the Episcopal church of st. andrew
the sixth sunday after pentecost 21 july
he flowers at Old Saint Andrew’s (OSA) are given by Carolyn Lockhart in loving memory of Ted. The flowers above the altar at Gould Road are given by Jennifer and Charlie Giles in thanksgiving for the St. Andrew’s community.
Our focus on Elijah concludes this morning. The preacher will try to keep the sermon short to allow for questions afterwards.
Elisabeth Von Trapp will be in concert at St James Church, Lake Ave., Sunapee this morning at 10:45am with a picnic to follow.
Join us for a fun-filled day trip to Rye Beach for all ages this Wednesday, 24 July. Because there is a 9AM funeral at St. Andrew’s, we’ll now meet at the New London Elementary School parking lot at 9:45. Coming down Pleasant Street from the center of town, turn left to the school rather than right onto Gould Road. And there’s been a change to the parking in Rye as well. Drivers will drop passengers at the pristine stretch of beach just north of Rye Beach Club on Route 1A and then circle back to park at the Episcopal Chapel of St. Andrew-by-the Sea (30 Church Road, Rye, NH 03870). We’ll arrive back in New London at 6PM. Bring your lunch and beach chair but otherwise travel light.
The weather required loads of last-minute adjustments to our activities with youngsters from inner Boston, but the Elkins beach, strawberry picking at Spring Ledge, and the alpaca farm were huge hits. Thanks to our volunteers.
Aaron Jenkyn, Missioner of Newport, has been commissioned to listen deeply to local voices both within and outside church, to review relevant research and to make recommendations to the Vestry about how St. Andrew’s might creatively engage younger children and their families. She’ll be working alongside Lisa Kelly with support from Marni Eaton, Lin Potter and Padré Jay. Aaron may contact you, or if you have insights or suggestions to share, you can contact her at 603.306.6707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sing in our summer choir by turning up at 9AM on Sunday mornings.
Summer Cookouts take place on Wednesday evenings. Bring your own meat and a side dish to share. The grill is ready by 5:30 PM so drop by for good food and fellowship.
We serve at Friendly Kitchen on 26 July. The signup sheet is on the narthex shelf. See how you can help by serving or donating food.
Last Sunday Offering: In the 25th chapter of Matthew's Gospel, we read that "inasmuch as you have done this to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." What is it that we have done? In the Diocese of the Rio Grande, Episcopalians have joined with other faith communities to wash, feed, clothe, lodge, offer medical attention, provide infant formula, diapers, food for the onward journey, and share the Eucharist with migrant families cleared for political asylum in the United States.
As some 600-700 individuals are released by immigration authorities daily, it takes enormous interfaith cooperation to provide for their needs. All of these migrants are here in the U.S. legally. They have been interviewed, fingerprinted, photographed, and have cleared FBI and other databases. Some have travelled, largely on foot, for 6 weeks. They have slept under bridges, had little access to clean water, nourishing food, and medicine. Rio Grande offers real sanctuary at the Diocesan Retreat Center. (Please visit www.dioceserg.org and click on Bosque Retreat Center to view how genuinely gracious and serene this facility is.) After 3-4 days here, the guests are rested, showered, clothed, and smiling, ready to travel onward to their sponsors, usually a family member. Food for the next part of the journey is provided and Spanish speakers help them at bus stations and airports with answers to their travel questions.
It is this ministry of hospitality that St. Andrew's will support with our Last Sunday Offering next Sunday. The Last Sunday Offering provides a tangible opportunity for us to share from our blessings with those less fortunate and to be matched by our generous donor. It is the Outreach Commission's hope that we will be able to fund an entire four-day stay for 75-100 people.
Join us on Wednesday, 14 August at 7PM for Reel Theology when we discuss The Agony and the Ecstasy, a 1965 film directed by Carol Reed and based on the biographical novel by Irving Stone.
This week we celebrate birthdays with Fifi Mitchell, Claire Pace, Jerry Coogan, and Anne Hall.
We pray for Bill Daigle & Gordon Starkey, recently departed and remember with thanksgiving Theodore Lockhart, Betty Fowler, David Jones.