October 21, 2021

 


FROM THE RECTOR

The Bishop is coming for his semi-annual visitation on November 7. Following the service he will have a Q & A session for the parish, and then a meeting with the Vestry. I hope you will be able to attend church that day, welcome the Bishop and worship with him!

November 7 is also All Saints Sunday, and we will read the names of your loved ones who have died at the beginning of the service. Please send your names to Deb in the office (office@standrewsinthevalley.org) or fill out a slip on the top of the cabinet beside her door and leave it for her. If the pronunciation is not obvious please include phonetic spelling so the reader will be able to pronounce the name correctly. If you would like to help read the names, please let me know.

As November 7 is the first Sunday of the month, we will have one service at 9:00 am.

Finally, November 7 is also the day we end Daylight Savings, so don’t forget to turn your clocks back.

Our Stewardship Campaign is underway. Please turn in your pledge card and your fall leaf as soon as possible (Sammie needs time to glue a stem on your leaf so it can be hung on the tree). Our Ingathering Sunday is also on November 7. We have set a goal of $155,000 for 2022. Please help us meet our goal with a pledge of any amount.

Thank you to members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry for taking a prayer shawl to Ellie McLaughlin at St. Barnabas in Berlin last Sunday. See below for pictures and a summary of their visit.

Blessings,  Caroline

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

This Sunday-October 24th

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

at 8:00 and 10:00  a.m.

Join us for the service
 via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information)
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/

READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Pentecost 22 Proper 25, Year B

The Collect 

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson                     Job 42:1-6, 10-17

In the conclusion of this saga Job, who had demanded justice for his own life and was then encountered by the living and awesome God, now responds with great humility and finds restoration of his fortunes.  Job recalls some of the earlier words of the Lord and realizes how far he has been from any true understanding.  In the conclusion of the story, Job finds abundance far in excess of his previous state, and is fully restored to human community.  An unusual feature of the story is that Job’s three daughters are given equal inheritance and mentioned by name, though none of his sons.  Job’s tragic experience has given him an amplified view of the world and deepened empathy.

Psalm                              34:1-8, 19-22

A hymn of blessing and praise to the Lord for divine deliverance.

The Second Lesson          Hebrews 7:23-28

In this New Testament lesson the author demonstrates how Jesus is our perfect and everlasting high priest.  He was appointed not by human beings according to the law, but by an oath of God.  He had no need to offer sacrifices for his own sins, for he is holy and undefiled.  Nor does he offer sacrifices repeatedly, but once for all he presented the perfect sacrifice of himself.  His priesthood is forever and, as the Son, he now makes eternal intercession for us.

The Gospel                              Mark 10:46-52

In the gospel story Jesus’ followers still expect that his way will quickly lead to a state of glory in which they want special places.  Jesus tells them of a different path of discipleship.  First Jesus and then his disciples must experience the cup of sorrow and the baptism of death.  They are not to live and act like worldly rulers.  They must lead in servant-hood.  Their example is Jesus, who as the Son of Man serves and gives his life.







Click below to see the readings: 

 PRAYERS FOR EACH OTHER
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 office@standrewsinthevalley.org with any updates.


This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for:  Megan Adams, Angela B, Gary Cole, Bev Hammond, Josh Hammond, Sue Huckman, Carolyn Jarvis, Jack Lamberti, Bob Lewis, Chris Mains, Margaret, John McGowan, Pam, Peg Patenaude, Curt R., Sage, Sharon Sousa,  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.

For those who have died: Todd Hammond

Updating the Prayer List

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


 PRAYER SHAWL

Prayer Shawl Ministry On the Road

     Sunday, October 17th five members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry travelled over hills and vale to Berlin, NH to present Ellie with an exquisite shawl woven by Barbara Lord.  The intrepid travelers included Dale Appleton, Cathie Lewis, Barbara Lord, Lin Frank and Tina Quinn.  It was a joy-filled surprise celebration of Ellie who was thrilled to see some of her SAITV family.  Upon receiving the shawl, she was—momentarily—speechless!  Her first words were “It’s green!  It’s green!”.  The beautiful green and lavender shawl was woven and presented in love and as a reminder to Ellie she is missed and will not be forgotten!  Ellie remains as engaging as ever repeating several times that she misses her SAITV family…. “especially the choir!”.   Seeing Ellie and celebrating the Eucharist at St. Barnabas was truly a morning filled with the joy of the Spirit!

~The Prayer Shawl Ministry~

  







CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER RETREAT

Tending Our Heart, Mind, and Body

November 5th – 6th, Friday at 4 pm to Saturday at 2:30 pm~ at the Spirituality Center

Cost: $100.00. Includes overnight accommodation and meals.

