e-Pistle for January 13, 2019
Dear  ,
 
Celebrating our 125th Anniversary

This year, in 2019, we are celebrating the 125th  (quasquicentennial) Anniversary of the first services which took place at St. Andrew's on November 30,1894.

There are two key dates for you to put on your calendar to mark our celebrations

November 2 - 125th Anniversary Parish Gala Party
This Parish party (for grown -ups only) will be held at the Wellesley Country Club  on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.  

November 24 - 125 Anniversary St Andrew's Day service
On Sunday, November 24 at 10am we will have a special St. Andrew's Day service to celebrate the first service held in the church on St. Andrew's Day in 1894.  Our guest preacher will be Bishop Laura Ahrens, Suffragan Bishop of Connecticut, who grew up in Wellesley and at St. Andrew's. 

In addition to these two events there are several other ways in which we will be marking the 125 Anniversary.

Weekly historical "snippets" from the archives of the parish 
Each week during 2019 on the front of the weekly bulletin there will be a snippet or short story from the historical archives of the parish. These brief items from the church records will give a window into the growth and development of St. Andrew's over the last 125 years.

Photographic history book of St. Andrew's
Over the last year parishioners Sandra Rigney and Harriet Thompson have been putting together a photographic history book of the parish. A copy of this photographic history book will be given to each family in parish as a gift to mark the 125 Anniversary of the parish.

 Wellesley-Weston Magazine 125 Anniversary Article
The summer edition of the Wellesley-Weston magazine will feature an article about the 125th Anniversary of St. Andrew's, including interviews with several long-standing parishioners.

We hope these things will help us reflect on the importance of our faith and St. Andrew's in our own life and how Christ wants us to share our gratitude through our love of God and our neighbor. 

Yours in Christ, Adrian
Notices & Announcements
Collecting Coats for Kids and Adults
Thanks for all the coats: the collection is over now.
A Note from the Treasurer's Office
Offering envelopes for 2019 are available at the back of the church. If you would like envelopes and have not ordered them, please contact Ruth in the treasurer's office. 
Men's Bible Study
The next Men's Bible Study is Saturday, January 12, at 8am in Room 2. All are welcome---don't worry if you missed previous sessions. No homework, just bring a bible with you---coffee and donuts provided. 
Church School and Junior Choir Winter Break
Confirmation prep and youth group (grades 8-12) resumes Sunday, January 13. Kids' Place, church school, Rite-13 (grades PK-seven) and Junior Choir will resume on Sunday, January 27.
Anna Page, Seminarian 
We are delighted to welcome our seminarian, Anna Page, as our guest preacher and adult education lecturer on Sunday, January 20. Anna graduated from Wellesley College in 2018 and is now a graduate student at Duke Divinity School. She is a commissioned chaplain candidate in the U.S. Army and, with the sponsorship of St. Andrew's, is preparing for ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Welcome back, Anna! 
Budget Forum
There will be an opportunity for parishioners to learn about the 2019 parish budget for St. Andrew's at a forum at 11:30am Sunday, January 20 in Room 2. The final budget will be presented at the annual meeting on January 27, after it has been approved by the vestry at its meeting on January 22. All are welcome.
MLK Day of Action 
Martin Luther King Day Breakfast
St. Andrew's will be sponsoring a table at the annual MLK breakfast again, hosted by the World of Wellesley. The speaker will be Claudia Fox Tred who will talk about Native American culture and history. The Kuumaba Singers of Harvard College and the Wellesley High School Step Dancers will perform. The breakfast is 8am-10am on Monday, January 21 at Mass Bay Community College, 50 Oakland St, Wellesley. If you would like to go to the breakfast and represent St. Andrew's, please let Adrian know.
Salvation Army/Pearl Street Cupboard & Café
St. Andrew's is committed to providing six volunteers for two hours (5:15 to 7:15pm) every fourth Tuesday of the month to help serve a meal to the needy in Framingham. Our next opportunity to serve is Tuesday, January 22. Sign up will be posted in January.
Annual Meeting
The 126th annual meeting will be held from 11am to 12:30pm on Sunday, January 27. New parish leaders will be elected, reports will be given on the work accomplished in 2018, a budget for 2019 will be presented. Please save this date. 
New Members Wanted---Altar Guild
Would you like to have a part in working behind the scenes at St. Andrews? Please consider your local Altar Guild. Training is necessary, but subject to your own schedule. Volunteer time is once a month, within a team of experienced members and friends. Serving on Altar Guild is rewarding, communal, contemplative, useful and spiritual. Come join us in setting up these Holy Mysteries. Please contact Laura Brown MacKinnon or Elizabeth Parsons  if you are interested.
New Lay Readers Wanted
The Scripture readings are an important part of our worship services. Reading is a popular ministry for many in our congregation, and we would like to invite new members to join our group of readers. Joe Hamilton coordinates our lay ministers and would love to include you in the next scheduling cycle starting in March. Please let Adrian or Joe Hamilton know if you are interested.
Firearm Safety Task Force
The Firearm Safety Task Force met on Sunday, December 9, and adopted the following Mission Statement:
St. Andrew's Firearm Safety Task Force is a non-partisan group committed to educating the congregation on relevant common sense gun legislation at both the local and national level. The committee strives to provide guidance to interested parishioners on how to become involved faithfully in decreasing gun violence and promoting gun safety. In addition we pledge ourselves to bring the values of the gospel to affirm the sacredness of every human life.

The Task Force will meet again on Sunday, February 3, at 11:30am in Room 2. We are working on preparing a forum to the parish this winter.
B-READY Lunch Prep
On Sunday, February 3, please join us in the parish hall kitchen as we prepare a meal for St. Stephen's B-READY program. The hungry kiddos show up at the church about 3pm and are very happy when they have a hot meal to tide them over while they work on homework and enrichment activities. We meet in the kitchen right after the 10am service and are usually done by 1:30pm. Please email Cam McCormick if you can help.
Nametags
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 St. Andrew's Flower Guild
Serving at 8am 
Lay Reader/Chalice Bearer   Nancy Echlov
Ushers Nancy Kohl & Bob Ware
Serving at 10am 
Acolytes   Elizabeth Robbins-Cole, Henry MacKinnon, Miles Olivetti, Annika Svedlund, and Sterling Williams
Chalice Bearers   Joe Hamilton, Eliot Heher, Debbie Lorenz, and Margaret Zusky
Greeters   Anne Manners
Lay Readers   Madison Riley, Nora Tracy Phillips, and Randy Parker
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
Asher Griffin, John Reed, Kim McGovern, Lisa Dutile, Sue Wright, Melissa Stampf, Lee Goodnow, Bob Moore, Lawrence Greenberg, Qing Ni (pronounce "Ching Ni"), Ann O'Sullivan, Ben Vestin, Timothy, Stephen, Dudley Post, Theresa Given, Cam Czubek, Meredith, Bobby, Michael Vanin, Ruth, Paul, Penny Allen, Marge Thomas, Betsy, Peter Zaloom, and Ben Giess
We pray for the repose of the soul of 
Richard Anthony
Intercessions from the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Parishes of the Boston Harbor Deanery
Emmanuel Church, Boston
St. Augustine's & St. Martin's Church, Boston
Deans
Deanery Coconveners
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
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. 
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