A Very Special Announcement

Dear Friends,

The Wardens and Vestry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church are delighted to announce we have called the Rev. Reed J. Loy to be our next Rector. He will officially join us on beginning July 25, 2017.

After a ten-month search, our Rector-elect was unanimously chosen by the Vestry on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Reed currently serves as the Assistant Rector for St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, and St. Peter's, Portland, ME. While there, Reed established a Dinner Church community, oversaw the 5-12th Grade Sunday School, Confirmation, Pilgrimage Team, and Acolytes. Reed comes with youth leadership experience and has lead diocesan Youth Events, nurturing knowledge of belovedness by God, love of scripture, practice with prayer, and familiarity with church.

Reed was ordained by The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld on January 17, 2016.

Reed and his family are excited to be joining us in Hopkinton and he has penned a letter enclosed here. I know you will all join with the Vestry in making them very welcome!

Loving and Almighty God, giver of every good gift: We offer you thanks for the faithful service and careful discernment of so many members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. These last months, we have journeyed together, not in a time of transition, but living fully together in your love. We have witnessed new practical and spiritual gifts of service among our community that has lifted us up and prepared us for the days ahead. Help us open our hearts and minds to welcome a new Rector into this sacred space, to care for your people, advance the works of our parish, and knit us ever more tightly together as a community of mutual love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Faithfully yours,

Martha Lovejoy
Senior Warden

P.S. If you weren't with us this past Sunday, you may not have heard that Drew Courtright will be leaving us. His last Sunday will be June 11, Celebration Sunday. Please join us on Celebration Sunday to celebrate Drew's ministry with us and to celebrate all ministries at St. Andrew's

 

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Dear People of St. Andrew's,

I am filled with joy to offer you my first public "hello!" I have already begun to join with you in prayer, and I'm excited to join you in person later this summer as your next rector. 

I'm a native of Epping, NH, and my wife Linden is from Northampton, MA. Since then one or both of us have lived in Durham, Keene, Greenfield and Concord, and so we're looking forward to this homecoming, as well as to discovering all that is new for us in Hopkinton. We bring with us our 14 month-old daughter, Laurel. As a family we love walks and hikes in the woods, time in and on the water, reading, singing, creating, and games playful and competitive.

My relationship with God began through my family and a young age, and with diverse stepping stones and surprises along the way I find myself today in a relationship of deep trust and a good dose of playfulness with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I've experienced prayer in words, song, writing, drawing, silence, sport, and in a multitude of beautiful neighbors. I love sharing this story, and hearing those of others. My service in the church has included campus, youth, justice, and parish ministry. Most recently I've served as assistant rector to a pair of churches in greater Portland, Maine. 

I so look forward to getting to know you, and getting to know God with you. To worshiping with you, eating with you, celebrating, questioning, grieving, growing and imagining with you through the fullness of life in God's Creation. Please pray for me, and God be with you 'til we meet.

In the fellowship of our friend, Jesus Christ,

Reed

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News this Week

Holy Eucharist is this Sunday at 8am and 10am in the Church.

Morning Prayer is Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:30am in the Chapel

This Sunday is Blue Jean Sunday!

 

"Between the Times" Formation Hour 9:00-9:45am

  • Adults: Coffee and Conversion (Great Hall) 
  • Adults: Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (PreK-6th grade) (Atrium)
  • Donuts and Discipleship (7th-12th grade) (Youth Room)     

 

Coffee and Conversion

During Eastertide the Coffee and Conversion discussion between the services is a series on "What Are We Doing When We Do What We Do?" - at look at our liturgy and worship, its history, structure, the Prayer Book and the future. Come check it out, whether you've taken part in previous sessions or not. Learn, ask questions, make contributions, build community.            

 

Blue Jean Sunday

Blue Jean Sunday is May 21.  Following the 10:00am service, join us for spring clean up on the St. Andrew's grounds.

 

Family Promise Update

Thanks to many dedicated and flexible parishioners and friends our second year of Family Promise has drawn to a successful close. Yes, flexibility still guides all that we do, but it's clear that we have learned to "expect the unexpected" as we offer our guests shelter, food, companionship and lots of love!

Please join us during coffee hour after the 10:00AM service on Sunday, May 21 to honor our volunteers and celebrate a job well done.  

In God's love, Pam and Pam, Family Promise Parish Coordinators

 

Blood Drive Update

The Red Cross goal for the number of units for our drive was 17.  The total collected was 35!

It couldn't have happened without our great group of volunteers from St. Andrew's and First Congregational Church.  To those who served at the drive, to those who prepared and donated food, and to those who donated blood.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!  So many people were helped by our efforts

Our next Red Cross blood drive will be Wednesday, November 1, 2017.   Have a great summer.  We look forward to our next successful event in November. 

-Betty & Jim Whinn

 

Spring has Sprung!

A robin's nest has popped up on the top of the back door to the parking lot.  It now has eggs so removing it is not an option.  Be aware that Mama Robin will fly away when the door opens but that they generally won't swoop. 

 

Prayer List

Please send any prayer requests to the office.

 

How can I help?


Coffee Hour: Hosts are needed for coffee hour.  This need not be elaborate, but coffee, punch and some cookies are always welcome as we gather in the Great Hall after the Eucharist.  Please consider hosting any of these Sundays.  There is a sign up sheet next to the name tags.  

Altar Flowers: Altar Flower donations are always welcome.  Please contact Debbie Monroe with any questions.

Food Pantry: Please remember the Food Pantry.  Bring non-perishable food and personal care items to church any Sunday and place items in the church food baskets or the food box near the side entry to the Parish House. 

Offering and Samaritan Fund Requests: St. Andrew's allocates one-half of the loose plate (cash) offering on the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays to a non-profit organization to be nominated monthly by a parishioner and approved by the Vestry. If you have a particular cause to be considered, complete an application (located in various places around the church/hall) and return it to the office, or to Vickie Haines.

Pray: Please pray for Archbishop Justin Welby, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Rob, and John, as well as the health of our nation, world, and parish life. 

 

Blast Submissions

Do you have church or community news you would like announced in the blast?  Please make sure all submissions are emailed to the office no later than Friday morning at 9am.  

 

Office Hours

The office will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:00a-1:00p.   

 

Pastoral Emergencies

If there is a pastoral emergency, please call the Rev. John McCausland at 529-4740 or email at holyx@gsinet.net