September 28,2017

All creatures big and small!
 -               JOIN US FOR WORSHIP             -

THIS SUNDAY, October 1st, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, there will be
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, October 1st, 2017
Proper 21, Year A
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 12:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32
-            FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR           -

Monday evening at our Vestry meeting Carol asked me if I have been here for a year now. And indeed, yes, I have! I had let my actual  one year anniversary slip by! It was in fact on September 15. In some ways it feels as if I couldn't have been here that long, but on the other, St. Andrew's feels like home. I do love being here among you.

One of the gifts of interim ministry is being able to meet so many new people, and seeing how different congregations do things - liturgy, stewardship, formation, finances - all of it. But inherent in this gift is also the challenge of having to say good bye when my time with a congregation comes to an end. We are nowhere near that point, for which I am grateful! We are somewhere in the middle of my time here, or a little beyond, which is for me sort of the sweet spot. I've been here long enough to know you and how you do things, yet there is still plenty of time to learn more and do more.

This fall I plan to begin a once a month, mid-week, evening service that will be open to the larger community. It will alternate between two formats, one a Taize service and the other Celtic. The distinguishing feature of the Taize service will be the music, which will be from the Taize Community in France. It is repetitive chant, conducive to meditation, and this service will also feature periods of silence. The distinguishing feature of the Celtic service will be the prayers, which will have a more "earthy" tone and focus, reminding us of our connection to the earth and all creation. Both will feature musical offerings from Valerie May on her harp, and we hope other musicians will be interested in joining us. The date for the first service has not been set yet, but stay tuned! As soon as dates are finalized we'll let you know.

And meanwhile, I look forward to the rest of my time here with you!

-                       LOCAL HAPPENINGS                     -

-                      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 October 1st

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday October 8th

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.

-              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               -
Collect for St. Francis
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord,
grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world;
that, following the way of blessed Francis,
we may for love of you
delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

THURSDAY, September 28
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

How do we glorify God in our bodies? We do so by remembering we are meant to have both a physical and spiritual relationship with God. Like Michelangelo’s Adam reaching out to touch the hand of God, every cell of my being desires my Creator’s life-giving touch. Sometimes I am present enough to God’s being that a breeze feels like a caress.

Learning about my own body, finding faith within its very cell walls, helps me recognize the communion between God and my body. Even though I will leave my body someday, I believe my bones will still vibrate—reaching out, still craving the soothing completion of the Last Day, when my body finally shakes itself into dust, taking that last leap toward the Divine. An embrace awaits my whole self when I reach the other side.

MOVING FORWARD: What classic painting or motif best illustrates how you feel about your relationship with God?

-             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