January 4, 2018

THIS SUNDAY, January 7th, The First Sunday after Epiphany, there will be One Service only at 10:00 a.m.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Services:
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.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, January 7, 2018
First Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


As I write this the snow is falling and the wind is picking up, and I am warm and cozy at home. There are many who are not: those who are homeless, those who are out of work and having difficulty affording heating oil, those who can afford it but have empty tanks and are still waiting for the delivery truck, those who have lost power as this potent storm moves up the coast. We at St. Andrew's are so very fortunate! Most of us have food and transportation, and money enough to buy what we need. Even if we lose power or the delivery truck doesn't arrive in time, we are resourceful, and we have friends and family, and our church community we can turn to in an emergency. I am reminded of those who don't - and pray they find the resources they need.
One of those resources is the Rector's Discretionary Fund. It's balance is fine right now, and I've only had one request for assistance since the frigid weather moved in. But that can change in a hurry, especially in this weather. So if you are looking for a way to assist local people in need, please consider making a donation to this fund. Checks should be made to Rector's Discretionary Fund.

On a brighter note, weren't our Christmas services wonderful?! Many thanks to all who made them possible: the altar guild, Bunny and the choir, the Treble Makers for Lessons and Carols, all the readers, acolytes, ushers, Eucharistic ministers. And a special thank you to the Huckman's and all their assistants who hosted such a delicious Christmas dinner feast (see Jen's report elsewhere).

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, full of love and joy, family and friends, good food and time to give thanks for our many blessings. I had a great trip to Mississippi where all my family gathered, including two I met for the first time - my oldest nephew's new wife, and my oldest niece's new girlfriend. Here are a couple of pictures of almost all of my nieces and nephews. It was so good to see everyone, and to be together.
May the new year bring you 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.

Hello All -

While the snow storm impacted our attendance, the winter wonderland was beautiful, and our Christmas Dinner Guests and Volunteers had a wonderful shared meal.
Many thanks to Cathie Lewis and Pat Adams for their energy, assistance, and can-do spirit!
Many thanks to Carol for her much anticipated trifle, and to Bev for her delicious appetizers, and to the Rau's for the yummy pies.
New volunteers, Dr. Jim Pacheco and his friend Deborah from Windsock were so helpful and saw efforts thru the entire clean up.   
Ann Albrecht's assistance and kind spirit and hard work thru the clean up are so appreciated.

Support from local businesses -- Jake's Restaurant, Hobbs, Yankee Smokehouse, Watsons and Rosie's – was so helpful with equipment, ice, supplies and food donations.

Foods that were left to distribute!
Future Dinner Bells: There are carefully packaged proteins -- ham, turkey, as well as potatoes - enough for several dinner bells in the freezer along with several apple pies. 
For Easter 2018: One donated ham, and one uncooked roast beef are in a deep freeze.
Perishables: Foods that would not last until  next Sunday were utilized in some of our delivered meals to parish shut ins and to-go meals on Christmas, and then the remainder was glee-fully enjoyed by King Pine's ski school instructors today.   I like to think that they spread the joy of spending time outdoors in God's Creation   :)

Thank you all so very much!
 Jen & Tom

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


Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday January 7th

Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday January 14th
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.

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

THURSDAY, January 4, 2018
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Is there room on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for one more monument? Let’s build a National Light of Reconciliation—a beacon of light visible from everywhere in the capital. A light to blaze a trail through the darkness that divides us when we close our eyes to the humanity we all share.

Let us surround the light with statues of people of all ages, holding hands and representing all of America’s racial and cultural diversity. A round monument with no walls, it will be open to every point on the compass. We will start a relay of reconciling lights around the world, shining from one person to another.

Before Jesus left this world, he told us we were the light of the world. What a revolutionary revelation—a power the human race has yet to harness. Let us stand together as children of God, shining the light of reconciliation brightly so that even those who shut their eyes will see.

MOVING FORWARD: Light a candle during your prayer time.

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays!
Now it’s time to get down to end of year work!

Please be working on your Annual Reports. They 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