November 7, 2019

Prayer Shawls Blessed!
More pictures in the gallery below.
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THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th,  The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost there will be two services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

Just a reminder about "Clean Up Day" this Sunday. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we can do the following outdoor tasks:
Raking up perennial beds...picking up sticks to name a few
Indoors we need to clean the pews and other woodwork (Murphy Oil). If possible, sheets of plastic need to be put on the big window in the Prince Room. The kitchen needs to be organized (looking for a volunteer who knows why we have things, what they are used for, and where they can be stored.)

When thinking about what job appeals to you, also think about tools/equipment needed.
Thanks everyone, Come dressed in work clothes to spiff up St. Andrew's for the Bishop's visit on November 24th.

Patti Rau, Junior Warden

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, November 10th
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Year C

Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38
1st Reading: Sammie Wakefield
2nd Reading: Marta von Loewenfeldt
Prayers: Gretchen Behr-Svendsen

Click below to see the readings: 


Advent Book Study Begins in Two Weeks!

To help us prepare for Christmas this year we will have a book study using Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent. The description of this book on says, “In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike.”

This will be a four-week study that will begin on Wednesday, November 20, skip November 27 (the day before Thanksgiving), and then meet on December 4, 11 and 18. We will meet either at noon or at 5:30 pm on those Wednesdays, based on your input. Either time will begin with a simple soup meal. If you are interesting in joining us for this study, please let me know your preference for the meeting time by emailing me at no later than next Tuesday, November 12.

Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Keep awake therefore,
for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

In the Gospel Reading for the First Sunday in Advent, the writer of Matthew’s Gospel invites us to Keep Awake! For we do not know on what day the Lord is coming. As 21st century Christians what does it mean for us to keep awake? With the pace of life, the needs of family, friends, co-workers and fellow community members, what are the ways we can stay present to where God is in our lives.

Please join us for a time of contemplation, conversation, and reflection on how the stories of Advent can help us know what it means to keep awake. We will spend time with the stories of Mary and Joseph and consider how their witness might inform our lives of faith.

Facilitated by Christi Humphrey, the quiet day will include times for contemplation, small group conversation, as well as, experiential opportunities including time with nature, art, and poetry.

Christi Humphrey MDiv, is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a colleague at the Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA. She holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development. For twenty years, Christi has accompanied others on their spiritual journey through various projects -- spiritual formation groups, pilgrimages, mission trips, and as a Minister of Spiritual Care. 

This year Eleanore's Project can use some sheets, towels and pillow cases for the wheelchair clinics. They can be any size, clean, worn, but not ragged. We can also use clean couch type pillows, and neck pillows. If you have some of these items taking up space we could use them. Packing day for this year's shipment is scheduled for December 14.

We use them to make and to cover the postural care items we place on the mat tables so that children are comfortable while waiting for their wheelchairs to be customized. We also use them for the parents to demonstrate how their child is positioned at night. After each year's clinics the items will be used by the Yancana Huasy therapists during the year for postural care training or be distributed to families who need the items for postural care.

Thanks, Sammie 


 Friday November 22nd

Dinner will begin at 6 PM  followed by the Pie Auction at 7 held by the entertaining & charming Christopher Boldt.  Tickets are $15 with a simple supper. Children under 12  are just $5. BYOB beer or wine.  Please tell your friends and acquaintances as this is an entertaining evening and a great place to pick up the following Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner's dessert.  
A Call out to all PIE BAKERS and help with clean up.

Lists will be posted soon.
Please contact David Manley at 603-733-6961.

Women's Lunch Bunch
Wed, Nov 13th at noon

Meet at Mt View Station Restaurant
in Center Ossipee.
Contact Dale Appleton with questions.


Flower Arranging.  Gretchen’s friend, Lorna will be here later this month and is willing to teach another Flower arranging class if anyone is interested.  This is a Japanese style of arranging and there will be a small fee to cover the cost of the flowers.  Please contact Gretchen (323-7459) if you are interested so a date and time can be set.

Wreaths.  Gretchen will be picking up the wreaths for the church Saturday, November 30th.  If you would like a locally made, undecorated, wreath from Spider Web Gardens she is willing to pick them up for you–they are $18.  Please call her at 323-7459 by Monday, Nov. 25th.

Please turn in your pledge commitment 
as soon as possible
if you have not already done so...
and don't forget your leaf!

Thank you to Sammie Wakefield
for her construction of the grapevine 
and Barbara Lord for her 
creative leaves.

A Brief Theology of Veteran’s Day, from the SALT Project

November 11 is Veterans Day, originally “Armistice Day.”  On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (i.e., November 11, 1918, exactly 101 years ago this Monday), the truce was declared that ended World War I, then known as “The Great War” and “the war to end all wars.”

“Armistice” is from the Latin arma (“arms”) and sistere (“stand still”).  Imagine the stillness, the quiet that came from laying down weapons on both sides, after years of grueling, bloody trench warfare.  

The United States Congress subsequently declared that the date “should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”  
Sadly, it was not “the war to end all wars” - and so in 1954, the day was renamed, “Veterans Day” in order to honor veterans from all the wars since, not just World War I.  But the words of Congress still resonate, as do the holiday’s origins in that great stillness one hundred years ago.

A day of thanksgiving: for the service of veterans, living and dead; for the service of caregivers - doctors and nurses and chaplains and mental health professionals and spouses and family members and friends - who walk with veterans through the ravages of war, even after the bullets and bombs and missiles stop flying; and for the days of peace that come at long last.

A day of prayer:  for people of all faiths (or no faith at all), a time of prayer, meditation, or reflection on the stillness of armistice, so that the days of peace on Earth increase, and the days of war decrease.

A day of exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations:  for all of us to find ways, large and small, to build bridges across lines of difference, suspicion, or hostility, in our neighborhoods, our country, and among the nations of the world.

To lay down our arms.  To step into a new stillness together.  To sing with our ancestors that we, too, will lay down our swords and shields, “down by the riverside, and study war no more” - so that the next hundred-and-one years may be more peaceful than the last.
May God’s peace be with you on this Veterans Day, this Armistice Day, and may we lay down all of our arms, all of our burdens, in God’s great Shalom rising up even now, like soldiers climbing out of trenches a century ago.

Love and peace,
The SALT Team
 If you are up for Safe Church Renewal
you must do your renewal modules on Armatus
then sign up for one of the following meetings online.

Safe Church Zoom Call

If you have questions, please contact Safe Church Minister, Marty Cloran.

Come join us! Knitting skills not required.
1st and 3rd Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

If you knit or crochet (or would like to learn how to) and are led to engaging in an outreach mission that provides physical and spiritual comfort to those in need, please join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:15 AM in the Prince Room. We are a joyous group that will keep you in stitches! The coffee and tea will be on and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please call Lin Frank at 323-0402.



for November are:
We are in need of a cook 
team for November 3rd!!!!

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


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

22  Antonio & Betty Faella
25  John & Joan Marshall

Christy, Lin and Tina delivered hats and mittens generously knitted and crocheted by members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry for new immigrants arriving from Africa.  We were graciously received by staff of the Maine Immigrant Access Network who were thrilled to receive the warm items for their clients.  Lin is seen here with Christian who is from the Congo and is anxiously awaiting to become an American citizen.  Christian taught Lin some Swahali…..ask her about it!
 Blessing the Prayer shawls

Blessing the Pledges

Stewardship In-gathering breakfast