November 9, 2017

-               JOIN US FOR WORSHIP             -

THIS SUNDAY, November 12th, the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, there will be two services at 8:00 am and 10:00 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.
-              READINGS FOR SUNDAY            -

Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Proper 27, Year A
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13


-            FROM THE INTERIM RECTOR           -

Stewardship Drive 2017

This year’s stewardship drive is winding down, but not over yet!  I am so grateful for the generosity you show in your giving to St. Andrew’s. Your annual pledges provide a strong base for all of our ministries – in fact, without your pledges we would have to close our doors. Financially, running St. Andrew’s is much like running a really big household. We have bills to pay every month, and we budget accordingly. As we approach the end of this year, our Treasurer and Vestry are beginning to create the budget for next year, and of course, we need to know how much money will be coming in each month in order to plan. 

So thank you to all who have already turned in your pledges! As you will see elsewhere, as of today we have received 45 pledges for a total of $134,985, and three of these are new pledges. Last year we received 62 pledges for a total of $145,330. If everyone else who pledged for 2017 renews their pledge at the same amount for 2018, we have a projected total of $150,183, which would be excellent news!  So if you have not yet turned in your pledge card, please return it as soon as possible, so we can complete our budget planning process.

I also want to thank Barbara Lord and Patti Rau for all they have done for our stewardship drive this year. Well done, good and faithful servants! And thank you to everyone who contributed to our stewardship ingathering brunch last Sunday. It was delicious!

Wednesday Evening Services

As I said during announcements on Sunday, we plan to hold a midweek evening service each month, generally on the first Wednesday of the month. But after saying that, I soon realized that the next two services will be on the second Wednesday.  

In December we will have a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, December 13, at 5:30 pm. This service is open to everyone, but is particularly for those who struggle with the holiday season due to some sort of loss: death of a spouse, a child, a sibling, a close friend; loss of a job or a house; a loved one who suffers from addiction; or any loss that is difficult, and makes it hard to be merry. It is a service of remembrance and at the same time, a time to lift up our blessings even as we grieve a loss.

Then on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 pm we will have an evening prayer service drawing on the Celtic tradition. More on that to come.

-          PLEDGE PROGRESS        -

Help us reach our Goals!

Rector Search Fund 
Goal ~ $ 20,000
32 pledges $ 8,899.00
2018 Stewardship Pledge 
 Goal $ (to be determined)
45 pledges $ 134,985.00

-          “FUN” RAISING        -
The Annual Harvest Supper and Pie Auction
Next Friday, November 17th 
Supper 6pm
Pie Auction begins at 7pm

COME JOIN US FOR a Simple Supper of Beef Stew, Rolls and Harvest Bread Pudding. BYO Beer or Wine.  $15.00 per person. $5 for children under 12.

Please contact Chris Mills or Carol Tubman with questions or to sign up.

-                       DINNER BELL                     -

Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday November 12th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday November 19th
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!

-                SEARCH COMMITTEE               -
The Parish Profile is completed!
Click on “Parish Profile” button to read!
With joy at the completion of the Parish Profile, the Search Committee now begins a new phase of its work: the receiving and reading of applications from our prospective candidates. The applications, vetted by the Bishop and The Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson, will be sent to us from Diocesan House in Concord. After this, we will conduct Skype interviews with each of the candidates. We think, with time given to prayerful reflection, that this phase will occupy us through November. If so, we will start scheduling visits to parishes in Advent.
We continue to be encouraged by your prayers: keep them coming!
Lisa Thompson, Search Committee
October-November: Begin receiving names and applications of candidates.  Reading and reviewing applications.
Prayer for St. Andrew’s during the search process.
Everliving and everloving Lord, as we are in the midst of our challenging task to search for our new rector, we pray that you continue to lead our parish to be in one mind and spirit through the conclusion of this journey.  May we be strong in the assurance that you are guiding us and carrying us safely to calling the person you have chosen to be our rector.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.

Search Committee
Pat Adams, Betsy Hess, Tom Huckman, Cathie Lewis, George Rau, Lisa Thompson.
-          COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER         -

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for November is paper towels.

-                 FOOD FOR THOUGHT               -

THURSDAY, November 9th
Psalm 71:14a But I shall always wait in patience.

Several years ago I was having a conversation with a mother of four young children. I was on a rant verging on a hissy. “Sometimes the writer of the psalms makes me reach for the airsickness bag!”

ose hateful passages about destroying our enemies, smashing the teeth out of their mouths, and bashing their babies’ heads against the rocks. What had set me off was some of the goody-goody, morally pristine verses. You know the ones I mean. Oh, I love doing your law all the time. I’m always patient. I wanted the psalms to get real: “I could use a little help here! What’s keeping you?”

On this day, the psalms’ pretense to moral perfection and undisturbed serenity struck me as particularly phony and condescending.

My friend listened until I had sufficiently unwound. Then she said, “You know, I read passages like that as aspirations. We yearn to be wise, to be compassionate, to be patient, to be joined to Jesus at the hip all the time. The psalms tell us that it’s okay to have such desires. In eternity we’ll get there, with God’s grace.”

MOVING FORWARD: If you were writing a song or psalm to God today, what would it say?

-             FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE            -
The office will be closed Friday morning (tomorrow) as I will be out that day.


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.
9        Alys Walker
10      George Rau, Bruce Foreman
17      George Donovan

22      Tony & Betty Faella
25      John & Joan Marshall