the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew
third sunday of advent 17 december 2017
The greens above the altar are given by Sue Eaton in loving memory of her husband Dick.
Childcare is provided downstairs at both 8 & 10 o’clock.
We celebrate Advent 4 at Epiphany Church in Newport at 5 pm this Saturday, 23 December. This will be a special “Blue Christmas” Eucharist that recognizes the darkness of our world and will connect especially with those for whom the holidays are a difficult time. It’s also a rare chance for Epiphany and St. Andrew’s Churches to worship together. If you would like a ride to the service, or can provide a ride, please sign the form on the narthex shelf, so people can be picked up and dropped off at home. There will be no morning services at St. Andrew's on Sunday, 24 December.
You are welcome at the Homeless Vigil on Newport Common at 6 pm on Thursday, 21 December as we join for worship and remember by name those who died homeless in NH in 2017.
Our three Christmas Eve services will be a Family Communion with Candles at 4 pm, a Holy Communion by Candlelight at 6 pm, and a Festival Eucharist of the Nativity at 10 pm. There is also a Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 am.
On Sunday, 31 December the first half of the Eucharist will consist of Lucan Lessons and Carols; we celebrate Epiphany on 7 January.
Our Eucharist atop Mount Sunapee on Saturdays from 3:15-3:45 begins on Saturday, 23 December.
The church will be festively decorated for the Christmas Season which runs from Christmas Eve until the end of January when we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. If you wish to contribute to the Christmas Flower fund, fill out a yellow form on the narthex shelf and return it to the office by 20 December.
Jay and Bishop Rob are thinking creatively about staffing; it may be that the gap left by Kelly’s departure can be filled by two people (lay and/or ordained) working part-time. In the meantime, Jay will look after the 5 pm Eucharist on Saturdays at Epiphany. Jay’s sacramental role at Epiphany requires little extra time or effort and provides a useful dry run for Sunday’s sermon at St. Andrew’s!
Please help us reach our 2018 stewardship goal of $405,000 by submitting your pledge form as soon as possible.
Our next Novel Theology session will be on Wednesday, 10 January at 7 pm when Jay leads a discussion of Tim Winton’s short novel That Eye, the Sky.
Education for Ministry is the Episcopal Church’s flagship program of theological reflection. Our EfM group resumes in January, and we are looking for a couple of new participants. We meet for study and discussion for 36 weeks of the year, and the full curriculum extends over four years. On Tuesdays at noon we meet for Midday Prayer and then bring a bag lunch to the table for a two-hour session. Marni Eaton and Alice Perry will serve as mentors in 2018. Please speak with them or Shelly in the church office if you are interested.
Please submit items for the January-February issue of the Network newsletter by 20 December if possible; if you anticipate a later submission -- not later than December 27, please advise the editor in advance. You can e-mail items to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit hard copy in the newsletter mailbox in the church office. Thanks – Alice Perry
We are asked to donate canned fruit this month to the KLS Food Pantry.
This week we celebrate birthdays with Mary Eysenbach and Marilyn Paradis.
Please pray for those on our parish prayer list: Bob Kenney, Paul Koumrian, Gail Emerson, Edward Kanu, Bill, Christine Leavitt, John Fuller, Cody, Andrea Patenaude, Dorothy Maul, Jane Swan, Elaine Steere, Phil Trussell, Tracy Dickson, Lev, Hod Moses, Ava & her family, Priscilla Roberts, Craig Knowles, Bruce, Wen & Libby, Frank Bartucca, Dusty Logan, Ray Provencal, Kevin Bland & family, Sheila, Cindy Wall, Brooke, Eleni, Leland Prince, Tuckerman, The Denise family, Julie Deeter, John Robert Monahan, Dawn, Don & Dana, Rob & Karen, Greg Potter, Aldyn Frenkiewich, Christopher & Jacinta Baron & family, Christine, Mary Venema, Elaine Grantham-Buckley.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Pat Dickson. This week we also remember Sydney H. Ward, Marylu Atkins, Anne C. MacLeod, Eric N. Baynes, Valleau Wilkie who died at this time in years past.