e-Pistle for February 10, 2019
Dear ,
It is hard for me to believe that this Sunday, February 10, will be my last at St. Andrew's. It has been a privilege and a joy to serve here for three and a half years, to get to know so many of you, and to learn from you how to listen for what the Holy Spirit is doing in this place, at this time, in each of our hearts. Heather and I are especially grateful for all the love that St. Andrew's has showered upon our daughter, Clare, since her arrival in the world.
It seems fitting that this week's Old Testament reading is a conversation between God and the prophet Isaiah. When God asks, "Whom shall I send?" Isaiah replies, "Here am I; send me!"
Each of us receives this call from God several times throughout our lives. God sends us into the world as children and parents, spouses and siblings, colleagues and friends, and often sends us to places we never knew we needed to go. God can do amazing things in us, if we are brave or crazy enough to take a leap of faith and accept the call. I had no idea what was in store for me when God sent me to St. Andrew's ... but I am so very glad he did.
Notices & Announcements
We have been changing some services, equipment, and software recently and have struggled with emails. If you have sent an email that you have not gotten a response to, or have "missed" an awaited email, it may have been lost. Please reach out to us again and we will try and respond quickly. 
Cat Healy's last Sunday
Sunday, February 10 will be the last Sunday for our assistant rector Rev. Cat Healy, before she moves to be the rector of the Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago. Cat will be the preacher at the 8am and 10am services. There will be a farewell reception in the parish hall for her following the 10am service.
9am Christian Learning Series 
Join us Sunday, February 10, for Medieval Manuscripts and the Saving of Civilization. Emma Barry will share the "medieval" manuscript she made in eighth grade and we will reflect together on how they are made and how medieval manuscripts kept knowledge in circulation during the dark ages. 
Confirmation Prep and Youth Group  
Confirmation prep and youth group will next meet on Sunday, February 10, with eighth-grade confirmation prep from 5 to 6:30pm and high school youth group from 6:45 to 8pm. All youth are welcome
Bible Circle  
Bible Circle will meet on the morning of Tuesday, February 12, at 10:30am in the Harvey Room and the evening of Wednesday, February 13, from 7 to 8pm in Room 2. Our topic is the book of Isaiah, one of the most important prophetic books in Judaism and Christianity. In it, the prophet calls God's people to lead a life of service and honor. At our February meeting, we will read and discuss Chapters 42:1-9 and 49:1-13. All are welcome. Please bring your Bible (we have Oxford Annotated Bibles to share)
Men's Bible Study
Men's Bible Study will move to Saturday, February 16, this month, still at 8am. See you then. 
Presidents' Day All-Parish Eucharist 
Church school and Rite-13 will not meet on Sunday, February 17 (Presidents' Day weekend). Children are encouraged to join their parents in church for an All-Parish Eucharist, with a children's sermon featuring Rodney the Rector Mouse. 
Informal Service & Potluck 
Our next informal service will be on Sunday, February 24, at 5pm. A potluck dinner will follow. A main dish will be provided; bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert to share. 
Choral Evensong
On Sunday, March 3, at 5pm, the St. Andrew's Senior Choir will sing a Choral Evensong. Our featured work will be Benjamin Britten's exquisite Rejoice in the Lamb, a staple of the choral repertoire.  Our organist will be Thomas Handel. We will also sing Charles Villiers Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G major. Please mark your calendars for an extraordinary service.
Family Promise Metrowest
Four times a year, St. Andrew's volunteers of all ages help to feed and host homeless families as they spend evenings and overnights at Village Church for a week. Our next hosting week runs from March 3 to 10. Volunteers who have completed the orientation OR those interested in learning more and going to the orientation may sign up here. Questions? 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Join us in the parish hall on Tuesday, March 5, anytime between 5:30 and 7:30pm. Members of the Rite-13 class will be serving pancakes, sausage, and egg stratas. A donation of $5 per family is suggested. Volunteers are always appreciated! If you are interested in setup, cleanup, or flipping pancakes, please contact Terri Rawson.
Email Prayer Circle 
Some parishioners have suggested that we set up an email prayer circle. An email prayer circles work as follows: when the parish receives a prayer request, an email with the request is sent to those who have opted to be part of the prayer circle.  It is a supplement to our parish prayers at church on Sunday. If you are interested in being part of this new parish prayer ministry or have questions about it please email Adrian Robbins-Cole
Buying the Lenten Book: Rowan Williams's Meeting God in Paul
During four weeks of Lent, we will be exploring Paul and his impact on our modern Christian life. Former Archbishop Rowan Williams has written a brilliant, accessible, and short (81 pages) book on Paul's life and ministry. If you want to buy a copy, please bring $18 in cash or check to Margaret Schwarzer's office. (Please put "St. Paul" in the memo and make the check out to St. Andrew's.) 
Bargain Haul: Save the Date 
Our annual rummage sale, Bargain Haul, will be on Saturday, May 4. Drop-off days will be Sunday, April 28 through Tuesday, April 30. Parish Night will be Friday, May 3. Much more information to follow. Please remember to set aside items for Bargain Haul when cleaning out closets, attics and basements. We are looking for clean, gently used clothing for all ages, some special treasures, books, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, toys, linens, housewares, bric-a-brac, & small portable furniture. We also need your large shopping bags. In the meantime, please mark your calendar. Want to join the Bargain Haul team? We would love your help! Contact your Bargain Haul Co-Chairs, Ruthie Klinck  and Carolyn McCoy.    
Need a Babysitter, Tutor, Pet Sitter, or Odd Job-Doer?
Hire a teen or young adult from St. Andrew's. You can get the list in church or from Susan Jackson.
Join the Parish Babysitter, Tutor, or Odd Job Lists 
Put your skills to work! To join the parish babysitter, tutor, or odd job lists, contact
Susan Jackson.

