St. Peter’s Weekly News
December 23, 2015
Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. Christmas Pageant and Service of Holy Eucharist
9:30 p.m. Carols of Christmas sung by the choir
10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Holy Eucharist
Christmas Day: 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols
Sunday, December 27: 10 a.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols
Office Hours: The church office will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and on January 1 in observance of the holidays. If you have a pastoral need, please contact Pat at 215.262.9335.
Christmas Offering: Each year the Christmas offering is shared between our ministries here at St. Peter’s and selected ministries beyond our walls. This year we will dedicate our offering to Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the organization in our Church that is responding to the refugee crisis in Europe. Special envelopes can be found in the pews or in the church office. The board of the United Thank Offering has presented a challenge to our Church to benefit a special grant of $30,000 for Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Deemed Advent Journey from Gratitude to Hope, the United Thank Offering board is challenging Episcopalians to support refugee welcome in the United States through this Ingathering Challenge. Please read about it at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/united-thank-offering-board-presents-december-challenge-benefit-episcopal and about the good work of EMM at http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/
Lectionary Bible Study: There will be no Lectionary Bible Study on Sunday, December27th.
Deanery Community Meal: The Community Meal is not taking a Christmas vacation! On Sunday, December 27 you are invited to take a break from the holiday leftovers (who still roasts a goose anymore?), pack up your lingering guests and take them to St Paul’s Elkins Park for a meal and fellowship; food will be served from 5:00 pm until 6:30. You have nothing to bring or prepare except your goodwill- sounds like a Christmas present to yourself. Deacon Pat.
End of Year Giving: As we come to the end of the year, we ask that you take a look at your pledge commitment for 2015 and if you are able to fulfill it to please do so by December 31. For those of you who did not pledge or have already fulfilled your pledge, we invite you to consider giving an end of year donation to our community. Particularly during the Advent and Christmas seasons, we appreciate being a part this faith community and what it means for us and our families. Your gifts help us to continue our ministry, creating a place for all who need to experience the light and love of Christ. Thank you for being part of this community. ~Your Vestry
Pledge Cards: If you have not as yet filled out and turned in your 2015 pledge card, please take the time to do so. You may put your card in the offertory plate or in our Accounting Warden, Tim Voit’s mailbox. Extra cards can be obtained by contacting the church office. Thank you to all who have already turned in their cards.
Feast of the Epiphany: On Sunday, January 3rd we will resume our regular schedule with the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany