December 29, 2016

This Sunday, The First Sunday after Christmas, there will be one service at 10 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.

A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols

Happy New Year and Thank You!
Many thanks to everyone who made our Christmas services so glorious! We had wonderful music, thanks to Bernice, the Choir, Preston’s solo, Randy Ouellette on trumpet and Valerie on her beautiful harp. The church looked gorgeous, thanks to Gretchen, Sammie, Lisa, David, Ray, the Altar Guild, all the rest who helped decorate, and all who donated poinsettias. Thank you to all who were ushers, acolytes, lectors and Eucharistic ministers. And a huge thank you to the Huckman family, Carol and helpers for an amazing Christmas feast! It was delicious, and I know a huge amount of work went into making this happen. What a gift to the community!

I am off this Sunday, January 1, and Lisa, Gretchen and Cathie will lead the Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols in my absence. And on Sunday, January 8 Ginger Heard's group "The Treble Makers" will play for portions of the service – what a treat that will be!

I pray your Christmas was full of joy and love, and wish you blessings in the coming New Year.

Please be getting your reports together and submitted to the office.
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 January  is Shampoo/Conditioner.

Cook teams needed. 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.  Please email Deb at the office if you can fill any of those dates. Thank you.
Dinner Bell dates that cooks are needed: Feb 19 ~ Mar 19, 26 - Apr 23 ~ May 7,14, 21, 28 - Jun 4,11,18.

Please consider becoming the Dinner Bell Coordinator. Carol Tubman has graciously continued in this role for several years along with her many other responsibilities and would really like to pass it on.  There is not a huge amount of time involved just making sure the schedule dates are filled and contact with the office and cook teams. Computer knowledge is helpful. Please contact Carol if you have questions.

Wow. That was my response when I read the following selection from Forward Day by Day today (Wednesday).  It’s easy not to think much about refugees, as we don’t see many in our area. But we are all aware of the controversies surrounding admitting them to our country, especially if they come from the Middle East. Below is a rather startling way to think of refugees.
WEDNESDAY, December 28       Holy Innocents Day (from Forward Day by Day)
Matthew 2:14-15a Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.
On the bumper of our car there’s a sticker: “JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH, HOMELESS AND UNDOCUMENTED.” I imagine them—a man and a teenage girl—taking their baby to Egypt for mere survival. Extreme circumstances have led them to an extreme course of action.
What kind of life did they lead? Maybe Mary cleaned rooms at an inn, and Joseph worked as a carpenter and custodian. They may have taken turns taking care of Jesus. Maybe they were mocked because they looked different and spoke Egyptian with a thick Aramaic accent.
I see this man, his young wife, and their precious baby all the time, all around my city, all over the world in the faces of the men, women, and children seeking refuge, renewal, and a fresh start at life. At my house, we call them the Holy Family.

Blessings,  See you in Church!

Guess who I saw! 
Deacon Santa Kevin and his son send Christmas greetings to St. Andrews