On January 1, 1961, The Rev. Edward Morgan, a Diocesan Missionary, came to take charge of the work in Madison and to establish the church on a permanent basis. All through this time and up until last Sunday, services were held in the Congregational Chapel through the courtesy of the Rev. Franklin Bower and the people of the First Congregational Church. Soon after Mr. Morgan came, a church school was organized and held in the Town Hall
Early in February of 1961, a twelve acre site on Route 79 was purchased as the permanent site of St. Andrew's Church. The site was chosen for it not only provided adequate land for buildings and parking, but is strategically located in the area of town which will experience the greatest growth in the future. Also, the Building Committee was selected and it began its work to find the building that would best meet our needs and be within the ability of the Church to afford. During February of 1961, a Women's Group, a young People's Fellowship, and a Junior Choir became part of St. Andrew's program.
In June of 1961, Bishop Esquirol, Suffragan Bishop of Connecticut, visited St. Andrew's to confirm a class of 22 and announce the Diocese of Connecticut's readiness to assist financially the building program of St. Andrew's, provided at least $50,000 was raised locally. In August of 1961 under the direction of Harry F. Sweitzer, General Chairman, and with the able assistance of members and friends, the needed monies were raised to start work on the Church. Then on November 12th, ground was broken for the Church and late in December the actual construction began. Finally, after what seemed an eternity of waiting, the structure of the Church began to take shape in April 1962. On June 17th, the Rt. Rev. J. Warren Hutchens, Suffragan Bishop of Connecticut, visited St. Andrew's, Madison, for confirmation and in the first service held, laid the cornerstone of the Church.
A New 50th Anniversary Logo
The Publicity Committee has developed a new logo to be used with 50th Anniversary activities. Alan Miller and Gordon Lang spearheaded the design which combines a contemporary feeling with the established St. Andrew's seal. The red and blue colors are traditional with the Episcopal Church while the gold background reinforces the 50th Anniversary. The logo will be a part of all 50th Anniversary activities and materials including a new banner to be hung in the church entryway.
Christmas ornament designed for 50th Anniversary
The Publicity Committee has arranged to produce a beautiful Christmas ornament honoring our 50th Anniversary. The ornament features St. Andrew's beautiful stained glass window on the front and a segment of our mission statement on the reverse: "To Deepen Faith and Transform the World." Ornaments will be available at the Holiday Fair for $15 each. They are packaged in a gold color box with royal blue lining and each one has a gold cord for hanging. An outstanding addition to your Christmas tree decorations or a wonderful keepsake to give as a gift.
Celebrating the first Choir
Fifty years ago, the very first St Andrew's choir was assembled. The first choir was a youth choir. To commemorate this 50th anniversary, we dedicate the month of February to celebrate children and music. The entire month will feature St. Andrew's youth and music. All the anthems this month will either feature our youth or honor them.
This first Sunday, February 6, we have invited the cast of "Andrew, on the Road to Sainthood" to sing "Light of the Word". On the last Sunday, February 27, following the performance of the Cherub Choir, all are invited to share in a birthday celebration at coffee hour.
Please show your appreciation for the continuation of this ministry and all who have contributed to making it a true blessing of the parish.
As the conclusion of our two-year anniversary celebration arrives, our activity level is once again increasing. The History document is closing in on the story of the last decade and editing for the final draft is occupying the time of Nancy Farnan and Helen Kitzman. Alwyn Thorpe has offered to help with the preparation for printing. Margaret Mason, Jean Moore and Priscilla Rensis have volunteered to collate all the Memorials documentation into an album for safe keeping and are presently working on that project. We have a small team to oversee the reception following the Commemoration Service on June 16th. Margaret Mason, Susan Miller and Kristen Garnett would welcome additional help to make this an enjoyable time for all. At this time, catering costs may be prohibitive and we may need to depend on the generosity and "gourmet" skills that our parish has become well known for through the years. Please look for notices in the bulletin as we approach June. Alan Miller, with products from Patches Earl and John Fuller's talented video and photography skills, is producing a presentation that will tell our story. We are very grateful to all of these people who continue to give of their time and talent to our celebration. If you are interested in helping out, please contact any of them, or us, and we will gratefully find a task awaiting your interests.
