Sandwich at 7:30
Wed., Dec. 16, Melvin Village Community Church at 7:30
Thursday, Dec. 17, Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley at 7:30

Looking ahead to 4th Sunday of Advent and the Greening of the Church for Christmas: We will have ONE service only at 10:00 AM, so that all of us together can participate liturgically as we transform our sanctuary from Advent to Christmas! Plan on being part of it.

New at Saint Andrew’s: The Sunday Paper: This is a weekly activity sheet designed for children. We will be running off enough Sunday Papers for our children, as well as a few extras of the “Notes for Parents and putting them on the bulletin table in the transept. Please take a look if you’re interested. Extras from previous weeks are in the Parish Hall.
Copies of the latest issue of The Episcopal Journal are available on the table in front of the Parish Bulletin Board. If you do not have a subscription of your own, help yourself to a copy and discover how many ways the Episcopal Church is active in the world.

Would you like to provide some extra financial support to our designated outreach recipients? With fewer fundraising events this year, we have about $500 less than last year to give away, meaning most organizations will receive less from us this year. If you would like to help, make your contribution with a memo line note to “Outreach” by December 20th. Thanks.

13 of us gathered after church last Sunday for our Annual Parish Outreach Fund distribution conversation.
Special thanks to Sammie who led the discussion and to participants in the conversation: Sammie, Beverly, Sarah, Carol, Lisa, Joan, Duane, Marty, Dale, Gretchen, Grete, Bob, Heidi.
Support ranges from $50 to $300 per organization, for a total available this year of about $3,000. Final distribution numbers will be posted after the Vestry meeting on Dec. 22nd.
Here at St. Andrew’s we have been committed to a 50/50 distribution (50% to outreach, 50% to parish general fund) of the proceeds from our fundraising events. On the first Sunday of December each year, we gather to discuss the programs we have been supporting and make decisions about continuing, dropping, or adding. Priority is given 1) to projects in which parishioners are actively involved 2) projects that support the healthy wellbeing of children 3) projects that lead to lasting change. We consider a balance among programs with local, regional, national, and international impact. We understand our outreach as being an extension of our ourselves, reaching out as the heart and hands of Christ to the needs of the world. The discussion results are then reviewed (confirmed or tweaked) by the Vestry at their December meeting, then checks in the designated amounts are sent out.
Information about many of these organizations is available on the Parish Hall bulletin board table. Perhaps our shared support will encourage your additional support in these groups through your own giving, advocacy, and prayer.

Tamworth Community Christmas Project
Bearcamp Valley School and Children’s Center
Ossipee Children’s Fund
Starting Point (domestic abuse hotline and protection)
Community Food Pantry
Tamworth Community Nurse Association
Agapé Ministries
Tamworth Caregivers
Ossipee Concerned Citizens

NH Community Loan Fund (low-interest loans for affordable housing)
CASA of NH (court-appointed child advocates)
Conway ALC Support (NAMI, peer support for dealing with mental illness for individuals and families)

Camp Aranutiq (for trans and gender-variant youth)

ERD (Episcopal Relief & Development)
Nets for Life (a subset of ERD)
Eleanore’s Project: sponsoring a wheelchair (for Peruvian child)

Thanks, Pat, for hosting the Women’s Lunch Bunch!
Food for thought in this Advent season…
Liturgical participation is at the heart of our life together. We are blessed by all who serve.
A picture is worth 1000 words!
Lexi, Albert, Sarah

Commissioning of Acolytes

Commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers