September 21, 2017

Happy Fall!
-               JOIN US FOR WORSHIP             -

THIS SUNDAY, September 24th, The Sixteenth 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 24, 2017
Proper 20, Year A
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
-            FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR           -

Funding our Rector Search

Will you join me in making a pledge to fund our rector search? You may remember that in our initial letter the Vestry and I asked you to consider making a pledge of 14% of your current annual stewardship pledge. If we all did that, we would meet our goal of $20,000. This was simply offered as a guide, as we do know that not everyone will be able to pledge that amount. 
To date we have received 14 pledges for a total of $5,139, just over 25% of our goal. Thank you to those of you who have made a pledge; I am most grateful! To those who have not yet made a pledge, I invite you to do so now. This is a very concrete way in which you can support our rector search, and any size pledge will help us fund this important step toward the future of St. Andrew’s. Pledge cards are available on the table in the parish hall. Thank you!

-                      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 24th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday October 1st

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)
July-Early September: Assemble the Parish Profile, with help from parishioners.  Editing process with Vestry and the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson.
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
Pat Adams, Betsy Hess, Tom Huckman, Cathie Lewis, George Rau, Lisa Thompson.
Lisa, George, Cathie, Pat, Betsy, Tom
-              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         -

The Community Food Center (CFC), located at St. Andrews Church in Tamworth, is announcing an opening for a volunteer position of Co-Director this fall.  It is a wonderful opportunity to work at a local food pantry and to be part of a connection with New Hampshire Food Bank, clients from Sandwich and Tamworth, and the terrific Board of Directors presently running the food pantry. 

This job involves:
- Organizing  the monthly board meetings
- Making  the volunteer work schedule for each month
- Working one food pantry morning every month(10-noon)
- Being a liaison with the New Hampshire Food Bank (NHFB) and the Department of   Agriculture (USDA)

-Working  with the members of our Board and Brett School to organize the annual Brett School Food Drive
- And working with the board members for the distribution of the Holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

This position can be modified as to what works best for the new Co-director and the Board of Directors. The present Co-directors will continue to work through this year of 2017 and would embrace the opportunity to welcome a new person on board before Peg Reinfuss retires in December.  Please contact Donna Jones, Co-Director, if you are interested at 
603-323-7470, <  

It is truly a privilege and joy to volunteer in this capacity.

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

THURSDAY, September 21
Matthew 9:11-13 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when [Jesus] heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
A few years ago, our parish deacon, the Rev. Tom Mariconda, preached a moving sermon about service to those in need. Tom made the eloquent point: “There is no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ There is only ‘us,’ and we are all the Body of Christ.”
God does not make meaningless people. To participate fully in God’s intention for creation, we must learn to see as God sees. Christ comes to all of us and for all of us, and he intends for us to know each other as brothers and sisters. Where can we look to find a deeper sense of the people around us? Mercy, grace, and justice will prevail in the world if it first prevails in us.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you practice inclusion and hospitality today?

-             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

Photos of Vestry-Search meeting 9-17-17

Bob, George, Hannah