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St. Peter’s Weekly News

November 18, 2015

Family Trivia THIS SUNDAY: from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This event is for EVERYONE (families, kids, neighbors and the grands (parents and children).  Entry fee is $5.00 per person (adults and kids over 5); $15.00 for family of 4 or more. Come with a whole group or come just as a family and we’ll put you at a table with others. Come dressed to impress, or make us laugh. Prizes will be given for the best themed table.  There will be baskets to be raffled, silent auction items  to be bid on, food to enjoy, and fun to be had!  Brush up on those trivia facts!

We’re looking for some folks to help with the food.  Please check out the on-line sign-up sheet and bring something, if you can!

Also, here are items still needed for the raffle baskets. If you can contribute, please drop off items on Thursday from 9a.m.-3p.m. or from 6-8p.m. in the church office.

  • Gift cards to anywhere for anything or gift certificate (again fav restaurant, nails, hair, anything);
  • Kitchen gadgets; Kids crafty stuff; Picnic basket stuff;
  • Nail polish; Napkins or entertaining stuff;
  • Teas; Waffle mix, syrup, cookie mixes, stuff to make cookies;
  • Cheap digital camera or disposable camera;
  • Patriotic stuff; Back to school stuff;
  • Wrapped movies and games;
  • Scrapbooking stuff; Halloween stuff; Thanksgiving basket stuff;
  • Stuff a dad would like

Any question?! Contact Helen Collins at or Polly Sanford at

Most of all we want this to be a fun, family event for all ages!! So, please join us!!

Stewardship In-Gathering this Sunday: 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 your offering to God.

Taize Prayer Service: Join us for our monthly Taizé Prayer service this Thursday from 7-8 pm. We gather in the quiet of the church to listen for God and sing our prayers in the style of the Taizé community.

Adult Forum: 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: It isn’t often that we hear the same lessons again so soon. This week, we’ll return to the widows of Zarephath and copper coins. What is the big picture behind the stories, the big story in which they are chapters? What is God doing when he “executes justice for the oppressed?” Is there more to this than simple compassion? Bring your observations and questions (and snacks), and join us for a lively discussion around the lectionary texts in the library after the 10 am service.

Office Notes:  The office will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 25th at noon.  We will reopen Monday, November 30th.

Deanery Community Meal: Big thank you to St Peters!  You all rallied, giving generously of food, time and money to make sure that the community meal for November could go ahead. Now you get to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Please join us at St Paul’s Elkins Park on Sunday November 29 at 5:00 for a delicious post-Thanksgiving meal complete with piano music. Food will be served from 5 until 6; we hope you can join us, bring your friends and again, thank you so much! Deacon Pat

Rector’s Discretionary Fund: Over the past week I have received five phone calls from people who didn’t have enough food for their families. My discretionary fund allows me to respond to the needs of those in our community.  However, because I am receiving so many requests, my fund is lower than usual at this time of year. During the holiday season Patty and I give out many Giant gift cards.  Any donations to this fund would be most appreciated. If you prefer, you could purchase $30-50 gift cards and give them to Patty or me. Thank you for your generosity! Emily+

Many thanks: To everyone who donated socks, scarves and hats to the “Ditty Bag” project at the Seamen’s Church Institute. These items will be given to Seafarers who visit the Delaware Port, making their holiday a little brighter knowing that people care about them. ~The Social Concerns Committee.

Newsletter Deadline: Please submit all articles for the January/February Key to Erin Pugh at by Tuesday, December 1st. Thank you!

The 2016 Multifaith Calendar:   is now available in the parish hall for $15.00. If purchasing with a check, please make it out to Linda Toia. 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.

Cathedral Art Exhibit: To celebrate their new space, the Cathedral is putting on a special art exhibit “New Beginnings, New Life” which coincided 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” is a part of the exhibit.  It is very exciting to have one of us represented!


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