the Episcopal church of st. andrew
harvest Eucharist, 19 september 2021
Join us for worship this Sunday morning at 8am (in the sanctuary) or 10 o'clock (on our patio outdoors) for our Harvest Eucharist with superb hymns. For those worshiping from home, the link to our livestream of the 8am Eucharist is HERE. The Order of Worship is HERE.
Flowers - The flowers are given by Shelly Boucher in loving memory of her dad, Paul Behenko and in thanksgiving for Anne Hall.
The Kingdom of God Within - The second of Kathleen Rusnak's lectures on the Kingdom of God Within takes place this Sunday from 11:15 - 12:15 in the Parish Hall. Join us for light refreshments on the patio at 11 o'clock when the 10 o'clock Eucharist concludes. Drawing on long-neglected and newly-discovered ancient texts, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak shows how Jesus provides much-needed resources for our inner lives. If you missed her lecture last Sunday, you can view it on our YouTube channel HERE.
Monday Evening Meditation is Back - Jay is taking up Father Charlie Tirrell's mantle. Monday Meditation resumes from 6:00 - 6:30 pm starting this Monday, 13 September. A bit of music settles us, and a short reading or two leads into silent contemplation. Please spread the word.
Upcoming Funerals -
We celebrate the lives of our beloved church members who have recently died and been gathered into God's everlasting arms:
September Outreach: Fast, Flexible Aid to Haiti - Haitian earthquake relief takes many forms: food, potable water, orthopedic surgery, hygiene (there is currently a scabies outbreak in the country), and hope. With its trusted network throughout the south, St. Vincent's is uniquely positioned to deliver all of the above, and indeed has already begun. Director Père Irnel Duveaux has been in constant contact with Haitian colleagues, providing cash to meet immediate needs. Much of this has gone to families in remote areas where cars cannot reach. Medical Clinic Director, Dr. Moïse, an orthopedic surgeon, continues to spend one day a week performing surgery in the south.
Our September Last Sunday Outreach Offering will provide medicines such as ivermectin to treat scabies. It will enable families to purchase seeds for the October planting. This year's crops have been destroyed and so have the cisterns. Our gift will help to replace them, thereby providing water for crops, for bathing, for hygiene.
It's crucial that earthquake relief funding actually reaches Haitians in the most need. That didn't happen in 2010. This time Haitian civil society and Haitian faith-based groups are taking the lead, and the difference is obvious. The money is not being siphoned off at the top. It is strengthening Haitian society and the economy in addition to providing direct relief to those who need it most.
Your donation will deepen this response and build Haitian strength. Your generosity will be matched by our anonymous donors. You may make your gift online HERE, put it in the offering plate, or send your check (marked for Outreach) to St. Andrew's.
Your generosity will be matched by our anonymous donors. You may make your gift online HERE, put it in the offering plate on 26 September (or prior) or send your check, marked for Outreach, to St. Andrew's Church, P.O. Box 294, New London, NH 03257.
Blessing of the Animals - Inspired by Saint Francis, we gather for our annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, 2 October at 10am on the green between St. Andrew's and New London Inn. Rain or shine!
Annual Crop Walk on Sunday, 3 October - The Kearsarge Crop Walk has been canceled because of COVID, but our team from St. Andrew's is persevering. You can join us at Elkins Beach on Sunday, 3 October at 1:30 to walk around Pleasant Lake or you can walk by yourself or with a smaller group of friends. You can join our team and/or make a donation HERE.
Short & Slim Stewardship Campaign Underway - Jay launched our 2022 stewardship campaign from the pulpit last Sunday. Parishioners should have received a letter from vestry members Joe Daly, Nonie Reynders and Karen Zurheide inviting us to make a financial pledge of support to St. Andrew's in the coming year. Please contact Shelly Boucher in the office if you didn't receive a stewardship letter and pledge card. You can see and download the letter HERE. Please let us have your pledge quickly so that we can put together our 2022 budget and celebrate the successful completion of our campaign on All Saints' Sunday (31 October 2021).
Good Time to Join Faith & Issues - On Saturday, 11 September from 9-10:30am, Faith & Issues begins discussing The Tyranny Of Merit by Micheal Sandel. Just email the Rev'd Katrina Wagner at email@example.com and she'll send you the Zoom link. The group will discuss the Prologue, Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 on 11 September, Chapters 3 & 4 on 18 September, Chapters 5 & 6 on 25 September, and Chapter 7 & Conclusion on 2 October.
