the Episcopal church of st. andrew
The 23rd sunday after pentecost 17 november
The flowers above the altar are given by John Chiarella and family in loving memory of Dona Chiarella.
If you have a hearing aid, please turn it to the T setting.
There is a free staffed nursery downstairs.
Today we celebrate the in-gathering of pledges. If you turned your pledge card into the office, it is included. If you’ve got it with you now, please add it to the offering when the plate comes around.
At coffee hour we’ll see photos and hear from Becky, Greg, & Lisa about St. Christopher’s, Bluff, Utah and what a service team from here can do to help that corner of Navajoland toward sustainability.
We celebrate stewardship with a dinner on Friday, 22 November. It will be a festive evening of fun with entertainment, door prizes and music, including a tribute to David Almond. The Episcopal Church commemorates C. S. Lewis on 22 November, so expect some references to Narnia and this wonderful novelist and theologian. Please sign up in the hall and indicate whether you can bring a starter or dessert.
David Almond’s last Sunday as our Music Director will be on 24 November (Feast of Christ the King). You are invited to contribute to a monetary gift for David — please be in touch with Shelly in the office.
I am pleased to announce that Don Cox has agreed to serve as Interim Music Director and will be on the bench on the First Sunday of Advent.
We host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 9AM on Thanksgiving Day. Please consider joining us.
St. Nicholas Fair takes place on Saturday, 7 December. You can help by baking and freezing goodies for the bake table. In addition to cookies and breads we'd like jams, jellies, spiced nuts, fudge, and items that can be given as gifts. Please bring your goodies in on Friday, 6 December. Questions call Barbara Smith (526-2310) or Rosie Best (735-5346).
Many of you will have heard that our Church Warden, Bruce Avery, has been diagnosed with cancer. There will be a chance to help with rides to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Details will be forthcoming.
Every year St Andrew’s supports the LSVNA Giving Tree by sponsoring families who could use some comfort at Christmas. Please watch for our Giving Tree to be in place on Nov. 22nd. On the tree will be stars with the wishes of the families. Please take a star and return the wrapped gift with the star attached, by Dec. 6th.. Thank you for your support.
St. Andrew’s UpBeat Youth Choir for all 2nd – 8th graders with music workshops meets on Fridays 3:00 – 4:15 and sings at Sunday church services during Advent and Christmas. Pick up a flyer on the hall shelf.
Faith & Issues meets downstairs on Saturday mornings from 9-10:30
to consider contemporary issues in the context of faith and is currently reading The First Christmas by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Discussion will be on Chapters 1-3 on 23 November.
The sculptures of our own Annie Feely-Kieffer are currently featured at Tatewell Gallery.
The Kearsarge Chorale presents its Fall Concert at Wheeler Hall, Colby-Sawyer College Sunday, 24 November at 3 pm. A silent auction for the benefit of the Chorale will be held before the concert and during the intermission. Tickets ($15 each and $5 for students) are available at Tatewell Gallery and Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London, at MainStreet Book Ends in Warner, online at www.kearsargechorale.org and at the door.
We are asked to donate cereal to the Food Pantry in November.
This week we celebrate birthdays with Allen Ivey, Mark Kellett, Sam Kelly, Taffy Beckman, Sue Eslick, Gingie Halloran, Karen Shepherd, Jim Ransom, Joanne Schuyler.
We pray for those recently departed and remember with thanksgiving Donna Mae Chiarella, Marian Schweizer, Theodora Deland, Virginia Ryder Register, Paul Boucher, and Richard Haines.