2016 ANNUAL REPORT

RECTOR’S REPORT

The Rev’d Jay MacLeod

 

Worship is the source and summit of our church life, and we seek to offer divine liturgy that is both satisfying and challenging, reverent and vibrant, rooted in tradition and open to the Spirit. Music can lift us heavenward; the Parish Choir has done that over and over in 2016 under its gifted Director. UpBeat junior choir has also enriched our worship, thanks to our Director of Youth Music who also provides wonderful flute accompaniment on most Sundays. Our Sunday School is thriving, and the Verger, Altar Guild, servers, lectors, LEMs, and intercessors make important contributions to our worship, as do those who provide and organize the flowers and church decorations. Special thanks to the Missioner of Sunapee (aka our curate), to our resident clergy, and to our Parish Administrator and her helpers who work so hard behind the scenes. Thanks to all our members for their financial generosity and to the leaders of our stewardship campaign.

 

At every Eucharist we are sanctified for service. Archbishop Rowan Williams reminded us: “It’s not the Church of God that has a mission but the God of mission who has a Church.” Mission is not a separate task and outreach is not an optional extra; these are at the heart of church life. With our partners we support youngsters in Newport, the homeless in Concord, the sick in Haiti, the needy in our area, and kids from inner city Boston. The Thrift Shop is thriving. Hunting bargains in our basement, I love to hear the voices drifting downstairs of Music & Memory singers on a Wednesday or of toddlers on a Thursday morning.  

 

Christian formation is the lifelong process of becoming better disciples. My AIL course on Elijah and Kelly’s course on prayer revealed a deep thirst for Christian education, and I hope that our adult offerings in 2017 will be well attended. In 2016 eleven children attended Barbara C. Harris Episcopal Camp with subsidies from St. Andrew’s. Our middle-schoolers have grappled with the plight of the homeless and refugees though Faith Adventures. High schoolers have initiated St. Andrew’s Story Seekers (SASS) and have recorded interviews with older church members and published them online. They understand that ministry is for all the baptized, and our Pastoral Care Coordinating Team demonstrates this day in and day out. The church grounds have never looked better, and our website also looks great, thanks largely to the same volunteer! The Network keeps us connected and informed of all these developments.

 

I believe that our unfolding partnership with Epiphany Church in Newport will help both churches become mission-shaped. We crafted a new mission statement in 2016, and my prayer for 2017 is that it is increasingly accurate:  With Saint Andrew and all our companions in faith, we are learning to follow Jesus in the way of love.

CURATE’S REPORT

The Rev’d Kelly Sundberg Seaman

With Saint Andrew and all our companions in faith, we are learning to follow Jesus in the way of love. 

It’s often observed that organizations will put lots of effort into crafting a mission statement, and then, once the big reveal is over, the grand vision begins to gather dust. Episcopal congregations aren’t exempt from that risk, but to our credit, I think the Episcopal Church of St Andrew is working hard to be an exception to that rule.  And I’ll admit myself that a timely reference to our mission statement from our Rector (who, as you’ll see elsewhere in the annual report, closes his review of the year with it) helped my sense of the last very full year fall into place. I recommend the same exercise to you. How, word by word, are our shared aspirations shaping your life?

Companions: a word whose meaning is rooted in “sharing bread” is a powerful one for followers of Christ. We break holy bread at the altar; we eat together at coffee hour and other gatherings; we share food with our neighbors. And in all of those moments, Jesus is inviting us to know him in the breaking of the bread—and in and through our companions.

Learning: I’ve rejoiced in the return to teaching that this year has offered, initially in the Lenten series on Luke, and later in the course on praying with the Book of Common Prayer. And you all, every day, are helping me learn to how to be the priest I am called to be. I can’t even begin to measure my gratitude for that. 

Jesus: If you ever catch me preaching a sermon without mentioning Jesus by name, I want to hear about it, right away. 

Way: A fine reminder that being a disciple of Jesus is not a task to be wrapped up neatly as possible and soon as possible, but a way, a journey, a whole life. It will involve change. Some notable milestones: in September, I stepped down as Episcopal chaplain at Dartmouth Hitchcock, to be a parish priest full time. Grant funds from the Lilly Endowment, awarded to the Diocese of New Hampshire and then directed to me, made that shift possible.  And with Epiphany’s new status as a mission congregation of the Diocese of New Hampshire came a new title for me: Missioner of Sunapee. St Andrews and Epiphany continue to find new ways to partner for the good of this region—our afterschool program in Newport for 4th,5th, and 6th graders, the Epiphany 4H Explorers, is a shining example of that.

Love: This parish is overflowing with love, love that connects those who gather here and now, and that continues to connect across time and place. And we are learning, more and more, to spread that love farther and farther into our wider neighborhood and the world. A year after writing the following sentence for last year’s report, I find myself wanting to repeat it: “I continue to be amazed at my good fortune in being called to be here with you and the people of Epiphany Newport, and the enthusiasm, good humor, and deep caring that have emerged as hallmarks of this community.”  It’s a privilege to follow Jesus with you all.

 

WARDEN’S REPORT

Submitted by Becky Rylander & Richard Haines

 

In 2016 the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew continued to flourish and bloom.  Emphasis on mission, service, worship and joy resulted in a church that serves the community as well a congregation that makes it happen.  We welcome those who are at peace with your faith as well as those still seeking a deeper meaning to understand and accept it.  We see abundant opportunities for living and building our faith, life and mission in the world.  Led and guided by our rector, Jay, we are truly blessed and face the many uncertainties of 2017 with hope and strength!

 

Among our accomplishments in 2016:

* * *

Your Wardens appreciate the opportunity to serve our church.  As we begin 2017, we look forward with joy to what lies ahead for St. Andrew’s.  We welcome Bruce Avery as Warden, replacing Richard, who plans to continue serving St. Andrew’s in other ways in the coming years!

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Submitted by Peter Ruth, Treasurer

 

I am pleased to report that 2016 has been a very successful year for St. Andrew’s

in many ways.  We continue to grow, and our income expanded by 6% from $470.5 to $498.8. That said, our expenses also increased by 10% from $453.5 to $502.5.  All of this increase was in the area of compensation and benefits.  So the net operating income for 2016 was -3760.

During 2016 we received 2 bequests of $10,000 from Dutch Morse, and $22,500 from Jane Landenberger.  We did not use any of these funds so they have passed into endowment and reserves.

For 2017 our agreement with Kelly Sundberg Seaman calls for St. Andrew’s to pay ½ of her salary and benefits, and we will enjoy ½ of her time.  Diocesan grants & Church of the Epiphany will pay the other ½.

We enter 2017 in excellent financial health thanks to the support of our members, and the wise council of our vestry and Finance Committee.

 

Cash: $94,338

Reserve: $92,281

Endowment: 658,854 (3rd qtr) will update with year-end statement

 

Actual

 

Budget

 

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

Income

Pledges

 

 $       335,453

 

 $     379,259

 

 $   388,918

Contributions & Donations

 

                74,753

 

              67,018

 

            61,500

Investment Income (net)

 

                24,782

 

              24,912

 

            25,200

Fair & Bazaar (net)

 

                10,627

 

              11,625

 

            11,000

Diocesan Grants

 

                18,000

 

                8,950

 

            25,600

Epiphany Curate

 

                       -  

 

                     -  

 

            15,549

Graham Music Fund

 

                  4,369

 

                4,388

 

              4,400

Misc. Income

 

                  2,487

 

                2,610

 

              2,000

Total Income

 

              470,471

 

            498,762

 

          534,167

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenditures

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee Salaries

 

              196,703

 

            234,113

 

          248,803

Health Insurance

 

                38,932

 

              32,186

 

            36,171

Pension Benefits

 

                20,985

 

              31,869

 

            32,088

Payroll Taxes and Other Benefits

 

                  8,239

 

                8,524

 

              9,005

Total Compensation and Benefits

 

              264,859

 

            306,692

 

          326,067

Diocesan Fair Share

 

                63,211

 

              67,089

 

            70,000

Building and Grounds

 

                29,217

 

              29,813

 

            35,400

Administrative Expenses

 

                20,401

 

              19,836

 

            19,150

Utilities

 

                21,338

 

              16,196

 

            18,400

Music Expenses

 

            13,365

 

              14,632

 

            17,300

Other Clergy Expenses

 

                10,362

 

              12,232

 

            11,000

Outreach Expenses

 

                14,840

 

              16,176

 

            15,000

Other Insurance

 

                  9,023

 

              10,256

 

              9,800

Depreciation Expense

 

                       -  

 

                     -  

 

                   -  

Continuing Education

 

                  1,200

 

                1,511

 

              2,200

Misc. Expenses

 

                  5,737

 

                8,089

 

              9,850

Total Expenditures

 

              453,553

 

            502,522

 

          534,167

 

Surplus/(Deficit)

 $         16,918

 $       (3,760)

 $            -  

Total Income (check)

 

              470,470

 

            498,761

 

 

Total Expenditures (check)

 

              453,548

 

            491,192

 

 

 

 

 

STEWARDSHIP REPORT

Submitted by Rink & Nonie Reynders, Co-chairs

 

The 2017 Stewardship Campaign closed with an effective pledge total of $393,118,

the fourth year in a row to set a new parish record – a pattern that reflects a gathering  fabric of fellowship and fulfillment within our pews, and, with that, a reinforced sense of purpose, of commitment and obligation.  The Rev’d Jay MacLeod has opened minds to participation in all aspects of our mission, a mission enhanced by your contributions.