In this book Sandel details the dangers that our democracy presently faces. We all know that we are coping with unprecedented challenges. In response to the angers and frustrations that surround us that have led to the deepening distrust of our government and fellow citizens, world-wide crises and ever rising inequalities, Sandel offers a hopeful way forward. It will be guided by humility, solidarity and affirming the dignity of work.
All are welcome to join us via Zoom. For more information contact Katrina Wagner 526-4700 or email Katrina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Andrew's Virtual Choir: Best of 2020-2021 - Jack Barben is backpacking in the mountains of eastern Washington before taking up his new post on San Juan Island. Just before departing, Jack created a video playlist on our YouTube channel with new videography accompanying some of our virtual choir's most compelling music offerings. You can have a look any time HERE.
This week we celebrate birthdays with Asher MacLeod, Sally Asher, and Gene Hall.
Monday Meditation resumes from 6:00 - 6:30 pm starting this Monday, 13 September. A bit of music settles us, and a short reading or two leads into silent contemplation. Please spread the word.
Our Thursday Eucharist of Healing and Wholeness has returned to St. Andrew's at 12 noon with the same protocols as Sunday worship. Everyone is welcome, and there is an opportunity to come forward to receive the laying on of hands and to be anointed with oil of healing.
Midday Prayer will be offered at 12 noon in church on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Centered on a Psalm, a Gospel passage and shared silent prayer, this 20-minute service provides a wonderful oasis of prayer in the midst of the day's busyness.
One of the pandemic's silver linings has been the wonderful community that has gathered on Zoom for Midday Prayer. This will continue on weekdays -- apart from Thursdays when everyone is encouraged to gather together for the Healing Eucharist in church. If you would like to participate, please email our Verger Anne Hall HERE for the Zoom link.
KLS Community Food Pantry - For the month of September, St Andrew's is asked to give canned fruit. Our collection bucket has been moved inside the church on the hall table.
Please pray for: Jessie, Courtney, David Engle, Susan & Doran, Marc Daly & Mary Day, Angela Behrens, Mike Holt, Natalia, Erik Johnson, Ray Provencal, Kevin Gulbranson, John Chiarella, Bill Huntoon, Al & Gail, Barbara Schwemm, Becky Hutchins, Steve Gordon, Alexander Blain, Janet, Leni, Bettine Thomas, Nicole Wakeman, Pat Goodwin, Deb & David, Kate Marshall, Reilly, Dick, Jan Hunt, Janet Benzie, Andy, Nate, Ellen Robertson, Russell Jacobs, Annie Feeley Kieffer, Lin Potter, Dawn Woolley, Pam Morland, Christina, Deb, Beth, Robert Murphy, Sarah, Debbie Knowles, Christine Taylor, Michael Prosperi, Carol Ryder, Martha Andreo, Fran Kenney, John Fuller, Cody, Kevin Bland & family, Tuckerman, Don & Dana, Christopher Baron & family.
Pray for the repose of the soul of those recently departed.
We remember with thanksgiving Paul Bohenko, Henry Fitts, Harold Burton, and Janis Vogt.
Contribute to the Outreach Matching Fund - Because folks were so generous with their outreach donations, our Matching Fund is almost depleted. If you'd like to contribute to the Matching Fund, Jay would love to hear from you!
Christian Education -
The Kingdom of God Within, Bible Studies led by the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak on Sundays after the 10 o'clock Eucharist on 26 September. See note above.
Faith & Issues - See note above.
Beware of Email Scams - Scammers sometimes create an email address to impersonate clergy and solicit funds from church members. These are known as "phishing scams." St. Andrew's and its staff will never send an email asking you to buy gift cards or to give personal financial information. There is nothing we can do to keep someone from creating an email address that looks similar to that of our staff. Jay uses two email addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. He will not communicate with you via any other email addresses. Phishing emails often smell fishy. Asking for emergency funds while traveling is a standard ploy. If you think it's a scam... Do not open the email. If you've already opened it, do not click on anything. Scammers are often professional con artists who can play on the goodwill of the holiday season. Let's keep our hearts open to those in desperate need and keep giving to our trusted mission partners.
St. Andrew's members can now make financial offerings online via our website. Alternatively, you can send a check to St. Andrew’s Church, PO Box 294, New London, NH 03257. Your continue financial support is very much appreciated.