Life as a human being has always had its complexity. These days with a global pandemic, natural disasters, facing racism and other oppressions, compounded with a 24-hour news cycle and social media, being human becomes trickier. Finding our way, following a path that is authentic to our personal truth while participating in society, takes skill and practice. How do we live a more centered life while navigating the fierce struggle of choosing sides?

This overnight retreat will offer space, silence, teachings, and practices for opening the heart, mind, and body to what is present in our days. Using four fundamental steps of practice—pause, allow, tend with love, rest in presence – we will consider how to build these steps into a rhythm for everyday life.

All are welcome, no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey, as you live into being human.

Presenter: Christi Humphrey, M.Div.

Our time together will include:

  • a breathing practice for settling and grounding
  • reconnecting our mind, body, and spirit in order to recognize what is present
  • offering loving-kindness to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world
  • contemplating what it is like to rest in the loving presence behind creation

Registration information can be found at this link https://ndspiritualitycenter.org/programs/

 Let me know if I can answer any questions. Be well, Christi     

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  


The Choice of Hanging On or Giving To

Parker J. Palmer

“To live in this world / you must be able/to do three things,” writes Mary Oliver in this well-known and much-loved poem. The three things she names are not easy, of course. But everything in my 75 years of experience tells me they are true — with a twist that’s at the heart of this little story.

Over the past decade, I’ve been reflecting on questions about aging and vocation — questions worth asking at any age, I think. I love my work. But with age come diminishments that keep me from doing as much of it as quickly as I’ve done in the past. The key question I’ve been holding seems simple enough on the surface: “What do I want to let go of and what do I want to hang onto?”

But I found that that question did not work for me, did not open onto a path I wanted to walk. So I took my quandary to a small group of trusted friends who sat with me for two hours. Their role was not to advise or “fix” me, but to ask honest, open questions and simply listen to me respond, giving me a chance to hear my own inner wisdom more clearly. (There’s more about this process that Quakers call a clearness committee.)

I emerged from that little gathering with something more important than an answer. I emerged with a better question. I’m no longer asking, “What do I want to let go of and what do I want to hang onto?” Instead I’m asking, “What do I want to let go of and what do I want to give myself to?”

I now see that “hanging on” is a fearful, needy, and clinging way to be in the world. But looking for what I want to give myself to transforms everything. It’s taking me to a place where I find energy, abundance, trust, and new life.

Yes, it was a “Well, duh!” moment for sure! But the more I live into it, the more I treasure it.

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go. 

Excerpt from In Blackwater Woods, by Mary Oliver

COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER

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

Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
11-3 pm
Next Food Pantry:

October 27
November 10
Monday, November 22

Any questions call 603-960-4067.


BIRTHDAYS & 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.
 
Birthdays
5   Ray Walker
9   Joan Wright, 
11   Rob Walty
20  Lois Brady
22  Sally DeGroot, John McGowan
27  Larry Grace
28  Dick Wakefield, Dwight Baldwin

Anniversaries
8   Judy and Larry Grace

PHOTO GALLERY

MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Helping the Appletons with their move down the street.
Please click on the Photo  to see the photo album 

ANIMAL BLESSING OCTOBER 3RD
Please click on the Photo  to see the photo album



October 14, 2021

 


FROM THE RECTOR

The Pie Sale last Saturday was a HUGE success!!! Abundant thanks to Lin Frank and Tina Quinn for organizing our pie sale at the Tamworth Farmer’s Market!! What a wonderful morning it was! There was a crowd gathered around the tent all morning. You all donated aver a hundred items to be sold and all of them were sold, for proceeds of almost $1500!

Thank you to all who helped – to Patti, Lisa and Gretchen who worked the sale all morning, to everyone who baked, and to all who bought goodies!  We definitely need to do this again!

I hope you got to meet our Parish Baker! Thanks to Lisa for painting the face, and to Lin’s wonderful creativity in putting her together – with a real pie crust accompanying her!

The Bishop is coming for his semi-annual visitation on November 7. Following the service he will have a Q and A session for the parish, and then a meeting with the Vestry. I hope you will be able to attend church that day!

Blessings,  Caroline

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

This Sunday-October 17th

21st Sunday after Pentecost

at 8:00 and 10:00  a.m.

Join us for the service
 via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information)
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/

READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Pentecost 21 Proper 24, Year B

The Collect                              

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson                     Job 38:1-7

Now God appears to Job out of the whirlwind and demands to know whether he is wise enough to question the Creator of the heavens and earth.  The challenge seems almost brutal.  Job, out of all his distress, had complained about the unfairness of life.  He is now forced to recognize how little he understands the ways of the world and of God.  More importantly for him, however, he at  last has a direct relationship with the Lord.

Psalm                              104:1-9, 25, 37b

The psalm describes the wonders of the world created and renewed by the Lord’s Spirit.