 

Far beyond stewardship, parishioner participation comprises decorating the altar and singing in the choir, greeting fellow worshipers as they arrive and providing delectable sustenance ere they depart, reaching out to our community and beyond – working with children from Boston and in Newport – examples, among many, of unselfish acts of commitment.  And for these acts, we are rewarded each Sunday by the warm presence of the Rev’d Kelly Sundberg Seaman and by the melodic contributions of David Almond and Nicole Densmore.

 

And yet again did Bruce Avery expend time and effort tracking the progress of the campaign, providing creative status charts to inform (and encourage) parishioners headed to coffee hour – all with data diligently provided him by Shelly Boucher – and affording critical guidance to the stewardship process.

 

This missive marks our final year as Stewardship Co-Chairs.  We are grateful for the contributions of our fellow parishioners . . . and we trust that you will extend your commitment and generosity as we hand the baton to Jeanne and Morris Edwards.

 

MUSIC PROGRAM

Submitted by David L. Almond, Director of Music

 

The Choirs

The Music Program at St. Andrew’s continues to expand its ministry to this church gathered in Christ’s Name.

 

The Parish Choir serves at Eucharist each Sunday at both 8 and 10 am, September through early June.  The choir supports the singing of the congregation each week and sings special music on occasion.  Choral works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Orlando Gibbons will be as much a part of our worship as the music of today’s fine composers.  At St. Andrew’s, traditional Anglican hymns and plainsong are used in worship alongside an ever-growing repertoire of world music as well as the many fine new hymns coming from the pens of today’s poets and musicians.  The choir sings to the glory God and brings God’s Word to his people through song.

 

On Thursday evenings, 7-8:30, the Parish Choir meets to rehearse and prepare music for worship. The members of the choir warm up on Sunday mornings at 7:30 for the 8am Eucharist and at 9:15 for Eucharist at 10.  The choir maintains a good balance of voices in the various sections.  The singers are developing a cohesive sound that is both full and expressive.  Choir members are to be commended for working diligently at their craft.  It is both a duty and a delight to work with them.

 

Currently, these are the members of the Parish Choir.  

Sopranos:  Milah Allison, Linda Barnes, Jane Brewer, Joan Ebbeson, Jennifer Giles,

                Bobbie Hambley, Becky Rylander, Sue Venable, and Joanna White.

Altos:  Jeanne Edwards, Lisa Matthews, Nina Rogers, and Mary Shepard

Tenors:  Kathi Almond, Donald Cox, Debbie Hunt, and Carolyn Reynolds

Basses: Brad Brewer, Tyler Harwell, David Marshall, Michael Todd,

                and Chuck Thompson

 

The Parish Choir also participates in the annual cycle of Ecumenical Services hosted by four  churches in New London.  In September 2016, the Parish Choir sang in the Service of Remembrance at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church and participated in the annual Service of Lessons and Carols at First Baptist Church in December, 2016.  Again this year, the choir will take part in the Ash Wednesday Service hosted by Our Lady of Fatima Church, and the Good Friday Liturgy which we host here at St. Andrew’s.

 

At Christmas, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost the Choir provides special music. This fall, the Choir also participated in Eucharist on November 29, on the eve of the Feast of St. Andrew.

 

Nicole Densmore, Director of Youth Music, provides leadership to the young people in Sunday school.  The children are learning new hymns to share at the 10am All-age Eucharist on the first Sunday of each month.  These children meet briefly each week before Sunday school, as well as for a full session on the last Sunday of each month.

 

Nicole also conducts our newly-formed St. Andrew’s Youth Choir, UpBeat.  This choir is in its second year.  An outgrowth of the delightful quartet of young singers who led worship on Christmas Eve:  Shane Boucher, Toby MacLeod, and Nathaniel and Patrick Seward, this choir will begin rehearsals again in February to prepare music for the Holy Week and Easter seasons.  We look to these singers to become the nucleus of a growing group of young choristers under Nicole’s direction.

 

Special Events

St. Andrew’s was honored in April by the presence of Composer and Conductor Alice Parker.  Alice was in residence April 30/May 1, to help celebrate the 100th birthday of her colleague, the late Robert Shaw.  She led a singing workshop for the New London community.  Alice also led singing and spoke on music at Eucharist on May 1.

 

Sundays at Four, a new series of concerts featuring ensembles and soloists premiered this past fall.  This three-concert series began in September with Folk Fusion, Nicole Densmore, flute, Susan Cancio-Bello, and Laurie Reeder.  October featured a group of young musicians from New York, Bellehouse, with a program of Celtic-influenced and alternative rock music.  Nicole Densmore and David presented a recital of music for flute, Native American flute, organ and piano in November.  We hope to continue this series in 2017.

 

In addition to his work as Director of Music, organist and choir director, David Almond is a composer.  He has already provided several settings of psalms and hymn descants for worship at St. Andrew’s.  His anthem “Lord of our life, and God of our salvation” was published last April by Augsburg Press in Minneapolis.

 

Guest Soloists, Organ and Instruments

The organ is tuned twice a year and it maintains its tuning very well.  Our piano technician, Rebekka Almond, keeps the pianos in the Sanctuary, Church Hall, and Choir Room, Many thanks for her excellent service.

 

Many thanks to others who have joined us to make music on Sunday mornings.  Soloists Carolyn Fisher, Mark Nelson, and my good friend, Kenneth Overton, along with a chamber orchestra heightened our Resurrection Joy on Easter Sunday with music from

J. S. Bach’s Easter cantata, “Christ lag in Todesbanden”.   Soloists Julie Wyma Furlong and Susan Cancio-Bello also lent their talents to our music in worship.  Susan also substituted for David as organist.  In September, guitarist Rick Lindberg and Nicole accompanied the worship at Lake Coniston.

 

Nicole and David have continued collaborating on the music for Eucharist at 10am. They have premiered several new pieces for flute and piano or organ this year.  They regularly support the hymn singing.  On Christmas Day, Rebekka Almond supplied at the organ for David.  And, of course, Nicole Fenton Densmore has graced our worship regularly with her flute.  We are blessed to have these talented musicians with us.

 

New singers and players, young and old, are invited to lend their talent to our worship.  If you would like to participate in music-making at St. Andrew’s, please call David Almond at

526-2110 or email him at almondkc@gmail.com for more information.

 

  

ACOLYTE REPORT

Submitted by Alice Perry

 

“Veteran” acolytes Anne Hall, JoAnn Hicks, Nancy Malm, Marni Eaton and Alice Perry served faithfully at the 8 AM service during 2016.  We also welcomed Greg Vogt as an acolyte.  Additional newcomers are always welcome and will receive training and guidance in their new duties.  Please consider joining this important and meaningful ministry.

 

Normally at 8 AM there is just one acolyte, serving along with the LEMs (serving as the second LEM if licensed) and the presider.  The acolyte’s role is to assist the priest by bringing elements from the ushers and credence table to the altar in preparation for the Eucharist, and removing used vessels after.  If you would be interested in joining those currently serving in this role, please speak to Jay or Alice Perry, who is responsible for scheduling this group of servers.

 

EUCHARISTIC SERVICE MINISTERS

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, USHERS, AND ACOLYTES (10 AM)

Submitted by Anne Hall, Verger

 

The acolytes who serve at the 10 am service are Michael Salo, Ben Greenwood, Shane Boucher, Julia & Peter Koumrian, Erin & Jenna Wheeler, Emmy & Katie Potter, Sophia Snaith, and Kate Kelly with Joe Kealy filling in when needed. In the procession, one bears the cross followed by those carrying the torches. Their responsibilities continue during the service.  The crucifer assists in the preparation of the Eucharistic table.  The torch bearers handle the collection plates and wash the Presider’s hands. They willingly carry out additional duties when needed.

 

Ushers serve at all three weekend services at both the parish church and Old St. Andrew’s [Father’s Day weekend to Labor Day weekend] and when needed at other services. There are 46 members who are scheduled with several others who are willing to substitute if needed. They arrive twenty minutes prior to the service to be prepared to provide an order of service and an announcement bulletin to those attending the service. They assist in the service by bringing the Eucharistic Elements and collection plates forward and during administration of The Holy Eucharist. After the service, the pews are checked for articles left behind and the prayer books and hymnals are straightened. There is an AED kit, phone and emergency kit readily available for their use.

 

There are forty-two parishioners serving as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers at both churches.  The Lay Readers read the lessons and lead the prayers of the people.  Over the year, Ann Feeley Kieffer, Nancy Malm, Karen Floyd Shepherd, Wendy Sloan, Dana Dakin and Ellen Yenawine have crafted the prayers, when scheduled. They make sure that intercessions are included for the Universal Church, the nation and all in authority, the welfare of the world, concerns of the local community, those who suffer or are in any trouble and the departed. There are 12 Eucharistic Ministers who administer the Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist under the direction of a deacon or member of the clergy.

 

Eucharistic Visitors are laypersons, authorized to take the Consecrated Elements to those who are unable to be present at the Celebration. Until the Clough Center closed, two Eucharistic Visitors administered the consecrated elements to residents of the Clough Center on the first and third Sundays of the month; other parishioners help with the lessons and hymns during the short service. Thanks are extended to Connie Appel and Ann Feeley Keiffer for organizing this outreach ministry. Eucharistic Visitors also make visits to parishioners’ homes when needed. In addition to Ann and Connie, Alice Perry, Pam & George Curran, Wendy Sloan, Lindsay Holmes, Tom McHugh, Nancy Malm, Gardner Yenawine, Christine and Mark Kellett are Eucharistic Visitors.  Ed Olney and Marilyn Luurtsema assisted at the Clough Center services.

 

If you are interested in serving as a Eucharistic Service Minister as an usher, lector, Eucharistic Minister [Although the numbers seem high, several of us serve at both Sunday services and in other ministries. There is a great need for more Eucharistic Ministers.]or Eucharistic Visitor and parents if your children are interested in serving as an acolyte at the 10 o’clock service, please contact Anne Hall [526-8530 or annehall@tds.net ].

