The Messenger
Growing together in God's Love
March, 2018
Holy Week and Easter Sunday Schedule
Palm Sunday, March 25
  8:30am, 9:30am, 11am: Blessing of the Palms, Reading of the Passion
according to St. Mark, Holy Eucharist
Holy Wednesday, March 28
   10am: Holy Eucharist
    7pm: Taize Tenebrae service of Shadows and Light with readings, music
and extinguishing of candles
Maundy Thursday, March 29
  7pm: Maundy Thursday Eucharist with stripping of the altar and foot-
washing, followed by prayer watch in the church
Good Friday, March 30
  Noon: Stations of the Cross
   7pm: Good Friday Liturgy with Reading of the Passion according to
St. John
Saturday, March 31
  7pm: Kindling the new fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle
(Memorial Garden)
Sunday, April 1
  6am: Sunrise service, Holy Communion at the beach (Surf club)
  8am: Holy Eucharist with hymns
  10am: Holy Eucharist with choir
11:15am: Easter Egg Hunt
From the Rector . . .
Dear Friends in Christ,

We continue our Lenten journey through much of March, and on Sunday the 25 th we enter Holy Week. Our services during this time are patterned on the events of the last days of Jesus’ earthly life.

On Palm Sunday we read two Gospel texts, one recounts the crowd’s enthusiasm as Jesus enters Jerusalem, the other conveys the same crowd’s denunciation of Jesus at his trial before Pontius Pilate. This juxtaposition invites us to contemplate our own tendency to waver in times of hardship and calls us to cultivate steadfastness.

On Wednesday in Holy Week, our mid-morning Eucharist allows us to linger with the recognition that Jesus made room at the table even for those who would betray him. Our evening service of Tenebrae with Taize music will be a lovely opportunity to experience the solemnity of the week.

Our Maundy Thursday service focuses our attention on the Last Supper. We remember Jesus’ commandment to ‘love one another’ and we commemorate that mandate with a washing of each other’s feet. We recall Christ’s institution of the Eucharist with a celebration of Holy Communion. And we remember Jesus’ vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane with a solemn stripping of the altar and an overnight watch in prayer.

On Good Friday at noon we will pray the Stations of the Cross – imaginatively walking with Jesus through his Passion and Crucifixion. In the evening we will pray the Good Friday Liturgy with a reading from the Passion according to St. John.

Coming up at St. Andrew's . . .
The Rev. Rachel Thomas to Preach
The Rev. Rachel Thomas will preach Sunday, March 4. Rachel is the Missionary for our region of the ECCT (SouthEast). She and her husband live in Deep River, and she has served a number of parishes in our area in her more than 25 years as a priest. Between the services she wants to meet and chat with as many of us as she can.
Calendar Highlights
Friday, March 2
6:00 PM: Organ Recital

Saturday, March 3
All day: Mission Conference,
St. John's in West Hartford

Saturday, March 17
Spaghetti Supper and Auction
5:30 PM: Social Hour
6:30: Dinner
7:30: Auction

Tuesday, March 20
7:00 PM: Vestry meeting

Wednesday, March 28
7:00: Taize-Tenebrae Service

Join Us Saturday, March 17
Our fabled Spaghetti Supper and Auction will take place Saturday, March 17. Social hour and silent auction at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, live auction at 7:30.
Tickets ($17) are to be purchased in advance on EventBrite .
Dinner includes appetizers, salad, pasta (and Barb's sauce) and dessert(s). Plus soft drinks, beer and wine. Gluten-free options will be available,

We need donations for live and silent auctions! Contact Kristen Garnett ( ) or Sue McCann ( ).

Our teens can provide baby-sitting: contact Mary Merkle-Scotland.
Out of Town on March 17??
New this year: Sponsorship Opportunities !!
"Gold" Sponsor: $500 and up
Prime parking for a year!
Spaghetti Supper basket delivered to your home:
Barb’s Famous sauce, pasta, bottle of wine
“Pasta & Sauce” Sponsor: $300- $499  
Prime parking for 6 months
Easter Season – April 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Christmas Season – October 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019
Spaghetti Supper basket delivered to your home
"Shamrock" Sponsor: $200-$299
Spaghetti Supper basket delivered to your home
Music in March. . .
Youth Matters . . .
Middle Schoolers in New Haven
MSYG did not Escape the Rooms on February 2, but we tried real hard!! 17 kids and 4 adults went to New Haven to “Escape the Room” but alas, none of us solved all the clues within the allotted hour. It was a fun night with a lot of brain-teasers, team-building, and fellowship. We ended up back here at St. Andrews for pizza and dessert. Fantastic night out!
Up next is Saturday, March 10, from 9-12:30. We will head to the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven to prepare lunch for families staying there while their children receive treatment for serious medical conditions. This is our third year for this event and a favorite for many. Come, do good and feel good with us!

