St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchAyer, Massachusetts

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  • Outreach Update:  Our last Loaves and Fishes green bag collection weighed in at 274 lbs!  Our next green bag collection will take place on December 17th.  If you don't yet have a green bag and wish to participate, pick one up after church in the Peabody Room.

  • We will have a special celebration of the Holy Eucharist in honor of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22nd at noon in the church. There will be an opportunity to express gratitude for God's blessings.  Please join us! 

  • The Two Seas in the Holy Land
    There are two inland seas in the Holy Land. One is fresh, and fish live in its waters.  Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their roots to sip of its healing water. Birds nest in the trees. Along its shores the children play.

    The River Jordan makes this sea, with sparkling water from the hills. It laughs in the sunshine. And people build their houses near it, and birds make their nests, and every kind of life is happier because it is there.

    The River Jordan flows on south into another sea. Here, there is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter. No towns are found on its shores, which are rocky and hard. Travelers chose another route unless on urgent business. The air hangs heavy about its waters, and neither humankind nor beast, nor fowl will drink. It is a desolate place. What makes this difference in these neighboring seas? Not the River Jordan. Not the soil in which they lie; nor the country round about. This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the River Jordan. It gives from what it receives so that life may abound. For every drop that flows into it, another flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure. The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. It swallows up and keeps every drop of the Jordan it receives. The Sea of Galilee gives and lives.

    The other sea gives nothing. It is named the Dead Sea. (-Bruce Barton, 1886-1967)

  • Parish Cleanup Day is Saturday, November 4th with a start time of 9 a.m.  Bring your tools and meet us in the Parish Hall.  There's all kinds of tasks available for all types of abilities.

  • Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on November 5th!

  • Apple Pie Day was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who peeled and made pies. If you haven't picked up your pies yet or wish to purchase a pie contact Trisha Mayes at parishlife@standrewsayer.org.

  • Bring your Green bags in October 29th! 

    The latest Loaves & Fishes green bag collection weighed 175 lbs. Please return your next filled bags for collection by Sunday, October 29th. The list of needed items is at the Loaves & Fishes website. If you don't yet have a green bag or need another one to fill, pick up as many as you need in the Peabody Room after church.  

  • 2nd Annual Potluck Supper and Potluck Entertainment Night - Saturday, October 14th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Potluck supper followed by talent show to include children of all ages and commission skits. Contact the office for further details.

  • Join us for Parish Book Read.  You are invited to join us for a "Parish Book Read."  We are reading David Brooks' book, The Road to Character, and will discuss it for several Sundays in a row in November during our adult forum. Isabel Geller has copies of the book available at coffee hour for $13.  

  • The Sunday morning regular schedule is:

    9:15 a.m.-  Sunday School

    9:30 a.m.- Worship Service

    10:45 am.- Coffee hour in the Parish Hall

    11:15 a.m.- noon-  Adult Forum in the Parish Hall

    The Rite I version of the Holy Eucharist will be used once a month. Come and find out what it is like to use the music included in our hymnal for the sung portions of the Rite I Eucharist.  

  • Adult forums continue on Sundays from 11:15 to noon following coffee hour in the Parish Hall.

    Topics will include:

    · Comparing Rites I and II

    · New Members Class

  • The Outreach Committee is asking parishioners to collect flat smooth rocks over the summer— rocks that can fit in the palm of your hand.  At the Sunday School picnic on September 10th we will provide paints and markers so people can write words of peace, love and hope on one side and identify St. Andrew’s on the other.  We will set the rocks outside hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers and other places where people could use a kind word.  Thank you for your help.

  • We are participating in the Loaves and Fishes green bag neighborhood-based food donation program.  Please return yours this Sunday June 25th.

  • St. Andrew’s tee-shirts will be available today, Sunday June 25th.  Sizes in Men’s, Women’s, and Youth will be available.  $10 each.


Contact

7 Faulkner Street
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432
978-772-2615
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Disability services

St. Andrew's is handicap accessible. We also have large print bibles and Book of Common Prayer available upon request

BSA Pack 32

St. Andrew's is a proud sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 32. Contact them at ObscureBSA for more information.

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