the Episcopal church of st. andrew
The third sunday after epiphany 26 january
The flowers above the altar are given in loving memory of Alan Deale and Joseph Kun who both died the same day.
Our preacher is Aaron Jenkyn, Missioner of Epiphany, Newport and St. Andrew’s. Aaron is exploring a vocation to the priesthood.
Throughout this past month we have learned about the work being done at Epiphany Church in Newport through the Network News and the Sunday bulletin inserts. In 2019 Epiphany welcomed many new faces, especially children, parents and grandparents through Messy Church. Under Aaron’s leadership, Epiphany has also built lasting (and sometimes life-changing) relationships with children and families in its youth programs. Please support Epiphany when the collection plate is passed during the Offertory (cash or checks payable to St. Andrew’s with Outreach-Epiphany on the memo line). All donations will be matched by our anonymous donor.
Today from 2-4PM, we host Robert Azzi for a public forum: “Ask a Muslim anything.” An Arab American from Exeter, Mr. Azzi writes regularly on issues of identity, conflict and Islam. Speak with Karen Zurheide for more information and be sure to bring your questions and your friends to this free event.
Our Annual Church Meeting was postponed to 2 February at 8:55 AM. If you haven’t had a chance to read the 2019 Annual Report on our website, copies are available in the Parish Hall.
On Super Bowl Sunday (2 February), our kids will once again pass the soup pot to collect funds to help feed the hungry, thus turning it into Souper Bowl Weekend. Last year they collected $938 which we split evenly between the Friendly Kitchen in Concord and our local food pantry. Let’s see if we can raise even more this year!
Messy Church is coming to New London on Sunday, 16 February at 5PM! Pioneered by Epiphany, Newport to national acclaim in 2019, Messy Church is a joyful form of worship where we meet God in the safe space of play. At the heart of Messy Church is Holy Communion, so after lots of creative fun at stations in the Parish Hall, everyone (young and old, those new to church and those with a lifetime of memories) will come together around the altar to share in God’s feast. An informal meal will follow in the Parish Hall. If you’d like to help with the worship or with the meal afterwards, please be in touch with Aaron Jenkyn or the church office.
Faith and Issues will meet on 1 February at 9AM. We are reading Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy by John Shelby Spong (parts 7&8) in which he focuses on Matthew and the Jewishness of Christianity.
For Reel Theology on Wednesday, 12 February, we discuss the film Shadowlands, a moving portrait of C.S. Lewis’s autumnal romance with American poet Joy Gresham. Deeply theological, the film features superb performances from Debra Winger and Anthony Hopkins. 2 copies are available in the church office.
There is an opportunity to give flowers above the altar in honor or memory of loved ones on Sunday, 23 February. Please call the office 526-6344 to make arrangements.
Education for Ministry (EfM) is the Episcopal Church’s flagship program of theological reflection that has been meeting each year at St. Andrew’s. Unlike recent years that began a new session in January, we are moving to a September start in 2020. We plan to distribute registration materials in summer months and welcome your participation in weekly readings and discussions that help to refine our understanding of and nurture our Christian service. If you are interested in EfM, please speak to Marni Eaton or Alice Perry, co-mentors, to learn more.
We are asked to donate Large Juice (esp. low sugar & 100% juice) to the Food Pantry in February. The collection box now lives on the table in the hallway.
Weatherize Kearsarge is a volunteer-run program to help homeowners save money in heating bills and stay warm by weatherizing their homes. Attend one of the three introductory programs held Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 pm. Feb. 1 in Newbury, Feb. 8 in Grantham. To learn more pick up a card in the hallway – vitalcommunities.org/ weatherizekearsarge
This week we celebrate birthdays with Linda Barnes, Kate MacLeod, Natalie Stark, Kent Woodger, and Jeanie Plant.
We pray for Marjorie Forbes, recently departed and remember with thanksgiving Dale Bryant, Sally Caterine, Wade Weathers, Joan Clarke, Joseph Kun, Alan Deale, and Jim Moore.