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St. Peter’s Weekly News

September 16, 2015

New E-Mail Addresses: Please note the change to both the office and Emily’s email addresses:

Office –

Emily –

Please start using these addresses immediately. The AOL accounts will be closed by the end of the month.

Guatemala Sunday & Crafts Fair: THIS SUNDAY 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. 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.

Education for All Ages begins THIS SUNDAY: The newest addition to our programs is the Older Elementary classroom for children in third, fourth and fifth grade. Please be sure to follow the signs posted on each classroom door to find out which room is appropriate for your child base on their age and grade. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact Jess Miller at

Save the Date: After the 10 a.m. service on SUNDAY Emily and Laurel will be leading an all parish meeting to explore together an opportunity to develop a new partnership with a sister Episcopal Church in our area. We believe that this opportunity could strengthen our mission and ministry as well as deepen our bonds with our friends and remind us of our need for one another. Please join us for this special meeting.

Women’s Group Dinner: Will be held THIS Friday, September 18th at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Please join us as we reconnect after summer!!  Questions? Call Polly at 215-576-1680 or email at All women are welcome!

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:

“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.

Deanery Community Meals: Hopefully, you have read the announcements about the new Community Meal that will be offered through our Deanery- the first one, a sort of demo meal for the Deanery churches, is scheduled for September 27 at St Paul’s Elkins Park. We at St Peter’s will be providing volunteers to help set up at 2:00 or clean up after the 5:00 meal; at both sessions we will be working alongside members of St Paul’s. When I get back from vacation on the 20th, I’ll have a sign-up sheet in the parish hall and will answer any questions you have. It’s new and needed and a great opportunity to easily serve a great cause. Thanks!! Deacon Pat.

Parents’ Night Out: 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. Thanks, Shannon

Supplies Needed for Classrooms: As we gear up for our education programs to start on September 20, there are some supplies that we need for our classrooms. Please consider donating supplies to our children!   We need: 3×5 cards, washable tempera paints (all colors), paint brushes (all sizes), construction paper (large and small), multi-colored clay, string, yarn, ribbon, buttons, washable markers, masking tape and beads with letters on them. All supplies can be left in the bin outside Jess Miller’s Office. Thank you!

New Parish Directory: Please pick up your 2015 Parish Directory in the church office or on the table outside the chapel.

New Minister of Music: Tim Brown will begin his duties the first full week of September. He can be reached at He will worship in the pews with his partner Gustavo for the first two Sundays he’s with us. He will be playing the organ and directing the choir beginning September 27. Please offer him and Gustavo a warm St. Peter’s welcome when you see them in church!

Adult Forum Schedule: Topics through the end of 2015 have been posted.  To begin, on September 20 at 9:00am we will celebrate Guatemala Sunday with special guest speakers. On September 27 the forum will be held after the service in the sanctuary when we will welcome Jane Cosby from the Anti-Racism Committee.  She will be addressing the topics and questions that were suggested when we wrapped up this topic in the spring.  At Adult Forum there is always hot coffee and good conversation so join us at 9:00am in the Parish Hall each week!

New Prayers of the People Procedure: The list of names on the Prayers of the People list has been getting a bit long. If you would like a name to be read on the POP list, it will remain on for one month. After one month, the name will be removed unless you request otherwise by contacting Patty. Please note, names remain on the Prayer List for 6 -12 months. Those on the Prayer List are prayed for every Wednesday during the Healing Service. If you would like to receive the weekly prayer list via e-mail, please contact the office. Thanks, the Worship Committee.


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