December 1. 2016

This Sunday, The Second Sunday of Advent, there will be one service at 9 am.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

I’m always glad to get home from a trip, but I have to admit the transition from the beach pictured here to the freezing rain and snow in Tamworth on Tuesday was a bit of a challenge! We had a wonderful time, and it was glorious to be at the beach – all the good things you can imagine – seafood, Mexican food, warm weather, beautiful sea and sky. The ten of us, six adults and four teenagers, came together at the airport in Cancun, made the trek down the coast to Tulum, and then made a beeline to the beach. I hadn’t seen my nephews since last Christmas, and both of them had grown at least four inches – both are now quite a bit taller than I am. Though we didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving, we were all grateful to have this time together in such a gorgeous setting, and the opportunity to reconnect and catch up.

 It didn't feel like Advent in Mexico, where it seemed like summer. Now that I'm home I'm ready to catch up with the season, and begin to prepare my heart for the coming of the Christ child. I’ve gone through my collection of Advent meditations, and picked out an old favorite to read each day. It’s called Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas, by Jan L. Richardson. One of the poems in particular spoke to me as I browsed through it; I share it in hopes it will speak to you as well.
The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. That’s just how Advent works. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s hindquarters fade in the distance.
So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder.
There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing.
For now, stay. Wait.
Something is on the horizon.

Happy Advent!

(Note: this was to be published last week and was missed by the editor)
As we celebrated Thanksgiving this past week, we are mindful of the many blessings in our lives, our faith, our families, this beautiful country that we live in, and the beauty that surrounds us in the valley daily. It is also the perfect opportunity for us, on the Stewardship Committee,  to thank all of our St. Andrew's family for your generous support during this pledge season. Not only will our parish flourish, we will also continue to share our abundance with others. Hoping you had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
The Stewardship Committee: Lisa Thompson, Gretchen Behr Svendsen, Patti Rau, Barbara Lord, Pat Adams

If you wish to dedicate Christmas flowers in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one or friend, there will be slips in the bulletin the next two Sundays or you may email your request to Deb at To help defray the cost of our Christmas flowers and greens we are asking for $20 for Christmas altar flowers this year.

Preston's 1st reading on the 1st Sunday of Advent.
Good job Preston!
See more photos from Last Sunday in the Gallery below.

This is your head’s up to be thinking about your Annual Reports.  Committee chairs should be pulling together their notes to complete reports for submission to the office.  If you have enough information to complete and send your report it is always appreciated to submit it as early as possible. 
Most folks have their last year’s report but if you need an electronic copy or hard copy please let Deb in the office know and she will be happy to provide that for you. REPORTS ARE DUE JANUARY 13TH!

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for December is dish detergent.

Please consider picking up one of the many dates in 2017 for Dinner Bell cook team.  It really is quite easy and the outreach it provides is so rewarding and needed.  If you have questions about what it entails, please contact Carol Tubman at 651-8230.  There is also a need for a Dinner Bell Coordinator if you are so inclined, questions may be directed to Carol. Please email Deb at the office if you can fill any of those dates. Thank you.
Dinner Bell dates that cooks are needed:
Dec 4, 2016 - Jan 1 ~ Feb 19 ~ Mar 19, 26 - Apr 23 ~ May 7,14, 21, 28 - Jun 4,11,18


See you in Church!

Photography by:
Chris Mills
Lisa Thompson
Debra Hoyt

1st Sunday of Advent Photo Gallery

Rev. Nancy Spencer Smith, guest priest

A conversation with Jim Theodore and Gretchen

Tommie Dayton

Nancy and Sammie chat

Betsy and Sue

A book of poetry by Sammie and her sister, Gail
in memory of their father Jess Wilson
pictured on the cover with Sammie's daughter, Esther