Fall activities at St. Andrew Parish are in full swing. The Blessing of the Animals is Sunday, Oct 2 at 2pm outside on the Park St. lawn/driveway. Rain option is the Parish Hall. This special opportunity to bless God’s creatures that give us so much comfort is one of my favorite services in the year. If you don’t think your animal will take kindly to other animals bring a picture and I will gladly bless the animal “long distance.”
This month the educational offering “Getting your Ducks in a Row” will be held twice, both in a new format for me. I’m trying it out so will look for your feedback. This will be a “Lunch and Learn” format from noon—2:00pm on Saturday October 22 and repeated at the same time Monday October 24. Bring a sack lunch and I’ll provide drinks and a dessert and we will discuss health care power of attorney, the “5 wishes” and review a format for planning what you want done and what kind of service you want at your passing. This is for all ages—not just seniors and it’s a wonderful gift to your loved ones. I’ll even make a couple of extra copies for you to give to your family.
We are planning another Advent book series—we will explore “The Journey” by DVD and reading. Meeting dates will be Monday evenings 6:30—7:45pm on 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/13 (Tuesday due to Vestry), and 12/19. Let me know if you are interested in participating or sign up on the bulletin board so I know how many handouts to make.
Please mark your calendar now for a special Advent mini retreat on Saturday December 10th on the Daily Offices. Come experience and learn to use this wonderful service in our book of common prayer. By the way it’s not too late to join Sunday school for either the youth or adults, both meet at 9 am on Sundays. Adults are studying the Letter to the Hebrews so join us in the Parish Hall.
The Annual Diocesan Convention will be held in November on the 18 and 19th. I’m required to attend and we as a Parish receive 3 lay delegate votes. Your representatives to convention this year are Jim Jobes, Mike Rollins and Glory Kosmatka.
All Saints Sunday will be November 6th (always the first Sunday after All Saints Day– November 1st) please place friends and family names of those who have gone before on the sign up sheet to be read that weekend. Start signing up on Sunday, October 9th by the guest registry.
See you in Church. May God bless you! Peace, Rev. Jane†