 

ALTAR GUILD

Submitted by Rosie Best & Judy Ackroyd, co-chairs

 

The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare the sanctuary for our worship services.  Following the services members clean up the sanctuary and deliver the altar flowers.  Membership is open to anyone in the church willing to serve in a quiet and meaningful way. We welcomed JoAnn Hicks, Tina Colehower and Karen Floyd Shephard as new members this past year.

Current members are:

Shirley Avery                             Diane Caldwell                           Marni Eaton                           

Jeanne Edwards                          Leni Gillespie                             Yvonne Kun

Pam Morland                              Claire Pace                                 Alice Perry

Lynn and Emmy Potter              Nonie Reynders                          Becky Rylander

Joanne Schuyler                         Barbara Smith                            Rosie Best

Judy Ackroyd

Deb Rucci and Mary Shepard are substitutes and Bobbie Hambley washes and irons the fair linen.

We give special thanks to Shelly for all her help throughout the year and to Jay and Kelly for their guidance, cooperation and patience.

 

BUILDING & GROUNDS REPORT

Submitted by Harvey Best

 

The church bell is ringing once again!  After 50+ years parts fail and repairs are needed. But our bell is located in the peak of our roof and had to be repaired from scaffolding. Once the repair was made we decided to paint the entire end of the steeple before removing the scaffold (borrowed from Habitat for Humanity). High level skills were displayed by all participants!

Granite curbing was installed at the Main entrance to improve the border definition between asphalt and landscaping.

Exterior painting of doors and trim at front and back of church. Interior painting covered the restrooms in the basement, this included extensive plaster repair work by a local artisan.

Major landscape improvements were completed at both churches. Plantings, flowers, trees, bushes and flower boxes, built and planted.  Pruning and selective tree and brush removal lasted from spring through fall.

Ceiling tiles replaced in basement supply room……..more work on tile is needed.

This fall we contracted to have intensive cleaning of floors and rugs throughout the church.

Special thanks to the tireless volunteers who perform these maintenance tasks to keep both church buildings in great shape and at minimal expense. This is our way of helping St. Andrews remain a viable presence in New London.

Our volunteers…………Chris Heyl, Nick Eaton, Mark Kellett, Lyman Smith and Mary Eysenbach (landscaper extraordinaire)

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Submitted by Ellen Yenawine

 

Our 2016-2017 Sunday-school year began on September 11 when the children met with Nicole to sing and commemorate 9/11.  Sunday School class sessions began on October 9.  We are still using our Whirl curriculum, with materials that are lectionary-based, relevant for all ages, and help us learn to follow Jesus in our daily lives and address the questions and challenges of living out our faith.  It has been helpful to engage with the same topics in Sunday School as the adults address in church services.

 

Sunday School classes meet on the second, third, and, in January only, the fourth Sunday of the month through June.  When Sunday School is in session, children typically leave the worship service at the end of the Gloria or first hymn and proceed downstairs where they sing with Nicole then join in the Collect before going to their respective Sunday-school classes.  The younger group is composed of children in kindergarten through third grade, while the older group includes children from fourth grade up and any children not yet confirmed.  We have excellent, experienced teachers on board for both groups; we are delighted to welcome Karen Zurheide and Robin Berube to our staff!  Both teachers and shepherds have completed or are in the process of completing the required Safe Church training.  The children in 7th and 8th grades who are not yet confirmed are encouraged to join the older class or help out with the younger children as“shepherds in training.”  Several members of the older group were confirmed last year and now attend church or help out with Sunday School.  Children in preschool and younger go to the Nursery where care is available at both the 8am and 10am services provided by Abby Webster.

 

On the fourth (or fifth) Sundays of the month, Nicole Densmore, our Director of Youth Music, rehearses with the children in preparation for the music/singing that is part of the all-age worship on the first Sunday of each month.  She is an extraordinarily gifted teacher, musician, and singer and works her magic with the children whenever they practice or perform.  Nicole also directs the Upbeat Youth choir; members rehearse weekly and lead us in song at our Advent and Christmas services.  

 

The children enjoyed the Whirl Advent and Christmas curriculum and participated enthusiastically in our Epiphany pageant on January 8th.  We will continue with the rest of the Epiphany materials through February 26 then move into studies related to Lent and Easter.

 

Our Sunday-school staff now includes:

Curriculum Manager: Marni Eaton

Coordinator: Ellen Yenawine

Music Ministry:  Nicole Densmore

Teachers:

Shepherds:

 

We are so grateful for the faithful dedication of all our staff members to the children and our mission at St. Andrew’s.

 

FAITH ADVENTURES

Submitted by Ellen Yenawine

 

This year, we have nine active members in our Faith Adventures junior-high youth group (grades 6-8). Our meetings began with our second annual camping trip to Ricker Pond State Park in Groton, Vermont.  Eight kids and five adults participated in hiking, swimming, group exercises, Bible study, worship, games, and meals (including ‘smores and homemade spaghetti!) by the fire either outdoors or in the camp shelter.  Kudos and many thanks go to Pam Curran, who did all the food shopping and organizing (wow!) and to our fearless, sleep-deprived leaders, who made the trip such a great success.  We survived a huge thunderstorm during our Sunday breakfast on 9/11, which actually tied in closely to our worship lesson that day:  God is with us in turbulent times!  Given world events and the fact that many of us would not be here today were it not for the fact that our predecessors were welcomed into this country as immigrants, the group unanimously chose refugees as our focus for our 2016-2017 sessions.

 

Faith Adventures has now joined with the junior high youth group at The First Baptist Church (FBC) (led by Steve Allenby) who, independently, had already chosen refugees as their focus as well.  We have alternated between St. Andrew’s and FBC for our meeting (12:15-2:15 on the 3rd Sunday of the month) venues, bringing together a total of about 16-20 kids at each meeting.  Lunch has consisted of simple fare — rice and beans — as we seek to better understand what it is like to be a refugee.  Our guest for our first meeting was Hardy Hasenfuss, a member of FBC who was a refugee for many years during World War II.  It was sobering to hear what Hardy and his family endured and to see how he ultimately, through persistence, hard work, and the kindness of Americans made his way to a successful life in this country. Since then, we have watched films about the plight of refugees and engaged in challenging group exercises to better understand what the millions of dispossessed men, women, and children are enduring and identify ways to serve and support them.

 

Our meetings will culminate in March with a sleep-out project where participants will ask sponsors to support them on behalf of refugees.  Our kids (and leaders) are in for quite an adventure!   Other meetings will include service trips to benefit local refugee communities, and we will close our year in June with a picnic at the beach.

 

 

 

THE NETWORK NEWSLETTER

Submitted by Alice Perry, Editor

 

St. Andrew’s newsletter, The Network, is published bi-monthly and regularly includes Messages from the Rector, Wardens and the Director of Music, Parish Register data and birthdays.  Committee updates from all of the groups represented in this annual report, highlights and photos of recent activities plus announcement of future events, an occasional “lay contemplation” piece, items of community interest and suggestions for community service and outreach are all featured as well.

 

Each issue is posted on our website at www.standrewsnl.org in advance of the first day of the odd-numbered months (January, March, May, July, September and November) with email notification sent via Constant Contact as well.  (Please be sure the office has your current email address.)   A limited number of additional copies is available on the narthex shelf.

 

The newsletter welcomes your submissions.  In order to ensure timeliness, the deadline is the 20th of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December) – but don’t wait!  As soon as you have something of interest to share with our parish community, please do so.  There is a “newsletter” mailbox in the church office or (preferably) you can send text and/or photos electronically to the editor at perry46@tds.net.  Please continue to send ideas or items that keep the church community informed of our mission, our programs, our people, our service: all that constitutes the life of the church.

 

 

CRAFT GROUP REPORT

Submitted by Barbara Smith and Rosie Best

 

Our craft group consists of members who have been working countless hours putting their varied skills and talents to work – sewing, quilting, painting, stenciling, knitting, crocheting, stamping, etc. – to fill the craft tables with wondrous goodies for the Summer Fair and St. Nicholas Fair.  Our efforts have been appreciated and rewarded by those attending these events.

All members have enjoyed our Tuesday mornings of work, great refreshments, and fellowship.  Busy member during the 2016 year were Judy Ackroyd, Mary Bayerl, Clare Bennett, Rosie Best, Peggy Daly, Brita Ek, Leni Gillespie, Gail Goddard, Adrienne Kerwin and daughters, June Liberman, Pam Morland, Alice Perry, Gwen Place, Nina Rogers, Becky Rylander, Joanne Schuyler, Wendy Sloan, Barbara Smith, and Jackie Thompson. We meet Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 in the Parish Hall. Check the church calendar for dates – we start the 2017 year on February 7, 2017.  We will enjoy getting together again and welcome anyone who would like to join us – for goodies and fellowship.