Nametags are a great way to get to know folks and help everyone feel welcome. The membership committee offers lovely reusable magnetic nametags for all members. If you would like a new or replacement name tag, please contact Becky
Illness and Off-Hour Emergencies
The clergy are always available to assist you. Please email Adrian or call him at 603-831-4938 if you or a member of your family expects to be in the hospital and wishes to be visited. Also, please let us know of names that should be added to our prayer list. Our prayers are with all those in need.
Serving St. Andrew's This Week
Serving St. Andrew's this week  
Altar Guild   D.D. Alexander, Dell Beggs, Terri Burnell, Jean Childs, Elizabeth Clarke, Caren Parker, Cynthia Scott, Carol Sullivan, and Liz Tecca
Flowers   Frances Antonelli and Charlene Smith
Serving at 8am 
Lay Reader/Chalice Bearer   Margaret Blackwell
Ushers   Nancy Kohl & Bob Ware

Serving at 10am 
Acolytes   Crucifer, Elizabeth Robbins-Cole; Torch, Scott Sawyer; Torch, Miles Olivetti;Gospel, Annika Svedlund; and Banner, Sterling Williams
Chalice Bearers   Vanessa Delarca, Mary Scanlon, Keileigh McReynolds, and Margaret Zusky
Greeters   Jerry & Jen Olivetti
Lay Readers   Karen Pekowitz, Mary Scanlon, and Ann Johnson
Ushers   David Boghosian, Giles Boland, Tim Phillips, Larry Scott, and Paul Zusky

Parish Prayer List
"Refreshing" the Parish Prayer List
Praying for our loved ones at times of need is a central part of our worship and church life. We would like to remind you that at the beginning of every season, we "refresh" the prayer list. We remove the names of people we have not heard about keeping on the list. We are happy to keep people on the list for as long as they are in need of our prayers but, our proactive approach helps prevent a buildup of people on the list after the need for our prayers has passed. Thanks for your help with this. 
St. Andrew's prayer list
We also pray for 
Glenis Mollegen and Edward A. Stettner in whose names the flowers have been given.
Intercessions from the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Parishes of the Boston Harbor Deanery
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston
The Crossing
MANNA Community
Cathedral Chapter
Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry
Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders
Prayers for Outreach Partners
We have started a practice of praying each week for one of the St. Andrew's outreach partners in the Prayers of the People. The outreach partners are charities that the parish supports with our time and donations from our parish budget. The aim of this new practice is both to hold the work of these charities in our prayers, and to familiarize the congregation with the different charities we support as we put our faith into action as a parish. 
Weekly Deadlines
Deadlines  for Weekly Bulletin and e-Pistle Announcements 
Announcements and gratitudes (and anything else) for inclusion in the weekly bulletin or e-Pistle are due on Tuesdays at noon. Please limit your announcement to 50-100 words. 
St. A's wide sketch
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