December 7, 2017

Tom put the sign up with his eyes closed!


THIS SUNDAY, December 10th, The Second Sunday of Advent, there will be two services at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Services:

v  December 13, at 5:30 pm we will have a Blue Christmas service on 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.
v  December 20th at 5:30 pm Evening Prayer.
v  January 10th  at 5:30 pm we will have an evening prayer service drawing on the Celtic tradition.  More on that to come.

We hope you will join us 
for worship and fellowship.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Year B
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8


A Blue Christmas Service
After publishing the date for our Blue Christmas Service (December 13 at 5:30) I've been asked to explain what this service is. The name doesn't come from Elvis Presley's song, though if you google Blue Christmas, that's what comes up first. It's a service designed for those for whom the holiday season is difficult, and for those who support them. Those of us who have experienced a loss of some kind may not be feeling joy, and may feel that we need to "put on a happy face" for others, pretending to enjoy the holiday festivities.
The Blue Christmas service is a time to make the space and take the time to acknowledge our sadness or worries, and also to recognize that we are not alone. The church will be dimly lit, with candles all around, and Valerie May will lead our music on her harp. There will be time for silent reflection and prayer, a time to light a candle for whatever loss we are experiencing, and Scripture and music that remind us that God is with us even when we are grieving or struggling. It is an opportunity to honor the complexities of our feelings, and to remember the light that shines in the darkness, the promise of hope that God's word offers to us all.
The service is open to everyone, so please spread the word to friends and family in the community.
Carpooling to Betsy's Ordination
Betsy Hess' ordination to the Diaconate is on Saturday, December 16 at 11:00 at St. Paul's Church in Concord. An ordination is a huge milestone in the life of the ordinand, and a beautiful service as well. I know of a number of people who plan to attend. If you are interested in attending and would like to carpool, please let me know via email ( or sign up in the parish hall on Sunday. Carpoolers should plan to meet at the church at 9:00 and leave no later than 9:15 in order to have time to find parking and seating.


If you wish to dedicate Christmas flowers in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one or friend, there will be slips in the bulletins and on the Parish Hall table or you may email your request to Deb at To help defray the cost of our Christmas flowers and greens we are asking for $20 for Christmas altar flowers this year. Please have your requests in by December 17th.


The December Lunch Bunch  which will be Wednesday,  December 13 at the home of Barbara Lord.  It is a potluck and will be at 12:00. Directions may be obtained by calling Barbara at 733-8996 or they will be available on the Parish Hall table.


DEACON ORDINATION of Midge Pendergast

By the Grace of God and with the people consenting
The Rt. Reverend Sean W. Rowe 
Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem
will ordain

Margaret-Ellen McShane Pendergast

to the Sacred Order of Deacons
in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
 on Saturday, the Thirteenth of January
two thousand and seventeen
at eleven o’clock in the morning
at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception following
Clergy: Red stoles


In case you didn’t make it to the market there are jams are available in the Parish Hall for purchase!

Help us reach our Goals!

Rector Search Fund 
 Goal ~ $ 20,000
33 pledges $ 8,959.00
2018 Stewardship Pledge
Goal~ $148,215.00
55 pledges $ 140,030.00


There is no Dinner Bell on Christmas Eve, December 24th but
all are invited to the Dinner on Christmas Day

Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday December 10th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday December 17th
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!


The Parish Profile is completed!
Click on “Parish Profile” button to read!

The Search Committee is preparing questions to use in the interview process. We will also be conducting a practice interview on Skype with a clergy member chosen from this diocese. This will give us feedback on the best way to present Saint Andrew's to the candidates and a model for engaging in meaningful, focused, and productive conversation. We expect to begin interviewing prospective candidates in January, 2018. We pray for continuing openness to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of those walking toward us.
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.

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

Imitate Jesus
Perhaps at this moment you cannot see or perceive how God is working in your life, how God is present with you amidst the world's bewildering confusion and suffering. If so, take Jesus at his word: We will come to know God’s presence with us by following the example of Jesus: by teaching and healing, listening to our neighbors, both known and unknown to us; by doing acts of love and mercy even in the face of those who wish us ill.
THURSDAY, December 7, 2017
Matthew 21:43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

Today we hear Jesus speaking in the temple, telling the parable of the vineyard. The owner has leased his land to tenants to farm and give him a portion of the produce—a sharecropper arrangement. When the landowner sends slaves to retrieve the produce, the tenants kill them. 

This happens a second time, so the landowner sends his son, reasoning that they will respect him. But the tenants beat and kill the son too. In the end, the landowner kills the tenants and gives the land to another set of tenants who will do their jobs and not behave like criminals.
In case we are not entirely clear about the allegory, Jesus spells it out—God is the landowner, and the chief priests and elders are the tenants about to kill God’s son. At this point, Jesus knows these words are building the case against him—and he says them anyway, speaking the truth despite the consequences. May we go and do likewise.

MOVING FORWARD: Be sure to pick up a couple of bottles of wine or sparkling fruit juice to give as last minute gifts.

This is your head’s up to be thinking about your Annual Reports.  Come December committee chairs should be pulling together their notes to complete reports for submission to the office.  If you have enough information to complete and send your report it is always appreciated to submit it as early as possible. 

Most folks have their last year’s report but if you need an electronic copy or hard copy please let Deb in the office know and she will be happy to provide that for you. REPORTS ARE DUE JANUARY 15TH!


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.
6        Carolyn Seston
12      Hettie Buck
13      Suzanne Morgan
15      Bob Seston
26      Sarah and James Huckman
27      Debra Hoyt
30      Gretchen Behr-Svendsen

8        Bob & Carolyn Seston
21      Chris & Carolyn Boldt