January 25, 2017

A very typical sight to see lately!

THIS SUNDAY, January 28th, The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, there will be two services of Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Year B
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28


Preparations for our Annual Meeting on February 4 are nearly complete. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for getting their reports in, and Deb who is compiling the final copy of the Annual Report. Thanks also to Cathie Lewis, who is organizing our potluck brunch.

The Annual Meeting is the one time a year that we all gather to look over the previous year, hear where our finances and ministries stand, acknowledge highlights and elect representatives to our Vestry and Diocesan Convention. Ours is a representative form of governing, and those you elect will handle the month to month business of the parish, and represent us to the Diocese and Lakes Region Convocation.

Even if it doesn’t sound terribly important to you, please plan to attend, vote and learn more about the business and ministries of St. Andrew’s.  All members in good standing who are at least 16 years old are eligible to vote.

If you are new to St. Andrew’s and have not yet transferred your membership, there will be forms available in the parish hall on Sunday morning to begin this process. Please join us!

God's abundant blessings!
February 13, 2018
Come to St. Andrew’s for this festive celebration on the eve of Lent.  We’ll be serving a traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, including sausages, local maple syrup, & beverages. Don’t miss the desserts

All proceeds benefit the
Tamworth Community Food Pantry
Ash Wednesday services are February 14th, 
Noon and 7.m.  
Call the church office at 323-8515 for info
about this event, worship services, and
 Lenten book discussion groups.

Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday January 28th  

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday February 4th  
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 January is shampoo/conditioner.
Every month we close our Vestry meetings with this prayer from Night Prayers, in the New Zealand Prayer Book:

Lord, it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.
In your name we pray.

THURSDAY, January 25, 2018
Confession of Saint Paul, Apostle
Psalm 67:1 May God be merciful to us and bless us, show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Imagine the glory of God’s face shining upon us. When we look into the eyes of someone who truly loves us, do we feel the penetrating beams of this divine light in our hearts? What a miracle to be that light for each other. Theologian Henri Nouwen writes, “There is no clearer way to discern the presence of God’s Spirit than to identify the moments of unification, healing, restoration, and reconciliation.”
A Paris newspaper ran an article in 2008 about the possible election of the first African-American president in U.S. history. La Croix (The Cross) concluded the article with the experience in Prince Edward County and the Light of Reconciliation. One healing light in a small Virginia town somehow reached the Eiffel Tower. How far might a national Light of Reconciliation travel? As far, perhaps, as your own community?
Reconciliation is like the look of love in someone’s eyes, and it provides a glimpse of God’s face shining upon us. People are praying on both sides of the barriers we allow to divide us. What are we waiting for?
MOVING FORWARD: Paint a picture, take a photograph, or write a poem that reflects the glory of God. Share it at #ForwardDayByDay.

Annual Meeting next Sunday


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