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The Turn of Events

This is a listing of special parish events that will take place September through November 2015, Please note that the regularly scheduled weekly and monthly events are not listed here.

September 20:  Sunday, September 20 will be our annual Guatemala Celebration. Warren Wanlund will serve as our guest preacher at both services. The Folk Group will lead us in special music. During the adult forum members of the companion parish committee will share stories about their experiences in Guatemala. There will be a crafts fair during fellowship time after the 10 a.m. service where 100% of the proceeds go to the Guatemala Education Fund! Please join us on this special Sunday as we celebrate our ministry with our Guatemalan sisters and brothers.

September 26: This gathering will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at the residence of our very own Diana Kirsch (225 Tulpehocken Ave, Elkins Park). She has graciously agreed to host this fun event at her house. So parents what this means for you is quite simply, bring a drink of choice, such as a bottle of wine and pair it with a snack such as cheese.  Sparkling water and grapes, I think you get the idea and be prepared to talk the night away. There is a sign-up sheet on the children/youth bulletin board. PLEASE do let us know if you’re attending and if you’ll be bringing your children so that we can hire a babysitter.  Mark your calendar and be prepared for a fun night out.

September 27: Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday: Presiding Bishop Schori called upon all parishes in the Episcopal Church to offer a special worship service in which we recommit ourselves to ending racism and to make our solidarity with the AME Church visible. To read her letter to the Church, go to: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/letter-episcopal-church-presiding-bishop-president-house-deputies. “Racism will not end with the passage of legislation alone; it will also require a change of heart and thinking,” writes AME Bishop Reginald T. Jackson. “This is an effort which the faith community must lead, and be the conscience of the nation. We will call upon every church, temple, mosque and faith communion to make their worship service on this Sunday a time to confess and repent for the sin and evil of racism, this includes ignoring, tolerating and accepting racism, and to make a commitment to end racism by the example of our lives and actions.” On Sunday, September 27 we will offer such an opportunity. Mrs. Jane Cosby from the Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission will serve as our guest preacher at the 10 a.m.service. Afterwards she will facilitate a conversation about racism. Please join us on this very important occasion.

October 4: Blessing of the Animals Service: This year the Feast Day of St. Francis falls on a Sunday. So, we will offer a special children’s service at 10 a.m. on that morning to give thanks for all of God’s creation. Please bring your furred, feathered, four-legged friends as well as any stuffed animal friends to receive a special blessing.

October 10: Heeding God’s Call Memorial to the Lost: Beginning October 10, we will be hosting the installation of this memorial. Our memorial, coming from Abington Friends, will have 50 T-shirts, and we’ll host it until the end of the month of October. Heeding God’s Call’s Philadelphia coordinator, Bryan Miller, will be our guest speaker at the adult forum on October 11 and preach at the 10:00 a.m. service. Their staff will coordinate the installation, but we will be asking for some volunteers to help. It’ll be on our front yard. For more information, visit http://heedinggodscall.org/content/heeding-gods-call-memorials-lost.                                                                                                     

October 15-17: Fall Rummage Sale “Friends and Family” sale: Thurs 10/15 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Public sale: Fri 10/16 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 10/17 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact for more info: Kate Boyce: yellowkab1@gmail.com

October 18: United Thank Offering In-Gathering will be held. The United Thank Offering is an organization founded by women to meet compelling human needs and to expand the mission and ministry of the church through monetary grants. The UTO is a way for each of us to give thanks to God with daily prayers and offerings. UTO boxes and envelopes will be collected at both services. October 25: Pumpkin Sunday: At the 10 a.m. service, we will celebrate the ministry of the pumpkin patch. There will be a special pumpkin-themed coffee hour afterwards. Please join us as we give thanks!

November 1: All Saints’ Day Celebration at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services & Dedication of Parish Hall. This Sunday is one of the great feast days in the church year. All Saints Day is an opportunity for each of us to give thanks for all those in our own lives who have been witnesses to the Good News and to remember all those we love but see no longer. We will also welcome our youngest members into the church through the waters of baptism. Alan Segal and his Quintet will lead us in music on this special occasion. Immediately following the 10 a.m. service we will have a dedication ceremony of the newly renovated Parish Hall. Members of the Reeves family will be with us to celebrate and honor Eleanor Reeves in whose loving memory the funds for the renovations were given.

November 22: Stewardship In-Gathering Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services
This is our annual celebration of our community and God’s abundance among us. During the services, members are invited to take a moment to reflect on all their blessings and to fill out a pledge card and intentionally place it before the altar as their offering to God. After the 10 a.m. service, a special coffee will be held in thanksgiving for all the many ways our members give of their time, talent, and treasure to the mission of St. Peter’s!


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