October 28, 2021



The annual Diocesan Convention will be held via Zoom and YouTube on Friday, November 5 – Saturday, November 6. All delegates and alternates should have already registered. Everyone else is welcome to attend Convention as a guest via YouTube at Episcopal Church of NH's YouTube channel. Convention begins at 7:00 pm on Friday and at 9:00 am on Saturday.

The keynote speaker on Friday evening is the Rev. Katie Renger, Episcopal Church Staff Officer for Church Planting. For more information on Diocesan Convention, go to nhepiscopal.org/convention. I hope you will join in!

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!

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

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.

Our Stewardship Campaign is well 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.

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

Reminder: Please stay home and join us for worship on Zoom if you are not feeling well, or have a fever, cough or cold symptoms. The Covid numbers in Carroll County remain concerning.

Blessings,  Caroline

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

This Sunday-October 31st

23rd 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 31 2021
Pentecost 23 Proper 26, Year B

The Collect

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson                              Ruth 1:1-18

Our opening lesson tells of Ruth’s decision to leave her own country and return with her mother-in-law Naomi to Israel.  Naomi’s husband and two sons die while living in Moab.  Ruth persists in her desire to go back to Bethlehem with Naomi and to accept Israel’s God as her own. Later she will marry a relative of her father-in-law and, though a foreign woman, become the grandmother of King David.  The narrative is both a touching lesson of  loyalty and devotion and an illustration that God’s ways of bring about divine purposes often differ from human expectations.

Psalm 146

A hymn to the Lord, who forms the world and rules in justice, who heals and cares for the orphan and widow.

The Second Lesson                    Hebrews 9:11-14

In this New Testament lesson we are taught that Christ, our high priest, has fulfilled and surpassed the purposes of the earthly temple that served as an archetype of the heavenly reality.  Through his faithful sacrifice, Jesus has entered the eternal holy of holies and obtained the everlasting redemption prefigured by the old rites of animal sacrifice.  Believers may now worship the living God with a purified conscience, knowing themselves to be sanctified through Christ.

The Gospel                               Mark 12:28-34

In the gospel Jesus answers a question concerning the chief command of the law by reciting the double commandments to love God and one’s neighbor.  Jesus was not unique in bringing together these two great teachings from Israel’s heritage, but the New Testament gives them special emphasis.  They are closely linked, for in responding to God’s love, we learn that we are lovable, and so begin to be able to love others as ourselves.  In loving our neighbors we discover the mystery that we are also loving in them their Creator.  The man who asked Jesus the question repeats the commandments in his own words.  He is not far from the kingdom.

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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: Cordelia Adams, Megan Adams, Angela B, Clementine, Marilyn Cloran, Gary Cole, Ellen, Tracy Forde, Bev Hammond, Josh Hammond, Sue Huckman, Carolyn Jarvis, Patrick Kennedy, Jack Lamberti, Chris Mains, Margaret, John McGowan, Pam, Peg Patenaude, Curt R., Sage, Sharon Sousa,  Steve Thompson, Gabriele & Bob Wallace, Johnathon Walty.

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: 

Updating the Prayer List

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


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     



As the light of dawn awakens earth’s creatures

and stirs into song the birds of the morning

so may I be brought to life this day.

Rising to see the light

to hear the wind

to smell the fragrance of the earth

to taste its fruit

and touch its textures

so many my inner senses be awakened to you

so may my sense be awakened to you, O God.

~ John Philip Newell, Celtic Benediction

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:

November 10
Monday, November 22

Any questions call 603-960-4067.

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

8   Judy and Larry Grace