 

LANDSCAPING COMMITTEE REPORT

Submitted by Mary Eysenbach

The landscaping work is visible and does not need to be described but thanks are due to the many individuals who made the changes possible.  Nell Leach and Noni Reynders helped with the planning and Nell’s expertise also with the choice and planting of lilac, holly, Japanese maple, and cotoneasters.  Emilie Major provided much needed youthful strength in planting the rhododendron and constructing the defining stonework north of the Memorial Garden, in digging planting holes, and most especially in the removal of two large tree stumps and assorted debris from the front garden.  Harvey Best and crew installed the granite curbing and built the new trash fence, and hauled load after load of brush from around Old St. Andrews.  Mark Kellett’s many skills included pruning the lilac stumps in the Memorial Garden, building and donating the planter box and supports, cutting down dead and damaged trees in the west side woods, running his chopper mower over the roots and stumps, and using his trailer to remove many, many loads of brush as well as bring in our new plantings.  Lyman Smith and Rebecca Emery stepped up to haul away years of accumulated leaves and Bruce Avery’s carpentry provided a new bottom for OSA’s planter barrel.  Thanks also go to the  watering crew, Wendy Sloan, Christine Kellett, and Barbara Smith in the Thrift Shop area, Marni  Eaton, Ann Feeley Kieffer, Gail Goddard, Deborah Lambert, Peter Machen, Fifi Mitchell, Ginny Register, and Gardner Yenawine for the front and Memorial Garden, and to Margaret Wutz who kept the Thrift Shop garden weeded and neat all summer.

                 I hope more people will step forward next year to lend a hand with the many tasks, some small and light, some needing greater strength, that have to be done to make our landscape look as it should.

 

THRIFT SHOP REPORT

Submitted by Jackie Thompson, Chair

 

Once again St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop has finished the year with enough income to donate the promised $15,000 to the Church’s budget. Our number of volunteers is lower than other years, partly because of those who spend winter and summer seasons out of town, and partly because of illness and volunteers moving away permanently. However, our very faithful volunteers, some from St. Andrew’s Church and some not, have been able to keep the shop open six days a week, four hours a day.  Our substitute list has also dwindled some this year, but we are impressed by the ability of the whole team to come to bat when needed and cover most all of the shifts. The Shop continues to offer quality clothing and household items at very reasonable prices. Our racks are full and the shelves overflowing, but we continue to make money at the end of each week. A very special thank you to all our willing volunteers for all they do to help keep the shop vibrant and attractive. We couldn’t do what we do without the many generous donations from parishioners and friends. And of course the customers who frequent the thrift shop are what make it all work.

Our brown bag sale again was very profitable, as was the half-price sale, and gave us the means to empty the shop of seasonable clothing at the end of each season and still make a profit. We offer surprise sales periodically to help move the clothes along. We are often asked to help needy families or families in crisis. We are always open to trying to make this happen.

There was enough income in 2016 to make donations to several local agencies and non-profit organizations, which is ultimately the goal of the thrift shop, to continue the outreach policies of the church.

In addition to these monetary contributions, we have sent an estimated 100 plus bags of summer clothing to the ministry in Sierra Leone, initiated by Edward Kanu’s program entitled “African International Mission Services”. We participate in Wish List NH which often sends requests for clothing for area needy families. We donated coats from the shop to Sotheby’s coat collection. Lastly, clothing that is not saleable in St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop is donated to Goodwill in Concord. It is almost impossible to value these bags of clothing, but my best estimate is that another possible $5,000 or more has been donated in 2016 to these worthy organizations.

 

 

 

THRIFT SHOP Distribution 2016

ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH                                    $15,000.

 OUTREACH DONATIONS:

KLS Community Food Pantry                                    600

LSRVNA                                                                     700

KREM                                                                          600

Health Emergency Fund for 6 school nurses   1,800

Habitat for Humanity                                                  300

                OUTREACH CASH DONATIONS             $  4,000

 TOTAL FOR 2016:               $19,000

 

OUTREACH REPORT

Submitted by Becky Rylander

 

At St. Andrew’s, we take seriously our mission to help those less fortunate.   We actively support a long list of projects—some with our treasure and more with our service, some close to home and others farther afield.  A full list is attached, but here are a few highlights.

KREM:  Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries is an alliance of churches in the area which supports those in sudden need by providing funds for essentials such as heating oil or car repairs.  In addition to contributing money, each church has a couple of volunteers who take turns screening requests for help and coordinating the response.  

Epiphany Explorers:  an after school enrichment program for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in Newport in partnership with 4H.  The theme this fall has been science with the kids learning by doing interesting and lively activities.

Phillips Brooks Partnership:  Last summer we hosted two groups of kids from housing projects in inner city Cambridge, MA to introduce them to camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities in our rural environment and one group of younger kids for a day trip.  It takes many of us to provide the food and help guide the youngsters, but we have fun, and they are always grateful.  Photos are on the bulletin board in the hall near the nametags.

We’ve also had fun singing with those with memory issues, knitting winter hats for seamen far from home, providing Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas presents, participating in the annual Crop Walk to help feed the hungry, serving dinner to the homeless in Concord, and much more.  Please review the attached chart and talk to the appropriate contact person if you’re interested in helping.

­Project

What it is

What is needed

   St. Andrew’s Contact

In our parish:

Meals to the Rescue

     Provides meals for parishioners who are ill

or otherwise in need of help.

Help with cooking and delivering meals.

Linda Potter

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Provides prayer shawls to parishioners

 or community members

for whom we are praying.

Knitting or crocheting.  See   

    www.prayershawlministry.com for sample

       patterns and come work with the Craft Group.

 Craft Group & others

In our community:

Thrift Shop

 Sells used clothing and uses the proceeds

 to benefit St. Andrew’s outreach and

many local philanthropic organizations.

Clean, gently used clothing appropriate

to the season.  Volunteer time working

in the shop.

Jackie Thompson

Epiphany 4H Explorers (with Epiphany/Newport and 4H)

Science-based activities for 4th, 5th & 6th 

      graders in Newport after school one day

per week.

Volunteers to work with kids on Monday afternoons from 2:30 to 5:15.

Rev’d Kelly Sundberg-Seaman

KREM (Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries)

A consortium of local churches providing emergency assistance.

    Prayerful support of our two representatives

 and donations at ecumenical

services and events.

Connie Appel

Jennifer Giles

Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee Community Food Pantry

    Provides food to needy in the area

via a food pantry located

at the First Baptist Church.

  Food, funds, & time.  Non-perishable food,

  especially peanut butter, tuna fish, and other

     protein items.  A collection box is located in the hall.  Also $$ and volunteer time.

Gail Goddard

Veterans’ Support

    Support of veterans with health problems.

        Donations of toiletries for VA hospice in

       Tilton.  Volunteers to help veterans trying to

        access disability benefits.

Sally Asher

Harvey Best

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

     Collection of seasonal food

during November for distribution—

a joint effort with other churches.

Food and $$ when requested

 in November.  Also help organizing.

    Mark & Christine Kellett

The Giving Tree

Community Christmas Project for

 needy families.

      Christmas gifts matched to identified wishes

      following instructions provided in Nov. by LSRVNA.

Judy Wheeler

Music and Memory

Singing sessions for those suffering from dementia and their caregivers.

   Volunteers to sing and make people feel

      welcome on Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 in the Parish Hall.

Sally Asher

Thursday Tots

    A play session for babies and toddlers with

their parents, grandparents, or caregivers.

Volunteers to help set up and coordinate

sessions from 10:00 - 11:30 on Thursdays.

Sally Asher

In our community, continued:

Youth  Outreach

SundaySchool and Faith Adventures

Children and teachers decide which

group to help.

$$ and hands-on participation such as

 helping prepare for Friendly Kitchen

and supporting refugee and homeless organizations through sponsored events.

Ellen Yenawine,

Pocket Crosses

Pocket-size crosses available in the hall in

    exchange for a free will gift to benefit LSR

      Food Bank, KREM, and the Friendly Kitchen.

Buy a cross or two and/or lend

woodworking help.

Harvey Best

Upper Valley Humane

Society Shelter

Cares for homeless pets

Clean discarded linens and towels to use

for bedding for the animals.

Marni Eaton

In our state and beyond:

The Friendly Kitchen

Provides dinner bimonthly for 100-120

 homeless and needy in Concord.

      $$ and help preparing and serving food

     on the fourth Friday of every other month.

Judy Ackroyd

ChiPs -Toys for Children of Incarcerated

   A collection of toys for incarcerated parents

to give their children for Christmas.

    Unwrapped toys collected in October

     and delivered to Diocesan Convention

 in early November.

Volunteers

Phillips Brooks Partnership

Outdoor experiences for inner city children.

    Volunteers and equipment for hiking,

  camping, swimming, tubing, sailing

 and cooking out

The Rev’d Jay MacLeod

 Nola Jordan

Souper Bowl Sunday

   A collection taken up by the youth of

St. Andrew’s on Super Bowl Sunday

to benefit the hungry.

$$ for the collection, usually split

     between KLS Community Food Pantry

and the Friendly Kitchen.

Shelly Boucher

Becky Rylander

Theresa Quinn

The Seamen’s Church Institute

The Institute provides spiritual, social services, and professional support to seafarers and river mariners.

Knitted hats and scarves; clean and

gently used men’s sweaters and jackets;

     toiletries; playing cards and paperback

books.  For patterns and info see website

or Becky, Judy, or Shelly: www.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea

Becky Rylander

Judy Ackroyd

Shelly Boucher

Annual Crop Walk

Regional, intergenerational walk around

      Pleasant Lake to raise funds for hunger relief.  First Sunday in October.

Walk and/or donate $$.

Rob Freitas

In the world:

Clinique Saint Esprit, Haiti

Funding of a pediatrician’s salary

for a project to save infant lives.

$$ budgeted for Millennium Development

 Goals and additional donations

Becky Rylander

 

 

 

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

RECTOR’S REPORT

The Rev’d Jay MacLeod

 

As our stewardship campaign unfolded in November, Bruce Avery created a slideshow of 2015 photos. I was astounded not just by the range of our activities this past year, but by how God’s Spirit of love has infused our work and witness.

