February 6, 2020

THIS SUNDAY, February 9th, The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany,  there will be two services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.


Sunday, February 9th
 The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Year A

Isaiah 58:1-9a
Psalm 112:1-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20

1st Reading: Gretchen Behr-Svendsen
2nd Reading: Dale Appleton
Prayers: Sammie Wakefield

Click below to see the readings: 


As noted last week we will have two offerings during Lent this year: a Preparation for Lent Workshop, offered by Christi Humphrey, which will be held on Saturday morning, February 22, 9:30-12:30 (please see below for more information) and a book study using Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week. It’s available on Amazon at:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501869558/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The book study will be held on Wednesdays during Lent beginning on March 4. It will be held at either Noon or 5:30 p.m., to be determined by your availability and preference. We will begin with a simple meal of soup and salad. Please let me know if you plan to participate and which time you are available.  You can email me at RectorSAITV@gmail.com or let me know on the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

Everyone is again invited to participate in Lent Madness. The large bracket poster has been ordered and will be hung outside the kitchen as soon as it arrives. For those of you who are new to Lent Madness, here’s a blurb from the website:

With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints will do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season.
Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. Click on the link above to sign up for a daily email with information about each saint.

Mark your calendars! All are invited to join Bishop Rob for a Quiet Day during Lent on March 21, 2020 at St. Barnabas in Berlin. Check here for more information and to register.  

Finally, for additional Lenten resources listed by the Diocese of NH go to https://www.nhepiscopal.org/lent-resources.

Saint Andrew’s in the Valley Episcopal Church, Tamworth, NH
Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:30am – 12:30pm

Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
    and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence *
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again *
     and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
                                                                                Psalm 51:10-12
Each year, as we are invited to observe a holy Lent at the Ash Wednesday service, we pray these lines from Psalm 51. The season for returning and renewal encourages us to times of self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, self-denial, reading and meditating on God's holy Word.
Perhaps you have established habits which support you or maybe you are looking for inspiration in shaping a practice for the Lenten season.  Please plan to attend this workshop in which we will look at and try on different practices of prayer. We will consider what are the components of a prayer practice, how to get started and how to keep it going.
Facilitated by Christi Humphrey, the workshop will include times for prayer, contemplation, and conversation.
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.


Please keep in mind during the winter when the weather looks questionable for safe travel to call the church before you leave home to check for schedule changes. If a storm comes in on Saturday evening or Sunday, I will make a judgment by 7:00 AM about whether to hold, cancel, or delay services. Cancellations will posted on WMUR9. PLEASE do not travel if it feels unsafe to you. Enjoy a Sabbath morning at home and remember St. Andrew’s in your prayers.

If only the 8:00 a.m. service is canceled, an email will be sent out to the regular 8:00 attendees.
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.


 Dinner Bell cook teams for the month of February are:

9   Lewis
16   Tubman
23   Slader

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

Hidden truths from the storeroom of the divine,
Disclosures as yet unnamed and restricted,
Veiled concealments awaiting revelation,
All this rests within your enormous treasury.
What could you be keeping hidden from me?
What is disguised that can enhance my growth?
How and when will you reveal something more?
All these questions rise and fall from my mind
While you, Revealer of Hidden Truth, simply smile,
Knowing full well no one hurries this process.

Today: I open my spirit for further revelation.

-  Adapted from Joyce Rupp, Fragments of Your Ancient Name

The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.

The Community Food Center (CFC), which operates out of St. Andrew’s Church on Old Route 25 in Tamworth, is looking for new volunteers to help with this important program.  The Center is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to noon for clients to come in and pick up their food. On each of these days, two volunteers staff the Center and a CFC Board Member is on hand to help and answer questions. Scheduling is done bi-monthly and substitutes provide flexibility for volunteers who have other commitments. 


Not a sports fan here!  But I thought I would give Lent Madness a try in 2019. I encouraged my husband to join me in a friendly competition to reach the Golden Halo winner and we both had so much fun. I received the emails and forwarded them to him and kept a separate bracket chart for each of us. (You can easily download a printable pdf of the bracket here)

Not only was it fun to team up with someone....but it was especially fun to learn about the different Saints and their backgrounds.  So many not so very well known but their services and contributions were just as important as those who are.

I encourage you to try this out even if you don't enjoy sports. It's very easy. Sign up for the emails and you can place your vote for your "Saintly" pick each week. 

Watch the bracket posted on the Kitchen door during Lent Madness!

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.

2        Joan Marshall
3        Carolyn Boldt
7        David Manley
13      Bill May
14      Linnea Frank
17      Nathalie Smith
20      Tom Huckman
21      Judy Grace
26      Melissa Bunker

14      Ken & Debra Hoyt
20      Bill & Valerie May

Photos courtesy of