January 11, 2018


THIS SUNDAY, January 14th, The Second Sunday after Epiphany, there will be two services of Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Services:
v  January 17th  at 5:30 p.m. we will have an evening  prayer service drawing on the Celtic tradition.  More on that below.

We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Year B
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51


Wasn't last Sunday great?! I love this parish! For those who were not here, picture this: It was something like -15, with a wind chill in the -30's. Then the power went out at 8:30. Some were already at church; I was still at home, gathering up my things getting ready to leave. I stopped to report the power outage, then went out to warm up my car. Oops! No power = no garage door opener! A quick assessment told me it would take at least 20 minutes to trek through the foot and a half or so of snow on the ground to the back of the garage, dig out the back door, and open the garage door. So I started calling people for a ride. Oops again - a lot of people have home phones tied into internet service providers, and these don't work when the power is out. Luckily I have George's cell phone, and reached him, already at church.
Ten minutes later, here comes John in his little green Fiat with the reindeer antlers and big red nose, to take me to church. Of course I was late by this time, but when we arrived, everyone was cheerfully waiting in the parish hall, still bundled up in coats. (The heat had been on before the power went out, so it wasn't freezing inside, just a little chilly.) No power means no organ, but Bernice was ready to switch to the piano, and before long we were ready to go. And there were 29 people there! Frigid weather, no power in most of Tamworth and a late start, but here we were, in excellent spirits and ready to go with the flow and worship God just like any other Sunday. No grumbling, no complaining, just a wonderful spirit and sense of community. We at St. Andrew's are fortunate indeed!

Celtic Evening Prayer
Our next evening worship service is on Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 pm. This month's service will draw from a variety of Celtic worship resources. Celtic spirituality comes from the early Christianity of the British Isles, which was also inspired by the wisdom of pre-Christian Ireland. The prayers that have come down to us are filled with experiences of God's presence in creation, simplicity of living in harmony with creation, and an awareness of the sacredness of all things. If there is one word that captures the essence of Celtic Spirituality it might be "presence" - awareness of the Sacred Presence at every moment of life, in all things and places. There is no division between the sacred and the profane; all is sacred.
Join us for a quiet contemplative service with candlelight, periods of silence and music accompanied by Val with her harp.

God's abundant blessings!

St.  Andrew's in the Valley
will host a Contra Dance

Saturday January 20, 2018
Tamworth Town House
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The  musical duo,  String Equinox, comprised of Beverly Woods and Shana Aisenberg, will provide the music and calling. The first half hour will be dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance, and neither experience nor a partner is required. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live music.  
Adults $8.00
Kids 6-18 $5.00 (5 and under free)
Light refreshments will be available.
String Equinox is comprised of Beverly Woods and Shana Aisenberg.  Beverly sings and plays hammered dulcimer, tsimbl, piano, organ and other keyboards, piano and chromatic button accordions, 6- and 7-string guitars, autoharp, mandolin, bouzouki, pennywhistle, hand percussion, fretted dulcimer, folk harp, concertina, nyckelharpa, tenor banjo, and hurdy-gurdy.  Beverly also calls contra dances.  Shana is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist, composing, playing, recording and teaching diverse styles from traditional Appalachian, Celtic and New England contradance music to eastern European Klezmer, Balkan, Nordic, bottleneck blues and jazz.

Help us reach our Goals!

Rector Search Fund 
 Goal ~ $ 20,000
34 pledges $ 9,049.00
2018 Stewardship Pledge
Goal~ $148,215.00
57 pledges $ 143,130.00

Note: End of year (2017) pledge statements have been mailed. If you have any questions, please contact Deb in the office.  Thank you for your continued support of this parish.  We can’t do it without you!


Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday January 14TH  

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday January 21ST

Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!


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
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.
A Celtic Blessing
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you                      
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you                     
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.

THURSDAY, January 11, 2018
John 1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
I had never heard of Massive Resistance before I accepted a newspaper job in Prince Edward County, Virginia in 1979. I had no idea the Farmville Herald had written editorials advocating for closing schools rather than integrating them. I had my blue-eyed life neatly and extravagantly planned out, totally clueless to the reality of my surroundings.
When I learned about the newspaper’s support of Massive Resistance, I wanted to leave. Rather than run from what had happened, I listened to Jesus’ persistent voice urging, “Follow me.” I became editor and stayed for thirty-six years, preaching words from the editorial pulpit of healing and encouragement to others working for racial reconciliation. I am forever blessed by answering Jesus’ call to follow him.
Jesus is always asking us to follow, to see what is around the next bend. What we find is never quite what we expect. It is always something more.
MOVING FORWARD: What is Jesus asking you to do to follow him more closely? Will you do it?

Annual Reports are due on or before January 15th.  A reminder that you may request a copy of last year’s report if you need it.
Thank you for your timely responses.


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.
3        Donna Jones
4        Ellie McLaughlin, Jen Huckman
6        Joyce Carter
9        Pat Adams
19      Ginger Heard, Jonathon Brady
25      Connor Bunker, Ann Cady
27      Carol Tubman
29      Denise Foreman
31      Al Rich