 

Our worship consistently lifts us heavenward, and highlights have included:

• Stations of the Cross in the woods of Wilmot and our Holy Week and Easter liturgies;

• Hosting John Bell’s outstanding workshops on worship and spirituality;

• Extending our Sunday communion to the residents of the Clough Center;

• Funerals of much-loved church members whom we commended into God’s eternal care;

• Summer worship at Old St. Andrew’s and All Age Eucharists planned by families;

• Contemplative prayer on Monday evenings that is skillfully and sensitively led;

• Ordination of the Rev’d Kelly Sundberg Seaman to the priesthood; and,

• The musical offerings of our choir, organist and flutist and our congregational singing.

 

We have been enriched by opportunities for spiritual formation, including

• Monthly Novel Theology discussions;

• Sunday School sessions led by a dedicated team of volunteers;

• Lent Course on the spiritual revolution of the Gospel of Mark;

• Youth Adventures with camping in Vermont and solidarity with the homeless;

• A Parish Retreat on the holy island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland; and,

• Several youngsters being subsidized to attend Barbara C. Harris Episcopal Camp.

 

Our ministry and mission have been strengthened by Kelly’s arrival as the Curate of Sunapee. A gifted preacher, liturgist, and teacher, Kelly is also an excellent pastor. But as we continue to grow, it’s important that pastoral care of the congregation be shared by laypeople. The monthly meetings of the Pastoral Care Coordinating Team and the large turnout for our weekly pastoral care workshops during Eastertide mean that more and more church members are developing the skills and confidence to care for those in distress.

 

Finally, we are becoming a mission-shaped church, as evidenced by

• Weekly Music & Memory sessions for those suffering from memory loss;

• Thrift Shop that is an important ministry in itself and also raises funds for other projects;

• Thursday Tots that provides fun for babies and toddlers as well as parents and guardians;

• Scores of volunteers supporting inner city children via the Phillips Brooks Partnership; and

• Our financial support of Dr. Moise Fessianne in a pediatric clinic in Haiti.

Our unfolding partnership with Epiphany Episcopal Church in Newport is being driven not by the institutional self-interests of the two churches but by the needs of the community. Perhaps more than any other initiative of 2015, Sunshine Cafe (providing breakfast at Epiphany for middle schoolers five days a week) is a wonderful testament to how St. Andrew’s Church is living God’s love.

 

CURATE’S REPORT

The Rev’d Kelly Sundberg Seaman

 

It would be hard to exaggerate the sense of welcome and inclusion into the life of this parish I’ve felt since I arrived as Curate of Sunapee in September. I continue to be amazed at my good fortune in being called to be here with you and the people of Epiphany Newport, and the enthusiasm, good humor, and deep caring that have emerged as hallmarks of this community.

 

Ordination to the Priesthood: It was an immeasurable blessing to have celebrated my ordination to the priesthood here on December 21.Thank you again to everyone who attended, or who joined their prayers with us; to all of you who help make the service and the reception so beautiful (and well organized); and for the gifts from the parish in support of my priestly ministry. I presided at Eucharist for the first time at the 6:30 service on Christmas Eve.

 

Worship: Since my arrival in September, I’ve shared presiding at midday prayer with Jay and lay leaders. I’ve been preaching regularly at Saturday and Sunday Eucharists, and serving as Deacon up through my priestly ordination. In the future, Jay and I will take turns, sharing the preaching, presiding, and deaconing at weekend services. In January, I added presiding at Thursday Healing Eucharist to that list. I am learning much from being part of the conversations with Jay—and David and Nicole—as the worship services are planned (and orders of service proofread) each week.

 

Parish life: I worked with the Nominating committee this fall, helping to guide the process for selecting the slate for those who will serve in parish leadership positions in the coming year. I’ve been taking part in (and at times facilitating) discussions around the parish mission statement and the nature of our worship at 8 am. Parish social events are proving to be the joy- and food-filled celebrations I was told of when I arrived.

 

Prayer and pastoral care: This fall has seen the parish prayer list re-invigorated, with new systems in place to help care for those who have asked for our prayers. My role as Episcopal chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock continues. While that work is distinct to my call as your curate, please know that I am always willing to visit you, or your loved ones, when they are inpatients at DH. Just let me know.

 

Teaching: I continue to serve the Diocese as a Safe Church trainer, most recently co-leading a session hosted by Epiphany Newport; many of the attendees were volunteers with the Sunshine Café program. I’ll be taking part in our clergy-led series on Luke for Lent. Plans for a seminar-style exploration of prayer are in the works.

 

Formation: One of the things that distinguishes a curacy from a post as “assistant rector” is the intentional work to “form” the newly ordained person. For me, that includes dedicated time Jay and I take to reflect on my ministry here. Thank you all as well for being my teachers as I learn how to be a parish priest.

 

Now that my office is fully furnished (mostly with a suite of pieces Shelly spotted in The Shopper… how New London is that?) please consider my door open for the conversations that will lead us all more fully into our life together in Christ.

WARDEN’S REPORT

Submitted by Becky Rylander & Richard Haines

The pace for mission, service, worship and joy that was established in 2014 continued in 2015 for the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew.  Whether you are at peace with your faith or are still seeking a deeper meaning to understand and accept it, we see abundant opportunities for living and building our faith, life and mission in the world.

 

We highlight a few accomplishments in 2015:

   In September, we added a new clergy position, the Curate of Sunapee, the Rev. Kelly Sundberg Seaman. While newly ordained in December, Kelly brings the background of a seasoned professional to support both Epiphany Church in Newport and St. Andrew’s.  Welcome, Kelly!

  Working with the Phillips Brooks House’s Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program—a program that Jay helped to found while he was at Harvard—we expanded our program of hosting  several groups of middle school-age kids for  mountain climbing, picnicking, and swimming to introduce them to the joys of life in the country.  This year included two overnight campouts on Mt. Sunapee and the opportunity to try the aerial adventure ropes course at the mountain—a huge confidence builder.

  An active choir and traditional music was provided for the 8 AM service to enrich the worship experience.  A youth choir emerged, singing regularly as well.

  We developed our relationship with the Church of the Epiphany by implementing the Sunshine Café, a joint venture with Epiphany to provide pre-school breakfast and a “place to be” for Newport middle-schoolers.

  The Saturday afternoon Eucharist gained in acceptance with attendance averaging about 25.  

  At the annual meeting in January 2015 we surveyed our members to help set priorities and direction for St. Andrew’s. The results of this survey show enthusiastic support for St. Andrew’s priorities and mission, and willingness to speak out about views and opinions.  

  Twenty-one of us joined Jay on a pilgrimage to the island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland.  Iona is the place where St. Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland from Ireland in about 563 AD and is described as the “thin” place—the place where the spiritual world and the earthly world come closest together.

  In July, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of consecration of the Gould Road church.  We enjoyed dinner on the lawn and paused to thank those who have gone before us to build the vibrant church we all enjoy.

 A successful stewardship campaign, which met its pledge goal of $375,000 in December, (an increase from $342,000 in 2015), ensured funding for our growing mission in 2016 with a balanced budget.  Thanks for all the hard work by the stewardship team!

* * *

Your Wardens appreciate the opportunity to serve our church.  As we begin 2016, we look forward with joy to what lies ahead for St. Andrew’s.

 

 TREASURER’S REPORT

Submitted by William Sloan, Treasurer

 

It has been an honor to serve as the Treasurer of St. Andrew’s Church for the last 3+ years. My term ends with the annual meeting on January 24 and I am happy to write that my last report for the results of the year ending December 2015 shows the church to be in good financial shape. In addition, the budget for 2016, shown below expects a substantial expansion over the previous year. While expenses have grown at a significant rate, our pledge and other income has grown at an even faster rate and as a result we have grown our programs and outreach without dipping into our endowment. That is particularly significant this year as the Diocesan Investment Fund, while slightly outperforming the broad markets, basically was flat in terms of performance.

As most know, Rev. Kelly Sundberg Seaman, Curate, joined our staff in 2015 and is helping Rev. Jay Macleod, Rector, with parish duties as our size expands. She also spends time assisting with Church of the Epiphany in Newport. In order to help finance her salary you will see grants in both 2015 and 2016. These were approved by the Diocesan Mission Resources Commission to start the Sunapee Curacy program. A final comment, as you can see the budget for 2016 is currently balanced by the use of surplus. These funds have been accumulated over the past 3 years as we have had an excess of revenue over expense. The Church, specifically, has not drawn from endowment and will not in 2016.

 

Cash and Investments

Checking and Money Market                 $129,597  

Endowment and other assets                  $672,000

 

2015

2015

2016

Income

Actual

Budget

Budget

3150

Pledges - Prior

1279

0

 

3160

Pledges - Current

297239

342000

375000

3170

Pledges - Prepaid

36935

0

0

3180

Contributions

18541

6000

6500

3185

Wedding/Funeral Donations

3400

1500

2000

3190

Gifts-One Time Donations

2375

0

0

3192

Gifts-Memorials

5647

0

0

3193

Memorial Garden

200

0

0

3200

Open Plate

12069

9000

10000

3350

Special - Easter

2025

1000

2000

3360

Special - Christmas

4659

1500

1500

3400

Capital One Interest

53

100

100

3420

Diocesan Investment BOA

24630

25000

26000

3435

Graham Music Fund

4369

4500

4500

3450

Other Interest

30

0

0

3705

Summer Fair Receipts

8867

7000

9000

3710

Summer Fair Expenses

-2200

-2000

-2000

3805

SN Bazaar - Receipts

5210

4000

4500

3810

SN Bazaar - Expenses

-1350

-1000

-1000

3815

Outreach Donations

4250

1500

2000

3900

Thrift Shop Donation

15000

15000

15000

3950

Building Use

2457

2000

2000

3970

Misc.

