The Messenger
Growing together in God's Love
November, 2018
Coming up at St. Andrew's . . .
C alendar Highlights

Sunday, November 11
5:30pm: Information meeting on trip to Paris, Camino de Santiago
Sunday, November 18
St. Andrew's Day
Sunday, September 18
4pm: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, First Congregational Church in Guilford
Sunday, September 18
5pm: HSYG Mission Trip Info Night (deposits due for H.O.M.E. and DR trips)
Tuesday, November 20
7:00 pm: Vestry meeting
Saturday, December 1
9am-2pm: Holiday Fair
Sunday, December 2
8:30-11am: Advent wreath-making
Lend a Hand! Get those theme baskets ready
Holiday Fair Rings in the Christmas Season
The Holiday Fair is a joyous parish-wide event that is also an essential fund-raiser for the church. Everyone is invited to participate by volunteering their time the day of the fair and/or donating items to the many theme rooms. Collection boxes are already in place in Farmer Hall for Books, Jewelry and Accessories (including jewelry boxes, purses and scarves), Attic Treasures (decorative items, nice dishes, etc.), Christmas Shop (seasonal decorations of all sorts), Bottle Shop (anything in a bottle that might interest children), and back again this year, Children’s Toys and Games.
The theme basket raffle has always been one of the fair’s most popular events. Each year individuals and groups create baskets on such themes as “Mysteries,” “An English Tea,” “A Day at the Spa.” Tickets are sold throughout the day and the winners drawn at the fair’s end. Items properly labelled (for instance, “Theme Basket from the Smith Family”) can be dropped off at the church office. Please consider donating back empty baskets from previous wins. Questions can be directed to Lucinda Embersits at 203-245-2142 or ltember@aol.com .
The bake shop is another popular venue. We sell not only baked goods such as mini-cheesecakes and breads and cookies, but also soups and chilis to take home. Rosie Price is the chair and can be contacted at 203-804-6604 or rosie.price624@gmail.com .
Volunteers are still needed for numerous positions and for the all-important sorting and set up the night before the fair and the break down afterward. Please contact Louise Beecher, this year’s chair fair, at 203-928-7483 or beecher.lou@gmail.com if you wish to donate time or treasure.
Here comes Thanksgiving. Order your turkey!
It’s Turkey Time Again. . . Have you ever had a fresh turkey?  Well, here's your chance! Once again we will be selling fresh turkeys from Gozzi's. Kristen and Anna Lang will take orders Sunday morning, November 11. Next week orders can be placed in the church office through November 16, or by emailing Kristen: kristen.gord@comcast.net  Once you have ordered, you will receive a certificate to take to Gozzi Turkey Farm to pick up your turkey. They can be picked up until November 21.
 
Please consider donating a turkey this year.  You can make donations to the Madison Food Pantry or to a local family in need.    Look for the Turkey Poster and place your order!   The turkeys are truly delicious and are fed gluten-free diets in case you were wondering. Proceeds of the sales support the Holiday Fair.
Love to Knit or Crochet?
Please consider joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry: A wonderful way to help and a marvelous manner to keep your fingers busy during the longer dark hours of winter! The shawls are blessed and given with care and prayer. Our recipients--from ages 9 to 90's--have been warmed and wrapped in love! Use your choice of yarn and color--shawls are usually about 24" x 57". Patterns are available if you'd like them. Contact Joan Adams fdajpa57@gmail.com
St. Andrew's in the Larger Episcopal Community
[This summer St. Andrew's hosted a workshop on healing prayer. The October issue of The Bridge --the monthly newsletter produced by the Rev. Rachel Thomas, our regional missioner--featured two personal stories about healing prayer. You can read them here . ]
Faces of Our Faith
[This fall's issue of The CRUX, the magazine of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, included a story about parishioner John Armstrong. Here is the opening of the story by Pam Dawkins and a link to the entire piece. ]
By Pam Dawkins

Childhood is a time of “musts” —usually imperfectly implemented but absolute in principle. You must be nice to your brother; you must do your chores; you must go to church each Sunday. As we get older our “musts” evolve to fit into our lives and reflect who we now are. A “must” that frequently drops off over the years is regular church attendance.

John M. Armstrong’s journey to a place on the parish vestry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison started with that church “must” from his mother but took some detours along the way.

Growing up in New York City, the son of a Presbyterian doctor who played golf on Sundays and an Anglican immigrant mother, he lived near St. James’ Church on Madison Avenue. [more]
Youth Matters . . .
Organizational meeting Sunday, November 11
Youth Will Hike the Camino de Santiago in June
Our Youth Minister, Mary Merkle-Scotland, is organizing an experience of a lifetime for high school students next summer: a pilgrimage hike along the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain leading to the shrine of Santiago de Compestela, where, tradition has it, the remains of Saint James are buried.  The trip will begin with a flight to Paris, where the group will spend a couple of days visiting cultural and religious sites like Chartres Cathedral and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Then it’s on to Spain. Each hiker will get a credencial , or passport, which provides access to overnight accommodations along the route and documents each stop along the way. The trip will be very much a pilgrimage—group members will carry their own gear, sleep in youth hostels, and the group will hike the last five days.
 
Mary estimates the cost will be somewhere north of $2000.  She is holding an organizational meeting Sunday, Nov 11 at 5:30 where a lot more details will be provided.
Happening on Sunday
Make Advent Wreaths Sunday after Thanksgiving
We will be making Advent Wreaths on Sunday, December 2. Materials will be available from 8:30 to 11:00 so that we can accommodate parishioners from all three services. A $15 donation is requested to cover costs. 
Let Shelby Know If Your Child Wants a Part
Christmas Pageant Will Shine on Sunday, December 16
C hristmas pageant time is quickly approaching! This year the pageant will take place on December 16 during the 9:30 service. Stacey Mathews has graciously offered to coordinate the pageant with guidance from Sunday School Director Shelby Auletta. Please let Shelby 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! There will be a signup sheet on the youth bulletin board in Farmers Hall or you can contact Shelby via email or cell: 617-877-6551.
Seen and Heard Around the Church
Click on any of the images below to hear some of our music or see an album with more pictures.
Business Matters . . .
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Staff
Rev. Shariya Molegoda, Rector
Barbara Gibbons, Parish Administrator
   Barb@StAndrewsMadison.org                    
Grant Underwood, Music Director                
     Grant@StAndrewsMadison.org               
Mary Merkle-Scotland, Youth Minister
Shelby Auletta, Church School Coordinator
Officers
Gary Naegel, Senior Warden 
Gary Cimmino, Junior Warden
Colleen McHugh-Heflin, Treasurer
Louise Beecher, Clerk
Vestry members at their April Retreat. L to r: Ray Hencir, Mark Auletta, Louise Beecher, Matt Valentine, Nancy Karas, Gary Cimmino, Laura Downes. Jane Kraus, Rev. Shariya, Gary Naegel.
Missing: John Armstrong (photographer), Maeve Merkle-Scotland, Anastasia King, Mark Tardie, Colleen McHugh-Heflin
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