September 23, 2021



The Buildings and Grounds Committee (Lin Frank, Chair, Pat Adams, George and Patti Rau, Lisa Thompson and Caroline) are hard at work identifying and getting estimates for projects that need to be completed in the near future as well as down the road.

We have quite a long list, some of which are included below. 

Projects that have been recently completed:

  • New gravel in the front parking area (Please do not park on the grass). Many thanks to Tom for overseeing this and spreading the gravel mixture!
  • Windows on the front of the building have been scraped, caulked and painted.
  • Prince Room woodwork has been re-stained – Many thanks to Lisa who undertook this job single-handedly!

Some of the priority projects on our list include:

  • Fixing the loose railing at the front entrance
  • Installing heat cables in the roof valleys
  • Repaving the parking lot
  • Laying crushed stone around the foundation to help with drainage
  • Electrical work: replacing fluorescent lights with LED lighting, installing a second light fixture and an outlet for a heater in the large bathroom, replacing the light outside the small bathroom. 

We’d also like your input - are there maintenance items you think need to be prioritized? Our list continues to grow, but we want to be sure we consider those things you consider important. If you have items please contact either me or Lin Frank.

When our project list is complete (as much as something like this can be) it will be published - it's still a work in progress!

Blessings,  Caroline

The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

This Sunday-September 26th

18th Sunday after Pentecost

at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Join us for the service
 via Zoom (email for Zoom information)
or Facebook at

READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Pentecost 18, Proper 21, Year B

The Collect                              

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

First Lesson                              Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

In this Hebrew Bible story we hear how Queen Esther, by wisdom and providence, turns the tables and saves her people.  Israel is in exile in Persia, where a Jewish woman is taken into the king’s harem and is eventually made his queen.  One of the king’s advisors, Haman, makes a personal vendetta into a persecution of the entire Jewish people.  This story of sorrow turned into gladness, set during the reign of Xerxes I, is celebrated in the Jewish festival of Purim)

Psalm 124

A hymn of thanksgiving for deliverance.

The Second Lesson                             James 5:13-20

This New Testament lesson is an affirmation of prayer and the power of forgiveness in all circumstances.  Prayer should characterize the lives of the suffering and joyous alike, and those who are sick should seek the intercession of the church leaders.  The community of believers is to strive for the restoration to faith of any who have strayed.

The Gospel                               Mark 9:38-50

In the gospel Jesus bids his disciples to accept all who seek to do good in his name and to deal ruthlessly with whatever part of themselves causes sin.  Early Christians were doubtless faced with people outside their communities who said they were acting in Christ’s name.  The tolerant answer given here suggests that Jesus’ followers must avoid arrogance and be open to God’s divine actions.  On the other hand, it is a serious matter to lead a believer astray.  The counsel to destroy offending parts of the body is exaggerated to make clear the importance of avoiding various sins.  The description of hell is drawn from the garbage dump outside Jerusalem.

Click below to see the readings: 

One thing we can always do while we stay at home is to pray for each other! We would like to keep our prayer list up to date and publish it each week in the Thursday Memo. Please email Deb at with any updates.

This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for:  Megan Adams, Angela B, Gary Cole, Sue Huckman, Carolyn Jarvis, Patrick Kennedy, Jack Lamberti, Bob Lewis, Chris Mains, John McGowan, Peg Patenaude, Sage, Sharon Sousa, Bunny Thompson, Steve Thompson, Gabriele & Bob Wallace.

For those who are home: Audrey Berry, Carolyn Boldt, Marilyn Cloran, Joyce Gendron, Judy Grace, Marge Hagerup, Joan Marshall, Elizabeth Pease, Elizabeth Wiesner.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you need someone added to the prayer list. Thank you.


Save the Date!

Sat. October 9th   9am – 1pm

Tamworth Farmers’ Market

St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Pie Sale

 As with last year, we will not be sponsoring our Harvest Dinner and Pie Auction due to Covid-19.  Instead, we will be offering pies (and other goodies) for sale at The Tamworth Farmers’ Market!

Calling all bakers!  Please consider your favorite recipes….the more pies we have, the more we can sell!


                                    --you can use aluminum pie plates, if you so choose

                                    --pies and pie plates will be sold together

                                    --there is a sign-up board in the Parish Hall to help plan on the type and

                                                quantity of pies.  Please stop by and add your pie!


  Weekly updates and more information will be posted here!


Happy Baking!

Tina, Lin and Jean DeThomas


Contemplative Practice on Zoom

Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00am

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Psalm 90:12

The pace with which we move through our days can cause our hearts to be weary and distracted. We can feel disconnected from our lives. Making room in our life to pause, sit in silence, and simply be can help us reconnect and strengthen our hearts.

Each Tuesday morning our session will draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices. Our time together will include prayer, guided meditation, contemplative sharing from the heart, conversation, and fellowship. Newcomers are welcome at each session.

If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at

Christi offers a Tuesday evening contemplative practice, virtually, through Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington, MA. If you are interest in this offering visit or contact Christi.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                                                                                    NIVERSARIES

 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off;
         it is better for you to enter life maimed
         than to have two hands and to go to hell,
         to the unquenchable fire.

                   —Mark 9.45

The hand that causes you to stumble
is not at the end of your arm. It’s deeper than that.

What is the hand in you
that reaches for what is not yours? Cut it off.
There is nothing you need to grasp.

What is the eye in you that does not look with love?
Pluck it out. The eyes of love are good enough.

What are the feet in you that that won't trust,
that lead you away from the path of love?
Cut them off. You don’t need to go there.

Does it sound harsh? Don’t worry,
they’re not part of the real you.
Besides, they’ll grow back.

The Teacher is not asking you to maim yourself.
He is inviting you to name what interferes,
and to take away its power.
He's leading us out of the unquenchable fire
of our fears, desires and attachments.

Without our grasping, fearful, compulsive parts,
perhaps then we will rely more
on the eyes and hands and feet of Jesus.

                                                  This pruning is how we become whole. BIRTHDABIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIESBIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIESYS & ANNIVERSARIES

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.

5   Laurie LaBrecque
5   Antonio Faella
8   Bruce Kennedy
14 Preston Mills
21  Pat Scarborough
24  Sammie Wakefield
28   Jane Horn
29  Valerie May

20     Kathy & Alan Bunker