The Second Lesson          Hebrews 5:1-10

In this New Testament lesson we hear how through obedience and suffering Christ reached the perfection of his destiny and was designated by God to be the eternal high priest.  The high priesthood of Jesus is the great theme of the Letter to the Hebrews.  Like the high priests of the old covenant, Christ is chosen from among human beings and so has sympathy with human weakness.  But he is the Son and has now been named high priest forever. He succeeds Melchizedek, a royal and priestly figure from antiquity, and has been made the source of salvation for all who trust in him.

The Gospel                              Mark 10:35-45

In the gospel story Jesus’ followers still expect that his way will quickly lead to a state of glory in which they want special places.  Jesus tells them of a different path of discipleship.  First Jesus and then his disciples must experience the cup of sorrow and the baptism of death.  They are not to live and act like worldly rulers.  They must lead in servant-hood.  Their example is Jesus, who as the Son of Man serves and gives his life.





Click below to see the readings: 

 PRAYERS FOR EACH OTHER
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 office@standrewsinthevalley.org with any updates.


This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for:  Megan Adams, Angela B, Gary Cole, Sue Huckman, Carolyn Jarvis, 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.

For those who have died: Todd Hammond

Updating the Prayer List

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


 PIE SALE UPDATE

Pie Sale Extravaganza!

          St. Andrew’s family of bakers had our debut at the Tamworth Farmers’ Market Saturday October 9th and what a spectacular event!  It was a beautiful crisp fall day; we had over 100 baked goods to offer for sale; the Market attendees were anxious to purchase (we sold out of everything!); and there was an impromptu chorus of the Doxology—with an encore request!

          The biggest attraction and certainly the event’s show stopper…was the appearance of THE Parish Baker!  Lin Frank put her creativity into overdrive and created our very own pumpkin-person baker complete with rolling pin and a real pie crust!  Lisa Thompson’s artistic talents provided our baker with facial features that rivalled those of Julia Child!

More photos in the Gallery

          Many heartfelt thanks go out to the numerous bakers who provided several tables full of goodies!  Also, many thanks to those who helped the day of the Market:  George and Patti, Gretchen, Lisa, Lin and Lise (our younger sister…yes, there is another sister!).  All of your efforts helped us to realize over $1400.00 in sales which will go to support our Outreach Ministries.

          St. Andrew’s was such a success at the Market, there was a request for us to return the following week!  Maybe not next week, but looking forward to doing this again!

          In gratitude for all the St. Andrew’s family,

The Parish Bakers Planning Committee


CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER RETREAT

Tending Our Heart, Mind, and Body

November 5th – 6th, Friday at 4 pm to Saturday at 2:30 pm~ at the Spirituality Center

Cost: $100.00. Includes overnight accommodation and meals.

Life as a human being has always had its complexity. These days with a global pandemic, natural disasters, facing racism and other oppressions, compounded with a 24-hour news cycle and social media, being human becomes trickier. Finding our way, following a path that is authentic to our personal truth while participating in society, takes skill and practice. How do we live a more centered life while navigating the fierce struggle of choosing sides?

This overnight retreat will offer space, silence, teachings, and practices for opening the heart, mind, and body to what is present in our days. Using four fundamental steps of practice—pause, allow, tend with love, rest in presence – we will consider how to build these steps into a rhythm for everyday life.

All are welcome, no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey, as you live into being human.

Presenter: Christi Humphrey, M.Div.

Our time together will include:

  • a breathing practice for settling and grounding
  • reconnecting our mind, body, and spirit in order to recognize what is present
  • offering loving-kindness to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world
  • contemplating what it is like to rest in the loving presence behind creation

Registration information can be found at this link https://ndspiritualitycenter.org/programs/

 Let me know if I can answer any questions. Be well, Christi     

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

         Then God answered Job out of the whirlwind:
         “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?“

                   —Job 38.1, 4

Last night I woke from a dream of doom
fearing for the future of the world,
mummy-wrapped in despair, dread burning hot
in my basement. I couldn't sleep.

When fear for the world overtakes me
I join Job on the ash heap, questioning suffering,
ranting against injustice, suffocating for hope.

And God answers.
Creation is bigger than you,
and greater than your suffering, even greater,
far greater, than all the suffering of the world.
It's hard to see from your little corner
but the universe is good, and beautiful.
Stars and whales sing of it; your breathing proclaims it.
My grace is in it; my hands are beneath it all,
and you belong to it, even as you are,
though you can never know this mystery,
your part in this wonder and blessing.

My dread is small, even all our death;
God's goodness is infinite. Praise.

__________________
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

www.unfoldinglight.net


COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER

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

Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
11-3 pm
Next Food Pantry:

October 27
November 10
Monday, November 22

Any questions call 603-960-4067.


BIRTHDAYS & 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.
 