708

0

0

3980

Cookbook Income

30

0

0

3993

Grants

18000

0

17500

Total Income

464422

417100

474600

Surplus

26740

501340

Expenditures

4110

Rector-Gross Salary

85734

85734

86591

4115

Rector SET

6559

6200

6624

4117

Curate Salary

13295

0

40149

4118

Curate SET

1017

0

3071

4120

Music Director Salary

43860

43860

46440

4132

Nursery Coordinator Stipend

2000

2000

2000

4195

Office Admin Salary

42738

42738

43165

4200

Payroll Taxes

7436

5600

6000

4410

Rector Health

25979

26000

23284

4420

Office Admin Health

12953

16900

8316

4610

Rector Pension

17139

16548

16944

4620

Curate Pension

 

 

7779

4680

Admin Assistant Pension

3846

4273

4317

4690

Rector Life Insurance

227

228

230

4695

Curate Life Insurance

76

0

230

4802

Supply Clergy

1500

1500

500

4805

Discretionary Fund-Rector

2500

3000

3000

4806

Mileage

5521

4100

6000

4807

Rector Expenses

2341

2800

2800

4808

Curate Expenses

 

 

2500

5110

Bldg Projects

4200

7000

7000

5114

Bldgs. & Grounds Expense

2889

3000

3000

5115

Bldg Maintenance Agreements

1944

850

2000

5120

Landscaping & Gardens

842

1200

1200

5140

Snow Removal/Sanding

4100

4100

4100

5145

Custodial Services

11025

12500

12500

5215

Electric

4142

4000

4000

5216

Sewer & Water

356

800

800

5217

Heating Oil

13167

15650

11950

5218

Propane

463

500

500

5220

OSA Utilities

277

600

600

5315

Custodial/Kitchen Supplies

2299

1700

1700

5410

Property & Liability Insurance

7734

7500

7700

5420

Workmens Comp Insurance

1289

1000

1200

6110

Office Expense

5131

4000

5500

6190

Miscellaneous

361

1000

1000

6250

Office Maintenance Agreements

2690

3000

3000

6300

Postage

1558

1750

1750

6400

Advertising/PR

4883

5000

4500

6512

Telephone, Internet, Fax

2933

3000

2000

6850

Accountant

5000

5000

5000

6950

Stewardship

0

1000

500

7100

Diocesan Fair Share

63211

57000

65000

7550

Rector Sabbatical

500

500

500

7555

Rector Cont Ed

1000

1000

1000

7556

Music Director Cont Ed

0

500

500

7557

Curate Cont Ed

 

 

600

7558

Office Admin Cont Ed

0

500

500

7600

Convention Fund

105

150

150

7700

Outreach Expenses

14840

15800

17500

8150

Altar Guild

1918

1000

1500

8215

Youth Enrichment

2261

1500

2500

8220

Adult Education

314

750

750

8230

Church School

646

1000

1000

8235

Nursery

0

500

400

8240

Acolytes

0

100

200

8250

Hospitality (Food items)

2050

2500

2000

8295

Publications & References

810

500

600

9150

Organ/piano maintenance

1440

1200

1400

9200

Choir & Soloist

1875

2000

2000

9300

Junior choir - Densmore

8000

8000

10000

9350

Music Development

2050

1300

1800

9700

Flowers Revenue

-4050

0

0

9701

Flowers Expense

3242

0

0

Total Expenditures

452211

441431

501340

 

 

STEWARDSHIP REPORT

Submitted by Rink & Nonie Reynders, Co-chairs

 

The 2016 Stewardship Campaign closed with an effective pledge total of $376,234, a Parish record some ten percent over the prior year – which had itself been a record. This gathering momentum is, quite simply, the response of the faithful to a number of fulfilling elements within our growing community.  The Rev’d Jay MacLeod doth explicate the scripture with wit and wisdom, infusing our services with both spirit and substance.  And he is now joined by the Rev’d Kelly Sundberg Seaman, who explores the Word with her warm smile.

 

As we in the pews look toward the altar, just to the right of the chancel we find a group of folks who lend a joyful noise to the proceedings.  David Almond, our organist and choirmaster, has brought music to a central role in our services – even to the extent of involving those in the nave, directing us as we sing rounds.  He is supported in his work by our engaging flautist, Nicole Densmore, who provides a new tonal dimension (when she isn’t teaching Sunday School).

 

Once again did Bruce Avery expend hours upon hours tracking the process, and providing creative status charts to inform anyone headed to coffee hour.  Behind those charts, he maintained a critical listing of progress and participation, giving important direction to the campaign.  (Of course, all of his data came from the desk of Shelly Boucher.)  And we need to thank Becky Rylander, Richard Haines, Nancy Malm, and Tina and Bill Colehower for their effective telephone interventions at the eleventh hour.

 

Finally, a warm kudos to our parishioners, who stepped forward with a resounding statement of faith to expand the role of St. Andrew’s in our lives and in our community.

 

MUSIC PROGRAM

Submitted by David L. Almond, Director of Music

 

The Choirs

The Music Program at St. Andrew’s continues to expand its ministry to this church gathered in Christ’s Name.

 

The Parish Choir serves at Eucharist each Sunday at both 8 and 10am, September through early June.  The choir supports the singing of the congregation each week and sings special music on occasion.  Choral works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Thomas Tallis will be as much a part of our worship as the music of today’s fine composers.  At St. Andrew’s, traditional Anglican hymns and plainsong are used in worship alongside an ever-growing repertoire of world music as well as the many fine new hymns coming from the pens of today’s poets and musicians.  The choir sings to the glory God and brings God’s Word to his people through song.

 

On Thursday evenings, 7-8:30, the Parish Choir meets to rehearse and prepare music for worship.  The members of the choir warm up on Sunday mornings at 7:15 for the 8am Eucharist and at 9:15for the 10am Eucharist.  The choir maintains a good balance of voices in the various sections.  The singers are developing a cohesive sound that is both full and expressive.  Choir members are to be commended for working diligently at their craft.  It is both a duty and a delight to work with them.

 

Currently, these are the members of the Parish Choir.  

Sopranos:  Linda Barnes, Jane Brewer, Joan Ebbeson, Jennifer Giles,

                        Bobbie Hambley, Becky Rylander, Sue Venable, and Joanna White.

Altos:  Heidi Beckwith, Jeanne Edwards, Betsy Katz, Mary MacMillin, Chris Major,

                        Nina Rogers, and Mary Shepard

Tenors:  Kathi Almond, Tyler Harwell, Carolyn Reynolds

Basses: Brad Brewer, Richard Haines, Dave MacMillin, David Marshall

                        and Chuck Thompson

 

The Parish Choir also participates in the annual cycle of Ecumenical Services hosted by four of churches in New London.  In September 2015, the Parish Choir sang in the Service of Remembrance at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church and participated in the annual Service of Lessons and Carols at First Baptist Church in December, 2015.  Again this year, the choir will take part in the Ash Wednesday Service hosted by Our Lady of Fatima Church, and the Good Friday Liturgy which we host here at St. Andrew’s.

 

At Christmas, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost the Choir provides special music. This fall, the Choir also prepared a service of Evensong on November 29, on the eve of the Feast of St. Andrew.  The service featured an anthem by Samuel Sebastian Wesley and the evening canticles in new settings by David L. Almond.  It is hoped that Evensong may be sung more frequently in worship at St. Andrew’s.

 

In addition to his work as Director of Music, organist and choir director, David Almond is a composer.  He has already provided several settings of psalms and hymn descants for worship at St. Andrew’s.  His anthem “Lord of our life, and God of our salvation” will be published in April by Augsburg Press in Minneapolis.  This past October – with financial help from St. Andrew’s – David attended a conference of American composers at North Dakota State University in Fargo.  David also conducts the Kearsarge Chorale in residence at Colby-Sawyer College where he is an adjunct instructor in music.

 

Nicole Densmore, Director of Youth Music, provides leadership to the young people in Sunday school.  The children are learning new hymns to share at the 10am All-age Eucharist on the first Sunday of each month.  These children meet briefly each week before Sunday school, as well as for a full session on the last Sunday of each month.

 

Nicole also conducts our newly-formed youth St. Andrew’s Youth Choir.  This choir is in its initial stages of development.  An outgrowth of the delightful quartet of young singers who led worship on Christmas Eve:  Shane Boucher, Toby MacLeod, and Nathaniel and Patrick Seward, this choir will begin rehearsals in February to prepare music for the Holy Week and Easter seasons.  We look to these singers to become the nucleus of a growing group of young choristers under Nicole’s direction.

 

Organs and Instruments

The organ is tuned twice a year – just before Easter, and again during Advent – and it maintains its tuning very well.  In December, Rebekka Almond worked on the pianos in the Church Hall and Choir Room, including thorough tunings of both instruments.  Rebekka is studying piano tuning and maintenance at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.  Many thanks for her gracious gift.

 

Many thanks to others who have joined us to make music on Sunday mornings.  Brass and timpani added to the Resurrection Joy on Easter Sunday.  In September, guitarist Rick Lindberg and Nicole accompanied the worship at Lake Coniston.  Rick returned in October to accompany Emily Kelly when she brought Irish dancing to the Eucharist.

 

Nicole and David have continued collaborating on the music for Eucharist at 10am. They have premiered several new pieces for flute and piano or organ this year.  They regularly support the hymn singing.  During the Christmas season, Rebekka Almond joined Nicole to play violin and flute duets on successive Sundays.  We are blessed to have these talented musicians with us.

 

New singers and players, young and old, are invited to lend their talent to our worship.  If you would like to participate in music-making at St. Andrew’s, please call David Almond at 526.2110 or email him at almondkc@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

ACOLYTE REPORT

Submitted by Alice Perry

 

“Veteran” acolytes Anne Hall, JoAnn Hicks, Nancy Malm, Marni Eaton and Alice Perry served faithfully at the 8 AM service during 2015.  Newcomers are always welcome and will receive training and guidance in their new duties.  Please consider joining this important and meaningful ministry.

