TIDINGS – November 1, 2019


“Flourishing, Family, Community” was in full swing at the Harvest Dinner. Thank you one and all for making the Harvest Dinner such a special evening. It’s always nice to connect with parishioners, meet new people, enjoy a delicious meal and maybe walk away with an item or two.

We owe a HUGE thanks, once again, to Kristian, Haesel and Violette for preparing our seasonal feast. We are so blessed that they share their culinary talents with us, creating a magnificent meal from our tired little kitchen.

Thanks to all who donated silent auction items, gift baskets, desserts and all who bid on items, bought raffle tickets and took part in the overall fun of the evening, especially the harvest scene photo booth – thank you, David for creating it. And trivia may be our new pastime as all seemed to enjoy the game.

On every count, in every aspect, the Harvest Dinner was a memorable evening for our parish family and friends. The Fundraising & Events committee is appreciative and humbled at the outpouring of generosity. Income for this event was $4019. Including the Harvest Dinner, the total income raised year-to-date is $10,680. The fundraising goal for 2019 is $15,000.

Thank you!

The Fundraising & Events Committee


Our Annual Christmas Bazaar is a favorite holiday event that attracts lots of people from our community and beyond. Because this is a major event, we need as many parishioners as possible to help – plus, it’s FUN! Please sign up in St. Matthew’s Parlor.

What’s New This Year

As it’s the “Season of Giving,” nonprofits will be part of our festive event. It’s our way of giving visibility to nonprofits at a time when people are feeling generous. In addition to visibility, we hope the nonprofits will get donations, memberships or sell items at our venue. The nonprofits attending are: Action, Inc., Birth to Three, Chikumbusco, IRWA, North Shore Honors Chorus, Open Door, Partners in Development, Three Sisters Garden Project.

Also new for this year: Parish Committees will be creating crafts, making food or sourcing cool products to sell. For instance, Vestry is making lunch – chowder and soup; Outreach is selling jewelry and crafts from African Team Ministries; Altar Guild will be selling cool waxed amaryllis bulbs. If you’re on a committee, and need ideas, contact anyone on the Fundraising & Events committee – we’ve got lots of craft ideas.

What’s The Same & Always Wonderful

DONATE: WHITE ELEPHANT ITEMS – time to declutter before winter! Accepting housewares, holiday decorations, small appliances, books, kids items, knick knacks- NO electronics, clothing or large furniture. NO broken or dirty stuff. Drop off, Dorman Gym Saturdays Nov. 16, 23 and 30, 9am – noon. Call the Parish Office if you have questions 978-356-2560.

DONATE: BOUTIQUE ELEPHANT – have something that’s too nice for the White Elephant? Donate it for the Boutique Elephant, a separate “upscale” shopping area featuring BETTER, NEW or VINTAGE items. Seeking an eclectic mix of items: fine china, glassware, linens, artwork, small household items. Contact Kitty Bartholomew bartcreate@gmail.com

DONATE: JEWELRY – Dottie Phillip’s is always looking to add to the jewelry table. The jewelry donation basket is in St. Matthew’s Parlor or drop in Parish Office, Monday – Thursday, 9am – 1 pm.

SIGN UP: DECORATE A TREE – pick up a pre-lit tree and bring it back decorated by Thursday, Dec. 5. Payment for the tree is optional. $20/tree will offset our cost.

SIGN UP: GIFT BASKETS – pick up an empty basket and a theme idea, or come up with your own theme or bring us items and we will put the basket together for you. Gift baskets are needed back by Thursday, Dec. 5.

SIGN UP: SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE ITEMS – consider donating gift cards to local restaurants, retail shops and big box stores; tickets to theater, music or sports events; new household items, decorations, goods or services. Get creative! 

SIGN UP: COOKIE WALK & BAKE SALE TABLE – sign up to make a sweet or savory item for our Bake Sale Table. Or sign up for the Cookie Walk and make two dozen of your favorite cookies.SIGN UP: EVENT VOLUNTEERS – help is needed throughout the day doing various tasks.


As I listened to Karen Esperson who spoke in church on Sunday of the extraordinary things that happen at Ascension because so many work together, I felt the need to add a few more words about the recent Winter Warm Up sale.

The sale happened because so many of you scoured your closets and produced such a abundance of clothes, but once these clothes arrive there are still hours to be spent sorting and on the Friday before the sale determining how best to display and despite the Outreach committee members working steadily, it would not happen without the hours of help from other parishioners! Thanks go especially to Dan Alexson, Judy Thurston, Marge Brown and Susan Wanser!  They were indefatigable as they hung, folded, determined placement before the sale and then returned to help during the sale.

Thanks go too to those who assisted with the all important publicity: Doug Brendel who has an in with local press and Kitty Bartholomew who has cleverly gathered info on digital sources!

When the sale ended Sunday, two people came from St Paul’s Thrift shop in Boston and from Wellspring House in Gloucester and gathered specific items from the clothes remaining that could be used by the individuals they serve.  The remainder then went half to Savers in Beverly and half to Open Door in Gloucester.

Many folks ask about the numbers who come to shop and buy.  There are not hordes but there is a steady stream who managed, despite our low prices…nothing more than $6 … to buy enough so that this year we took in $930!  This allows us to give over $400 to Birth to Three and to Ipswich Caring, almost $100 more to each this year!

Thanks again to all who participated!

Barbara Ostberg for the Outreach Committee 


11.10 Sunday
8:00AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

11.11 Monday
12:15PM – Holy Silence

11.12 Tuesday
11:ooAM – Ipswich Aware Meeting – St. Matthew’s Parlor
4:30PM – Honors Youth Choir Rehearsal – Boone Hall Choir Room
7:00PM – Buildings & Ground Committee Meeting – St. Matthew’s Parlor

11.13 Wednesday
9:30AM – Bible Study – St. Matthew’s Parlor
5:30PM – Holy Silence/Holy Communion
6:00PM – AMC Book Group – St. Matthew’s Parlor
6:30PM – Health & Wellness Group – Boone Hall Classroom
7:30PM – Choir Rehearsal – Church
7:30PM – Chorus North Shore Executive Committee Meeting – Parlor

11.14 Thursday
7:00PM – Education for Ministry – St. Matthew’s Parlor

11.15 Friday
4:30PM – Ipswich Youth Cheerleading Awards Banquet – Dorman Gym
7:00PM – Narcotics Anonymous – Boone Hall – Choir Room

11.16 Saturday
8:00AM – AMC Men’s Group – St. Matthew’s Parlor
9:00AM – Church Grounds Cleanup
12:00PM – 2:00PM – TTS Theatre & Cabaret – Boone Hall Classrooms

11.17 Sunday
8:00AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II