December 1, 2019
In the Season of Advent

DECEMBER 1, 2019

We begin a new liturgical year on December 1 with the season of Advent. Come worship with us as we begin our preparation for the arrival of Christ into our midst.

John Armstrong will be our preacher.

Worship this week
Sunday Morning
8:30 am Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Eucharist
11:00 am Holy Eucharist
Readings for 12-1-19
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Holy Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44
Church School: No Classes on Sunday, December 1.
Welcome Visitors
 If you are new to St. Andrew's, please fill out the welcome card in the pew racks and place into the offering plate or return to Rev. Shariya at the end of the service.
Happening Around the Church . . .
Coming up

All hands on deck for the Holiday Fair, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:00 - 2:00. This is the church's biggest fundraiser of the year. We need donations - attic treasures, books, CDs and DVDs, jewelry, purses, scarves, good quality toys, Christmas decorations, baked goods. We also need volunteers - to work at the event and to take responsibility for various rooms. To donate, volunteer or just obtain more information, contact Louise Beecher at 203-928-7483, or at
As a reminder of how much fun the Fair is, check out this short video of a fair of yore!

Christmas Flower Envelopes can be found in the pews. Please return them in the weekly collection plate or to the office by December 16. 

Giving Tree – The Covenant to Care Giving Tree is up … and available for you to take a card off the tree and fulfill a wish of a child in need. Each card has a name, age, gender and wish list as a guide to help you. All your gifts are driven to New Haven and given directly to the child you have picked. Please be sure to put the child’s name on the gift(s). Remember gift cards from Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, CVS, Old Navy, etc. are always appreciated by the kids because it gives them the opportunity to shop themselves. The moms can use a little pampering too, if you have time to pick up an extra gift card for them.  We’d like all gifts returned to the church by December 16.  Thank you in advance for supporting another season with this very worthy cause! Feel free to call me with any questions. God Bless ~ Trish Arida. 203-421-0474.

Advent Concert - Save the Date - 4 PM Saturday, 12/14 at St. Andrew's!  Singing, Worship, Meditations on the Advent Season. Festivities During and Reception to Follow. About 50 minutes long and there will be something for all ages! For questions, email  

Joy to the world! It’s Christmas pageant season! This year’s pageant will be December 22 during the 9:30 service - coordinated once again by the amazing Stacey Mathews. 
Please let Shelby Auletta know if your child would like to participate - we have roles for the youngest to the oldest and for the shy and not so shy! A sign-up sheet has been placed on the youth bulletin board in Farmer Hall or you can contact Shelby via email or call her on her cell  617-877-6551 .

2019-2020  Middle School Youth Group! 
December 13th - 6:30-8P - Friday. Cookie baking for our homebound parish family. Bring homemade sugar cookies to decorate or a batch of dough to bake!

December 15th - 12-2P - Sunday. Light lunch and caroling with parish families.

December 17th - 11:15A - 2P* - Tuesday. Pizza People toiletry and gift giving on the New Haven Green. 

Seen around the church
On our prayer list . . .
Joel, Sarah, Sydney, Bailey, Bob, Margaret, Judy, Corey, Paul, Kim, Janet, Florence, Heidi, Rick, Daniel and AJ, Madeline, Lloyd, Stephen, Joe, Orion, Paul, Greg, Johnnie, Karen, Suzanne, William, Sarah, Candace, Rosemary, Andrew, Marvin, Mike, Don and Nancy, Chuck, Dick, Emma, Jay, Susan, Catie, Carol, Ella, Carol, Deborah, Helen, Claudia, Libby, Robin, Charlie, Linda, Sandra, Becky, Lillian, Joe, Heather, Elise, John and Annette, Lucy, Mary Jaye, Linda and Art S-C, Barbara, Rosa, Brinley, Ann S., Marcia, George, Eileen, Jackie Jane, Richard, Bruce, Steve, Joanne and Charles, Jeanette, Pat, Susan, Martha, Don, Lisa , Bob, Jon, Dave, Helen K., Mary, Leah, Marissa, Isabella, Laura, Tom, Joyce, Len, Laila, Rosemary.
Emma Rodgers
Mike Casey                
Eric Hill
Joe Barber and his family
Ron Gagnon
Emine Gjemnica
Jeff Colburn
Barbara Garneau
Spencer Grimes
Celia Richards
Amy Lawrie
Peter Dodington
Business matters . . .
 New Building Security System.  We are in the process of implementing a new security procedure to enhance church security for parishioners, students, staff and visitors.   Starting in early December security for the north and south entrance doors to the church offices and preschool building will be controlled by electronic door access, keypad access and camera/video intercom monitoring.  During regular business hours, you will need to press the doorbell button on the intercom device to be “buzzed in.” Senor Warden Gary Naegel offered brief comments last Sunday during the announcements.

STOP and SHOP CARDS. The purchase of Stop & Shop cards provides an additional opportunity, over and above our pledging, to help support St. Andrew's while you buy your groceries. 5% of all card purchases go directly to St. Andrew's when paid for with cash or a personal check. Buy Stop & Shop cards after each service or during the week in the church office. We do accept Visa, Master Card and Discover but then we only net about 2 1/2% for St. Andrew's.