Birthdays
5   Ray Walker
9   Joan Wright, 
11   Rob Walty
20  Lois Brady
22  Sally DeGroot, John McGowan
27  Larry Grace
28  Dick Wakefield, Dwight Baldwin

Anniversaries
8   Judy and Larry Grace

PHOTO GALLERY

PARISH BAKER and  The Fair

Created by Lin Frank ( costume/ assembly) and Lisa Thompson (face painting).

Please click on the Photo of the Baker below to see the photo album of

the baker at the fair, visitors to the booth and then her move to the church.


 




October 7, 2021

 

FROM THE RECTOR

Thank you to everyone who is baking a pie or other goodies for the Pie Sale at the Farmer’s Market this week! And a huge thank you to Lin Frank and Tina Quinn for organizing this event!! Be sure to stop by the St. Andrew’s tent on Saturday between 9:00 and Noon at the Brett School to see what’s for sale and to support the pie sale. I’m told there will be unique decorations, and hear rumors of a “St. Andrew’s Baker” making an appearance? Come and see!!

I had a wonderful “remote” retreat this week. I wasn’t feeling well but was able to participate from home, as the sessions with Br. James, the retreat leader, were live streamed for those who couldn’t be there. The topic was Rest, Renew and Return, and it was just what I needed. It wasn’t quite the same as being there in person but was wonderful just the same. I had a lot of time for reflection and several naps, just as if I had been there. 

Blessings,  Caroline

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

This Sunday-October 10th

20th Sunday after Pentecost

at 8:00 and 10:00  a.m.

Join us for the service
 via Zoom (email RectorSAITV@gmail.com for Zoom information)
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/

READINGS FOR SUNDAY                
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Pentecost 20 Proper 23, Year B

The Collect                              

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 The First Lesson                                 Job 23:1-9, 16-17

In the continuing saga the much-besieged Job longs for a divine court from which he might seek redress and justice.  He casts about on every side for God, but is met with a devastating absence of God’s presence.  Though this reflection comes as a response to Job’s accusatory “friend” Eliphaz, it is in the nature of an interior monologue as his distress mounts and he is subjected to a pervading sense of isolation.  Job believes in God’s justice, but is so bereft of any signs of its dawning that he thinks he would prefer entire darkness.

 Psalm 22:1-15

A psalm of lamentation and a plea for deliverance by one who feels deserted and pressed in on everyside.

 The Second Lesson                              Hebrews 4:12-16

The reading reminds us that the Lord’s word is active, probing the human heart and all creation, while we can yet boldly approach God’s throne because Jesus, our great high priest, has known our weaknesses and temptations.  The first statement is a warning: God’s word, which God has spoken at the creation, through the scriptures, and personally in Jesus, is everywhere and makes judgment.  But we now have a heavenly high priest, our brother, who knows all about our life, and helps us to find God’s mercy. The insistence that Jesus was without sin relies not on extensive knowledge of what he did not do, but on the memory of his positive dedication to God’s will.

 The Gospel                               Mark 10:17-31

In the gospel Jesus counsels a man to sell all for the benefit of the poor and follow him, and he then teaches how hard it is for those with riches to enter the kingdom.  Disciples who now surrender much will receive back all manner of new relationships in the age to come.  Jesus first refuses to let himself be called good since that description belongs to God alone.  He then finds that the man has tried to live out his duties toward his neighbors in response to divine love.  But the decision for discipleship must go beyond this.  If the heart is divided by desires for worldly security, there is no way one can enter into the kingdom’s loving  justice.  Yet by the power of God people can be converted and saved.




Click below to see the readings: 

 PRAYERS FOR EACH OTHER
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 office@standrewsinthevalley.org 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.


CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE

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 cchumphrey@comcast.net.

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT


 

At the setting of the sun,

in the enveloping darkness of night,

at the interplay of hours

with sunlight giving way to moonlight,

we step form the day into the night

with a desire to be still,

and in being still

to turn to you, O God,

and in turning to you

to return to the creative depths of our soul.

At the setting of the sun,

in the darkness of the night

we turn to you.

 

John Philip Newell, Sounds of the Eternal


COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER

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

Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
11-3 pm
Next Food Pantry:
October 13
October 27
November 10
Monday, November 22

Any questions call 603-960-4067.


BIRTHDAYS & 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.
 
Birthdays
5   Ray Walker
9   Joan Wright, 
11   Rob Walty
20  Lois Brady
22  Sally DeGroot, John McGowan
27  Larry Grace
28  Dick Wakefield, Dwight Baldwin

Anniversaries
8   Judy and Larry Grace

PHOTO GALLERY

EFM GRADUATES

Who? Jen Huckman and Carol Tubman

What? Completed four -year EFM course

Where is it?

Ahhh! beautiful!


How: " We DID it!!!