If you have not done so, please consider adding a leaf with your reflections on St. Andrew's to our oak tree in the narthex. As we welcome another spring, the tree has filled in nicely but we want to encourage everyone to share in its glory. Green paper remains next to the boxes in the narthex and across from Judy Goldberg's office in the classroom wing. Simply write whatever you would like to share that is meaningful to you and we will transpose it onto your very own leaf.
In the meantime, please take a moment to follow the construction timeline that took place fifty years ago. Posters in the narthex are updated in a chronological order so that we all might imagine the increasing excitement that our founding members were feeling as they witnessed the reality of dreams and hopes.
In the June Messenger, you will receive an invitation to join us on Saturday, June 16 at 4:00 pm as we commemorate the cornerstone laying that took place on June 17, 1962 in the building that was almost completed (minus pews and finished walls!) Once again, we will be blessed to have with us a bishop from the Diocese just as our first members did. The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut, will be joining us. In so many ways we, the present members of St. Andrew's, are experiencing a similar prayerful hope for our future church. May we take this opportunity to "renew our vows" to continue the work started fifty years ago; to have a spiritual home from which we can continue to do God's work among ourselves and the greater community outside these doors. We have been blessed with a foundation laid by those who came before us. Whatever continues to be built upon that foundation is in our hands.
We are extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to share with you the celebration of the contributions of many who preceded us, as well as the unbelievable talents of so many who presently lead the ministries that were once just a dream. Thank you!
Publicity/Visual Presentation: This committee will deal with developing a logo for the 50th anniversary, as well as developing a tech presentation of our events, past and present. It will also develop publicity opportunities through newspaper, Messenger, Bulletin and website offerings. Terry Sinclair has started a 50th Anniversary Link from our website. Additionally, an attempt can be discussed to contact past members.
Events Committee: This committee will develop a Manpower list and work on developing and coordinating themes of the various events. It will seek out chairs for the various events and monitor the church calendar to avoid conflicts. Additionally it will work with the Publicity committee regarding special events. Any event that includes a liturgical aspect must be approved by the clergy.
Ministry Events: This committee will connect with each ministry leader and co-ordinate any Ministry events each ministry may choose to sponsor which celebrates and recognizes their history and impact on our parish life. It will coordinate with the Events Committee to avoid conflicts in the calendar schedule. Any event that includes a liturgical aspect must be approved by the clergy.
Finance Committee: This committee will develop a budget for Vestry approval based upon events being planned in each calendar year. It will also support and keep records for the sale of any commemorative items. It will be in direct communication with the Treasurer regarding any monetary requests or intake from events.
Chair: Charlie Walden
Capital Campaign: This committee will be developed ONLY WITH VESTRY approval if it proves a viable project. It would identify a specific capital/building project goal and seek seed money prior to appealing to the parish as a whole.
|June 1960||June 2010|
|Founding members initial meeting||Honored founding member Bea Fortin at parish picnic|
|September 1960||September 19, 2010|
|Rev. Fred Hawes arrives as Missionary Priest||Welcoming Sunday|
|January 1961||January 2011|
|The Rev. Ed Morgan arrives
Church school started
|Church School event|
|February 1961||February 2011|
|Young people's Fellowship group started
Junior Choir started
Land purchased/Building Committee
Women's Group started
|Youth Ministry event|
|June 1961||June 2011|
|November 1961||November 2011|
Rededication of Memorial Garden, All St's Day
|January 1962||January 2012|
|Rectory construction||Event to be determined|
|June/July 1962||June/July 2012|
First service in church
|Anniversary service to include Bishop,
previous St. Andrew's clergy, and clergy