 

Normally at 8 AM there is just one acolyte, serving along with the LEMs (serving as the second LEM if licensed) and the celebrant.  The acolyte’s role is to assist the priest by bringing elements from the ushers and credence table to the altar in preparation for the Eucharist, and removing used vessels after.  If you would be interested in joining those currently serving in this role, please speak to Jay or Alice Perry, who is responsible for scheduling this group of servers.

 

EUCHARISTIC SERVICE MINISTERS

Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, and Acolytes (10 am)

Submitted by Anne Hall, Verger

 Eucharistic Visitors are laypersons, authorized to take the Consecrated Elements to those who are unable to be present at the Celebration. On the first and third Sundays of the month, two Eucharistic Visitors administer the consecrated elements to residents of the Clough Center; other parishioners help with the lessons and hymns during the short service. Thanks are extended to Connie Appel and Ann Feeley Keiffer for organizing this outreach ministry. Eucharistic Visitors also make visits to parishioners’ homes when needed. In addition to Ann and Connie, Alice Perry, Pam & George Curran, Linday Holmes, Tom McHugh, Nancy Malm, Gardner Yenawine, Christine and Mark Kellett are Eucharistic Visitors.  Ed Olney and Marilyn Luurtsema assist at the Clough Center services.

 

There are forty parishioners serving as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers each service at both churches.  The Lay Readers read the lessons and lead the prayers of the people.  Ann Feeley Kieffer, Nancy Malm, Karen Floyd Shepherd, Wendy Sloan, Dana Dakin and Ellen Yenawine craft the prayers,  when scheduled. They make sure that intercessions are included for the Universal Church, the nation and all in authority, the welfare of the world, concerns of the local community, those who suffer or are in any trouble and the departed. Eucharistic Ministers administer the Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist under the direction of a deacon or member of the clergy. Currently, there are nine who are licensed by the Diocese.

 

Over the year, 48 ministered as ushers serving at all services at the parish church and old St. Andrew’s [from Father’s Day weekend through Labor Day weekend] arriving twenty minutes prior to the service. As they greet those attending the service, they provide an order of service and an announcement bulletin. During the service they bring the Eucharistic Elements and collection forward. They also assist during administration of The Holy Eucharist. Following the service, they check the pews for articles left behind and straightening the prayer books and hymnals. In the event of an emergency, the AED kit, phone and emergency kit are readily available to them.  We would welcome others who would like to serve in this rewarding position.

 

 

ALTAR GUILD

Submitted by Rosie Best & Judy Ackroyd, co-chairs

 

The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary for the celebration of our church services.  Following the service, members clean up the sanctuary and deliver the altar flowers to the sick.  Presently we have 4 teams of 4-5 members.  Members are on duty for 2 weeks then off for six.  General meetings are scheduled only a few times each year, usually in preparation for Christmas and Easter seasons. We welcome Nonie Reynders, Lin and Emmy Potter as new members and encourage others (men, women, young, old) to join this important ministry.   You will find it very rewarding and meaningful.

 

Current members are:

Shirley Avery                             Diane Caldwell                           Pam Curran                     

Marni Eaton                                Jeanne Edwards                          Leni Gillespie

Yvonne Kun                                Pam Morland                              Claire Pace

Alice Perry                                 Becky Rylander                          Joanne Schuyler             

Barbara Smith                            Rosie Best                                   Judy Ackroyd

 

Janet Jones, Deb Rucci and Mary Shepard are our subs and Bobbie Hambley cares for the fair linen.  We give special thanks to Shelly for all her help throughout the year and to Jay and Kelly for their guidance, cooperation, and patience.

 

 

BUILDING & GROUNDS REPORT

Submitted by Harvey Best, Chair

 

                Some of the major and minor improvements made at St. Andrew’s Church during 2015 include:

1) Install new glass wall enclosure at main entrance in effort to block wind, snow and ice.

2) Rebuild enclosure around gas tank and refuse container at main entrance.

3) Replace defective, rotting window and trim on exterior of Choir room.

4) Our church bell has not rung in the steeple for many months. We were able to inspect the bell ringer electronics and diagnose problem. Many thanks to Trumbull-Nelson Contractor for the use of their hydraulic lift and operator.

5) We now have large screen , closed circuit , TV mounted on wall in Parish Hall.

6) Built and installed large filing bookcase in Choir room.

7) Installed low voltage lighting in church hallway to illuminate coat rack.

Subtle changes you may have noticed:

-  New paper dispensers and faucets installed in Restrooms.

-  Tree and bush trimming with selected tree removal at front entrance.

-  Improved security lock-boxes at church entrance doors.

-   Adjust and repair, as needed, closet doors in church basement.

-   New signage installed at Gould Road and Old St. Andrew’s.

At Old St. Andrew’s :

-   Installed screening in belltower to restrict animal access.

-   Take down large pine tree threatening the parking lot.

What’s Next?

-   Improve overhead lighting in Choir area of church.

-  Get church bell ringing once again.

In conclusion, SPECIAL THANKS to the volunteers who made all of these improvements possible, namely Chris Heyl, Nick Eaton, Lyman Smith, Mark Kellett, Bruce Avery, Peter Rucci and Mary Eysenbach.

 

 SUNDAY SCHOOL

Submitted by Ellen Yenawine

 

Our 2015-2016 Sunday-school year began on October 11 with our new “Whirl” curriculum. The Whirl curriculum materials are lectionary-based, relevant for all ages, and focus on applying faith in daily life and addressing the questions and challenges of living out our faith.  It has been interesting to engage with the same topics in Sunday School as the adults in the church services.

 

Our membership continues to grow.  Sunday School meets on the second, third, and, in January only, the fourth Sunday of the month through June.  When Sunday School is in session, children leave the worship service at the end of the Gloria or first hymn and proceed to the Parish Hall where they sing with Nicole then join in the Collect before going downstairs to their respective Sunday-school classes.  The younger group is composed of children in kindergarten through third grade while the older group includes children from fourth grade up and any children not yet confirmed.  We have excellent, experienced teachers on board for both groups.  More “shepherds” have now volunteered to assist the teachers, so scheduling is a bit easier for our stellar coordinator, Marni Eaton, who also organizes our curriculum materials.  Both teachers and shepherds have completed or are in the process of completing the required Safe Church training.   The children in 7th and 8th grades who are not yet confirmed are encouraged to help out with the younger children and be “shepherds in training.” Children who have been confirmed are encouraged to attend the church service.  Children in preschool and younger go to the Nursery where Abigail Webster is available at both the 8am and 10am services and is also current in her training.  

 

On the fourth (or fifth) Sundays of the month, Nicole Densmore, now an official member of the music ministry, rehearses with the children in preparation for the music/singing that is part of the all-age worship on the first Sunday of each month.  We are delighted to have her on board; she is an extraordinarily gifted teacher, musician, and singer and works her magic with the children whenever they practice or perform.

 

The children enjoyed the Whirl Advent and Christmas curriculum and participated enthusiastically in the Epiphany pageant on January 3rd.  We will continue with the rest of the Epiphany materials through February 7 then move into studies related to Lent then Easter.

 

Our Sunday School staff now includes:

 

Coordinator/Curriculum Manager: Marni Eaton

Co-Coordinator: Ellen Yenawine

Music Ministry:  Nicole Densmore

 

Teachers:

•  Pam Curran and Ellen Yenawine (older group)

•  Martha Barron-Greenwood and Janet Heyl (younger group)

•  Linda Potter, Jennifer Giles, and Theresa Quinn are substitute teachers

•  Kate Kelly and Emmy Potter are “teachers in training”

 

Shepherds:

•  Susan Clark (sub)

•  Janet Miller-Haines

•  Heather Huff

•  Kate Kelly (younger)

•  Lisa Kelly

•  Cynthia Marshall

•  Anne Pankow

•  Emmy Potter (younger)

•  Kathy Snaith (sub)

•  Gardner Yenawine

 

We are so grateful for the faithful dedication of all our staff members to the children and our mission at St. Andrew’s.

 FAITH ADVENTURES

Submitted by Ellen Yenawine

 

All children who will be in 6th through 8th grade this year have been encouraged to join our new middle-school “Faith Adventures” program.   We currently have 10 young adults who attend regularly.  We began on September 11th through 13th with a camping trip to Ricker Pond State Park in Groton, Vermont.  All kids (8) and adults (4) seemed to have a wonderful time participating in hiking, swimming, group exercises, Bible study, worship, games, and meals (including ‘smores) by the fire either outdoors or in the camp shelter.  Pam Curran did all the food shopping and organizing — wow!   Just before they departed for home, the kids were asked what they might like to do in the future; they decided among themselves that they would like to meet once a month (on the third Sunday from 5-7pm), and we agreed!  Our first Faith Adventures meeting was held on October 18th at the church.  Since then these young adults (10) have done amazing things!

 

They made a wonderful presentation at the annual convention in Concord; their talk included a video of the summer visits with the students from the Phillips Brooks House.

In addition, they have enthusiastically participated in a Homeless project with the middle school youth group at the First Baptist Church.  To promote awareness and raise money for the homeless, young and older adults from both churches constructed cardboard boxes and, on the frigid night of December 5th, slept out on the lawn of the First Baptist Church.  Those (both children and adults from both churches) who participated in the event earned over $6,000 and will decide how they will use that money to support the homeless.

