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St. Peter’s Weekly News

November 4, 2015

Women’s Dinner: This Friday, November 6th6:00 pm – Parish Hall. Please join us for a pizza dinner with salads and desserts!  All are welcome!  The cost is $5 pp. Join us as we begin our planning for next year’s retreat and for our holiday dinner. To RSVP, please email Polly Sanford  Of course we will have conversation and laughs as well. Hope you can make it!

Diocesan Convention: The 232nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Pennsylvania will take place the evening of Friday, November 6th and continues on Saturday, November 7th. The Convention will be held at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. The theme of this year’s Convention is: “Behold, I am doing a new thing.”(Isaiah 43:19). Please keep Emily, Pat and our lay delegates, Carol Lorentz-Burnett, Bob Hartung, and Laurel Mosteller in your prayers as we represent you among our brothers and sisters in the diocese.

Special Stewardship Speakers: At our 10 a.m. service THIS SUNDAY we will hear three different members of our community (Roy Gibson, Angie Mason-Hogsten and Tim Voit) share different aspects of the ministry of stewardship and how we can serve as faithful stewards in our parish community.

 Adult Forum: November 8, 15, and 22.  Dating God: a Franciscan way of life and love.  Join us at the adult forum in November to discuss the book Dating God by Daniel Horan. You are welcome to purchase and read the book or just show up and join in the discussion. Let’s look at one framework to relate to God and God’s creation.

Lectionary Bible Study: This week we will hear another reading from the sermon to the Hebrews. We’ll also hear about widows and orphans in the other readings and the Psalm. We’ll look for connections among these readings, and also see how the Great Thanksgiving prayers echo the readings. Bring your observations and questions (and snacks), and join us for a lively discussion around the lectionary texts in the library after the 10 amservice.

Office Notes:  The office will be closed Monday, November 9th.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Emily at 215-385-6888.

Pictures from All Saints’ Day & Baptism SundayFollow the link below to see the joyous pictures from Sunday! Please note you have to create your own Snapfish account to view the photos.

Joint Worship Service with St. Philip in the Fields: On Sunday, November 15th members of St. Philip’s will be joining us for our 10 a.m. service. Please note there will not be an 8:00 a.m. service this day.  Both choirs will be singing. Worship Ministers from both parishes will participate in the service. Emily and their rector, Robin Smith will lead the liturgy together. Please join us for this special occasion as we welcome our sisters and brothers in worship and fellowship!

Seamen’s Church Collection:  The Seamen’s Church Institute is preparing “Ditty Bags” for Seafarers who come to the Philadelphia Port. The Knit Wits are knitting scarves and hats. There is a need for work socks and if you knit, more scarves and hats (we have instructions). There is a box for donations under the Social Concerns bulletin board. Please bring donations in by November 15th. Thank you, The Social Concerns Committee.

Pumpkin Patch Memories:  There are several sheets of paper on the table outside the chapel that will be put in a Pumpkin Patch Memory Book for Roxanne Walter.  Please include your favorite Pumpkin Patch memory or words of gratitude to Roxanne for her leadership in this ministry.

A Note from Frank: My Dear St. Peter’s Friends, I want to thank you for your prayers and support during the first seven months of 2015 when I was not able to come to Church.  And I want to thank you for the warm and wonderful way you welcomed me back into our Sunday morning parish family gatherings when I was finally able to come. This latest bout with pneumonia has taught me that, when I catch a bug, it’s likely to go straight to my lungs.  Following medical advice, I have reluctantly decided to forgo attendance at the Sunday morning services (and all other “crowds”) during the cold season. Linda will still be coming and I have a few photos of the congregation that will help me, during my Sunday morning reflection time, to sense our continuing connection. I am looking forward to seeing you all in the spring.  In the meantime I will hold each of you in my heart. ~Frank

The 2016 Multifaith Calendar:  is now available in the parish hall for $15.00.  The Calendar is a source of accurate dates and descriptions of all of the observances and special events of fourteen world religions.  With original art work from many different cultures it is as decorative as it is useful.  The sale of the Multifaith Calendar is the primary fundraiser for the Philadelphia Interfaith walk for Peace and Reconciliation.  The 2016 walk, scheduled for Sunday May 1st will take place just about fifteen minutes away from St. Peter’s.  If purchasing by check, please make the check out to Linda Toia.

Community Dinner Food Emergency:  The November Community Meal is scheduled for Sunday November 29, the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I just found out that the church that was supposed to prepare the food is not able to do so. I don’t mind doing the cooking and bringing the food (I’ll be there going to the meal anyway) but if anyone would like to contribute, I would hugely appreciate it! Perhaps you’ve accumulated supermarket points for a free turkey and you don’t need it. Or a truck of sweet potatoes veered off the road into your front yard. Or gremlins left a pumpkin pie on your front step. Please let me know if there is anything you can do to help me fill this gap and thanks! Deacon Pat

Cathedral Art Exhibit: To celebrate their new space, the Cathedral is putting on a special art exhibit “New Beginnings, New Life” to coincide with our annual Diocesan Convention. The exhibit features works by artists throughout our diocese and runs from November 6-December 19.  It is open to the public on Sundays and M-Th from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Melissa Olson’s piece “Looking Deeply” will be part of the exhibit.  It is very exciting to have one of our own represented!

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Artist Statement — Looking Deeply

Inspiration for my art is most often close at hand. I love the process of observing closely to capture intricate detail until I thoroughly know my subject. Sometimes in looking so closely I discover hidden surprises, as in “Looking Deeply”—where realism approaches the abstract. There is an art to paying attention, and a world to behold when we do. With my art, I want you to see what has caught my artist’s eye.

Melissa G. Olson



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