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St. Peter’s Weekly News

September 23, 2015

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.” THIS SUNDAY 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.

Parents’ Night Out: This gathering will be held this Saturday 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

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.

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, October 4 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. PLEASE NOTE there will be no 8:00 am service on this day so that we can all celebrate St. Francis day together!

Big doings at Saint Peter’s next week, October 4! First, Adult Forum will meet at 9:00 am in the library where we will welcome Bill Roth, sharing his knowledge of Creation Theology. Following Adult Forum, at the 10:00 service we will celebrate and bless our animal companions as we commemorate St Francis Day. Bring your best friend to church, it’ll be fun and all are welcomed. Except maybe snakes. Deacon Pat

Lectionary Bible Study: The Lectionary Bible study returns on October 4, after the 10 am service. Each week, we discuss the Bible readings of the day; looking for connections between them and with the rest of the liturgy; and also for connections to our daily lives, the news, and the challenges of our times. All this to understand what God is doing in our world and what he calls us to do. We bring our snacks to the library and share our questions and observations for about an hour. If you’ve missed this opportunity in the past, come, join us. It’s both fun and enlightening!!

Schuylkill Center Presents Wildlife of Pennsylvania: On Thursday, October 8th come and enjoy a presentation of live animals from Pennsylvania. Experience the sights, sounds and even the touch of some of the animals. The presentation begins at 6 pm sharp, however, there will be a pizza dinner and drinks from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. A donation of $10 per family, $5 per couple or $2 per person is appreciated. More details to come. Shannon.

Rummage Time: Help is needed for set up Friday Oct 9th 4:30 for about an hour.   Donations may be brought Saturday and if already sorted into the various categories, should be placed in the appropriate areas.  If you have time to help sort or work at the sales on the 15th, 16th, or 17th, please sign up on the sheet in the Auditorium.  If we know who is coming to help, we can better plan.  Thank you for your support.

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

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.

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!


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