February 23, 2017

Our yearly "ice fall"
This Sunday, The Last Sunday after Epiphany, there will be two services at 8 and 10am
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.

Services on Wednesday, March 1st at Noon and 7pm
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

State House Bill 478 and Why It Matters
I was privileged to attend the committee hearing on House Bill 478 at the State House on Tuesday. The bill's purpose is to provide fair and equal protection for transgender residents, who are not currently protected by anti-discrimination legislation in NH. The hearing room was packed, with the standing room only crowd spilling through the doorway. Some 80 people signed up to speak for or against the bill, and the overwhelming majority spoke for it. Speakers in favor of the bill included professionals in the medical and helping professions, representatives from the Business and Industry Association of NH and the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, and transgender people of all ages. The testimony was often eloquent and moving, but Sarah Huckman's testimony was simply amazing. The committee chair had been clear that the audience could be cleared from the hearing room if they made comments during testimony or applauded, but there was prolonged and enthusiastic applause for Sarah, and the chair joined in.  We have all seen how poised and confident Sarah is, but testifying in front of a State House committee and large audience would be daunting for anyone. Sarah was awesome! My favorite moment came several speakers later, when Sarah's name was called (Tom had given up his chance to speak and asked that Sarah take his place when his name was called). When her name was called Sarah said that she had already spoken, and one of the committee members called out, "Encore!" She was that impressive.
Sarah Huckman speaking to the Committee
Yesterday we learned that the committee approved the bill by a margin of 15-2, and sent it on to the full House with a positive recommendation. Great work, Sarah, Tom, Jen, and all the many others who have worked for this result. There is obviously more to be done, but this is a great first step.

Thank you, Sarah. You rock!


The Dedication of the new Credence Table constructed
 by the loving hands of Sammie Wakefield. Thank you Sammie!

The Commissioning of Sammie for her trip to Peru.


Pancake Supper Help Needed

We need 3-5 volunteers for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in order to make it happen – adults or older kids; men or women, handy with a pancake flipper or not! Can you pitch in? George Rau and Tom Huckman will have everything ready, but need extra hands beginning at 5:00. Please let George know if you are available no later than Sunday morning (367-8223)


There are several Lenten resources available this year, either in the parish hall or online. In the parish hall you will find the workbook, 5 Marks of Love; Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own, which is what we will use for our Wednesday evening program. In addition to the workbook there will also be daily videos from the Brothers of SSJE. To sign up for these videos go to http://ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/. The video series begins this Sunday, February 26.

Also available in the parish hall are copies of Lenten Meditations 2017 from Episcopal Relief and Development. “This year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.”  For more information go to: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent.
Finally, there is Lent Madness, a fun and educational, sometimes (often?) irreverent online opportunity to learn about saints of the church. According to the website, “Lent Madness, the ‘saintly smackdown’ in which thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo during the season of Lent,” begins on Thursday, March 2.
To participate in Lent Madness, go to http://www.lentmadness.org/ and sign up for a daily email (upper right portion of webpage), or “like it” on Facebook.  On the website you can also be introduced to the Supreme Executive Committee, Celebrity Bloggers and even Nina, the Official Horse of Lent Madness.

For more information click here. Also look for the Saintly Bracket and the Saintly Scorecard, coming soon to the parish hall. Too much fun to miss!

Photo that was not available last week~
Search Committee
Tom Huckman, Hannah Anderson, Lisa Thompson, Cathie Lewis,
Betsy Hess and George Rau

If you are a new vestry member or are in need of refresher training, please contact Marty Cloran with your interest to attend one of these training dates.  He will advise you if you need to also complete the online modules prior to the in person training. For more information of the training sites listed below, click here.
March 4-       St. Paul’s, Concord
March 11-     Christ Church, Exeter
April 29-       Trinity Church, Claremont
Sept 30-       St. Thomas Church, Hanover

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for February is Razors for men and women.

Grant us open hearts, O God,
open to you
and open to one another,
open to the splendor of the earth
and open to its pain and the pain of its people.
Grant us open hearts, O God.
          From J. Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure

See you in Church!

Photography by:
Lisa Thompson
Sammie Wakefield
Deb Hoyt