May 5, 2016

 Thursday MEMO

Rogation Sunday altar
We will have two services this coming Sunday, May 8th, the Seventh Sunday of Easter and the Sunday after the Ascension, as well as Mothers’ Day – one at 8 a.m. and one at 10 a.m. The Rev. Hannah Anderson, Canon to the Ordinary (the Bishop’s right-had person for congregations), will preach and lead a discussion following each service. During the sermon she will provide a road map for how our transition and discernment planning will progress, then in the conversation time following, parishioners will have an opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts and perspectives on our shared ministry together and the life of this parish. The rector will preside for both services, but will not be present for the discussions. Parish participation in this process is hugely important, so you are strongly urged to attend. And, yes, there will be time for coffee and nibbles immediately following the service.

Readings for Sunday: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14,16-17, 20-21.

And maybe it will even be a sunny day!
Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet at noon this Wednesday, May 11th, at the Rectory in Madison. All women are welcome. Please bring something for luncheon table. The address is 247 Pound Rd, Madison; phone is 367-8220. Directions are available at church on the table in front of the parish bulletin board. Please let me know by email or phone if you expect to be with us.

**Please take note: New office hours beginning the week of May 9th. Thanks to a  fortuitous opportunity to collaborate, Debra Hoyt, our Parish Administrator has accepted a similar part-time position with All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Wolfeboro. She will continue with us for the same number of hours as she has worked in the past, but with a slight variation in schedule. Since I am generally in the office on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, morning phone calls will still get answered. Just keep in mind that if you need to talk to Debra, her hours at St. Andrew’s, beginning next week, are as follows:
Monday  –  Closed
Tuesday  –  9am-noon
Wednesday –1pm-5pm
Thursday – 1pm-5pm
Friday  –     9am-noon
This arrangement will allow Deb to have the full-time work she needs and for us to retain her as our tremendously valuable office manager and bookkeeper! God is good!!!

Thank you to all who braved the drizzle and teamed up last Sunday for our Spring Work Day. We accomplished a great deal, both indoors and out. Special thanks go to David Manley for organizing the jobs and the refreshments, and to all who helped out in so many ways: Tim & Tom Huckman for their Saturday lawn work, Cathie Lewis, Patty & George Rau, Dave Anderson, Dale Appleton, Gretchen, Chris Boldt, Bev Hammond, Duane, John & Kaitlyn Marshall, Jen & Sarah Huckman, Bernice Thompson, Betsy Hess, Joan Wright, and anyone whom I might have missed.  Also special thanks to Gretchen, Bernice, Barbara Lord, Bev, for bringing Eats and Drinks for the Workday.

15 of us enjoyed the hymn-singing community of well over 100 at Hops & Hymns @ Hobbs this past Monday evening. This was a Community hymn sing organized by Camp Calumet, teaming up with many area churches including Saint Andrew’s, that gathered under the direction of a very capable energetic keyboardist from the Cape for the joy of eating and singing together! Together we raised over $1600 for Starting Point, an important area organization that supplies support and a safe-house for victims of domestic violence. There was such enthusiasm that there may well be another similar event in the future.

May God’s love shine through your witness,
your actions, your deeds, your smiles,
 and even your ever-improving but still stumbling words in Spanish!

Along with other excitements of last Sunday, we commissioned Sammie Wakefield for her upcoming mission trip to Peru with Eleanore's Project, an organization that provides customized wheelchair seating to mobility impaired children in Peru. This is her 10th year engaged in this ministry. Sammie goes as "our emissary," and a such, we will be holding her our prayers and her reports over the next few weeks will be posted on the Parish Bulletin Board.

The Bishop is Coming! Plan on joining us the evening of May 17 at 6:30 for a special service of Confirmation and Reception, our Bishop, the Right Reverend A Robert Hirschfeld presiding. Sarah Huckman, Aislinn Hird, and Ann Albrecht will be confirmed, and Audrey Berry, and Pat Adams will be received into this branch of Christ’s Church. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to reaffirm their Baptismal Vows and come on the 17th to help celebrate.

A service in Celebration of the Life of Bill Hagerup will be held at the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. I hope that many of you who remember Bill will be able to join Marge and their family as we give thanks for his life well-lived and entrust him to Almighty God.

Food for thought especially appropriate as we enter this into these closing months of our time together as priest and people…

What if we made a regular practice of surrendering into the loving arms of God, knowing that something unimaginably wonderful would happen? I wonder if we’d be quite so anxious and fearful if we recognized that we may indeed be standing even now at the threshold.Brother Mark Brown, SSJE

Do not be afraid! Jesus has promised that the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete – the One who comes along side – is right there with us every step of the way, bound together in love.

Peace and joy!

The send-off greeting!

Garden workers