September 14, 2017

-               JOIN US FOR WORSHIP             -

THIS SUNDAY, September 17th, The Fifrteenth Sunday after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.

-              READINGS FOR SUNDAY            -

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Proper 19, Year A
Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
-            FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR           -

Embracing Love
As I listened to our Presiding Bishop's reflection on post hurricane relief ( I was struck not only by his words, but by the picture of the crucifix that hangs in his office. I offer this screen shot of the crucifix for your reflection this week.
In Presiding Bishop Curry's words,

There is a crucifix that has Jesus sacrificing His life for the cause of love on the cross. It’s a different kind of crucifix. On this one, the artist has sculpted Jesus on the cross, dying as an act of love, but even more than that, holding someone, someone deeply in need, that this Jesus who sacrifices and gives His life, gives His life for us, and for all who are in need. That’s the Lord we follow who has been raised from the dead. And we are not alone.

-                       LOCAL HAPPENINGS                     -
Provided by Valerie May

Internationally known harper and composer, William Jackson has been a major force in Scottish music for many years. A founding member of the band Ossian, he was part of the revival of traditional music in Scotland in the 70’s and 80’s, and became known as an innovative composer, using a mix of traditional and classical music.
Besides the Celtic harp, William plays a variety of other traditional instruments, including the mandolin and tin whistle.
The concert will be held at the Farmhouse on Juli and Stephen Hird’s 
Partridge Hill Farm, 89 Range Road in Sandwich.
Suggested donation $20
Please reserve a ticket by contacting Valerie May at or 
-                      CROP WALK                     -


OCTOBER 15, 2017
1 PM at Sandwich Baptist Meeting House
Church Street

Although we will not be walking until October, now is the time to start collecting walkers and donations.  Gretchen will be at coffee hour this Sunday to share information and distribute envelopes to those interested.  If you can't be here Sunday, you may call her at 323-7459 for more information.

Last year from the money that we raised $ 680.75 came back to help support the Community Food Center and the Dinner Bell Program.  Please consider walking with us. Thank you for your support- as walkers and givers.

-                       DINNER BELL                     -

Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday September 17th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday September 24th
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

-                SEARCH COMMITTEE               -
“The (parish) profile serves as the parish’s introduction to potential candidates.  At its best, the profile uses images and words to describe the personality, mission, ministry, and ministers of the parish; and denotes the passion and gifts for ministry it seeks in its next Rector.” 
                                      (2017 Search Committee Handbook, Diocese of NH)
September-October: Complete the Profile and make it available to prospective candidates and our parishioners.
October-November: Begin receiving names and applications of candidates.  Reading and reviewing applications.
Lisa Thompson, Search Committee
Prayer for St. Andrew’s during the search process.
Loving God, giver of all good gifts, grant to the Search Committee, and to the parish, wisdom and faith.  Be with us as we develop and create the Parish Profile. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Search Committee
George Rau, Lisa Thompson, Cathie Lewis, Tom Huckman, Betsy Hess and Pat Adams.
-              THE ART OF SIMPLE COOKING             -
Next class is October 3rd
The Tamworth Farmer’s Market
(in alliance with the Tamworth Community Nurse Association)
Learning the Art of Simple Cooking

Classes under the guidance of Elizabeth will focus on how to use fresh, seasonal and locally produced ingredients to create appetizing, simple-to-prepare dishes.
Classes are free of charge, but donations are welcome.
WHEN:         The First Tuesday of Every Month in 2017.
TIME:           10:00 a.m.-Noon
LOCATION:   In the kitchen at St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley
SIGN-UP:      Call 662-6717 and ask for Elizabeth or please leave a message. 

-          COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER         -
Congratulations on completing another month as a
beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program!

We are happy to share with you that during the month of August,
The Community Food Center Food Pantry sold 40 Fight Hunger bags. This means we will be sending you a check for $10.00 in about 4-6 weeks!

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

THURSDAY, September 14

John 12:35-36 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus said this, he departed and hid from them.
One year during Lent, I asked myself, “How do I live more in the light?” In response I decided to give up television for the season. My question had been prompted when our pastor preached a sermon encouraging us to turn toward creative endeavors. Using my TV time seemed to be the best way to do that.

I found myself using this newfound time to think about my choices and how I made them. I was feeling professionally frustrated because I was spending more time writing other people’s projects and not my own. I feel my own writing, my own creativity, is a God-given gift, and with the space for reflection, I began to trust that gift again and step back into the light of creativity. These ruminations eventually led me to earn my master of fine arts degree, and I have also written two books—so far. What will you do when you step into the light?

MOVING FORWARD: Take a media sabbath—even for a day. Spend that time in prayer and creative endeavors.
-             FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE            -
I will be taking vacation October 9th- 13th.
The office will be closed and emergency phone numbers will be
provided closer to the date.


If you do not see your birthday or anniversary listed, please make sure Deb in the office has an information sheet on file for you.
1        Bob Wallace
5        Laurie LaBrecque
8        Bruce Kennedy, Antonio Faella
12      June Donovan
14      Preston Mills
20      Brian Scott Kelley
21      Pat Scarborough
24      Sammie Wakefield
28      Jane Horn
29      Valerie May

8        Brian & Scott Kelley
20      Kathy & Alan Bunker



Photos provided by Lisa Thompson

Tamworth Farmer's Market

Chair caning duo: Claes & Vikki Thelemarck

Valerie May...