 

Our students continued to focus on homelessness and how they might make a difference by joining with others in attending the Homeless Vigil in Newport, NH on December 21st and participating in the commemoration of the Holy Innocents where we remember the flight of the holy family into Egypt and how innocent children suffer.  On January 18, Martin Luther King Day, our Faith Adventures group will again join with the middle-schoolers at First Baptist Church and travel to The Haven in White River Junction, VT where they will be introduced to the services provided there and engage in an interactive program that acquaints them more directly with the challenges faced by those who are homeless.   Our young people will also help prepare macaroni and cheese for the Friendly Kitchen this month.

 

We will return to our regularly scheduled Faith Adventures meetings, 4-6pm on the third Sunday of the month, in February.

 

THE NETWORK NEWSLETTER

Submitted by Alice Perry, Editor

 

St. Andrew’s newsletter, The Network, is published bi-monthly and regularly includes Messages from the Rector, Wardens and the Director of Music, Parish Register data and birthdays.  Committee updates from all of the groups represented in this annual report, highlights and photos of recent and future activities and events, an occasional “lay contemplation” piece, and items of community interest and suggestions for community service and outreach are all featured as well.

 

Each issue is posted on our website at www.standrewsnl.org in advance of the first day of the first month, with email notification sent via Constant Contact as well.  (Please be sure the office has your current email address.) The newsletter is also mailed in hard copy to those who don’t have internet access.        A limited number of additional copies is also available on the narthex shelf.

 

The newsletter welcomes your submissions.  In order to ensure timely delivery, the deadline is the 20th of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December) – but don’t wait!  As soon as you have something of interest to share with our parish community, please do so.  There is a “newsletter” mailbox in the church office or you can send text and/or photos electronically to the editor at perry46@tds.net.  Please continue to send ideas or items that keep the church community informed of our mission, our programs, our people, our service: all that constitutes the life of the church.

CRAFT GROUP REPORT

Submitted by Barbara Smith

 

Our craft group consists of members who have been working countless hours putting their varied skills and talents to work – sewing, quilting, painting, stenciling, knitting, crocheting, stamping, etc. – to fill the crafts tables with wondrous goodies for the Summer Fair and the St. Nicholas Fair.  Our efforts have been appreciated and rewarded by those attending these events.

All members have enjoyed our Tuesday mornings of work, great refreshments, and fellowship.  Busy members during the 2015 year were Judy Ackroyd, Mary Bayerl, Clare Bennett, Rosie Best, Pamela Curran, Peggy Daly, Leni Gillespie, Gail Goddard, Adrienne Kerwin, June Libeman, Pam Morland, Carol Olsen, Alice Perry, Gwen Place, Nina Rogers, Becky Rylander, Joanne Schuyler, Wendy Sloan, Barbara Smith, Jackie Thompson.

We meet Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 in the Parish Hall.  Check the church calendar for dates—we start the 2016 year on February 9, 2016.  We will enjoy getting together again and welcome anyone who would like to join us – for goodies and fellowship.

 

LANDSCAPING COMMITTEE REPORT

Submitted by Mary Eysenbach

 

                In the summer the vestry asked Mary Eysenbach to serve as chair, replacing Wendy Sloan who wished to retire after serving for some time.

                With the help of Noni Reynders and Nell Leach a re-landscaping of the south entrance was planned and with the help of Nick Easton, Harvey Best and Chris Heyl the first steps carried out:  removal of dead or overgrown trees and rebuilding the trash area fence.  Come spring there will be some modest replanting on both sides of the entrance.

                An investment was made in the future of our trees with professional pruning of the apples and birches.  Unfortunately several of the apples suffer from fire-blight for which arborvitae are a host.  Several stumps were also professionally removed.

                An investment of labor was made in the Memorial Garden in pruning, transplanting, and realigning stones.   Additional work waits for warmer weather.

                Anyone willing to help with light gardening next year, please get in touch with Mary Eysenbach (eysen@tds.net).  Many hands make light work!  If anyone has garden hoses they don’t need, preferably 25’ lengths, the gardeners could put them to good use. We could also use a lawn fertilizer spreader to borrow occasionally.  

THRIFT SHOP REPORT

Submitted by Jackie Thompson, Chair

 

We are pleased to report that 2015 was another good year for the St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop. Our list of volunteers increased to 20 full time and very faithful women, some from St. Andrew’s Church and some not. We also have 14 dependable substitutes who consistently have been available when needed during the year. The Thrift Shop offers quality clothing and household items at very reasonable prices. The profit from the shop is donated to St. Andrew’s Church, this year the amount was $15,000. Also in 2015, we donated $4,800 to eight different outreach organizations. This is a total increase of $3,300 over the donations in 2014.

 

There are many people to thank for the success of the thrift shop, especially Nancy Rollins who brings clothing to Goodwill when we have off-season clothes to donate. Thank you to all our willing volunteers for all they do to help keep the shop buzzing. And we couldn’t do what we do without the many generous donations from parishioners and friends. And of course the customers who frequent the thrift shop are what make it all work.

 

Our brown bag sale again was very profitable and gave us the means to empty the shop of seasonable clothing at the end of each season and still make a profit. We offer surprise sales periodically to help move the clothes along. We are often asked to help needy families or families in crisis. We are always open to trying to make this happen. We donated $15,000 to St. Andrew’s Church, the amount requested in their budget, and ended the year with a substantial surplus, which we will distribute to St. Andrew’s in increments throughout 2016.

The 2015 disbursements were as follows:

 

                                        ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH :                    $15,000.

 

                KLS Community Food Pantry                                    500

                The Friendly Kitchen, Concord                                  400

LSRVNA                                                                     700

KREM                                                                          700

Health Emergency Fund for 6 school nurses           1,800

Phillips Brooks Project                                                200

Habitat For Humanity                                                    300

Phillips Brooks Project                                               200

 

                                        OUTREACH  DONATIONS:                     $  4,800.

 

                                                 TOTAL FOR 2015:                  $19,800.

 

Outreach at St. Andrews's 2015 -  

helping others in our parish, our community, and the world

Project

What it is

What is needed

St. Andrew’s Contact

Thrift Shop

Sells used clothing.  Proceeds benefit St. Andrew's outreach and many local charities.

Clean, gently used appropriate to the season.  Volunteer time working in the shop

Jackie Thompson

Sunshine Café

Breakfast and homework help to 5th and 6th graders at Epiphany Church in Newport.

Volunteers to serve breakfast and work with kids on weekday mornings 6:30-8:30.

Rob Freitas

The Friendly Kitchen

Provides diner for 100-120 homeless and needy people in Concord.

$$ and help preparing and serving food on the fourth Friday of every other month.

Judy Ackroyd

Clinique Saint Espirit, Haiti

Funding pediatrician's salary for project to save infant lives

$$ budgeted for Millennium Development Goals and additional donations.

Becky Rylander

KREM (Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries)

A consortium of local churches providing emergency funds in crisis situations when no other assistance is available.

$$, donated at ecumenical services and other events around town.

Connie Appel, Jennifer Giles

Veterans Assistance

Support of veterans with health problems.

$$ and donations of toiletries;  a collection basket is on the narthex shelf.  Volunteers to help veterans access disability benefits.

Sally Asher,   Harvey Best

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Collection of seasonal food during November for distribution—a joint effort with other churches.

Food and $$ when requested in November.  Help preparing baskets.

Gail Goddard;  Christine & Mark Kellett

ChiPs - Toys for Children of Incarcerated

A collection of toys for incarcerated parents to give their children for Christmas.

Unwrapped toys collected in October.

Volunteers

The Giving Tree

Our contribution to the LSRVNA’s Community Christmas Project to provide Christmas gifts to needy families.

Gifts matched to identified wishes following instructions provided by LSRVNA in Nov.

Judy Wheeler

Meals to the Rescue

Provides meals to parishioners who are ill or otherwise need help.

Help cooking and delivering meals.

Linda Potter

Music and Memory

Singing sessions for those suffering from dementia and their caregivers.

Volunteers to sing and make people feel welcome on Wednesdays 10-11 am in the parish hall.

Sally Asher

Thursday Tots

A play session for babies and toddlers with their parents, grandparents or care givers.

Volunteers to help set up and coordinate sessions from 10-11 am on Thursdays.

Sally Asher

Phillips Brooks Partnership

Outdoor experiences for inner city children.

Volunteers and equipment for hiking, camping, swimming, tubing, sailing, and cooking out.

The Rev'd Jay MacLeod; Nola Jordan.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Provides prayer shawls to parishioners or community members for whom we are praying.

Knitting or crocheting.  See www.prayershawlministry.com for sample patterns.  Come work with the Craft Group.

Craft Group

Youth Outreach

Children and teachers decide which group to help as need arises.

SS for the collection.

Ellen Yenawine, Theresa Quinn

Souper Bowl Sunday

A collection taken up by the youth of St. Andrew’s on Super Bowl Sunday to benefit the hungry.

$$$$

Shelly Boucher
Becky Rylander

The Seamen’s Church Institute

The Institute provides spiritual, social services, and professional support to mariners.

Knitted hats and scarves; clean and gently used men’s sweaters and jackets; toiletries; playing cards and paperback books.  For patterns and info see website (www.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea) or contact.

Judy Ackroyd

Pocket Crosses

Pocket-size crosses available in a basket by the door to the nave in exchange for a free will gift to benefit LSR Food Bank, KREM, and the Friendly Kitchen.

Buy a cross or two and/or lend woodworking help.

Harvey Best

Annual Crop Walk

Regional, intergenerational walk around Pleasant Lake to raise funds for hunger relief.  Last Sunday in September.

Walk and/or donate $$.

Rob Freitas

Humane Society

Cares for homeless pets

Clean discarded linens and towels to use for bedding for the animals.

Marni Eaton