If anyone is interested in helping with MSYG next year, please see Mary.
Mark your calendar:
April 6 - Cybersport and Laser Tag at the CT Sportsplex
May 11 - end of year celebration at the Butler’s with potluck supper, 9 Square-in-the-Air, tag, and manhunt.
Easter Egg Hunt
Don’t miss the Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn (weather permitting) after the 10:00 service on Easter Sunday!
High School Group
Townwide Youth Group Meeting this Friday, March 2 from 6-8P -- moving beyond thoughts and prayers! The youth leaders of St. Andrew’s, First Congregational Church, and the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society have joined forces once again to bring fun, fellowship and a discussion of some important issues of today to our local youth. Dinner is provided and this is for 8th grade and above. Meet at the Shoreline Unitarian Society (around back on the lower level) at 297 Boston Post Road and get ready for a fun and meaningful evening. Hope you can make it!
 Camp Washington offers SUMMER FUN!  Visit for the complete schedule and fees. We already have middle schoolers from St. Andrew’s heading to camp in Lakeside, CT the first week of July. The camp offers mini-camps of two nights for kids who have never spent a night away from home. Wilderness Camp, Leadership Camp and more - for kids 5-16 years old. Give it a try!
Student Leaders Needed for this Summer’s H.O.M.E. Trip!  Is your son or daughter ready to take the next step in helping to plan and lead during this summer’s H.O.M.E. trip? Student leader applications are out. Please see Mary if you are interested in helping out with this summer’s trip in this capacity. Student leaders help organize and lead fundraisers, games and offer ideas and mentoring to younger students. Applications are due by March 15th.
H.O.M.E. Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, April 29, from 8A - 11:30A. This is one of our largest fundraisers and all H.O.M.E. participants are expected to help out. Join the fun and SAVE THE DATE! Thanks in advance for your support. Save the date for our H.O.M.E. car wash on June 10th, from 11A - 3P.
Youth Services Opportunity Project (Y.S.O.P.) - is FULL!  Good Friday - Holy Saturday this month seventeen teenagers and three adults from St. Andrew’s will be joining other teenagers from the First Congregational Church on the Green, the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, and a few other stragglers to make dinner for a group of homeless, spend the night on the floor of the Quaker Meetinghouse and then divide up into groups and spread out in New York City to serve at food pantries and soup kitchens all over Manhattan for most of the day on Saturday. We are back in time for dinner Saturday night.
Baby Sitters Available!
Evening on the town? Spaghetti Dinner fun? Just give a call!  
We want to celebrate our high school youth who love to babysit and most of whom help in the nursery. Here are some names and numbers to know - give yourself a night out and call any one of the following youth!
Sarah Auletta, 860.575.1543
Jane Merkle-Scotland, 203.779.9584
Lena Conway, 203.802.7422
Maeve Merkle-Scotland, 203.779.9330
Luke Conway, 203.909.1017
Cassie Williams, 203.500.3960
Jane Golden, 203.824.9016
Seen Around the Church
Click on any of the images below to see an album with more pictures.
Business Matters . . .
Help Wanted!
Look After Our Flag.  St. Andrew’s is looking for a volunteer to manage our flagpole! In times of trouble and darkness the President or the Governor may call for all US flags to be flown at half-staff. At such times the flag on our flagpole on the lawn near the front entrance to the church needs be lowered. We need a volunteer to take ownership of this solemn duty. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Mark Auletta at 617-877-6550 or .

Film Nights.  Some of the 55+ members of the congregation are looking to gather every month or so to watch and discuss a film or video. Parishioner Don Rankin has suggested starting out with the film Journey of the Universe . The plan would be to open up the evening to everyone in town (great opportunity to show off our beautifully renovated and well-equipped Farmer Hall). We need to assemble a small committee to choose the topics and the films, set dates, and advertise each event. If you would like to help, contact John Armstrong. 
St. Andrew's Facebook Page
St. Andrew’s uses the Facebook social media platform to publish what is happening at the church.  We post both events that are upcoming as well as photos of recent church activities. In addition, toward the end of every week Rev. Shariya shares her observations about the upcoming scripture readings and liturgical season. Also, on occasion we share what our various ministries are up to such as Raise the Roof and Saints on the Shoreline. 

To keep up with St. Andrew’s on Facebook you have to “like” or “follow” us. You need to do that just once, and then our posts will keep showing up in your news feed. To “like” or “follow” us go to our page: (or search for @StAndrewsMadison if you use the Facebook app). Then click on either “like” or “follow” right beneath our cover photo. If you choose “follow,” you should select the drop-down arrow next to “Following” and under “in your news feed” select “See first”—that will give our posts priority in your news feed.

So, please like, follow and help foster our community! You can contact John Armstrong, Brenda Naegel, Tom Stott or Grant Underwood if you would like to see something on the Facebook page or have content to share.       
Annual Parish Meeting Minutes
Our Annual Parish Meeting took place on February 4. The minutes won't be approved until the 2019 meeting but you can click on the image to read a draft of the minutes.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Rev. Shariya Molegoda, Rector
Barbara Gibbons, Parish Administrator                    
Grant Underwood, Music Director                           
Mary Merkle-Scotland, Youth Minister
Shelby Auletta, Church School Coordinator
Gary Naegel, Senior Warden 
Gary Cimmino, Junior Warden
Colleen McHugh, Treasurer
Louise Beecher, Clerk

John Armstrong
Mark Auletta
Laura Downes
Ray Hencir
Nancy Karas
Anastasia King
Jane Kraus
Maeve Merkle-Scotland
Mark Tardie
Matt Valentine